On November 17, 1968 the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders were locked up in a classic battle on national television, coincidentally, on NBC. The Jets took a 32-29 lead on the Raiders then kicked off. Oakland returned the kickoff to the 23-yard line, then this happened:
The nation missed the ending, which culminated with an amazing Jets comeback victory which no one saw.
As Game 4 wrapped up tonight here on television sets in Austin, Brent Seabrook’s game-winning goal was pre-empted by KXAN in their own “Heidi” moment for a promotional commercial for the station and a few ads from local businesses. What’s even more ironic, is the station running a story about how “Hungry for Hockey” the Austin-area is.
I mean you can’t write this stuff, but I am anyway.
The epic failure looked like this:
The least you could have done, KXAN, was acknowledge your mistake at the outset of your news broadcast, instead of 20 minutes in after a hockey story.
Sure, I’ll admit, hockey isn’t as big here in the Lone Star State as other sports, but with the growing diversity of a growing city you’d probably be amazed of the number of television sets that were glued to the game just like I was.
In short, it was a pathetic blunder at the most crucial of times. Just another piece of broadcasting failure.
Why should I be surprised anymore?