Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Take that, Olympic tape delay—oh, nuts

Posted By on 08.08.12 at 01:09 PM

Megan Rapinoe: What, you were expecting Alex Morgan?
If NBC is going to tape the entire goddamn Olympic Games and air them when they offer the so-called Peacock Network the best bang for the buck in prime time, well, I'll just crank up the old AT&T U-verse DVR and watch them any time I damn well please.

At least, that's what I thought Monday night when I sat down to watch the U.S. women's soccer semifinal against Canada.

I don't even know when or on what channel the game "actually" took place. I only know my soccer-playing daughters had scheduled it to tape, and somehow we got back from dinner without hearing the final score. So I watched Canada go up 1-0 on a goal by Christine Sinclair, then took a break to watch the end of the White Sox game and the ten o'clock news upstairs. When I got back down, the U.S. had tied it on a goal by the scrappy Megan Rapinoe. Then somehow Sinclair scored again. "Put somebody on her!" I yelled. And then Rapinoe scored again to tie it. Only Sinclair scored again. "What! Put two people on her!" And just when it looked the darkest, the U.S. was awarded a penalty kick and Abby Wambach scored to put it into overtime.

It went through one 15-minute OT session, then most of the way through the other, and just when it was about to go into penalty kicks—the recording shut off.

We'd been victimized by the old cable DVR bugaboo: when you schedule a show to tape, it tapes for as long as it's scheduled, then it shuts off. This creates a problem for sporting events that go into overtime and extra innings—something we'd been victimized by previously with the Bears and Blackhawks, but had forgotten about, being out of practice with these clocked sports during the baseball season.It didn't take long, in this Internet age, to find out the United States had won on a header by Alex Morgan, just as the game was about to be sentenced to penalty kicks.

It was an amazing game, one of the best soccer matches I've ever seen, and the final goal was stunning—even when I first saw it in tracking the link down a day later.Here's the thing, though. My older daughter, back in town visiting, came in after visiting friends just as we were watching in overtime. She absolutely refused to sit down to watch the end, and was going to watch the whole thing after we finished.I'm sure she was as aggravated as I was when the recording shut off. So this link's for you, Sadie.The final, a World Cup rematch between the United States and Japan, takes place, supposedly live, at 1:30 PM Thursday on the NBC Sports channel, previously Versus. I'll be at work, so I'll be taping it to watch later. Don't tell me who wins—unless it ends in overtime.

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