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F*** Yeah!!!!



USA part 2 – God Bless America!!!

5 Jul

USA!  USA!  USA!!!





5 Jul

God Bless America


Happy 4th of July

3 Jul

Sorry i haven’t been posting much lately.  Too busy with work.  You can catch me on twitter – at tapingthestick.  I’m on there fairly often.  Congrats to the Stanley Cup Champion Stanley Cup Blackhawks, the only team to win twice in the salary cap era. 

And Happy 4th of July, God Bless America


NBC confirms that Sunday’s Red Wings-Hawks game was 2nd-most viewed NBC game ever

5 Mar

from the NHL and NBC Sports:


Blackhawks-Red Wings Earns 1.6 Overnight, Best Ever for Single-Game Regular-Season Coverage on NBC, Excluding Winter Classics

Canadiens-Bruins Draws 813,000 Viewers, Best Ever for Sunday Night Regular-Season Game on NBC Sports Network

Boston & Chicago Set Local Ratings Records

NEW YORK – March 5, 2013 – Sunday’s NHL coverage of two competitive games, which featured the Chicago Blackhawks victory over the Detroit Red Wings on NBC, and the Montreal Canadiens win versus the Boston Bruins on NBC Sports Network, resulted in the former setting a regular-season overnight ratings record for single-game coverage, excluding Winter Classics, and the latter posting a viewership record for Sunday night telecasts. The records continue a trend for the 2013 NHL season, as NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage has set numerous ratings and viewership marks this season.


NBC’s coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks dramatic 2-1 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings (12:30-3:15 p.m. ET) resulted in a 1.6 overnight rating, the best-ever for a single regular-season game (excluding Winter Classics) and up 60% vs. last year’s same-weekend coverage (1.0, Bos-NYR). The Blackhawks extended their season-starting point streak to 22 straight games with the win. Final ratings and viewership will be available later this week.

Locally, the Chicago market delivered a 9.7 rating, the market’s best-ever for a NHL regular-season game on NBC, with the exception of the 2009 Winter Classic, which was played at Wrigley Field — also between the Blackhawks and Red Wings — and drew an 11.8 rating in Chicago.


NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night averaged 813,000 viewers, making it:

the most-watched Sunday night regular-season game in the network’s history*;
the most-watched regular-season game featuring a Canadian team on cable in nearly 13 years;
the fifth-most watched NHL regular-season game overall on NBC Sports Network.

The previous Sunday night record was 664,000 viewers for a game last year between the Bruins and Rangers (4/1/12). Sunday night’s game, which posted a 0.47 U.S. household rating, surpassed the Wednesday Night Rivalry contest played between the same two teams on Feb. 6 (771,000) of this year. Canadiens-Bruins is the most-watched game involving a Canadian team in NBC Sports Network history and on cable in nearly 13 years (12/27/00, ESPN2, Tor-Pit, 1.046 million).

In Boston, the market delivered a 9.26 HH rating, its best-ever rating for a regular-season Bruins game on NBC Sports Network, which was the No. 1-rated network in Boston during the game.

Following are the most-watched NHL regular-season games in NBC Sports Network history. Five of the top six are from the 2013 season:


Jan. 23, 2013 Boston-N.Y. Rangers 956,000

Feb. 20, 2013 Philadelphia-Pittsburgh 901,000

Oct. 6, 2011 Philadelphia-Boston 874,000

Jan. 30, 2013 Chicago-Minnesota 827,000

Mar. 3, 2013 Montreal-Boston 813,000

Feb. 6, 2013 Boston-Montreal771,000

*NBC Sports Network was previously known as VERSUS (2006-2011) and OLN before that.


The NBC Sports Network will allow NHL fans to follow the Chicago Blackhawks point streak by altering its programming schedule tonight. The network will join the Blackhawks game against the Minnesota Wild in progress (except in the home markets), following the completion of the regularly-scheduled Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game.

Hockey Ratings are Up

18 Feb

from sbnation:


Hockey Day in America returned for it’s third year on NBC, and the numbers were, overall, up from last year.

