Sunday, May 6, 2007

pet peeves: the hockey commentator

it drives me crazy when the commentators call the wrong man (ie: harry cole referring to simon gagné as "jarome iginla" numerous times in the 06 olympics), but obviously this happens all the time and is totally forgiveable over the course of two-thousand-some-odd NHL & international games per year.

what is completely unforgiveable is the commentators referring to the czech republic as "czechoslovakia." it happened at least twice during today's matchup v. canada in the WHC, and made me irate both times. i don't care how busy, dazed or unfocussed you are about what you're yammering on about, 14 years after its' "peaceful split", if you can't figure it out, you should get a new fucking job. you never hear these chumps slip up with other former-communist countries ---nobody ever says, "ovechkin with a huge goal for the soviet union" or "italy needs a win over east germany to advance." but the numbskulls just can't put together that there are two distinct and seperate countries (maybe they should visit ??).

that's my rant.

it was nice to see roman "the chickmagnet" cechmanek is still annoying as ever.

:)

9 comments:

duncan said...

That drives me crazy too, and I think it will last as long as any commentator born before 1975. My favourite is when Czech Republic is actually playing Slovakia and they still do it.

Jason said...

At least you don't have to put up with Brett Hull and Pierre McGuire on NBC.

duncan said...

What's wrong with Brett Hull and Pierre McGuire? At least they stand for something, unlike Drew "wow, what a great save" Remenda and Greg "whoa, did he ever crunch him!" Millen.

Steal Thunder said...

Just out of curiousity, when you say that announcers saying the wrong name annoys you, did you type 'Harry Cole' on purpose or did you mean to put one of either Bob Cole or Harry Neale?

TSN is basically just showing the NBC broadcasts of games, with their own intermission show...

So we get plenty of Pierre McGuire...

Steal Thunder said...

Oh, and I actually like Pierre McGuire...

leanne said...

Agreed, there are worse sins than Brett and Pierre out there. They're at least entertaining...

My recent mystery has been NBC's shift clock. Do we really need to know exactly when Shanahan's 30s into his shift?

Really?

walkinvisible said...

ST: i was writing in an extremely annoyed state and totally typo'd "harry cole." which is extra funny considering the subject matter.

i really like pierre mcguire, too. brett hull would probably be equivalently slappable to drew remenda.

Kyle said...

Oh......NOW I get the 14 year reference!

walkinvisible said...

Kyle: i knew you'd come around... ;)