ok, that’s not entirely true — the Caps are on Versus again, and it’s not part of our cable package. we pay enough for cable, and we wouldn’t get a whole lot out of the mid-tier/”premium” pack — but ARGGH.
Versus is your source for Bull Riding, NHL Hockey, and Tour de France Cycling. I’m pretty sure killer will agree with me that only one of those is a sport. Why would I pay an extra $5/month to get this waste of broadcast bandwidth?
it’s not that there isn’t hockey on TV tonight — Russia vs. Belarus is on “US”, “Universal Sports”, which seems to be NBC-backed (hello! they carry NHL, don’t they?) and mostly runs snowboarding, curling, and super-giant slalom (skiing). now, the bright-shining Canadian core deep within me is really quite taken by the fact that there is a channel that covers curling (and I actually watched the Canadian women put Spot Rock to the Chinese a few weeks ago), but it’s outweighed by the fact that this apparent throw-away channel DOESN’T COVER HOCKEY.
my other alternative tonight (as I’ve already missed the opening face-off, and my personal pizza is still in the oven) is to buy the NHL GameCenter Playoffs Day Pass for $19.95. ($19.95!!?!) apparently that does not come with $19.95 worth of beer, so after my pizza I might head over to a local sports bar…
or maybe I’ll just sit and listen to the game, the way kids used to a hundred years ago. I remember stories my grandfather used to tell — his family sitting by the warmth of the fire, gathering around their laptop, listening as the game streamed to them over the Intertubes (as it was called then). ah, the good old days.
[update: cripe! missed the first 6 minutes and the first goal. the play-by-play feed didn’t start at 7:00 (or 7:05) — Go Caps!]
[update: so I go to a local ‘sports’ bar, watch the game, and the satellite feed repeatedly dropped due to rain. unfortunately the feed was fine when the Pens scored the winning goal.]