COLUMN: Indiana women’s basketball should have been on national television

As a family of Indiana fans gather around their carefully set table with Thanksgiving staples like mashed potatoes, pumpkin, stuffing and, of course, turkey. , they have a few options for viewing the material.

They might watch the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions if they want to watch terrible football, but this family is smart and wants to watch a fun team that has a chance to win. They want to see Indiana’s No.4 women’s basketball take on reigning national champions, No.7 Stanford University.

After all, it’s a Top 10 game, so naturally they’re looking for the remote to activate ESPN. Oh? What is this? College basketball live scoreboard showing men’s games? Frankly, the family doesn’t care. Instead, they activate ESPN2 to find … the exact same program.

Confusion grows as they switch to ESPN3 to find Rutgers Women’s Basketball taking on DePaul University. It’s women’s basketball, but between two unranked teams that neither of the family cares about.

Desperation reigns around the table as the family turns to Big Ten Network just to find a rerun of “The Game” between Ohio State and Michigan football. They attempt a Hail Mary, turning the channel one last time to ESPNEWS.

Their hands rise to clasp their ears as the cries of Stephen A. Smith and his stammering guest about LeBron James fill the room rather than the coaching of head coach Teri Moren that their poor hearts have been led to believe. that they would be shown.

A family member, who had been on the phone for the last two channels, replied: They had found out how to watch Indiana.

The rest of the family circled the phone and the FloHoops website started to load. Although they didn’t find the Hoosiers on the first page of the site, they continued. Foods that each family member selected specifically for their tastes began to cool on their plates as the family collaborated to create an account.

After signing up, they encountered a subscription screen. They had to pay $ 30 for a subscription. They came from so far after all. After a flurry of venmo requests, the kids downloaded the app to daddy’s phone and they were ready to watch the game.

Or so they thought.

What followed was a hasty attempt to project the phone screen onto the television. When they finally got it all set, they were met early in the third quarter and Indiana was leading 37-34.

Finally finished, the family got up to reheat their plates cooled from in the kitchen microwave before returning to their seats. Indiana’s heavily pixelated cream and crimson barely stood out from Stanford’s white and cardinal red.

They would watch their beloved Indiana drop to just 69-66 at Stanford with video quality reminiscent of a first YouTube video. While they remained grateful for their Top 10 Hoosiers, they wished they hadn’t gone through the debacle necessary to watch women’s basketball.

Karl M. Bailey