DJTeddyBear
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November 1st, 2010 at 8:04:21 PM permalink
I was watching the WSOP on ESPN2 this evening. At about 10:35ET, the program goes to commercial. When it returns, it's ESPN commentators doing a post-game show for the baseball game.

Pardon me for being uninterested in baseball, but I'm watching the regularly scheduled program. If I wanted to see baseball, and the postgame analysis, I'd probably be watching Fox.



Last week, as I was watching the WSOP, also at about 10:35ET, the program abruptly changed to a basketball game. OK. That was a game scheduled for ESPN, but there was a game running late on that channel, so I can kinda understand.

But when that game ended about five minutes later, after a few minutes of post-game, BOTH channels showed the second game! I don't know how long that lasted, but at 10:55 I checked and they were still both showing the second game.




Sigh. Thanks for letting me rant.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 12:57:29 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

I was watching the WSOP on ESPN2 this evening. At about 10:35ET, the program goes to commercial. When it returns, it's ESPN commentators doing a post-game show for the baseball game.

Pardon me for being uninterested in baseball, but I'm watching the regularly scheduled program. If I wanted to see baseball, and the postgame analysis, I'd probably be watching Fox.



Last week, as I was watching the WSOP, also at about 10:35ET, the program abruptly changed to a basketball game. OK. That was a game scheduled for ESPN, but there was a game running mate on that channel, so I can kinda understand.

But when that game ended about five minutes later, after a few minutes of post-game, BOTH channels showed the second game! I don't know how long that lasted, but at 10:55 I checked and they were still both showing the second game.




Sigh. Thanks for letting me rant.



i feel your pain. record the later showing. it doesn't get cut off.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 5:37:52 AM permalink
My sympathies, DJ. Baseball is an insidious plague that ruins TV all the time. Back in the 90s the channel that showed DS9 would preempt it to broadcast regular season baseball games better than half the time. Ever since then I just plain hate it.

The only reason it's somewhat better than soccer is the Abbot and Costello "Who's on first" routine.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 1:06:35 PM permalink
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My sympathies, DJ. Baseball is an insidious plague that ruins TV all the time. Back in the 90s the channel that showed DS9 would preempt it to broadcast regular season baseball games better than half the time. Ever since then I just plain hate it.

The only reason it's somewhat better than soccer is the Abbot and Costello "Who's on first" routine.



Au contraire. Regular programming is an insidious plague that ruins baseball. Imagine--if TV showed nothing but baseball, there would be no "Jersey Shore". And that alone would save billions of brain cells that die each week from that show's effects.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 3:56:47 PM permalink
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Au contraire. Regular programming is an insidious plague that ruins baseball. Imagine--if TV showed nothing but baseball, there would be no "Jersey Shore". And that alone would save billions of brain cells that die each week from that show's effects.

I agree, sort of. If TV showed nothing but baseball, I would at least save a whole lot of time that I now spend watching the box. I certainly wouldn't waste the time watching baseball.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 4:11:42 PM permalink
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I agree, sort of. If TV showed nothing but baseball, I would at least save a whole lot of time that I now spend watching the box. I certainly wouldn't waste the time watching baseball.



I'd like it as well, as then I'd get less US channels and not have to put up with the US election attack ads all the time.

Then again, I'd not get to watch the Lions and Redwings as often for cheap.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 4:12:01 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

I agree, sort of. If TV showed nothing but baseball, I would at least save a whole lot of time that I now spend watching the box. I certainly wouldn't waste the time watching baseball.



Well, yes--I wouldn't watch it either, but there would be a lot fewer slack-jawed, drooling zombies on the street as a result. People would read books and think and stuff like that instead. Heck, they might even vote based on a more complex thought process than that induced by a fifteen-second sound bite. (Naah!)
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November 2nd, 2010 at 4:15:40 PM permalink
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I'd like it as well, as then I'd get less US channels and not have to put up with the US election attack ads all the time.

Then again, I'd not get to watch the Lions and Redwings as often for cheap.



Here in the land of the twee, we vote for Person X for the simple reason that he's not Person Y, based on the incontrovertible proof that Person Y is an evil, diseased mutant devil-spawn (i.e., Republican, or Democrat, depending on the particular ad that offers such proof). It's a tidy little process that relieves us of the necessity, and the burden, of thinking.
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November 2nd, 2010 at 4:25:16 PM permalink
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Here in the land of the twee, we vote for Person X for the simple reason that he's not Person Y, based on the incontrovertible proof that Person Y is an evil, diseased mutant devil-spawn (i.e., Republican, or Democrat, depending on the particular ad that offers such proof). It's a tidy little process that relieves us of the necessity, and the burden, of thinking.



To be honest, I expect attack ads in the next round of BC and Canadian elections as well.. though budgets are smaller, the Conservatives like to attack the Liberals, the Liberals attack the NDP and the NDP attack the Conservatives, and Bloc everyone else (but only in Quebec). Less annoying as I care about the election but still annoying as I can't vote here either. The Green party can't afford TV ads.

More confusing is that the BC Liberals are really the same as the Federal Conservatives. But it's much more fun with 5 parties (3 + 1 + 1, really, as it's a race between me to become the Governor General and Green Party to get an elected Federal MP, and I'm winning).
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November 2nd, 2010 at 5:13:09 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

I agree, sort of. If TV showed nothing but baseball, I would at least save a whole lot of time that I now spend watching the box. I certainly wouldn't waste the time watching baseball.



Good point.

Also, beer sales would skyrocket, as people would need it to be able to pretend to enjoy the broadcasts.
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