Saturday, December 10, 2016

Annoyed With NFL GamePass 2016

Over the past few years, I've mentioned how much I enjoy the NFL GamePass service as it has allowed to me to follow the sport.

The service costs over a hundred pounds a year. It allows me to watch live games every Sunday and also has 24/7 coverage of the NFL Network from the USA. If you own an iOS product, you can also download games to watch on your devices.

It is great.

When it works.

This year the service has been crap.

I have been able to watch the live games that I've wanted to. I've watched the NFL Network when I have been in the mood to watch it. The issue I have is the download/condensed games option has been hit-or-miss in 2016.

There have numerous mornings where the previous night's games haven't been available to watch condensed (ie just the plays with no commercials) or to download. This is a pain. What makes it even more annoying is the customer service people tell me I have to clear my cache and it'll be there.

But that's their go-to excuse. The problem is not with me - there are many others out there who have voiced similar annoyances.

After complaining a few times this year, things seemed to have improved. It didn't last long. Thursday's game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs wasn't available when I wanted to watch it (9am) on Friday. I went onto the NFL UK website to complain and accidentally viewed an embedded tweet from the Kansas City Chiefs that gave the result away.

That's my mistake. Not theirs.

There wasn't much point watching it from there, though.

I wish there was a way to dodge the customer service reps with their scripted replies and get to someone higher up who would look into this lax approach.

Had enough of speaking to the monkeys. I want to deal with the organ grinder!

Friday, December 09, 2016

Picking The TNF Winners (Week 14 2016)

In a short time from when this post is published, the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs will kick off week 14's games.

I've put data into my spreadsheet to work out what to bet on and here's what it has.

Oakland to win by 3
The total points: 51

Bookmakers have Oakland as +3 underdogs, so it's telling me to take them. The totals line has been set at 45.5, so - with the printout saying 51 - the play is to go Over.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Linda Gets A Job

Linda McMahon has bagged herself a job working for President Trump's cabinet.

The wife of WWE boss, Vince McMahon, will head a department that oversees small businesses.

When Trump was elected in November, many people - myself included - stated that they wouldn't be surprised to see Mrs McMahon working for Trump's cabinet. The McMahons and Trumps have been friends for many years. The former heavily donated to Trump's presidential campaign.

Linda also has a background in politics, so it seemed she was destined for some role working under the next US President.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The 'BT Openreach' Scam

There seems to be a new phone scam going around. Well, I think it's new. It was certainly a first for me.

The caller, who appears to be based in India, rings up and states that he's from BT Openreach. Once he has introduced himself as a representative of the company, he 'informs' the person on the other end of the phone that he has found out that people have hacked into their router and that he has to stop their Internet and freeze their account.

That's as far as the con went with me. As a Virgin Media customer, I knew it was a scam, but I played on a little.

I thanked him for closing the account because I didn't use the Internet that much anyway. Once I said that, he was lost. I guess the flow chart or script he has in front of him only works if the person on the other end kicks off about having their Internet taken away or their account frozen.

If I had showed some surprise in what was going on, I guess they'd do the old trick about wanting to access your computer remotely to remove the faux-problem and then add some of their own gremlins.

It goes without saying, if you've had a call like this, take no notice. It's a con.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Last Night's Pounding

I wanted to stay up and watch the Indianapolis Colts' game against the New York Jets last night.

It was planned as soon as the schedules were released in the spring, This was the only Monday Night Football game of the season that I was going to watch live. The rest could wait until the following morning.

But then WWE came along and announced that its December PPV would take place on Sunday December 4th.

The plan went out the window.

It wasn't a case of choosing one over the other. I have to keep an eye on the WWE stuff nowadays and two late nights in a row are a killer. I went with Sunday's WWE show and went to bed early(ish) last night.

But don't fear - the first thing I did when I awoke was turn the iPad on and watch the Colts beat. No.. DESTROY the Jets on NFL GamePass. Siri says it best:

Yes, it was a pounding.

This now means the AFC South has a three-way tie for first place. Houson, who are also on even par with the Colts, are next on the schedule. I have to admit, I am concerned about this game. My betting system doesn't have a fondness for teams' chances if they played on Monday night as their routine is messed up by a day or so. I haven't put the numbers in yet, but I am not looking forward to seeing what it's telling me to bet.

Not that I will bet. The Colts don't need me jinxing them at this crucial stage!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Best Of A Bad Pair

I didn't like the results of this year's edition of I'm a Celebrity.

Well, to put it straight, I didn't like the final two. In my opinion, Adam Thomas - who finished third - should have been the winner. He was the most entertaining by far.

Scarlett Moffatt was crowned Queen of the Jungle on last night's final. She bested Joel Dommett to the title. Of the two, I did like the outcome. But it was the best of a bad pair, in my opinion.

Joel was kind of boring. I told someone the other day that, when he was in the diary room and talking to the camera, his insight wasn't insightful.

This season was not my cup of tea. Not that I drink tea, but if I did, this would not be my brand.

And let's not get me started on the ITV2 spin-off show. I gave up on that after episode two. It was dire.

Come November 2017, I'll be looking forward to the upcoming season. I can guarantee that.

2016 was a strike out, though.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

What I'm Watching Tonight (Week 13 2016)

Here are the games that I'll be following closely on Sky and NFL GamePass tonight.

Sky 6pm: Kansas City @ Atlanta
GamePass 6pm: Miami @ Baltimore

And then it's NFL RedZone for the rest of the night.