Thoughts On What Could Be NBC’s Last Two Hockey Telecasts of the Year

We didn’t feel like doing two separate posts for both games, we’ll just jumble the two telecasts into one.  Ratings post between 12:30 and 1:30.

  • So, I know a lot of you aren’t happy with the pre-game.  You’ve got to understand that NBC isn’t 100% playing into the hands of the converted diehards with these games.  They do have to hammer it away a little bit with why the games mean so much, why the storylines mean so much, and for some people just what the Hell is going on down there.  So for that, most of the NBC crew – actually, just Doc Emrick and Darren Pang, who are the only understated members of that team – have done a good job with that.
  • More on Darren Pang: If he can ease up a little and calm down just a skitch, he may have himself a job with this studio host thing.  He’s the anti-Pierre McGuire: He’s non-confrontational, analytical to the point where you understand what he’s saying, and sets up Milbury fairly nicely.  It is shaky every now and then, but overall Pang and Milbury are better than McGuire and Milbury.  While NBC could just as easily call in a favor to Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Jimmy Roberts, Dan Hicks, Tom Hammond, Bob Neumeier, Chris Collinsworth, Peter King, Andrea Joyce or freakin’ Rachel Maddow to do this job, Panger gets credit for pulling the ultimate hockey duty: go where the coach tells you and do your job fairly well.  And dare we say: Darren Pang > Bill Patrick?
  • As for the other two members of the NBC team, Edzo and Pierre were all over the audience with their “I-me-me” brand of yelling.  Pierre needs to understand that NBC has audio mixers and the people at home will hear you.  We have the technology.  Olczyk was all over the place with his commentary, very often the wrong side.  He complained far too much about the refs in game 2 particularly.  Edzo needs to calm down for Games 3 & 4 on VERSUS.
  • Speaking of VERSUS, how stoked do they have to be about the possibility of the Cup being raised on their network.  While I do think the Penguins will win at least one game on their home ice, the potential is certainly there for a Red Wing sweep.
  • One last note.  Wrap is here Tuesday and Thursday this week.  I’ll be locking it down today, Wednesday and Friday.  Open threads will still be around.

8 Responses to Thoughts On What Could Be NBC’s Last Two Hockey Telecasts of the Year

  1. Chief says:

    NBC aired Dateline at 7 p.m. (#4: 2.8/ 5), followed by the low-rated Stanley Cups Finals at a 3.5/ 6 in the overnights from 8-11 p.m. Elsewhere, ABC’s encore combination of America’s Funniest Home Videos (#2: 3.5/ 6), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#2: 3.4/ 6), Desperate Housewives (#4: 2.1/ 4) and Brothers & Sisters (#3: 2.0/ 4) was barely on the map. Ditto for repeats of Fox’s canceled King of the Hill (#4: 1.6/ 3), American Dad (#4: 1.8/ 3), The Simpsons (#2t: 3.2/ 6), another episode of King of Hill (#4: 2.9/ 5), Family Guy (#2: 3.6/ 6) and another episode of American Dad (#3: 3.2/ 5) from 7-10 p.m. Look for the arrival of Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show on Fox next fall at 8:30 p.m. out of The Simpsons.

    Last, and very least, were repeats of The CW’s Jericho (0.5/ 1) and Desperately Seeking Susan (0.8/ 1) from 7-10 p.m. The CW will, of course, be no longer airing programming on Sunday next season.

  2. amberlynne says:

    Enzo is the biggest HOMER ever. I don’t understand how they can have a guy that coached one of the teams who can’t be impartial to save his life as one of the commentators for the FINALS. It’s bad enough that he yells at me all the time, but now he yells at me about how awesome the Penguins are for the entire game.

  3. Bard says:

    I can not watch hockey on NBC with Milbury being on that crew. How anyone could take anything he said seriously is beyond me. He is not only one of THE worst coaches in the histroy of the NHL (Rick Bowness of all people managed a better career as Islanders Coach, I’d even take Lorne Henning as anything touched somewhat by Al Arbour has to be better then Mike) but he is easily one of the worst GMs in the history of sports.Bertuzzi for Linden, Chara and a first for Yashin, Jokinen and Luongo for Parrish and Kvesha, Berrard for Potvin, the list goes on and on. He also can’t use the excuse that he didn’t have any money, as the Senators in a worse market and worse financial situation managed to put together better teams.

  4. Sean says:

    Im almost positive that Versus wants the Penquins to win Game 3 and then set up a huge make-or-break Game 4. Would the Wings raising the Cup in a blowout sweep mean anything to people outside of Detroit?

    This series is 2-2 going back for Game 5. And I predict a barrage of Penquins power plays like in their Game 3 vs. the Capitals as Gary Bettman gets his David Stern on.

  5. blurt says:

    Glen Sather is the biggest fraud in the history of hockey.

  6. Danimal says:

    NBC does need to polish up its studio show again IMO. They don’t have to dump any of the personalities, but tweak the format. In particular, I don’t really like the use of Pierre from ice-level while Darren and Mike are on the concourse or way up top.

  7. Scotty says:

    Personally I like Darren and Mike on the intermission report. I agree Pierre has got to go. I think bring in a host (see the list of possibilities above) and just slide Darren and Mike over a spot.

  8. glenn says:

    i’m a canadian living in the USA. i miss the professionalism of the CBC broadcasts when watching NBC. give me a live feed of CBC anyday over NBC.

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