Sunday, November 27, 2011

Orlando: A suburb of Gainesville?

So I settle in a bit ago to watch the 4:15 CBS football game on good 'ol WKMG here in Orlando. Only two choices: New England at Philadelphia or Denver at San Diego. Perfect! I'm on the East Coast! Get to watch my Eagles in a low-stress, nothing-to-lose-and-everything-to-gain spot where I don't expect them to win. Perfect way to digest 3-day-old turkey.

Get ready for 3 hours of this. So many ladies just shrieked so high and loud
at the thought of it that neighborhood dogs started rolling in agony.
Except that we're getting Denver at San Diego. Because, I can only imagine, Mr. You Know Who is playing a road game. 3,500 miles away.

Even my wife, who doesn't like me to watch the Green Birds in the house, responded with, "You've got to be kidding me!"

Why do the networks think that all Floridians are Gator fans? Tim Tebow is doing his best Trent Dilfer impression: a deity-awful NFL quarterback who does so little effectively that the rest of the team steps up and keeps them in the game so he can make one play after 57 minutes or so of deep inhaling with his team trailing by 4 to steal a win.

Hey, if it turns out to be a ratings hit, so be it. I still don't have to like that a guy who lived in Gainesville for 4 years gets to call the TV shots in the country's #22 media market two hours away. The happiest guy of all will be WKMG's sports director, David Pingalore, who has a well-established man crush on his Tebowness. I'm sure he used his influence to get the station to choose the Tebow game, er, I mean the Broncos game. Hope it does it for you, Ping.

I tell you Tebow...I'd be the luckiest guy alive if that did it for me.

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