Posted: 11:32 am Friday, August 8th, 2014

Beam football up: Astronaut to watch SEC Network on space station 

By Andy Johnston

Astronaut Barry Wilmore will be able to watch SEC football on the International Space Station. (Bill Stafford/NASA)

Astronaut Barry Wilmore will be able to watch SEC football on the International Space Station. (Bill Stafford/NASA)

Talk about going long.

NASA will show off its vertical passing game by beaming the SEC Network to the International Space Station, thanks to astronaut Barry Wilmore, a former Tennessee Tech linebacker from the Nashville area who doesn’t want to miss the action while in orbit.

Wilmore will reach the station on Sept. 25, in the midst of football season. The SEC Network will be waiting, and he also wants to catch Tennessee Tech games on the Internet.

Hey, I’m sure he’s not taking a Blu Ray of “Gravity” with him.

“I don’t watch a lot of sports — my wife might not agree with that — but I do like to watch football, the SEC Game of the Week, and I try to catch Tech every chance I get,” Wilmore told Mike Organ of The Tennessean.

Hopefully, there’s more than one TV on board, because Wilmore is sharing the station with two cosmonauts and they might say “nyet” to college football. He doesn’t take command until November.

It’s not known if the commander is in charge of the remote.

As a football player at Tennessee Tech, Wilmore said, “I was small, I was slow and I was fat,” but he was good enough to make 143 tackles in one season, which is third all-time at the school.

I didn’t see NASA on the list of cable and satellite providers that have signed up for the SEC Network, so I’m not sure if it’s counting the space station among the 90 million households it’s expected to reach when it launches on Aug. 14.

9 comments
HotDawg
HotDawg

Just hook up the space station to one of the providers satellites floating up in space.

What are they gonna do? Send a technician to disconnect and bust NASA for pirating?

gbal
gbal

Base on comments..... Nobody.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

The alternative is spending downtime listening to the cosmonauts rambling on about something not involving college football.

GTBob
GTBob

Well he is in for a treat. On Sept 28th he will probably get to watch the LSU/New Mexico St game and the Ole Miss/Memphis game. Both riveting matchups.

HotDawg
HotDawg

He could hold the satellite for ransom. "I want my SEC Network or else...." "And throw in all the pay-per-view channels for free"!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@gbal He's an astronaut, gotta be a closet Tech fan.

HotDawg
HotDawg

You're right. He's a Tennessee Tech fan.