Saturday, April 15, 2006

good grief, good friday means no baseball?

Ok, I don't get this. WNEP-16, a "news"-oriented TV station/ABC affiliate in beautiful Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, yesterday refused to televise the home opener for the local minor league baseball team, the clumsily-named Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

The reason? It was Good Friday, and WNEP president and general manager Lou Kirchen said "Good Friday is not an appropriate day for us to do that" (i.e., air a baseball game). The Red Barons' general manager Jeremy Ruby was OK with the decision, noting that "We were getting pressure from the Catholic community, and that's understandable."

No, it is NOT understandable. Since when does the "Catholic community" get to say whether or not a sports event is aired on a Catholic holy day? Who the hell is the "Catholic community" of north-eastern Pennsylvania to say that a baseball game shouldn't be televised because it's Good Friday?

Really, this is absurd. Was there any other sporting event anywhere else on the PLANET that wasn't televised because it was Good Friday?

So what's next? Maybe the morons at WNEP and the "Catholic community" of NE Pennsylvania would like to ban all sports casts on Easter Sunday. And Christmas Day. And then on all Sundays. And for all forty days of Lent.

An aside -- I wonder precisely who comprise the "Catholic community" of NE Pennsylvania that Ruby referred to? I really doubt it was representative of most Catholics, who are perfectly capable of avoiding a baseball TV game on Good Friday if they think the day is too somber for such frivolities. The "Catholic community" Ruby cited is probably a half-dozen irate old geezers with too much time on their hands, who think Catholic League generalissimo William Donohue is lax in protecting Catholics from the evil influences of modern godless society.

Oh, and what did the pious prigs at WNEP air instead of the unwholesome baseball game? Some local news. An episode of the Hollywood-worshipping scandal-mongering TV tabloid "Inside Edition." An hour of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." And then, "Primetime" with Diane Sawyer interviewing that thetan-hating, Matt Lauer-bashing moron Tom Cruise -- who explained how his pregnant fiancee-zombie Katie Holmes had renounced Catholicism for L. Ron Hubbard's profit-making space-alien cult Scientology.

So, "Catholic community" of NE Pennsylvania, was ANY of that better or more "somber" than letting WNEP air a bunch of young guys play a little baseball? And how do you feel about WNEP broadcasting an episode of "Desperate Housewives" on Easter Sunday, as currently scheduled?