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College football ending will feel like a blackout

No Nickelodeon?

No Comedy Central?


Good grief!

Fortunately, the 11th-hour staredown between media and cable conglomerates over millions in fees was resolved early New Year’s Day, avoiding a blackout of popular programming for tens of thousands of local Bright House cable subscribers.

Otherwise there would’ve been a lot of traumatized 6-year-olds.

A lot of frantic moms and dads, too.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” going bye-bye?

What a way to start a new year.

Perish the thought.

Imagine all those teenagers who are hooked on “The Hills” having to go through withdrawal over that MTV reality series.

I can hear the wailing.


Reminds me of the classic and catchy lyric from “Money for Nothing,” the 1985 hit by Dire Straits:

“I want my, I want my, I want my MTV . . .”

I’m not a Bright House customer, but I can understand the consternation caused by the recent impasse, albeit a brief one.

I’m a DirecTV subscriber and have several favorite channels.

AMC, FX and History Channel are among those that come to mind.

Yet there is a particular bit of cable programming first and foremost for yours truly.

It is central to my sense of well-being.

It gives me the get up and go for the daily grind.

I would be lost in the black abyss without it.




Crazy, I know.

I’m a sports junkie, and ESPN is my fix.

Take SportsCenter.

First thing I watch after I get up.

Last thing I watch before I go to bed.

Of course, there have been those occasions when I’ve watched it a couple of times in a row even though it’s the exact same show.

So I want to see the highlights of how my team won again.

Bet I’m not the only one who’s done it.

I’ve tuned into just about everything they’ve shown at one time or another.

OK, maybe not poker. Or billiards.

I’ve even watched bass fishing on Saturday mornings to see whether they’re angling in Florida.

And who can forget Australian Rules Football?

Speaking of football on ESPN, with the end of the college season near I can feel the withdrawal symptoms coming on already.


It’s almost like a blackout.

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