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Quit the Whining

From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News:

And, yet, there are still complaints raining in about Hockey Night in Canada, the premiere hockey production.

Bias coverage.
Don Cherry is a hot-air-filled loud mouth. 
Bob Cole can’t keep up with the play.
P.J. Stock, the bubble boy, is uninformed and irrelevant.

Give it a rest. Next thing you know people will be complaining how Foster Hewitt welcomed the hockey fans from Canada and Newfoundland, but not Quebec or any other province, in the opening sequence.

The fact of the matter is, HNIC is the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the hockey fan’s weekly spiritual gathering, if you will.

Couldn’t agree more.

When the usually-excellent William Houston made his case in the Globe & Mail the other day about the horrors of Ron MacLean using the words “hell” and “helluva” and “damn” on the air, it just gave me a headache.

HNIC is not above criticism, but lately such critiques have been sounding shrill and petulant. And in most cases, I think, entirely unwarranted.

Dear HNIC:

You rock.  Don’t know where I’d be without you.

Love ya,


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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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