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NFL: Jaguars Video Boards Are Way Bigger Than Yours!

The Florida State Capitol may be the country's largest phallic symbol but it will take more than Viagra to stretch it out to the length of what Everbank Field is packing this season. Here are a few "big" icons around Jacksonville and the globe that don't fare well when sized up next to Everbank Field's new 362'-long video scoreboards.

Published August 7, 2014 in Opinion      18 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Taj Mahal - 240'

The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces." Every over-budget public project in America is compared with it but at $63 million, Everbank Field's new toys may be just as expensive.

CSX Building - 253'

When Atlantic Coast Line Railroad opened what is now the CSX Transportation Building in 1960, it signaled significant change in the transformation of the downtown riverfront. With Shahid Khan and the Jacksonville Jaguars now eyeing the shipyards, these video boards could end up only being a start of a new 21st century riverfront transformation.

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Charles Hunter

August 07, 2014, 06:30:29 AM


August 07, 2014, 08:02:16 AM
well done!


August 07, 2014, 08:39:13 AM
Size queen.


August 07, 2014, 09:07:09 AM


August 07, 2014, 09:18:30 AM
A great pick-me-up for the morning.  Take that Dallas and Houston...


August 07, 2014, 09:29:15 AM
Size matters.


August 07, 2014, 10:01:49 AM
^Yeah, I'm pretty sure I can watch the game from the Hart Bridge Expressway viaduct now.


August 07, 2014, 10:05:13 AM
^^^ As long as a ship doesn't crash into it. Well I cant wait to see them in person.


August 07, 2014, 10:19:08 AM
Those aerials of the city really show you the beauty of the city and the potential waiting to explode!!! 


August 07, 2014, 03:20:57 PM
Unless Godzilla is lying down for this one, I'm trying to figure why a horizontal object is being compared to vertical objects.  Regardless, the new video boards are very impressive.


August 07, 2014, 03:24:11 PM
^Take a break from the technical analysis and have some fun... ;)


August 07, 2014, 03:28:06 PM
:) sorry about that

Non-RedNeck Westsider

August 07, 2014, 03:56:47 PM
Unless Godzilla is lying down for this one, I'm trying to figure why a horizontal object is being compared to vertical objects.  Regardless, the new video boards are very impressive.

What was this guy thinking????;)


August 07, 2014, 11:16:15 PM
Sorry but the Florida Capital doesn't come close to that amazing, flying-phallic-fickle-finger-of-fate known as the Trans America Pyramid Building in San Francisco, at 853 ft (260 m).

Although the tower is no longer Transamerica Corporation headquarters, it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo. The building is evocative of San Francisco and has become one of the many symbols of the city. Designed by architect William Pereira, it faced opposition during planning and construction and was sometimes referred to by detractors as "Pereira's Prick". John King of the San Francisco Chronicle summed up the improved opinion of the building in 2009 as "an architectural icon of the best sort - one that fits its location and gets better with age." Generally referred to as 'The Finger'.


August 07, 2014, 11:41:00 PM
Good to see something contrasting from that awful Folly-O article.


August 08, 2014, 03:02:06 AM
Size does matter. And speed too.  Striving for extremes of whatever imagined medium, process, or class of objects has been with man ever since the industrial revolution arrived with increasingly improved tools, methods, and materials to do so.  These extremes are beneficial, as they allow man (and woman) to experience possibilities and limits ... and then to descend to moderation for reliability, endurance, and safety. 

The engineering knowledge gained by making automobiles travel at 250 mph has allowed automobiles to travel safely at 120 mph.  Building structures approaching 2,000 ft has made it safer to build structures at 1,200 feet.

Barring hurricanes, tornadoes, bombs, missiles, or missiles in the form of hijacked aircraft, all of these huge constructions illustrated in Ennis' article will survive to do what they were designed to do.  The first big hurricane or tornado will test the design and construction of the two Jaguar screens we now enjoy. 

The technology for “doing” our large screens has existed for a spell, so I hope I’m correct to suggest that the size was achieved via simply multiplying what was previously achieved. 

But ... what is a tv screen?  It shows images.  The “things” compared in Ennis’s article, while smaller in one dimension than the screens, are larger in bulk and overall complexity, serve a much wider variety of purposes, and provide the user with more tangible gains and practical consequences. 

We have become a society less concerned about practicality, and more concerned about the “wow factor”.  And this is where the extremes in sizes and speeds filter into the consciousnesses of those able to enjoy the “wow factors”, as conceived, designed, and built by individuals who prosper via the wowed.

Obviously I am deficient in not being able to experience the “wow” of the screens.  Like some other individuals, I lost the ability to be impressed by anything approaching an otherwise impressive “disneyesk” show at an early age, perhaps as a consequence of knowing the essence of their design and construction.  But that’s my problem.  I will never attend a game, nor view one.  However, knowing there is good reason for others to do so, I support the existence of the Jaguars and the big screens. 

The idea and the presence of the large screens at the field is a plus for our city and the Jaguars.  Certainly nobody has as yet supplied a convincing argument otherwise.

The folio article offered the possibility of options for the uses of resources ultimately available to the city.  In order that extremes in abuse and waste might be diminished by way of moderation in nonsensical “wow thinking”, a city or media environment needs alternatives in thinking, even if not welcomed by those comfortable with mainstream opinion.

Every scenario or boring predicament needs candy, or something bright or new, even in the midst of squalor or need.  A new car, barely affordable, is bought in spite of one’s living in a rat hole ... in spite of one’s already oppressive debt. Thus, a new set of mega-tv screens. Such is the ability of the mind to soothe and massage the spirit.

The Folio argument could have engaged the following.  I shall experiment .. .for fun.

We provide candy and toys for the privileged and comfortable, while ignoring, for the most part, the fact that we have a segment of our population that suffers the consequences of living in neighborhoods which, by way of the dynamics within, manufactures ... creates ... criminals.  And we incarcerate them seemingly without conscience, as we enjoy our candy.  We build big screens as wow factors, while we make little effort to somehow produce or gain jobs for the many jobless in those neighborhoods. 

Criminals ... arrested, to protect the citizen -- arrested to feed the powerful costly police and for-profit prison empires -- imprisoned for further education in crime work -- then released into a job-scarce economy -- into a system designed to block efforts of the former inmate to gain employment ... into a system structured to increase the probability that the released individual, in order to survive, continues to be a criminal.  We are witnessing a system of indifference -- resulting in cyclical and perpetual cruelty, as applied mostly to individuals historically exploited by a white dominated society.  Shame on us.

And we build large wow-factor tv screens?   

Somewhat brutal I suspect, and only a thought experiment.  I’m sure Folio wouldn’t have expressed some aspects of it, even though most are true.

In any case, I’m for the big tv screens because any city must have the bright spots ... the candy ...  the occasional shiny new car ... the "wow factor" ... so that it can refocus and garner concern for its citizens in need, gather its will, and settle down and get to work on the real issues found within a population lost and ignored ... those in the forgotten neighborhoods and in the jails and prisons.         


August 08, 2014, 03:28:35 AM
Big Cat Country made a parody of Folly-O's article. 19 things that we could have did instead of the scoreboards, excellent article LOL.  Someone mentioned the attention Folly-O got on MJ.


August 08, 2014, 02:09:05 PM
Abso-lutely Brilliant!

Great article Ennis!  Way to ramp up the excitement!

Can't wait to see every big play shown in their true grandure on our new video boards.  GOOOOO JAGS!!!
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