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April 17, 2013

Direct Kick: And I still can’t watch the Orioles

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — You know, I thought the reason for a satellite dish was to be able to watch games that normally you wouldn’t have a chance to. At least, that’s the way it was way back in the day when all you had to do was purchase those old time monster-sized dishes and aim it toward the heavens and get all those channels for free. Unfortunately those days didn’t last too long and are far gone.

After Baltimore’s amazing run last season, I decided to fork over an extra $9 a month to get the multi-sport package on Dish, mainly because the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network was including as one of the 25 regional sports channels, and MASN is the home station of the Orioles.

But I soon found out that, even though I could watch MASN, I couldn’t watch the Orioles, since Kentucky is not in their broadcast area, and Major League Baseball doesn’t allow out of market broadcasts to be viewed. So I can watch the pregame and post game shows, but once the actual game starts, my screen tells me that this game isn’t available. Same goes with my channels that carry Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays, to name just a few.

But if the game goes long, past the regularly scheduled ending, the broadcast does become available, and I can watch the final inning or so, which I guess is better than nothing. Even the replays of the game aren’t available for viewing.

And Dish doesn’t offer the Major League Baseball package where I can pay to watch Oriole games. I personally think it should be available to all cable and satellite carriers, but it’s not. So my only other option, if I choose to spend more money, is to purchase MLB.TV’s package and watch games on the Internet for either $24.99 or $19.99 a month. I did watch one of the Baltimore-Tampa Bay games on the Internet, which was just as good as watching it on TV, albeit on a smaller screen.

Still, I think if you have a satellite dish, you should get to watch all these games that are offered.

• So Tiger Woods made a mistake with a drop that cost him two strokes Saturday in the Masters. That probably cost him the tournament.

Did you know in golf someone watching on television can spot an infraction and call to report it? Not sure who they call or how they got the number, but that’s what the announcers were saying while reporting this.

You have got to be kidding me.

What other sport can a fan watching call and report a rules violation? I’ll tell you. None. Zero.

And that’s the way it should be. Fans shouldn’t have a say in the outcome of any sporting event.

• Nerlens Noels announced that he is entering the NBA draft, saying that he feels he is ready for the NBA.

Hate to break it to you, Nerlens, but I don’t think that you are. I don’t think any player on this year’s UK team is ready for the pros.

Sometimes I wonder, since UK always has a loaded freshmen class coming in if John Calipari doesn’t push returning sophomores to enter the draft so his new class won’t have to battle for playing time, because you know the incoming freshmen are expecting to play right away.

Just my thought.

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