Saturday Viewing Solution
|Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 9:30 AM- -|
Saturday's Viewing Solution
I really don't know how it works out this way, but Saturdays have to be the worst day of the week for ESPN color analyst Ed Cunningham. I don't know the exact details, but I have a theory on how his Saturdays work.
My best guess is that he wakes up with a tremendous hangover. With a dehydrated mouth and a pounding headache, Cunningham makes his way to the medicine cabinet for Advil but just about rips his toenail off on the side of the bed. Afterward he stops the bleeding makes his way in the kitchen for some Cap’n Crunch, only to find out that he is out of milk and has to eat them with water. He almost misses his flight to his game day destination only to find out that he is sitting beside a chatterbox grandmother that wants to tell him about her grandkids the entire flight. The airline loses his luggage. His rental car is a compact and he gets stuck in traffic on the way to the stadium. Then the real issue starts because he realizes once again he is working with Mike Patrick as his play-by-play guy, and he knows Patrick will mispronounce names 17 times throughout the game.
This is about the only explanation why Ed Cunningham is always in a bad mood when he works a game. I don't know how it works out this way every single week, but it seemingly comes down to his having to eat his cereal with water.
Clemson fans think Cunningham has it out for them but that is simply not the case. If you watch every week, you notice that Cunningham is just in a bad mood. It's not a Clemson thing, it's a Cunningham thing. He constantly points out the negatives throughout the entire broadcast.
One of the great things about college football is the big plays. College players often make big plays that set off one of the fan bases into celebrations and get the band playing the fight song. Often times those big plays come as the result of a mistake made from the opponent. For example, during this year's season opener against Georgia,
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Had Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham been announcing the game, Patrick would have called him Sandy Wilkins and Cunningham would have spent five minutes talking about Georgia's bad secondary tackles.
Monday we got the news that the Mark Pattice and Debbie Downer are once again calling the Clemson-Virginia game Saturday.
Clemson fans be warned.
However, you don't have to listen to the second rate broadcast and feel bad about another win. You have choices. I know there is a delay, but turn down the TV and listen to the Clemson Radio Network broadcast.
If the delay drives you crazy, just turn down the game and watch without sound. I do this every once in a while and find it different but less distracting. I started this strategy with Dick Vitale during college basketball and found it was an improvement.
Finally, I would suggest Clemson fans do what I am doing. Pack up the car and head to Charlottesville this weekend. The campus is nice. The people are not going to flip you off and curse you like Maryland's fans. A trip to Monticello is worth it if you can work it in.
From Clemson it’s about six-and-a-half to seven hours of a drive. From Greenville it’s about five-and-a-half to six hours. From Columbia it’s about six hours. From Charlotte it’s only about four-and-a-half to five hours. That means the trip can be managed with only one night in a hotel.
Tickets are very easy to come by.
The weather forecast at this point looks very good.
Remember, the judge didn't sentence us to another Saturday with Patrick and Cunningham. We have choices.
I'll see ya in Charlottesville!
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