Hockey's Biggest Problem: The Dizzying Facts Behind the Sport's No. 1 Issue

Adam LangerCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2012

I may have a 60" HD TV, but this still seems unnecessarily close.
I may have a 60" HD TV, but this still seems unnecessarily close.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

There's a crisis in hockey today. Some call it an epidemic, others call it a series of unfortunate coincidences. But the fact remains that there are too many individuals out there with dizzying headaches and serious symptoms.

No, I'm not talking about concussions.

Now don't get me wrong, concussions are a serious issue. I should know, I've literally read dozens of sentences on the subject and consider myself to be somewhat of a know-it-all. No, the problem I'm referring to has been around the league for far longer.

Shaky television camera operators. Or, the affectionate term my hockey-watching buddies have created, the "Ouzo cameraman."

I'm sure we've all experienced this: watching your favorite team beat the Blue Jackets (or in the case of Blue Jackets fans, hi you two! Thanks for reading!) when all of a sudden the puck is no longer on the screen, and you're left with the view of someone frantically waving back and forth trying to find a small rubber disc while refusing to zoom out slightly.

It's almost as if you're watching the Blair Witch Project on ice. (Note to self: begin to search for funding for what will surely be the greatest Ice Capades ever created).

Sure, there are other issues in the game that demand our attention. One of my biggest fears in life is that I'll tune in to a hockey game only to hear American commentators who tell stories rather than talk about the play happening on the ice, and then scream with confused excitement when something actually happens. I'm also genuinely concerned that an NHL team is going to hire Mike Milbury again.

However, when the game you know and love becomes unwatchable, (not counting ECHL games, which are almost always unwatchable) it seems to me that something isn't right.

Perhaps I'm overreacting. Maybe I should simply deal with it and try to enjoy the game for as long as I can without feeling nauseous. Or, maybe when hockey fans spend their money on cable and hockey packages, they should actually receive a product they're capable of watching.

Do you feel as I do, or am I making a big deal out of nothing? Leave comments below, or feel free to harass me on Twitter @AdamLanger .