NBC Hockey "Color Analysts"..Something Needs To Be Done..

After being so excited about the prospect of viewing all the top-notch NHL players in various Olympic games, I am currently disillusioned and totally disheartened. To say I am disappointed is an understatement.

I knew the games were being broadcast on NBC. I also knew that entailed Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olcyzk (I don’t care if I’ve spelled his name wrong anymore). I just thought that with as many games that were being played, I wouldn’t have to be resigned to listening to them so much.

So….Russia V Czech Republic game comes on. Pierre’s between the benches, Eddie O in the booth. Doc Emrick is doing play-by-play. (I love listening to that guy. He does the sport justice. I only wish he would stop asking McGuire questions. That only leaves a wide open area for McGuire’s mouth to start flapping away.) Then it started and stayed the entire game. The incessant talking, talking, talking centered upon the color “analysts” and not the game. (Was there a game being played? Gee…was that what was going on on the ice?)

Then..it was time for the Canada V USA game. I’m thrilled (and turns out…delusional) that those two color analysts weren’t going to be doing that game. I kind of couldn’t figure out why, though. The game was much tauted by the media. Why wouldn’t those NBC announcers be doing the game? I switched onto MSNBC and got into place for a great game.

Pierre McGuire wasn’t at the game, thank God for that. Eddie O was, though. And we had to hear about goals that were scored two minutes ago being analyzed and chalk- boarded every which way WHILE THE GAME WAS GOING ON!!!! Instead of enjoying the goal and relishing in it…we had to listen to Eddie O talking nonstop about the goalie, the goal, the defensemen, the offense, the time of the goal, the goal area, the goal crease, the goal angle, the stick angle, etc….It totally took the fun and life out of the moment. No longer were we part of the crowd relishing in the moment and being caught up in the game’s excitement. No…we couldn’t hear ANYTHING but Eddie O flapping his jaws about what he considers “entertainment”. And, he didn’t stop once the puck was dropped. No…he had to keep talking and talking and talking. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I turn on the MUTE, what fun is that??

It’s pretty bad when instead of relaxing and enjoying the game for what it is…entertainment…I end up yelling at the television “SHUT UPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I’m surprised by neighbors didn’t call the cops on me.

So…after Team Canada V Team USA game ends..it’s time for the Finland V Sweden game. Cool! I’m excited about seeing this game. Once again, top quality players that are entertaining to the max.

Then I find out that Kenny Albert (who is that guy?) and Joe Michelletti (former NHL player)are the announcers. Oh no. I’ve been exposed to these two before. I was not left with a favorable impression. The game starts. Michelletti is WORSE THAN OLCYZK!!!!! I got so tired of pressing the MUTE that I started developing carpal tunnel syndrome. It was absolutely ridiculous. I did not have a chance at all to enjoy that game. Instead of being thrilled by the high-skill level involved of the athletes during the game, I had to resign myself to not even watching the entire game. What a shame.

Since when has televised hockey become a color announcer’s dream at the expense of the game? Don’t the fans matter? And, don’t tell me that listening to these guys is entertainment. It’s not. Who told these guys that their job consisted of nonstop narration DURING THE PLAYS? The game itself has turned into nothing but a backdrop to the incessant jaw-flapping that goes on. Leave the play-by-play announcers ALONE TO DO THEIR JOB.

I feel sorry for people who have never been to a live hockey game. Or, for fans who want to become interested in hockey and watch NBC for the exposure. If their only exposure to the game is what is seen via NBC, what a shame. Those announcers do not do the sport justice at all.

If it continues, I can see the sport viewership suffering.

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Hockey Day in Canada

Today is Hockey Day in Canada. It’s broadcast on NHL Network via Hockey Night in Canada (CBC). Just saw an 83-year woman playing hockey. Too cool.. There will be stories throughout the day of inspiration, determination and guts. Main point: Hockey is For Everyone.

Broadcast started with Don Cherry quoting Shakespeare. He was in full regalia. Very appropriate.

