I just had a really good idea. Not a brilliant idea, mind you, but a pretty good one.
What this country really needs is one fewer time zone. Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific? Too many. Let's downsize one of them (Mountain being the weak sister of the bunch, it'd be out of here). Redraw the lines, and the world is instantly a better place.
Think about it. No longer does Monday Night Football have to extend until 1:00 a.m. East Coasties might actually be able to see a West Coast baseball game. WPBT Events could start earlier than 9:00 p.m.
I've even drawn a map of how this could work. Okay, so "drawn" is a pretty charitable description, but whatever:
This is too easy. The only state that's in more than one time zone is Montana, and since only about six people live there, no big deal. If it proves necessary, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont could be moved to the Atlantic time zone, but is it really that likely that anyone will listen to the complaints of a bunch of granola-eating, tree-hugging hippie freaks?
For the sake of humanity, please, let's kill off Mountain Time.
Yeah, I know, I should just get a TiVo. But where's the fun in that?