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Grading The Mtn: Teams to Remember

Many of us, the fans, may just be able to help the Mountain West schools, literally. It's a longshot, but here is my logic: Right now, almost nobody watches The Mtn. except for football and basketball games. If we start watching the shows, then the network can report more viewers which helps with advertising and also helps with showing Comcast why the reach of The Mtn. needs to be bigger.

The advertising will in turn make the network quality better and give even more reason for Comcast to make The Mtn. a channel available nationally on their cable service. That creates a huge jump in subscribers to The Mtn. (TowerPower pointed this out to me in another thread. People don't have to subscribe specifically to The Mtn, all they have to do is subscribe to the package Comcast offers it with. i.e. With the new reach in Atlanta, The Mtn. is in the same package as NFL Redzone. Without knowing it, tons of people will subscribe to The Mtn. as well as NFL Redzone and the MWC makes money off of it. Put that on a national scale with the largest cable provider in the nation and the amount of money made off of subscribers jumps through the roof) that in turn actually helps provide money to the schools we consider ourselves fans of.

If there is an issue with that logic, please point that out in the comments for me as I am not even sure that us watching more of The Mtn. will actually follow this train of thought.

With that, here is today's review of this week's installment of Teams to Remember - Teams to Remember: 1990 UNLV Basketball

Alright, since this is a grade system, that means I have to have a series of things to grade on. Here is my grading rubric:

 

Graphics How well the graphics look. i.e. how good are the video clips, do they have good statistics, do the graphics stand out?
Analysis How much does the analysis make sense? Does it seem like the analysts are saying something you and I have already come up with or is it something that's new?
Quality of Interview Questions Are they questions that everyone is wondering or are they meaningless?
Smoothness of Show How smooth is the transition between camera angles, in and out of commercials and graphics?

Graphics:

Throughout the show videos were constantly shown of the 1990 UNLV basketball team. Of course videos from then aren't going to have anything near HD Quality but it was cool to see all the amazing plays that UNLV made that season. Other than that they never showed anything else.

Graphics Grade:

B

Analysis:

There was no analysis since the show was entirely a big interview.

Quality of Interview Questions:

When interviewing an entire team, you can grade interview questions based on what creates discussion. It seemed almost every question created discussion among the players and that was really cool to see. The interview questions were mainly things like "So what's going on here?" when the host was showing a play.

Quality of Interview Questions Grade:

A-

Smoothness of Show:

The show didn't really run smoothly at all. Many times the clips would start and stop and start again, there would be 10 second pauses in the converesation. It just wasn't what it could have been with you really paying attention to the show. Instead I was constantly focusing on how akward the pauses were.

Smoothness of Show Grade:

C-

Let's take another look at that rubric, this time with the grades:

 

Graphics How well the graphics look. i.e. how good are the video clips, do they have good statistics, do the graphics stand out? B
Analysis How much does the analysis make sense? Does it seem like the analysts are saying something you and I have already come up with or is it something that's new? N/A
Quality of Interview Questions Are they questions that everyone is wondering or are they meaningless? A-
Smoothness of Show How smooth is the transition between camera angles, in and out of commercials and graphics? C-

Final Grade:

B-

I was really interested to see how this show was. The 1990 UNLV Basketball team was spectacular and I already knew a ton about them, so I wanted to see just how well the team was presented. That turned out to be pretty bad and that was what really determined the final grade.

 

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