Taping’s finest hour
Posted by keithosaunders on April 21, 2011
This is a great time of year for sports — the baseball season is in full swing and the NBA and NHL playoffs have begun. The overlap can be overwhelming, but thanks to the miracle of the DVR, taping multiple ongoing events is a reality, making it possible for the sports fan to live the dream. Of course, even with modern technology all it takes is for one caveman to spoil your evening by divulging the score of a taped event. There are numerous other pitfalls to avoid as well. Here then is a recounting of one of my most successful taping days: This past Sunday, the 17th, in the year of our sports god 2011.
I had a gig, but wanted to see game two of Rangers/Captitals, and Knicks/Celtics, as well as catch the end of Rockies/Cubs. As long as I was already taping the Knicks, I figured I may as well set the DVR to record the second half of the NBA doubleheader, Nuggets/Thunder. The baseball Giants were playing, but I knew they would be on the TV at the bar I was gigging at, so I opted not to record their game.
When I started the car, I turned on the Giants game on the radio to hear the 9th inning — they were leading the Diamondbaks 5-4 at the time. The first thing out of Jon Miller’s mouth was, “It’s over in Colorado….” Quick as a cat, I whipped my hand to the radio and turned off the volume, avoiding hearing the score. I then (carefully) changed the station.
As predicted, the Giants game was being shown on the TV at the bar. It was an extra inning game and I was thinking, “good, let it go 20 innings and they’ll never change it to the Knicks) BUT…by the first break the game had ended and the Knicks was on one TV, and Sportscenter was on the other. Fortunately I live in a town where people don’t give a rats ass about any teams other than the locals, so I was in little danger of anyone commenting on the games. What’s more, this fellow ex-New Yorker sax player came in. He had also taped the Knicks and he warned me not to tell him anything. Me, spoil a taped event?! Did he realize who he was talking to?
At one point I accidentally looked at the TV showing Sportscenter and of course the Rockies/Cubs highlights were on, but miraculously I didn’t see the score.
The rest of the night passed without incident and I arrived home to savor my spoils. I stayed up late watching everything except for the second half of the Denver game, but I finished watching it the following day at lunch without knowing the ending.
And that’s how you record multiple events.