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This is John Grisham‘s perspective of Dudy Noble Field, Polk-Dement Stadium and what it means to a Dawg Fan.  It can’t be articulated any better than this.  It is reprinted with his permission.


It is tempting, in this short space, to talk about people. I could write pages about the young men who’ve played at Dudy Noble. I could go on and on about those electric moments, such as Burke’s grand slam, back to back home runs by Clark and Palmeiro, Raffo’s monstrous shots, Showalter’s .459, B. J.’s 19 strikeouts, Thigpen’s throws to the plate, Pete’s dirty uniform, the easy grace of Jody Hurst chasing fly balls, and on and on. Read more

Technology in college football: The evolution of video and film study

Not that there is anything at all about baseball in this article, but I bet if you were to check with most baseball teams, you would find out they use a lot of digital media in their practice and game preparation.

If you look around Dudy Noble Field during fall and spring practice, you will see at least three or four cameras recording the activity during the scrimmage.   And I am sure there are just as many recordng activities during pre-scrimmage activities.  This way, coaches can benchmark a player and if they go into a slump, they can review tape of when they were doing better and try to fix the problem.

Additionally, with the advent of the SEC network, coaches can record game footage of every conference team, and many regional teams that may be on the schedule.  This helps to game plan the hitting and pitching philosophy for that particular opponent.

At least that is the way I see it.  So if you have a few minutes, check out the article below, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment area.

How has video and film room technology changed the way college football is played and coached?

Source: Technology in college football: The evolution of video and film study | SI.com

Televising the CWS a hectic but rewarding production – Omaha.com: CWS

When it comes to the College World Series, ESPN coordinating producer Tom McNeeley says he has one main goal. “We want to make people wish they were here,” he said. “If we can do that, then we’ve done our job.”

Once upon a time many many years ago, I worked in video production.  Back in the early 80’s, I had the opportunity to work weekends freelancing with several video production companies that broadcast football and basketball games, as well as other events.  At the time, my main role was that of Technical Director.  The TD is the guy on the right of this picture.  The director would call the camera shot he wanted to see, and the TD is responsible for getting it to air along with any graphics, special effects, and transitions.

Granted, times have changed.  I think the most cameras I have had to handle was 8 and 3 slo-mo machines.  Today’s productions are much more sophisticated.  In those days, we were housed in a production truck that was cramped.  As this picture shows, today’s production facilities are much more uptown!

Give the article below a read, and see what the folks who bring you any live televised event go through.  And yes, this includes the guys at HailState video productions.  Those videos on the Jumbotron don’t just miracle themselves up there.

Feel free to share any thoughts or stories of your own if you worked video prodcution.

Source: Televising the CWS a hectic but rewarding production – Omaha.com: CWS

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