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Connor McDavid Center Stage And The Gambling Game

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Connor McDavid has been the best player on the planet for several years now, and the sports world doesn’t know a whole lot about him. Some great athletes shirk the spotlight. McDavid conducts interviews with the vigor of someone grouting their bathroom tile.

So it was quite refreshing to see him sprint, scream and shake his fists after ending the Battle of Alberta with a signature OT goal. After a lackluster postseason record with mediocre teams, he finally had a reason to celebrate — and he’s not done.

McDavid, after dragging the Oilers past the Kings in the first round and teaming with Leon Draisaitl to take down the Flames in five games, is the most compelling story line of these playoffs. Draisaitl has been fantastic, matching McDavid’s 7-19—26 stat line while skating the last series on an injured right ankle. They are the only two players to average more than 2 points per game (2.17 each) since Mario Lemieux (2.27 in 15 games) in 1992. Beyond that, we’re talking about Wayne Gretzky (2.00 in 1989, 2.26 in 1988, and so on).

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Avalanche and Blues played a corker of a Game 5 Wednesday night in Denver. The game was carried on TNT. Gretz had the night off from studio duty. The MGM app maybe was in the shop?

About 20 minutes before puck drop, a DraftKings spot reminded us we can “win big every game.” Inside the arena, be it in the ice or along the boards, there were ad banners for “betway,” “DraftKings,” “FanDuel,” and “PointsBet” to keep us bet-ready all night long.

When the game went to OT, a DraftKings commercial popped up immediately on air. With the 15-minute intermission ended and play about to resume, DraftKings posted another ad with the odds on the winner.

It was a gorgeous late-spring evening, a soft cool breeze wafted through the window in our family room, and I wondered, hey, should I “make … it … rain?” I felt the power. I sipped a bourbon and let it pass.

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Nate A's avatar

osted by Steeb on 05/28/22 at 03:20 PM ET

I know that’s a satire website, but is it in this case? The things are obnoxious as hell. I’d like to see them go the way of tobacco adverts and be flat out banned.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/28/22 at 04:22 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I’d like to see them go the way of tobacco adverts and be flat out banned.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish

Amen to that, brother. Between Buttman turning broadcast rights over to ESPN (which means we now have at least 10% of the Wings game on pay-per-view only) and the incessant gambling ads, it’s disgusting.

I almost expect it to get to the point where they take a break in the game and declare that they can’t continue the broadcast until X-amount of dollars are bet on the next “thing” (a faceoff win, the next team to score, etc).

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/28/22 at 06:22 PM ET

Paul's avatar

A few weeks ago in The Beaverton,

Sportsnet has issued an apology to its viewers after several minutes of a hockey game were broadcast without a single reference to gambling.

“At Sportsnet, the last thing we want to do is show sports,” said a press release from the network. “Rest assured that we remain committed to beaming endless DraftKings commercials into your home.”

Viewers were forced to endure a stretch of hockey that showcased several big goals, hits, and saves without any pressure to impulsively waste their money.

“When I get home from work, I want to sit down and learn how to lose everything I just earned,” said Sportsnet viewer Grace Lamb. “Who wants to simply enjoy a display of preternatural athleticism?”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/28/22 at 06:26 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

I know that’s a satire website, but is it in this case? The things are obnoxious as hell. I’d like to see them go the way of tobacco adverts and be flat out banned.

Posted by Nate A

It probably is the case, but Gary and the Networks (sounds like a bad ‘60s pop group) could give a rat’s arse what anyone wants, as long as the money keeps flowing. If they gave a crap, there wouldn’t be ads on the unis next year, or ads on the helmets this year, or on the ice, glass, boards… Consumers are now commodities to be sold. Welcome to the tech age.

Posted by Steeb on 05/28/22 at 06:41 PM ET

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