Tuesday, September 8, 2009

FSU v Miami Kickoff at 2AM !

Now that football (American football, that is) season is starting, the six-hour time difference is going to be a real challenge, especially for night games.

I haven't missed (in person or on tv) a Florida State-Miami game since I saw my first one as a freshman at FSU in 1978. That's 31 straight games.

I was there in person for the first wide right in 1991 against Miami, perhaps the most famous game in the rivalry.

This year the game was being played on Monday night (last night, Labor Day) at 8p EST. That Eastern Standard Time, not Paris Standard Time. In Paris that is 2a.

Furthermore, I didn't expect to find it on TV anywhere which meant streaming internet radio was probably the best I was going to find (or worst case, ESPN Gamecast, which simply logs each play in real time on a web page), but for the first time I discovered ESPN360 which broadcasts selected college football games throughout the season over the internet to your computer including, as it turns out, this one. A single game pass was 9.95 EUR.

I grabbed a Red Bull, put together my Colplay in Paris blog post (which was a little trickier than normal due to videos), and settled down for the usual 4 hour contest (I don't know why but FSU-Miami games always last 4 hours), ending after 6a this morning in Paris.

For excitement and drama, this one ranks in the top 10 of the 32 I have now seen. And as so often is the case, FSU (favored by 5) lost a heartbreaker 38-34 after failing to score on 3 attempts from the 2 yard line at the end of the game with the receiver dropping a catchable pass on the last play.

Sigh. Where have I seen this story before.

I crawled into bed at 7:30a this morning after doing a few other housekeeping chores on my computer and was up at noon.

I hope FSU doesn't have any more night games in the next 8 weeks. I don't know how many more times I can do this.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bill - great blog!

    Have you tried the new music sharing app "Spotify" in France? It is not available here in the USA (yet) but is getting great reviews in the UK.

    I'm curious to hear an American's take on the app.

    Link to news article here: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/09/hands-on-with-spotify-for-iphone-is-itunes-dead/

    Best Regards,