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By Steve Lepore
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Let's start out with the new NHL advertisements we've seen with Jonathan Cheechoo and Peter Forsberg this week. First of all, the NHL continues to preach to the choir, only airing its ads on the networks which airs its games on.

NOTE to NHL: Find that Tom guy who runs MySpace. Pay him a lot of money. Bombard the social networking site with ads and do the same with YouTube and the retarded/stoner video watching community.

The NHL On VERSUS opened up its second season with two of the smallest U.S. markets (Buffalo and Carolina) playing each other. Guess what? The Earth as we know it didn't collapse! It was actually up 14% from last year's fancy-schmancy Philadelphia-Rangers broadcast.

Speaking from a technical sense, I think the graphics package is terrific now. The scoreboard they're using was a really risky move, but it works. My only beefs are that you can't see the numbers at certain points and that you, VERSUS, cannot see your own advertising in the corner boards. As for the broadcast talent: You all know how I feel about Doc, and the studio remains dependable, and Olczyk remains dull. But the one shining player in the VERSUS warehouse was Daryl "Razor" Reaugh, doing color for the Dallas-Colorado game. Reaugh talks to hockey fans like the literate, intelligent audience we are, and throws in an Austin Powers reference to make us even more delighted. If you can, check out his blog (LINK: http://blog.dallasstars.com), the guy is simply hilarious and should be on the fast track to the top of the NHL analyst totem poll with John Davidson gone and Eddie Olczyk duller than a composite stick with a minute left in the third.

Not to harp on TV issues too long, but doesn't the NHL's scheduling format hurt NHL Center Ice, its season-long PPV package? Here in the New York area, I will be able to watch 39 Flyers games this year and 40 Pens contests. What would be the point of paying for half a season?

Moving on to actual hockey issues, how bad has Tomas Vokoun and the Nashville Predators defense been? I know it's the new NHL and all the penalties and what not, but you gave up 14 goals in two games against CHICAGO and MINNESOTA! Jacques Lemaire's Minnesota Wild netted six on you, and the perennially D.O.A. Blackhawks got eight! Perhaps Vokoun is still recovering from the blood clots that kept him out of the '06 playoffs.

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He used the word retard and lost my respect from there.

I read the rest of the article because I wanted to know the facts of what he was reporting but most of it is garbage.

Interesting stuff though.

It's good to hear that the ratings for the season opener were up this year and 14 per cent is nothing to sneeze at.
 
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