Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down On VERSUS First Night Of Coverage

Thumbs Up: VESRUS new graphics scheme.  I’m not over-the-top about the entire thing, but I like it better than it used to be.  I wish they’d convert their “bottom line” to the same thing, but that doesn’t infringe upon me all that much.  The thing that has to be saluted is the new VERSUS score overly, which has been up for a couple months now, however, unmentioned until now by me.  It’s tight, compact, and unobtrusive, whereas the old one was clunky, big and got in the way.  VERSUS has mostly gotten itself into the 20th century.

Thumbs Down: To VERSUS’ new theme.  It is blander than bland.  Do you remember the episode of Futurama where the gang attacks the neutral planet?  Well, this theme strikes off a Beige alert.  It’s much more guitar driven than the old one and less of a rip off of that Joe Satriani song that Satriani thinks Coldplay ripped off.  I had gone quite comfortable with the old one.  Even if it’s boring, it still lets you know there’s a big game going on.  This doesn’t really say anything, except for “blaaaaaah”.

Thumbs Up: To Rick Peckham and Daryl Reaugh, a solid choice to work the west coast games on VERSUS this opening round, as they’ll do the Phoenix games of Wings/Coyotes and the LA games of Canucks/Kings.  They seem to be left to their own devices, calling games in the 10PM timeslot and will presumably be ignored by the casual fan.  They know they’re talking to the hardcore fans and doing a great job of it.  Except for…

Thumbs Down: To the broadcasters not seeming to know what “Throw the Snake” is.  That is all.

7 Responses to Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down On VERSUS First Night Of Coverage

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    While Peckham and Reaugh are good, I’m sorry to read that Versus won’t take the CBC feed for all the Vancouver LA series. If you want to hear REALLY good play by play it’s Jim Hougson who will be working this game. If he’s not the best play by play guy in the game I don’t know who is.

  2. Chris says:

    Versus HD picture is perfect..flat out one of the best out there

  3. Mike in Idaho says:

    I watched Detroit/Phoenix last night on Versus and have no complaints (except for the final score).

  4. Colton says:

    “VERSUS has mostly gotten itself into the 20th century.”

    I think it’s the 21st century.

  5. leafsfan1967 says:

    Colton :“VERSUS has mostly gotten itself into the 20th century.”
    I think it’s the 21st century.

    True, but maybe Versus isn’t quite THAT up to date yet!

  6. Kevin says:

    Thumbs down for the huge HAY WATCH THE DAILY LINE graphic that takes up about a third of the screen popping up during play.

  7. Andrew says:

    I wish VERSUS would do what NBC and TSN do — spread their scoring graphic across the entire screen, without being obtrusive. In SD, some of the smaller text is hard to read.

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