Friday, December 30, 2011
3rd Star (1 pt):
The third star is going to Joe B tonight. He had a typical performance that you come to except from him. There were a few stand out moments that pushed him into a scoring spot. First, his game intro was all about blood. It was filled with blood and medical puns. In a night where Joe B clearly had violence on the brain the Caps did not disappoint. There were a ton of scrums during the game and a few fights erupted early on, so clearly Joe B was onto something. Joe B goes on to let us know that Green could be back next week, which was good news. He gets in a nice burn about some fans stupid looking mohawk and also invades Locker's telestrating room. This may be a CSN first, so needless to say when I saw Joe B jumping up and down behind Locker during the telestration I was pretty excited. Finally, in the postgame Joe B threatens to "punchout" Alan May over a comment May made about his glasses. Points for bravery Joe, but that is a fight your not going to win.
2nd Star (2 pts):
Rob Carlin. Kind of a surprise here considering Carlin started off the night poorly. He tried to make fun of Alan May for the millionth time and was shut down. When will he learn. After that slight blunder during the pregame the best thing about Carlin was his candy cane tie. However, he really got his act together during the postgame. He is really excited about the Cap's victory and it doesn't seem fake or forced. He points out the importance of the fast start and sets up May to talk about the importance of the early goal nicely. Carlin also makes sure Voko gets his due as he points out that without his stellar performance in net the Caps would not of been able to pull out the win. Carlin ran through the game highlights tagteam style with May and they had a nice pacing and back and forth with each other. Even when they brought Joe B and Locker into the discussion Carlin was able to hold his own and didn't make himself look like an idiot. Every time I see him I like Carlin more and it really seems like he is learning more and more about the sport of hockey.
1st Star (3 pts):
Alan May. A return to form tonight for the great Alan May. Started out with a discussion about concussions in the NHL this season. His suggestion to cut back on them was to allow heavy hitting in little kid hockey to prepare them for the pros. Classic May answer. Rob Carlin tries to make a joke about May still suffering from a few concussions and May tells him to spot talking. Carlin quickly shuts up. May breaks down what hasn't been working with the offense and wants the Caps to keep the puck off the boards and use their speed. Doesn't seem to like this new dump and chase style and I gotta agree with him. Alan then gives a shout out to Semin and his recent hot streak. All of the broadcasters would make reference to Semin's recent upswing in production but May was doing it before it was cool. Total hipster. In the post game May has a lot of good things to say about the Caps performance. He runs through the highlights with Carlin without missing a beat. My favorite part of his work tonight was when he proposed a race between Chimer and Johansson to see who was the fastest Cap. This is an awesome idea and something I want to see happen. Nice work tonight Alan.
Other Participants (0 pts):
Jill Sorenson: Did a brief rink side spot about the team looking for revenge.
Al Koken: Bites of the Nites and interviews. Nothing spectacular.
Locker: Lost some points for coming up with "Tic-Tac-double big Toe" when describing the Backstrom goal.
Chris Miller: Was pretty okay tonight. Lost all chance of scoring a point by being paired off with Jenkins though.
Chuck Gormely: I know, I know. But he talked about Kuznetsov tonight and that made me think for a second. Do I think he knows anything about Kuznetsov? No. Does he have the personality of cardboard? Yes. I believe he is now under the "Sarah Palin" effect. He has set the bar so low that when he does throw up all over himself I consider it a win. He did have some help from Jenkins though...
Last Star (-1pt):
Michael Jenkins. Jenkins what are you doing? It was a home game which means I have already have written Chuck Gormely into this spot. But you had to go and fuck that up didn't you. Just to keep things interesting. Maybe just to keep me on my toes. Jenkins handled the first intermission tonight and he didn't do much. He had no highlights to present, mentioned Kuznetsov (something Chuck had already covered), and then talked a bit about Tebow. Wow, nice job Jenkins but I guess I should be happy you weren't creepy. Jenkins is back from the immediate post game and he doesn't do any highlights once again. All he does is "check in" with team USA at the junior world championships. However, at this point it has already been well established that team USA was eliminated so Jenkins just comes off as a jackass. I am also quite certain he doesn't know a thing about hockey. Later when he was in studio with Miller, Miller refers to them as "team extreme". This must of made Jenkins think he was part of some cool buddy cop style team cause he suddenly felt motivated to run through some highlights. He crashed and burned cause he likes to try and sound excited and knowledgeable but came off as fake and stupid. On a night where he was mostly just dead weight, his late performance really cemented Jenkins into the last spot. Chuck should take you out to dinner this week as a thank you.
