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Out of focus?

December 4, 2008 - John Mehno

I saw that the NFL had issued a DVD set of the Steelers' five Super Bowl victories. These were the actual game broadcasts rather than the highlight compilations you've seen a million times.

Perfect. A chance to watch the actual games in real time and hear Curt Gowdy mispronounce half of the names. I looked the item up on amazon and was surprised to see a lot of negative reviews. And, no, they weren't posted by disgruntled Dallas Cowboys fans. They were from Steeler diehards, disappointed over the video quality of the games. Someone said they were better off watching their old VHS copies that were taped off the air. Ouch.

Another detail: Apparently they're not the complete broadcasts, either. To make things fit, they've chopped out some of the stuff between plays out so it's not real time, either. That's a huge disappointment since the NFL usually does things right. If they can't get the master tapes from the networks, who can?

Perhaps that item is on your Christmas list. If it is, beware that it might not be quite what it's supposed to be.

On the subject of your letter to Santa, keep in mind that a few copies of my book  ("The Best Pittsburgh Sports Arguments") are still in stock at your favorite retailer. With a $14.95 list price (discounted in most places), it's a perfect thoughtful gift that won't break the budget in a tough economy. Order a box of them for all the Steelers/Pirates/Penguins/misc fans on your gift list. Thanks.

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