It's one thing to have Monday Night Football displace October baseball. It's another entirely to find, as I did last night, that the one-game playoff between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies was not on, at least in my market, because of televised billiards. Imagine my agony as I followed the excitement on my computer, only to realize that no one was going to cut away to show the conclusion. I don't care particularly for either team, but when a game of that importance is so thrilling, it must be watched. What's next? Playoff games pre-empted for poker? I shudder to think.