Competition among stations for kingpin status on coverage of high school football on Friday nights is pretty intense. Stations are able to sell special sponsorships for their segments, like Cricket on WAVE-TV’s coverage. With the short time frames and hip-hopping across town, however, it’s a tough assignment for sports staffs.
That said, it was shocking to see WAVE-TV’s veteran sportscaster Bob Domine anchor his station’s Touchdown Friday Night show on high school football and make a colossal mistake. He showed several clips from Manual’s 20-13 win over Central, then turned to the camera and said, “I haven’t the slightest idea who won that game,” before asking someone to call in with the score. Let’s see, isn’t the whole point of sports reporting to tell your audience who won?
To be fair, the game started late because of the heat, and was delayed because of a power outage. The winning score came in the final minute, which was getting close to 11 p.m. But it seems pretty simple to get this one right. Just give your cell number to a player’s parent and have them call when the game ends. I’ll be at all the Manual games. I’d be glad to do it.