It's funny how, in the waning weeks of 2010, I'm listening to the radio so I can follow the New York Giants football game in Detroit. The game isn't being televised in Ithaca -- or anywhere else in New York state outside of the New York City metro and Albany markets (one reason I DO miss Albany) -- after the massive scheduling snafu that resulted from the collapse of the Metrodome roof. Of course I'm using my laptop and the Internet to stream the feed directly from WFAN 660 AM out of New York City rather than dialing into one of the affiliate radio stations on the FM dial (which I probably wouldn't pick up anyhow). Still, cozy in my small apartment, the lights of our little Christmas tree aglow, I feel like I'm smack in the middle of a 1940s or 50s winter, huddled around the (old school) wireless to hear the NFL broadcast.
I think I've listened to more Giants games this season on the radio than I've watched on TV because, for whatever reason, I've been on the road a lot of Sundays this fall. Those games were all heard via XM satellite radio, which also streams the WFAN feed and the familiar voice of color man Bob Papa.
It's amazing to think in this day-and-age of up-to-the-second stats and play-by-play updates delivered to your phone, the "old" medium of radio remains the most satisfying way to catch a game that you can't watch on TV.