What to do
I must have dreamt that the Wigan game was live on television here in the US on Saturday but I have looked high and low for confirmation of the fact and it appears that I was wrong (sorry Nug) but the games versus Man City and Reading should be on.
North American based Addicks have been lucky this season as we have been treated (not that is has always been a treat) to plenty of live action, American directors often favouring us more than those back at home. I have found recent games a nerve wracking experience, although I have been lucky to be at a couple live in the flesh, and also now have tickets and a plane booked for the Sheffield Utd game too. Of course watching on television will never be the same experience than being there, but as a 2nd choice watching games live from my sofa is my preferred option, particularly lately as I've ended matches a gibbering wreck!
Therefore sitting in the pub with strangers, mostly those passively supporting the opposition is harder, and not only because I get some funny looks. Nonetheless at least I get to watch the game, which is a real bonus. Every season since I've been in Chicago, more and more Premiership games are carried on television. For example this weekend 7 games are being shown live and one is being repeated out of the 10-game programme. That's not bad and New York Addick
told me recently that there has only been about 6-7 times that our game hasn't been on one way or another.
So if we are not on the box, I have to source other forms of media coverage and I really don't know what I will do Saturday morning. I have pretty much had it with the Radio London
commentary, it drives me insane and I find it hard to grasp the flow of the game. BBC's 5Live
have had a recent penchant for commentating on our games live, but that is normally blocked to listeners outside of the UK. Then there is Sky's Soccer Saturday
coverage that one can listen too, or the BBC videprinter, which if you are large on nerve endings you can watch. And there are other sites that provide a similiar service as does cafc.co.uk
that gives regular match updates.
Grainy PC pictures for a price are an option I have never stooped too, or I could just sit here in a dark room and gibber away in solitude awaiting for my mobile phone to buzz, with mates texting me from the ground.
And of course I could just set my alarm for later and sleep through the whole thing, yep like that's going to happen! Of course if our season ends in relegation then watching us next season will be almost impossible. Ok, I know one thing at time....