Worst part about the Bears losing to the Packers last Sunday? Caleb Hanie’s moustache was so close to sainthood. He pulls off that win and his moustache has its own facebook page, it starts sending out Super Bowl updates on Twitter, the paparazzi start reporting on how soon it’ll be till it starts dating Kim Kardashian. So close…
Best part is that Mom and I can watch the Super Bowl together. In the same room. Mom’s a Bears fan and I don’t really like to watch the Steelers with folks cheering for the other side. Two years ago in the AFC Championship Mom and I are watching the Steelers lead melt away against the Ravens. Four minutes to go and the Ravens get the ball back down two. I’m pacing. Mom’s mom innocently asks why the Steelers are letting the Ravens back into the game and why aren’t they playing better.
Some of you are laughing because you know exactly what happens when you do this to a fan.
“I don’t freaking know. I’m not a freaking coach. Do you think Tomlin is out there telling them to choke the game away! Dammit, it’s like the ghost of Schottenheimer stayed in the freaking football complex is haunt Tomlin just like it did to Cowher.”
Then Troy picked off Joe Flacco, cut back to the middle of the field, and made history.
Anyhow, we have two serious problems going into the game next Sunday. The first, of course, is that Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle is in worse shape than the funding prospects for Obamacare. The second is that far right quarter of our HD TV’s screen decided to go AWOL. I’m not kidding. It went to stripes. And it’s a Sony Bravia. Yeah, um…note to self…all that talk from Sony about reliability is crap. You know why the Jets scored that late first half field goal last Sunday to turn momentum? Because I couldn’t see what the Steelers DB’s were doing to disguise coverage. I’m watching this game blind!
But Coach Tomlin, in a feat of extreme testicular fortitude threw the ball to seal the game instead of giving the ball back to the Jets.
But I’m still missing 25% of my TV screen. And the girls keep asking me why we have this old crappy TV upstairs instead of our good one.
I call the Sony customer service number as soon as I get home from work on Monday. Gotta have this thing figured out before the Super Bowl. “Please call back during regular working hours.”
Seriously. It’s a freaking customer service number. They don’t even have an automated system to log in your complaint or problem. Sony’s ranking so far? Sucky.
Mom decides to call Target and see if they have a local service place. They hook her up with “an outsourced provider.” So Max from the Kingdom of Siam or some freaking place spends a good 15 minutes “getting the data” only to give the Sony manufacturer’s number that you have to call “during regular working hours.”
So we do that on Tuesday and Sony hooks us up with a local place that fixes their TVs. Mom drops off the TV and they tell her it’s 3-5 days before they can look at it, $75 just to check it out and they have no idea of the repair cost until they charge us the $75 to look at it.
Mom calls me today and says the part to fix the screen costs $775. Thanks for nothing Sony reliability.
An updated look at Sony’s approval rating in our house shows a staggering drop over the last week.
So…it looks like we’re buying a new freaking TV.