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Last night, during NBCSN’s pregame coverage of Game 2, NHL on NBC Play-by-Play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick and Inside the Glass analyst Pierre McGuire took a visit to Pittsburgh’s Strip District and visited the icon of Pittsburgh food: Primanti Bros. Opened in 1933, this restaurant, home to the famous stuffed sandwich, has fed a lot of native Yinzers and visitors alike for over eight decades. The stuffed sandwich concept began when truckers wanted a meal on the go. And so, sandwiches come in all sizes, but all come with fries, vinaigrette slaw, and tomato slices between the two slices of Italian bread. In the clip below, Doc and Pierre have their unique take on the Pittsburgh icon:
After a one year hiatus, the NHL released a commercial to promote the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The premise of the commercial is very simple: you take some of the greatest names in the history of the sport, put them in a room, and make them spell their last names. But these aren’t just any names. These are names that are synonymous with the lore of the hardest trophy in all of sports to win. From Super Mario, to the Great One, The Kid, The Golden Jet, The Messiah, The Finnish Flash, Captain Serious, Saint Patrick, Gordie, Marty, all the way to Number Four, Bobby Orr, these men have made it a life’s work to be the best to ever play the game, and that having their names etched on the Stanley Cup was worth all the blood, sweat, tears, hard work, dedication, and commitment. You win the Cup, and every letter in your name is earned to be engraved in immortaity.
For the first time ever, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada and NBC’s Hockey Day in America will be held on the same weekend on back-to-back days.
On Saturday, all seven Canadian NHL teams will be playing in the 17th annual celebration of Canada’s national pastime with the main celebration coming from the capital of the Lake of the Woods, Kenora, Ontario, where the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba meet with the international border of the State of Minnesota. Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean will host the event with reports from Sportsnet’s Faizal Khamisa in Pownal, Prince Edward Island, Caroline Cameron from CFB Borden, Carly Agro from Regina, Saskatchewan, and Rogers Hometown Hockey co-host Tara Sloane from Cranbrook, British Columbia. Features will include how Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau gave back to a fan and his family after their house burned down in the Fort McMurray wildfire, the story of Winnipeg Jets fan and World War II hero Len Kropioski, the story two-time Stanley Cup champion and Kenora native Mike Richards, and an annual essay from Hockey Night lead play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson. The Hockey Day tripleheader begins at 2/1c when the Montréal Canadians host the Winnipeg Jets, then at 7/6c, the Battle of Ontario resumes as the Ottawa Senators face the Toronto Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers head to the Windy City to face the lone American team participating in Hockey Day in Canada, the Chicago Blackhawks. The nightcap features the Calgary Flames facing the Vancouver Canucks in a crucial game as both teams make a bid for one of the two wild card berths in the Western Conference at 9/8c. Now usually, NHL Network would simulcast Hockey Day in Canada for viewers in the United States. Not this time around, as the this year’s broadcast will only be available for viewers in the United States for those who have a subscription to NHL Center Ice.
The following day, the hockey celebration goes south of the border as NBC and NBCSN will celebrate the 7th annual Hockey Day in America with a quadrupleheader going from coast to coast featuring seven of the last nine Stanley Cup champions. The main celebration will be held at The Rink at PPG Place in Pittsburgh. NHL on NBC host Liam McHugh will anchor coverage and will feature stories that include Pittsburgh native Kelsey DiClaudio looking to become the first woman to participate on the U.S. men’s sled hockey team in the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics next year, Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno and how he’s using hockey for humanitarianism, how the Louis AAA Blues in St. Louis made the Heartland of Hockey a destination to play as five graduates of the program were selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, how Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Tony Granato in not only coaching the Badgers to success, but how he went back to Madison to complete his degree, the story of legendary high school hockey coach Bill Belisle, an inside look at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships at Lake Nokomis, and how NWHL star Hilary Knight is looking to do something that hasn’t been done in 20 years: lead the U.S. Women’s national hockey team to Olympic Gold. The quadrupleheader begins at 12:30/11:30c as the Washington Capitals face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, followed by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Detroit Red Wings at 3:30/2:30c. Coverage switches over to NBCSN at 6/5c as the Chicago Blackhawks complete a back-to-back weekend series in Buffalo against the Sabres, and the nightcap sees the defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks host the Boston Bruins at 8:30/7:30c. After NHL Overtime, Hockey Day in America concludes with the premiere of The Road Through Warroad: Hockeytown, USA, a 30-minute documentary of how this town of less than 2,000 in the southwest corner of the Lake in the Woods has engrained hockey into its culture, and how that small town gave us New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson, Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, and the Christian family – Gordon, Roger, Bill, and Dave.
