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    Sunday, April 09, 2006

    Mayweather-Judah Pay$Per$View: Cable Beast Does It Again 

    Once again our local cable company, Slime Warner Cable of New York City, proved its worth.

    I tried to be a good boy for once and encouraged people to have a Mayweather-Judah pay$per$view party Saturday night. I then went over to watch this show with Aaron Braunstein in his snazzy Upper West Side apartment. We were to be joined by my friend and media colleague, Cynthia Chaplin.

    But for some still unknown reason, we couldn’t order the show through his legal, digital cable box.

    Worse, all the pay$per$view channels displayed the same phone number to call to place an order – (718) 358-0900. That number was busy for over an hour-and-a-half, till after 10:30 PM. So we all got disgusted and gave up.

    It is one problem after another with this evil cable monopoly. It is just too bad that part of the purse of the fighters is tied to the total amount of buys. If you can’t order it, they get less money on their big payday. Time Warner, of course, is still there to suck its customers dry for the next one and the next one and the next one.

    So I ended up going home and speaking on the phone to freestyle wrestling champion Mo Lawal, who is also a huge boxing fan. He was watching the fight with friends at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, so I got the play-by-play over the phone of the last few rounds of Mayweather-Judah, including the brawl after the tenth round, and the results.

    This coming weekend in Las Vegas, Mo wrestles in the U.S. National Wrestling Championships. As the defending national champion, he is ranked number one at 185 lbs./84 kg and favored to repeat.

    After this little adventure, I did get a chance to head down to the 12th anniversary celebration at Doc Holliday’s Bar. Now that was a load of fun and everything that it was cracked up to be, unlike anything involving the politician-supported cable monopoly.

    HBO did announce a replay schedule of Mayweather-Judah. It will be rebroadcast Sat., April 15, at 9:30 PM ET/PT on HBO. It also will be replayed on HBO2 on Sunday, April 16, at 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM, and Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 PM, all times also ET/PT.

    That is, unless your cable goes out again.

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