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Comcast's Coverage Schedule

I've received a number of emails today asking about Comcast's schedule for the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Caps and Pens. Here's what I just received from the network:

Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports television, will continue to bring viewers the most comprehensive coverage of Alex Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals as they move on to face rival Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup conference semifinals, beginning Saturday, May 2. The network will carry Game 4, and Games 5, 6, and 7 if necessary, in high definition exclusively in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area.
Throughout the conference semifinals, Comcast SportsNet will air Capitals Postgame Live immediately following Games 1, 2 and 4, and 5, 6 and 7 if necessary, regardless of the network carrying the game broadcast.
During the 2009 first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers, Comcast SportsNet also received the highest rating of the year with a 4.0 for Game 7 in the D.C. area.

Game 1 is on NBC and Games 2 and 3 are on Versus.

As for how the network's pre-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby affects Caps coverage, Dan Steinberg has the details on the Bog.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 29, 2009; 2:51 PM ET
 
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Crosby's picture's for game 1,2 and 5 and 7 if needed will be in the toilets..

Posted by: SA-Town | April 29, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

That's too bad. How'm I gonna watch Game 3?

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

@sonyask, you can buy a week of hockeystreams.com for very little if you don't mind watching an HD feed online on your computer. It's only $13.99 for an entire month and you get every game of every series. I don't have cable TV at home and I watch away games on my laptop.

Posted by: saintex | April 29, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Joe B and Locker are far better than the NBC goons! Wonder if Joe will also get the nod for the VS broadcasts of 2 and 3?

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | April 29, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Hm... I'm wondering if NYC Time Warner will actually show the game on versus OR if they will continue the pattern of saying it will be shown on Versus and then show ultimate fighting instead. Guess I'll have to call them.

Half expecting NYC to block out all images of the playoffs from now on so they can pretend it doesnt exist...

Posted by: mrszilla | April 29, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Can anybody tell me why my Tivo recorded 2.5 hours of ultimate fighting crap last night on Versus instead of the game 7 clincher? Eventually they joined the game just in time for the hand shaking. Crappy network.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | April 29, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks saintex. I've watched some pirated streams, but they're pretty bad. Maybe I'll pick that up.

And picking up on the last thread, I agree with you that the booing is immature. Indeed, in that situation last night I thought it was pretty idiotic. 1-1, game 7. It was nerve-wracking, but ya gotta believe. In fact, I give the fans a huge assist for keeping the puck in the zone as the game would down. The players have let us know over and over what we've done for them. Let's stick with the winning formula.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, can you please find out if Joe B will be doing the Versus games?

I do not comment here often, and do not ask for much lol.

Thanks.

Posted by: cj658 | April 29, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Guys,
This was not Versus fault. A large percentage of the time the NHL requires Versus to blackout the game in local markets. This is to ensure that Comcast gets good ratings.

Posted by: Natstural | April 29, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Versus showing MMA was due to local blackouts. I was at the game last night but the other VS games this week worked that way. Guide said VS and CSN, VS was blackout MMA and game was shown on CSN.

Posted by: Padow1 | April 29, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Versus instead of Comcast, not happy
NBC with Mike Millbury instead of Comcast -- pissed off

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 29, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just me but I have two very strict rules:

1) Never boo my own team
2) Never leave early

If I'm really a fan of a team, I'm going to love them whether they win or lose. Oh I'll yell at them, tell them what they are doing wrong etc, but booing the whole team? No way. Maybe I've just been to too many Caps loses over the years and am jaded but if I stuck with them through "rebuilding" bs etc etc then I'll stick with them through just about anything.

That said, maybe it helped last night...? Woke them up? Who knows, personally I still wouldn't have done it.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 29, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@Wiley_One1

I have noticed that a couple of games from the Rangers series that were supposed to be on Versus (they were advertised as such) were blacked out and the broadcast was actually on CSN. I figured that was only the local thing since, for example, analysts on NHL Network TV were using Versus highlights. I guess the same thing happened last night (as you probably know by now, it was on CSN).

Posted by: StanislavNS | April 29, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

this is so unfair. The local coverage is dependable and of far better quality than that given the national carriers, especially NBC. Doc Emerick and Pierre McGuire are perhaps the worst commentators in all of sports - their dorky demeanor and lack of telegenesis holds the league back in a lot of ways. I've heard people say that Emerick calls an awesome game - i have NO idea what they're talking about. I've been watching him since back in the fox days and can't stand his voice and find nothing substantive to his analysis. McGuire's "bench insight" and awkward in-game interviews from the bench are god-awful and never ever contribute anything of meaning to the game. Half the time, its evident that the coach/player resents the distraction and stupid questions he asks. This is not to mention his "debates" with Milbury, perhaps an american rip-off of Coach's Corner.

