Friday, February 09, 2007

The Department of Stupid Ideas

Today's Dunderheaded Move of the Day comes courtesy of who else? Peter Angelos and the not-good folks at MASN.

First, the good news. We'll get 8 spring training games (although how you'll distinguish them, given our pitchers, from the regular season ones remains to be seen). The downside is that four of those are with the Orioles, cause Lord knows we don't get that stinking team rammed down our throat enough.

OK, here's the stupid part. Take it away, Barry and Jorge:
On the roughly 100 regularseason dates when Baltimore and Washington play at the same time, the network will offer MASN2, which will be available on every cable system that carries MASN. The Nationals and Orioles will likely alternate between MASN and MASN2 so that neither is labeled as second-tier.

Rather than making the Nats the primary team in DC and putting the O's on the primary channel in Baltimore, they're going to float the two teams around whenever and wherever they feel like it? Wanna catch that Nats/Pirates game Friday night after a hard day of work? Good luck finding it. Is it MASN1? MASN2? And what the hell channel is MASN2 on? (You can bet it's going to float depending on whether they want to pre-empt NewsChannel 8 or QVC).

No, it's not a big deal, but why inconvenience the fans like that? And all because Czar Petey (who's probably in mourning over his Cuban Commie friend's illness) doesn't want his little feathers ruffled. What idiocy! In Peter Angelos' world, there are no grades, no losers, and everybody is a winner! Yay! Let's not even keep score next year! Peter thinks everyone should finish 81-81, and we should all share the World Series trophy for a week or two in the off-season, and we can all go out for sundaes in October and have a big pillow fight at the end of the night! Won't it be fun? Nobody's second tier! We're all teh bestest!11!

I'm someone who regards reflexive anti-Oriolism -- as if that rat-infested, syphilis hellhole compares to this shining city with a Hill -- as just a notch or two above cretinism. But Mr. Angelos' policies are making that a much more attractive option than his delusional utopia of equality.


  • Trying to find a Wizards or Caps game on the cable can be mighty frustrating too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 10:54 AM  

  • Wizards? Caps? Never 'eard of 'em.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/09/2007 10:57 AM  

  • This is why I have always watched The Nationals on Directv--Its never been in question that The Nationals Game will be broadcast. Its just unfortuntate that some folks homes do not have a clear sightline to the southwest to see their satellites. I don't care for MASN--Have previously stated how much I dislike Angelos controlling Our Baseball broadcast. But, at least with Directv--I comfortable knowing, if I want to watch a Nats Game at home, I will have it, easily. They don't mess around.

    By Blogger Screech's Best Friend, at 2/09/2007 11:23 AM  

  • BTW--I forgot--Good Anger! I like that--ALOT!!

    By Blogger Screech's Best Friend, at 2/09/2007 11:25 AM  

  • arrScott brings up a good point, which should be one of the great debates of our time: Is it it "oriolism" or "oriolesism"?

    Lincoln and Douglas could have a field day with that.


    Good points, all.

    The feeling of superiority s just gravy though? Warm, hot, tasty gravy with just enough spice to dance on the tongue, and drizzled all over those delicious mashed potatoes, with just a few lumps, but still kinda creamy, the kind that are mixed in with some garlic and just a dash of pepper. Mmmm...

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/09/2007 11:37 AM  

  • Yea its too bad Angelos made sure every game for two baseball teams is put on TV! Watch your nats all you want, remember its Angelos who allowed them to be!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 12:06 PM  

  • Ordinarily I'd assume that that was a parody, especially given the name (Millar!?!? Who the hell roots for Millar???), but given the unfortunate state of the Baltimore Educational System, it's most likely one of our Baltimore friends, so...

    Since reading comprehension typically isn't their strong point, I'll state it here in simple terms:


    Having the O's on isn't a bad thing. Having the O's on a regular channel so that I have to shuffle around to find my home team who I really want to watch because an ugly commie sympathizer thinks that this is his home market IS a bad thing.

    As far as you assertion that it's through Mr. Angelos' good graces that we're allowed to see baseball, I'd suggest you read up on "Stockholm Syndrome"

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/09/2007 12:10 PM  

  • Oh, wait! I get the name now! That's not a fan talking about a potential double play, but the natural progression of steroids in the O's dugout, right? ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/09/2007 12:15 PM  

  • Angelos own the rigts to Penn to NC, he let Selig bring a team to Wash bc he shared his teritory that belonged to Os since the eighties.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 12:20 PM  

  • You're right then. He's a man worthy of our praise! Were it not for him, DC wouldn't have a team! Thanks, Mr. Angelos for everything you've done for MLB in DC.

    I've seen the error of my ways.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/09/2007 12:22 PM  

  • You shouldn't waste such an erudite term as "Stockholm Syndrome" when you know it'll go completely over his cretinous head.

    More gravy?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 1:48 PM  

  • You have the "DC syndrome" which is a bad bad football team and cheap baseball owner. But your welcome for the baseball team!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 1:50 PM  

  • I'm normally one to bash Angelos, but a lot of teams split their games between a couple of channels -- often one "cable" and one "broadcast." It's a minor inconvenience, but you do know that the game is on one channel or the other. If the game isn't on one, check the other. If it's not on MASN 1, check MASN 2. No biggie.

    However, this MASN 2 business does sound like cable systems could move the channel location. I hope that's not the case.

    I do agree with your point that they should just set the "primary" team based on the location of the cable system.

    Bottom line for me is that more baseball is good. I like having the option to watch the O's, as bad as they are, when the Nats are on a west coast swing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 5:36 PM  

  • Nats fans can count to 7?

    Clearly this place doesnt tolerate desent, too bad.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 5:52 PM  

  • I think the word you're looking for is "dissent."

    We tolerate it if it's informed. And if you don't mind getting kicked in the ribs a few times. ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/09/2007 6:00 PM  

  • I don't care if there are 10 MASN channels as long as they're all HD, but I won't be holding my breath. It was great finally getting Nats games on Comcast last year; not so great to see the incredibly lame 4x3 analog quality of MASN broadcasts compared to the O's in HD on Comcast Sportsnet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 6:23 PM  

  • Poor TejadatoRobertstoMillar. I guess if I were an O's fan from Charm City I'd eventually turn into a grumpy little troll, too, what with Peter's sterling stewardship of the franchise.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/09/2007 6:28 PM  

  • It's highly likely that this MASN1/MASN2 arrangement will wreak havoc with TiVo settings. Lord knows I don't want to turn on the TV at 9, when I finally have some time to watch the game, and see Orioles-Rays instead of Nats-Phils.

    By Blogger SkiCat89, at 2/11/2007 8:13 PM  

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