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  1. Setting aside the financial commitments which I’m sure were the deciding factor, it’s really no surprise - if ESPN would rather air reruns of men with sunglasses staring at each over a poker table for an hour than hockey, why shouldn’t NBC choose the comparatively much more exciting alternative of tiny men riding horses in a circle?

    And I can’t think of an NHL player that would ever merit a posthumous tribute like NBC’s “Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse.”

    Comment by Joel — 05/23/2007 @ 01:55:26 AM

  2. You bring up another potential conspiracy angle, Joel. Recall that, earlier in these NHL playoffs, that Barbaro biopic was knocked off the air thanks to a hockey game that went deep into OT. It was shown at a later date on CNBC, I think, but still, it didn’t air at its original network timeslot.

    Fast forward to this past weekend, when the NHL once again threatened to preempt horseracing — and live horseracing, to boot. Did the horseracing powers-that-be make it known to the network that they’d better not do the same thing twice??

    Last time, pucks won; this time, horses did. I guess you could look at it as even-stevens.

    No NHL player who’s Barbaro-worthy as a tribute? M. Lemieux, W. Gretzky, maybe, when their times come? And ask around Philly, where the name Pelle Lindbergh might still trigger wistful memories.

    Comment by CT — 05/23/2007 @ 01:18:50 PM

  3. POLITICAL PREEMPTING IN THE LAND OF HOCKEY…

    It seems there’s nowhere in North America that’s safe for an NHL telecast. On the heels of NBC’s “horsie game” over the weekend, hockey fans in Manitoba got gypped out of the first two periods of Tuesday’s Western C…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 05/23/2007 @ 11:41:04 PM

  4. Geez, a conspiracy nut and I don’t even know it - I was unaware that hockey bumped the Barbaro love.

    I wonder if a split-screen would be considered in a situation like this? I guess people would just complain about which event got the audio, but at least you could SEE them both.

    Lemieux and Gretzky sure, but they’re both from the wrong Nation. I’m sure the CBC would be chock full of tributes for those guys, particularly if they were euthanized.

    I just don’t think NBC would see a lot of ratings for “Modano: A Nation’s Center.”

    Comment by Joel — 05/24/2007 @ 01:01:30 AM

  5. NBC’S LACK OF NHL STAR-SUPPORT…

    While the following isn’t intended to be a piling-on to last week’s “Horsie Game” brouhaha, it’s probably inspired by it:
    Well over a year ago, when Al Michaels jumped ship from ……

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 05/26/2007 @ 02:53:16 PM

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