tv sucks - William Matheson's Journal
Feb. 6th, 2006
04:52 am - tv sucks
Pardon the redundant subject header. Well, I watched SuperBowl XL, and I can't say I was much impressed. I don't mean to say that there was anything lacking about the coverage - heck, the pre-game was going on as soon as I got out of bed. It kept on going as my stepsister came over and we all watched my nephew play with my old toys, and it continued as I went into town to catch Catherine's recital (which was fun). And when I came back and helped my mother set up for her PartyLite gathering (think Tupperware party, but with candles instead of cake transporters - it's not without irony that this should be on SuperBowl Sunday), the pundits and has-been rockers were still at it. At 7:30, the game finally started.
Seattle was the better team tonight. This of course had little impact on the outcome of the game, as Seattle ended up on the wrong side of a bunch of debatable calls and penalties all through the first three quarters. But they shared in their own demise by terrible clock mismanagement at the ends of the halves. I'm probably just repeating what all the other pundits are saying. As a causal fan, though, I want to say that I found this all quite frustrating. I've had more enjoyment watching this year's regular season NHL games than I did with SuperBowl XL.
But I'll be watching next year...
And, oh, I hate Global. I don't begrudge them so much for hijacking the ABC telecast and showing Canadian commercials, but said commercials tend to have a severe case of Lame. And when you see the same tired commercial six times, it gets frustrating - especially in those rare moments when someone falls asleep at the switch and a cool American commercial slips in (often only in partiality, of course), and we see what we're missing. But for my Canadian friends, here's the solution to our woes - our friends at AOL have them all queued up and ready to go. They're even sorted by quarter! There are even commercials that compliment other commercials. They're excellent, and some are hilarious.
Still, I was looking forward to the fan-voted favourite episode of Family Guy that would be coming on afterwards. Unfortunately, it turned out to be mediocre. The episode was the one where Peter starts his own TV station to skirt the FCC ("PTV"). I really didn't enjoy it, it felt like it was just thrown together. How did it win? Maybe it was just memorable. I'd rather have seen "Road to Rhode Island" or "Love Thy Trophy." So I'd wasted my evening. TV sucks. But you already knew that, otherwise you wouldn't be here, would you?