For whatever reason (let’s chalk it up to boredom) I decided to watch the French Open this year. And I’m somebody who has never seen a game of tennis in his life. But I found something out while watching the tournament on TSN 2 (who steals their feed from both The BBC and NBC), Europeans know how to film their sports.
The BBC went out of their way to intercut unusual shots into their broadcast feed, whether it be pigeons sitting on top of the stadium looking down and watching the game, weird camera angles, or focusing the shot on the player’s shadow instead of their body, it made for a very interesting viewing experience that grabbed my attention and made me feel like I was right there in France, smoking a cigarette while drinking a beer and watching these players do their thing.
Unfortunately the NBC feed was no where near as cool. It was very straightforward and typical and the announcers seemed more content on talking about how expensive and rare the watch that Nadal was wearing is, even more so than calling the game. And because the final games were all broadcast on NBC, it made for some boring final matches.
I don’t really know what the point of this post was. Perhaps it was to point out that I am slowly finding myself drifting more and more towards a European lifestyle than a North American one. Or maybe it was to simply point out that, despite being an amazing tennis player, I have never seen one man pick the underwear out of his ass more often than Nadal… seriously it was like on every point. Get some new boxers man.