Both the early game (Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo) and the late game (Los Angeles vs. Chicago) drew 1.3 overnights, meaning Hockey Day’s six-hour average (1.3) was up a tick from last year’s (1.2). The Penguins vs. Sabres game’s 1.3 overnight was down a tick from last season’s early window (1.4), but don’t forget, that window had the benefit of three regional games featuring a lot of large NHL markets (Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, St. Louis) so drawing a 1.3 in the 12:30 p.m. ET slot is pretty impressive. The game is the second-highest rated 12:30 p.m. ET game of the season, behind Philadelphia vs. Buffalo on Jan. 20.

The late game, Los Angeles vs. Chicago, drew the highest ratings for the 3:30 p.m. ET Hockey Day game ever, and was up 30 percent from last year’s entry, Boston vs. Minnesota (1.0). The Chicago market drew a 6.7 rating, which made it the highest-rated regular season game in the market aside from the Winter Classic. We’ll look into getting more local ratings as the day goes on.

Through six telecasts, The NHL on NBC is averaging a 1.3 overnight, still well ahead of last year’s average at this time (1.1, not counting Winter Classic). Overall, it’s good to see more and more growth for Hockey Day in America, and the early game showing barely any ratings drop is huge. Be interesting to see how NBC tries to grow it from here.

Viewership numbers for the third game of the day, Capitals vs. Rangers on NBC Sports Network, should be available tomorrow.

2013 NHL on NBC overnights

Jan. 19 – Regional Coverage (PIT/PHI, CHI/LA): 2.0

Jan. 20 – Philadelphia vs. Buffalo: 1.4

Feb. 3 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington: 1.2

Feb. 10 – Los Angeles vs. Detroit: 1.1

Feb. 17 – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: 1.3

Feb. 17 – Los Angeles vs. Chicago: 1.3

Hockey Day in America overnights


12:30 p.m. ET – Regional Coverage (PHI/NYR, WSH/BUF, DET/MIN): 1.2

3:30 p.m. ET – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago: 1.2


12:30 p.m. ET – Regional Coverage (PIT/BUF, SJ/DET, STL/CHI): 1.4

3:30 p.m. ET – Boston vs. Minnesota: 1.0


12:30 p.m. ET – Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo: 1.3

3:30 p.m. ET – Los Angeles vs. Chicago: 1.3

Hawks Keep Rolling

18 Feb

Yes it got a little frantic at the end of the game but the Hawks held on to win the game and remain unbeaten in regulation.

The Blackhawks (12-0-3) matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the league’s second-longest streak, and are one away from the tying the mark set by Anaheim in 2006-07.

Who do they play next? The much hated Vancouver Canucks. What a time for those jerk-stores to come to town. Could it get any better then beating them? Of course I’m sure they are saying something similar about being the team to beat the Hawks and keep them from making history. Should be a fun one.


The Hawks got a good start and an early lead on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. Up 3-0 and that was enough. Nice to see Sharp get a goal. He went nearly a month between tallies. He was still productive and was racking up the assists but goal scorers like to get goals. Imagine if that guy heats up.

Ray Emery was solid all night. Looking like a legit number 1 goalie instead of a number 2 or a guy on his last legs….or last hip in his case.

The 2 goals that the Kings scored were power play goals that Ray Emery was screened on. Full marks to the Kings. The earned those goals and grabbed momentum off of them. Hey Blackhawks did you hear that? The Kings scored power play goals by having a man in front screening the goalie. It’s not rocket science guys.


”What’s important to us is getting home-ice advantage, making the playoffs,” Toews said. ”Those are our goals. Once you get there, the real season starts. When you get to that point, no one really cares or remembers those streaks at the start of the season.”

”I thought we had a great first 40 minutes and they got some momentum off their power-play goal early in the third,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ”They had a great third period. We had 40, they had a great 20, and the clock ran out, which was nice.”

”We probably didn’t play well enough to win this game,” Richards said. ”The slow start kind of cost us. We gave them a lot in the first period with penalties and some turnovers and they scored some goals, which put us behind the 8-ball pretty quick.”

Before the game, Quenneville said Crawford was ”progressing” and is day-to-day. When asked if Crawford’s condition might be long-term, Quenneville replied, ”I don’t foresee that yet.” Crawford – who has a 7-0-3 record, 1.65 goals-against average and .935 save percentage – has not skated since sustaining his injury, apparently in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim last Tuesday. It’s alleged that Bobby Ryan injured Crawford when he ran into him in that game. With no penalty called for some weird reason.