If Ross Greenburg and the good folks at HBO Sports want to focus on the NHL, then you better believe I will be right here to write about it.
Let’s discuss 24/7 Penguins-Capitals
-I will admit that I’ve never watched any of the previous versions of 24/7 because I hate boxing and I hate Nascar, so I might be somewhat behind in applauding the concept of following professional athletes within a season, as opposed to watching one prepare for the year, like we do during Hard Knocks. The fact that the Pens are on a winning streak and the Caps are on a losing streak makes this even better. We get to see both sides of the coin.
-I’m curious how producers will handle the fact that many of the players who should be the biggest stars of this series are non-native speakers.Guys like Ovechkin, Malkin and Nicklas Backstrom may be tough to understand for viewers, and that may prevent us from really getting inside their heads
-I’m psyched for the hockey lingo. Off all the major sports, I think hockey is the most culturally insular. By that, I mean it’s a game with a language all it’s own. Early on, we hear it from Bruce Boudreau, who refers to the Verizon Center in DC as “our barn.”
-Speaking of Boudreau, the language on this show is incredibly harsh. There were indications of that going in, including a warning from Caps owner Ted Leonsis that parents probably shouldn’t let their kids watch. But, holy fuck, Boudreau uses the word “fucking” the way other people use “and.” It was especially jarring during his intermission pep talk during the game against the Panthers. He’s not overly emotional and he’s not yelling. He is simply using the word fucking as an adverb and an adjective in every single sentence.
- Sidney Crosby has giant lips. And Pascal DuPuis is disgusting to look at with his scabs and cuts. My point, basically, is that HBO needs to scale back on the closeups during interviews. DuPuis looks like he has leprosy. I don’t need to see that.
- The mustache boy drill made me laugh. But when Matt Cooke earns the right to shave, he just runs into the lockeroom and picks up a razor. Do they share razors? That’s how you get AIDS!
-Where’s Mario? Mario Lemieux is the greatest player in Pens history, the team’s owner and Sidney Crosby’s landlord. He should be on this show.
-I’m glad we got to see the Rangers beat the Caps 7-0. I don’t care about that in the greater context of the series. I just enjoyed reliving it.