(Written by kencraw)
I’ve got a slew of reasons why it stinks, but I’ll start with quoting myself from CGB:
My kids are losing interest in Cal
It used to be Cal football was something we did as a family, something my kids loved because they participated in something their dad loved. Now it’s something that Dad goes and does with his friends that they have no part of. It’s too late for them to even watch on TV.
Is it any wonder why they’re losing interest?
Adding to that:
- I’m a church-going man and it’s really hard to be fully awake for Sunday morning Mass when I get home at 2 AM, Sunday morning. This week, I’ve got to give a reflection at the 7:30 AM Mass, so I’ll be getting about 4 hours of sleep before I have to get up and be at my best.
- Any complaints we have on the west coast are amplified by 3 hours for our East Coast fellow Bear fans.
- It’s so late I have trouble getting friends to come. They, just as much as me, have things to do on Sunday and only have a small part of the interest as I do in the game.
- This week’s game will be a particularly long one as I’m going to make sure I get there early to get one of the bobble heads.
- It’s one thing if it is one or two or even 3 games. But when it’s EVERY game (every one but Utah has been a night game), it is just too much.
- #Pac12AfterDark may be a fun slogan, but it really is just a way to cover up the fact that no one outside of the conference ever sees our games.
(Update: Just read an interesting article from the LA Daily news indicating, among other things, that “special attention” is given to homecoming games, implying that they are far less likely to get a 7:30 PM start. The Utah game was Cal’s homecoming. Said another way, the only game Cal didn’t play at night was the one game the TV networks were forced to give “special attention” to so that it wouldn’t be at 7:30 PM.)