This being a halfway family-friendly blog, I'll let readers of this post mentally fill in their favorite profanities to shower on DirecTV and the Pac-12 Network after...
Once #%[email protected]#! again yesterday, I missed a U of O football game that I #%[email protected]#! wanted to see because you two #%[email protected]#! corporate idiots have persisted in your pissing match over DirecTV being able to show Pac-12 Network games, which has now gone on for three #%[email protected]#! years!!!!!!!
That said, I readily admit that I too may be a #%[email protected]#! idiot.
Because, as noted in this post, I renewed our DirecTV subscription last August even though I knew, or at least strongly suspected, it again wouldn't carry Pac-12 Network games this football season.
So I missed a couple of early University of Oregon football games that were only shown on the Pac-12 Network. That didn't bother me hugely (just considerably), because they were early season blowouts -- the reason the games weren't picked up by ESPN, Fox, or a channel I can actually watch on DirecTV.
But yesterday the Ducks played Colorado at home.
It almost certainly was quarterback Marcus Mariota's last home game, since he likely will turn pro after his junior season. Mariota is the leading Heisman Trophy candidate at the moment. He's a big part, no, the main part, of the reason why the Ducks are the #3 team in the country.
I love to watch him. I would have loved to see the emotional farewell he got at Autzen stadium after the Ducks coach pulled him out of the game after the first play of the fourth quarter. However, because of the #%[email protected]#! DirecTV and Pac-12 Network contract dispute, I couldn't see the game.
All I could do was read Jason Quick's piece in the Oregonian today, "Marcus Mariota leaves Autzen Stadium, but not without a shower of love and a final word."
EUGENE — On a cold and wet November evening, in an otherwise forgettable game, a moment to remember was burned into Oregon football lore Saturday during the Ducks' 44-10 victory over Colorado.
Marcus Mariota, the greatest player in program history, joined the huddle on the Ducks' first drive of the fourth quarter, and in an orchestrated move was replaced by Jeff Lockie after one snap.
...Autzen Stadium erupted in an outpouring of love.
Inside the press box, where media is prohibited from cheering, a writer for a Eugene website stood up and applauded.
As play resumed, the crowd began chanting MAR-I-O-TA.
If there has ever been a more special farewell, long time athletic department officials can't remember it.
"It will be one of those things I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life,'' Mariota said.
Hey, that's great, Marcus. I just wish I and other DirecTV subscribers could have had the opportunity to see your farewell ovation and be able to hold it close to our hearts also.
Instead, what's in my heart is this: f__k you DirecTV, and f__k you Pac-12 Network!!!!!
For three years you've been squabbling over the equivalent of corporate pennies while subscribers and fans get screwed over by not being able to see Pac-12 games that aren't carried by other broadcasters. I hope all of the DirecTV executives responsible for this mess get fired when AT&T completes its acquisition of DirecTV.
As for Pac-12 Network executives, you guys are equally responsible for my pissed-off mood, so I'll extend to you the Yiddish curse that I directed to DirecTV in a previous rant.
May you get passage out of the old village safely, and when you settle, may you fall into the outhouse just as a regiment of Ukrainians is finishing a prune stew and twelve barrels of beer.
Here's my previous posts on this irritating subject.
2014. Still no Pac-12 Network on DirecTV. Am I an idiot to renew?
DirecTV Pac-12 Network excuses are annoying
Tell DirecTV how you feel about not getting Pac-12 games
2012 Oregon-OSU Civil War game not on DirecTV. Curses!
Trying to be positive as DirecTV lacks Pac-12 Network
DirecTV raises rates 5%. Still no Pac 12 Network