One of the less exciting parts of being a professional commentator is being given a tough script and being asked to act enthusiastically about a show you don’t watch or a product you don’t use only. so you can engage your boss and finally get back to the game. It’s a mandatory part of sports broadcasts Family boy even made up jokes about how bad those ads were.
Well, TBS may have just taken that level of cringe to a whole new plateau.
Last night, during Game 1 of the ALDS between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians, Bob Costas started talking about the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium. He then uttered the statement, “We’re not sure if this match will be played.” Obviously, anyone who hears that sentence will be intrigued. What kind of tragedy or threat to the safety of fans or players would have to happen to prevent an MLB knockout from happening? This could be a big story, and everyone watching TBS can sit on the edge of their seats.
Costas had sent it to Lauren Shehadi, and no one would have guessed the level of wrinkling that was about to grace their television screens.
Why is the game almost paused? Obviously a dragon. The whole baseball world collectively put their palms together after witnessing that commercial. That’s why they had to make such an advertisement. Both TBS and HBO are owned by WarnerMedia Entertainment, so they’re clearly trying to cross-promote between platforms, but this idea was implemented as well in 2015 Colts forged war against the Patriots.
Let’s tackle the most puzzling problem: the CGI of the dragon. This is the worst picture of a dragon I’ve witnessed since I was a toddler. Dragon Story. However, on that show at least, Zak and Wheezie never teamed up with Bob Costas and Lauren Shehadi to interrupt a ball game.
Second, why would a dragon decide to “join” the game? I understand that the dragons in Game of Thrones the universe understands the complex emotions behind human actions, as evidenced by the fact that Drogon burned the Throne at the end of Season 8 (still salty about the stupidity of that scene), but it must be said that it will be very excited about the Yankees-Guardians Game 1 is laughable. It can’t just be a look. Dragon had to see the game? No, I didn’t buy it.
Third, you can hear the lack of enthusiasm in the Costas’ voice after Shehadi threw it back to him. He was barely able to play along, exclaiming “Don’t worry everyone,” and quickly went back to calling the game. You could say Costas and his partner Ron Darling just want to move on and forget all about what they’ve just been forced to do. Costas is one of the greatest broadcasters to ever grace our television screens and the baseball world can’t help but feel sorry for him because what he must do.
I understand companies that want to be creative with their marketing. However, this is not an unknown, well-reviewed show that just needs a larger audience to truly succeed. This is Dragon’s House, a prequel to the biggest television cultural phenomenon of the past 20 years. A good ol ‘“New episode of Dragon’s House premieres this Sunday night after Sunday Night Football” will be completely full. Even if half of that game’s viewers had never heard of the show, it would spark conversation and perhaps convince some more viewers. Now, people who have never heard of this show have a bad taste in their mouths. That commercial took them out of the game, introduced horrible CGI, and got the TBS broadcast crew to read one of the funniest commercials ever. YES! They may have lost more viewers than they gained.
The Yankees won that game by an aggregate score of 4-1. Game 2 will also air on TBS this Thursday. I can’t wait for androids to storm the field and take over the stadium to promote Westworld Part 5.