Quick – make a list of ten friends who LOVE football.
Now, look at that list – how many are female?
Add my name to the female list because I LOVE Football! I love the game, I love the back stories, I love watching teams play and win. And yes, I even know how to throw a regulation size football. Yes, with a little warm up, I can throw it as far as the length of a basketball court.
Where does my love of this game come from? Although I did not grow up in a Football Family, I did grow up watching the Washington Redskins play football on Sunday afternoons.
This past weekend was a HUGE celebration in our house – it was the FIRST official weekend of ALL football, ALL weekend!!!!
When I was in College I became a Notre Dame football fan and I was residing in the Charlotte area when the Carolina Panthers franchise began so they became my new favorite pro team. Yes, of course, then I LOVE to watch these two teams play but I also love to watch any football game. I just love the game!
First, a non-football related confession. I must confess that it took us a LONG time into our getting out of debt plan to cancel cable, mostly because we are TV junkies and loved the convenience of having channels to flip through, multiple channels to choose from and of course, the DVR player. But is was MORE mostly because I couldn’t give up watching my beloved football games. Well, I could give it up, but I didn’t want to. In our house, we have a bit of role reversal when it comes to football – I literally plan my weekends around WHEN the games are on. I DON’T schedule anything that could interfere with my watching the game unless I absolutely cannot prevent it. (even then, I check the scores on my phone or have someone who is watching the game text me the updates). Don’t get me wrong, my husband loves football too, he just doesn’t plan his weekend life around it.
So what changed? Well, to begin with, we bought a laptop when the motherboard on our 15+ year old CPU went out. Just having the laptop introduced me to the real possibility that we could ditch cable because we could hook the laptop up to the TV and watch online streaming. Gotta love technology!! The real issue, however, was the wiring – we did not have Wi-Fi. Over time, it became a real pain to have to move the furniture and hook up the laptop to the TV in order to watch a show. So, we kept the cable.
Then, our dog, Dill chewed the wire for the internet to run from the wall to the laptop. Before this happened, we had had discussions about going wireless, but hadn’t done anything about it yet. THIS sort of made that happen because we couldn’t NOT have internet! Off to the big box store I went to buy a wireless router.
This technology is so stinkin’ easy to set up, I often wonder WHY we hadn’t done this YEARS ago. It just seemed so complicated! At this point, now we have wireless AND a laptop AND its so much LESS of a pain to watch online streaming. So, we tried it for a while. We quit putting shows on the DVR and just watched everything online FOR FREE. No Hulu or Netflix subscription, no Roku box, nothing. Just the laptop and the online streaming.
It was SO easy and the best benefit was that we could watch multiple episodes of the same series if we got behind in watching. But, we still didn’t cancel cable.
I had heard that canceling the cable MIGHT mean we couldn’t watch LIVE sporting events.
THIS was definitely going to a problem BUT I figured that it was better to go ahead and cancel the cable, save that money for the months up to football season and, worst case scenario, we could re-subscribe to cable just for football season.
So, I cancelled the cable and bought an antenna for the TV in the living room. The antenna is about the size of an iPad and hangs on the wall. No “rabbit ears” for us due to the space of the TV console. I was pleasantly surprised that we get almost all the major network stations plus a few local channels with little to no interference. (Note: we have an HD compatible TV which I think makes a difference).
Wouldn’t you know that the ONLY station we have issues with is NBC. It doesn’t come in as clearly as the others and sometimes is “skippy” on good weather days. If its raining it doesn’t come it at all.
Why is this a problem? The Notre Dame football games are broadcast on NBC.
I don’t know about you, but anytime I have a problem, I consult with my friend Google. You know Google, don’t you?
So, I searched, “How to watch Notre Dame vs Michigan game”
Thank God for LIVE online streaming! WOOT! WOOT!!!
To make it even better, I had the idea to hook up the laptop to our projector. BOOM! With the help of my more-tech-savvy-than-me husband, I was able to watch my beloved Irish on a 4ft x 2ft “screen” after we removed a few pictures from the wall in our living room.
Yes, I know they lost the game, but I was watching them on a FOUR FOOT BY TWO FOOT SCREEN!!! It was like having my own private little sports bar in the living room!
Luckily for me, we didn’t have to go through the whole “find the online streaming for NFL games” issues because the Panthers games are on FOX and that comes in clear as a bell on the TV with the antenna. We were just getting home from Church and grocery shopping when the game started so we didn’t take the time to figure out the whole online streaming for NFL to watch the game through the projector idea.
I do wonder if we can get the TV signal to go through the projector?
Oh wait.. we can watch EVERYTHING from the laptop through the projector – MOVIE NIGHT WILL BE AWESOME!!!
It was SO hard to give up cable. Really. But, now that we’ve done it and we found this NEW way of watching our shows and sports, we will NEVER have to go back to cable.
Had I KNOWN way back when we first started our getting-out-of-debt plan that all we really needed was a wireless router, a laptop, a tv with antenna and a projector, we would’ve cancelled cable a LONG time ago!
it sure will be nice when I can watch my teams WIN a game on that big 4 foot by 2 foot screen we have now!
GO IRISH! GO PANTHERS!
AND, here’s to winning with money!