The playoffs are over and the winner is determined. I didn't have a team in the mix, not since the Coyotes left in the first round. I watched the rest o the playoffs for the same reason most of us do, because we love hockey.
In years and years of watching it, I have never been more disappointed. Not with the teams ,not with the officiating, but with the announcing. I have never seen a sports event where the bias was more obvious than the charade paraded by NBC. In every aspect of the coverage, this collection of clowns, made up of ex goons like Milbury and failed coaches like McGuire dutifully followed the lead of Doc Bias in blatantly siding with Boston in every aspect of their production. From the subtle clues like volume, inflection, emphasis versus apathy, to the more obvious, like time spent in interviews, time analyzing play and credit given to players, this entire broadcast was massively one sided toward Boston. McGuire's sneering interviews of the Vancouver players was pathetic, demeaning and unworthy.
Sure Boston won. Convincingly, in fact in the seventh game. They figured out how to win. Vancouver didn't, but neither team should be diminished for their effort.
There must be a better group of announcers to field this, the greatest of championship contests. We cherish the game for its honesty, effort and plain hard work. Being forced to listen to the likes of Doc Emerick,, Pierre McGuire, and Mike Milbury cheapen the event and make losers of us all.
Whether your a fan of a team in the final or a fan of good hard nosed hockey, we should all demand honest, objective announcing. This event was painful to listen to and watch. We deserve better.