Sport: How to Score on The Small Screen

HARD HITS, BLITZES AND TECHNICAL WIZARDRY MAKE FOOTBALL TV'S TOP SPORT

The Baltimore Ravens marched past the 50-yard line in overtime, tied at 17 with the New York Jets. Eighty thousand Jets fans at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., and thousands more quivering on couches across the New York City area could feel the knot in their stomach, a side effect caused by years of ingesting an awful green drug called Jets football. Baltimore kicker Matt Stover would have a shot at a field goal to win the game.

For TV viewers, the drama was heightened by an amazing rainbow of colors instantaneously shading each 10-yard increment. Stover's conversion percentages, or...

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