There have been occasions when a network production crew will show a camera angle that doesn’t provide the best view of a play. In the case of a Detroit Lions field goal attempt by Matt Prater against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, it appeared that ESPN was attempting to show an angle either from the far end of AT&T Stadium or from the sun. It was difficult to tell because we really needed Sean McDonough to tell us that the kick was missed.
Take a look:
Notice after the wide angle shot, there’s a cut to a disappointed Prater. Of course, people noticed this right away:
ESPN switcher just didn't want impressionable young kickers to see that.
— Brad Gagnon (@Brad_Gagnon) December 27, 2016
Impressive camera work.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 27, 2016
Super into ESPN's "worst seat in the house" camera
— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) December 27, 2016
Solid camera work on that field goal, ESPN
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 27, 2016
Prater missed it? ESPN's camera was from section 600, row 89 of the opposite end of the stadium
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) December 27, 2016
This isn’t the first time this ESPN Monday Night Football crew has done something lIke this. It was faked out a couple of weeks ago when Tom Brady threw a pick against the Ravens.
And add insult to injury, Lisa Salters was doing a sideline report while Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott threw a touchdown to Dez Bryant. It’s as if the ESPN crew is jonesing for the first flight out of Dallas after the game.