Cameras are set up throughout Canada. Sites include:

Starts in Stratford, Ontario (where Chris Pronger took drama lessons, btw…:) )

Victoria, BC….where they are playing street hockey (on pavement with a ball)
Auburn Bay, AB
Estevan, SK
Gimli, MB
Ottawa, ON (which properly has the largest ice rink in world…7.8 kilometers)
St. John’s, NL

The NHL Network is broadcasting three Canadian-based NHL games today…a triple header. 🙂

2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

What does New Year’s Day mean to me? …..HOCKEY!!!

Today’s the day!!! At 10:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST), the 2010 NHL Winter Classic takes place at historic Fenway Park. Woohoo!!

According to the pre-game show, on the NHL Network, there is a sell-out crowd of more than 38,000 hockey fans expected.

Just saw an interview with Bobby Orr. Too Cool. And, he’s on now! While seeing older tapes… “We don’t call them, “older players” he says as he laughs. Too cool. Videos of past games. Too cool. This is what great entertainment is all about. 🙂

There are 20,000 gallons of water used to make the ice-playing surface. Wow…

The rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins (an Original Six team) will be something to watch. Can’t wait to see Pronger do his thing. Love watching that guy!! And, Boston’s goalie (Tim Thomas) will be fun to watch.

Bring it on!! Woohoo!! 🙂

Gotta go get ready and make a pot of fresh green tea. 🙂

By the way….JAMES TAYLOR IS SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! Way too cool. 🙂

Wings Pummel Penguins in Game 5

The Detroit Red Wings are up 3-2 in the best of 7 series for bringing home the Stanley Cup. Pavel Datsyuk was back, too. The Penguins were showing their frustration by causing stupid penalties that just left one shaking their head wondering…”why?” Marian Hossa was also responsible for a stupid penalty, causing the same reaction.

The series goes back to Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena for Tuesday’s game 6. I predicted the Wings will take the series in 6, so let’s see what happens. I hope that the Pens rise above their immature Game 5 play. I have a feeling they will. They’re too talented not too.

The NBC announcers (Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk) were quiet at the game’s conclusion so everyone could enjoy “The Hockey Song” since the game was played at The Joe (Joe Louis Arena) in Detroit. How cool was that?! Thank you!!

Without further ado….

The Hockey Song

Oh, the good old hockey game,
Is the best game you can name
And the best game you can name
Is the GOOOOD OLDDDDD HOCKEEEEEY GAAAAAME!!

Written by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Hey…what happened to the formatting?? 😕

In Celebrating Detroit Red Wings Victory at the Joe

As seen on NBC’s Game of the Week, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena. Here is an appropriate song to celebrate the occasion:

The Hockey Song

Oh, the good old hockey game,
Is the best game you can name
And the best game you can name
Is the GOOOOD OLDDDDD HOCKEEEEEY GAAAAAME!!

Written by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Ban the Hockey Ice Girls

Hi my favorite readers!
Here is an earlier post that I have been asked to republish. Some of the names have changed, but my viewpoint still holds true today..Enjoy!

Bah hum bug, I say. On today’s NHL Live!, broadcast on the NHL Network and XM/Sirius Radio, Don LaGreca and Special Guest EJ Hradek touched upon the subject of having ice girls at hockey games. LaGreca does not go for it, while Hradek likes it. “It rubs me the wrong way,” LaGreca lamented. “It rubs me the right way,” replied Hradek. It was entertaining, to say the least. 🙂

I wrote a blog post about the subject matter of having “ice girls” a while ago, and today’s show brings up the necessity – I believe – to write about it again.

Background: Cheerleaders were a part of football and basketball when I was growing up. I kind of accepted that fact at the time. Plus, I was in the band and didn’t give them much attention. Nor did I give them much thought. I had other things to concentrate on during the games. When I wasn’t getting on my mark, reading music, or doing other band-related tasks, I was watching the game. I am a sports fan.

