A CRUCIAL NFL championship playoff was affected over the weekend after the players' tablets went to borksville.
The tablets in question are - surprise, surprise - Microsoft's venerable Surface devices, which are used by New England Patriot players to watch previous plays and plan their next moves, while the rest of the country is watching an advert for a haemorrhoid cream or 128oz sodas or something.
The Surface tablets have not had a good rap so far with the players, and have malfunctioned several times during the season. The deal for the team to use them has also suffered from the players referring to them as 'iPads', resulting in actual coaching sessions on how to say 'Surface' for players and announcers.
The culprit in this particular case was the VPN WiFi which the iPa ... Surfaces are hooked up to that went down for about 20 minutes, but that's enough time to completely throw the players off their game. Apparently.
Can you imagine if Rugby Union players had Nexus 7s? They'd last five minutes.
Besides which, it seems to have escaped everyone that the game of American Gridiron Feetballs dates back to 1869, generally recognised as the point where it split off from 'soccer', or as everyone else calls it, 'football', meaning it lasted 150 years without players needing to stop and watch TV coverage.
Anyway, we're told by The Verge that it was the VPN that went down, not the tablets this time, but it gives a lump of gorilla glass a bad name and all that.
The Surface tablets used by players have been strengthened and toughened as you would expect given that they seem to spend a lot of their time being thrown around in frustration by the players.
CBS commentator Evan Washburn told viewers: "They're having some trouble with their Microsoft Surface tablets. On the last defensive possession the Patriots' coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players. NFL officials have been working at it. Some of those tablets are back in use, but not all of them. A lot of frustration that they didn't have them on that last possession."
Now explain the offside rule, Washburn.
It's not the first time we've seen a public reluctance to use Surface tablets, in spite of what is likely to have been a big money sponsorship deal. Microsoft paid for its product, at the time the Surface Pro 3, to be used by CNN's on-screen presenters and commentators during the American mid-term election coverage in 2014. But it became clear as the night went on that many of them were simply using them as stands for their iPads. µ
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