Points to Date for Participants:
Joe B: 7
Check out the complete standings in the top right!
It feels good to be back in the swing of things. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the Caps played a back to back and I am suppose to go out for New Years tomorrow. I am trying to get someone to cover the game for me, but if I can't I apologize for missing another night. Maybe I'll throw a post up about my New Years adventures instead.
Thanks for reading,
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tonight was a good game. Or so I hear. NBC had the broadcasting rights for tonight which meant the CSN crew took the night off. With the way the team has been playing and my hatred for the NBC crew I decided to also take a night off. I went to see a college basketball game at the University of Maryland. Maryland was playing Albany (which may or may not be a highschool?) and they won. It was the first game for a really tall Russian/Ukraine guy who played for Maryland and he did pretty good. Maryland also had a guy from Iceland on their team. With all the Foreign players from cold places it was just like watching hockey.
Anyway, I got home, watched the highlights, and read some recaps. Sounds like it was a pretty solid performance all around and its nice to see Semin finding the back of the net. Caps play again on Friday against Buffalo and the CSN crew will be back in action. Which means I'll be back in action. Sorry for the semi-long drought but things are going to ramp up again now.
I'd love to hear any comments from you guys about the game, or about the NBC broadcasters. Hell, do your own broadcaster recap and let me know what I missed and how it stacks up to a typical CSN broadcast.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Observations of the game (at a glance):
Wow we suck. We really suck. I can't believe I wore this new Capitals jersey I got. I look like an idiot and everyone in my family is laughing at me. Maybe we'll come back to send this into overtime like last game. Whelp the channel got changed over to the Wizards. Guess I'm watching that now.
Hey the Wizards are winning. I thought they sucked. I'm digging these new uniforms and they got cheerleaders. I guess baseball is the only sport without cheerleaders? Whoa it's that Kim Kardashian dude (so says my sister and cousin). Sure wish I knew anything about Kim Kardashian to make fun of him about. I'm not sure how the Wizards are winning cause since this game was turned on all I have seen is the Nets scoring. Apparently these games ARE in quarters and not halves like college basketball. Also apparently I have been watching the SECOND quarter not the 1st. It seems like people do fouls a lot but it also seems like nobody can make foul shots so I guess it balances out. Pizza has arrived. Looks like I'm doing that. Uncle says you only have to watch the last 2mins of an NBA game anyway so maybe I'll try and do that.
Man I miss slamball. That was an awesome sport and also I think I could've maybe gone pro in it.
End of Both Games:
O hey the Caps kinda made it interesting by scoring twice. Bet it wasn't actually interesting to watch.
O hey the Wizards lost the game. Bet that's going to happen a lot.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Point totals for Participants:
Joe B: 6
Jill Sorenson: 3
Happy Holidays. Next game is Monday. Twitter @Dru90.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Third Star (1 pt):
Alan May. May was back after his long absence from the broadcast during the road trip. Paired up with his normal partner Rob Carlin, he handled the post game show. In a night where everyone was talking about how great of a game the Caps played, May made sure to keep us grounded by pointing out how the team disappeared during the 2nd period. In talking about Knuble's 1,000th game, Alan said he looks like a male supermodel. Rob Carlin took that opportunity to take a shot at May, who was not amused. Later in the show, Carlin made another bad joke when Smokin' Al's mic wasn't working and May gave him a death stare. Big points for May's three keys to the game. He said Ovie needed to score more and the powerplay had to produce. Check and Check. Does Alan May know hockey, or does he know hockey?