The NHL needs to renew its ESPN contract and fast. That is the best national coverage, especially insight from Melrose and the best play/color team in the game: Gary Thorne and BIll Clement.

Posted by: fronesis1016 | April 29, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Wiley_One1, mrszilla,
Round one games were not Versus exclusive games, meaning CSN and whatever station had the Rangers' rights showed the games and "blacked out" the Versus feed. So if you weren't DC or NYC area, you saw the game on Versus, otherwise CSN or the Rangers' network.

Posted by: koalatek | April 29, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Joe B and Locker are far better than the NBC goons! Wonder if Joe will also get the nod for the VS broadcasts of 2 and 3?

Posted by: fricknoutstandin

Yes. If you want to hear two old ladies speak about everything but what is going on the ice while you are trying to watch a game. Too bad they will be back for some of the other games.

Comcast, Ted, Abe, or whoever is responsible for those two idiots, give hockey fans a break ...


Posted by: hock1 | April 29, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

C'mon people. Comcast is a second rate network. Their HD quality is below that of Versus and NBC. Joe B is fine, but it's also nice to get a national perspective on these games. And let's not even start with the ancillary talent on CSN...or more accurately the complete lack thereof. Smokin' one exempted, of course.

Posted by: TCJR2000 | April 29, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

NHL on ESPN sucked just as bad back then. Hockey was still barely mentioned outside of games, the announcers were just as Rangers-biased and clueless. The only thing ESPN had going was more Western conference games.

Posted by: koalatek | April 29, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

NBC = Anti Caps, Mike Millbury is a tool.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@ koalatek

So just to be sure, so Games 2 and 3 are not on CSN so we can be SURE they will be broadcast locally on Versus? Because it would suck to be watching fighting because of some mistake.

Posted by: jhamond1 | April 29, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

My cable doesn't provide me with Versus. How can I watch the game?

Posted by: Dellis2 | April 29, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

@TC

Those bozo's on NBC didn't give a national perspective, they cried about non calls on Caps, how can the Rangers get back in this game, this is what they need to do, blah blah. How about the Caps are dominatiing this game in every phase, some credit, FOOLS. Up yours national perspective. Others share my enthusiasm...I'm sure

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If anyone needs more information about the blackouts and/or the TV schedule, search for my posts over the last two weeks. Most of them are about TV coverage. I'm a geek, but I'm your geek, fellow Caps fans! :P

TCJR2000: Versus' HD picture and sound are demonstrably worse than CSN's. You are probably thinking that the few "widescreen" games on CSN were HD, and thus you think their HD sucks. Those games *WERE* widescreen, but were *NOT* HD. (The playoffs have been HD through and through.) And NBC's HD picture has improved a lot after a transition to an MPEG-4 backend. NBC does have the best in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, however. Versus doesn't have *ANY* DD5.1 even though they still insert metadata into the feed that says DD5.1. CSN has DD5.1, but it's not nearly as clean as NBC. So I guess the short story is that there's more to it than you think. Agreed on the ancillary talent and your exemption, though! :)

Everyone needs to be really loud on Saturday, just like we were last night. The nation will hear us loud and clear in some of the finest audio available to the television-viewing public. To make for a more authentic in-home viewing experience, crank up the rear speakers a bit (to enhance crowd noise), and turn the center speaker down a bit (to reduce commentator noise).

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 29, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Can anybody tell me why my Tivo recorded 2.5 hours of ultimate fighting crap last night on Versus instead of the game 7 clincher? Eventually they joined the game just in time for the hand shaking. Crappy network.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | April 29, 2009 3:23 PM |

Not sure if someone already answered this but it was blacked out on vs. because it was broadcasted locally on ComcastSportsNet

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Dellis,

Go to a bar or restaurant that carries it.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok guys - here's a question:

Would you rather have Al Koken and Craig Laughlin calling the game or the NBC guys?

Personally I would rather have the NBC guys.

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 29, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Also - I have long hated NBC coverage of the Caps during the playoffs because of anti-cap bias, but lately they seem to LOVE Ovechkin. Like the game earlier this year between Caps-Pens they did a whole segment in between periods about how Ovechkin was the best player in the NHL.

Back in the day it was TERRIBLE. Caps vs. Bruins in '98. I'll never forget how bummed the announcers were when the Bruins lost one game I was watching.

