RP is calling DET-CHI on NBCSN with Edzo and Pierre, basically subbing for Emrick's spot.
It took me a few minutes to figure out what's different. There was a game a good while back, maybe even last season where I felt Pierre and RP worked well together when it was just the two of them.
I think I'm seeing why. There is too much of a good thing with Emrick and Pierre together.
The good thing, IMO are the stories told during the game, etc. I consistently see posters complaining about them, but I enjoy them. In moderation.
The pbp is the one taking up the majority of the time talking, so he sort of ends up setting the pace of discussion. The problem stems from Emrick and Pierre both having encyclopedic knowledge.
Emrick starts in with that awesome weird **** about players and that enables Pierre to share what he knows. There's too much knowledge between them, and Pierre in particular ends up grating to viewers as he has far fewer tricks.
This ends up meaning everything where the differences with RP and Emrick are concerned. Emrick has tremendous knowledge already to fill the gaps where RP emulates that rhythm of pbp that I pined for a few days ago in the WC thread really well. (RP will say who a guy is, but doesn't get carried away with description if they aren't doing anything particularly noteworthy or exciting.)
Both are good, and when left to their own devices, let the broadcast breathe, but both strengths have to be paired with a color commentator (and/or between the glass guy) who compliments their strengths.
As an aside, Pierre already ends up speaking more directly to Edzo than Emrick, and I don't think he's spoken to RP yet in the broadcast. Not really that big of a deal IMO as I don't really know what Pierre thinks he could get out of RP.
I find myself 'rooting' for RP this playoff. Must be because the Lightning didn't make it again.
Last edited by Felonious Python: 05-23-2013 at 08:18 PM.
That video was great except for the clip of Quick getting embellishment for the tracheotomy.
Well, given the history of the two teams' diving during the series and the positioning of the ref on that call, you can see why he evened it up by calling Diving on Quick. Should not have gotten called for it in that particular instance, but oh well. Live by the dive, die by the dive.
The popular theory about this is that Pierre asked Z for an interview, but was declined. NBC doesn't do player interviews during intermissions, so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Pierre could have been trying to get a scoop, or just wanted to discuss Jonathan Toews college career at North Dakota where Toews was alternate captain in his sophomore year, helping the team reach the Frozen Four held in St. Louis that year. MSU, coached by the great Rick Comley won it that year. And do you know who that team had? Justin Abdelkader.
Last edited by Felonious Python: 05-30-2013 at 03:05 PM.