Probably the most anticipated first-round matchup of the NHL Playoffs is the pairing of two original 6 rivals, the Habs and Bruins. During the regular season, the rivalrly was ratcheted up a couple thousand notches after Zdeno Chara's hit severely injured Max Pacioretty. It was an ugly scene to be sure, so ugly that Montreal police opened a criminal investigation into the hit. With the Canadiens taking the first two games in Boston, this set the stage for an intense and pivotal game three. As you can see/hear by Bruins announcer, Jack Edwards, the intensity wasn't just isolated to the ice. I personally don't have much of a problem with announcing homerism when it's a local broadcast, but this is just hilariously awesome. Hopefully this series goes 7 so we can enjoy more Jack Edwards.
Marv Albert did a terrible job announcing Arizona vs Texas game today. It was so slanted toward Texas that I ended up turning off the volume. Steve Kerr was anything but colorful. He hardly spoke. You would never know he went to Arizona. The Arizona lead, which was almost the entire game, was described as "surprising" whenever there was a chance there might be a commercial break. Albert actually cheered when Texas took a one minute lead with a few minutes left in the game--which he never came close to doing even after the most spectacular Az play. The producers would not ever replay the questionable fouls on Texas, but endlessly did so at the end of the game when Arizona won. And all of the color commentary, special segments, and stats were about Texas with virtually nothing about Arizona! Albert still doesn't seem to know a thing about the Wildcats except how to read the freethrow percentages. He even referred to Solomon Hill as Jordan Hill! This is insulting to any team not to mention the audience watching. Does TNT perhaps have a vested concern in Texas? To whom in Texas are they catering? TNT knows funny? It should be--TNT what a joke.