Awesome FOX Sitcom That You Don’t Watch Because of Poor First Season Features Miracle on Ice Team

I swear to you all, American Dad is a great show.  Sure, it’s first season was unequivocally terrible, but the show developed into one of the strangest, surrealistic, hilarious shows on TV.  Give it a shot this Sunday when Mike Eruzione and Rob McClanahan show up in Langley Falls:

When Stan admits that his heroes include Ronald Reagan and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, including Michael Eruzione and Rob McClanahan (guest-voicing as themselves), Roger confesses that he played on the team as Chex LeMeneux. But when Roger comes clean that he took steroids to win, they both lose.

American Dad airs Sunday at 9:30 PM ET.  Watch it after the USA/Canada game.  Have a good weekend.

Day 3 of Men’s Hockey! Now With Less Scheduling Conflict!

Belarus vs. Sweden, 3PM, MSNBC

Czech Republic vs. Latvia, 7:30PM, CNBC

Finland vs. Germany, Midnight, MSNBC

Look, Maybe We Should All Calm Down

What’s done is done, we all can’t change it whatsoever.  Let’s try and relax and let things be with the NBC folks.  The good folks from NBC have this statement with regards to the overrun:

“Overruns are inherent to sports and we understand they can be frustrating for television viewers. Our six platforms are providing the most Winter Olympic hockey coverage ever and all hockey games are streamed on NBCOlympics.com.”

Alright, I’m going to let it go.  At least until next week.  I recommend it for everyone else.  We’ll all be much healthier mentally.  The fact is, the games have happened, there’s no more women’s games in the way of men’s games to bunch up the slate even further, so… move on I suppose.  Elaborate on any other complaints in the comments.

Hockey Action the Next Two Days on NBC Universal

CABLE:
Live on MSNBC, a double dose of men’s hockey with Belarus taking on Sweden and Finland facing off against Germany.  CNBC is all live, with men’s and women’s curling and men’s ice hockey.

Friday, February 19 (DAY 8)
MSNBC
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Belarus vs. Sweden (LIVE)

Midnight – 3:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Finland vs. Germany (LIVE)

CNBC
5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Czech Republic vs. Latvia (LIVE)

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: The men’s tournament continues with LIVE action featuring the teams that met for gold in 2006; the defending Olympic gold medalists from Sweden take on Belarus while defending silver medalist Finland clashes with Germany.

Saturday, February 20 (DAY 9)

Cable
MSNBC
Noon – 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Switzerland vs. Norway (LIVE)

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Slovakia vs. Latvia (LIVE)

Midnight – 3:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Belarus vs. Germany (LIVE)

Chicago-Detroit the March 7th Game of the Week

NEW YORK – Feb. 18, 2010 – The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.

This rivalry – no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other – is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

This season, Chicago has been led to the top of the Central Division and second place in the Western Conference by their young dynamic Olympic duo of American Patrick Kane and Canadian Jonathan Toews. The Red Wings counter with their own talent-laden roster, including Olympians Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. A fixture at the top of the standings for the past two decades and the two-time defending Western Conference champions, the Red Wings will head to Chicago in unfamiliar territory: battling for a playoff spot.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The March 7 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 18, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET.

Hockey Quotes From Yesterday and Late Night Before

USA NETWORK

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: USA vs. NORWAY

Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury (Studio Analysts), Mike Emrick (Play-by-play), Ed Olczyk (Analyst), Pierre McGuire (Reporter)

USA: 6 Norway: 1

OLCZYK ON TEAM USA’S DAVID BACKES: “David Backes has that ability to be able to go around you or even doesn’t mind going right through you and running you into the third or fourth row.”

OLCZYK ON TEAM USA’S DUSTIN BROWN:”You know what’s amazing? If you were to ask Dean Lombardi when people call the L.A. Kings, who’s the one player he always gets asked about in terms of trading? Everybody wants Dustin Brown. He never takes a short cut. When he arrives, he arrives, in ill humor, and he’s a very intelligent kid and a fantastic teammate and leader.”

TEAM USA’S JACK JOHNSON ON WALKING IN TO THE OPENING CEREMONY: “Just before we came out of the tunnel you could hear the roar of the crowd and see the lights and how spectacular the whole thing was; that’s when it really set in, that this is really as big as it gets. It was worth every minute it took to get there and probably the coolest experience I’ve ever had in my life. It was a real honor and a privilege to walk alongside the other athletes from my country. I got to share it with my family too which is really important and got the full Olympic experience.”

CNBC

5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

MEN’S HOCKEY: CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SLOVAKIA

Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick (Analyst), Mike Milbury (Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst) Czech Republic: 3 Slovakia: 1

ROENICK ON THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA: “We knew that these teams do not like each other. There’s no love lost, and they are going after each other. This is by far the most intense game that we’ve seen so far this Olympics.”

MICHELETTI ON CZECH REPUBLIC’S TOMAS VOKOUN: “The goaltending of that man right there, Tomas Vokoun, has been stellar this game.”

CNBC, Men’s Hockey:
Canada 3 vs. Switzerland 2, OT
Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury (Studio Analysts), Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), Ed Olczyk (Analyst), Joe Micheletti (Reporter)

Milbury on the game: “This was a classic game. You’ve been there, I’ve been there when you are trying to slay the dragon. Everything has to go just right. In the end, reality showed up in the form of Sidney Crosby.”

Roenick on Switzerland: “You cannot underestimate Switzerland. They are going to keep coming at you and coming at you. They are relentless, and they showed that tonight.”

Emrick: “Haven’t seen many like this. Sidney Crosby wins it in a shoot out.”

Patrick on Canada’s goaltending: “There is no doubt that Team Canada has a good goaltending situation.”

MSNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey:
USA 6 vs. Finland 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

Mleczko on women’s hockey: “Over the years, women’s hockey has grown. The players have gotten stronger and they’ve gotten faster. Here you see how much more skilled they are.”

Mleczko on USA’s Jessie Vetter: “She is one of those goaltenders that her teammates love to play in front of and part of it is because of how she stops the puck. A lot of it is how her demeanor is; she’s very calm and very relaxed, she smiles.”