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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Don't Kill Your TV

Tune InSome of the ideas and rumors that were discussed in this post have come to fruition. The Big Ten is starting its own TV channel, and has extended its agreement with ABC/ESPN for 10 more years. This is a good thing, in my opinion, but there are some potential problems. My take...

The Positives:

- More football (and basketball) games on TV. This is always a good thing. Despite the wide array of sports channels and national football coverage, there are always a few games each year that I search for but can't find. Starting in 2007, when you look at the ESPN2 ticker and see that Illinois is leading Purdue by 7 in the 4th, there will be a better chance that you'll be able to see the (exciting?) conclusion. And, yes, I would watch that... because I'm a loser.

- More exposure for the Big Ten. Some fans have asked whether this TV channel and new ABC/ESPN deal make it more likely that the Big Ten will expand to 12 teams. I don't think so. Although I'm sure that higher ratings in markets like Pittsburgh or New York would be desirable, do you really see the Big Ten adding Pitt or Syracuse in the near future? It once again comes down to the need for adequate athletics and academics. There doesn't seem to be a "good fit" out there, although that standard seems to change from year to year. Regardless, having a 24-hour propaganda machine will be nice, and will make the "Notre Dame has its own network" idiots chill out (for a second, at least).

The Negatives:

- Some (many?) people won't have access to the channel. DirecTV subscribers can rest easy - they have already signed on. But seeing that most cable providers have yet to add ESPNU (which has been around for more than a year already), will they jump at the chance to add another expensive sports channel? I would encourage fans to call their local cable company and start requesting the channel now, because we know that it will take these fools forever to get the ball rolling. If large cable providers like Comcast and Cox don't get onboard, this is gonna stink. Get on the phone, son.

- Even if you have access to the channel, you might not be able to afford it. If the Big Ten Channel is placed in a "premium tier" or a "sports package" on your cable/dish service, you might not be able to afford it. DirecTV has said it will be part of their basic "Total Choice Package," but will other companies follow suit? While many of us take cable for granted, you have to realize that plenty of people (and potential recruits) don't have it. That is why many Detroiters are saying that the loss of WJR 760 AM is a bigger deal than it seems. While the new radio deal is more than adequate, watching or listening to Michigan "for free" might become less common in the future.

The Unknowns:

- How will this impact the ESPN Gameplan package? Will Big Ten Channel games be shown on that, too? If so, how often?

- Will local networks be able to cover any Big Ten Channel games, or will they be shut out for good? Will they be able to "purchase" the games of their local teams, much like what used to happen with ESPN Sunday Night Football (where the local ABC affiliate would put the game on so those without cable could watch, too)?

Other Unrelated (but still related) Stuff:

I'm glad that Brian agrees with my interpretation of this text, because I thought I was hallucinating when I read this:
"All regional afternoon football games aired on ABC will be aired by ESPN/ESPN2 in outer-markets, making these games nationally available."

To all of my D.C. friends: No more ruined Saturday afternoons thanks to Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Wake Forest, and all of the other sorry, boredom-inducing ACC jokers. If Michigan is playing at 3:30 on ABC, you will get to see it on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. Finally, we have justice.


Blogger WolverineinWA said...

Don't forget the west coast!


8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your job as a future mother is to learn the god's ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today's society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today's environment.
Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don't want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don't be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO, the Chinese Holocaust. They used this Situation to bury Japanese atrocities.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. It will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles, resisting these temptations, will survive the 1000 years. Condemned to experience another epoch of planet's history for their ignorant pursuit of xtianity, they will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during history due to their failure to ascend into heaven before the Apocalypse.
Never forget:::It is not a house of Jesus.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new poulation, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial figure in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.
Which one is it?:
One transitions into the other, allowing the gods to wash their hands of obligation to their Chosen One. My personal "consolation prize".
And since the gods never committed despite tens of billions in mass media, product development and natural disasters/tragedy they will employ the freedom they positioned into the Situation and CHEAT me out of everything.
Damn the hundred trillion year-old gods and their "gangster capitalism" positioning to hell:::The Matrix.

6:29 PM  

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