What's Wrong With Hockey?
While the majority of us were barbecuing, Hockey Guy Tarik El-Bashir wrote this piece previewing the Stanley Cup finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The star-studded matchup (remember this guy?) is one the NHL hopes will "revive minuscule television ratings and serve as a potential first step toward moving the sport closer to North America's 'Big Three.'"
We're two games in and the series is going well by local standards, but how is the NHL doing? According to commenters, the league's problems are bigger than who's playing for the Cup.
donmac1: Who want's to watch a game where the most entertaining aspect is two goons trying to beat the bleep out of each other? It's really sad that many pro hockey games are determind by power plays as a result of this macho BS that is pro hockey. It ruins the flow of the game and is beyond stupid!
Is that you, Mom? I thought you said you didn't read this blog!
billy8: Gary Bettman ruined pro hockey. Putting a bunch of teams in places like Nashville, Atlanta, and Columbus Ohio was stupid. Changing the rules in order to create more offense was stupid. Allowing a season to be cancelled was stupid.
anarcho-liberal-tarian: Top 5 reasons hockey is better than football:
5. You don't have to be 300 lbs to play.
4. No teams with stereotypes as names.
3. Fewer commercials/game breaks / Play continues for more than 15 seconds.
2. Four games to win.
1. Fights don't automatically result in ejection.
Top one reason football is "better than" hockey in this country: It makes more money. Hey, just sayin'.
chuffman1: I've loved hockey for a long time, but the game has not travelled well on TV, especially on a network like Versus. What the heck is that? Put the games on Fox, CBS, NBC, or some other national network that most people can see.
Oh, RCN. . . you drew me in with your low monthly rates, but you disappointed me with your lack of free sports channels. Discovery Channel and Food Network in HD, but no Versus? Really, RCN? I digress. . .
cirrus_nine: Less clutch and grab, bigger ice, top players who are fluent in english, better officiating will sell hockey to a broader market.
Top players who are fluent in English? That might just be the worst idea I've ever heard. If I have to hear a mind-numbing, clichÃ©-filled hockey interview, I want to hear it in broken English.
Now are you ready for the real drama? Ready? Here we go:
micron26: If you can't spell "Jari Kurri" properly, you shouldn't be writing about hockey.
Whoops. Looks like "Kurri" is spelled "Curry." It happens sometimes.
wifflebomb: It's Jari KURRI, not "Curry"
Yep, heard that somewhere.
mgrfin: "Curry" for Kurri. Right on, micron26. Who writes this stuff? Tarik El-Bashir? Have you ever been to a hockey game?
DC2CNY: Leave Tarik alone. He is a great hockey writer and does an outstanding job covering the Caps. He knows and loves the sport, unlike some beat writers who use hockey as a stepping stone to get to a bigger sport. I would wager significant money that it was an overzealous copy editor who put in Curry for Kurri - Tarik certainly knows who he is.
I know who Mike Krzyzewski is. Have I spelled his name wrong before? Never! But someone else probably has.
And for the quote of the day:
AG11: Didn't even know it was Hockey season.
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