Go Fuck Yourself WTHR
Before I even start this, I want to make something very clear. I love the Indianapolis 500. It means a lot to me and my family. I have nothing against the race.
This evening I turned on the TV to watch my beloved Chicago Blackhawks in game two of the Stanley Cup Final. Something that readers of this blog know that I have been waiting for my entire life. What I’m greeted by instead is the Indianapolis 500 awards banquet. I get it, it’s Indianapolis, the race is kinda our “thing.” Here’s the problem. THE STANLEY CUP FINALS ARE ON. This is a championship for one of the “Big 4″ sports.
Yet again hockey fans, we’re pushed to the wayside.
If this was the NBA Finals, the World Series or the Super Bowl, this would never happen. I know in this exact circumstance it would only be possible for the NBA Finals to be taking place, but it is more or less the spirit of the thing.
So here’s what you get in Indy: the broadcast of the awards banquet, a thing that doesn’t need any sort of high definition.
Where is the game?
Well amazingly, it’s on TV. Sadly, it’s been relegated to the Skytrak Weather Network channel. A local 24/7 weather station. The channel is in standard definition for a broadcast that would actually benefit from high definition. To make matters worse, most digital cable subscribers in the area do not have this station. I had to unplug my coaxial cable from the box and go straight into the TV. Thank Christ that NBC fills the first 20 minutes of their broadcasts with Milbury and Pierre “Do you mind if I check your prostate while I’m interviewing you?” McGuire talking like idiots. Otherwise, I’m sure I would have missed the start of the game. Also thanks for the picture quality WTHR, I’ve watched streams illegally over the internet that looked clearer.
WTHR, why were the channels not switched? Do you really hate us that much? If both broadcasts were given a fair shake, would the awards banquet really have brought in higher ratings? In Indy people are generally fans of one of the following three teams: Blackhawks, Blue Jackets or Red Wings. That means AT LEAST 1/3 of the hockey fans in this city would have been watching, but let’s get serious this is the Stanley Cup Finals, every hockey fan in the city would be watching, instead we’re all shitty.
In conclusion, this is a rant. I’m pissed and tired of my favorite sport being pushed to the side. Sadly this is just part of life in Central Indiana, a hockey wasteland. Fuck you WTHR.