The third period of the Blues/Penquins game tonight (3-3 final) was one of the
better periods of hockey I've seen played this year. Rather than giving the
All-Star game to the non-fans (in the states), they should show them a third
period like this. I only have one question for all those out there in Penquin
country (KDL or KBL, not sure of the station)...
Who told those two Penquin TV characters that they were announcers? They were
the absolute worst broadcast team I've ever heard in any sport at any time on
Hull is chasing Murphy out of the Penquin zone, stick-checking him from behind.
Well, Murphy pulls a wiley-veteran kind of move and throws his head back then
puts his hands up to cover his face. It looked like he got hit in the face.
Faucette sends Hull off with a minor for high-sticking. Before the replay,
these two (announcers) were going off on what an obvious penalty it was.
Looking at the replay, Hull's stick didn't appear to hit him in the face, and
then the play-by-play man just kind of resigned the outrage he felt at Hull
getting "one of our guys" when he saw that it was Murphy taking a dive for a
power play. Murphy made it look good, so all the power to him (and his team).
Now with about :30 seconds left in the game, a Pen got Brendan Shanahan (I
believe) up around the face (or so it appeared again). This time the two
didn't have much to say, and the audience got to see only one quick replay.
Actually, now that I think about it, I think Tocchet's stick may have speared
him as he went by. Like I said, they only showed it once (as opposed to the
five times for the Murphy incident, until they got what they didn't want to
see). Then with only a couple seconds left on the clock, Hull was over yelling
something at his own bench, and the play-by-play guy says "Keep yapping,
Hullie." Here's one of the classiest and talented players in the league
involved in a good game, and that's all he can come up with.
I guess what I'm trying to ask (rather direct manner, don't you think?) is how
can all those out there who have to watch this crew stand it?
The list of verbal, homering crimes goes on and on, as all those with an
objective view of the mentioned game will attest. The only good thing that
either of them had to say was the color man, and that was about a few good
saves by Joseph. The only trip Pitt will make to St. Louis this year, and not
one mention of the talented Brett Hull (in a respectful manner), or the way
Janney carries the blueline, only "God, where are the penalties, there are two
blown calls" for nice Blue defensive plays and "Joey Mullen with the nice
check" for the same from the Penguins. Who are these guys, and who told
them they could announce a hockey game?
"It is we who are your fire dogs!"
Any Penquin fans, enlighten me, especially if you have to listen to them to
watch a game and your kid ripped the volume control off the set.
And someone tell him Murray Baron is an ex-Flyer, not an ex-Bruin.
I know, I'm babbling...