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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
On Thursday night, Red Fisher wrote a column on deadline, as he usually does, off the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins playoff opener.
Yesterday morning, he put together his usual Saturday package consisting of a column and NHL notebook that will fill a page in today’s Montreal Gazette.
Tonight, he will be back at the Bell Centre press box in Montreal, writing on deadline.
“Doesn’t everybody do it?” he asked yesterday.
Some do, but Fisher will be 82 in August, an age when all but very few sportswriters are long retired and telling war stories.
From Barry Melrose Rocks,
But what really bugs me is hypocrisy.
When the MSM preaches about how they’ve gone to J-school and are so much more important because of it, that’s fine. When the MSM calls bloggers no talent hacks that reek of fan bias, that’s fine. There’s one problem with all that, though. You see, when you say those things, boy you had better back them up. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this is just a case of someone in the minority not representing the upstanding majority. Tell me if I wrong because, unlike many newspapers, BMR has a comments section after every article. Oh, excuse me, post. But majority, minority, whatever. If the MSM’s rules are to single out one person and make them a poster child for the whole, then I think I should be allowed to play by those rules as well.
So today, we examine Mr. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. Why? Lately, with the hometown Sens facing the Pens in the playoffs, he has sounded more like a Senators fanboy or a crazed message boarder than an actual journalist.
Also: links to the original Brennan story and its fallout can be found at James Mirtle’s blog.
“Blood all over the ice” made my blood boil at Hockey.com today.
Update 1:24pm ET: Also from Hockey.com today, Marty Henwood on Gary Roberts,
From the morning-after-the-night-before department of hindsight and what-ifs, the Ottawa Senators probably could have saved themselves a whole lot of hassle, not to mention a few early vacations, had they simply traded for Gary Roberts, say, half a dozen years ago.
Just in case you think you have seen this movie before, relax. You are not losing your mind.
There have been a number of stories published today on the launch of the new NHL Network Online. To read more about it, check out these:
Being fascinated by the NHL’s digital media initiatives in general, I spent some time on the new site this morning, and have some first impressions to share.
Some good, some bad:
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Join hosts Carrie Millbank and Steven Lee today as they preview the “Journey to the Cup.” It’s All Hockey, All Access, All The Time!
Watch it right here at KK beginning at 11:30am ET.
from the AP via the Mercury News,
(Jason) Reitman told the league to call him if he could be of any help and they asked him to blog.
“This year is a little depressing because my two teams, the (Vancouver) Canucks and the (Los Angeles) Kings, neither of them are in the playoffs,” he said, adding that the invitation came “when the Canucks still had a chance.”
“Now the Canucks aren’t in it. So what I decided is that I’m going to write a kind of mythical blog about what the Canucks and Kings would be doing had they still been in,” he said. “In my version, for the first time
From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News,
As I’ve written before, the early 21st century may be the best time in history to be a professional sports fan, and that’s even the case for the NHL—a sport that plenty of American newspaper editors and television producers would like to see shunted off to the margins. With only incredibly rare exceptions, virtually every game that your home team plays will be on television. And if you manage to miss the game, you can access the highlights online via NHL.com, or perhaps just your favorite bits, like the most exciting goals, hits and fights that proliferate on YouTube. And if you live hundreds or even thousands of miles from your favorite team, there’s always the NHL Center Ice PPV package, the out of town fan’s ultimate lifeline.
For some critics, that’s just not enough, as they often mention the fact that Versus, the cable network that carries NHL games two times a week during the regular season, can’t be found in hotels around the country. If that’s a problem, just invest in a Slingbox…
You know, I’ve often wondered about this myself. I realize not everyone can afford a Slingbox, but I’ve always wondered why so many media members—who frequently make the criticism that Eric points out—don’t have them. They’re an awesome little gizmo (and no, I’m not making any money for pointing this out…!).
Voice of the Avalanche Mike Haynes to Undergo Major Surgery
DENVER – Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network announced today that Avalanche play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes will undergo surgery on a Basilar Artery Aneurysm. He will miss the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We truly support Mike and his family during this very difficult time and we ask all Avalanche fans to keep Mike in their thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks,” said C.E.O of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Jim Martin.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Breeze the Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.
In the interim, John Kelly who was the play-by-play voice of the Avalanche for their first nine seasons in Colorado on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain will return to the booth to call the games alongside Peter McNab. “We would like to very much thank the St. Louis Blues organization and Fox Sports for allowing us to reach out to John” said Matt Hutchings, C.O.O. for Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Mike and his family greatly appreciate the support they’ve received and at this time they ask that their privacy be respected.
from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
There’s just enough time for one last look back at the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs, as they recede into the distance. And there to help us say farewell is our Hockey Night in Blogdom crew of independent bloggers, who have put down their hankies and crying towels just long enough to answer some very important questions….
The Falconer of Do the Thrashers Have Large Talons?
Now that it’s all over, what’s the strongest impression, good or bad, you have about your team?
The players demonstrated a shocking lack of heart and determination and failed to show up many nights. Thrashers had the second-leading goal scorer in the NHL and finished 27th, evidence that management completely failed to find complimentary players to build around their star.
Emotions will be at an all-time high when the puck drops tomorrow.
Read my NHL.com blog for more….
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