Thursday, April 24, 2008


NBC Sports has decided to extend their reign of error to include broadcasting NHL hockey during the 2008-09 season. I can't tell you how disappointed I am. Wait, yes I can, I have a blog. This is the same NBC Sports who:

* Stopped showing Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup semifinal during overtime to show horsies;
* Don't begin NHL broadcasts until January, apparently not realizing the season starts 3 months earlier;
* Frequently schedule games as early as noon, to get them out of the way of their golf broadcasts;
* Have a horribly layed out website featuring useless in-game oddities like "Crosby-Cam";
* Despite a "flex schedule" they showed the same teams ad nauseum (Rangers and Penguins were in 7 of the 10 East Coast feed games);
* Feature Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury bitching at each other during intermission, a duo that not only doesn't bring anything to the table, they actually start removing things and smashing them on the ground (yes, Pierre called Washington "The Crapitals");
* Taking play-by-play man Doc Emrick during the playoffs and sticking him in places like Detroit, just when the Devils broadcasts need him the most.

It's also no coincidence that the NHL fixed the schedule so NBC can slobber all over Sid during Game 2 vs. the Rangers on Sunday afternoon, thus screwing Philly in the process by giving them only one day off before trekking to Montréal.

I could go on, but you get the crappy picture: they have no knowledge of the sport, barely find any space to squeeze it into their schedule (WOW, NINE WHOLE GAMES NEXT SEASON!), and when it's finally on they treat it with a complete lack of respect. The NHL should be as proud as a peacock to have them on board for an other year.

Bettman, you suck.

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