This weekend is a celebration of hockey on both side of the border. So no matter if your national anthem is O Canada or The Star-Spangled Banner, both Canadians and Americans can agree that rivalry aside, we are united by hockey. So lace up your skates and grab your sticks. This weekend is a hockey weekend across North America.
It’s officially the offseason, which means hockey has taken a backseat to vacation and baseball. Now just before Major League Baseball breaks for the All-Star Game in San Diego, the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series between these NL Central rivals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. If you’re not from Chicago or Pittsburgh, you’re going to get a treat. Back in March, NHL on NBC main play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick took a break from calling hockey to call Pirates Spring Training games. Well, on July 8, MLB Network is gonna let the voice of hockey in the United States and life-long Pirates fan call a game with NBC Sports host/MLB Network play-by-play announcer Bob Costas. (The reason I wrote “if you’re not from Chicago or Pittsburgh” is because blackout restrictions DO apply for the Friday night game) Here’s a few quotes from The New York Times on the upcoming telecast:
“I just want to make sure that what I do is at least MLB Network level. Maybe the bottom of the bar they set, but I want to be halfway professional.” – Mike Emrick
“He’s a lifelong baseball fan and follows the Pirates so closely, he’s not going to be asking, ‘Which one is Andrew McCutchen?’ And he’s an obsessive preparer.” – Bob Costas
“I don’t have a home run call. Whatever happens, happens.” – Mike Emrick
For more information about the upcoming broadcast, check out this article from Awful Announcing blogger Ken Fang.
UPDATE: Here’s the best of Doc Emrick calling the Cubs-Pirates game: http://www.mlb.com/video/v912623983
During the NHL’s offseason, my focus switches from on the ice to on the track. I have been a huge NASCAR fan for as long as I can remember, and every summer, I attend a NASCAR race weekend at my home track, Chicagoland Speedway. During an episode of NASCAR America on NBCSN that aired on Tuesday, some NASCAR drivers got tested on their knowledge of hockey. Take a look for yourself and see how well they know the sport.
For the fifth straight year for hockey fans in the United States, every game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be seen on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, and NHL Network. All games can also be seen streaming live on-the-go via the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
The one difference this time around for NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is there will be more games aired in primetime on NBC, up to 9 games overall (8 playoff games were aired in primetime on NBC last year with 7 involving the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks). Another twist to NBC’s Playoff coverage will occur on May 7. Usually, a game will air on NBC leading into coverage of the Kentucky Derby. For this year, a primetime game will not only lead in, but also lead out NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later, another primetime game will lead out NBC’s coverage of the next Triple Crown race, the Preakness Stakes. This move was all in response to what happened in horse racing last few years.
Originally, NBCSN was supposed to air Games 2 and 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 would fall on the first Saturday of June, the same day as the final race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Well, in the last two runnings of the Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown was on the line; California Chrome in 2014, and American Pharoah in 2015. NBC Sports made the smart decision to move the game from NBCSN to NBC to lead the race into game coverage, just in case Chome or Pharoah won the Triple Crown. In 2014, when California Chrome’s bid for the Triple Crown fell short when Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes, an average of 20.6 million watched the Belmont Stakes. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final that same night averaged 6.4 million viewers, making that game, at the time, the most-watched Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on broadcast television. The next year, when American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, an average of 22 million watched the Belmont Stakes. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final that same night averaged 6.6 million viewers, making that game the most-watched Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on broadcast television. NBC is hoping to bank on the success of the Triple Crown in 2016 to help propel ratings during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Also part of NBC’s expanded playoff coverage is an encore of one playoff game aired every weekday morning at 7 AM/6c leading into The Dan Patrick Show. In the last three years, the Stanley Cup Final has averaged over 5 million viewers. Hopefully, with the right matchup, the 2016 Stanley Cup Final is destined to be another classic. And for the second straight year, NBC will use “Don’t Miss A Moment” as its tagline for the Playoffs. And NBC is literally letting you not miss a moment of the playoffs. All the best moments will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and you’ll get unprecedented access behind-the scenes via Snapchat. Also, you’ll get live real-time reaction during the game via Facebook Live. The first ad for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, entitled “Homemade Heroes”, shows how from a young age, the sacrifice, hard work, and determination NHL players are willing to do to get their name on the Stanley Cup. Using the mantra “Push, Fall, Rise, Repeat” throughout the 30-second commercial, when a player finally gets to raise the Stanley Cup over his head, he knew it took a lot to get to that moment.
