Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Westside, Westside to the Coast

Robert Farley is right and Matt Y very wrong about sports viewing on the West Coast vs. the East Coast.

As Farley notes, you get out of bed on a Sunday morning and there's a NFL game on. NFL Sunday's in Cali are the BEST. Games at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and the "night" game at 5:30, which is pretty much perfect. An entire day wasted between CBS, FOX, NBC and obsessive compulsive viewing of fantasy football scoring updates.

West coast viewing becomes slightly problematic during college basketball season (with games starting at 4 p.m. PCT multiple days of the week), and during college football season (Thursday games at 4, some bowl games starting at 5 p.m.), but otherwise it's not an issue. Missing the first quarter of a regular season NBA game? Who cares?

The West side superiority becomes apparent when Monday Night Football is put into the mix. Every now and again, you get one of those outrageous games (like the Cards vs. Bears last season) that demands you stay up for the finish. On the East Side, that game is probably veering close to a midnight finish...out here, that same game is over between 9 and 9:30.

[Edited to add]: College football Saturday's are like manna from heaven. Games at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:30/4:45 p.m., and 7 p.m. Literally all day long. Unbeatable.

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