Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Excess



We've resisted the temptation to carry on about KPIX's Super Bowl orgasm; after all, it would be un-American to rip into the obscene amount of coverage PIX has devoted to absolutely ZERO, NOTHING. Sure, there's the host-station (PIX is owned by CBS and CBS is covering the game) status and PIX has just about shoved their SF Super Bowl City badge down the collective throat of Bay Area viewers, some of whom don't give a shit about Super Bowl, Super Bowl City, Super Bowl news sets and Roberta Gonzales in particular.

We get the LOCAL ANGLE. We get Jennifer and Joe Montana. We get the 50th Game. We get all the stupidity and EXCESS. It's in the culture. It's why CBS is paying Joe Montana a million bucks for all this. Seriously, it's part of the program.

BUT WE STILL laugh at the OBSCENE EXCESS. Reporters tripping over one another to "report" the latest non-news and gimmicks; it's unbecoming at best in a city that should know better but long ago lost its soul.

The traffic around the Embarcadero is now ridiculous. Half of San Francisco is virtually impossible to navigate and even BART participation is a nightmare with most of the trains FULL and miserable to stand inside and take the train.

You want news? Wait till after the game.

32 comments:

  1. "Half of San Francisco is virtually impossible to navigate"

    Rich, you don't have to exaggerate and get melodramatic to make your point that traffic is bad near the Ferry Building and around Moscone Center.

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  2. Hmph...Roberta & her excess ASS!!!

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  3. Maybe I haven't been tuning in at the right time but when I see shots of Superbowl City in the background of the evening newscasts it just doesn't look very busy. Is all the hoopla about Superbowl City just hype?

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    1. According to my wife, who works near there and sees it every day, yes.

      She says it's mostly much ado about nothing. Traffic is snarled, but it's mostly because of the detours, not the crowds themselves.

      As for this stupid news spectacle, perhaps the local stations should note this is why young people in particular (you know, that demo they salivate over) are turning to the internet and other alternative formats for information. TV "news" has become an utter joke. Everyone except the suits in the stations themselves gets that.

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  4. The CBS affiliate here in Sacramento also has a lot of "hoop-la" about the Superbowl and we aren't anywhere near SF or Santa Clara.

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  5. whatever they're paying Joe, its not enough. This guy is one of the greatest legends in SF history, and remains a global symbol of SF greatness. Plus, he still lives in the city.

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    1. They get around. A place in The City, and they have had places in Conejo Valley (SoCal), the East Bay, and an estate between Santa Rosa and Calistoga that is worth well north of 10 mill.

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  6. I've been to two Super Bowls and this one takes the cake, the plates, the candles and the silverware for excess. How much can one take? The NFL turns media day into a fan event. There were 7,000 brain dead people who sat from a distance to see idiots ask stupid questions. How dumb is that? Then there's Super Bowl City. Why? So Budweiser can pour more beer. Meanwhile, face value on game tickets is at four figures. What the fuck? The NFL thinks they're doing a good job of marketing this event. What they're doing is oversaturation to the point of no one is going to care anymore. Soon, the other pro sports will do the same shit. Puke! What happened to the reason why they're playing the game?

    However, one wonders if the NFL is building its bank account to handle the onslaught of CTE lawsuits and medical claims that will be coming.

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  7. ABC7 is doing the same thing - broadcasting from their rooftop overlooking Super Bowl City - and they have nothing to do with any of it - other than it's in their neighborhood. Everyone get a clue - the game is 50 miles away in the Mission City.

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    1. It's sad and embarrassing. I feel bad for them. "Hey look at me, over here."

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  8. I've avoided it all and I'm happy about it. Just kick the damn ball.

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    1. I'll turn the TV on for the first time in a week at kickoff. This means I'll only have to watch the half-time show, unless I go for a beer run. Game over, I'm out.

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  9. As one who grew up in the golden age of football (circa 1964 - 1990), I find it damn near impossible to watch any game at all. Especially the Super Bowl which has become one, endless mind numbing commercial ad.

    As someone who's now considered "out of the demographic," I continue to marvel at the stupid bowl excess of nearly all the local stations. 1:35 has it right. All the youngsters are getting what they need elsewhere (if they even need it at all). The only people tuning in to watch the local news are folks my age, and shit, I ain't even that old. I'm considered a tail-end baby boomer and early GenXer and nobody cares about us. It's all about Millennials now and no one else seems to matter. The marketing geniuses for the local stations are completely out of touch with reality and that's what we're seeing now - a mad, blind, headlong desperate attempt to remain relevant by throwing any and all kinds of shit at the wall. Like most things in this Internet age, it's going to get worse. We are witnessing the "Great Unravelling!"

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  10. Re KPIX's hoopla: It's Ken who disturbs me the most.

    He used to be a cool dude, the most likely heir to Dave McElhatton's seat: smooth, unflappable, wry, objective, warm.

