Huh, Where’s the Speed Channel?
Thursday, December 03, 2009
An interesting thing happened to me last night as I was flipping television channels. I couldn’t find any of them! Or at least some of them.
One of the most notable absences was #28, the Speed Channel
. Now I hate it when channels mysteriously shuffle around, but it isn’t the end of the world. Any reasonable person can muster the intestinal fortitude to relearn some numbers, though I will always associate #25 with ESPN, as when cable television made its first appearance in a Madson household my father practically wore a groove in the early-80s cable box on number two-five to watch with his boy, of all miraculous things, “a television station that only covers sports!”
But then there are stations that go missing altogether… And for me, right now, that’s the Speed Channel - the station that only covers motorsports! After a couple minutes of screen-flickering frustration I figured Speed must’ve just moved and I lacked the intuition to find the new station number. However, a later call to the cable company confirmed my worst fear. The Speed Channel is now only available in my region through an extended digital package.
In other words, I’ll have to pay more money and get a fancy new cable box.
Now I hate giving people money. Let me rephrase that: I hate paying extra to the stupid suck-faces at Charter. So I got a couple options: Status quo with no Speed Channel or pay extra and get Speed.
Could I live without the Speed Channel? Well, I am still breathing right now, but if you’re a rider, let’s face it, Speed is the one station that carries consistent motorcycle content. True, the race coverage is almost always televised way too late. And, true, the pickins for non-racing motorcycle programming continue to get slimmer and slimmer as NASCAR grows over the Speed TV schedule like a V-8 tumor. But there’s Wind Tunnel. And, uhm, other stuff… Is Superbikes still on?
Come to think of it, maybe there’s another option. Unplug the whole damn thing, hook up some rabbit ears (if they still work) and go back to watching Simpsons re-runs M-F with football on Sunday.
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