Sunday will see Minnesota and Philadelphia playing for the NFC, the Patriots and Jaguars fighting for the AFC. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Members of the Armed Forces can appreciate classical music. Heck, who knows what those on the front lines wind down to at night. Yet when it comes to the NFL playoffs in 2018, there are few enlisted men or women who would choose Bach over Brady.

But this Sunday afternoon, as storied NFL franchises like the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots take the field looking to win championships, United States soldiers and veterans may be partaking in Ludwig Van and the glorious ninth instead of pigskin.

And they’re not too pleased about it.

According to Stripes.com:

“American Forces Network, which provides entertainment and command information to U.S. service members worldwide through its television and radio services, was dark early Saturday morning in Europe.”

American Forces Network broadcasts NFL games to soldiers who aren’t able to hop on their couches and dial DirecTV. Except this weekend, it isn’t funded.

Service members are exploding in anger at a U.S. Senate that somehow managed to debate the impending shutdown far into the night on Friday without once mentioning this potential crushing blow to morale among those stationed overseas. Taking American football away without a word is a cheap-shot.

To rub salt in the wound, AFN is currently broadcasting classical music in place of regular programming. Instead of leaping catches and diving tackles on Sunday, soldiers in bunkers could be listening to The Marriage of Figaro.

One angry viewer wrote to AFN Europe’s Facebook page, “No NFL divisional championship games … perfect timing … I bet members of congress are gonna watch it.”

Okay, Capitol Hill. Delay paychecks for a few bureaucrats, that’s pretty bad. But keep veterans from watching the NFC and AFC championships? Decide exactly what a “wall” is and get that funding resolution passed, you bloody haters.

If AFN stays dark through the weekend, it won’t be the first time shocked NFL fans have been treated to high culture instead of gridiron grappling. In 1968, NBC interrupted a broadcast of Joe Namath and the New York Jets with the pastoral children’s film Heidi, a fiasco that created this timeless image:

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