Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Silence is golden on CBC's Stanley Cup finale
This has been going on for a few years now--not sure who started it--but it is a lovely way to end the season.
It was fun to see LA get its hockey freak on after 45 years of waiting for the cup. (Cool to hear James Brown's "I Feel Good" playing over the Staples Center P.A.). Seriously, what other city's fans would tolerate such a crazy long stretch of time between Stanley Cup runs...oh, yeah.
As usual the CBC post game crew--particularly the always steady Scott Oake--did a fine job wrangling sound bites from the victorious team. I swear, however, some two year old is going to get run over by a camera crew now that every kid gets automatically tossed onto the ice immediately following a Stanley Cup victory.
Dustin Brown may be a shy captain but he said all that needed to be said last night. Asked if those two losses to the Devils threw a scare into his team, he said, "We had an opportunity to do something special on home ice and we did and we're champions."
Martin Brodeur was gracious and valiant in defeat, an articulate spokesman for the other side.
Ratings for the final round rebounded after, with no home team to cheer on, many Canadians tuned out rounds two and three. Monday's clincher brought 3,133,000 viewers to CBC. Saturday's fifth game drew 3,109,000 overnight viewers. Last Wednesdays fourth game scored 3,014,000 and Monday before that netted 2,155,000.