No, this isn’t a post about Gilbert Brule…
It’s about the NHL Network, which is in its second day on Time Warner here in Columbus. I think I’ve mentioned before that I had the NHL Network in its premiere Canadian season, 2001-02, when I lived in Kingston. And although I appreciated the pure obsessive overload of a channel devoted to nothing but hockey, their programming could tend towards the repetitive and just downright too niche-y.
Of course, that was five years ago. Surely they’ve improved and increased the programming since then, especially as they make their big break into the US market? Right?
I’m feeling kind of cruddy and achy today, so I came home from work early, and while waiting for the Benadryl to kick in and knock me out, I watched some of the NHL Network’s mid-afternoon programming. Namely, a half-hour show devoted to the top ten goaltending performances of the 1997 playoffs. Uh, yeah….
Seriously, I appreciate having a 100% hockey network on my cable, especially here in the hockey-starved USA. But oy vey, even hockey geek shut-ins home sick from work have our limits. You’ll never pull ’em away from Judge Alex with that.