The theme song portion of both NBC’s Sunday Night Football and ESPN’s Monday Night Football are similar: They both portray a fictitious football stadium in the middle of a city. Even though NBC has Pink (and I stare at her prominently displayed chest through the whole song), it’s better. ESPN’s theme song ‘video collage’ is awful. Afraid to choose one team to represent the show every week, a nonexistant team with blue jerseys and white helmets (not quite the throwback Chargers) is shown. It’s ugly. They almost look like the Steelers — why not just go with last year’s Super Bowl champ? countless video games have gone that route. Every football fan would see a Steelers uniform before the game and — regardless of the Steelers’ record — would know exactly why ESPN picked that team to play out the intro every week.
Instead, ESPN went with the fake team and bad CGI special effects. Helmets appearing over a guy’s head, followed by the facemask? It all sort of looks like goop, and none of it looks good. One guy gets that (ugly-ass) giant, silver and black Motorola coach’s headset. It does the same thing: manifests out of the ether. Still looks like goop.
Yes, NBC’s Pink makes me cringe a little, but ESPN’s intro makes me groan.