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2014-02-16 02:26:11 PM
And that's pretty much what my house sounded like on Saturday morning. Go Team USA

/go Sioux!
 
2014-02-16 02:33:34 PM
The only people who say that about hockey are people who enjoy hating what other people like.
 
2014-02-16 02:41:30 PM
FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?

Nobody?
 
2014-02-16 02:43:31 PM
I'm somewhere in the background of video #5
 
2014-02-16 03:04:35 PM
"Consider sport, the babyish enthusiasms and rages which it excites, whole nations disturbed by disputes among boys. Consider war, the atrocities which occur daily and leave us unmoved and hardly worried. We are children."
 
2014-02-16 03:47:37 PM
Meh. It's regional, like everything else.
 
2014-02-16 04:14:39 PM
I think ESPN says this.  In fact I know they do.  When Harry Teinowitz did a show on ESPN radio in Chicago he was told that nobody wants to hear about the Blackhawks.
 
2014-02-16 04:19:36 PM
local bars get packed for world cup too. doesn't mean soccer is popular.
 
2014-02-16 04:22:57 PM
It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.
 
2014-02-16 04:35:46 PM

AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.


Sadly, this.

The bar I frequent opens at noon on Saturdays, and by then Latvia was playing Sweden. The only two people who were watching the game or gave a shiat were myself (full disclosure: I'm part Latvian) and some other random guy wearing a Bruins shirt.

It didn't stop me from cheering loudly when Latvia scored and cursing when Sweden scored.

Although when it's on, I can get people interested in hockey and curling. People tend to be put off by things they don't understand.
 
2014-02-16 04:36:15 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?
Nobody?


ESPN
 
2014-02-16 04:37:38 PM

Panty Sniffer: I think ESPN says this.  In fact I know they do.  When Harry Teinowitz did a show on ESPN radio in Chicago he was told that nobody wants to hear about the Blackhawks.


Well, that's what happens when you listen to ESPN radio.
 
2014-02-16 04:39:32 PM
I come from the South, and grew up loving football.  However, 10 years ago I moved up North with my husband and we've both become huge hockey fans.

My 2 year old son said 'hockey' for the first time yesterday, and we were proud XD  Our families may not get it, but that's fine with us.
 
2014-02-16 04:40:53 PM
I dunno, I had to greatly assist a bartender in Atlanta in finding Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Bruins last year.  Not only was there not already a TV showing it, but he was completely unaware the Stanley Cup finals were going on.

Despite how limited the popularity might be in the south, I would expect the Stanley Cup finals to get airtime on 1 bar television.

(Likewise, I have no clue what's going on in the NBA for 90% of the season, but I'll usually at least pay attention by the end of the conference finals).
 
2014-02-16 04:42:50 PM

bborchar: I come from the South, and grew up loving football.  However, 10 years ago I moved up North with my husband and we've both become huge hockey fans.


I grew up in DC area back when the Redskins were good (yeah.. that happened) so football was always my first love.  But I've lived in Detroit and Chicago for the past 8 years and I've developed a great affection for hockey.  Honestly, the NHL offers a better product than the NFL at this point.
 
2014-02-16 04:43:58 PM

balki1867: I dunno, I had to greatly assist a bartender in Atlanta in finding Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Bruins last year.  Not only was there not already a TV showing it, but he was completely unaware the Stanley Cup finals were going on.

Despite how limited the popularity might be in the south, I would expect the Stanley Cup finals to get airtime on 1 bar television.

(Likewise, I have no clue what's going on in the NBA for 90% of the season, but I'll usually at least pay attention by the end of the conference finals).


Well contrary to what Gary Bettman thinks Atlanta does not like hockey.
 
2014-02-16 04:45:39 PM

fatalvenom: AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.

Sadly, this.


Why sadly?  That's sort of what the Olympics is about, cheer-wise.
 
2014-02-16 04:46:43 PM
The Tour de France was popular in the US for a few years too, and I don't think cycling is a big spectator sport in general for Americans.
 
2014-02-16 04:47:55 PM

Panty Sniffer: balki1867: I dunno, I had to greatly assist a bartender in Atlanta in finding Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Bruins last year.  Not only was there not already a TV showing it, but he was completely unaware the Stanley Cup finals were going on.

Despite how limited the popularity might be in the south, I would expect the Stanley Cup finals to get airtime on 1 bar television.

