NBC Unleashes The “Green Zone”; Twitter Goes (Hilariously) Mean Zone
Football is back, baby!
As is tradition, the TV networks have to dump every penny into new, annoying and unnecessary graphics, because what’s the point of football if it doesn’t look as close to a video game as possible?
NBC came in hot on Thursday night, introducing the “Green Zone” graphic, a bold green filter displayed over the field between the line of scrimmage and the yellow first-down line on every third down … because the bold yellow line we’ve had since 1998 simply hasn’t worked well enough on its own.
Of course, Twitter will not let such an atrocity enter our lives unscathed. Sit back and enjoy the beauty of angry football fans reacting to a dumb, pointless and probably expensive idea.
With a Thursday season opener between the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons that was “meh” at best, let’s get straight to the good stuff.
Bay Area Blue Zone
Draymond Green Zone better pic.twitter.com/bakfi8hyIC
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 7, 2018
When an idea as bad as this comes around, superpowers must combine to fight a greater evil. NBA Twitter knows the Draymond Green Zone is what watching this green zone feels like.
The Tom Green Zone
Not sure why we need The Green Zone, but it's growing on me pic.twitter.com/UMxPTSullC
— Michael Katz (@KatzM) September 7, 2018
People weren’t ready for it in the ‘90s, they still couldn’t handle it in the ‘00s and the ‘10s aren’t looking much different.
Trying to get that 3rd down Green Zone off our screen pic.twitter.com/qp0Tvx6QCd
— LIDS (@lids) September 7, 2018
Why. Won’t. You. Die?!
For real, though. This thing’s a legit ghost haunting our TV that the people on-field can’t see.
— McKenna S. Aldine (@m16935729) September 7, 2018
Counting is for the peasants.
Shark Week Zone
Nevermind, I LOVE the new NBC Green Zone! pic.twitter.com/ZjnskP4cb7
— Mike, The Producer (@MikeySips247) September 7, 2018
Done! It’s over. Need it yesterday.
The Mind Blown Zone
If the Green Zone is in the Red Zone does it become the Yellow Zone?
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 7, 2018
Back to the Future Zone
The year is 2058:
Every play ends in either a penalty flag or someone calling a play action pass an RPO.
The green zone is a hologram in your living room.
There has not been a completed pass that withstood replay review in 16 years.
Darren Sproles picks up a big first down.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) September 7, 2018
The “green zone” offers us a post-apocalyptic glimpse into the future, but at least Darren Sproles is a hero we can believe in.
NBA Red Zone
After the overwhelming success of the NFL’s “green zone” I think the NBA needs to add a “red zone” for the back half of the court once a player crosses with the ball so everyone knows they’re not supposed to go back there pic.twitter.com/lxvrcQbrsJ
— Nunzio Vuono (TWEETS PROVIDED “AS IS” W/O WARRANTY (@nvuono) September 7, 2018
It’s funny until realizing this is literally how dumb NBC apparently assumes its viewers are.
the green zone when the Browns are on 3rd down pic.twitter.com/N7jTt0Etaj
— pwnteam (@pwnteam) September 7, 2018
It’s never too early to get a shot at the Browns in. Sorry, Cleveland. You understand.
This Green Zone is elitist, reminding me the difference between what grass looks like in the hood versus what it's supposed to look like.
I feel attacked.
— Patrik Walker [No C] (@VoiceOfTheStar) September 7, 2018
We don’t see colors… well, we could before being blinded by the green zone.
Tom Crean Zone
resolved: replace the green zone with the pic.twitter.com/adqdLbfV6v
— crimson quarry (@crimsonquarry) September 7, 2018
Sorry, Hoosiers, the Tom Crean Zone will no longer be broadcast in Indiana. Now Georgia fans on the other hand can start getting excited.
Green zone is the most unnecessary viewing feature since CBS hiring kicking expert jay feely to talk about wind
— NFL Outsiders (@nfloutsiders) September 7, 2018
Wow. RIP, Jay Feely.
