> >Subject: Final 4 TV time-outs
> >Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 22:47:40 -0600
> >Did anyone else find it somewhat curious that ESPN(2) needed to have TV
> >time-outs during the Long Beach / Florida semi and the Long Beach / Penn
> >State championship matches even though the matches were being tape delayed
> >and edited?
I remember being told by a producer-type once that it's much easier to
put the commercials in during real (live) time, so that you know you
have a 90-second break or whatever and you know three commercials will
fit perfectly, than to mess with editing in a break, and timing how you
restart the match broadcast perfectly during editing. Also, since the
final was only delayed by two hours, and since the broadcast went on the
air at 3 CST while the match was still in game 4, figuring out what and
how much to cut seems to be a difficult prospect, so having one fewer
thing to worry about is a good thing.
> I do have a question; *********
> The championship is played on a mat surface, PSU plays on a wood floor at home
> and I think all courts it plays on. It looked to me that PSU was not moving
> along the net smoothly. They were jumping and getting out on timing control.
> LBSU seemed to slide along the net and be in position and timing for blocks
> and kills.
> Does any team play on the mat surface during the season?
> Does the mat surface have a difference either actual or mental?
Part of the package of bidding to host the Final Four means the host
school gets to keep the SportCourt used for the finals. However, it
takes many man-hours to set up that floor, so I imagine schools that
have SportCourts but have to share gym space with other sports, may not
use it all the time. I've played on both and coached on both and don't
find really any difference in playability. My experience is that when
you're trying to block and Misty May's setting for the other team, it
often looks like you're not moving very well, but that's another
story.... Bad wood floors are worse to dive on that SportCourts, but if
you get floorburn on a SportCourt I find it's sometimes worse than on a
wood floor. Also, SportCourts generally don't have a lot of padding
underneath them (a couple layers of thin felt, basically), so if the
court in above a concrete floor or something, your knees and back might
not like it as much. Of course, a SportCourt set on a nice, springy
wood floor (like Stanford's) is probably slightly easier on the body.
That's my opinion, at least.