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NBC will follow bouncing ball
Punts usually are dull, but not at Jerry Jones’ new football palace, for which NBC has special coverage planned during Sunday’s Giants-Cowboys game.
Producer Fred Gaudelli said the normal procedure is to follow the coverage team and return man, not the ball. But that was before punters began taking aim at the Cowboys’ video board 90 feet above the field.
So, yes, NBC will follow the ball’s trajectory, just in case.
"We will cover our punts differently in this game than we do in a normal game," Gaudelli said.
"In a regular game, we're not tracking the ball on a punt, we're actually just moving down the field to show the coverage go after the returner, but we're going to start initially tracking the ball live because obviously people are going to be wondering about that right away."
It’s part of the intrigue about a stadium whose opening has created a level of interest both Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth said has not been seen in a new facility since the Astrodome in 1965.
That was 11 months before Giants punter Jeff Feagles was born.
(My five favorite Giants players from my decade on the beat: Rich Seubert, Jeff Feagles, Kerry Collins, Roman Oben, Scott Gragg.)