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 29, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Who's coming to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4? I live in Pittsburgh--am NOT a Pens fan but am a HUGE CAPS FAN--and want to go to either Game 3 or 4. Want to know where you're getting tix and what section you're sitting in. I want to ROCK THE RED with Caps fans, not among Pens fans.

Posted by: redrocker2 | April 29, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess my complaint is with the dummies at the company that provides the listings for Tivo. Seems like they should know when a game is blacked out so that stuff doesn't happen. I was at the game, but I like to review certain plays when I get home. For the rest of the playoffs, I guess I will have to schedule manual recordings to avoid that issue. And, fire off a nasty-gram to the listings guys as soon as I figure out who they are.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | April 29, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@redrocker2 me and 3 of my buddies went to MSG for game 6 in NY. We are looking to go to Pittsburgh!

PS- @CAPSFANS do not sell your tickets to Pens fans. Verizon is our house, they will be coming in packs! You know how it is.

Posted by: strkfitrsqdrn14ao | April 29, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

For those of you that have a basic cable plan with RCN, I called them up about my disappointment that I was not getting Versus and they gave me a special "sports package" for an extra $5 month. In addition to Versus, you also get the NHL Network and it has been well worth the cost!

Posted by: putthebiscuitinthebasket | April 29, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Ralph,

Personally I like the homers, always will. I was flipping between versus and comcast on Friday night and we get more personal with the replays and stats w/ CSN. Plus the camera angles are different on VS. Announcers on VS. are pretty good, very bias. NBC can go fly a kite.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I loathe NBC and Game 1 being a Saturday day game. Just awful.

Posted by: Zornado | April 29, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Nothing in this world would be sweeter than us beating the Pens. I can't wait!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 29, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Helmer will be answering fan questions on Thursday on the AHL website: http://www.theahl.com/headlines/index.html?article_id=9997

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 29, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

NHL Network is awesome......During the season they show end to end highlights without studio commentary, they just let the guys on the broadcast call it. Plus they show more than just goals being scored. The highlights include fights, good hits, great goalie saves, if any. Then they have live quicky updates, they'll go right into a game and you can watch 5 minutes or so and they cut out. It's addicting.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 29, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

While Joe keeps saying Blazer and Craig can say some dopey things, would vastly prefer to listen to them than Mike Emrick or Milbury. Milbury is just an idiot, but luckily he doesn't say much. Emrick makes it unbearable with his screaming. Every play requires him to yell. "Crosby's got the puck, AND HE LOOKS AT THE CLOCK, and PASSES BACK TO GONCHAR. Gonchar settles AND SKATES ACROSS THE TOP OF THE ZONE. HE SHOOTS! AND ITS A ROUTINE SAVE!!!!!!!! OFFENSIVE FACEOFF!!!!!" Etc, etc. I can't take it after 5 minutes. My Emrick impression is way better in person, but you get the idea. (sorry for all the "yelling").

Regarding the actual games, the back-to-back games are a weird thing to do in the playoffs. Anyone think Theodore might start that one?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 29, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I like JoeB and Locker, but I get really frustrated with them sometimes when they spend time doing play-by-play of their dinner plans and not play-by-play of the games. JoeB is better when he's on Versus, but not much. Last night I had a choice of CSN or Versus and ended up watching most of it on Vs.

Posted by: tess2201 | April 29, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@oldtime

LOL, I am picturing your impression of Emrick....and NO Theodore sees no more playoffs unless Varly gets hurt or there is a a meltdown.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The real reason that I hate watching games on NBC, and I'm sure a lot of you would attest to this, is that they try so hard throughout the game to focus on the several 'stories' or pieces of drama that they are always commenting on before the game. Instead of just calling the game how it is, they try to make the most out of any drama that occurs and it just ruins the game for me.

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

" If you want to hear two old ladies speak about everything but what is going on the ice while you are trying to watch a game..."

@hock1
Thats is hilarious, and sadly, very true.

@Ralph4100
I am with you. I would rather have the NBC guys.

Locker is ok at explaining the plays during the intermission, but Joe B. is not a play-by-play guy, he is a commentator of the obvious and the inane.

Posted by: opita1 | April 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@bhound,

Thanks. I swear I once heard that putz say something like "AND HE DUMPS IT FOR THE LINE CHANGE!!!!!" I mean, really.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"Even and full strenght five on five" and "DC" instead of Washington Capitals and then you get Big Rig from the self promoter Loughlin and his limited vocabulary and cackling you get the worst twosome on TV. I second Tess201 who also notes they talk more about themselves, dinner, Lockers "career" and his Hockey School and kid than they do about what is going on the ice. Never give you line combos whenever there is a line change, you need big screen tv and great eyes to tell who may be playing.Gary Thorne and Bill Clement were the best outside of Canada.

