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June 5, 2011, 01:27 PM
Couldn't we have just a shred of objectivity in the coverage? Does NBC own the Bruins?
Suggestion: Put Milbury in a black and yellow cheerleading tutu for the next game. Why is there this unparalleled media bias against the Canucks - are they all Republicans?
June 5, 2011  11:16 PM ET
QUOTE:

Couldn't we have just a shred of objectivity in the coverage? Does NBC own the Bruins?Suggestion: Put Milbury in a black and yellow cheerleading tutu for the next game. Why is there this unparalleled media bias against the Canucks - are they all Republicans?

NBC is an American station. Therefore, it is to be expected that they would favor Boston in this series. However, as a neutral fan, I haven't noticed any obvious favorism towards the B's. I gurantee you if you watched CBC, you would probably notice Vancouver getting the majority of the coverage.

June 6, 2011  12:25 PM ET

As an objective fan I feel that throughout the playoffs almost every station is heavily on the Bruins; whether it was because they hated the Canadiens, discounted Philly and TB as equal competition or for whatever reason hate Vancouver. The last game vs Vancouver all I heard was the biting incident. Little morons seems to have forgotten the rule books. Biting is a 2 min misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct. Not a suspendable offense according to the rule book. Of course once Burrows lights the lamp the commentators go nuts on how Bruins fans should be furious...

Where were the comments like this in game 7 vs Montreal and TB. Horton tried to start fights at the end of game 6 in both series after the final whistle. This is stated a suspendable by the league. Horton who scored game winners in both games should have been sitting in the press box.

Of course they didnt mention Kredji's cross check on a player on the ice, the major slash to Bieska or Kesseler behind plays.

NBC and VS are so biased its a joke. Being from the Montreal area and watching CBC Montreal for games all while growing up believe me when I say I know biased announcer when I hear them.

Doesnt change the fact that announcer bias or not, the better team is going to win, and imho the better team has.

June 7, 2011  12:53 PM ET

You guys are a bunch of whimps.... period the end... and oh by the way the best team did win 8-1 ehaaaaa go Boston

June 7, 2011  02:27 PM ET

Haha, best team will win the series, enough said.

Nothing will change the fact that this is a goaltender series and both of them while being elite in the league are known for roller coaster series. Luongo really dropped the ball in the same game that Thomas was standing on his head.

The game showed Bruins were out shot, although only 3, yet the scoring chances were once again heavily favored to Vancouver 24-15. On top of that Boston was worse in almost every statistical category. This just shows that Thomas was a God last night and Luongo was bush league.

June 7, 2011  02:35 PM ET

My problem with NBC is dumping the midweek games onto Versus (which they also own) in favor of their stupid reality show garbage. They would never do that for football. (or baseball or basketball if they had the broadcast rights) Show the games on one of your many broadcast affiliations, not your third tier cable channel that isn't available everywhere in the US. Hell, showing it on Universal Sports would be better than Versus.

June 7, 2011  04:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

My problem with NBC is dumping the midweek games onto Versus (which they also own) in favor of their stupid reality show garbage. They would never do that for football. (or baseball or basketball if they had the broadcast rights) Show the games on one of your many broadcast affiliations, not your third tier cable channel that isn't available everywhere in the US. Hell, showing it on Universal Sports would be better than Versus.

Absolutely right about second-rate VS. Jones dithers and Milbury blabbers. There are a ton of colorful, knowledgeable hockey commentators out there. Why do these two homers get all the ait time?

June 7, 2011  05:03 PM ET

and boston will are you going to bite me .... what a bunch of whimps

June 11, 2011  11:09 PM ET

I have to say, Milbury was right on in referring to the Sedins as, "Thelma and Louise." The only player I have seen embellish plays and blatantly dive more than the Sedin twins is.... Burrows. And Lapierre? Talk about no class. A non-goal scoring rat who is more likely to get his team into a PK jam than do something to help them win. Don't get me started on Rome's hit. Torres? A dirty goon who has the respect of no one who isn't his teammate. He's somehow always the first guy to leave his feet and go for the head. Raffi, you are another reason people outside of Vancouver despise the Canucks. Bieksa/Kesler/Rat: Which of these three isn't a Canuck? Ha! Trick question. Yeah, it will be sweet when Boston wins the Cup up in BC. I will drink in all the biased Versus and NBC coverage I can get when that sweet day arrives! Oh, and it will, Canada. It will. Very soon. Courtesy of Tim Thomas and the rest of the Original Six Boston Bruins.

June 12, 2011  12:36 AM ET

You must be related to that other Gump. Here, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxu2-Ts4AWM&feature=share

June 12, 2011  12:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You must be related to that other Gump. Here, check this out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxu2-Ts4AWM&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxu2-Ts4AWM&feature=share

Try this one...

June 12, 2011  01:41 AM ET

Awesome! Thanks, Orac - You might think that got me riled, but I laughed from beginning to end. Despite my anti-Canucks comment (which I admit was completely a-holish, and entirely derived from the fear that Vancouver is too balanced and deep to lose game six or seven), I am a true hockey fan at heart. As much as I hate to admit it, I will be *almost* as happy for the Canucks if they win it as I will be for the Bruins if they can win a game 7. I learned in the 2007 Final that you can despise a team and still be happy for them when they win. Anyway, I have already seen Vancouver lose a game 7 in the Final, courtesy of Messier. It would be sweet redemption for 1994, and it would be nice to see the Cup in Canada. I hope Thomas turns out to be Boston's Messier in game 7, but if the Canucks win the Cup on Monday or Wednesday, hats off to the best team in the NHL this year.

