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A few random observations from a day spent flipping channels. In honor of the Emmys and the new TV season, this week’s theme will be boob-tube related … THE “LOST” GAME OF THE WEEK:Compelling, action-packed, frustrating and fun, the Texans-Titans game was a tour de force of NFL greatness, with long bombs, breakaway runs, fourth-quarter drama [...]
This week was the annual free midseason preview of MLB Extra Innings, where they try to tempt you to buy the package of every televised baseball game for the rest of the season. As much as I love baseball, I don’t think I could make this worth the exorbitant asking price over the course of [...]
I’m about to embark on a 10-day trip back home to Virginia, which means keeping up with the Mariners will be as difficult as if they were playing on Mars. No ESPN highlights, no box scores in the paper, no asking anyone about last night’s game, no nothing. Sure, there’s the Internet for all that [...]
OK, I understand that hockey isn’t exactly a ratings bonanza, but we’re talking about Game Freakin’ 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and KING-5, in its infinite wisdom, has decided not to bother showing the game, instead shuttling it off to its sister station. I’ve been railing against this for years, and I’d be really [...]
You would assume that a major sporting organization would have enough foresight to schedule its playoffs correctly, so that two Game 7s would not be played on the same day at the same time. But when you are dealing with the massively misguided NHL, they don’t make an ass out of you and me, just [...]
I can’t say I’m the world’s biggest hockey fan – I got into it mainly through playing NHL 93 on the Sega Genesis – but I try my best to keep up with the sport despite its terrible TV contracts (reduced to the cable hinterlands of the Versus network), lack of newspaper coverage (a paragraph at best in the local paper) and general status as our country’s No. 4 sport.
When you factor in that slogging through the interminable regular season seems more like a chore than a reward, it’s no surprise that only the biggest die-hards hang onto every point.
At some point while watching this week’s Pac-10 Tournament, you will ask yourself, “Why are they playing basketball in an airplane hangar decorated with empty seats?” The Staples Center may be a lovely venue for stargazing and watching the Lakers, but it is sorely lacking as a venue for college basketball, a fact that is reinforced every March during what should be the pinnacle of the Pac-10′s campaign.
In today’s digital age, FSN Northwest should be embarrassed by their decidedly analog coverage. Look, I know we’re way up here in the corner of the world, but how hard is it to broadcast in high definition? FSN has a wide slate of games featuring the Huskies, Cougars, Gonzaga and others, and one there’s one [...]
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