Posted by: CapCenter105 | April 29, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

wowwww. if you think Joe b isn't an elite hockey play by play guy then you don't know what you're talking about. I guess it's personal preference but there's a REASON he does nationally televised games, he is recognized as being one of the best in the business. As for Locker, Joe B's professionalism balances out his hometown bias. You have to remember that this is Washington's broadcast, Locker DID play for the Capitals, our CSN gets the highest ratings, and if you've ever watched NESN's coverage of Bruins games, you will have a new respect for even Locker's ability to call the game equally for both sides.

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Also, I don't know how many of you have CenterIce and are able to watch and listen to every announcer in the league. I've had it for about three years and am pretty familiar with most of the announcers. The Carolina announcers are pretty decent and good at calling the game fairly too

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@capcenter. No arguments about Thorne and Clement; they were great. But, that ain't an option. If I could get the TSN or CBC feed in the U.S. that would be cool too...

In the interest of disclosure, I know Joe personally. I've actually told him that its interesting how his versus broadcasts are way more cut and dry than the CSN ones. My sense is that its deliberate. 1 is the Locker is pretty much local talent only. He's most certainly not Bill Clement. And Joe has to play along. But 2, its the local broadcasts, they need to be a little more homey for the core group of people who watch every game and can be more or less clearly biased about who they work for. And 3, because they do every game, sometimes they do real dogs and need filler. Team being beat 6-0 by the Buffaslugs? Let's talk about what we're ordering from Clyde's later. I've always joked with him that those blow-out must suck. How many interesting things could you say about the Tampa Bay defense this year?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 29, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

My point is not about JoeB. I think JoeB is awesome. My point is that AL KOKEN sucks balls at play-by-play. Every time JoeB is MIA, it's like I'm watching a high school game on the public service station.

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 29, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I happen to agree that Al Koken is not very good at play by play AT ALL, which makes me feel bad for him because I feel like that's what he might be aspiring to? Maybe not, but either way I think he's real good at his job as sideline reporter, he even called the Fedorov goal! Rock on Al

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey
I don't think is Milbury who sits next to Emrick on the booth, I might be wrong, but in any case, that guy is hardly ever heard during the game.

Now let me contrast the play-by-play between Emerick and Joe B. and Locker:

Emerick (as you so well put it):

"Crosby's got the puck, AND HE LOOKS AT THE CLOCK, and PASSES BACK TO GONCHAR. Gonchar settles AND SKATES ACROSS THE TOP OF THE ZONE. HE SHOOTS! AND ITS A ROUTINE SAVE!!!!!!!! OFFENSIVE FACEOFF!!!!!" Etc, etc.

Joe B and Locker's version:

"this two squads have not squared off since 1804, Alex Oveching was just 8 and Nick Backstrom, by the way was just 6.

Locker: And some of he rules behind the bench, not jumping on the glass, no foul language would not be tolerated

Joe B: One warning, then bye bye

Joe B: Alex Ovechkin is a marked man. Was that Mrs. Locker having dinner at ...

Locker: (laughing) I just want to know who is paying the bill

Joe B: Locker, Pittsburgh has been playing... Faceoff on the Caps zone ...
Locker, did I see you at the Turtle?
ETC. ETC. ETC...."

ME:
aarghhh!!!
MUTED BUTTON ON
aaahh! silence ...

Posted by: opita1 | April 29, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that there is not some way to have games 2 and 3 on any local station (cable or otherwise) of any kind.

T E R R I B L E ! ! ! ! ! !

Unreal... Hopefully this will change or I can find a ticket to game 2, or someone streaming the games online...

Posted by: lanthier | April 29, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I actually feel bad about Al Koken too. He is a great TV reporter, just not play-by-play.

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@ opita

Those comments about dinner etc. were during intermission, so I don't see how you can criticize Joe B and Locker for that. Yet again, it's the hometown broadcast. Obviously, when the camera guy puts up a shot of the Acela club (like they do between EVERY 2nd and 3rd period during EVERY home game this season) and Locker's wife is in the picture, they're likely to comment on it. They're not allowed to have a joke about it? Would you really like it to be completely cut and dry? I will defend Joe B and Locker to the death, as should any true caps fan

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I live away from DC area and have the CTR ice package. I'm sure Joe B is a great guy but I find him BORING and horribly uninteresting. Maybe its his voice, maybe its his flow, whatever it is, it doesn't make for good TV.

