Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Sign of the Apocalypse & MASN 24-HR High-Def

(just kidding)

A day after Radhames Liz's unexpected start, the Orioles got another gem from a starter -- this time, Chris Waters and his shutout -- as they beat the Jays, 2-0.

What looked like to be hell on earth with this pitching staff has suddenly turned a new leaf. This is an aberration? Maybe; however, it shows that our arms can do the job -- if they are consistent and pitch in the zone.

Waters' line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 4 H...

Let's make life miserable for the Jays, Yankees, and Rays.

Go O's.


I have given MASN both praise and criticism for the past several years, but the announcement today about MASN having an HD channel is good news for everyone.

A lot has been made of the station's ratings -- especially in Washington -- the success of the network and it's viability is directly tied in with the fortunes of the Orioles and Nationals; thus, the product on the field for both teams have to improve greatly and people seem to completely miss that.

But this is a win-win for fans, and the network has given us what we want...
MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment, will launch a full-time HD channel in March of 2009 and will more than double the number of HD telecasts of Nationals and Orioles games.

Expanding on MASN's successful first season utilizing high definition technology, the network will air up to 200 Major League Baseball games in HD in 2009, giving sports fans an HD game every night of the season. Additionally, the channel will carry Ravens preseason games, selected NCAA Division I football, basketball, and lacrosse games, and ESPN News in HD.

MASN's first season with high definition programming made available 40 Orioles games and 40 Nationals games in HD to 21 different cable and satellite providers throughout the seven state region.

It would be nice if the networks for have more local/sport specific programming (like YES's CenterStage/NESN programming), but I guess you all will get there. Well, I think with the development of the network, you can only do so much so fast, considering cash flow and a multitude of other things.

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