November 17, 2008
CFL and Saturdays don't mix
By JODY VANCE, SUN MEDIA
Everyone who's glad that the Grey Cup isn't on a Saturday raise your hand.
Saturday is for hockey and, even then, that's Saturday night not SaturDAY.
It is safe to say that most sports fans enjoy their Sunday sports rituals over the idea of trying to shoe-horn in games on Saturdays. Saturday is for the "honey-do list." Sunday is for settling in for a long afternoon of viewing.
Proud couch potatoes and armchair quarterbacks consider Sunday their reward for a hard week of the grind. At CFL playoff time viewing takes extra skill: working the remote so that one can watch both CFL games while simultaneously staying current on his or her NFL pool.
The lone challenge last weekend was finding the time to actually watch Saturday games.
While I have not seen the ratings numbers for this past weekend, the opening round indicated that TSN took a hit.
I'm willing to bet my Grey Cup Sunday white spot burgers the division finals' ratings will prove significantly lower than in years past. (Anyone familiar with my family's Grey Cup tradition -- and personal addiction -- this is large currency.)
While I understand scheduling conflicts and programming come into play here, I am a selfish sports fan; I want what I want when I want it. Period.
All that this CFL fan knows is that it was disappointment-central Sunday morning when the sports headlines screamed of the Grey Cup matchup and I had missed it all. That feeling only grew more frustrating when the highlights showed just how entertaining both games were.
Damn Saturday experiment.
-- Jody Vance is a sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appears Mondays in 24 hours.