No, not because they are really nice people or that they apologize when they have done nothing wrong although that is kind of cool too. I am jealous of them because they have Hockey Night in Canada and we have… Nothing like it.
Actual game analysis before and after the game is over.
Not a bunch of clichés and nonsense to take up airspace but real discussion about pivotal moments in the game that don’t necessarily involve big goals or big saves but rather momentum changers and the subtle nuances that are easily missed.
Insight about the players and a breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses and how they happen to have played that particular night.
I’m jealous because, having watched clips of Hockey Night in Canada on the Internet, I realize what we’re missing here in Southern California.
And that then brings me to the next thing that doesn’t make me jealous but a little bit angry.
Are we not the entertainment capital of the world or does that apply to everything other than hockey?
I don’t know what basketball or baseball analysis sounds like nor do I care but I’m willing to bet that the post-games are not as obtuse as the nonsense that we have to tolerate.
Patrick O’Neil is, I am sure, a very nice guy. But his hockey knowledge is about as in-depth as a casual fan. Alex Curry is hot enough and I guess I like her in a I want to sleep with you a couple of times and lose your number kind of way but if the woman knows a lot about hockey, I’m not seeing or hearing it.
Is it really that difficult to come up with a knowledgeable and articulate hockey reporter who can take over the post games and give intelligent analysis of the players and plays that mattered?
Is there no one within the continental United States and Canada that fits that bill?
Is what we have really the best we can do OR is this all because hockey doesn’t involve a round ball and does involve ice so that immediately makes it the “other” sport for the “other” fans that don’t need much thought and attention?
By this point, this post may feel like a rant. It isn’t. I actually don’t expect anything to change and I am quite content if nothing does. I am happy we have Jon Rosen who is doing an excellent job on Insider and has given that site and the LA Kings beat writing credibility it never had.
I loved that we got Sean O’Donnell as part of the post game and perhaps we will get lucky and see him more involved in breaking down the game and talking puck.
I don’t know who the blonde girl was who we saw one game and didn’t see again but I heard she was Canadian and she was a hockey chick. I guess we will never know.
We also have former ice girl, Carrlyn Bathe. She was pretty awesome on the ice (a great skating stride) but I have not had a chance to hear what she is like with a microphone. I would not complain if we got to see her take Patrick’s spot, if she was up for it.
Shit, now it sounds like I am piling on Patrick. Maybe I am or maybe I am just frustrated with the fact that people who are given press passes ask the most inane questions of our coach and players (yes, let’s talk about the feistiness of the game), that there is little value in anything that is said with the sole exception of what comes out of Bob and Jim’s mouths and very shortly after a win or loss my hockey fix ends with it because we have to switch to USC women’s volleyball on our sports channel.
You know what, this is all my own damn fault. I cannot make time to go to games this year like I could before. Life has gotten too busy for that. Therefore, I voluntarily subject myself to watching games on TV more than I ever have before and foolishly hope for a post game that actually matters.
So there you have it Canadians. While you have to suffer through those shitty teams that play in your wonderful country, at least you have something to be proud of. Don’t ever say I haven’t written something nice about you…cause it may not happen again.
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