Sunday, October 17, 2010

Iowa 38 Michigan 28

Yes, it is the return of Big 10 football. Two weeks ago, my Hawkeyes kicked off the season with a rousing romp of Penn State. Michigan was going to be a harder game, played in Ann Arbor for starters. It was to be televised.

Now, I haven't watched TV since Iowa played Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. That's been a good 10 months without TV. Other than needing to dust the thing, I haven't noticed.

But with Iowa a favorite to be at the top of the heap at the end of the season, the potential for them to be televised is very high. The only way I'll get to see them is via the TV which brings me to the "Can I make this work" situation. I had tried once, back in the spring, when helicopters flying overhead alerted me to the possibility that something was amiss on the train tracks north of the house. I couldn't get the TV to show anything but snow.

At 2 p.m., I started looking at this set up. All the cords were plugged into whatever place they had to go. Pilchard likes to sit behind the entertainment center, mainly because I can't get her back there, so I thought perhaps she had knocked something loose. That didn't seem to be the case. I turned on the digital box and the TV, nothing.

After spending a good 20 minutes pushing buttons and turning things on and off, I decided to see if I still had the instruction manual. I did. That's something of a miracle. I started reading what to do and
ta da! TV. Seems I have to run the digital tuner through channel 3 instead of channel 4 where everything else, like the DVD and the PS2 go through. I can't figure out how to turn off the closed captioning. I find it annoying. But, as often as I watch TV, I can ignore it.

So huzzah, hooray, and other such cheers! I figured this out and could watch the whole game on TV. The cats are not very happy about that, as I tend to cheer and they are not used to that. Pilchard loved that I was sitting in the settee and climbed into my lap on several occasions for ear scratches. She did not like the cheer for the first interception and leaped off, leaving a rather long scratch on my leg. Oh well. I'll consider it the price for being able to watch the game.

Beverage: fruit juice


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