What's going on?

It’s been a while since I checked in.

  • My fantasy baseball draft is Saturday, so I’m spending pretty much every free minute between now and then preparing for it.  Baseball season kind of sneaked up on me this year, since HU’s basketball season lasted longer than usual.  Combine that with the D-I tourney’s late start (March 20), and I have a bunch of things to track in the sports world.
  • I haven’t forgotten about reviewing HU’s last game and the season as a whole.  I’ll try to mix that kind of thing in with some baseball posts starting next week.  One thing I have learned in my last few months of blogging is that I shouldn’t give myself deadlines for posting stuff.  While I try to keep the content coming, I’m not going to make myself feel bad for going a week or more between posts.
  • Getting back to baseball, I’m going to try and keep up the same thing I was doing last year, with regular reviews of the previous week’s Braves games.  I may cut back on my own stat tracking and just point you to FanGraphs and some other awesome stat sites for the good stuff.  They’ve added some great pitch-type data in the last few weeks, by the way.
  • Throughout the offseason, I’ve been trying to figure out what the Braves are going to do for regional TV coverage of the 45 games that will be broadcast this year on Peachtree TV, an Atlanta local station that was formerly the TBS local feed.  I have Charter cable service in Ringgold, and as of yet, they have not officially announced an agreement to broadcast the games throughout the rest of the Braves’ TV footprint.  Comcast has agreed to carry them on CSS, which they jointly own with Charter, but opening day is less than a week away, and there’s still some question as to whether those games will be available for Charter subscribers.  More discussion can be found here.
  • I’ve been mostly pleased with my cable service over the years.  I had Comcast when I lived in Hamilton County, but when I moved to Georgia, my options were to get Charter if I wanted cable, or to use Ringgold Telephone Company’s TV service, or to get satellite TV.  Since the only acceptable internet option was Charter (some people don’t mind DSL, but I can’t stand the slow speed, especially at RTC’s high prices), I went with what I understood and chose cable TV.  After making the move to HD, though, satellite has caught my interest once again.  Aside from their handful of ESPN Sunday Night and FOX Saturday appearances, I won’t be seeing any of the Braves’ regular broadcasts in HD on Charter, despite the fact that both FSN and SportSouth (and apparently Peachtree) have HD feeds.  The only problem for now is that neither DirecTV nor Dish has confirmed that they will get the Peachtree games.  I’m leaning toward Dish if they do get the games, since like cable, DirecTV doesn’t offer the regional sports networks I want in HD.  Dish also has an awesome DVR service, from what I understand, and it’s cheaper than DirecTV.
  • Moving on to basketball, my brackets had a rough weekend, with my “official” bracket falling to the 31st percentile on ESPN.  I had the Devils losing in the title game in that bracket, but I still feel good about my other Final Four teams for now (Louisville, Kansas, Texas).  The path is easier for UCLA with all the upsets in the West region, so I think they should emerge from that group.  Ken Pomeroy has an excellent analysis of the remaining field at Basketball Prospectus.  My “by the numbers” bracket, in which I basically just picked the Pomeroy favorite in each matchup, is in the 98th percentile.  Perhaps I should rely less on my own instincts.  It’s too much fun to take some risks in filling out my bracket, or I would turn that in as my official one every year.

That’s all for now.

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3 thoughts on “What's going on?

  1. I have been wrestling with the decision as well for my new home, but I think I’m going with dish. There are ups and downs with both options, but it’s pretty much the price that did it for me.

    I was told by a Directv agent that I WOULD NOT be able to get the braves games on peachtree tv. When I asked the Dish agent, I think I just confused her.

    The one thing I don’t like about dish is all those stupid channels that just play music. Not that I hate music, it’s just that if I want to listen to music, I’ll turn on my ipod. When you look at the channels provided in each package, don’t let the number of channels fool you, many of them are jukeboxes.

    But hey, they have all the channels that I plan on watching (excluding PTV), so why not?

  2. Dish kind of has a reputation for not getting the best sports programming, but they seemed to have everything I would want except for CSS (understandably, since CSS is owned by Comcast/Charter). DirecTV looks like they will be getting the Peachtree games, although it’s no more certain than Charter from what I can tell. Hopefully Dish will follow, and if they do, perhaps I’ll make the switch.

    If neither Charter nor Dish gets the Peachtree games, I have no idea what I’ll do. I don’t want to pay the premium for DirecTV, but I’d at least like to see the other games in HD, so I might switch to Dish anyway.

    I was pretty surprised how cheap Dish actually is. Any idea if the prices on their site are the regular monthly rates and not just introductory rates?

  3. Best I can tell, those are the regular monthly rates. They’re introductory is something like, is first 3 months free or something like that, which seems like there would be an odd catch to that.

    With Dish Network, you can subscribe to local channels anywhere in the 48 states for an extra $5/month. Like, for an extra 15 dollars/month I could subscribe to local channels in Valdosta, Atlanta, and Chattanooga (yes, you have to pay extra for local channels in your OWN CITY!!!).

    I am assuming (though it may not be a safe assumption) that PTV would be a part of a local Atlanta package.

    Directv may give you PTV, but they won’t give it to me. It will give me Florida stuff. Although I’m sure if I wrestled hard enough I might could convince them to give me ATL. The internet said something about me getting to choose my “region” so perhaps If it set it up through the internet, it’ll give me more options.

    You save money by ordering online anyways.

    The other thing is that directv charges $5 extra per month for each additional TV after your first. I’m not sure about Dishnetwork, as they have conflicting sources, but Dish may give you 2 tvs and then charge extra for the 3rd, 4th, etc. I like being able to watch TV in the living room and the study but if I go with directv I’ll only watch in the living room.

    Both companies DVR service is excellent! It is well worth the $5 per month (plus whatever it is install) as it is a much more affordable version of tivo.

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