For reasons unknown, ESPN's coverage of Ohio State-Michigan elected to use a camera angle that perhaps best captured the backs and rears of the players and officials immediately in front of the cameras.
Like trying to watch the game through an HD Periscope broadcast from the sidelines, the game's announcers described the angle as being like having a courtside or floor level seat. The experience, branded "floor seats", almost necessitated dramamine, prevented the ability to see the conclusion of some shots and moments, and felt the equivalent of reading while in a car during some of the jerkier moments.
The network inexplicably maintained it for the entire game, declining to spare viewers by audibling to something even a tiny bit more watchable. If you tuned in, no one would've faulted you if you changed the channel, even if you had a vested interest in the outcome.
No one on the social media network Twitter watching the game seemed to be enjoying themselves very much:
So, we love the camera angle? pic.twitter.com/1eywpamY8o— Patti Jones (@DrPattiJones) February 17, 2016
This is roughly what it looked like:
Nice move, I think? pic.twitter.com/9f2krCvEm1— Big Ten Geeks (@bigtengeeks) February 17, 2016
Woof. ESPN. Your camera angle:
Every jump shot is like its own mini trivia game: Did this Zak Irvin shot go in? pic.twitter.com/P25SH2m7Ta— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) February 17, 2016
Trending topics on Twitter perhaps captured the viewing experience best:
'garbage' is now trending in #Columbus https://t.co/EsqXXTwFIq— Trendsmap Columbus (@TrendsColumbus) February 17, 2016
'angle' is now trending in #Columbus https://t.co/EsqXXTwFIq— Trendsmap Columbus (@TrendsColumbus) February 17, 2016
UPDATE -- ESPN evidently knew just how awful it was:
Believe it or not, I just ran into one of ESPN camerawomen in the bathroom. She said that she can't pan without hitting anyone...— Kelly Hall (@KellyHall20) February 17, 2016
She told me that she's sure fans are "blowing them up" on Twitter...I assured her that they were.— Kelly Hall (@KellyHall20) February 17, 2016
In a later deleted tweet, Hall added the camerawoman told her "Yeah, let's never do this again."