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The Singapore Skins

I've been emailing a lot with this dude Doug, a hardcore Skins fan living in Singapore, and going to great lengths to watch them live (not going to find too many Skins bars in those parts). He watches the games he can with other ex-pats, and spent between 6-9 in the morning the other day watching the Skins lose on some ESPN International feed. For some other games, he has a buddy with some kind of rigged TIVO who can pick up games.

Here's his explanation, sent before the Monday night opener:

"You're looking at a solid 12 hour difference. I'm not totally clear on the TIVO, I can ask him more when he gets back (Sept. 11 here, about a full day before the game). From what I understand he broadcasts the information from his mom's Pittsburgh cable box into his computer via the internet. The cable box is hooked up with a digital recorder, (TIVO or something not sure) so he can tape the preseason games off NFL network. He's a Steelers fan, so the Towels are his first priority, but he's good people and willing to help hook me up.
He gets local Pitt stations however, so outside of the opener, I may be screwed.
We're all set to wake up ass early for the Minn. opener. Starts at 7:30 a.m. here. We'll watch that on international ESPN. Me, the guy who lives there (Rob, Steeler man), another American from Ohio (Not bigNFL guy, but Bengals if he had to pick) and my Singaporean GF (a Liverpool fan who has taken to the 'skins quickly enough to know who Buck Ortega is. She also understands the franchise tag. She's awesome).
I can email Rob today about some more details on the TIVO.

Doug says he has access to a VCR, so anyone who still has one and can tape games and mail them to Singapore would be helping him out a lot. Shoot a comment and I'll get you in touch with him, or just put something on the blog here and I'm sure Doug will see it.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 13, 2006; 12:00 PM ET
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