I was sitting in a brewpub Wednesday last, enjoying several of their latest IPA offering. I was waiting on someone, so I had a chance to enjoy a few and think.
They had the 20 flat screens that even brewpubs have to have now. One was on fox news, one on cnn (balance?). The rest were on the sports channels.
One was Big Ten who was showing yet another Best Ten show starring the smallest and tightest clothing Charissa could squeeze into. The rest of the networks ranged from baseball (slowest sport ever televised) to golf (second slowest) to some girl on ESPN dressed up like a pirate and and pointing at TV screens (not a slutty pirate like you see at halloween parties, a really dumb looking one).
That made me start thinking, maybe the money the Big Ten schools spent on the Big Ten Network, and the pain in the butt getting it on local cable, was worth it.
Sure, they show the women's gym meets or water polo sometimes, but a lot of the time they are doing Best Of history shows, or university produced shows, or tailgate shows that I actually care about.
The rest of sports cable can really be covered on a daily half hour best of the day show. 6 channels (7 if you count outdoors) other than Big Ten, each putting out 1 good hour of programming out of each 24 hour day.
Besides, if I find myself in the mood to drink heavily and have baseball on why not watch Michigan almost come back and win. At least I care about the U.