So there I was in my bed, watching the Wimbledon finals between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, a rivalry that has the makings of an epic, a la Connors-Borg, or Borg-McEnroe. But the World Cup finals will be shown early the next day, and if I stay with the Wimbledon finals to its conclusion, and wake up early the next day for France-Italy, I'd be too sleepy for work. So, not wanting to short-change the company I work for, I decided to skip Wimbledon after the second set, go to sleep, and wake up bright and early the next day to catch the 5:00 am delayed telecast of the Blue finals via RPN-9.
Alarm clock rings at 5, I wake up the kids to get them ready for school, and turned on the TV. Anticipation turned to exasperation when all I got was a black screen. Dont panic, I thought, it's probably just a glitch. I turn to Sky Cable's pay-per-view station to check if theyre having a glitch, too, but no, theyre fine. I quickly turn back to RPN-9. I didnt want to know what happened. Sure the PPV's signal's scrambled but the audio's loud and clear. I waited. And waited. Black screen. Until it dawned on me. Sky Cable blocked the delayed telecast. The delayed telecast. For no reason at all. No wait. They did have a reason. They wanted to rub it in the faces of their subscribers that they can piss them off and they couldnt do anything about it. Just corporate arrogance: Take that, cheapskates! You want to watch the finals for free, eh? No can do. If you wanted it that bad, you shouldve paid us extra. I dare you to do anything about it.
I will, damn you. Paranaque Cable, here we come.
Anyway, my buddy grifter has a capsule summary in his blog here. I have my own summary of the game that I can reduce to one sentence: What the hell were you thinking, Zinedine Zidane?