‘Smarter than you’ Patriots invent new way to broadcast NFL preseason games

The Patriots' first preseason game is Aug. 9 at Philadelphia. Credit: Getty Images
The Patriots’ first preseason game is Aug. 9 at Philadelphia. Credit: Getty Images

Whether or not it’s actually true remains up for debate, but many across the country believe that the Patriots are arrogant and nearly always give off a “we’re smarter than you” vibe (see Terrell Suggs after last season’s AFC Championship Game).

This idea that the Pats always have to do things their own unique way will grow in the coming weeks, but this time it has absolutely nothing to do with Bill Belichick or Tom Brady. Kraft Productions, the team’s in-house media ensemble, will flip the script on how a traditional football game is to be broadcast. Instead of a play-by-play guy like Don Criqui (whom the Pats used for preseason games for a couple of decades) and a color analyst like Randy Cross (they should have never let go of Jerry Glanville, dammit!), Kraft Productions will implement a “talk radio style” format during the game. The idea is to zero in on certain fringe players who are using these preseason games as their own Super Bowls in an effort to simply make the Pats’ final roster instead of focusing on down and distance and the scoreboard.

“We are looking at the preseason games as an opportunity to try something different and find innovative ways to engage our fans in the discussion,” said Kraft Productions executive producer Matt Smith in a statement. “We want voices and opinions on what happened during the week of practice and how it relates to what fans are seeing on the field. We want a conversational, talk-radio approach on the important issues and roster battles that are going on throughout practice as well as in the game. We want our viewers to hear the opinions of the people watching every detail of the practice sessions during the week and how it relates to what is happening in the game.”

WBZ’s Dan Roche will “host” with former Patriots Christian Fauria and Matt Chatham chiming in. Patriots Football Weekly writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will also offer up their respective takes. The Pats open up their preseason schedule on Friday, Aug. 9 at Philadelphia (7:30 p.m.).

Another interesting twist on this: when the NFL Network delivers its mashup of preseason games to a national audience, they typically flip-flop between the home and visiting team’s announcers throughout the game. Eagles fans living in, say, San Diego may very well be cursing at their flatscreens next weekend – not because Chip Kelly is playing Michael Vick too long – but because of the “ahead of the curve” nature of the Patriots and Kraft Productions.

 

Follow Metro Boston sports editor and columnist Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.