Comcast turns California title tilt into prep "Heidi Game"

Cameron Smith
December 21, 2010

There were plenty of reasons for Folsom (Calif.) High fans to celebrate on Saturday. The quality of their cable service wasn't one of them.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the Central California town's cable coverage of the No. 47 Bulldogs' 48-20 state-title victory over No. 28 Junipero Serra was stopped with some four minutes remaining on the clock. Without warning, the cable provider cut to a previously scheduled edition of high school football "Replay" on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, which was televising the state bowl games.

The switch followed a brief commercial break, which many viewers felt was just an ill-timed TV timeout. Instead, it led into another program entirely, which left some in the Bulldogs' patriotic hometown unable to watch the celebratory final moments of their school's upset victory.

"I feel cheated," KFBK Radio news director Judy Farah told the Bee. "I'd been following the game all night."

While a number of Folsom fans reported the outage, some local establishments avoided the cable mishap, though there was no clear indication why it affected some sections of the local area and not others.

Still, while viewers at locations like Taqueria Taco Loco got to watch the entire game, the fans who were treated to a high school version of the NFL's infamous 1968 "Heidi Game" between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets could only imagine what the final moments of a historic victory looked like.

As for the cable provider which was responsible for the ill-timed change in coverage, Comcast has yet to officially comment on the situation.

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