A complete version of this column is on the Daily News website here:
Somewhere right near the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl XVLIII, the number of Time Warner Cable customers tweeting out complaints about their Fox reception disappearing exponentially grew at about the same rate as Denver was vanishing from Seattle’s view on the scoreboard.
Time Warner Cable’s department of damage control eventually sent out a tweet — right about the time that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis and Flea started bouncing around shirtless on the midfield stage at halftime – to say “we’re investigating an issue” with KTTV’s standard definition feed, and “we’re working to resolve.”
Please. Take your time. Percy Harvin just took the second-half kickoff all the back and the Seahawks were up . . . .
By then, even Fox’s graphics’ department had lost count and wanted to go sit in the empty stadium seats next to David Beckham, who by then was more focused on his iPhone.
And the less miserable TWC customers throughout areas of L.A. who finally got their coverage back after an hour-long outage, some of whom probably already went to their DVR reserve to watch that HBO showing of “Les Miserables” they had recorded weeks ago.
Blowouts are always the last thing a network wants in any live sporting event, but when you’ve got a shot at generating perhaps the greatest audience in Super Bowl history based on a matchup that many considered a pick ‘em going in, the sucker punch of Super Bowl XLVIII will likely be felt for a while all around Fox Sports’ divisions.