One of the things we don't do enough of is give huge props to our boy Nicholas as [PSAMP].
He always has something interesting.
Todays exhibit, meet China Jack.
[PSAMP] has all the details, but this guy traveled all the way to Hong Kong to make this video because China blocks youtube. Surprised NBC's headquarters aren't based there now.
Next fundraiser may be to pay China Jack's ride to a game.
We can't let this outdoor-screen situation slowly fade away.
The feeling around the internet, from what we've seen,
is that Pens fans, non-Pens fans, and even Pens HATERS are jacked.
We could pretend that we know the dynamics
surrounding the NHL's broadcasting rights, but we have no clue.
While we've directed some angst toward NBC (and we will again),
it's time to look at the NHL's role in this.
Did they even stand up for the Pens and their fans?
Is Bettman that big of a yes-man to the networks?
It all boils down to the cash, unfortunately.
You have the smallest and most passionate fans
of the four major sports in the United States.
The NHL has worked hard to exhibit this fact.
Pittsburgh and Buffalo are consistently two of the top
hockey markets in the U.S., when it comes to TV ratings.
The outdoor screen averages roughly 2,000-4,000 fans.
All NBC sees in that 2,000-4,000 is ad revenue.
Are you seriously losing that much in the Nielsen rating?
Why doesn't the NHL bring that fact to the table?
We could be dicks and direct people to online streams
for Sunday's game and to NOT TURN ON on your television.
But those streams are secret havens for financially strapped fans
to see games outside of the market.
If the NHL and NBC knew where these havens were,
their cheapskate big wigs would go and try to shut them down.
This turned into a rant.
Because this whole thing is a joke.
It seems that the decision on the outdoor screen
is set in stone for Sunday's game.
But hopefully, this isn't the last time
we get to voice our displeasure with NBC and the NHL.
Hell, it even made ESPN.com's main page.
We could feed you all kinds of shit about how unreal this game was,
coming up with the usual over-the-top emotional opening.
But here's the the truth. It's 2:15 A.M.
And we just got back from our first playoff game since 1993, and 1997 respectively.
And being that you don't remember anything from childhood unless you were touched where you pee, this was kind of like our first playoff game(s).
And it was epic.
But this blog isn't about us.
It's about 17,000+ of your closest strangers becoming your friends.
It's about screaming things at Mike Richards
that would make your grandmother vomit on herself.
A home goal being scored in hockey
is the most unique thing in sports.
In football, you see the pass, you see the hole open for the back.
In basketball, you have the rare buzzer-beater.
With baseball, even a snail could Twitter about an upcoming score.
But when that puck goes in, the arena goes
from being semi-silent to an eruption in less than a second.
If you want to know what this is all about,
this .GIF tells the story:
Game 3 is bigger than your mom right now.
Penguins Lead Series 1-0
7:00PM - Mellon Arena
Wednesday night was everything we could have asked for as Pens fans.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played exactly how they needed to.
They were dominant as they outworked and outclassed the Philadelpia Flyers.
The Flyers responded by filling the penalty box with orange and white jerseys.
The game ended with a frustrated Flyers team frantically trying to exert some sort of physical presence while a celebratory Penguins team stood in triumph.
It was a great moment for every Pens fan.
But that moment has passed.
Tonight will be an entirely different game.
And it likely won't be that easy.
Yes, the Flyers are the most penalized team in the league, but they are also very talented offensively.
If they listen to their coach and their captain, they will play a completely different game tonight.
Their goals tonight include taking less penalties and matching the Penguins' intensity.
The Penguins goal is to keep skating hard, keep working hard and keep hitting hard.
To quote Dan Bylsma, "it's a race to four."
One down. Three to go.
Game 3 Sunday Won't Be On Outdoor Screen
Pittsburgh Penguins Apr 17, 2009, 1:36 PM EDT
The Penguins will not show Sunday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on the outdoor screen in front of Mellon Arena because of a decision by NBC Sports.
Sunday’s game will be televised nationally by NBC. As a policy, NBC Sports does not allow teams to show their broadcasts on arena screens.
The Penguins will show Game 2 tonight on the outdoor screen, and will resume the screen for Game 4 Tuesday night. Both of those games will be broadcast locally by FSN Pittsburgh.
NBC, the channel that has used the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby in just about every commercial since the network started airing hockey games, is refusing to let the team show game three of the Penguins/Flyers series on the giant screen outside the arena.
Ironically, MSNBC published this article on Wednesday in which they wrote "during the Penguins' run to the Stanley Cup finals last season, the outdoor TV routinely drew a couple thousand fans."
NBC is airing the game nationally on Sunday and must figure that a thousand or so people watching on a big screen will ruin their ratings.
It's funny that the NBC company line is now that "NBC Sports does not allow teams to show their broadcasts on arena screens."
You might remember that a giant screen was outside the arena last year.
In case you don't, you can read all about it here.
NBC aired those games and the giant screen did as well.
Perhaps when they walked into the arena the NBC staff didn't notice a huge screen surrounded by a thousand people.
Strange that a thousand people were easily ignored by NBC last season, but this year those same thousand people watching a game outside the arena are a danger to the company's ratings.
This is the decision of the NBC national network and not any local affiliate.
WPXI has issued a statement nonetheless.
If you are planning on going to the game tonight, either inside the arena or to watch the screen outside, and you disagree with this decision bring a sign and/or start a chant.
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A Facebook Group has been started to "Bring Back the Screen."
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Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for Game 2.
John Stevens has been fined $10,000. LINK
Apparently, the NHL had a big-time meeting on Monday
telling coaches not to "send messages" at the end of decided games.
After the jump, the call to arms has been answered.
and thanks to Patrick W. for the top banner
Plus a reporter fail from last night.
Don't make the jump if you don't like synonyms for "chicken."
Every day of the playoffs is a big deal,
even when your team isn't playing.
News came along the wire Thursday that Daniel Carcillo
may be facing suspension for jobbing Talbot at the end of Game One.
Call to Arms after the jump
If the Pens would have come out and laid an egg,
we would have said. well. in '91, they lost the first game of every series.
But they win in dominating fashion.
If you're already thinking about the next round, you are high.
Welcome to the NHL playoffs.
The game was everything you want if you have home ice.
You score a goal early, get another one, and just job.
The most staggering thing about the game was how good the Penguins defense was.
The Flyers just need the PP to score goals.
We totally forgot Mark Eaton didn't play in the playoffs last year.
How emotional was it to see him lay his body out to block a pass.
It is a long road to travel. Game 2 will be a monster.
1 down, 15 to go.