As many long-timers here know, I am a nitpicker when it comes to in-game elements
(gold lines on the field, inflatable igloo, ads, promos, etc.etc.etc.)...because they add a lot to the in-game experience when they are done well.
But I don't recall ever seeing a pre-game as poorly orchestrated as tonight's. Those who were watching on TV probably don't know, but here's what happened:
With about 11 mins on the clock, they started the CORE video (intro video as they've been using all year). It runs probably 2 or 3 minutes.
At the conclusion of the video, in theory, the boys are in the helmet and here they come as a group (minus the starters who are announced). But not tonight. A couple of guys come out of the room, but no more. A few seconds go by...then a few more...then the first of the fireworks go off. Only about two shots went off, and then they stopped.