Yes, he could have restarted sooner. He had ample warning that a reboot was imminent and he could have taken steps to keep from missing the game. The reason he was forced to reboot is because he chose not to many times before that. His choice... Also his choice not to have some way of clearing snow from his dish. Keep in mind that DirecTV can't control the weather Mike. Their engineering department doesn't develop machines that control climate. Maybe you don't realize that a DVR needs what is called "guide data" and when it doesn't have this "guide data" it does whatever it can to try to fix itself so it can get the "guide data". The unit has no way of knowing why it can't get a signal and no way of knowing that after a reboot it still won't be able to get that signal.