Football once again tops my list with an incredibly useful website for folks who get mad at US (television stations) for the “choice” of NFL game every Sunday.
(Hint: It’s not OUR choice.)
Started last week, this is the second installment of some of my “best reads” for the week gone by, as seen through my blogroll.
(I’ll try to get the blogroll up on this site soon, so you can see what I’m reading. It’s not an easy task as my blog count right now stands at 205.) -MP
1. “So why isn’t my football game on your channel?”
Ask anyone who has ever worked a newsroom assignment desk on a Sunday (at least a network affiliate carrying NFL) and you’ll have a person who’s taken angry calls about football.
Understandably, it’s frustrating when you can’t see the game you want or you’re switched to another contest before the one you were watching concluded.
Those choices are all dictated by the individual networks (CBS and Fox) in concert with the NFL.
Individual stations don’t have control over game schedules.
While not an official NFL or network site, this is fantastic information by someone who clearly knows what they’re talking about. You’ll see a nationwide mapping-out of which games are going to each market.
If you really want to see how complicated this all is, check out the “NFL TV Rules at a Glance.” from The 506.
2. That silo is a real “fixer-upper”
Surviving nuclear war will set you back only $1.75 million. Deep within Adirondack State Park is a fairly modest-looking house (from the outside, considering the house has its own runway and airplane parking) built above a defunct missile silo.
Take a photo tour of the property and the “amenities” via Buzzfeed.
My thought is that if a “honey-do” list doesn’t get finished, there’s always something slightly more menacing than a doghouse to be sent down to.
Way, way down.
3. Another Hitchcock New Year’s in Beebe, Arkansas?
If that wasn’t ominous enough, the birds are back.
You may recall at the stroke of midnight (or around that time) last year, hundreds of blackbirds fell from the sky. The theories ranged from some radio death-ray to being startled to death by fireworks.
The birds are back in incredible number, as this video spot from Accuweather demonstrates.
We’ll see if there’s another bird debacle on Jan. 1.
4. Incredible images of 2011, and an equally incredible video of the Japan tsunami
Buzzfeed has put together some of the most powerful images of the year and ITN has never-before seen video from inside a car as the great tsunami rolled in along the Japanese coast.
5. A weather geek’s Christmas carol
The great folks at NOAA used the voice of NOAA Weather Radio to produce an electronic “Deck the Halls.” It’s clever, and the voice’s “Fa la la la la” (video)….
sounds strangely to me like the Count’s “A ha ha ha ha ha.”
Have a good week.