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Tom Jones' Two Cents: Reviewing Fox TV broadcast of Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers

St. Petersburg Times staff writer Tom Jones looks back at the Bucs-Packers broadcast on Fox.

Biggest missed opportunity

. Wouldn't it have been nice if Fox had stayed in Tampa, at least in the local market, for the halftime ceremony honoring the Bucs' Lee Roy Selmon instead of going back to the studio for halftime highlights?

Fox really couldn't be expected to show the Selmon ceremony to the Tampa Bay area. That's a problem when dealing with NFL broadcasts. They're set up for a national audience, not for the local markets. It's so set in stone that the thought of showing the halftime proceedings probably never even occurred to Fox. But though it would've required going above and beyond, it would've been cool if Fox could've skipped the halftime show and done something special.

Fox did the best it could recognizing the Bucs' celebration, showing old clips of the Bucs, the former players in the luxury suite and Selmon on the sideline. However, one more complaint: Fox sideline reporter Chris Myers relayed a conversation he had with Selmon. Why not have a conversation with Selmon on camera?

Best graphic

. Just when we thought we had seen every statistic possible, Fox posted one that was not only unique but incredibly interesting. It showed how rare it is to score a touchdown on a drive that includes a quarterback sack. For example, the Packers had scored on 37 percent of their drives in which their quarterback had not been sacked but, until Sunday, hadn't had a TD all season on a drive when their quarterback was sacked. Cool stuff.

Most frustrating replay

. The Bucs came close to sacking Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a safety in the third quarter, and replays were inconclusive. With the ball on the 1-yard line like that, why wouldn't Fox, with plenty of cameras available, have one set up looking straight down the goal line?

Best reaction

. Of course it was the story of the day, but give Fox credit for squeezing every ounce of excitement out of the Bucs winning their first game. Bucs fans don't have a heck of a lot to celebrate this season, but Fox — through shots of the crowd and replays on the sideline — allowed them to celebrate their first victory in style.

Most interesting comment

. Fox analyst and former Bucs safety John Lynch was a part of the halftime highlight show and was critical of his former team for starting Josh Freeman for the first time on Sunday. The key words there are, "for the first time.''

Lynch said, "I think the only problem with the Bucs starting Josh Freeman, it's about seven weeks too late. … He's a talented kid and should've been starting since the start of the season.''

Worst prediction

. Here's what CBS analyst Bill Cowher said before Sunday's game: "I never thought I'd see it again, Detroit first, but yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a chance to go 0-16. … I'm sorry to say, 0-16 could be right around the corner.''

Tom Jones' Two Cents: Reviewing Fox TV broadcast of Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers 11/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, November 8, 2009 9:50pm]
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