NHL 1st Round Playoff Thoughts,TSN Commentator Commentary, and The Pwning of Pierre McGuire.
As the first round of NHL playoffs comes to a close, 5 SDC Blogs readers have had their picks advance to round 2 of the Double Championship contest. Congrats to Adam Whitmore, Grant McMillan, Casey Fodor, Rob Cunning, and Rich Abney for living to fight another day. I am a little hurt by Drew Doughty and LA’s early exit, but I’ll get over it. Good thing I specified that contestants have until the completion of the final first round series to make their selections. Still time to vote!
Now, on with some hockey thoughts….
As many long-time readers will know, I have a healthy distain for TSN/NBC hockey announcer, Pierre McGuire. It’s generally due to his hyper-sensationalizing of insignificant plays, and ludicrous and completely incorrect game assessments. He’s got a reputation for creeping out other announcers, like Darren Dutchysen. From time to time, he gets paired up with former NHL player, coach, and GM, Mike Milbury. Though no stranger to schizo opinions himself, Milbury put Pierre right in his place the other night, saying to McGuire, “Let’s have an intelligent conversation about this, so you keep real quiet.”
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Exactly what everyone else wants to say to him, but can’t because they’re worried about staying professional. When in doubt, get a former NHL cementhead tough guy to do your dirty work. What’s doubly great is that Milbury’s so much physically bigger than him, that when he verbally belittles him on a TV broadcast, Pierre looks like he just got his lunch money stolen, and though he’s mad, he knows retaliation will mean being housed in a locker, or having his hair washed in the toilet.
How Pierre McGuire continues to be employed as a broadcaster boggles my mind. I know I’m not the only one who thinks so either; there are multiple facebook groups dedicated to his stupidity and/or professional demise. Dave Hodge is another guy that I can’t figure out how he keeps earning a paycheque. The guy’s hosted way too many shows that have all gone up in smoke, and his hair’s way to grandfatherly looking to be allowed on the air still. It’s like he keeps convincing the TSN brass to give him another chance, “Look, I know ‘That’s Hockey’, ‘Inside Sports’, and ‘The Reporters’ , were all bad gigs, but I’m telling you, I can make the next one work, honest! Please-please-please-please-please come on I really need this… I got these cheeseburgers man!”
I long for the “Sportsdesk” days (pre-ESPN corporate buyout ‘Sportscentre’), the days of Gino Reda, Michael Landsberg, Teresa Hegert, Paul Romanuk, and the all powerful moustache of Jim Van Horne. Merge them with the likes of today’s talent, Darren Dutchysen, James Duthie, Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, and Jennifer Hedger, and you’ve got a roster that’ll send McGuire and Hodge their pink slips quicker than Vancouver and Montreal fans hang their star players out to dry after they are eliminated from the playoffs every year.
Speaking of eliminations, the Devils are gone. But did you see some of the saves Brodeur made in that series against Philadelphia? I guarantee that if Brodeur had made more saves like this one during the Olympics, Canada would’ve rode him to the gold medal:
From that same series, don’t you hate it when dusters like Dan Carcillo score; especially OT winners? These guys contribute nothing offensively all year (unless you count the ways he offends everyone with his appearance and playing style), and then they happen to find themselves playing on a line with 2 good players to protect them, they’re in the right place at the right time once or twice, score, and then always act like their dirty style and roster spot is so justified after; like there weren’t a million players that couldn’t have scored those tap-in’s just as easily.
Does it amaze anyone else that after 23 years of Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry still doesn’t know how much time he has left for his segment, nor is he able to say everything he wants to in the amount of allotted time that has been the same since the beginning?