As some of you have mentioned maybe ESPN was referencing when the Rangers brought Messier back in 2000. But to me that would be an even bigger fail as obviously that ended up being a complete and utter disaster. Plus I feel the Gaborik signing is much bigger than the 2000 Messier signing.
Nick Q. over at New York Sports Today provides another example of hockey fail by ESPN...
"ESPN, who has constantly shown an anti-NHL bias in their daily coverage of the sports world, decided to ask Rangers fans if the Brad Richards signing was the biggest since Mark Messier's signing. The problem is Mark Messier was never signed by the Rangers. The Captain was traded in 1991 (by none other than Glen Sather) from the Oilers to the Blueshirts for Louie DeBrusk, Bernie Nicholls, and Steven Rice. This is not only basic Rangers knowledge, but it's basic hockey knowledge. I would give them a pass, but this was ESPN New York. Not knowing how the biggest name in Rangers history was acquired is unacceptable for anyone covering New York sports."
...the worldwide leader in sports? Yeah, I don't think so.
...despite their endless shunning of the NHL, I'd still like to see them get the television rights. Nothing better than the old school ESPN hockey commercials. Like this classic with Brendan Shanahan.
ESPN is terrible. When Boogaard died, they gave two words about him. But when an old basketball player dies of natural causes they show the entire funeral.
I have to admit I miss Gary Thorne and Bill Clement. They were so classic. I even like Thorne's call of Matteau's goal. And even better is "He said we will win game 6! He has just picked up the hat trick!". He's called so many great moments and Doc called what? Marty breaking Roy's record of wins and all the all star games? Gimme a break.
there's gotta be a way where we can get TSN here in the States. i've exhausted google trying to find a way. instead of getting avery on the all-star team, this year, our focus should be on finding a way to get TSN here.
they have the best hockey coverage even if it is bent towards the canadian teams. i want my HT !!!!
Come on, this is a great contribution to:
I think it helped launch Sea Bass.
Someone just tweeted me that maybe they were talking about when Rangers brought Messier back. Although that would be an even bigger fail by ESPN as bringing him back was a disaster.
You're right, ESPN has some of the funniest commercials despite their lack of hockey coverage, but commercials like this one have me laughing every time
ESPN su-hu-HUCKS. The only time I watch Sportscenter is when my better-halfs hillbilly cousins put in on when they're visiting from Virginia. It's like the USA Today of sports broadcasting - cookie cutter b.s. I do miss Gary Thorne and Bill Clement doing games, though. Better then stupid Emerick or Pierre "the earthworm" Mcguire.
ESPN is directly responsible for the "look-at-me" and the "me-before -the-team" mentality that pervades every major sport today, every major sport except hockey.
@KingBadaBing "Doc" calls a game in that stupid sing-song cadence, like he's reading a children's story. I cannot for the life of me understand how he has become the preeminent play by play guy in the league, doing all of the national broadcasts.
@KingBadaBing DO YOU BELIEVE IT??? DO YOU BELIEVE IT??? Thorne rocks.
@traderserge What are you talking about? I thought Versus was the TSN of the USA. LOL.
@gravey94 Love this one.
@honestmoe Yeah, but that was a disaster. No way they were referencing that.
@AnnoyingJoe I would be a happy man if I never had to hear another game called by Emrick...
Nobody but him would fly around the country and call every game. That's why Doc has the job. And Pierre Mcguire ruined his chances of doing all the national games (thank god) with the Tokarski incident. I swear I never heard anyone get that loud. That's why Pierre is behind the glass where he belongs.
@KevinDeLury Versus HAH LOL :-)