Monday, June 04, 2007

Where's Ottawa again?

NBC's only real crime on the night, outside of the verbosity produced by three commentators, was airing a map to show where Ottawa is situated.

It has been Canada's capital for 150 years. Next time, we suggest a history lesson instead.


At 6:20 p.m., June 04, 2007, Blogger Jeff C said...

The irony of Brett Hull complaining about video replay is beyond the pale.

At 7:14 p.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fail to see the crime in showing where Ottawa is. Was the map incorrect?

At 7:17 p.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

Before anyone rips on NBC for showing a map to Americans, keep in mind that although some of us can win a trivia game by knowing that the longest river in Burma is the Irrawaddy, most of us don't realize that New Mexico is not in a foreign country, Baja California is, and New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles are not state capitals. Some people need a GPS to figure out which way to go on a one-way street, for goodness sake.

At 6:20 a.m., June 05, 2007, Blogger mike said...

Don't complain--Americans are really that stupid when it comes to geography, politics, history, science, sports, mathematics, literature, and art.

No, really. They are.

At 7:19 a.m., June 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, really. They are.

Only the loud ones. The smart ones learned long ago to keep their mouths shut and their brains to themselves, lest they be laughed at.

(That's why we love the internet! You can be smart without anyone poking fun at you, because they are busy trying to reboot an Etch-a-Sketch!) :)

At 10:02 a.m., June 05, 2007, Blogger JMP said...

I don't see the problem with airing a map showing where Ottawa is. I think the only people offended by this are those Canadians who have difficulty getting over themselves or the fact that our Country, while great, isn't as important in the grand scheme of things as some would believe.

At 12:28 p.m., June 05, 2007, Blogger Stan the Caddy said...

I like the jab at the three commentators. Who decided this was necessary? I love having Pierre between the glass, but I don't think he needs any "help" from Eddy O. And now the CBC is following suit. When Millen has something worthwhile to say, let him write it down and maybe someone will read it someday. I certainly don't think his energy has increased my viewing pleasure.

most of us don't realize that New Mexico is not in a foreign country
Actually kinda true. I once told my friend that I was going to New Mexico and he replied, "you're going to Mexico, cool."
"No, I'm going to New Mexico."
"What's the difference?"
In fairness, we were twelve at the time. I'm pretty sure he's got it figured out now. In the same respect, I doubt most Canadians would wrongly identify the US capital. That's a little different than being able to identify Albany, Sacramento or Springfield.
I saw a recent episode of Jeopardy! where a contestant guessed Winnipeg was the capital of Saskatchewan. At least most Canadians would pick a city within the state; that's called an educated guess.

Note: I acknowledge that there are stupid people in Canada (I come across about a dozen every day) and that there are exceptional citizens in the US (including many of my greatest friends). It's too bad the idiots are out-breeding the intellects south of the border.

At 1:15 p.m., June 05, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

It's too bad the idiots are out-breeding the intellects south of the border.

It's happening worlwide, too.

I blame the people who make the overly obvious warning labels. Their official slogan should be "Proudly Defeating Natural Selection--One Idiot at a Time!"

At 1:51 p.m., June 05, 2007, Anonymous DMS said...

agree that it was insulting to show the map...but if you have seen US test scores you would understand why they felt they had to do it.

At 5:43 p.m., June 05, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

I don't understand what the big deal is about showing the map.

In fact, it's complimentary. NBC was actually EDUCATING their viewers there. It seems they're damned if they do, damned if they don't.

If you took a map of the U.S., and asked 100 Canadians to pinpoint the precise location of Washington, D.C., how many of them would get it? Probably very few. Some might pick the east coast, but most would just draw a big circle that emcompasses everything from North Carolina to Maine, and say "somewhere in there."

At 6:31 p.m., June 05, 2007, Blogger Girly Sports said...

Nobody saw it anyways so people still dont know where Ottawa is.

NHL Finals: Anaheim Ducks-Ottawa Senators Saturday, 8pm 1.5 (1.1 million) NBC

The comparison: Down 12% from a Carolina Hurricanes-Edmonton Oilers game in the time slot last year.

The spin on the spin: Overnight perilously close to the all-time lowest prime-time broadcast network rating. That record: The 1.1 national rating for a 2005 summertime repeat of The West Wing on NBC. But records are made to be broken.


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