Last night I was fuming at right around 6:59pm. When I sat down to watch the Capitals and turned on our local Comcast Sportnet channel only to find that the Wizards were being broadcast instead of the Caps. My first thought was that the game must be on Versus tonight so I tuned into Versus only to find that the game being shown there was the Bruins vs Rangers game.
WTF? Where was the Caps game being shown? I started trying to navigate through the FIOS guide and gave up after a few minutes of trying to find the game anywhere on that clusterfuck (I really do hate the way that “guide” works). I tried to use my TV Guide app on my phone…no luck there. I then grabbed the Post to take a look there…OK, I found that the game was on something called Comcast SportsnetPlus. WTF is that? It isn’t listed anywhere on any guide. It is like some made-up channel that doesn’t exist. Was this some kind of joke?
After another 5 minutes of just scanning through channel after channel I finally find the game. FINALLY. So I kick back with my drink in hand and settle in to watch the game when I realize that the game, while being broadcast on an HD channel, is not in HD. Again, WTF? Trying to watch any hockey game on Comcast that isn’t in TV is like trying to watch the game through a haze. It is like they spread Vaseline on the lens of every camera to make the game some kind of visual challenge.
Once again, being a Caps fan in this town just means you want to punch someone from Comcast right in the dick. Last night was just one more night of showing the fans where they rank in the eyes of our local Sportsnet channel. The only team in town with any skill is relegated to the Where’s Waldo channel while the Wall-less suckhole Wizards get top billing…again. So those people that enjoy watching Thugball were lucky enough to see the Wiz get blown out by 31 points in beautiful High Definition. That is right, 31 points. I guess the Wiz wanted to prove they could almost be as embarrassing as the Redskins.
Meanwhile, over on the Non-HD, Blurry-as-Fuck “Plus” Channel the Capitals win yet another game in front of yet another sold out home arena to improve to 10-1 on home ice. Oh and the Caps also just added a couple more points last night to improve on their league leading point total. The hottest ticket in town is a ticket to a Caps game and yet the team still gets no respect when it comes to broadcast air time.
So the best team in the NHL and the only winning franchise in town has to take the backseat to the bottom feeding Wizards…again. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when this happens anymore but I really did think that the winning ways of the Caps would change the dynamic here in town. I guess the DC metro is just happier watching a couple of teams of overpaid losers.
Oh well at least the Winter Classic is only a little more than a month away. (BTW, the video on that link is awesome)