Many thanks for the response to my complaint about Channel 2 Sports' live coverage of Hasek and Smehlik's return to Buffalo. For those readers just catching up to the Debate of the Century, my position was that Channel 2 should not have interrupted and pre-empted prime-time network programming (in this case, a first-run episode of "Mad About You") to bring us 15-20 minutes of a reporter stalling for time before the Olympic heroes arrived.
Instead, I felt that they should have taken the 60 seconds of newsworthy footage they got out of the report and run it as the top story at 11. The letter writer's position is that I am a "television zombie." Those of you who read my criticism and his response might be thinking: "Gee, he missed Graham's point entirely." I don't think so, however. You see, now I think he's right.
The witty and insightful letter made me see the error of my ways. Channel 2 Sports was right on the money with its decision and presentation. In fact, I propose that if they want to keep making sports television history, the should replace even more "mindless network programming" such as "Frazier," "Dateline" and "Law and Order" with live, on-location, sports reports such as: "Pretty Soon, Ted Washington's Going To Be At This Arby's" and "We Got A Tip That Rudy Pikuzinski Is In This Mall Somewhere." Wow, I feel so liberated. It's so great to finally get away from the TV, mop up the drool trickling down my face, and blink again. It is my fervent wish that my change of attitude restores your faith in humanity as a species.
I -- uh-oh . . . ROB MUST GO NOW . . . MAD ABOUT YOU ON TELEVISION . . . SWEET, SWEET TELEVISION . . . MMMMM . . . TELEVISION GOOD.