The Phillies lost tonight, extending their playoff series at least one more game into Sunday afternoon. For the most part, I don't watch local news, but I admit to being fascinated when it comes to things like sports. Generally, it's relegated to the last 15 minutes. When a team is closing in on a championship their perspective changes and the story becomes the lead. It's sad to watch people who, 11 months out of the year couldn't tell you who the left fielder was all of a sudden make the baseball team the most important part of their lives.
On Fox 29, someone named Nefertiti Jaquez (that's right, her name is Nefertiti) proclaimed that the fans are looking forward to game 4 of the Division series because if they win, it will mean that they go to the League Championship Series. That's right. It's nice to tune into local news to hear the bloody obvious. Stick to the neighborhood house fires and leave sports to the people who follow it year-round.
NBC10 sent Monique Braxton to Chickie's and Pete's to interview local drunks as to their viewpoints on the loss tonight. Needless to say, much insight was gained from people who started drinking at 5pm and watched a game on a screen accompanied by screaming people and low volume. They called their little local report Phillies Phever, as though the extra ph made it look like Philadelphia. Note: It's still alliteration if you spell it correctly.
Meanwhile, John Clark was in Milwaukee because we can't live without a local reporter in Milwaukee - nodding his head and making obvious viewpoints seem like rocket science. Good job, John.
Over at Action News, it was over-dramatized as "Chasing a Championship", and weekend sports guy Keith Russell told us that "Milwaukee is the beer capital, but it was a sobering night for the Phillies." Thanks. Who is writing your copy? He's difficult to listen to, because everything he says seems more important than it really is, meaning that nothing he says is important. Calm down. It's sports, dude. He talks as though he WRITES HIS COPY IN CAPITAL LETTERS. It's probably something he learned in broadcasting school, if he went to broadcasting school.
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live led off with another Sarah Palin sketch with once departed cast member Tina Fey as Palin. That meant that, at 11:41 it was safe to turn off the TV, just as you have for the last 10 years.
My cable bill is 65 bucks a month.