Excessive on-screen graphics and sports telecasts seem to go hand-in-hand. While some truly are innovative, there will always be crap that we can all do without. Some examples are more hideous than others -- the relentlessly annoying "FoxTrack" puck that made its debut in NHL telecasts back in '96 immediately leaps to mind. This week, ESPN introduced something that could become irritating in a hurry if overused. It's called Draft Track, and it's a graphical representation of the airflow over the race cars in the net's NASCAR Nextel Cup telecasts. Nice idea, but it happens to make the cars look like they're on fire in some kind of videogame. Sigh. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should, you know? Since we're talking TV graphics, we'll conclude by taking this opportunity to state that the inventor of the yellow first-down stripe used in football 'casts should have had a new Nobel Prize category created for him.
If you want to see what the Draft Track looks like in motion, head over to Jalopnik by clicking the image above or the "Read" link below. They captured some of the action and have video hosted at their place.