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Flashes from Gordon: Time Warner Cable a source of irritation (08-08-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:32
Random thoughts while shaking my head at the number of parents who think their child is entitled to a college scholarship just because mommy and daddy paid $20,000 for their kid to play travel sports:

NO TIGERS: Time Warner Cable remains a huge source of frustration for local sports fans.
TWC doesn't carry Fox Sports Detroit, the home of the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.
The Tigers are leading the American League Central Division, but you'd be hard-pressed to know that if you're a TWC subscriber.
Not only does TWC not carry FSD, the Tiger games are blacked out on Major League Baseball's Extra Innings package. The games are blacked out on the package because MLB and the Tigers want fans to watch the games on FSD and that's fine - except that FSD isn't offered here.
It's the same reason Cleveland Indians' and Cincinnati Reds' games are blacked out on Extra Innings - the games are available on SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio.
Not having FSD here is even more irritating because subscribers to Buckeye Cable in northern Wood County receive both FSD and FSO.
FSO is the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
TWC also irritated local National Hockey League fans years ago when it took the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation off the local cable package, greatly reducing the number of NHL games to TWC subscribers.
Like FSD, CBC is available to Buckeye Cable subscribers.
"As with all channel requests, TWC looks at new channel additions and weighs options and benefits to the entire subscriber base," TWC spokesman Mike Hogan said in an email, responding to a Sentinel inquiry regarding the addition of FSD and CBC, and why those channel weren't carried here.
Sports channels are the most expensive for cable providers to offer, but it's time for cable companies to provide a la carte selections for the channels they provide.
Most fans would be willing to pay for the sports channels they receive, instead of having to pay for the endless number of shopping channels offered.
If cable companies aren't careful, they might become obsolete in the future as more and more ways of watching  traditional TV are being offered.

WRIST SLAP: Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer's suspension of standout running back Carlos Hyde is the latest farce of a suspension in major college football.
The suspension - announced as being for at least three games - means Hyde won't play in home games against Buffalo and San Diego State, and at California. That makes Hyde's penalty for an off the field issue barely a slap on the wrist.
Those opponents are three games the Buckeyes should win with little trouble.
Buffalo won just four games last season - three in Mid-American Conference play - and is picked fourth in the MAC East this season. Cal was 3-9 and is picked near the bottom of the PAC-12 North Division. San Diego State was 9-3 last season and won the Mountain West championship, but will be overmatched against the second-ranked Buckeyes.
If Meyer had any integrity, he'd make the suspension meaningful by suspending Hyde for games against Michigan, Wisconsin, and the team's bowl game.
But Meyer is your typical major college football coach.
He talks a good game, but when it comes actually making decisions, it's winning that drives his choices.
Meyer's problem players at Florida - including former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez - are well documented and OSU already is building a list of players who have had problems off the field.

PAINFUL: Is there anything worse than having to watch the weekly interview with a corporate suit from the title sponsor of a PGA Tour event?

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