So we turned off TSN and went out for a drive around Pictou Harbour, pretty content in the knowledge that - as Bernie Ecclestone was predicting (according to the TV people) - the rest of qualifying for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Brazil would be rained out and the grid would be frozen with Nico Rosberg on pole and probably-soon-to-be-world-champion Jenson Button somewhere in the Top Ten and in pretty good shape to wrap up his first title.
How surprised was I, then, to turn on my computer later to find out that while it took nearly three hours to do it, the qualifying session had finally been completed, it turned out to be one of the most dramatic in years and Rubens Barrichello had won the pole for his home GP with a last-second pipping of Mark Webber.
Now, I didn’t get to see all this excitement by choice. It turns out (judging by the number of angry emails I’ve since received) that a whole bunch of other race fans didn’t get to see it either because TSN apparently got bored at some point too and decided to pull the plug and didn’t bother to go back.
And because the Speed Channel is blacked out when F1 programming is on, there was nothing these race fans could do about it - except to write to me and rant. Look, folks: I’m the first to start screaming when I think TSN or Rogers have done something wrong. Just scroll down in this blog, if you don’t believe me. But I don’t know what they could have done differently in this particular case.
It was boring and I bailed. They did too. Have you ever been at a baseball game and the score’s been 10-3 for the visitors in the eighth inning and you leave to beat the traffic and you hear on the radio later that the home team not only tied the score but went on to win the game in extra innings? That’s what happened today.