Then, during high school I saw the off-field behavior involved with being a cheerleader (that’s all I’m saying about that.)…Anyways, my viewpoint changed. I didn’t see the purpose of using women to shake pompoms, be scantily clad, attempt to rally the audience, and shake their butts all the while holding those pretty smiles. I don’t need a scantily clad woman to tell me it’s ok to cheer about my team. They’re kind of like cue cards for television audience tracks, in my opinion. Enough, all ready.

Fast forward to current: When I found out that SOME (including BOSTON??!!!…an ORIGINAL SIX??!!!) hockey teams have “ice girls” (aka cheerleaders)…COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get a grip. What?…management doesn’t think their team is good enough to have fans enjoy the sport of hockey? Do they think fans are so shallow that seeing cleavage and shaking butts are all it takes to incite the crowd?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for everyone having a job in this day and age. Cheerleaders are athletes in their own right. They just don’t belong in hockey. Give those ice cleaning jobs to a young hockey player…he/she would relish the opportunity to skate in a professional environment. A true hockey fan will not need to have a scantily clad women shake her pom poms to get excited.

Why are women still being used in this way? Isn’t that what the feminist movement was all about? Sex does not sell hockey, in my opinion. Period. Talent, skill, humbleness, and the simple sport do. If we need to have cheerleaders, keep them in the traditional sports. Sports that are known for huge player egos and salaries, more outside-the-sport spectacles, more dumbfounding athlete acts. Not the highly specialized team sport of hockey.

If the day ever comes when my beloved Detroit Red Wings choose to have these hockey-style “cheerleaders”, that will be the day I question my loyalty.

Personally, I say Ban the Ice Girls. They serve no purpose other than to demean the sport of hockey. It’s an insult to both the fan, women, and the sport.

Oh, and here’s another thing: Why are full grown women still referred to as girls? A girl is a female who hasn’t reached puberty yet. As far as I can tell, all these cheerleaders are past puberty.

End of commentary.

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Alex Ovechkin 50th Goal Scenario

Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal a few days ago and today is the first day I actually saw the clip of which I had heard so much about. I heard others on NHL Live! and various NHL Center Ice broadcasts mention that he had performed a show after scoring that goal. There were mixed opinions about the incident.

After seeing the clip today, I am of the mindset that is was uncalled for. It was a premeditated move and came across as him knowing he was going to be the center of attention and he was milking it for all he could. Very much “look at me and how funny I am”. Bah hum bug, I say.

Normally, I love seeing Ovechkin after he scores a goal since he is so enthusiastic and natural about the whole thing. It is refreshing to see. However, this whole show regarding his 50th goal was just going too far.

It reminded me of those stupid football games with those ludicrous dances done by the player after scoring a touchdown. How ridiculous and attention getting can you get? They take away from any beauty the sport may have.

I didn’t catch what Don “Grapes” Cherry said about it. I can only imagine. 😕

Recent NHL News – as of 03/18/09

There have been a number of NHL records broken within the past few days. Here are the records, along with some other NHL news that I received off of the NHL Network.

NHL RECORDS:
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, is the all-time winningest goaltender in the 92 year history of the NHL. His win record stands at 552. Sorry for the lateness of posting this historic event. It occurred on St. Patrick’s Day – March 17. Some fans in the crowd had a sign that said “St. Martin’s Day”. 🙂 And, of particular interest to me, is the fact that he has faced over 29,000 shots in his NHL career history. Wow…I am not certain that’s a record, but it’s a phenomenal amount of goals to face.

NHL Network has done an informative and entertaining two hour show about the history of Martin Brodeur’s hockey career. There are numerous interviews throughout it, but the one that stands out with me is near the end of the show. He has an arena named after him and he couldn’t bring himself to say the new name. 🙂 It is the arena that he first started playing hockey in as a kid. Now, it’s the “Martin Brodeur Hockey Arena”. His response was refreshing, in my opinion.
Kurt Maltby, Detroit Red Wings, played his 1,000 career game with the Red Wings. That occurred on March 17, 2009.

Patrick Elias, New Jersey Devils, is the all-time point scorer in their franchise history with a total of 702 points. That occurred on March 17, 2009.

