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2010 Vancouver Olympic Hockey: Super Sunday Starts Off with No TV Coverage?

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 21:  Evgeni Malkin (L) of the Russian Federation celebrates with his teammates after he scored a goal in the third period against goalie Tomas Vokoun of Czech Republic during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between Russia and Czech Republic on day 10 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 21, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Andy BenschSenior Writer INovember 21, 2016

 

I woke up today on what has been deemed the "Super Sunday" of hockey, with rematches of the last three gold medal games all slated on the same day.

But when I switched to NBC at 12 noon to get my Czech Republic vs Russia fix, I found that there was no hockey to be shown.

As a matter of fact, even though the Tivo description listed "Men's hockey, Czech Republic vs Russia," all they showed was various types of skiing and none of it featured Lindsey Vonn, so why would I want to watch?

Listen, my whole family skies and it is a fun sport to both partake in and watch, for the most part. However, seeing guys go over a bunch of tiny jumps without doing any tricks during a "race" is not entertaining.

Most of us Olympic fans would rather watch skiers Tanner Hall or Simon Dumont go big in the half pipe. But oh wait, there is no skiing half pipe in the Olympics, only snowboarding!

But that is an argument for another day.

My complaint today is that when I want to be enjoying two of the most talented hockey countries in the world go up against one another, I'm regulated to watching cross-country skiing.

Now if there is one sport that doesn't need to be televised, it has got to be cross- country skiing.

How does that take precedence over hockey? These games are in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are being played in Canada, the birthplace of hockey.

And my appetizer to the main course of USA-Canada isn't being shown for what reason? Because random skiing events are more popular?

It cannot be true that more people would prefer to watch the less exciting skiing events than a great hockey game.

So, what is NBC doing?

They know hockey is the biggest draw and they should know about the great anticipation of the three huge matchups taking place today.

But why didn't they plan to show all of them live on at least one of their three (bleeping) channels?

It simply doesn't make sense.

I had to hear from a friend over Facebook that it was an awesome finish until the Russians put the game away with an empty netter.

The game sounded like it totally lived up to the hype and I missed it?

You have got to be kidding me, NBC.

I'm glad Jay Leno's back with the Tonight Show, but other than that, I hate your station and don't watch a single show from your network.

Good day.

 

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