Oh, those brave men and women who pace the sidelines of professional sporting events across America. They risk it all to bring us that extra tidbit of info. OK, maybe not "it all," but there's definitely some danger involved. However, I'd much rather be Sportsnet's Ian Mendez or NFL Network's Ian Rapoport than MSG's John Giannone, who was pegged in the face by a puck during tonight's Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.
And a shot via @GardenFaithful of the aftermath:
The best part is that he still filed a report while getting treated for that gash on his nose. In hockey, even the reporters are tougher.
Update: A photo John tweeted out from the morning after.
Andy Finkelstein the only reason why the NHL,NBA,College Baseball, College Football, College Basketball and MLB have 3 man booths, is because some analysts work better with a 2nd analyst over working by themselves!
Unlike most sideline reporters in other sports, I kinda like having someone between the benches in hockey. Even as terrible as Pierre can be, it's almost impossible not to get at least some decent insights into the game that you wouldn't otherwise get. Also, John Giannone is pretty great in my opinion. Good job by him to tough it out like that.
Why couldn't it be Pierre McGuire? Unlucky Pierre would have been brought to the ICU instead of gutting it out like Johnny G did.
There's no need for all these sideline reporters. The only thing we've EVER learned from them is that Joe Namath was once drunk enough to want to kiss Suzy Kolber.