To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I am writing this letter out of sheer desperation to see if there are in fact others out there like me. I changed to Direct TV last year because I had given up fighting with Time Warner Cable and since have realized the old saying about keep your enemies closer is in fact correct. I feel that I have traded one devil for the other so to speak. Now, to my story.
It’s Sunday morning, football starts in a couple hours, and the New England Patriots are playing at Gillette Stadium, a mere three hours from my front door. I set up some snacks, opened a beer and turned on my television promptly at 1 p.m. and to my surprise I found the Houston-Baltimore game, the New York Giants-Carolina game (which by the way was a waste of air time), but nowhere to be found was the Pat game!
I called Direct TV and after an hour explaining that my home team is in Massachusetts, that my DTV is in Massachusetts and that the game was actually being played in Massachusetts. I was told to turn to channel 710, where I could pay $44.95 to watch the Pats play! I am not an unreasonable person, I can see that if you want to be able to watch every single NFL game from Thursday through Monday every week then perhaps you should be obliged to own the "Sunday Ticket," a purchase that you make through DTV of course. However I don’t think that anyone should have pay to see their home team play a game at their home field in their home state where they get their DTV.
When I was in grade school and spent Sunday afternoon in the den watching football with my dad, with no cable and no DTV, just UHF and bunny ears, we never missed the Patriots game or even the Cowboys game, way down there in Texas. Something is really wrong with this country. REBECCA O’BRIEN