Second Star (2 pts):
Locker gets the nod in the 2nd spot tonight. Good job color commentating, no stand out calls but no major blunders. He was also back on the telestrator for the first time in awhile and he didn't miss a beat. His "Hold it Here" count for the night is 9. Keeping that in single digits is quite a feet for Locker so he definitely gets points for that. Early in the game Locker told the fan's not to worry, "the goals will come". Surprise, surprise a few minutes later Ovie buried the first goal of the night. Four more would follow, with all the big stars getting in on the action so its safe to say Locker called it. Locker was also wearing a big "22" button on his suit jacket, which was a nice show of support for Knuble.
First Star (3 pts):
Julie Donaldson. Julie was back in championship form tonight. She handled the first intermission and the intimidate post game show tonight in a really nice black dress jacket and dark blue shirt that said "I'm ready for business". She ran through the highlights with emotion and precision. She not only got the calls right, but it really seemed like she loves what she is doing. People like Jill Sorenson could take a page out of her book on how to not seem like a robot. (I'd say Gormely, but he is beyond fixing and may, in fact, be a robot). Julie never stopped smiling all night and her sign off was "Go Caps". Its always nice to see some team spirit. With all the other Sportsnet anchors it seems like a job, but with Julie its feels like a passion. She even had the ability to make me forget that Jenkins was her co-host, so I very much appreciated that. Inspiring stuff tonight.
Joe B: "Hey. Hey guys. Guys. Guys, Guys, Guys. Did you know it's Knuble's 1,000ths game?"
Carlin: Stop trying to make jokes. May is not amused, will never be amused, and you are not friends.
Smokin': Does he spray tan?
Jenkins: Wearing a vest and pink tie without a jacket. Had a "no that's not a roofie I put in your drink" look on his face the whole night.
Jill Sorenson: Wore all black and stood in front of an all black background. Meet Jill the floating head.
Last Star (-1 pt):
Chuck Gormely. Ehhhhh Chuck we missed you. On a big night for Mike Knuble, Gormely decided it would be appropriate to make his segment about Knuble. Good thinking Chuck, how could you screw that up. Well bringing up Knuble's dead Dad was a good way to do just that. Out of all the fantastic, hockey-related, achievements of Knuble's career Chuck decided to talk about his Dad who died when Knuble was 15. He didn't even make an effort to tie it back into hockey. Nope just dropped the "dead-dad" bomb and walked away. He didn't even show a shred of what could be called an emotion. Heartless. Cold. However, I did learn something new from Chuck's performance tonight. I was so confused that he decided to talk about Knuble's father, instead of anything else about his playing career, that I asked myself, "how does Chuck Gormely do his research." Well in the third sentence under "Playing Career" on Knuble's Wikipedia page it mentions his father's death. Mystery solved. Apparently all it takes to be an inside blogger is Wikipedia. You may now refer to me as, Dru "Capitals Insider".
Twitter is @Dru90. Next game on Friday in New Jersey. See you then!
Points of Participants to date:
Alan May: 6
Joe B: 3
Jill Sorenson: 2
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
First Star (3pts):
Alan May. He started off strong in the pregame. His partner Carlin and on-ice-reporter Jill Sorenson were talking about how good the Flyers are and that rubbed May the wrong way! Alan vented his rage on Carlin who he called out for wearing an orange and blue "Islanders Tie" and, when Carlin tried to come back with a snappy comeback about May's suit, Alan just stared him down and asked if that was the best he could do. Carlin quickly backpedaled and cut to commercial, presumably to grovel for forgiveness or get a good cry in. Most likely both. Postgame, May brought down the hammer as he called the Caps out for playing soft and letting the Flyers do whatever they wanted in front of the Caps net. Then, in a show of good will and generosity, Alan asks Locker a hockey question about defensive formations. Of course Alan knew the answer, but he likes to make his fellow broadcasters feel useful. He is just that kind of guy. May finished up the post game by talking about how Mike Green doesn't suck.
