Monday, November 12, 2007

A glaring oversight

It isn’t, however, only Versus that’s conspiring against both hockey and good sense here. By scheduling five games on a night that should remain dark, the NHL essentially guaranteed that the mundane playing of early-season matches would in large part overshadow a marquee event like the Hall of Fame inductions.
It really doesn't make any sense that Wayne Gretzky and members of the Devils, Penguins and Hurricanes organizations can't be there tonight.


At 6:26 p.m., November 12, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

Trying to find a network that covers tonight's ceremonies. Suppoosedly it's on "TSN Alternate" whatever that is. TSN itself is showing football, while the NHL Network is showing a live game. The league's own channel ... if that's not shooting yourself in the head, I don't know what is.

At 6:47 p.m., November 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NHL Network has Hockey Hall of Fame listed at 7:30. I hope that's right and doesn't turn into a Versus-type fiasco.

Still. The scheduling stinks. Gretzky should be there. Brind'Amour should be there. A lot of people should be there.

At 10:09 p.m., November 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why Gretzky or any other ex-player besides these four should be there.

This is for Messier, Stevens, Francis and MacInnis (and the other guy). And their families.

When you graduate do you need previous graduates to be there. Messier didn't seem to be too upset about it (Gretz not being there) so why should anybody else.

Maybe Mess has been overshadowed by Gretz enough already?

At 11:14 p.m., November 12, 2007, Blogger Stan the Caddy said...

When you graduate do you need previous graduates to be there(?)

Well, if they were my friends, and I went to school with them for five to ten years(was in every class with them), travelled across the continent together during half the year, perhaps even roomed together on our trips, shared our greatest triumphs and deepest sorrows together, then ya, it'd be nice if they were there to congratulate me, just like I was there to congratulate them.

Would I need them there? Of course not.

At 1:34 p.m., November 13, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

Are you in the States, Pokecheck? Here in Canada NHL Network showed New Jersey-Pittsburgh. Maybe that was a backhanded tribute to Stevens and Francis? Or maybe it's just further proof that Bettman & Co. know even less about marketing than I do, which is to say not very @#$%^ much. This was a PR blunder of the first order.


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