Friday, March 7, 2008

PSA: Time Change And British Football

This weekend we move our clocks ahead 1 hour, but the Brits do not change over to British Summer Time until Saturday March 30.

So starting Sunday, for the next 3 weeks be sure to adjust accordingly, as the East coast will only be 4 hours behind London instead of 5, and out here we'll only be 7 hours behind instead of 8. On March 31 everything will be back to normal until the clocks roll back in the fall. For example, Wigan-Arsenal is in the traditional Sunday TV time slot of 4 p.m. local, but this week it will be at 9 a.m. PST instead of the normal Sunday morning time of 8 a.m.

I've been bitten in the ass by this before, both in the spring and in the fall- I can remember showing up to the Brewpub in Atlanta an hour before a match started one time and at the start of the 2nd half another. Before there was only 1 week's difference between when we switched and when they switched, but with our new daylight savings times now the gap is more considerable.

To be honest I'm not sure about Spain, Italy, Germany, et. al., but it may be a similar situation.

So if you are planning on setting the tivo, going to a pub, or negotiating for a 2 hour kitchen pass, be sure to doublecheck the schedules and adjust accordingly. I always find it easiest to use the scoreboard on, where gametimes are given in EST.

So there it is.

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