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NHL Lets Its Hair Down

from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,

Of course, the only word that applies is “absurd” in trying to explain how and why the NHL’s Awards show is now staged in this city every year. Months of struggle and work by still mostly small-town prairie boys ends with a coronation in the most garish, un-hockey place on earth: Las Vegas.

The most self-conscious of all major sports, its players taught to never attract the spotlight to themselves, somehow takes its final bow in a place of outlandish, outsized neon self-promotion.

Maybe it’s not all that surprising though, really. Hockey people work so hard at staying humble 363 days a year in freezing cold rinks, maybe it’s only natural that they’d want to put orange lampshades on their heads and slosh around blazing hot sidewalks with open containers for the other two days.

Much like this year’s show—from the baggy-eyed, flat opening monologue of Matthew Perry to the hysterical Brendan Shanahan impersonator sketches—this whole Vegas hockey act works and ... doesn’t.

First off, what worked:

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I really hate what has become of the awards (tho now its been so bad for so long I can’t remember if it was ever good). Its not a comedy show, not that anything presented was funny. The shanahan thing was sooooo stupid, wait, it was actually embarassing. I actually flipped the channel when my wife came through the room b/c it was so God awful stupid I didn’t want her to think I was actually watching it. Also, nickelback. Really??? I suppose you have to attempt to put on a “show” (and I use the word “show” incredibly loosely) because some unfortunate people actually pay to go there and you can’t just hand the awards out in 15 minutes…but maybe they could just show more highlights or something. What really chapped me, and how I know the awards are bad, is that for about 2 second they panned to bettman who was giggling like a little school girl. Good job everyone. Lets not forget the pinnacle of the night too, Vince you have to be able to pronounce one of 3 whole names correctly. FAIL. At least he didnt say Tie Domi…

Posted by callmedrw from detroit on 06/21/12 at 01:06 PM ET


When does the media start writing articles about cancelling the Awards Event since they are bored by it like the All-Star game?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/21/12 at 02:40 PM ET

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