That said, when I have a choice, I always watch the CSN caps feed even though the graphics suck and the image is not as clear as it is for other stations. I do like Locker and Smokin Al b/c they remind me of the HTS days when I grew up watching the caps. Also, it's nice to get the small details about the team that MSG/NESN; etc will not talk about.

Posted by: 202-206 | April 29, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

wait - 202-206 are you saying you like Al Koken's play-by-play better than JoeB?????? wow!

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 29, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

no I think he's saying he likes Koken's commentary on the side

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

appollack8,
And of course the two squads didn't meet in 1804 and OV and Backs would have not been born then.

It seems that you are the type who would enjoy listening to anyone who says nice things about the Caps, be it true or not, you are a Caps fan(atic). Nothing wrong with that, unless you are serious about "defend Joe B. and Locker to the death" - if that is the case, you need help.

I have no idea what they are allowed to do, I am just a viewer and a listener, I don't pay their salaries. I was just contrasting the styles of play-by-play guys in a tongue-in-cheek style. And yes I prefer a cut and dry style focusing solely on the action on the ice. But, hey, that is just my preference.

Posted by: opita1 | April 29, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

appollack8: yeah you're correct.
When does Smokin al do CSN broadcasts, when Joe B is doing versus? If that's the case i'm watching the versus feed b/c its in HD.

Posted by: 202-206 | April 29, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

haha first of all, my name is apollak not apollack, but thats funny because a majority of the people add the c even when they have it spelled correctly right in front of them.

I remember that comment about ov being 8 and backie being 6.. are you sure he said 1804? If so that's funny. Yeah I mean, I love Joe and Locker, I guess all I'm saying is that nothing anyone says about them will change my opinion of them. :) But to each his own

Posted by: apollak8 | April 29, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

What Opita said about Locker. He has GOT to learn when to cut off his freaking monologues.

Let's hope NBC can fire up some HD for us this time.

Posted by: Bartolo1 | April 29, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone planning to go to Kettler for practice tomorrow morning?

Posted by: kyl1 | April 29, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Here's a shout out to everyone in our technical crew"...JoeB even does it on VS. If he did it more than once a game, it would make for a great drinking game.

Posted by: SuperG5 | April 29, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

CSN has to stop their annoying habit of cutting off interviews after about three questions. How many times have you seen Boudreau's entire press conference? How many times have you seen a player being interviewed in the locker room only to have the interview cut off mid-interview?


While I am at it is it possible for Lisa Hillary to ask any question besides "what does it mean to you to.........."?

Posted by: MKadyman | April 29, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

>> I will defend Joe B and Locker to the death, as should any true caps fan

Puh-leeeze. Cant tell if they're watching the game! And MKady's right about LHillary, whose interviewing style owes a lot to Arsenio Hall.

Posted by: redlineblue | April 30, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

For those that are upset about Games 2 and 3 not being televised locally, I did verify that Versus will be televising them on Channel 603 on DirecTV for those that have fellow Caps fans with satellite TV. I've not seen any games on Versus, but it's better than not seeing the Caps on TV at all.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 30, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Must say that I think Locker and Joe B. RULE! True, there are times during a game that they get a bit tangential and random but it seems to fit in and flow - and they do end up relaying tidbits of info. I also happen to like their senses of humor and how they play off of each other (i.e. Locker's recent Chicoutimi cucumber comment re: Georges Vezina).

It's ok to lighten up, be a bit silly sometimes and stil be an oh-so-serious hockey fan. If you want radio play-by-play call you can still listen to the game on the radio.

Al Koken's somewhat growing on me as long as I don't have to watch him shift and shimmy side to side while he's talking. Also, he might be guilty of taking himself a bit too seriously at times.

As far as the NBC guys, no thanks for the most part. Emerick is ernest but he's as confusing as he is confused. Both Olczyk and Milbury are just bossy and mostly wrong (chalk it up to post-coaching syndrome) and Macguire comes off as just plain weird, especially when he's interviewing players/coaches. Don't really like seeing him creep around behind the glass either. Probably not a popular opinion but I do really miss Clement and Ferraro. However, the current folks all seem to love hockey and so I can give them a bit of leeway. Same with the Versus crew (although, not so sure about Bill Patrick as host and when Joe B. is calling a game here he sometimes seems a bit forced and less relaxed.)

Really, anytime the Caps are on any station other than Comcast, whether they win (YAY) or lose (sad/mad), the danger is that I'll actually come away feeling varying degrees of agitated and annoyed because of the announcers. That's why the mute button is so nice :)
Doesn't happen with Locker and Joe B. - Good job fellas!
GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: nena1 | April 30, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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