WORKING THE REMOTE ON A SATURDAY NIGHT

Too bad there’s not a way to measure TV remote control use, because a Western Pa. record had to have been set last night.

The Pirates and Royals were on WPGH, the Celtics and the Heat were on ESPN and the Devils and the Kings were on NBC.

Here’s what I got out of three hours of station hopping:

The hockey game was my main event and I switched over  every once in a while to check in on the Pirates and the Celtics-Heat.

My Pirates watching usually consists of checking in to see the score and maybe hanging around a little bit if something interesting is going on. Most of the time, I don’t watch more than a half of an inning at a time and rarely a total of two innings.

I happened to drop in on the bottom of the fourth when the Pirates scored five runs.

What did I come away with? The DH stinks.

Because of injuries and not being able to use a DH, the Royals had a couple of half-players — the kind who can’t play defense — in the field and they contributed to the Pirates’ five runs. There was one ball hit out of the infield. The inning wasn’t a thing of beauty but it was interesting and it was proof that the game is more interesting when every hitter has to also play in the field.

Most discussions of the DH center on sparing the fans the boredom of watching a pitcher hit. Last night’s game was about so much more than that. If I’m not mistaken, Clint Hurdle pinch hit for James McDonald in the 4th inning — a decision he doesn’t have to make in the American League.

It was a good hockey game even though only three goals were scored. There were enough scoring chances and quite a few long stretches of good end-to-end action.

I did notice that this year’s leading Conn Smythe candidate, Jonathan Quick, got caught out of position and allowed the Devils to score the game winning goal. I wondered what the reaction would have been in Pittsburgh if Marc Andre Fleury had done that.

I tried to watch the NBA game. I really did. I tuned in when the Celtics had a small lead in the third quarter and again in the fourth just before the Heat pulled away and won.

It’s hard for me to go longer than 2 minutes with an NBA game. It doesn’t often take that long before I see a ridiculous traveling violation that isn’t called and turn it off in disgust.

Last night I saw Rajon Rondo tuck the ball under his arm and run four and a half steps for a layup.

That was it for me.

Back to the hockey game.

  • chris

    Buccos are tied for first place in the central

  • Chuck

    Started off watching the Pirate game for about 2 innings.Left the house with my wife to go to the Dairy Queen and get a strawberry sundae, returned home, watered the tomato plants, got back to the Pirate game for a little while and eventually turned on the Hockey game to see what the score was. Actually finished watching the baseball game the last inning and went to bed shortly thereafter. That was my idea of an exciting Saturday night…..

  • Bobzilla

    I saw in Monday’s Tribune-Review that the Pittsburgh hockey boom took a break on Saturday long enough to watch the Belmont Stakes and an NBA playoff game.
    Both events drew more TV viewers in Pittsburgh than the Stanley Cup Finals. Locally, the horse race drew a 7.4 rating, compared to a 4.4 rating for basketball and a 3.6 rating for hockey.
    All those dedicated hockey fans must’ve been at the Pirates game.

    • John Steigerwald

      There weren’t a lot of sports fans in that 7.4 watching the horsies. NBa was a game 7. Big difference.

  • Bobzilla

    Solution: More than one TV in the same room. I’ve been watching multiple TVs for years in “my own little space.” Seems to work well.

    • John Steigerwald

      A veteran move. My dad would watch the Pirates on TV and listen to the Steelers exhibition game on radio. Seemed perfectly normal to me.

  • Frank

    I didn’t watch the Pirates game. Zero desire.

    I didn’t watch the NBA game. I would actually watch a Pirates game over the NBA playoffs and that’s saying a lot.

    I did watch the hockey game and like you said John, while low scoring, it was a fun game to watch. Also, if Fleury gave up that goal, he would never hear the end of it in Pittsburgh. Quick is a fantastic goaltender with a very underrated defense playing in front of him, but he made a horrible decision on Parise’s goal and it cost them.

    John, I wanted your opinion, do you think Staal is gone and if so, where do you see him going and for what in return?

    • John Steigerwald

      My gut tells me he stays.

  • Rich

    Didn’t see the Pirates game even though I live in Nebraska and Kansas City is three hours down the road, and the Royals AAA team is in Omaha, the Fox regional game we received was Cleveland and St. Louis. Had they been on, I would have taped it and watched in fast motion so I didn’t have to invest three plus hours on a televised baseball game.

    I caught the end of the hockey game- I forgot it was on-and didn’t watch the NBA. I haven’t watched and NBA game since 1986. Chances are, I will die before I ever watch an NBA game again. I just can’t stand that league. It too drives me crazy when guys walk all over the court, or palm the ball with regularity.