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Television is All An Elaborate Ruse

For those of you forced to stay home and spend time with your mothers Sunday instead of making the trip to Chester for the Red Bulls' 3-2 win over the Union, you probably watched it on TV. And if you watched it on TV there's a good chance you caught Taylor Twellman making light of Wilman Conde's Saturday morning arrest.

Twellman said something to the effect that maybe Conde got arrested for the questionable barber skills he took to Ryan Meara's head last week during some rookie hazing instead of shoving a Fort Lee police officer.

Here's the thing, though. ESPN set Twellman up for that one.

A lot of the announcers' conversation during a game that is not calling plays is scripted. It's not the producer and cameramen following what the announcers say - the announcers know what the anecdote is and when it's coming.

Here's an example. When Healey and Twellman talked in the 14th minute about Red Bulls defender Wilman Conde's arrest, Alexopoulos had set them up for it a minute earlier.

He and Frattaroli had arranged for the cameras to be trained on New York manager Hans Backe at just that moment. Alexopoulos offered a few reminders of the facts, and seconds later you heard the conversation on air. Cue the camera switch to Backe - albeit blocked by an assistant coach - and it all looked so smooth.

This and other revelations about televised sports -- specifically this weekend's soccer game -- can be found in this piece by's Jonathan Tannenwald, which is really worth your time.