On Sunday night America will be faced with an interesting dilemma. Do we watch game 2 of the NBA Finals, or the series finale of The Sopranos? The two face off on television, and while the NBA may still win, they'll certainly be limping out of it thanks to the Sopranos. Game one already had NHL-esque ratings, and there's nothing to indicate that things will get any better. Much like the bungled hit on Phil Leotardo last week, David Stern and his crew made a huge mistake putting their game in primetime against the legendary behemoth that is The Sopranos.
It seems as if the players involved in tomorrow night's game would probably act just like the rest of us had they the opportunity. Brent Barry is hoping for some shared viewing:
"It's gonna be interesting, hopefully people will be switching back and forth. But there's a huge following for that show."
Lebron James wishes he could watch. But he'll have to catch up when he returns to Cleveland. Message to Lebron: good luck avoiding hearing what happened!
"I did have my girlfriend TiVo 'The Sopranos,' definitely, so when I get home I'll be able to watch it," James said. "But I think I'll be more focused on Tony Parker."
The NBA could have helped everyone out by playing the game during the day. In fact, if it was really interested in increasing the ratings, it would play its weekend games during the day. The games are already starting at 9:30 on the east coast, and most non-rabid fans will be turning off and going to bed. And it's understood that the league does this during the week, when the West Coast fans are still at work. But on the weekends its another story.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was the highest rated show on television for the night, but it was also the lowest rated NBA Finals game in history. Something tells me Tony Soprano will help make some new records tomorrow night. Luckily for me, I live on the West Coast, and can watch both...if I wanted to...