>1- they force playoff games to be on sunday AFTERNOON instead of sunday
>evening. This means I miss half the games due to family committments (a
>personal problem I know).
So that doesn't count.
>2- they force teams to play 2 games back to back instead of having a day to
>recover in between. How many teams will loose games, nay entire playoff
>series, because of exhaustion?
Er, don't they get an extra day of rest beforehand? So this doesn't count
>3- they have 15 or 20 commercial breaks a period. Sometimes these breaks
>force a stoppage in play causing teams to lose momentum and giving someone
>a chance to recover when the pressure is on. This is no good.
Agreed to a point. Haven't you heard all the complaining about FOX missing
peices of action because they're away at commercial? Apparently they're not
holding the game up all that much. But the games are definitely taking longer
when FOX covers them.
>4- their announcers usually suck. Either they're asleep or they get the
>players' names wrong or they natter incessantly (mike emrick) or are
>flaming homers (john davidson)
JD is only a homer when it comes to the Rangers. I'm sorry you don't like Mike,
but he's a well respected play by play man and is considered one of the best.
I have firsthand knowledge that ESPN is not happy about losing him.
>5- those fuking robots. This is hockey, not a SEGA game. Lose those fuking
Oh, calm down. They're trying to attract young fans, they only run these
things during stoppages so you're not missing anything. I hate 'em to, but
in the scheme of things this is pretty minor. Really. At least you're getting
>6- worst of all, fuking Fox will have exclusive rights to games 1, 4, 7 of
>finals. All poorly done, making the experience a shitty one.
Your dislike for Emrick and JD and the robots is all you're complaints boil
down to. Pretty weak if you ask me.
>Thank God I have ESPN2. They make Fox and ESPN look like shit.
You gotta be kidding. Darren Pang? Steve Levy and Tom Mees (?) doing play
by play? And you *** about Emrick and JD? You're nuts, jack...:-)
I had a chance to compare CBC and FOX with the first FLYERS Ranger game, and
I thought FOX blew CBC away. I'm gonna get flamed big time for saying this
sacrelige, but here goes...
I have a satellite dish, so I get CBC and all the FOX telecasts. I'm also a
FLYERS season ticket holder and naturally am going to all of the playoff
games. When I go to games, I usually tape the game so that I can see replays
and get rulings that I missed at the game because I only saw it once, that sort
One of the joys of my new dish was the ability to watch HNIC every Saturday
night, and nightly during the playoffs. I've thoroughly enjoyed the coverage,
there are definitely some quality people on the broadcasts. And Don Cherry is
worth watching all by himself...:-)
For game 1 I wanted to tape the CBC feed, but I was worried that I'd pick the
wrong transponder and get the Detroit game instead, so on the VCR hooked up
to the dish I taped CBC, on the other VCR I taped FOX.
1/2 way through watching the CBC tape I got so frustrated that I switched
tapes and finished the game on FOX, and to my surprise FOX blew them away. At
least on this game. First off, I'm a huge fan of Mike Emrick, I thought his
play by play was easily superior. Second, I got sooo sick and tired of not
being told who commited penalties, what the penalty was and when it happened.
Sorry, I don't have any access to real time box scores, I want to know this
information. FOX had more and better angles on replays, the "end zone view"
is a wonderful innovation. The last straw was when there was a power play, but
CBC decided to show the Sharks instead. They cut back to the FLYERS game just
in time to see the puck enter the net. All the people griping about FOX missing
a goal, well, if they could have scored a little faster (we missed about 30
seconds of action I think), CBC would have missed it. They did miss everything
that led up to it, then couldn't be bothered to queue up a fast replay to show
us what happened.
The FOX intermission shows don't even compare to CBC's, I can certainly live
without Brown and Maloney. But for coverage of the game itself FOX was far
superior. Even with the stupid robots...
pete clark - rsh FLYERS contact