Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 10/24/08 at 11:46 PM ET
On Thursday, the Hurricanes lost 4-1 to the Penguins. Carolina led though two periods, but things went very badly in a hurry for the Canes, and in the end Brandon Sutter’s first NHL goal was in vain. The game went from awesome to crappy in about two minutes. Unfortunately, a good portion of North Carolina was unable to see for themselves.
I live in Greensboro, which is about 70 miles from Raleigh. I have never had a problem with Fox Sports South. Unfortunately, I and a lot of other viewers had a major problem on Thursday. We were unable to watch the Canes because our game was replaced with the feed to the Nashville Predators game.
Midway through the first period, just as Eric Staal and Sidney Crosby took matching minor penalties, the 300,000 people who are served by Time Warner Cable of Greensboro were shut out of that game. Suddenly, our game was replaced by a Predators game. I don’t know how many other cable systems throughout the state experienced this, but I know that Raleigh still had the Canes game.
I contacted my local cable office, and they told me that they were receiving hundreds of calls about it, but it was completely out of their hands. Apparently, somebody at the Fox Sports Network decided that we were a part of the Nashville Predators viewing area. I was provided with two phone numbers for corporate headquarters; one in Los Angeles and one in New York. Unfortunately, those people only work from 9am to 5pm. There was nothing that anybody could do. Despite the fact that I live an hour away from Raleigh and the Canes were on the road, and this game was scheduled to be broadcast, this game was made unavailable to me.
I have contacted, to the best of my ability, Fox Sports Network via the lame “feedback” area of their lame website. I have received no reply. I have also contacted the Media Relations people with the Hurricanes hoping they could get to the bottom of this. I have not heard back from them either.
Through some very diligent channel surfing, I discovered the game hidden on one of the HD channels way up in the 500s, but it wasn’t the channel that we’ve been told would broadcast Canes games in HD. I missed most of the first, all of the second, and the beginning of the third. I tuned in just in time to watch the four goal outburst that the Pens had.
I have no idea how the Canes or Pens looked int he first and second, but from what I saw of the third, the Pens were everywhere. It looked almost as if they had seven or eight guys on the ice. They shut down every push that the Hurricanes made, and they made quick and thorough transitions. They had an excellent period and the certainly deserved the big win.
Carolina will continue their road trip on Satruday with a game on Long Island. Hopefully, Fox Sports South, or Fox Sports Carolina, or whatever it’s called, will fix this SNAFU and I’ll actually be able to watch.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.