Even when ESPN deigns to cover hockey, they screw it up. This morning's Sportscenter had Josh Elliott mediating between Matt Barnaby and Barry Melrose during a short season-preview segment. Barnaby (the former Ranger) picked the Blueshirts as the sleeper in the East. So, as ESPN is apt to do, they ran b-roll over his explanation. The video they ran? Scott Gomez skating with the puck and Colton Orr winning a fight. Really?
We already get mediocre, half-assed work from Versus - we don't need it from the self-styled "world-wide leader." Go talk about football, baseball, soccer - the sports you own the rights to and have hired people who actually know about the games - we can toil in 'anonymity' without the condescending coverage. We moved on a long time ago.