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Alive and well ... just very bored.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Forgive the lack of activity lately. I've decided that with nothing more than Zherdev/MacLean posturing going on here in Blue Jackets' Country, that I'd be better off doing things besides writing long-winded, fluff rants. For example, I'm working my tail off to get back into favorable physical shape, and have been at it for about two weeks in all now. It's definitely a shock to the system when you hit the ground running (both metaphorically and literally), let me tell you. I've also been busy with other personal ventures, but that's neither here or there.

I did notice something of great interest while I was browsing NHL.com today, though. Something new on the OLN (soon to be called VERSUS) coverage. You can see it here.

In any event, the jist of it all, after you get passed the fluff and the "We're so happy to be with VERSUS! Please watch us on VERSUS!", is that they've managed to get another 7.2 million households into the VERSUS fold since the start of the year, putting the total households around 70 million in all.

Before I continue, let me share a conversation I had in IMs with a friend of mine over this:

Mike: So, VERSUS. They added another 7.2 households to their distribution across the country.
Molly: Wow!
Mike: ... wait, crap. I meant 7.2 million!
Molly: ::Laughs!::

A total freudian slip right there, folks. And come on, you know it's funny!

But gags aside, I've stood by OLN/VERSUS so far. I'm definitely in the minority when I say that, sadly ... but I'm of the opinion that until they're given at least a pair of years to get things rolling, judging should be reserved ... or at least kept tame. It's already been stressed by bloggers and pundits far and wide that they had hardly any time to be ready and set up for the NHL season when they won the deal, so cut them some slack.

The article on VERSUS at Wikipedia (onoz! Wikipedia!) also points out interesting key facts, such as their very determined drive to grab something -- anything -- away from ESPN. While they have yet to actually succeed beyond the NHL, there are still opportunities coming soon, such as an MLB package among other things.

I'll continue to give VERSUS the benefit of the doubt. It might be painful at times, but damnit, at least they give hockey coverage!
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