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Last call: Dodgers-Phillies and a disturbing commercial

October 9, 2008 | 10:33 pm


James Loney should have caught that ball.

In the NLCS and ALCS, the team that has won Game 1 in a best-of-seven format has gone on to win the series 27 times. They have lost the series 17 times.

Just when you thought it was safe to watch the playoffs without having to see all of those annoying "Frank TV" ads, along comes a commerical that makes those seem harmless.

I'm talking about the DirecTV ad featuring Craig T. Nelson and Heather O'Rourke from a scene in the 1982 movie "Poltergeist." Who can watch that commerical without recalling that O'Rourke died when she was 12 years old? So, DirecTV is using a movie about ghosts featuring a girl who died when she was 12 to pimp their product. Am I the only one disturbed by this? And the fact that this commerical comes on seemingly every five minutes makes it worse.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: A scene from the movie "Poltergeist." Credit: Columbia Pictures.