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Potential Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final Likely Would Earn Big Ratings For NBC
Published May 11, 2012
MUST-SEE TV: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes Rangers coach John Tortorella is "must-see TV" with his postgame press conferences, and viewers "watch to see how much of a jerk he will be." He is a "belligerent, deadpan, defensive witness with little use for the peons cross-examining him," and his "playoff podium performances border on classic." Raissman: "While we find Tortorella’s act amusing, even entertaining, it could be a complete turn-off to fans, especially casual ones the NHL desperately tries attracting to its playoff telecasts." MSG Network analysts also "have taken issue with the coach." Tortorella after the Rangers' Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals Game Four loss to the Capitals "pulled an in-and-out" press conference that was "shorter than a trip through a revolving door." MSG analyst Mike Keenan, who coached the Cup-winning '94 Rangers, said, "Probably John should spend a little bit more time with the media after the game. It’s part of your responsibility (as a coach). I understand his frustration, but that’s no excuse" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/11).
WHAT'S UP, DOC? SI's Michael Farber writes NBC NHL play-by-play annnouncer Mike "Doc" Emrick "surely is among the most remarkable working in any sport." Emrick "uses his voice like an instrument, modulating it to impute significance to a moment in the manner of classic old-school announcers." He "marbles his calls with information and pertinent digression and wry humor, which makes him as fresh as some of the other leading practitioners of hockey's modern style" (SI, 5/14 issue).