49ers Game Hits Sour Note

FOX network's musical experiment should have been a little more muted

By Joe Kukura
|  Monday, Dec 13, 2010  |  Updated 6:44 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 12: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after a catch as Lawyer Milloy #36 of the Seattle Seahawks defends during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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To many San Francisco 49ers fans, watching a game broadcast of the home town team can't get much worse than when you've got a pairing up of the D-list announcing team of Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick.

But during Sunday's loss 40-21 win over the Seahawks, it did get worse. The FOX network decided to experiment with the concept of an "in-game soundtrack," and they used your ears as guinea pigs, Niner fans.

Did you notice it? Music not even fit for Geico commercials or dentist's offices was broadcast throughout the game's television broadcast -- not just when segueing to a commercial break, but during game replays and when the team went into a huddle.

Both 49ers and Seahawks fans seem to agree it's the dumbest thing FOX has done since they sent Geraldo snooping around Al Capone's vaults. If you didn't see the game on FOX, this montage of game clips may or may not be music to your ears.

49ers-Seahawks was the first FOX broadcast in which this stunt was attempted on-air. Let's hope the game becomes known as "The Day the Music Died".

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who can't see why every game shouldn't start with monster truck rally footage set to hip-hop music.

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