Puck Daddy has an interesting post about a Flyers/Penguins game last Thursday. Philadelphia had a goal reviewed by Toronto after a puck appeared to cross the goal line against Pittsburgh’s Brent Johnson. The only television crew covering the game was FSN Pittsburgh, who didn’t send a certian camera angle to Toronto until after a decision was made. They didn’t show it on air until that decision, either:
Now officials are looking into whether they intentionally hid that angle from league officials. The Flyers won the game in the end, but it would be the ultimate in homerism if they decided FSN did something wrong.
Wild speculation here, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that were the case. The Penguins television feed is one of the worst broadcasts I’ve ever heard, with awful play by play and a penchant for homerism. Sabres fans are no stranger to biased broadcasts, but Paul Steigerwald is at the top of the list in my book. On his broadcast Sidney Crosby can do no wrong, and the rest of the league no right.
Now I try to remain level-headed when it comes to these kind of things, and I know hometown bias is a trademark of NHL broadcasts. It’s easy to say that everyone loves Sidney Crosby and conspiracy theories and yadda yadda yadda, but Steigerwald is completely over the top in every sense of the word. Everyone wants their team rooted for on their home feed, and I understand that. However, the question here is simple: would a television broadcast intentionally help the team they cover?
Words are words, but intentionally effecting the outcome of the game would absolutely cross the line in this case. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a network doing such a thing, and maybe FSN wasn’t trying that either. Still, it’s been a rough season for the crew, who has already dealt with The Hobey Baker Joke.
It’s easy to pick on something as arbitrary as play by play, but I mention it because I wonder what broadcast you dislike the most. You guys watch a lot of hockey, and I know many of you have the Center Ice package. Which broadcast ranks up there as the worst in your mind? I have the Penguins feed as my #1, that’s for sure.