And you too, Big Ten Network. I may have mentioned this once or twice this fall, but honestly, the Gopher football team sucked major ass and it didn't matter all that much to me that I couldn't see any games. Well, it stopped mattering once it became evident just how craptacular they were going to be.
However, now that the Gophers have reached the Big Ten portion of their basketball schedule, I think my hatred of Comcast and the Big Ten Network deserves another mention. I was so stoked when the Gophers hired Tubby Smith (shocked as hell, too). As bad as they were last year, I still watched games (just like I'm watching the Wolves now and watched them for many years when they were the suck in the past). So, you can imagine that I might actually look forward to this year; I wanted to see what Tubby was going to do with the team.
Comcast and the Big Ten Network are making sure I don't see what Tubby's doing with the team, though. Anyone who cares knows the deal -- BTN wants the channel included with the regular cable channels (but only in Big Ten markets, I believe) and Comcast wants to put it on a pay tier. At this point, I don't fucking care which happens. I pay for a buttload of channels already that I never watch and for which I have no use. We all do. I also pay extra for the sports package because I wanted the NFL Network. Clearly, I'm willing to pay a few extra dollars a month to get my fix of Golden Gopher basketball.
I've seen exactly one Gopher basketball game this season and of course, it was one of their few losses. I may get to see as many as six games during the regular season. Oooh, six whole games? Thanks a-fucking-lot, assholes. I miss the days of the student season tickets.
So, just to sum up: I fucking hate you Comcast and Big Ten Network.