Have you ever had a watch party planned for a big sporting event and your cable went out? Did you feel that sense of panic, when you wondered what the heck you were gonna do now? Did you move the party elsewhere, or did you use some good old American Ingenuity to find a workaround? This happened to me yesterday, and I was quite proud of the solution I implemented. Divine Inspiration hit me just as I was getting ready for church. After Mass, I hurried home to see if it would work.
About six months ago, I had picked up a tiny HD Antenna because I was toying with the idea of cutting the cord with cable. I wanted to have access to our local channels and I figured an HD Antenna would be an inexpensive way to do that. But, I digress. For the past few years, I have hosted a small NFL Championship Sunday party in my basement. It starts at halftime of the AFC Championship Game, then continues with the NFC Game. It’s a pre-Superbowl get together for myself, my two brothers and our buddy Dave. We have been watching the Superbowl at his house since 1980.
When I awoke yesterday morning, I found that there was no cable and no internet. A quick call to AT&T confirmed that they wouldn’t be out until Monday afternoon. So no help there. I was toying with the idea of letting the guys know about my technical difficulties and seeing if one of them could host instead. Then, lightning struck my brain. I remembered the High-Def Antenna, and after some technical finagling, I was able to get a very good signal for both FOX and CBS. The day was saved! Alleluia!
Since we would be watching the games in my basement, I was especially impressed with the picture quality and assortment of channels that came with this little wonder. I even decided to leave it hooked up after the cable miraculously started working just before the guys arrived. I told them the story of why the antenna was hooked up and like me, they were all very impressed with the picture. All three of them have cottages and are looking for alternatives to cable.
I give credit for this party-saving idea to God, who is of course, the source of all inspiration. This proves once and for all that God is indeed a football fan. Bring on the Superbowl!!
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