Vancouver's Green Men are some of the most famous hockey fans in the world. Their entertaining antics the past few seasons have drawn attention on both sides of the border as the Canucks have made multiple deep runs in the postseason. But two men are not fans of the Vancouver Green Men and their playful banter - Sharks announcers Drew Remenda and Randy Hahn.
During last night's Sharks-Canucks playoff game, the visiting announcers had a super cool, super original way to make fun of them... by basically throwing every insult blockheaded people throw at bloggers. Via Puck Daddy...
Let's run down the list of putdowns from the Sharks booth that are about as clever as what you see between the swingsets on a grade school playground...
1) They are 40 year old virgins.
2) They live in their mothers' basements.
3) They are big gamers.
4) They collect potholders.
5) They have a big snow and/or rain globe collection.
I have to admit, the snow globe thing is a new one.
Ok, whatever, big deal. It's a playoff series and if the Sharks announcers want to fling some mud at Vancouver fans I get that. Here's the problem though...
NBC Sports Network syndicated the CSN Bay Area game to a nationwide audience. So everyone around the country got to hear Remenda and Hahn toss out mom's basement and potholder jokes. Is that the look NBC Sports Network wants to portray? Do you hear anyone on an ESPN game telecast go there? Does NBCSN want their broadcasts to be decisively pro-Sharks in such an unflattering way?
This is the major issue with cable nets syndicating local feeds, especially for playoff games. Any playoff game shown on national television deserves a professional, neutral, national telecast. NBA TV learned this lesson last year and finally switched from local feeds to their own in-house telecast after some calls that were just plain out of touch wiht a national audience. Surely a company as large as NBC Universal can dig up five or six broadcast crews that can cover these games for their national sports network instead of outsourcing to regional affiliates.
I watched some of the game, and did not see this part, but I have no problem with them pointing out how stupid the "Green Men" are. Sure, they used "living in the basement" jokes, but ask the "Green Men" if they care. This is just more publicity for them. Here's the thing, the "Green Men" have had their 15 minutes of fame extended by stuff like this. If people wouldn't show them and ignore them, they'd go away.
They were pretty inappropriate for a national audience quite a few times. There were a couple times that they made Canadian jokes that seemed really nasty despite them trying to keep it playful (and Remenda is Canadian). I thought it was a strange broadcast but didn't realize they were the Sharks broadcast team until I saw this post. Now it all makes sense.
For what it's worth, Remenda and Hahn are actually employees of NBC Universal, which owns Comcast, but that's where this becomes disturbing. NBC Universal made the decision to use one of their Comcast crews to be the broadcaster for this series, and this very crew decides to go out and attack the Green Men instead of remaining neutral when NBC Universal had told them they would be used for nationwide coverage.
@DanielOrmsby Randy Hahn has blogged or tweeted about this before, but he & Remenda are actually employees of the Sharks, NOT Comcast/NBCUniversal. Although I agree they should have expressed less bias when the feed went national, they are employed by the Sharks and it is their job to present a broadcast that interests Sharks fans.