Before I begin my rip session, let me say a kind word or two about TSN and NBC's Pierre McGuire. As hockey insiders go, he's one of the best. Aside from TSN's Bob McKenzie, McGuire is as good as anyone when it comes to trade rumors and behind the scenes knowledge. With that said, I never want to see him on NBC again.
I've never been one to get in to the whole "East Coast Bias" thing that a lot of midwest and west coast fans feel and talk about. I just don't think it that big of a deal. It's where most announcers are from, so the bias is natural.
My beef with McGuire is different. It has nothing to do with regional biases. McGuire's bias is much harder to define. At first glance, the bias would appear to be for teams that play "physical, old school" hockey, like the Philadelphia Flyers allegedly play, but how do you explain his over the top love for the Detroit Red Wings?
Last night, I almost expected him to say, "Chicago's lucky Detroit isn't here." Instead, we got hit over the head with 2.5 hours of Dan Carcillo verbal fellatio. It was so bad, I'm expecting to see a $14.99 charge on my next cable bill.
In the second intermission, the trio of McGuire, Jeremy Roenick, and Mike Milbury were discussing how difficult it would be for the Flyers to recover if they went down 0-2 to Chicago. JR and Milbury acknowledged that they'd pretty much be done, but there was Pierre, Flyers poms poms waving, saying, "I've seen this team come back down 0-3 to the Boston Bruins." Immediately Roenick and Milbury rolled their eyes, clearly tired of McGuire's agenda. Both commentators shot Pierre down, saying the Bruins aren't the Hawks, and it will be nearly impossible for Philly to come back.
The verbal "money shot" of the program happened when McGuire suggested that Joel Quenneville was intentionally keeping Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook off the ice when Carcillo was on. His logic was that Q didn't want his star defensemen getting hurt by an aggressive Carcillo check. How absurd can you be?
Maybe Q kept #2 and #7 off the ice because Nik Hjalmarsson and Brian Campbell could handle a thug of his talent level on their own.
Newsflash Pierre. Dan Carcillo is a dime a dozen player. Oh! He has wild hair and a silly ass moustache. Guess what. He's Adam Burish with ice time. Keith and Seabrook have bigger fish to fry than a glorified beer leaguer.
So congrats to NBC and Pierre McGuire for embarrassing themselves with a 2.5 hour love fest for a player who played 11 minutes, and finished -1 with three hits...the biggest of which came against a teammate.
Maybe for game 5 (if necessary), NBC can focus the entire broadcast on Cristobal Huet. That would be time just as well spent.
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