We all have our addictions. Mine is strong dark coffee (french roast, please) and watching sports on the weekends. As such, I don't just turn on the set and channel surf. I plan, much to wife's displeasure.
I have a study in my house with a very comfortable leather chair. Sitting directly in front of me is a 65-inch TV. On the left is a table with a 32-inch. To the right are two 24-inch monitors hooked to a desktop computer. The house has two slingboxes to make them capable of getting cable TV if necessary. There is a fifth 19-inch monitor and another 19-inch TV if the sports schedule requires it, but I can't go more than 5 sets because I have no room for it. The fifth one actually has to sit on a bar stool, floating in the room.
Yes, my wife rolls her eyes every time I fire up this setup.
So with that in mind, here's what's on tap for the weekend: Tonight will be challenging and use up all the screens. On the main TV will be N.C. State at Virginia Tech on ESPN. Baseball goes on the 32 with the Cubs and Cardinals at 6:45 and Mets-Dodgers afterward. Both are on WTBS (note to self: look up what channel that is these days on Comcast). The two 24s will have high school football via streaming.
GameDayMagazine.com has really improved its picture and technology these last few years and has turned it into the RedZone Channel of high school football. Their main Game Of The Week is of such good HD quality, I can Chromecast it onto the 65-inch and it holds its own against regular cable channels. My interest in high school football is focused on the three Ashburn schools close to me, so Stone Bridge- Robinson goes on one screen, then Briar Woods-Westfield and Broad Run-Yorktown go splitscreen on the other.
That lineup will adjust depending on which is the more interesting game. The GameDay subscription allows you to stream as many games as you like at the same time, so I just open browser windows and mute them all.
The fifth screen may get used. The Wizards play an exhibition game against the Knicks at 7. And the Southern Mississippi-Marshall game on CBS Sports Network could get interesting. But I may just use the barstool for snacks. Will be a gametime decision :)
Viewing Saturday starts at noon, with the prevalent theme being "Who are three coaches who won't be coaching next year for $200, Alex". UVA-Pitt goes on the big screen, Maryland-Ohio State on the 32, Texas-Oklahoma on the 24. Since a few local kids play for Penn State, Indiana-Penn State gets the fourth screen. The barstool remains dedicated to snacks.
The 3:30 games are nothing special, but if they're on, they have to be watched, don't they? Will start off with Georgia Tech-Clemson on the big TV since as I'm writing this, there still is a sliver of hope Virginia Tech can be competitive in the ACC Coastal; one more loss and those hopes go the route of Hillard Clinton's email server.
Because the SEC is, well, the SEC, LSU-South Carolina goes on the 32. Navy-Notre Dame goes on the 24 because I like Navy and every time Notre Dame is on, there's always a chance to see the Irish lose. Wake Forest-Boston College goes on the 4th screen so I can keep an eye on former Briar Woods tight end Cam Serigne, and Northwestern-Michgan makes No. 5. I would have liked to watch Georgia-Tennessee, but I'm not showing it being aired or streamed right now.
At 7, I go get the Big Red Caps jersey out of the closet and watch their season opener on the big screen. The NASCAR race from Richmond gets the 32. Arkansas-Alabama and Oklahoma State-West Virginia gets the 24s. At 8, Miami-Florida State gets the 32, and one of the events gets voted off the island since the barstool is for dinner.
Sunday is much easier as I only need 3 screens. The Redskins are on the big screen at 1, the Ravens game is on the 32, and the RedZone Channel is on the 24. Dallas Cowboys take the big screen at 4, RedZone moves to the 32, baseball playoffs take the 24. Then Sunday night, it's just 49ers-Giants on the big screen and baseball playoffs on the 32. It will seem like I'm barely watching anything....