(Likewise, I have no clue what's going on in the NBA for 90% of the season, but I'll usually at least pay attention by the end of the conference finals).

Well contrary to what Gary Bettman thinks Atlanta does not like hockey.


Atlanta is a bad sports town in general, kind of like cities in Florida and Phoenix.
 
2014-02-16 04:50:57 PM

Panty Sniffer: balki1867: I dunno, I had to greatly assist a bartender in Atlanta in finding Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Bruins last year.  Not only was there not already a TV showing it, but he was completely unaware the Stanley Cup finals were going on.

Despite how limited the popularity might be in the south, I would expect the Stanley Cup finals to get airtime on 1 bar television.

(Likewise, I have no clue what's going on in the NBA for 90% of the season, but I'll usually at least pay attention by the end of the conference finals).

Well contrary to what Gary Bettman thinks Atlanta does not like hockey.


Didn't help that the owners of the team didn't even want the team and only begrudgingly took them so they could have the Hawks.

As a result, you had half-assed management and as a result of that, half-assed performance on the ice.
 
2014-02-16 04:52:45 PM

Panty Sniffer: Well contrary to what Gary Bettman thinks Atlanta does not like hockey.


Of course we do! It's our prime export to Canada!
 
2014-02-16 04:53:28 PM

thamike: fatalvenom: AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.

Sadly, this.

Why sadly?  That's sort of what the Olympics is about, cheer-wise.


Well I'd rather watch hockey for the game instead of built-in jingonism.
 
2014-02-16 04:54:28 PM

Panty Sniffer: Well contrary to what Gary Bettman thinks Atlanta does not like hockey.


Too bad they didn't have the Winnipeg Jets play a Stadium Series game in Atlanta. That would have been some epic trolling. This winter, they even had the right weather for it.
 
2014-02-16 04:55:41 PM

Ishkur: Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?
Nobody?

ESPN


This.

ESPN lost the NHL and now has the NBA, MLB and NFL.  They report NHL news out of obligation but don't promote the league as they do the other sports they actually broadcast.  The biggest shift came when the picked up the NBA since that league's schedule so closely mimics and competes with the NHL.
 
2014-02-16 04:57:10 PM

Mrtraveler01: Didn't help that the owners of the team didn't even want the team and only begrudgingly took them so they could have the Hawks.

As a result, you had half-assed management and as a result of that, half-assed performance on the ice.


Hell, they barely cared about the Hawks. What they really wanted was arena rights (and all the sweet cash things like concerts bring in), but the Thrashers, Hawks and arena were an inseparable package deal.

TheJoe03: Atlanta is a bad sports town in general


This is also true. The most popular team here (Dawgs) don't even play here.
 
2014-02-16 04:58:31 PM

fatalvenom: thamike: fatalvenom: AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.

Sadly, this.

Why sadly?  That's sort of what the Olympics is about, cheer-wise.

Well I'd rather watch hockey for the game instead of built-in jingonism.


Then do so.  I watch the Olympics when the US isn't playing and still have my favorites.  But this idea that cheering one's country on, while it is playing the game in question, somehow takes away from the sport, is f*cking preposterous.  It's like telling people to not root for their home team because basketball is more important.  What horse..uh..sh*t.

/jingoism, ha!  You think Americans are the only people who root for their own country during the Olympic games?  Then you're either delusional or you got an America hangup.
 
2014-02-16 04:58:50 PM

Fubegra: Too bad they didn't have the Winnipeg Jets play a Stadium Series game in Atlanta. That would have been some epic trolling.


Jets vs Flames at Turner Field would've been maximum lulz.
 
2014-02-16 05:03:46 PM

thamike: fatalvenom: thamike: fatalvenom: AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.

Sadly, this.

Why sadly?  That's sort of what the Olympics is about, cheer-wise.

Well I'd rather watch hockey for the game instead of built-in jingonism.

Then do so.  I watch the Olympics when the US isn't playing and still have my favorites.  But this idea that cheering one's country on, while it is playing the game in question, somehow takes away from the sport, is f*cking preposterous.  It's like telling people to not root for their home team because basketball is more important.  What horse..uh..sh*t.

/jingoism, ha!  You think Americans are the only people who root for their own country during the Olympic games?  Then you're either delusional or you got an America hangup.


Well that escalated quickly.
 
2014-02-16 05:05:10 PM

fatalvenom: thamike: fatalvenom: thamike: fatalvenom: AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.

Sadly, this.

Why sadly?  That's sort of what the Olympics is about, cheer-wise.

Well I'd rather watch hockey for the game instead of built-in jingonism.

Then do so.  I watch the Olympics when the US isn't playing and still have my favorites.  But this idea that cheering one's country on, while it is playing the game in question, somehow takes away from the sport, is f*cking preposterous.  It's like telling people to not root for their home team because basketball is more important.  What horse..uh..sh*t.

/jingoism, ha!  You think Americans are the only people who root for their own country during the Olympic games?  Then you're either delusional or you got an America hangup.

Well that escalated quickly.


You only read the words with asterisks in them, didn't you?
 
2014-02-16 05:07:57 PM

Panty Sniffer: I think ESPN says this.  In fact I know they do.  When Harry Teinowitz did a show on ESPN radio in Chicago he was told that nobody wants to hear about the Blackhawks.


Yea, but isn't he unemployed now?

ESPN doesn't care much about hockey, but the rest of the sports world does, and Harry was dead wrong about the Blackhawks here in Chicago.  In fact, the fans have been traveling very well the last several years.
 
2014-02-16 05:14:01 PM

thamike: fatalvenom: thamike: fatalvenom: thamike: fatalvenom: AlgertMan: It's not about Hockey.  It's about America winning.

Sadly, this.

Why sadly?  That's sort of what the Olympics is about, cheer-wise.

Well I'd rather watch hockey for the game instead of built-in jingonism.

Then do so.  I watch the Olympics when the US isn't playing and still have my favorites.  But this idea that cheering one's country on, while it is playing the game in question, somehow takes away from the sport, is f*cking preposterous.  It's like telling people to not root for their home team because basketball is more important.  What horse..uh..sh*t.

/jingoism, ha!  You think Americans are the only people who root for their own country during the Olympic games?  Then you're either delusional or you got an America hangup.

Well that escalated quickly.

You only read the words with asterisks in them, didn't you?


No, you just misconstrued what I meant.

It's ok though, I've been drinking since the US/Slovenia game this morning, so maybe I'm not interpreting things properly either.
 
2014-02-16 05:15:07 PM

recoil47: Yea, but isn't he unemployed now?

ESPN doesn't care much about hockey, but the rest of the sports world does, and Harry was dead wrong about the Blackhawks here in Chicago. In fact, the fans have been traveling very well the last several years.


You are getting it wrong.  Harry wanted to talk about the Blackhawks and ESPN told him to keep it to a minimum.  Also he is now working for WGN.FM (internet only now, but WGN is buying a FM station this week).  Brandmeier is also on it.
 
2014-02-16 05:15:12 PM

fatalvenom: I've been drinking since the US/Slovenia game this morning


Then everything is as it should be.
 
2014-02-16 05:22:15 PM

thamike: fatalvenom: I've been drinking since the US/Slovenia game this morning

Then everything is as it should be.


Ok, I'm confused.

*backs out of thread*
 
2014-02-16 05:23:56 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?

Nobody?


NBC
 
2014-02-16 05:28:56 PM
They need to throw a soundtrack behind it like this video for Donovan's World Cup Goal on Algeria.
 
2014-02-16 05:30:16 PM

Ishkur: Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?
Nobody?

ESPN


Relatively, it is not at all popular. Hockey fans, don't set yourselves up for stupid arguments that just make you sound like dumbasses
 
2014-02-16 05:31:23 PM

derpy: Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?

Nobody?

NBC


Wait, hold on.  I'm going to expand on this.  I turned on the Olympic coverage at midnight last night.  That's midnite Saturday night.  This is prime tough-guy sports on TV time, with every bar TV tuned to whatever action might happen.

You know what was on NBC's Olympic coverage?

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discussing ice dancing with Meredith Vierra.

Good thinking, NBC.
 
2014-02-16 05:32:37 PM

derpy: derpy: Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?

Nobody?

NBC

Wait, hold on.  I'm going to expand on this.  I turned on the Olympic coverage at midnight last night.  That's midnite Saturday night.  This is prime tough-guy sports on TV time, with every bar TV tuned to whatever action might happen.

You know what was on NBC's Olympic coverage?

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discussing ice dancing with Meredith Vierra.

Good thinking, NBC.


NBC is one of the dumbest and poorly run networks I've ever seen.
 
