NHL Playoffs, NBC Networks, and Composite Sticks

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Roenick & Milbury argue01_PMBOSTON, MA – Since the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began almost two weeks ago there have been some observations worthy of conversation here at MTM.  Even if you’re a casual fan of what has been called a niche sport by some of this site’s commentators, maybe these items are on your mind as well.  Hey, at least there are some folks joining the banter and you should, too and join our slow-growing sports family.

Sometimes you have to give credit where it’s due, even if the compliment is deserving of Gary Bettmannakedhockeyart1It’s only a guess that he orchestrated the current television deal – because he choreographs everything from work to intestinal stoppages regarding hockey – but the idea of airing every game of every series in every round of the NHL Playoffs is a stroke of frogging genius.  The start times are staggered by a half hour to an hour on the NBC family of networks and allows a hockey nut like me to skip the in-between-periods bull-sh*tting of Keith Jones, Mike “The Shoe” Milbury, or Jeremy Roenick and other “hosers” from north of the border and enjoy wall-to-wall hockey for six hours straight on a weekday night.  Bravo Monsieur Bettman and merci beaucoup.

Two-goal leads in these playoffs have been like a sexually transmitted disease–fun to get but once you have one there’s a propensity to give it away.  As of Friday night’s action, roughly one-third of the playoff games have seen a two or three goal lead pissed away and the same fraction of overtime games which is or isn’t a result of choking on a lead.  While it may appear that multiple-goal leads are monkey business, I do have a favorite new commercial played often on NBCSN.

I don’t know how many of you’ve ever played hockey but you spent ten bucks on a wooden stick and if you broke the blade which was common during the course of play, you cut the shaft (insert joke here) and then a plastic blade was attached and the wooden stick became a street hockey stick.  Fast forward to 2014 and the wonderful world of the man-made composite stick which sets back parents $200 for a piece of crap littering the ice faster than headgear after a hat trick.  Watch a period of one game if it kills you and you’ll see an inordinate number of the hallowed out “composhit” breaking at various portions of the stick with little reason as to the blowout.  As natural as the competition is the sticks should be the same–go back to wood!  I’ll blame Bettman.

Thankfully, the second round of the playoffs means no more CBC feeds featuring bed-wetting Canadian hockey apologist and play-by-play man Jim Hughson.  It’s disgusting listening to this homer for the Canucks or Maple Leafs or, as in this year’s only playoff team from up north, the Canadiens.  Adieu, Jim as good ol’ American broadcasts are all we get from the next round through the Cup Finals.

If I missed something that you’ve noticed, drop a comment. And check back in tomorrow for West Coast Craig.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb - twice. The Cheese Man's a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward's Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won't shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.
  • Big Blue 56

    The Bruins always get away with garbage. People need to stop whining about it and just play.

    • Cheesybruin

      The Bruins are almost always ranked in the bottom five in man advantage chances and the Red Wings had seven power-play opportunities yesterday so I’m not sure what your comment is based upon.

      • Junoir Blaber

        I am angry Lucic is still playing

        • Cheesybruin

          Get well, Junesie!

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            Cheesy, when are you and Grote2DMax moving to Boston? Just get it over with. #CowboyUp

        • GrindingAxWalter

          Cheesy’s commentary on sticks must be inspired by Lucic’s using his to go 5 hole on DeKeyser!

  • AngryWard

    I am sick over the Wild loss last night in Colorado. We had it, fer crissakes. I hate Colorado. I totally get why Nicholson went crazy out there.

    • Cheesybruin

      Ward, you know how much I like and have supported Mike Yeo in the past but I think last night’s lead-sitting (the second such loss of the series) sealed his fate. That philosophy went out of date when helmets became mandatory. The Wild showed great resolve down two games so the onions are there to overcome this loss, too. Keep the faith.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Two words: Brian Bellows.
        http://youtu.be/1MNA0_n32Hc

        • AngryWard

          Since when is calling someone a t*t-f**ker a heckle? Trottier was and still is a Canadian douche of the highest order.

          • Cheesybruin

            One of the dirtiest c*nts ever to play the game! Those Islanders teams were dirtbag royalty.

  • Harlem Shaskys

    You’re all invited to see some real – and free – baseball at 7pm tonight! After the Rangers and Mets win… Come see our season 21 opener at DeWitt Clinton of 54th and 11th!

    • Cheesybruin

      What’s baseball?

      • jgclancy

        Nice one , Cheesy!

        • Cheesybruin

          You taught me well, Clancy!

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        It’s a game that requires balls, boxes, mounds and swingers.

        • GrindingAxWalter

          I’m telling your mother

  • jgclancy

    Well, my A’s are still in first place – nice. Mets back to their normal way of blowing a lead and NOT coming back to win. Yankees – no one cares. NASCAR – did get a nice video of a sucker punch in the pits but don’t know who won or anything. NBA – now the country knows what I’ve said for years – Sterling is scum. Otherwise, no one cares.
    It’s sunny and I have my coffee so that’s good…we, “the Knights who say Niche” will watch the Ranger game even if it is on at noon. Hockey is not a noontime niche sport dammit!

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Your A’s always manage to get F’s in the playoffs. Just sayin’…

      • jgclancy

        As long as we get to the playoffs :)

        • vinny from brooklyn

          don’t think the met or a’s will make it. not with farnsworth!

    • GrindingAxWalter

      Clancy, your A’s will only get beat by my Tigers in the playoffs, as usual. Just saying……

      • jgclancy

        It can’t happen three years in a row…or can it?

  • Junoir Blaber

    Playoff hockey is more intense than playoff basketball or baseball

    • GrindingAxWalter

      You are absolutely on target, my concussed MTM cohort!. GO RANGERS!

  • Big Fat Toad

    Go Flyers!

  • jgclancy

    Rangers 2-0 in the 2nd That is all.

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