Bad Neighbor Zone
Green zone makes the real field look like that neighbor that completely neglects their lawn and makes the whole neighborhood look bad
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) September 7, 2018
To be fair, this is more like the wealthy neighbor who’s so extra with lawncare they end up just being “that guy.” Chill, fam. California’s dealing with a bad enough drought without the extra sprinkler action.
The Office Zone
Obligatory “The Green Zone stinks” tweet pic.twitter.com/sWLVZ6WfPp
— Andrew Claudio (@Claudio_GSN) September 7, 2018
Honestly, if we had a PIP screen Michael Scott trashing it all game, we’d all watch.
The “green zone” looks like the grass put on a filter to make itself look better.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 7, 2018
Former Pro Bowl punter (and current podcast legend) Pat McAfee was not having any of this green zone filter trash. We get more than enough on the Snapchat.
That super useful and not distracting NBC "Green Zone" feature is good for almost any occasion! pic.twitter.com/a5qEDjlMkb
— TommyEdward (@TED44E) September 7, 2018
Remarkable, it blends right in!
I hope the wife of the guy who thought of the “green zone” left him for the guy who thought of the yellow line
— Joe LII (@JPopo07) September 7, 2018
That’s kind of harsh, but we all know yellow line guy would treat her so much better.
the Green Zone might be bad but never forget about the TOYOTA RED ZONE, introduced and cancelled after one preseason game. they just made the whole red zone red https://t.co/hJzKenQIv7 pic.twitter.com/4k860Xb7E7
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) September 7, 2018
Brand patches on NBA jerseys was a weird adjustment, but maybe ween us into this advertising a bit more.
Ice Cold Zone
Matt Ryan has played up to green zone standards tonight imho
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 7, 2018
Matty Ice continues to live up to his nickname in the worst of ways when he hits the red zone. Mix that with green zone and woof.
Philly Special Zone
Nick Foles plays football like you can only throw it in the NBC green zone
— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) September 7, 2018
Not much to talk about here. Foles knows he didn’t retire, right?
every time I hear someone reference the green zone pic.twitter.com/JVOMdGYXVX
— DL (@davelozo) September 7, 2018
More David Schwimmer? Greenzo > green zone.
Hey everybody! Not sure what purpose I serve, but I’m here!
— thegreenzone (@thegreenzonesnf) August 27, 2018
Not even the green zone knows what its purpose is.
No Fly Zone
Let the record show that there was no green zone until the Eagles won the Super Bowl they clearly ruined everything
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 7, 2018
Classic Philly. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Bad Take Zone
I like the Green Zone. Good idea. I’m sure Twitter will react w thoughtful nuance for its debut. #snf
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) August 27, 2018
This would be funny but, knowing Colin Cowherd, this probably isn’t even sarcasm.
The entire first half was so full of the green zone that nobody made it to the red zone
There’s only room for one zone
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 7, 2018
Two colors enter. One hue leaves.
— Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) September 7, 2018
Even for the staunchest Friends haters (how dare you), it’s still better than the friend zone
NBC's green zone pic.twitter.com/c6apQ6uN8L
— Not My President (@KingFavre) September 7, 2018
Mr. President’s not having it.
I’m old enough to remember when the “green zone” was what Tom Coughlin called the red zone. Because green means go.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 27, 2018
2018 NFL drinking game – drink every time you hear “RPO” or “green zone” pic.twitter.com/Txm2KPEaNs
— Cons (@CaptainCons) September 7, 2018
The Green Zone is obviously and truly the *DUMBEST* "idea" ever taken to the public. But I'm here to say 🗣PUCK TRACKER WAS SWEET AS HECK AND ITS ONLY CRIME WAS BEING AHEAD OF ITS TIME🗣 pic.twitter.com/cpw8T03yo5
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) September 7, 2018
Now if we have to make reality look like a video game, THAT is how it’s done. Way to rep it, NHL.