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The future is now! Soon every American home will integrate their television, phone and computer. You'll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel, or watch female wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home, or play Mortal Kombat with a friend from Vietnam. There's no end to the possibilities!- Chip Douglas, The Cable Guy (1996)
Who knew that 14 years ago Jim Carrey would make a dark comedy that most people didn't like but would still predict the future. While I'm still waiting for that female mud wrestling channel to be created, I'm still amazed at how quickly technology has developed over the past decade and a half.
First there was the internet, then fast Internet,and then you could access the Internet from your phone. Now the convenience of web surfing and other tools came to your mobile device. Now the best of these two facets is coming to the place where spend most of your weekends: your television.
Let's take a look back at what Wyoming fans would have to deal with before some of these latest advancements in technology.
As a side note: if you haven't seen The Cable Guy before you must watch it. If you watched it a long time and didn't like it then give it another shot.
HDTV - Have you ever heard someone say "Boy I really wish I had my old tube TV back"? Absolutely not! The picture quality is simply incredible and everyone with an HDTV and everyone becomes hooked on watching only HD channels. When a regular channel is on it can be unbearable sometimes... must watch in 1080p.....need more detail.. shutter. Ok, so HD benefits all football fans and not just Wyoming but it is still a huge leap forward.
TV's are also thin and can be be attached to your wall. Now 3D technology is coming out for the home. Pretty amazing when you look back at where we started.
The picture quality can also help officials in replay booths. Well maybe there is no hope for replay officials but let's keep our fingers crossed.
You were never there for me were you mother? You expected Mike and Carol Brady to raise me! I'm the bastard son of Claire Huxtable! I am a Lost Cunningham! I learned the facts of life from watching The Facts of Life! Oh God!
- Chip Douglas
The Mtn. - The Mountain West was the first conference to create it's own television network, years before the Big 10 network become available. Now the Mtn. isn't perfect but it is still a huge step up from what Wyoming fans had to deal with before. Wyoming football will be televised ten times this year, once on Fox Sports, twice on CBS College and seven games on the Mtn. For a small school with an even smaller fan base the opportunity to watch your favorite team play nearly every weekend is huge. Your ability to get the Mtn. does depend on your television provider but with the right carrier you can watch the Pokes from anywhere in the United States. In the WAC days Wyoming might have only been televised a few times a year.
Other mid majors don't have the same luxury as Mountain West fans. When Wyoming traveled to Toledo that game wasn't broadcast because the MAC is at the mercy of ESPN who usually only broadcasts a weekday game. Sun Belt teams are only on TV when playing a AQ team in a money game.
I got you the big screen TV, deluxe karaoke machine, and THX quality sound that would make George Lucas cream in his pants!
- Chip Douglas
Social Media - News spreads so quickly these days it is hard to keep up. Twitter and Facebook can make a story spread like wildfire which I experienced first hand by posting this article about the WAC and MWC. All of a sudden there has huge spike in traffic as websites, message boards and other bloggers shared the story.
Another big benefit for Wyoming fans is a site like SB Nation. Are there a lot more Florida, Alabama and Texas fans than Wyoming fans in the world today? Absolutely. Are there more blogs devoted to Ohio State and USC, you got thar right. But on SB Nation Wyoming is on equal ground with those other big name schools. Each school gets one blog per team, a true democracy in sports. Wyoming has a voice thanks to this site and is great exposure for a program that gets most it's notoriety from having unique school colors and a helmet on the Scott Van Pelt Show.
This is part one of a three part series sponsored by Samsung. Please tune in the next two Fridays as we continue this look at technology in sports.
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- Chip Douglas