Midway through the third quarter of the NFL’s first, and hopefully not last, snow-covered game of 2015, Al Michaels introduced a cool addition to Sunday Night Football coverage, which is already the best broadcast in sports. Crediting Fred Gaudelli, the show’s producer, Michael introduced “virutal numbers” which allowed viewers to see the numbers and yard markers obscured by the steady snow that was falling in Denver.
NBC kept up the numbers during both live play and replay and, as is usual with the newest of sports technologies, one could barely tell they weren’t real.
Part of me liked the confusion when watching a snow game and having no idea where a team is on the field, but turns out I was just like those people who actually believe rain on your wedding day is good luck. It was just something you say to lie to yourself to attempt to make the best of a bad situation. Because when you see the virtual numbers, you realize that actually knowing the yard line is so much better. Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?