Second Star (2pts):
Craig Laughlin. Locker was down between the benches tonight and sounded a bit dishearten early on that he wasn't standing shoulder to shoulder with Joe B. Or maybe it was the fact that the puck tried to kill him three times. Who knows. Either way, he began to loosen up and seemed to cope with his separation anxiety by trying to fight some old guy who was with the Flyers twice during the game. That made for some good TV because honestly, who doesn't love a good old guy fight? I was a bit disappointed that it took Locker till eleven minutes into the second period to call the puck a "biscuit" but, he made up for it with two pretty good on ice interviews with Knuble and Alzner. The thing that really pushed his performance over the top tonight though was his ability to call plays correctly. On the Flyers second goal, Locker repeatedly insisted that he saw it go off Matty-P. On the Flyers controversial fifth goal, that went to the secret Toronto review bunker, Locker insisted that it went in. He turned out to be right on both occasions so he scores some major points there. Finally, he gets bonus points for awesome adverb usage during his description of the Flyers fourth goal: "The caps were good positionally defensively.” Well said Locker, well said.
Third Star (1pt):
Julie Donaldson. Julie did the first intermission break and the immediate post game. She didn't quite seem to be herself tonight and I can't put my finger on why. Maybe its because she was wearing all gray which made her seem sad. Maybe it was because she was worried because the producers had stuck her in the studio with the Jenkins. Can't blame her for that one. She did a good job running through NHL highlights and showed off some real hockey knowledge by calling the Pens arena by its nickname, the "Igloo". She also showed a clip from the Rangers game of a goalie getting completely destroyed in a collision and didn't even fuck it up with a stupid comment along the lines of "wow that must of hurt" or "that's gonna leave a mark". During her her postgame highlights she didn't mention the painful Caps loss because she knew the wound was still fresh. She knew we were in need of compassion and comfort after the beat down via the Philly so her sign off was accompanied with a really nice smile that made me feel a little bit better about the loss. That was nice of her. Even when she isn't 100%, Julie comes ready to play.
Other Participants (0 pts):
Micheal Jenkins: Wasn't THAT creepy. Maybe they told him to stop trying to act "cool".
Joe B.: Called a 90pt season for Backstrom.
Rob Carlin: AKA Alan May's Bitch.
Jill Sorenson: Like her haircut. Didn't like her apparent love for Jagr.
Al Koken: For a strange reason I keep picturing him as Wayne Newton.
Last Star (-1pt):
Chuck Gormely. Chuck, Chuck, Chuck. Why do we always run into each other here at the bottom of the list. I have a feeling it's because you are terrible at your job. Actually I'm positive it's because you are terrible at your job. Chuck made an appearance during the first period and I got to say I was pretty pumped. I could just tell from his empty void of a stare that he was really excited about bringing us some insider news. Then he screws up right off the bat by mispronouncing Dale Hunter's name as "Daal Hunter." Come on Chuck. You know Dale Hunter. He is the guy who is our coach. He is our new coach whose name has been all over the media. Surely you have heard his name pronounced once or twice before. Anyways, Chuck goes on to give us his hard hitting journalism of the night, which is something about Hunter being enemies to friends to enemies with a Flyers assistant coach. There is no context given to the statement and he delivers it in such a deadpan manner that I don’t care enough to investigate further. So good job Chuck. I hope the server that supports your blog is ready cause I'm sure you just inspired a million people to rush on over.... Finally, Gormely almost lets out a laugh near the end of his time on camera despite not making a joke. If he had laughed it would not of been a joyful jolly laugh. Chuck's laugh is more of a soulless awkward laugh of a man that knows his life is meaningless and his career is a sham. I'm sorry for that last one Chuck. I'll cut you a break next game.
NOTE: Next game is on the road and Gormely doesn’t seem to ever appear during road games.
Points to Date of Participants:
Alan May: 5
Al Koken: 3
Craig Laughlin: 2
Julie Donaldson: 1
Chuck Gormely: -2
See complete standings in the top right side of the blog!
