In 1968, network broadcasting did something so unspeakable that people still haven’t forgiven them to this day. They cut away from a football game. The game was one of the most infamous regular season games of all time, as the Jets and Raiders were running long and the game was suddenly changed to the TV movie “Heidi.” Most of America missed out on the heroics late in the game as Oakland scored two touchdowns for a thrilling come from behind win.
While we didn’t have Twitter back then, I imagine the reactions were pretty similar to what transpired during the final minutes of the World Cup championship match between Germany and Argentina. With the score tied 0-0, a local ABC affiliate, WENY, cut away from the game with just more than six minutes left in extra time, leaving viewers in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania to watch coverage of a tornado warning. The viewers completely missed Germany’s winning goal.
Needless to say, people lost their shit.
You’re gonna interrupt the final minutes of the World Cup with a weather update?! @WENYTV
— Mase (@MJMase11) July 13, 2014
@WENYTV are u people crazy put the game back on
— PUERTO-PRINCIPE (@reggyboa_c) July 13, 2014
@WENYTV eat a bag of dicks
— billsey420 (@billsey420) July 13, 2014
go fuck yourself @WENYTV
— Gordon. (@Jockooo_) July 13, 2014
@WENYTV WHAT IN THE MOTHER FUCK ARE YOU THINKING?????? THERES 10 MINS LEFT IN THE WORLD CUP AND U BROADCAST A WEATHER WARNING?????????? FUCK
— Jerm (@JDagon) July 13, 2014
Please stop ruining my life @WENYTV
— Logan Baker (@L_bakerr) July 13, 2014
“@JoeWoods24: Hope a tornado smacks their fucking station you pricks” @WENYTV I AGREE
— #INMITCHWETRUST (@Stevooo34) July 13, 2014
@WENYTV HEY PUT THE GAME ON YOU IDIOTS NO ONE CARES ABOUT A TORNADO YOU DWEEBS
— pake (@JakePeacock98) July 13, 2014
@WENYTV you piece of shit!?!? Fuck you for ruining the world cup feed to warn us about absolutly nothing. #GoFuckYourself
— cody adam (@codyadam12) July 13, 2014
@WENYTV absolute disgrace of a station. Switching off of World Cup coverage. I’d rather watch real housewives of Orange County.
— Pete Carges (@Pcarges550) July 13, 2014
@wenytv im gonna direct this tornado right at this dork meteorologists house
— JD Skidders (@dagonjr) July 13, 2014
It’s been more than 40 years since the historic Heidi Bowl fiasco, and it seems as if broadcast networks still haven’t learned that we don’t give a shit about anything other than our sports.
Moral of the story? Fuck local news.
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