NFL or FOX: I don’t know who, but I hate one of them
This past Sunday, I had PLANNED to enjoy my post-Halloween party hangover on a comfy couch eating pizza watching the Panthers-Vikings game. What actually happened is that SOMEONE–FOX or the NFL or both–decided it would be a good idea to blackout this particular game in Wisconsin, not in favor of another game but public access college reviews. They did, however, have the decency to air the pregame coverage, just in case we wanted to know what we were about to miss.
At this point, I assumed we were screwed, and was planning to scrap the whole plan, curl up on my couch and barrel through the entire series of Twin Peaks (available on Netflix btw). However, big huge awesome thanks go to our friend Dan, the guy whose house at which we watch all our games, who through no encouragement from me (read: incessant dehydrated whining) found a wondrous Internet loophole that saved the day. In the vast treasure trove that is the Internet, there is a place called streamhunter.tv, where they have a veritable ocean of streams for all types of games. Also, because the footage seems to be originating from somewhere in the UK, you can also enjoy the novelty of British commercials. The quality is a bit iffy–I mean, it’s no Sunday Ticket or whatever–but at least you’ll be able to see the games you want when your local networks decide to turn into giant douches.
Of course, this is probably not what one might call legal so I probably shouldn’t encourage you to use it. But…if you’re already missing a game, and you don’t have Sunday Ticket, and you HAPPEN to remember this URL…well, I can’t be held responsible for what you do.
In the end, we missed a little over half the game, but I did manage to catch the neck-and-neck action of the third quarter, plus Carolina’s furious final drive that culminated in a heart-wrenching, highly disappointing field goal attempt.
I heartily approve of their decision to go for a long pass on 4 and 14 in the 4th quarter with the score at 21-24, and I would still approve even if Newton hadn’t completed the pass. If some OTHER team that shall remain nameless had done the same thing a week ago against Green Bay, they might have another win on their side.
Cam Newton did a phenomenal job in that last drive, and of the two rookie quarterbacks he seemed to have the edge over Ponder. Not surprising, since he has nearly a half a season under his belt and this is only Ponder’s second game. Newton’s performance during that last drive is what makes the Carolina loss even more depressing–you hate to see a well-played game lost by a missed field goal. If I were Minnesota I wouldn’t feel particularly good about this win, but I guess a win is a win, right?
Sidenote: After the game was over I watched the Steelers-New England game (eat it Pats!), took a nap and watched two RiffTrax horror movies. I highly recommend the Paranormal Activtity RiffTrax–the commentary makes it almost entertaining. So though the day started out looking bleak, I ended up being able to enjoy my Halloween hangover very much indeed.