By Joe Torosian
“Jungle life, I’m living in the open
Native beat that carries on
Burning bright, a fire that blows a signal to the sky
I sit and wonder, does the message get to you?”
Right off the Top: I dumped the NFL Network.
The definition of “anachronism” (according to dictionary.Com) is of a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
It doesn’t mean, rebel… It just means that something doesn’t fit its time.
That’s the NFL Network for me…The Network fits its time, but I don’t. So, I dumped it along with a whole collection of sports channels.
There was a time when the only thing on in my office, in my house, was the NFL Network. Who could ever get enough of football? I sure couldn’t, and the NFL Network was a dream come true.
At its height—for me—the worst was the filler work it did during the Pro Bowl weekend back when it followed the Super Bowl…The other 51 weeks of the year it was all joy. It covered the combine in Indianapolis, breaking news, free agency, NFL Films, The Path to the Draft stuff was great and the Draft itself was marvelous.
I never thought the day would come but somewhere along the way, the NFL Network, felt it needed to entertain me…And I lost interest.
Why do I/we need to be entertained beyond the game itself? I’ve always found something like this funny.
It’s like going to a Dodger game and being entertained by hat shuffle games, dance cam, kiss cam, beach balls and/or the wave…And just seeing the game or Clayton Kershaw pitch isn’t entertaining enough.
The NFL Network decided to entertain with a funny, cool, hip non-informative—simply ridiculous—morning show. It decided it needed to go to the red carpet for the NFL Draft. It decided we needed to see a bio on every player in the Draft who suffered everything from Katrina to a hangnail when growing up. It decided I needed to share its socio/political agenda.
Content just kept slipping away and became less important. Now the NFL Network is just like everything else…So when I was cutting channels from my Direct-TV package I asked the NFL Network to come to my office and to bring its playbook.
I know it’s only my view…Someone must like it, right? The majority of people must enjoy it, right? I can’t stomach it (it’s like listening to present day sports talk radio)…Thus, I’ve become the anachronism.
The NFL Network failed to make my cut because it stopped being entertaining…It stopped being just about football…Football is entertaining…The NFL Network is not.
If I’m going to lose any time in front of the flatscreen when football or the Mets are out of season, I’d rather lose that time watching a Seinfeld rerun…
Midbits (same as ‘Tidbits’)
Midbits: The Los Angeles Dodgers are 61-29 and 7.5 games up in the National League West…But the Milwaukee Brewers are 50-41 and 5.5 games up in the National League Central…Go Mets!
Midbits: Is everyone happy with Lonzo Ball?
Midbits: Is it possible for someone to say something nice about Cathedral?
Midbits: I’m not going to watch the MLB’s All Star Exhibition…yawn, I’d rather watch my recording of Arroyo winning the CIF title.
Midbits: Got a note asking me what I thought about South Pasadena football this season…I said, I don’t know but they usually go 6-4, 6-3-1 or 7-3 and miss the playoffs…Do any of you have an opinion?
The Dude abides…
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