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Thank God for the Remote

Thank God for the Remote

What a glorious time for sports lovers! NBA and NHL playoffs, the end of the opening month of the baseball season (welcome back Joe Mauer!), even the NFL draft for you uber-geeks out there (although I must admit I did get excited that the Vikings picked troubled, injury prone but super-talented Percy Harvin from the Gators). A couple of nights ago I was living proof that the plethora of compelling contests has gotten out of hand. For the first time that I can remember, I was actually flipping between four different televised games: Magic/76ers Game 5, Bulls/Celtics Game 5 (perhaps the greatest opening round series in NBA history with a record 3 overtimes in the first 5 games), Rangers/Capitals Game 7 in their NHL playoff, and last (and certainly least on this night), the Twins/Rays baseball game. Whoever invented the “Last” button on the remote is a genius.

My old but reliable 32″ Toshiba doesn’t have picture-in-picture, but I sure could’ve used it. Since you never see that particular characteristic listed as a perk anymore in flat screen TV ads, I found myself questioning if they even still offer that. But I’m sure if they do, I doubt there’s a set on the market that accomodates 4 channels at a time for those “special” occasions. Guess I’ll have to make do with the channel surfing…


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