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12 Nov 2005

Show Clemson-USC Game or be Deported

Remember when Peter King said:

"I think the one thing you can't understand unless you live somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard between Washington and Boston -- or unless you once lived there -- is the intensity of a big sports event."

Yeah, I don't recall any legislators between Washington and Boston ever threatening to send people to Gitmo for not televising a football game. (Thanks to Trogdor for the heads-up)

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 12 Nov 2005

14 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 7:30pm by BillWallace


by Wes M (not verified) :: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 11:16am

Wow. Just, wow.

by Russell Levine :: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 11:37am

I love Peter King, but that was one of the dumber things he's ever written. If there's one thing people on the Eastern seaboard between Boston and DC DON'T understand, it's the intensity of a big college sporting event. Nothing in the pros compares.

by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 11:47am

Uhh, quick question guys :

All the networks cited in the story, especially JP, are talking about SEC rules and games.

Clemson is in the ACC. Where's the ACC package / network connections (ABC, etc.)?

Either Clemson has NO ACC broadcasts in its territory (and if you know Clemson, that's not possible), or the reporting is really sloppy here.

by dd (not verified) :: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 12:14pm

The game is at South Carolina, so perhaps thats why they have the rights? Next year it will be at Clemson so maybe then the ACC will have them.

Anyway I live in Greenville and I enjoy how big the rivalry is, even though I'm not a fan of either.

by Dave (not verified) :: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 12:51pm

Umm, people in the northeast corridor might not understand the intensity of a big college football game. But that's pretty much Big East country (and BC and Mayrland) -- where they certainly understand college basketball.

by Dennis (not verified) :: Sat, 11/12/2005 - 11:59pm

Yes, it's a South Carolina home game so the SEC TV contracts apply.

by Trevor (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 4:50am

JP has been messing up with these rivals lately. The UNC/NC State game hasn't been shown in North Carolina for the past 4 years. There was a free feed on each campus, but all of the alunmi were assed out.

by Mikey (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 12:43pm

I am delighted to live here in the northeast, where we enjoy a monopoly on not just sports fandom, but also on love, sex, sunshine, good food, and great wine.

The rest of the country is, naturally, deeply admiring of the northeast's humble domination of these matters. They obviously aspire to be more like the notheast, and that's why our politicians and coastal mores enjoy such universal popularity around the country. It's no coincidence that every President since Kennedy has been from the northeast.

Or do I have that backwards?

Yeah, not PK's finest moment. I love him too, but come on. LSU football makes Yankee Stadium look like a kindergarden, and there are few more boring places to watch NFL football than the Meadowlands (sorry NYers, I live here too).

by James Gibson (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 3:01pm

Peter King isn't the only one. When Baltimore played the N.Y. Giants, Sal Paolontonio tried to push how great that Super Bowl was because it was between northeastern teams, where the fans are more intense.

Please. I think Green Bay and Denver fans are more intense about their teams than those particular teams.

And I don't think anything compares to the passion of SEC football in the south or ACC basketball in North Carolina.

by MRH (not verified) :: Sun, 11/13/2005 - 11:29pm

I think someone should post on Falcons-related sites that Peter King thinks Atlanta fans are not intense.

Plus he'll probably write about Favre and Vick tomorrow AM.

by Walter (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 5:20am

I'm continually shocked at the sense of entitlement from sports fans. "GRR the networks and teams need to cater to my every whim because I like watching a certain team play on free TV!"

Also since there is no way to quantify "intensity" the sidebar discussion in this thread is pointless.

by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 1:02pm

Sounds to me then like some SC television stations are missing the opportunity of a lifetime for some legislative goodwill come licensing (lobbying) time......

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 3:36pm

I think college football provides one of those really weird situations ... on the one hand, with the DirecTV Sports Pack, between Fox Sports and ESPN, I have a lot of channels that end up showing college football on Saturdays. On the other hand, they never seem to show more than six or seven different games. It's funny how there are all these opportunities to show games, but out of the 50+ I-A games every week, less than half seem to be televised.

Then again, maybe it's a good thing that Indiana-Purdue isn't available on normal satellite ...

by BillWallace (not verified) :: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 7:30pm

I dont think too many people from the Northeast really think that our pro football games are more intense than the other things mentioned.