OTHER NEWS:
April 13, 2009 is an All Day Marathon featuring Martin Brodeur on the NHL Network.

April 15, 2009 is the first day of the 2009 NHL Playoffs. Cool….What a great way to end tax season! 🙂

Quote: While talking about how difficult it is to be a hockey mother, Doc Emrick (award-winning hockey commentator), stated…”They need to have extra Maalox around”.

Colleen Howe ("Mrs. Hockey") dies

While having the Calgary Flames V. Carolina Hurricanes came on, I heard during the end of the intermission chat mention something about Colleen Howe’s importance to everyone in hockey. Having struck my curiousity, I went online and found the following article written by the Associated Press…today March 6, 2009. It is a sad day. I knew she had been ill for awhile, but it’s still disheartening to read. She was a remarkable woman.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Colleen Howe, the wife of hockey great Gordie Howe and one of the first female sports agents, died Friday. She was 76.

She died at her home in suburban of Bloomfield Hills after battling Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s, the Detroit Red Wings said. She was 70 when stricken with Pick’s, which alters personality and character and whose progression cannot be slowed.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called her a “formidable woman, the wife and partner of our iconic player, the matriarch of a remarkable hockey family.”

Known as “Mrs. Hockey,” Colleen Howe promoted the sport in her own right and stood outside her husband’s shadow through her charitable work and success as a businesswoman and author.

“Colleen was a pioneer hockey wife and hockey mom and devoted her entire life to the betterment of the game,” Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch said.

“Mrs. Hockey” and “Mr. Hockey” — nicknames the Howes trademarked for themselves — were inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 along with sons Mark and Marty.

Gordie Howe, also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, was one of the game’s greatest players during a 32-year professional career. He led Detroit to four Stanley Cups and won seven Most Valuable Player awards in the NHL and World Hockey Association.

Colleen Howe was inducted into the U.S. hockey hall for her work in youth hockey. She founded the Detroit Junior Red Wings, the first junior hockey team in the United States, and developed the first indoor ice arena, “Gordie Howe Hockeyland,” in the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores.

Colleen Howe discovered in 1973 that the upstart WHA allowed players under age 20, something the NHL did not. The discovery cleared the way for Gordie Howe to play on the same team as their sons, Mark and Marty, and gave young stars like Wayne Gretzky an earlier opportunity to play professionally.

She also was one of the first female sports agents, negotiating contracts for her husband with the WHA’s Houston Aeros and Hartford Whalers. Colleen Howe also negotiated her husband’s first endorsement contract

After Gordie Howe retired from the NHL at age 52 in 1980, he joined Colleen Howe in her business and charitable endeavors. They also went on to begin new ones.

Colleen Howe was the inspiration for the Howe Foundation, begun in her husband’s honor in 1993 when he turned 65. With Gordie’s age a symbol, they visited 65 schools in 65 cities in the U.S. and Canada. They raised nearly $1 million for charities benefiting underprivileged children.

Colleen Joffa was born in 1933 in Sandusky, Mich., where an ice arena bearing her name was dedicated in 2000. She was living in Detroit when she met Gordie Howe in April 1950. They married three years later.

She was founder and president of Power Play International Inc. and Power Play Publications Inc., companies formed to manage her and her husband’s business affairs.

Colleen Howe was co-author of the books “After the Applause,” “My Three Hockey Players” and a self-published autobiography, “and … HOWE!”

She was an award-winning video producer, sold life insurance, ran for the U.S. House in Connecticut, and owned cattle and llamas, a travel agency and Amway distributorships.

Gordie Howe said during a 1999 interview that his long career as a top player helped ease the transition to life after hockey, but most of the credit belonged to “Colleen’s ideas and representation.”

His formula for success, he said, was this: “Believe in yourself. Love what you do. Follow your dreams. Overcome challenges. Believe in God. Marry the right girl.”

Colleen Howe added: “Don’t be afraid about stepping out and doing something. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Losing is to not have participated in the race.”

In addition to her husband and sons Mark and Marty, she is survived by daughter Cathy, son Murray, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press