I have updated my Penn State Schedules page with two new kickoff times. You should bookmark that page.
Next Saturday’s Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats game will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN2, depending on where you live. Assume that Pennsylvania and Chicago get the game on ABC. Washington DC fans Washington Dwill get it on ESPN2 since WJLA 7 has an UNC vs. Florida State. Source: gopsusports.com
The November 13 Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes game will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN, depending on where you live. Assume that Pennsylvania and Ohio television markets get the game on ABC. I am pretty certain Washington DC fans will get it on ESPN because Virginia Tech vs. UNC is also at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Source: gopsusports.com
Check local listings, I will see if I can get coverage maps up on the schedules page later in the week.
Rob Dibble is easily the worst baseball analyst I have ever experienced. His talking over play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter, grunting during big moments and meathead homerism (for a team that he never played for in a city he has no natural connection to) is so terrible that I watch games on mute most of the time. I don’t think it is irresponsible to speculate that Orioles-owned MASN hired him specifically because he’s terrible in an effort to slight the Washington Nationals and their fans. However, I’m willing to give MASN a chance, this one time, to make it right.
This may seems surprising because I’m perhaps the most outspoken Nats blogger about the general awfulness of Peter Angelos and the Orioles owning the Nats TV rights. It is and will always be a corrupt bargain rooted in the Angelos cowardice and lack of faith in Baltimore fans — he got the Nats rights by claiming that they were moving into his market. Odd that I couldn’t get Baltimore TV or a Sun at the local newspaper boxes in his market.
Anyway, where was I — oh yes, I was about to say that I would end my boycott of Camden Yards (dating back to before the Nats arrived) for one game if MASN fires Dibble within the next month. That would be such a show of good faith that I could reward Angelos with a ticket purchase for a Nats or Yankees visit. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
The Nats-FAIL meme was a tired one because even when it wasn’t the team’s fault, they took the heat for it. That is what happens after back to back 100 loss seasons like the Washington Nationals did.
Now, things are better and even under-the-radar superstar Ryan Zimmerman has some exposure. Take this commercial for GEICO:
Even though I have only seen it a few times, I noticed the Caveman is leading off second, but winds up running to second, only to appear at third base at the end. What are we to believe, that the basepath magically changes the base Caveman is running to? Boy, I hope somebody got fired for that.
P.S. Where is the Nyjer Morgan Easterns Motors commercial. I used to say that I won’t believe we really have a team until I see a player in one of those ads.
Welcome back – Training Days: Part 4 – The Wash. Examiner Another feel good article about spring training and the return of baseball to the nation’s capital. Orioles say ticket sales down by 12 percent from 2004 pace – The Sun Yesterday, The Wash. Times said that they Orioles had sold 17% less tickets and Ryan Mooreslammed that paper and reporter Eric Fisher, who had been the golden boy for so long. Barry would never do that to us! There is also more whining from Baltimore how they are entitled to D.C. baseball fans. It is also interesting that the Baltimore paper comes up with a lower number than the D.C. one. 400 winners for tickets – The Wash. Times I was not one of them, anybody out there get lucky? At RFK, Putting Menus In Play – The Post From yesterday’s food section, a look at what Aramark will be selling at RFK this season — not much compared to contemporary stadia. We have known that the options will be limited and cost more than other parks (it is a D.C. baseball tradition after all), so I am not disappointed. This will hurt RFK’s rating when ESPN Page 2 shows up for the ballpark tour. Anybody familiar with Dominic’s of New York hot dogs? At least they will have Pepsi. At the Capital’s Ballpark, a Voice Vote – The Post More about the 22 people who went to Prince George’s County Stadium for tryouts as P.A. announcer. It is a part time gig that you cannot live off of and has lots of nights and weekends — but, you get to go to baseball games for free! Charlie Brotman was there as one of the judges and he will be at RFK for the first two April games too.
One other thing, why were they doing the tryouts at the home of a Baltimore minor league team? You know, the Nationals have a minor league team in the area too, maybe it would make more sense to use their facility.