    But now he's been told to SHOUT and wear scarfs, sit on rooftops in the chill and give Thunder Thighs credibility?

    I'm sure his family understands this whorish turnaround, but at cocktail parties - in his pricey 'hood - he must be the guy to avoid.

    Kenners, we knew you when.
    (For shame.)

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  11. Give credit to Joe Fonzi last night. He basically said all the nfl media events from Tuesday were boring pieces of marketing. He went on to show Joe Montana at a Microsoft event and Joe looked utterly bored. It is absolutely hilarious that KPIX paid him a $1Milion. For what!? Can we look at the ratings? I am proud I do not know anyone in my life who has said: "I must go home now to watch Joe and Jennifer Montana's latest report on KPIX!".

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  12. My two cents---Free SUPER BOWL 50 Commercial on Sunday. be sure to watch for it! Hint: With all of the El Nino Hype and gloom and doom, the largest TV audience in the US and around the world will see a sparkling, clear and mild start at 3:30 pm with the air temp. in the low 70's just past mid-winter her in Nor. Cal. we emerald green hills in the background. What do you think all of the out of town folks in the stands and everywhere from across the Midwest and East waist deep in snow are thinking? What a great place to live! I think Calif. lost 26,000 residents to Texas last year. Well, will probably get some back!

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  13. It is all about big money people and local government playing games and having fun with the tax payers money. That's all you need to know. That's why as a native born, I left the city, good luck.

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  14. Let me pile on: PIX at 6pm. Homeless protest at SB City, cops in helmets and batons, possibility for major chaos in amongst all the SB people. Homeless guy damn near killed a CHP officer yesterday. Don't you think there's some importance there?

    What do they lead with? Girl Scout troop that was promised a camp out (in the middle of May) at Levi Field for selling a bunch of cookies got the word that the camp out was off. Something lucrative was being scheduled in its place. LEAD STORY?????? REALLY????? Does anyone at PIX have a clue? I'm sure the working stiffs do but what about the producer/editor/head knucklehead in charge? At best it was fodder for sometime halfway through the broadcast but to LEAD???? Put it after the Jefferson Awards segment for an added dose of self congratulatory BS.

    And any half wit could see the resolution to the girl scouts revoked promise coming a mile away. Lord knows we can't have the 49ers have any bad press, can we?

    KRON, KGO-TV (not radio), KNTV; any station, ANY station other than KTVU and KPIX.

    Channel 2 and 5: just effing brain-dead.

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    1. What do you want to bet that somebody who works at KPIX has a daughter in that Girl Scout troop? That's how they all roll these days. They bring their power to play whenever anything happens to a member of their staff. In the face of criticism, they have completely circled the wagons and believe they are being unfairly targeted. The thought never crosses their mind that this is self-interested, unproductive, and slowly destroys their credibility. Its not the local news anymore, it's the "extract revenge" and "we're going to make life fair" news

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  15. The worst was KPIX going into this Man's meager little abode, who lives in Sunnyvale because he wanted to rent his home out via AirBnB?! Its so freaking pathetic that our local media outlets would bend that low for a Super Bowl Story?!

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  16. Not a sports fan.

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  17. BREAKING NEWS!!!

    Nobody gives s rat's ass about 'Stupid Bowel Shitty'!

    Let's send the Interns to get us our $9.00 Buds!

    Pirate City would have been more popular..."Brought to you by...Grumpy's!"

    Film at eleven.

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    1. Actually you're wrong about that. It's been so popular, people are being turned away in droves.

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  18. I have watched none of this SB50 hype on TV. Better options out there. And I would never venture to SF or SJ for the festivities. Waste of time and money IMO. Doesn't interest me at all. I just want to watch and the enjoy the game. That's it.

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    1. Great! Stay away. Less crowded for the rest of us.

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  19. Everything in the Bay Area is "excess", and Joe Montana is basically a whore, yeah, I went there...

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  20. Let's see what's on...Oh, the weather.................

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  21. When I watch it on the TV, SB City looks cold, windy and dark, hoever yesrday afternoon it was quite pleasant and great people watching. Moscone Experience, not worth it, go check out the NFL Shop and Radio Row, it's free.

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  22. CBS paid something like a billion dollars for their broadcast rights, and you're offended that they're pimping the game every chance they get? Sometimes it seems like you don't really know how this industry works, Rich.

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  23. Roberta Gonzales is the biggest over enthusiastic suck up on KPIX. It's nauseating. In an unrelated Gonzales nauseating note, on a recent morning broadcast, the traffic reporter was making a comment and the anchors were looking at her while she talked. Gonzales was fixing a nauseatingly seductive stare at the camera.

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  24. Hey!

    Not my favorite chorizo-in-a-girdle!

    Cut the girl some slack!

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  25. News Flash. Super Bowl is news. Crowds, traffic, safety, money, homeless, security, sports, SB City... Get off your high horse and stop trying to find topics that aren't there.

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