My Sunday afternoons are usually spent the same as a lot of folks during this time of year.
Watching NFL football.
Got my game jersey on. Snacks and beverages are nearby.
So is the remote in case I want to hit the mute button on annoying commercials.
Never miss a local story.
Or annoying game announcers.
I’m all set.
I don’t need anything else for the next three hours.
That includes incessant reminders by the announcers or the graphics scrolling along the screen to “Follow all of today’s NFL action ... at CBS- Sports.com.”
Why the heck would I do that?
I’m already looking at the game I want and receiving updates from other games, too.
OK, I guess it’s for the benefit of fantasy league enthusiasts.
But even they don’t need to be told to go online every 30 seconds — and the game’s hardly five minutes into the first quarter.
Any fantasy leaguers worth their salt are rocking their laptops already.
Sorry, it’s not my thing.
Not after working all week on a computer.
Besides, if there’s a laptop in my vicinity during the game, it is liable to end up with something being spilled on it.
And I’d be dead.
On the other hand, I can see where this online mechanism for finding relevant figures would really be useful.
Especially for conscientious citizens who tune in regularly for governmental meetings.
They could see the amount of campaign contributions made by developers to the Manatee County commissioners, who just approved another 1,500-home subdivision.
Or find out how much the school board overpaid for another piece of property.
Go to METV.com!
Now that’d be illuminating.
When it comes to watching the NFL on Sunday, quarterback ratings, turnover ratio and yards-per-carry are mind-numbing minutiae.
There’s only one statistic that means anything to me as the game unfolds.
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