Hey, it’s Game 3, and it’s a TV Guide and Open Thread

8:00 PM ET, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh, Game 3 (DET Leads 2-0)

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Reporters: Chris Simpson and Bob Harwood

National TV (CANADA): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman

14 Responses to Hey, it’s Game 3, and it’s a TV Guide and Open Thread

  1. nosferatu says:

    Hey, nice postgame show, Versus. That lasted all of what, six seconds? Five? This is one embarrassing promotional ploy, going right into half an hour of Sports Soup before ANY recap of the game.

    And people wonder why we bitch and moan about Versus.

  2. Sandy Finlayson says:

    Versus programming choices are just so stupid. Hockey Night in Canada had 15 minutes or so after the game then a live online post game show on their website….


  3. Trizent says:

    Doesn’t ESPN cut away immediately after their events as well?

    • nosferatu says:

      Two wrongs don’t make a right. This was a shameful ploy, at best.

      And a difference with ESPN: For an event of this scale, the only thing they would cut away to (without any recap/highlights) would be Sportscenter, where they would immediately, or soon thereafter, give highlights/analysis/interviews of the game.

      I can’t stand watching ESPN. I prefer watching events on ANY other network. I don’t understand why Versus has to make me question that attitude. I don’t mind the game broadcast itself; they’ve improved their camera-work, and the announcers are good when Beninati’s not part of the crew. The problems really lie in production. The studio show is abysmally boring (the personalities, or lack thereof; the dark studio), the scoreboard and other graphics are obtrusive; they can never manage to set up the game well (instead of airing the cheering crowd and players skating onto the ice, they show previously-filmed shots of players warming up and show their talking heads)…need I go on?

      • Keith says:

        You’re absolutely right about Versus putting Sports Soup on immediately shameful. For all we complain about ESPN, they would have SportsCenter following the game immediately and go right to their studio crew, like they have done with the NBA.

      • Scotty says:

        I missed the game tonight did they really go straight to sports soup and come back for a wrap up? If so how long did that last? Also you guys are right about ESPN they’d have the announcer toss it to sportscenter, then sportscenter would immediatly go to the on site crew, for a Finals like this. In fact I think ABC will be tossing things to ESPN for the elaborate postgame of the NBA Finals.

  4. PJ says:

    Meier Raivich of Versus just emailed that there would be a Game 3 wrapup show after Sports Soup. If it were me, I would make the full show available for viewing on Versus.com, but I wil tivo it.

  5. Chief says:

    NHL Net to be more widely distributed on Comcast:


  6. Trizent says:

    Good reminder about NHL NET, they have live postgame and press conferences immediately at the conclusion of the game.

  7. Tim says:

    Yeah, it was a bad decision. Does this really mean we need to go crawling back to ESPN and beg them for whatever scheduling scraps they deign to toss our way, though?

  8. Sean says:

    Is this the designated spot where people just come to bitch and moan about EVERYTHING?

    There was just an amazing Game 3 with a ton of action setting up a mega Game 4 and we’re bitching that Versus had their post-game show 30 minutes later? OH MY GOD!! THE WORLD IS ENDING!! WHERE IS ESPN?!?!?! Does Fox hang around for 30 minutes after a World Series game that isn’t the clincher? uhh, no. Do baseball fans congregate and plead for ESPN to take over? uhh, no.

    I can’t really fault Versus for taking advantage of what may be the biggest audience in their history to showcase a show they are high on (I think it sucks, but whatever) that had Will Ferrell on it.

    And if you were extremely desperate to hear postgame comments, ESPNews did do a little postgame thing.

  9. Scotty says:

    Yes Game 3 was great but this site is called puck the media, where you come to talk about the way the game was covered. Thats why the bitching and moaning. And no we don’t need a postgame, its just something to discuss. And honestly ESPN takes over everything anyway, Leavy was on right after the game but in order for the NHL to grow on tv their partners need to make the viewer happy, this did not do it.

  10. Colton says:

    I don’t know how people can complain about the coverage of the Stanley Cup Final.

    In Canada, all of the games are on CBC which is in basically every home that has a television. The games are covered like the Superbowl. TSN, Sportsnet and The Score only talk about hockey. There’s postgame, pregame on the internet with CBC. There’s the NHL Network also.

    In the United States, there’s good coverage on ESPN and ESPNews. They have their own crew onsite and as well as others back in Bristol to talk about the game. Versus and NBC have the game and cover them for 3 hours. The NHL Network has tons of pregame and postgame coverage.

    NHL.com also has plenty of coverage with interviews and interesting stories.

    The Stanley Cup Finals coverage has been the most comprehensive maybe in history, yet people are still complaining about it.

    Maybe that’s because that’s all we (hockey fans) do is whine and complain.

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