New to Loge19.com, but not new to the world of hockey! BRING IT!

Here’s the deal. I am a big sports fan, but I don’t follow any other sport like I follow hockey. I have played hockey my whole life (not roller hockey, ice hockey), and whenever I have free time and hockey is on TV, I am watching. I live in NJ (lets keep the NJ jokes to a minimum), right across the river from Pennsylvania, so not only do I get to follow my favorite team, the New York Rainjuzz, but I also get to watch all Flyers, Devils & Islander games as well. If I didn’t have an actual life, I would get the NHL package too so I could watch every single game, but fortunately pro sports got smart and came out with their own TV stations. That’s another story for another day. Lets get things started.

For my first post, I just wanted to get things rolling with a little commentary on a few things happening around the hockey world, as well as a couple rants. I will work on structuring a more regular post, that you readers can come to expect from me every week. But for now, here’s what I got.

1) With the NHL regular season winding down, Versus (you know, the old Outdoor Living Network that televises 1 or 2 games a week, and has a lacrosse announcer do the play-by-play), is getting ready to launch a new promo campaign for the NHL playoffs, using the slogan “Every Second Counts”. Senior VP of Marketing for Versus, Bill Bergofin, said this: “With hockey, anything can happen in any moment, [and] We figured there’s 378,000 seconds and you shouldn’t miss a single one. Any second can make a game, make a series or make a career” (thanks to Jon Lafayette from tvweek.com for writing about the campaign). I don’t call myself a marketing major like Sean Avery, but this Bill Berfogin guy hit the nail right on the head. That is the problem hockey has attracting average fans…they don’t understand what is going on, so they don’t realize how important every second of a game is. Baseball doesn’t even have a cIock; it seems time only matters in basketball during the NCAA March Madness; and football is the only sport where you can take a knee to run the clock out…ENOUGH SAID ABOUT THAT! Anway, I must say the promo commercial Versus has released is pretty cool and paints a great picture for what sports is all about…especially hockey. Take a look at the promo commercial here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1859671179?bctid=17088742001 .

2) Staying with the Versus theme, can someone please explain to me why they have Joe Beninati as their play-by-play announcer???!!! The guy played lacrosse his whole life, and does play-by-play like it is an MLL game. If a defensemen has the puck at the point, he has to describe it as “cradling the puck at the blueline.” Sorry, but you can’t cradle the puck in ice hockey…maybe beaver golf (field hockey), but not ice hockey…you STICKHANDLE. There is a cliché for everything: goals = tallies; assists = helpers; periods = frames/sessions; defensemen = backliners; rookies = freshmen. Someone tell this guy he is on national TV! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al2Rhy_Ng60

3) Did anyone happen to catch the highlights of the Hockey East championship game between BU and UMASS Lowell? I watched the NCAA Frozen Four selection show on ESPN News Sunday morning, and they had highlights from all the tournament championships, and lets just say the Hockey East should replay this game. UMass Lowell lost 1-0 in a great championship game, and with less than 10 minutes to go in the second period, appeared to have tied the game at 1-1. I’ll let you be the judge here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnibxyJAu8w . Yes, the ref should have probably blown the whistle sooner, but he didn’t, and the puck clearly crosses the line BEFORE he blows the play dead.

4) As I mentioned above I am from New Jersey, but more importantly I grew up in Princeton, NJ going to every Princeton University hockey game. I still live in the area, and have access to tickets for every home game, but I am guilty of only attending one game this entire season. Anyway, I wanted to comment on how Princeton received their first ever at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in the school’s history this year (this will be their 3rd NCAA appearance, and second in row, but both of their previous trips were following an ECAC Championship). I’m sure Princeton hockey is not on a lot of peoples’ hockey maps, but over the past 5 years, their coach Guy Gadowsky has done a tremendous job. It is not easy to get student athletes into Princeton (I would know, my mom works in the Admissions Office), and not only has Guy been able to bring in enough talent to compete for the ECAC title every year, he has made Princeton a nationally ranked team throughout the entire regular season this year. Hats off to the Princeton Tigers as they prepare for what could be their first NCAA tournament win this weekend.  This story is from last year, but is worth pointing out: http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2008/03/23_rhodes.php

Sorry for the lengthy posting, but I had a lot to say.  Keep your eyes open for my next posting about none other than Sean Avery of the New York Rangers, coming later this week.



6 Responses to “New to Loge19.com, but not new to the world of hockey! BRING IT!”

  1. 1 sweetblackangel
    March 25, 2009 at 1:38 AM

    Beninati is the Caps regular announcer. And all the terms you listed are commonly used. I’ve never seen/heard a lacrosse game but have heard those words used plenty during hockey games.

  2. 2 Coach
    March 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    I know he is the regular guy for the Washington Capitals, but that doesn’t make him the best choice for the NHL’s nationally televised games. Sure, all those terms can be commonly used in hockey, but how do you expect your “average” sports fan to watch a hockey game (and understand what is happening) when the announcer refers to the same thing with mulitple terms? Besides the Sunday matinee games on NBC (i like doc emmerick and eddie O), Versus is the ONLY national coverage the NHL gets, and it doesn’t help their (the NHL’s) cause to garner more viewership when everything is a cliche. Nice post sweetblackangel, and I encourage you to challenge all posts that way.

  3. 3 thekiiid
    March 25, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    sweet, I agree those terms are commonly used, but more by players who had experience in the NHL. ie Ed Olcyk, the Chicago Blackhawks color analyst. Coach, when it comes to casual viewers, such as those on the NBC game of the week, you really need to water it down and spell it out for viewers. Most people are probably passing through looking for the Nascar race, not the NHL. Although in my opinion a hockey broadcast should be in its purest form, and they need to cut out the garbage between whistles. I dont care what Claude Julien thinks of the tempo, I already know, I’ve been watching.

  4. 4 sweetblackangel
    March 25, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Here’s the thing: people are either gonna watch a hockey game or they’re not. The announcer’s lingo isn’t going to dissuade potential new/casual viewers from watching (I’m not a Beninati guy either way—not great, not terrible). Every sport has their own euphemisms—hockey doesn’t need to ‘go full retard’ for viewers. Sports and cliches go hand in hand. Personally, I don’t care how many are watching; as long as the game is on, I’m fine. If some rich a-hole isn’t making as much, so be it. Save the “but better ratings = better overall league health”. I mean, they’ve already sunk to fucking Versus (who has great game production, by the way) and the league is still collectively in the black. But the NHL will always have a national contract…even if it’s with DirecTv. Of course if you have Center Ice, it’s a moot point. Want ratings to go up? Move Phoenix, Atlanta, and Florida to KC, Winnipeg, and Quebec.

    kiiid, right on about the in-game interviews. The only thing they do is annoy the coach.

    coach, Doc Emrick is the best NHL guy (Brick’s the best color man, then Ferraro). But that’s only because Gary Thorne is under the Mouse’s thumb for who knows how long.

  5. 5 sweetblackangel
    March 25, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    By the way, keep up the good shit.

  6. 6 Coach
    March 25, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    sweet, very good points and i hope your comment about “great game production” is a sarcastic one. Maybe I’m spoiled with MSG coverage, but I think Versus is joke…but we’ll save that for its own post. BTW, i like your thoughts on a franchise in KC…there have been rumblings in past years, and i’m sure a team will be relocating very soon.

    I personally think no one is better at color than john davidson was with the rangers before he became the president of hockey operations in the st. louis. he was the most unbiased voice in the league, and added great commentary on both sides of the game.

    and yes. we will keep up the good shit.

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