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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Shadows at Lucas Oil Stadium affected TV viewers

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


Many of you sent notes to the mailbag or through Facebook about how difficult the Jaguars-Colts game was to watch on CBS because of the way the light fell through the open roof of Lucas Oil Stadium onto the field.

I was at the game and didn’t really notice the issue from the press box. I sent a note to CBS and was told there was no broadcast issue. Jim Caldwell and some players said the sun was not a factor in the game with maybe one exception, a punt that returner T.J. Rushing had some trouble tracking.

Tuesday, I rewatched some of the game and saw exactly what you were talking about, however. The lines of light and shadow were very dramatic, and at times it looked like a narrow arrowhead shadow spanning much of the width of the field was on the middle of it. There were other long lines too where the ball or players went from light to dark back to light again. I agree it was distracting and made things hard to watch at times.

Perhaps it’s just the way things lined up on the one sunny fall day.

Here’s hoping if it's a nice day and the roof is open when the Seahawks play in Indy on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. ET, we don't find the same issues on our TV screens.

If we do, could it become something the team has to consider when deciding whether to open the roof?