NBC's McGuire Pilloried For Talking Down To Coyne Schofield
NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire is being "criticized for what some viewers regarded as 'cringeworthy' interactions with U.S. women's hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield, who was serving as an analyst" during last night's NBCSN telecast of Lightning-Penguins. McGuire, joined by Coyne Schofield rinkside for the first period, "got things off to a very questionable start by making a show of pointing out to her that 'Tampa’s going to be on your left. Pittsburgh’s going to be on your right.'" He soon added, "We’re paying you to be an analyst, not to be a fan tonight!" Coyne Schofield "moved up after the first period to the announcer’s booth, as previously planned" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/31).