Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/12/05 at 03:00 AM ET
Anyway, it had been a long time since I had watched the NHL, so I decided I'd give it another shot. First I had to find OLN. It turns out to be Channel 608 on my DirecTV -- right next to ESPNU! The studio show had all the zip of a tax audit. With no Terry Bradshaw or Charles Barkley in sight, studio commentator Neil Smith, analyzing the Boston Bruins, offered, "I don't think they have good puck management." There was a "Mic'd Up" feature in which the only audio I heard was the Islanders' Mark Parrish saying, "Nice pass, Yorkie, atta boy." The two games I watched were quite good, but the same problem arose that I always bring up to the disgust of hockey aficionados: You all have one intermission too many. Maybe two 15-minute breaks are fine for beer sales at the arena, but, from the comfort of our couches, it gives us one extra chance to surf away to other programming.
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