Siena A Blur? How About Some Highlights

The win over Sienna a blur, switching back and forth between two TV stations and Slingbox, with wife, son, and three grandkids all huddled around the laptop on the floor at one point, demanding, praying, hoping, wishing CBS had people with common sense making the broadcasting feed decisions.

Grandson Koby was getting baptized over the weekend so it was off to Murray, in far Western Kentucky, far from Louisville TV stations, the only sources available in Nashville and Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Louisville game was not available in the second half on either station so we crank up Slingbox which enables you to watch Louisville TV stations on the computer. The viewing is far from great but at least you can see the game.

We were able to watch the second half on Slingbox, at least until Siena made its run. Then even the Louisville feed was interrupted for other games. WHAS radio in Western Kentucky? Are you kidding? And, believe it or not, junior doesn’t have a radio and we weren’t going to leave our lucky seats and sit in a car, knowing that WHAS is a myth in that part of the state, as is the U of L radio network. The only option available was waiting, waiting and waiting for the tiny scores to change at the top of the screen, methodically, magically bending U of L’s way.

That was when Terrence Williams was turning in the performance of his career, carrying Louisville on his back, taking over the game, T-Willing it to happen.

The sad thing was that even most University of Louisville fans, watching their game in their own family rooms at home, missed his dazzling heroics. Here are a few highlights (not enough of T-Will’s, some of those are mythical, buried deep in the recesses of our collective heart):

Get The Darts Ready — The man responsible for all the network cutaways from the Louisville-Siena game was Mike Aresco, executive vice president of programming at CBS, who is sadly lacking in a basic understanding of his target audience, denying Louisville fans a chance to see their team successfully struggle for its basketball life. Some on his staff forgot to tell him that Louisville has the highest percentage of college basketball viewers in America, and the vast majority of them are U of L fans.

Mike Aresco earned the ire of U of L fans.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Siena A Blur? How About Some Highlights

  • March 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    WLKY should never allow anything like that to happen again. I can’t believe someone at CBS is so dumb as to pull the feed from the highest ranked basketball viewing market in the country.

  • March 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

    CBS is a joke – I read the “apology” by their big man this morning in the CJ and don’t believe a word of it. If I were a betting person, I would bet they WILL pull away from our game again on Friday. How can we trust them now? Shame on CBS. Win or lose Friday, we were the #1 team in the country when we played Siena and the fans deserved better treatment….go CARDS

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