June 12, 2011  02:25 AM ET

Actually, you had the reaction I was hoping you'd have. We have to laugh about these sorts of things. In the end they're just games. They're supposed to be fun. I'll admit to rooting for Vancouver but that's kind of besides the point. Aside from the blowouts of game 3 and game 4 this has been a good series. I'm just happy we're getting some good hockey.

BTW, there's a part 2 to that video. It's not as good as part 1 I don't think, but you should judge that for yourself.

http://youtu.be/isIkUvW7nlQ

But it was partly redeemed by part 3:

http://youtu.be/kgmHAoKT-pk

Oh, and Go Canucks Go!

June 12, 2011  04:10 AM ET

Ha! Good stuff. Tough to top the first episode, but he definitely tries in parts 2 and 3 (I also found the 4th part, which I thought was pretty funny, as well):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ16cv-DML4

Thanks for directing me to these vids. I forwarded them on to some knuckleheads who I know will appreciate them, too. I have a good feeling that Wednesday's game will turn out to be one of the great Game 7s of all time!

June 12, 2011  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I have a good feeling that Wednesday's game will turn out to be one of the great Game 7s of all time!

Only one problem here... there isn't going to be a game on Wednesday. :-)

June 12, 2011  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Awesome! Thanks, Orac - You might think that got me riled, but I laughed from beginning to end. Despite my anti-Canucks comment (which I admit was completely a-holish, and entirely derived from the fear that Vancouver is too balanced and deep to lose game six or seven), I am a true hockey fan at heart. As much as I hate to admit it, I will be *almost* as happy for the Canucks if they win it as I will be for the Bruins if they can win a game 7. I learned in the 2007 Final that you can despise a team and still be happy for them when they win. Anyway, I have already seen Vancouver lose a game 7 in the Final, courtesy of Messier. It would be sweet redemption for 1994, and it would be nice to see the Cup in Canada. I hope Thomas turns out to be Boston's Messier in game 7, but if the Canucks win the Cup on Monday or Wednesday, hats off to the best team in the NHL this year.

Wow! A real, thinking hockey fan. Awesome! Actually, I am a lifelong Bruins fan, but I will be happy if the Canucks win - if for no other reason than that these poor Canadian blighters can't seem to catch a break from the American sports world. They are a class team and, with the exception of the hit on Horton, play with a level of speed and talent that hasn't been seen in this league for a long time.

June 12, 2011  06:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Wow! A real, thinking hockey fan. Awesome! Actually, I am a lifelong Bruins fan, but I will be happy if the Canucks win - if for no other reason than that these poor Canadian blighters can't seem to catch a break from the American sports world. They are a class team and, with the exception of the hit on Horton, play with a level of speed and talent that hasn't been seen in this league for a long time.

I appreciate this sentiment, even though I know you're not talking to me. Still, I wouldn't feel too badly for the Canadians. Have you forgotten the Olympics last year? Gold medal game, US vs Canada?

Speaking of the Olympics, there's an odd correlation floating around the net. Montreal hosted the Olympics in '76, and the Habs won the cup in '77. Calgary hosted the Olympics in '88, and the Flames won the cup in '89. Vancouver hosted the Olympics in 2010. They're one win away from keeping the streak alive...

June 13, 2011  06:03 PM ET

Not only I am guaranteeing a Bruin win in game 6, but I do believe the final score will be 3 to 1. What's the saying? Ah, yes: "The fourth win is always the toughest." And especially so on the road. Will Bobby Orr wave the giant #18 flag again before the game? Hell, yeah, he will!

Looking forward to Jonesy's (too measured) and Milbury's (awesomely dour) analysis of why and how the Bruins will win tonight. Then, for comic relief, they'll trot out J.R. after the game for his too-excited, wild-eyed, retrospective analysis. Good theater!

BTW, Orac - that Olympics-Cup streak could be a complicating factor for the Bruins, and it is a strong omen (if you believe in such things, which I don't, because it is an anomaly!)

SkiDoc - I appreciate it.

I'll check back here after the game to gloat. Or... to eat my words about guaranteeing a Bruin victory. Go Bruins! Avenge my SJ Sharks!

June 14, 2011  12:29 AM ET

You called it Gump. What a crap game. Time to send Luongo back to Florida. And he needs learn to shut his frackin' pie hole!

Seriously, I don't believe in the correlation stuff. I just found it an odd coincidence.

BTW, now that I know you're a Sharks fan your comments make much more sense to me.

The good news? Game 7! It's going to be amazing, whoever wins. Go Canucks Go!

June 14, 2011  01:06 AM ET

Orac - Yeah, not the best game of the series by any means. Didn't like seeing Raymond go into the boards so awkwardly. Never seen something quite like that, and I was worried about a spine injury, and was really bummed to hear he was taken to the hospital. Hopefully, he will be OK.

The comment by Luongo - I didn't clue into it much as first, but I am thinking that really got to Thomas and the Bruins as a whole, but who knows? I am sure he wishes he didn't say it now. He's a veteran, and probably should have known better than to stir up Thomas and Boston that way, I'm thinking.

I was surprised NBC talked about the correlation... it's kinda hard to ignore, and may still hold after Wednesday. Can't wait for game 7. It has been a great playoff year, and this is of course a great way to end it for all hockey fans. It also brings the beginning of next season that much closer, and this next year will be the year of the Sharks! Damn it is hard to like the teams that end your favorite teams' playoff runs!

Go B's!

 
June 14, 2011  02:48 PM ET

I am thinking a strong correlation is 75% no such thing as a 100% so I like the correlation myself as a Bruins fan.... I like the Bruins in game seven period..... they are the better team... Vancouver may have the more skilled players (maybe) but success and winning is much more than skill alone.... That is but one of the many factors necessary for success.... Go Bruins from the other gump!

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