For the Conference Finals, the second commercial entitled “Meaning” describes the journeys of the Stanley Cup, and the connection The Cup makes to those who love the game of hockey.
This is my 400th post on my blog, and recently, some of my recent entries have involved hockey intertwining with other sports. So how does hockey intertwine with…the beautiful game: association football, or what’s commonly known in North America as soccer? Well, a lot of hockey teams play hallway soccer or “two-touch” to warm up for the game. The rules for “two-touch” are pretty simple: you can’t touch the ball more than twice per turn, and if you drop the ball, you’re out. As a warm-up exercise, “two-touch” loosens the muscles, and it helps the reflexes for the game ahead. The United States have made a name for themselves in the soccer world in the last decade. In 2010, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team won their group and played in the Knockout Stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2002. Four years later, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team survived the Group of Death and played in the Knockout Stage of the FIFA World Cup in consecutive tournaments for the first time ever. At around the same time, two British men gave a unique and fresh spin to the world of soccer: America’s Sport of the Future since 1972.
About a decade ago, Michael Davies, the founder of Embassy Row Productions (you know, the one who brought Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? to the United States) met New York Times journalist Roger Bennett at a wedding for a mutual friend. That day was July 9, 2006: the date of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Italy in Berlin. Davo was sulking, and Rog struck up a conversation with him. They talked all night about soccer, the infamous headbutt by Zinedine Zidane, and the shootout winner by Fabio Grosso, and something special began. In 2012, Davies and Bennett gave their unique take during ESPN’s coverage of the UEFA European Championships. calling themselves The Men in Blazers, both men did all their commentary inside a closet-sized room using commentator’s headsets, much like what Statler and Waldorf did on The Muppet Show. they were so popular, they began creating podcasts for Bill Simmons’ Grantland site, to talk all things soccer. When NBC Sports was awarded exclusive broadcasting rights for the Premier League in the United States in 2013, something was needed to give a fresh take to the weekend that was in Premier League. After the 2014 FIFA World Cup, The Men in Blazers headed to NBC Sports. Not only did they continue to do the podcast, they got their own 30-minute show on NBCSN to do whatever the wanted. The Men in Blazers Show premiered on September 22, 2014, and their first guest in the “panic room” was the actor, author, host of NBC’s Food Fighters, Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, Man Finds Food, and die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fan Adam Richman. In that episode, they talk about soccer and food. During Super Bowl XLIX, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was the special guest of the show. In that episode, they talk about who had the best facial hair in soccer. Back in May, NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs pushed back the airing of the Men in Blazers Show to sometimes past Midnight in the Eastern Time Zone. It led to the recurring joke that “they’ll air the show when Jeremy Roenick said so.” To further integrate the worlds of hockey and soccer, one infamous play made headlines across the sports landscape on the night of May 19, 2015. Game 2 of the Western Conference Final saw the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks tied at 2-2 in the middle of the second overtime period. The Ducks were penalized for having too many men on the ice. On the ensuing power play, Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw scored the game winner in double overtime…or so did he?
From NHL on NBC feed:
From Hockey Night in Canada feed:
After the game, which the Blackhawks won in Triple Overtime, Andrew Shaw famously said during the postgame media scrum, “Maybe the Premier League’s going to be scouting me.” So during that week’s Men in Blazers Show, which was the penultimate episode of that season, Rog and Davo took their own take of the play, this time with commentary from NBC’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White:
Which lead to Monday night. NHL on NBC studio analyst Jeremy Roenick finally visited the “panic room” to talk about how hockey and soccer are not that much different in the latest episode of The Men in Blazers Show.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I just want to thank everyone who has ever visited this blog, commented on this blog, linked this blog; the only reason I do this is because I love this sport and I want to share what I love with all of you. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are almost here, and I’ll do whatever I can to keep you informed or entertained for whatever’s to come. I’ve done 400 posts in the last 5 seasons, and believe me, I will do the best to reach 500 posts sometime in the 2016-17 season…if I can.