Monday, April 21, 2014

ESPNtronics – ESPN Fries Power Source to Raptors Shot Clock System

It looks like we have a new word for ESPN’s technical savvy. Let’s just call it ESPNtronics because there’s no other word to describe the amateurish incident that occurred in game one of the NBA playoffs between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

Using technician and technical knowhow in the same breath seems to be an oxymoron when ESPN is concerned.

Public address Announcer Counts Down Shot Clock

With just under six minutes to play in the third quarter, the Raptors public address announcer had to count down the shot clock because an ESPN technician allegedly plugged into the same power source as the shot clock.

You really can’t make this type of stuff up can you? You would think that a technician would have the knowledge and ability to prevent this type of accident from happening, especially during an NBA playoff game.

Maybe the Raptors need to have detailed warnings and instructions for TV technicians for game two. They could post something like this:

Warning to Sherlock: Don’t plug anything into this outlet. You will destroy the power source to the shot clock. It’s a better idea to plug it into your…

Seriously though; this is an embarrassing incident for ESPN who prides themselves with being the worldwide leader in sports. As a raptor’s official so eloquently put it;

Electronics 101 Training

I think that the technician responsible for this untimely error needs to take an Electronics 101 class or a refresher course. The technician should also take a refresher course about where and where not to plug his devices into.

You can just see the technician saying to himself…Darn! I shouldn’t have used that cheap power cord that I bought at Big Time Great Buy. Ok. It’s enough of making fun of the poor technamateur. I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.

ESPN has not confirmed or denied if this alleged incident was the fault of ESPN. My guess is that it was. My guess is that in game two, ESPN will be told in no uncertain terms where and what they they can plug into. I’m guessing it won’t be the same power source as the shot clock.

I would like to thank ESPN for providing me with my daily laugh attack. This story brightened up my day and provided with a much needed smile on my face.

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