It is NHL playoff time again and everybody knows what that means. You wouldn’t be wrong if you guessed that it is time for the Boston Bruins to choke. I am actually thinking of CBC’s Ron MacLean and Don Cherry making controversial comments on the Coach’s Corner. Maybe MacLean and Cherry wait until the playoffs because there are more eyeballs on the TV, or maybe they just have more opportunities because they are on every other night. MacLean and Cherry made quite a splash last night and everyone was watching as the Sabres-Flyers game on TSN had just ended, leaving the Coach’s Corner as the only show on TV at the time. In order to understand what I am talking about, you first have to watch the video. You can do that here (skip to 3:20 for the part I’m referring to).
MacLean and Cherry were talking about a hit on Johan Franzen during yesterday afternoon’s Coyotes-Red Wings game. Franzen was driven into the boards headfirst by Shane Doan. The camera then comes back to MacLean, who has a smug look on his face as if he can barely contain himself knowing what’s coming next. Cherry goes on to berate the quiet room, the room where players who may have a concussion are sent for 15 minutes. In all reality this should probably be called the black room or the dark room, because as I understand it, that is essentially what it is. Anyway, that is beside the point.
They then showed some video from a movie (I didn’t recognize it) with Cherry talking over saying “it, it, it’s Franzen, it, it, it Franzen, it’s Franzen”, re-enacting what he figures Franzen replied with when he was asked his name. Cherry jokes as if it is funny that Franzen may have been concussed on the play. Cherry thought his joke was hilarious. Needless to say anyone who has had a concussion, and many who haven’t, didn’t. This is just the latest reason why Cherry needs to go.
Who should CBC bring in to replace Cherry you may ask. My first choice would be Mike Milbury, who is just like Cherry except he actually has a brain. Plus it isn’t the same thing week in, week out for Milbury. One of Cherry’s main problems is he has become stale after 25 odd years. Nick Kypreos from Rogers Sportsnet would be another solid choice. His career was ended by concussions, so he at least should have some respect for getting them out of the game. MacLean needs to be replaced by Elliotte Friedman too, but that is a story for another day.
Other Playoff Thoughts
- I don’t know whether CBC is jumping for joy that the Canucks and Canadiens both look primed to make another deep playoff run, or if they are sad that three of their series could be over very early. TSN, however, has managed to pick up four highly entertaining and close(r) series. They may be the real winner if they don’t have to go head-to-head with CBC on the Easter Weekend.
- The Penguins-Lightning game tomorrow has been pushed to CHEX-TV in Peterborough and CBCSports.ca only. That means it will not be available in high definition in Canada. For anyone who watched the Sabres-Flyers game on Saturday, there isn’t much of a choice of which game to watch tomorrow anyway.
- CBC’s studio commentary, when Cherry has been at home, has been very good so far. Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and Glenn Healy all work well together. Healy has did an admirable job filling in for Milbury while Milbury is in the US on NBC duty this weekend.
- TSN’s studio crew has been okay too. They have avoided the trap of talking about the Coyotes moving to Winnipeg every night. Steve Staios made his TV debut on Saturday and was mildly impressive. He could be the next Aaron Ward.
- Busy schedules. Glenn Healy was in Boston on Thursday and Saturday, Toronto on Friday and Sunday and will be in Montreal tomorrow night. Meanwhile Chris Cuthbert and Pierre McGuire were in Washington on Friday, Philadelphia on Saturday and Nashville tonight. McGuire will make the trek to Buffalo to call Flyers-Sabres for Versus tomorrow night. All three are picking up the frequent flyer miles at a high rate.
- CBC has had clock troubles for gamest they have broadcast in Detroit and Chicago. Considering the proximity of the cities, I assume they are using the same production crew for both games. That probably means that it is an issue with one truck. I understand the issue will be fixed for Tuesday’s game. I don’t think it is a huge issue, but it does make CBC look amateurish. Versus and NBC had no clock troubles for the same games. The question is why has it taken since Wednesday to get someone on it?