Daylight Savings Time in the United States occurs between the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of November each year. It affects us all, except for the residents of Hawaii and Arizona whose states do not follow the rest of our Nation in observing the time change. So while most of us will be setting our clocks back an hour when we go to bed on Saturday night, I will be doing nothing of the sort as I live in Arizona. Strangely what happens to my state is that about 8 months of the year (when DST is observed), we are essentially on the same time as California. The other four months of the year (when DST is observed), we are an hour ahead of California and on Mountain Standard Time.
This changes the television scheduling in Arizona in subtle ways. The college football games on Saturday that were staring at 9 A.M. here now will start at 10 A.M. The Sunday NFL early games that previously had started at 10 A.M. on Sunday mornings now will start at 11 A.M. Every program on the cable channels will now start an hour later. The only programs that do not change times are the local prime-time programs. They still begin at the same time, but they are now on a one hour tape delay. I much prefer the eight months of the year when we are essentially on California time.
Well enough of my complaining about time zones, let us proceed to other topics. Most of you are probably not aware that I have played computer video games since approximately 1983 when the Commodore 64 home computers first came out. While other formats, such as the Play Station and the X-Box have been developed, the games still exist for the personal computer. High end computers still play the games and they do it at a better visual performance than the consoles do.
A new game in the highly successful Fallout franchise will be out on November 10. It is called Fallout 4, and the only way to get this game on this date is to pre-order it, which I have done. I mention this game in passing because of the location in the United States which this game will take place. It will be presented in a future year (2077) Boston, after nuclear bombs have wasted much of the world in the late 1950’s. The series is notable for its great period music from the 1950’s and 1960’s and also for its scope of play, with enormously sized locations. The locations will include all the Boston landmarks, most notably Fenway Park (which they have named Diamond City in the game). I am including a television advertisement with shows the look of the game along with a part of the soundtrack. I will keep you advised when I start to play the game. Did you know that these successful games do better sales than the blockbuster movies? Our tastes on entertainment are continually evolving. Video games dominate both movie and music sales in today’s world.
I watched the Thursday Night NFL game in which the juggernaut New England Patriots laid waste to the Miami Dolphins 36-7. It was a yawner to watch unless you are a Patriots fan (Lanz was at the game), which I am decidedly not. I looked at their cupcake schedule and it looks like they are heading for a 16-0 regular season barring multiple major injuries. It looks like their toughest game left in the regular season is at Denver, who they should dismiss with Payton Manning looking like retirement time is fast approaching. Don’t get my dislike of the Patriots wrong. It is okay by me if New England returns to the Super Bowl. I just want them to lose to whatever NFC team that they face there. I am a NFC fan, with the exception of the Seattle Seahawks, who choked and handed the last Super Bowl to New England.
I also watched a fantastic college game last evening, although the end of the game stunned me and bummed me out. The Oregon Ducks outlasted my Arizona State Sun Devils in triple overtime 61-55, in a game that the Sun Devils could have won but did not. The game effectively ended any hope for the Sun Devils to land in any meaningful Bowl game this year. The game took the sails out of the college football season for me. As in baseball, there is always next year in college football.
Speaking of baseball, Kansas City currently holds a 2-0 lead over the New York Mets in this year’s World Series. The Royals are looking good, that is for sure. A 0-2 deficit can be overcome, so the Mets are not done yet. Game three is critical for both the Mets and also for the Royals, who do not want to let off on the pressure on New York. In other baseball news, Don Mattingly has accepted the head coaching job at the Florida Marlins, who certainly have the potential to be a very fine team next year. The San Diego Padres have also hired the Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green to be their new Manager. Since the third base spot is now open at Arizona, I wonder if Matt Williams will return to coach the position, which he held in Arizona until taking the position as manager of the Washington Nationals two seasons ago.
Thanks for reading my blog and please understand how the Arizona State loss to Oregon took my heart out of talking about sports this week. THE THRILL IS GONE, but all will be back to normal next week.