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Mike Milbury Wants To Stay Old School When It Comes To Analyzing The Game

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Be it in the studio alongside Keith Jones in Stamford, Conn., or in a broadcast booth with the likes of Mike Emrick, ex-Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury is about to embark on his 13th season as part of NBC’s NHL coverage....

The ever-blunt Milbury, 67, fills a more versatile broadcast role than the more narrowly defined life he led on the Boston blue line for a dozen seasons (1975-87), which had him cast in a stay-at-home and slug-it-out role (1,552 penalty minutes in 754 games).

During his tenure with NBC, Milbury has been the guy in the cast most likely to say whatever pops into his head, albeit with a tiny bit more self-restraint and censoring than his ex-coach, Don Cherry, who made a fortune the last 30-plus years as Canada’s premier loose cannon during NHL broadcasts.

For the upcoming season, the NHL plans to mine a massive amount of player data through its new Puck and Player Tracking system. Just how NBC or any of the league’s other broadcast entities plan to integrate the data treasure trove remains to be seen. Milbury sounds like a guy who still would prefer to wrap his hands around an opposing forward’s neck than to, say, dive into a fresh load of numbers about puck possession or speed of the puck as it rockets off a player’s blade.

“I have zero interest in it,” Milbury said this past week, reached by telephone at his home in the Boston suburbs. “I know they’re counting on it, but I’ve made my feelings known. No thanks. I mean, every move measured and calculated . . . what the [bleep] is the fun in that?! I guess I could be wrong, and there’ll be something in all of it that will catch my eye, but..."

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SYF's avatar

For the upcoming season, the NHL plans to mine a massive amount of player data through its new Puck and Player Tracking system. Just how NBC or any of the league’s other broadcast entities plan to integrate the data treasure trove remains to be seen. Milbury sounds like a guy who still would prefer to wrap his hands around an opposing forward’s neck than to, say, dive into a fresh load of numbers about puck possession or speed of the puck as it rockets off a player’s blade.

“I have zero interest in it,” Milbury said this past week, reached by telephone at his home in the Boston suburbs. “I know they’re counting on it, but I’ve made my feelings known. No thanks. I mean, every move measured and calculated . . . what the [bleep] is the fun in that?! I guess I could be wrong, and there’ll be something in all of it that will catch my eye, but…”

FFS, let’s see it first before you act like an indignant ignoramus about it, Milbury.  Let’s try not to have an American version of Don Cherry cause that would suck.

Personally, I like those graphics especially when I’m watching baseball and ALMS GTLM Racing (go Corvette Racing!).  If baseball is in the details, then those graphics are going to be fun.  Scotty Bowman was about details so I don’t think this going to interfere too much with the experience of watching NHL hockey.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/18/19 at 03:09 PM ET

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No formal opinion on Mr. Milbury expressed here, because that would take me way too much energy…

I guess when it comes to the advanced stats I feel it’s kind of like when you take into account the math around IBUs when applied to an IPA, or scoville units when applied to a hot sauce; sure, it’s a detailed, accurate description of what’s making up aspects of the beer or sauce, but the experience of tasting that beer or sauce will impact someone new or someone experienced at enjoying those items in a much more nuanced way that will still be recognizable to both as expressing the same characteristics the statistics would.

That being said I’d like to see more of that in broadcast television, but with a grain of salt.

Also F%$k NBC.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/19/19 at 02:43 AM ET

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Mike Milbury Wants To Stay Old School When It Comes To Analyzing The Game

Well yeah, since when do dinosaurs evolve?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/20/19 at 09:02 AM ET

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