I don’t blame Suddenlink. Heck, I don’t blame anyone. It’s simply a sign of the times. Last weekend, I was all settled in to enjoy the NFL’s Wildcard Week. It was a pigskin feast. Six games were on the schedule. Six games to devour.
Then it all ended when I changed the channel to the Bills-Colts game. I saw the same message that many of you have been seeing.
We are sorry, etc. etc. etc.
I then changed the channel to the other local stations and I saw the same messages.
We are sorry, etc. etc. etc.
Then, I started to whimper. Does this mean I will miss all the games because they are fighting about how to spend my money?
Thankfully no. I was still able to see the Saturday and Sunday night games on the NBC affiliate in Jackson that wasn’t blocked out. I also got to see the Ravens-Titans games which was also being aired on ESPN.
Finally, I found out, five minutes before it ended, that the Saints-Bears game was also being shown on Nickelodeon. From what I saw, it looked pretty neat, especially the slime in the endzone.
I have had a couple of days to stew over this situation, and have come to the conclusion that it’s not worth being angry about.
Sure, it is aggravating and frustrating to not be able to watch football on the weekend, but we actually have it good if you come to think about it.
Imagine if I had a conversation with a pioneer who was crossing the Oregon Trail.
He would ask me, “Well sir, what is your problem?”
I would reply,” “I can’t watch the football game on my TV box.”
He would then reply, “Well, then I would say that you had it pretty good ... By the way, I hear Tom Brady is awesome.”
So, that settles it. We should just be thankful for what we have. There is no point in complaining. Complaining to the cable company is like complaining to a crying wolf.
If you can’t watch the games, just relax and spend some time with your family. Hopefully, the two sides in this stare down will end this situation soon.
But, if you do happen to find a way to see the games, here are some well-thought-out picks for the NFL Divisional round.
Rams at Packers (-6.5), Saturday, 3:35 p.m. Everything points to a Green Bay win. The weather favors the Pack. Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers. The Rams have a hobbled Jared Goff: Packers 24, Rams 15.
Ravens at Bills (-2.5), Saturday, 7:15 p.m. Josh Allen will have a big-time coming out party in this one as Buffalo takes down the big, physical Ravens. Remember, no one rounds the carriages like the team from upstate New York: Bills 30, Ravens 22.
Browns at Chiefs (-10), Sunday, 2:05 p.m. The Browns have lost to The Drive, and they have lost to The Fumble. Now, they will lose to The Mahomes. Chiefs 44, Browns 33.
Buccaneers at Saints, Sunday, 5:40 p.m. Speak up Brady, I can’t hear you. No, you speak up Drew, I can’t hear you. Saints 21, Bucs 20.
David W. Healy is the sports editor of the Delta Democrat-Times. He can be reached at email@example.com