I was flipping through the channels when I saw firefighters all geared up in a live broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10. As an Israeli, my first thought was that something bad happened. It turns out that there was a power outage at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, and the football match between Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa could not continue.
I was glued to the television set, watching in disbelief the colossal waste of airtime consisting of numerous interviews with the who’s who of football management. Apparently there are many ways to say ‘I have no earthly idea’ without using these specific words.
Now, I get watching sport events on TV, okay, I get it. I even did it a couple of times with my dad, pistachio scarfing and all. What I don’t get is watching the sports talk shows after the game, analyzing every move for an additional 90 minutes. What I don’t get is reading the daily sports section, further dissecting the game.
What I don’t get is watching a football match for 7 minutes and then watching 40 minutes of live reports from the generator room, with an additional 10 minutes recap later on on the nightly news.
For your viewing pleasure, here are the last minutes of the live broadcast – watch as much as you can bear: