Yesterday’s outdoor game was actually pretty good.
The hockey wasn’t horribly impressive, what with the wind and the snow. While the final score was a 2-1 Pittsburgh win in a shootout, it could have just as easily been a 10-9 game. Anything on net looked like it would go in. But no one seemed able to get much on net probably because of the snow accumulating on the ice, slowing everyone and making the puck impossible to control.
I was mostly impressed with NBC’s production. It was a top-notch, big-event, A-team game. Even Bob Costas had some hockey stories to contribute.
Still, you could almost hear the suits in New York freaking out over the constant Zamboni-ing, which left huge patches of shots of snow falling in Buffalo instead of people playing hockey.
It was a cool game, though. I’d love to see another outdoor game next season in downstate New York.