Let me say, first of all, I don’t have anything against organized sports per se (That’s not entirely accurate, but it will help my argument if I say that ), I’m not a sports fan, and I never have been. But if that’s what someone finds entertaining, who am I to judge? Knock yourself out.
The problem is, some sports, such as Baseball and Football, have the troubling habit of preempting regular TV programming whenever it suits them. Sometimes with no warning at all.
And that, folks, is what bothers me. Well, not so much “bothers” me, as “Fills me with obsessive psychopathic hatred and loathing.” Yes, I REALLY hate it when the TV schedule gets interrupted, ESPECIALLY on Saturday mornings, unless it’s something REALLY important. To give you an idea of what I consider “Really Important,” I still remember angrily wishing the Tienamen Square protesters could have waited until SUNDAY morning, when nothing good was on. I know it’s a silly, very petty, peeve, but it’s MY peeve, and I’m sticking to it!
I’ve had a small, but memorable series of clashes with sports preemptions. First, when I was 11, the preempted the 2nd part of a two-part “Sonic the Hedgehog” episode one Saturday morning. One I had waited quite a long time to see.
Recently, as many others have experienced along with me, Fox has preempted “Futurama” so many times, they have almost a full season of episodes (Including TWO Christmas episodes, as I recall) in backlog, that they haven’t even aired.
Finally, this morning, Fox decided to preempt the “Digimon” season finale. The one-hour season finale. And with the way they reworked the storyline for the current season, this would essentially be a series finale.
Now, pre-empting with a baseball game is bad enough. Printing conflicting TV listings is bad enough. Airing commercials for the much-heralded season finale the week before and then changing your mind is bad enough.
But this morning, they were still airing the commercials for the season finale ALONG WITH the commercials for the baseball game. Sometimes back to back, and each one claiming the exact same time slot for the show it was advertising. But even that wasn’t the worst part…
You see, the final commercial for the Digimon finale aired RIGHT BEFORE the baseball game started. Exactly before. No other commercials were between them. Not even a second of dead air. Nothing.
And the Digimon commercial was one of the “Bumper” commercials, with a different voice track of the announcer, having him say “Stay tuned for an all-new Digimon…starting right now!”
…Then they cut straight to (Though I could have sworn I saw a little video distortion, as If someone had switched from on video source to another, just a little faster than normal) the title screen of the baseball pre-show commentary. With it’s apparent logo, one of those bobby-head baseball player figurines. His head nodding a little. With that stupid grin. That stupid, mindless, LEERING grin. Mocking me.
Hatred. Anguish. Boundless rage. Fury. All fall short of what I feel towards that bobby-head mascot. To say nothing of major-league baseball. Damn them. Damn them both the to dankest level of the darkest HELL! And may their charred bones be used to built monuments to even the briefest moments of airtime tainted by their preempting! A pox upon their houses! A POOOOOX!
There. I’ve got that off my chest. For now.