Yep. I agree. All though I do understand "most" of what they say. But actually the french commentators are way better then most of the English ones. Sure they are biased but how many commentators you know that aren't?
Ah yes 1993. Beat the Kings in five games. John LeClair two OT goals, Desjardins an overtime winner after a Montreal Forum janitor caught McSorley with an illegal stick. They never should have left the Forum. The ghosts haven't quite settled into the (Insert corporate name here) Centre.
The thing that sucked the most when I was in California and NY was that you only get the visiting announcers. So the whole season it's as if the Canadiens were getting away with murder. And this coming from guys who don't know a thing about hockey. It gets on your nerves just to listen to them. I actually prefer the game in French, those guys are good. Very smooth. The HNIC guys are really studio guys filling in as play-by-play guys. They have no clue what they're doing and are always shouting for no reason. Sometimes I wish I could turn them all the way down and turn the crowd up.
But I found out you can just buy a Canadian satellite and pay for it using someone's Canadian address. www.canamsatellites.com used to help you out.
That's what I'm going when I get back down there in January.
Also, when I was in NY, I had no problem seeing the Habs as many times as I wanted. They playe 9 times in NYC and then another 3 in Philly and another 4 in Boston. And other cities aren't far either. I saw them more last year than I have this season in Montreal (tho I am going to the Leaf game on Saturday).
For the last year, I've been getting RDS through Shaw digital cable here in Alberta. It isn't cheap by any means, but honestly it is great because it is essentially the only TV that I watch nowadays.
I have no problem with French. I grew up here in Alberta learning all my school subjects in French, and having watched RDS nearly every day for a year, I reckon that I honestly can't tell the difference between French and English (in the sense that I don't have to flick a switch from one language to another). I've come to appreciate Pednault and Houde as commentators, because there is something comforting in them. The fact that they are there for all 82 games plus playoffs makes them feel like my personal guide somehow! I really like Sports 30 too, during the 630 time slot, instead of Rod Smith's Sportscentre. While the latter is completely Leafs at the top of the show, Sports 30 does a great job in giving you all the Canadiens news you need to know.
Well in NW Ontario, where I'm at. Rabbit ears gets you CBC and that's it. Cable will get you TSN and I think Sportsnet. Not a heck of a lot of Habs content anyways. I just bought a dish when I moved up here, because there was just no way I was going to watch the Leafs. This is probably why the locals prefer the Leafs so much more than any other other teams. It's the only games they could watch for most of their lives. Plus some of them are just not very bright. Just load and ubnoxious as if they win the cup every year or two.
When I lived in Texas, I didn't watch any hockey because there wasn't very much available on ESPN to begin with, and it was always the larger american markets. Heck I was there in 96 when the americans won the world championship after it replaced the Canada Cup. The final game wasn't even on, so they could put college football on instead. Thank God I only stayed there for 9 months. I came back to Canada just in time to watch Mtl miss the playoffs.
I actually prefer watching opposite team's feed most of the time. I dislike RDS, CBC and TSN a lot more than FSN broadcasts for example. Because the Canadian announcers pretend that they know what they're talking about where as their American colleagues don't even try to. An exception would be Buffalo's announcer that sounds like he's going to have a heart attack every time the Sabres score!