Monday, January 28, 2008

A good idea that works!

It seems every time we turn around, the NHL is coming up with some new gimmick to change the way we play hockey. Well, this weekend, we stumbled on a change that actually seemed to make the game more entertaining, even if for only the weekend.

During the All-Star weekend in Atlanta, the VS Network had a pair of goalies equipped with microphones while the played. Not an interview on the bench, but an actual participant with the studio team while the game was even in play. Rick DiPietro and Manny Legace donned microphones and managed to bring an extra level of entertainment to the game. Whether it was DiPietro saying 'hi' to the folks at home as he was getting scored on during the openning faceoff, or Legace debating with Commissioner Bettman about the size of goalie pads, the first and third periods had an extra entertainment factor as we got to listen to the goalies chat with the guys in the booth during play. Rick DiPietro even did the play by play himself during the last thirty seconds of the first stanza.

And of course, there's always the chance that one of the goalies could drop the f-bomb on the air. Thank goodness the game was on cable.

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