2014-02-16 05:35:50 PM
In 2010 NBC bumped a Stanley Cup finals game in favor of some talent competition.
 
2014-02-16 05:53:55 PM

derpy: derpy: Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: Who says hockey isn't popular in the US?

Nobody?

NBC

Wait, hold on.  I'm going to expand on this.  I turned on the Olympic coverage at midnight last night.  That's midnite Saturday night.  This is prime tough-guy sports on TV time, with every bar TV tuned to whatever action might happen.

You know what was on NBC's Olympic coverage?

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discussing ice dancing with Meredith Vierra.

Good thinking, NBC.


Yeah WTF was that? I watched for 2 minutes and turned back to Solo Boxeo. Hope Univison gets 2016!
 
2014-02-16 05:56:58 PM
And right now they have been showing (in the Mountain Zone) a frickin' hour of boring cross country skiing. At least there's curling on another channel. And we did get to see a snowboarder suffer a concussion so there's that.
 
2014-02-16 05:57:21 PM
Team Canada is still gonna roll you up and then wipe their asses with you.
 
2014-02-16 06:03:36 PM

monty666: Team Canada is still gonna roll you up and then wipe their asses with you.


I highly doubt that.
 
2014-02-16 06:05:34 PM
It's the Olympics. What's more accurate would be to state that cheering on America teams, is popular in America. It really doesn't matter the sport.

I'll readily admit, I can't be objective about this, because I live in Canada (only for a few more days, as I'm moving to MI) and it's wall to wall hockey here, in the winter, and only mildly less popular in the other seasons.
I've been lucky enough to have travelled through most of the U.S.and even in the "popular" areas, it's still buried in the back pages.
Espn just did their annual survey, and the NHL placed 5th out of 6, and had their been more options, I'm sure it would be much lower.

To be fair, hockey can be a very hard sport to watch on TV, especially to new viewers. The best way I've found to change people's mind is to take them to a junior or high school game, especially during the playoffs. Sitting in a tiny, cold rink with seating of seven or eight hundred, and it being packed full, it's hard not to enjoy, as a sports fan
 
2014-02-16 06:15:09 PM
Remember all the way back to two years ago when the NHL had their lockout for half a season?
Neither does anyone else.

I'm pretty sure the rankings of sports in the US goes: NFL, MLB, NASCAR, UFC, PGA, NBA, College Football, College Basketball during March,  Arena Football, Madden 2007, Poker, your kids' little league, soccer, the LPGA, WNBA, then the NHL.

/bitter Sharks fan
 
2014-02-16 06:17:18 PM

Panty Sniffer: recoil47: Yea, but isn't he unemployed now?

ESPN doesn't care much about hockey, but the rest of the sports world does, and Harry was dead wrong about the Blackhawks here in Chicago. In fact, the fans have been traveling very well the last several years.

You are getting it wrong.  Harry wanted to talk about the Blackhawks and ESPN told him to keep it to a minimum.  Also he is now working for WGN.FM (internet only now, but WGN is buying a FM station this week).  Brandmeier is also on it.


Ahhhh interesting.  Thanks, I didn't realize that.  I don't listen to ESPN Radio much anyway, usually the Score, and they also have a guy in the morning who loves to talk Hockey but even the Score execs sometimes sour on giving it too much attention.
 
2014-02-16 06:19:51 PM

monty666: Team Canada is still gonna roll you up and then wipe their asses with you.


Shut up hat.
 
2014-02-16 06:20:46 PM

monty666: Team Canada is still gonna roll you up and then wipe their asses with you.


OL's alt?
 
2014-02-16 06:21:13 PM

TheJoe03: Panty Sniffer: balki1867: I dunno, I had to greatly assist a bartender in Atlanta in finding Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Bruins last year.  Not only was there not already a TV showing it, but he was completely unaware the Stanley Cup finals were going on.

Despite how limited the popularity might be in the south, I would expect the Stanley Cup finals to get airtime on 1 bar television.

(Likewise, I have no clue what's going on in the NBA for 90% of the season, but I'll usually at least pay attention by the end of the conference finals).

Well contrary to what Gary Bettman thinks Atlanta does not like hockey.

Atlanta is a bad sports town in general, kind of like cities in Florida and Phoenix.


There are a lot of people that like hockey in Phoenix. The problem is that they're all blackhawks and red wings fan transplants.
 
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