Thanks Versus Network

The Davis Cup is back in Winston-Salem this weekend which is pretty bad luck for me.  Since my client’s conference is next week there was no way I would have been able to take in the matches and prepare for my time in San Diego.  Since I’m flying Saturday evening I could have tried to hit the Friday matches but realistically there was no way I could do it.

Instead I satisfied myself with TiVo-ing the matches so that I could watch them while I packed.  All was well until the second match between James Blake and Paul Henri-Mathieu went into a fifth set and a couple of games into the set the announcers informed the television audience that the network (Versus) was going to switch to NHL playoff hockey at 7:00 p.m. no matter where the match stood.  They also informed the audience that if you were lucky enough to have the Tennis Channel you could catch the match there or you could watch it online at

Sure enough they cut to the hockey pre-game show right at 7:00 and thus I missed a thrilling comeback by Blake.  Apparently at 4-4 his serve was broken, then he was down two match points on Mathieu’s next service game before he broke back, and then he held serve and broke Mathieu again.  But I’m just going by what I heard on the sports report because, you know, I didn’t see it.  I was going to gripe about how Time-Warner doesn’t give me the Tennis Channel but does give me 840 shopping channels, and how my buddy Bobby gets the Tennis Channel because he has DirecTV, but from reading the comments on the article about the match at the Tennis Channel site it seems that they blew the coverage anyway so lots of people besides me didn’t get to see the conclusion of the match.

The good news is that Celeste will get to go with some friends to the doubles match today.  That should be a lot of fun, and boy do I wish I could be there.  Of course I’ll set my Tivo, but let’s hope there aren’t any hockey games to cut to this time.

1 thought on “Thanks Versus Network

  1. Jen

    TWC does carry the Tennis Channel. Its part of the Sports Pack, along with ESPNews, Fox Soccer, CSTV, NHL Network, etc. I only pay $2 or more for the whole package – on top of my Digital Cable. Worth every penny. Thanks.


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