As the Green Bay-Dallas game nears and more people realize that they're not going to be able to see the game on their home TV because it's being broadcast on NFL Network, ire is rising.  In the local areas, meaning Dallas-Fort Worth and Green Bay-Milwaukee, the games must be carried on over-the-air channels. But there are many regions of Texas and Wisconsin that certainly consider the Cowboys and Packers the home team that are being shut out -- unless, of course, they have satellite or some upgraded cable.

Here's of the saddest tales so far.  According to a story written by Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press, a guy named Mike Martel who owns nursing homes in San Antonio said that the old folks, who normally congregate in the common rooms to watch the Cowboys every Sunday, won't get to see the big  game because the nursing homes only gets basic cable.

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Dallas owner Jerry Jones (left) has been pretty smug about the Cowboys' role in all this because he apparently believes that fan consternation over popular games will eventually work to the NFL's favor its feud with some of the nation's biggest cable companies over how they offer NFL Network (and, as a result, how the cable companies bill customers).

And there's another storm cloud on the horizon.  The final regular-season game of the season for the New England Patriots against the New York Giants is also an NFL Network game -- Saturday, Dec. 29, 8:15 p.m. If the Pats are undefeated going into that one,  many viewers will be left scrambling if they want to watch the historic game.

Photo credit: Associated Press

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