So tonight our Orange Soldiers host the Detroit Red Wings at the John Labatt Centre in London, ON, Canada. And once again - probably because of money issues - the game's not broadcasted on television.
Instead, the Flyers website thinks they're doing you and I a favor by providing some half ass "LIVE" stream of the tilt. What I found out was that this (supposedly) realtime feed is on a 45 minute delay.
Meanwhile the organization's Facebook fanpage is posting about up-to-date, late 1st period action while you and I are watching someone sing Canada's National Anthem.
Makes about as much sense as signing Stephen Hawking up for a pommel horse competition.
Ontop of everything else, this stream has a very difficult time buffering no matter how strong your internet connection is. Every 5-seconds or so the feed pauses. A few seconds after that, the feed kicks back on but the players are a couple seconds ahead in action. It's like you're a part of some sort of retarded time travel gone wrong. As if you and Marty McFly forgot to fuel up prior to gunning it 88 miles per hour, and the DeLorean's stuck sputtering in and out of the spacetime continuum.
It's all these corporate blowhards not giving eachother broadcasting rights, so the fans wind up being the ones who suffer.
Okay, maybe not "suffer." It is only one preseason game. And Leighton's starting in net. Had this been the same doings during a regular season game, I could picture a sea of orange outside Comcast's headquarters holding pitchforks and tossing molotov cocktails.