Miscellaneous NHL talk Part 2
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02-27-2013, 12:53 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
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I hear what you're saying but the broadcasting landscape of the NHL has changed so much in the last years or so. Whether you like it or not, some ******* producer convinced the Hockey world that having a heel, a wrestling caliber heel, splitting the broadcasting duties was good for the game.
There are a plethora of former unremarkable players out there bringing their little man complex to your TV set each night. Look no further than the hockey capital of the world, your hometown, Montréal. The English speaking coverage of the Habs is awful and a shell of its former glory. Jack Todd reduced the print media to some American feeling lowest common denominator BS, Mitch Melnick, Randy Tieman and the rest of the scrubs over at team whatever are so busy atop their soapboxes that they've forgotten where Montréal sports radio began (the barbershops in Verdun, the East End brassseries, every cramped, smelly chalet adjoined to an outdoor rink) Don't get me started on Mike Johnson or PJ Stock, Montréal's supposed Anglophone connection to the rest of the televison viewing audiences around the Country.
HNIC is now Ron Maclean's baby now, modeled after his and Roy Mcgregor's image and perhaps a United Colours of Bennetton ad. TSN regularly employs jettisoned and disgraced members to their profession.
All I'm saying is that to draw a line in the sand at Jack Edwards which most folks do, is ludicrous when A, he's highly entertaining and B, the whole broadcasting end of the NHL has gone to ****.
You're spot-on about the Montreal sports media. This is why I rarely listen to The Team (Montreal TSN radio affiliate) and only flip through the Gazette sports pages. I do enjoy listening to a TSN-commented game, particularly with Ray Ferraro (among the best ex-player colour guys). When the Canadiens are playing, I prefer listening to French-language coverage.
Sure, Edwards is the poster child for the over-the-top gang. It's equally grating to listen to home broadcasts for the Senators, Penguins and Sabres, to name a few.
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