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Olympic hockey isn’t better… just ask NBC

As the games go on so do the lemmings who think this Olympic hockey is the best there is… it isn’t.      

 For those that can’t remember when the NHL took their momentum break from playing 4 games a week… there were six teams (Flyers, Boston, Montreal, Tampa Bay, NY Rangers, and Atlanta) battling for three playoff spots in the EAST and a battle in the WEST with seven teams fighting it out.                                                                                

much better hockey

much better hockey

Challenges during this break? Oh yes… what we’ve been treated to is even the most die-hard hockey fans has been challenged to find a live broadcast which got tougher and mostly baffling when being pre-empted by women’s curling.  Great decision by the NHL to allow players in the Olympics? I think not.

 The question I put out there weeks before the Olympic games began remains: Do you think the Pittsburgh Penguins could have

beaten most of (if not all) of these teams?  If you think that then other than the “playing for my country hype” what makes these games so special.

The NHL season ticket-holders get the raw deal with a compacted schedule… but the NHL get’s screwed also since they have  no control over the games starting times… or the television broadcasts.  The executives at NBC make the decisions and decided to broadcast American women losing to Japanese women in (Curling) a sport  that most everyone of us wouldn’t watch if giving the choice.  Not what I would call great marketing of the sport (of hockey)… is Curling really a sport?  

The games coming up in Sochi in 2014 will bring major problems to the NHL and decisions are going to have to be made now in regard to players like Malkin, Gonchar (although he may be too old), Ovechkin, Semin, etc….. and what to do about them if the NHL decides not to participate. It should get interesting.

Don’t get me wrong… when these teams get down to the final four they get interesting but it has nothing to do with the Stanley Cup and the

harder to get - than a medal

harder to get - than a medal

Stanley Cup is one heck of a bigger challenge than a 4 game shootout with players thrown together at the last moment.

It’s steps above the NHL’s All-Star game. I just don’t believe it’s that many steps above it especially when I finally get to watch a game (after theCurling is finished) where the opposing team puts 15 (soft) shots on goal in an entire game.

Some of you like this stuff… some of you are even “wowed” by it…. I won’t argue the drama but for me personally… I can’t wait for the real season and real hockey to get back.



This is my wow!

This is my wow!


NHL hockey is the best in the world.

Olympic hockey isn’t better… you can take NBC’s word for that.



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  1. Jesselvis's Gravatar Jesselvis
    February 24, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I realize NBC has dropped the ball with the pre-emted curling, just like it did with the Leno/Obrien thing, but these games are incredible, and yes the Penguins could maybe beat a few teams, but most teams in the NHL couldn’t.

    here’s just a few things I want to say about these comments.

    Let’s not blame NBC because your cable provider, I’m guessing Comcast moved MSNBC off basic cable. Verizon has the games and MSNBC in HD, not NBC’s fault. Blame Comcast.

    I’m hoping Crosby and Malkin are Penguins players for life. Watching them play with the best talent available in the world in a real life want to win game (not a stupid all-star game) is incredible.

    Here in Pittsburgh we’ve been blessed being able to watch our players play for the big one the last two years. Many fans across the country will never get to see their teams stars compete for the big one.

    If you seriously think that there is one game this regular season that was one tenth as good as tonight russia vs. canada game your kidding yourself and may need to start wondering if you like the actual hockey better than your fantasy hockey leagues.

    I like how the NHL sticks behind ovechkin even though he made a fool out of Bettman by saying he’s going to the games in 2014 whether the nhl allows him or not. It may be time for them to drop the ball on this 2 year old. Write about that.

    • February 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      I was just talked to someone about Ovechkin showing up Bettman – I don’t know how anyone who likes hockey could possibly not enjoy these games, but to each their own. I agree with Pronovost that ice dancing is not a sport, I also beleive that shuffle board while it is a sport, should not be an Olympic competition.
      Where I disagree is whether the NHL should have it’s players play. If they are going to get the top talent from a around the world and keep it from going to the KHL they will need to let the players play in the Olympics.

      I think where they made a big mistake was not allowing the GM’s to make moves during this time. I Imagine the trade hype and having to wait to see the new players would create huge fan antisipation for the league to start back up.

      PS: Today is one of the best hockey none Penguin playoff days I could have ever imagined.

  2. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    February 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    What I don’t understand is that the NHL (and the players)thought that shutting the league down for 2 weeks to play in the Olympics would bring greater exposure to the league and the sport. How exactly are they getting this greater exposure when most of the games are televised on MSNBC, a channel many people don’t get, aren’t shown in HD (The only way to watch hockey apart from live) and with many starting at midnight here on the East coast? When you’re getting pre-emted for curling and ice dancing (And don’t even get me started on whether this is a sport or not), what really was the point in shutting the league down?

    • Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
      February 24, 2010 at 6:28 am | Permalink

      Curling…… you get a chance to watch Liudmila Privivkova (Russia) or Claudia Toth (Australia) and you would choose to watch Sven Butenschon? Come on now!

      As to the Olympics the games are just now getting interesting and I’m not counting last nights CAN/GRM game.

      I have to agree with the NHL bailing on the Olympics in 2014. IMO they do nothing but hurt the league and the game times will be even worse from Russia. I suspected and maybe others did too that some players milked injuries and have recovered like Superman from a bad case of Kryptonite just in time for the Olympics.

      The NHL risks a lot with very little to gain and as much as the hockey world gets on Bettman his job is to protect the investment. These Russians claiming they are going in 2014, no matter what. Go ahead. That includes Malkin too. Sit out the whole year.

      The NHL has to regret ever making the decision to send players.

    • Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
      February 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      I’m glad the U.S. finally got smart and benched the choker John Shuster…… whoops I’m on the wrong web site! Boom– Boom– Boom

    February 23, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I thought it was interesting that these players who want that Olympic atmosphere don’t eat with their fellow countrymen claiming the food at the Olympic village is too bad for them. Hockey players are getting like the other (PRO) Olympians sports figures — one cut above the others.


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