Monday, December 12, 2011
The little dude (seriously, he's like 5 feet tall) with the big voice whose dulcet tones guide us through the narrative that is a hockey game, Joe B is one of the best play-by-play guys in the league. He delivers relatively unbiased commentary in a voice that's easy on the ears and not in any way reminiscent of a dying animal (unlike this guy). Also the go-to guy if you're wondering whether or not anyone on the ice is related.
Craig "Locker" Laughlin
Oh, Locker... I'm not entirely sure how to describe him. He's a little bit eccentric, but in an endearing kind of way, like that crazy uncle everybody has but never talks about because as much as they love him, they're embarrassed to be seen with him in public. Guaranteed to use at least one made-up word per telecast, and appears to have deep-seated issues stemming from the fact that Joe B never invites him to hang out outside of work. Still though, he's nothing if not enthusiastic, and his banter with Joe B. remains entertaining even when the hockey game is not.
Friday, December 9, 2011
First Star (3pts):
Giving it to Smokin Al Koken. He interviewed Backstrom to start the game and, despite the fact that Backstrom seems to hate him, had the balls to interview him again during the second intermission. Had a couple appearances where he was all about talking defensive players ice times. He made his usual appearance interviewing assistant coach Jim Johnson during the "Bite of the Nite" but then went crazy on us and later in the game interviewed other assistant coach Dean Evason in another "Bite of the Nite". Two bites in one night? I'm pretty certain that has never happened ever. He also interviews Dennis Widemen during the first intermission break and D-wides went on to score a hatty (or did he?), so that's something. For some reason Smokin kept referring to the power-play as "specialty teams", which sounded weird.
Second Star (2pts):
Alan May. Came in after the game ended to enlighten us in regard to the Cap's power-play success. His telestrator was not working but did that fluster May? No. In fact, Fuck No. He just kept on explaining the plays and acting like the telestrator WAS working. Guess what? His will power made the telestrator start working. After that he shared a funny joke with the announcer team that had everyone cracking up. LOLs were had by all and May finished the post game in typical fashion.
Third Star (1pt):
The last scoring spot for tonight's game goes to Chick. Did a good job breaking down some highlights during the second intermission break. For some reason his voice sounded really cool and downright distinguished tonight which helped him earn the last spot in his limited work. I have a theory why he sounded so good but more on that in a bit.
Other Participants (0pts):
-Rob Carlin. Hosted post game with Alan. Didn't add a whole lot but didn't get in Alan's way. He did stop everyone's fun by moving the broadcast along in the middle of everyone laughing at Alan's joke.
-Carol Maloney. No idea who she is. Can't remember seeing her at all this season. She stumbled out of the gate during the first intermission break but handled herself well after that slip up. She did the immediate post game and completely messed up her sign off. She was really falling all over her words as she came into the home stretch. One thing I learned about Carol, her voice is really really annoying. Maybe that is why she never gets on TV. Maybe that's why Chick sounded so good tonight? Just a theory.
Last Place (-1pt):
No surprises here. If its a home game you can pretty much count on an appearance from everyone's favorite Capitals insider Chuck Gormely. Was on camera for less than a minute. Couldn't string two sentences together without fucking up and misspeaking. What was his big time breaking insider information that he delivered in a monotone voice devoid of any passion or soul you ask? That John Carlson and Karl Alzner play defense together. Also they are pretty good. ...No Shit.
Points totals so far:
Al Koken: 3
Alan May: 2
Chick Hernandez: 1
Chuck Gormely: -1
Everyone else: 0
Thursday, December 8, 2011
There are other people who may appear on occasion but these are the main guys/gals to look for/the ones I can remember.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I'm glad to see you have found your way to Action on the Ice. As you can probably tell from the background image this is a Washington Capitals blog. However, it is not a typical sports blog. This blog is going to be all about the Comcast Sportsnet crew who keep us company through the intermission breaks and after the game. They keep us level headed when we are winning and and stop us from crying when we are losing. They are an integral part of the Washington Capitals family and this blog is about giving them the credit they deserve. Well, most of them anyone.
Next post will introduce you to the crew!