If there is one thing that excites me about a Game Seven, it is this:
CBC always does a great job with the opening montage of a Game Seven. I was talking to a few people on Twitter about how much I love CBC’s hockey broadcast, and one of the big reasons I love it is the way they present the game itself. That starts with these montages, and I think it makes a lot of sense that they do it better than Versus. CBC may have bias and isn’t afraid to show it, but they just know hockey better. They understand the moment and what it means, and so they know how to approach that moment correctly. It starts with the people they put on air and goes all they way down to the guy editing the montage you see above. You can even hear it in the way they mic the game: it just sounds better.
One interesting thing I’ve come to believe about CBC is that the bias they establish is by choice but is also necessary. They show bias when they announce Canadian teams not because they want to, but because their audience demands it.
Or at least they feel their audience demands it. Their desire to see a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup is almost as strong as their desire to win Olympic Gold. There are exceptions, of course, but CBC isn’t stupid. CBC reaches an audience that happens to extend into places like Buffalo, but for the most part I’d imagine Canadians take pride in the way the game is called. It’s the way they want playoff hockey to be announced: Like it’s life or death.
Tonight we will see the Flyers try to make history, and the Bruins hold on. I really can’t bring myself to root for a team at this point, I don’t think many Sabres fans can force themselves to root for the Flyers or Bruins. If you can pick one, give me a reason why.
I will be watching the game eventually, but when I do I’m watching CBC first.