NHL On NBC, Week 3: Mike and Pierre Hand Out Valentines, We Go to Sharks-Devils Game Like the Rest of You Wanted To
February 16, 2009 3 Comments
We watched about half a period, plus the first intermission of NBC’s broadcast of the Rangers-Flyers disaster from Madison Square Garden. Luckily for us, it was with the sound turned off. See, we were in Newark, NJ at the Brick City Bar & Grill, a lovely, Devils-friendly bar – wouldn’t you know it – right across the street from the Prudential Center’s box office. We love seeing entire restaurants filled with Devils fans rooting against the Rangers.
Jealous much? We went to the Devils-Sharks game and pretty much skipped out on the New York-Philadelphia “high profile matchup”. What a shame. We missed a 5-2 rout for the Flyers. We instead got to see two of the best teams in the league duke it out to a 6-5 final, in favor of New Jersey. That’s the point we’re trying to make here, that NBC would’ve done the league a favor airing Devils-Sharks.
We know, we know, it’s a small-market game, and Sharks fans would be forced to awaken at the ungodly hour of 9:30 AM on a Sunday morning for a hockey game (Something we, mind you, have always dreamed of). But this is the PERFECT weekend to try it out. Competition for the audience that’d be watching a hockey game is pretty slim. The NBA All-Star Game isn’t till primetime, and the Daytona 500 doesn’t feature much of a hockey-friendly audience (Prove me wrong, Raleigh). This is the one chance the NHL has to experiment with a game that might just draw the passing fancy of some channel-flipper and they missed.
Instead, they got Milbury and McGuire whining about facts we already all knew about the Rangers. How do we already know them? Because WE SEE THE RANGERS EVERY WEEK ON NBC AND VERSUS! Don’t you think, mythical NBC person listening to me rant, that hockey fans might wanna see some positive stuff once every now and then. Like the 550,000 people who tuned into Sharks-Bruins on Tuesday? Not a chance any of those people carry over to Sunday. Not at all.
So we’re not going to rate NBC’s broadcast this week. We saw the intermission report videos on NBCSports.com. They were they same somewhat entertaining, ultimately over-rehearsed sissyfits that McGuire and Milbury have been punching in for a little over a year. We’re sure Doc and Eddie were fine, and Eddie said “active stick” a lot. But we’re skipping reviewing NBC this week in protest of what a stupid decision they made.
Just to drive the point home here, head to NHL.com and watch Sharks-Devils highlights, then watch Rangers-Flyers highlights, and we’ll upload the YouTube-d versions here to make it even further. NBC made a big mistake this time around, and they better hope hockey fans will forgive them in time for another overhyped retread, Pens-Caps. We’ll probably watch that, but it’s still time we saw something new.