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Live From Washington, DC

Posted by sportsmaven on January 23, 2007

This week I am writing my blog entries from the Washington, DC area, actually Northern Virginia, the suburbs of DC. I come to DC once a month for a week for business, so that provides me the unique and somewhat esoteric experience of writing about (and reading and not seeing) Chicago sports from outside Chicago. My plans were well thought out before I began the actual writing of my blog when I carefully researched the merits of the SlingBox.

SlingBox PRO with a Set Top Box

Being outside Chicago, it is quite the challenge to get Chicago sports editorial/programming. (internet access and programming/content has eased the pain somewhat) Because the Chicago Bears are in the Super Bowl, the coverage is on a national level, but usually, I have to settle for what I consider to be a very bland sports offering from Washington DC. Not to slight DC sports, but I believe that sports takes a distant back seat to politics in our beloved Nation’s Capitol.

The Washington Wizards are actually playing good basketball and Gilbert Arenas lit up the Phoenix Suns tonight, but Washington sports, overall, leaves something to be desired for me. I asked for a SlingBox from my parents for Christmas this year and they obliged and picked it up for me. (well let me pick it out for myself anyway) The SlingBox is nothing short of amazing, especially if you travel, or spend a fair amount of time outside the Chicago area and have to put up with the less than desirable sports programming from the local cable company. The SlingBox is a piece of hardware that streams your local television cable signal over the internet so you can watch it from any internet connected device. No programming subscriptions or fees, easy to set up (took me less than 10 mins. to hook it up to my Comcast set top box in my home office.)

I mean, is this an amazing concept or what? I have a smart phone and I can even set my SlingBox up to watch tv on my cellphone (or any other internet enabled device)! I can get the SlingBox PRO (supports HD, although I haven’t figured that out quite yet) or SlingBox AV (probably the more reasonable version for most people). I tested it out on Sunday with my friend Bernie, who had to go to France on a business trip and used my SlingBox to watch the NFC Championship Game live (in France, the game was broadcast, but on a time delay)

I have finally defeated the demons of bad local sports programming on my business trips and can now watch my home tv through the techological wonder known as the SlingBox. If you travel frequently, or are away at school, or just miss your local programming while visiting Grandma, I highly recommend getting a SlingBox. I have included links in this post to whet your interest. So far I have watched 2 Bulls game that were only on the local Comcast network in Chicago and my daily dose of Chicago Sports Nite LIVE.

You should just get this thing because it is simple, elegant, and just plain outright cool……

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Another Sports Blog? You Betcha!

Posted by sportsmaven on January 17, 2007

Yes, yet another sports blog has entered cyberspace.  The Sports Maven is born, conceived, birthed, brought to live in a stunning manner.  Something like five blogs a minute are created and probably half of those are sports, which begs the question (it’s never just one question) Why The Sports Maven?  Why read this particular sports blog?  I’ll tell you in one word: suffering.  Chicago sports is all about suffering, and The Sports Maven is all about Chicago sports and beyond.  People LOVE to see suffering — ask any one of the 10,263 patrons that witnessed yet another come from ahead defeat of the Blackhawks; hope squashed and suffering setting in. 

My passion for sports in general and Chicago sports in particular leads me to to the eloquence of creating a blog to capture the essence of suffering, with a dash of hope, some blind faith, humorous and passionate pleas with my point of view sprinkled in for effect.  Like a famous line of a bus company “Go Greyhound and leave the suffering to me.”  So, pardon the dust and button up your chinstraps and I promise to author prose my 6th grade English teacher would be proud of….if not, i’ll figure out how to get video on here, pronto.

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