Loser No. 1 - Seahawks fans get shafted by KING 5's feed
The good thing about preseason games is that home teams usually get to do the feed on the national NFL Network showing. This meant if you don't live within 100 miles of Seattle or you don't have a local affiliate that carries Seahawks games, you can get the treat of hearing some former Seahawks commentate on fake games. But Thursday got all kinds of complicated because of KING 5.
Even before the game, KING 5 was having issues with cutting out. Then the feed seemed to get righted and we got to see Michael Bennett and Michael Robinson beginning to chat and make each other laugh and one might have been thinking, "Alright! This is going to be..." And then the feed cut out again.
This is where things got weird. If you live locally, you got the fantastic "Technical difficulties" screen. Sure, you could have switched to the transistor radio you have in times of nuclear war and listed to the radio broadcast there, but you wanted to see what happened, right? Of course, you did.
If you were watching nationally on the NFL Network, you got switched to the Vikings feed. I don't know the name of the guy doing play-by-play for the feed (also, can they not do replays?) but he was horrible. I mean, he had an idea of how to do his job, but he was such a homer that is was like listening to former Cubs play-by-play guy Harry Carey only without the personality. It was just...ew.
But if you were "lucky" enough to live in a place that has an affiliate that carries Seahawks games - say you live in Portland, Oregon, for instance - then when the feed started to go out several times, you got switched unexpectedly to the Spain versus Netherlands FIFA Women's World Cup game. If someone you lived with came home while this was going on and they walked in and asked you, "I thought you said you were going to watch the game?" I really hope your answer was, "I am."
Also, Spain ended up winning in extra time 2-1. You know, in case you actually got interested in what was happening there.