I don't hear the complain about legal hits and fair fights. I hear them complain about dirty hits and goon actions. Commentators in other sports do the same thing. Football guys rip on dirty hits, not clean ones. I don't find hockey announcers to be any different from any of the other sports.
Respect your opinion.
I am talking about during game broadcasts specifically.
I just don't see the bashing of the sport for minutes at a time during the game itself. In the NFL they might say...dirty hit, does not belong in the game..and on to the next play.
Some of the NHL stuff I see are not even on penalties. Sometimes ..they bitch about normal fights for minutes at a time during a game. Almost telling you in a subliminal way, not to watch. Bizarre.
If I was the team owner I would slap my color guy and say be more positive about our freaking sport or find yourself a new freaking job.
The Blackhawks game I mentioned earlier is a good example, the guy went on for ~5 minutes about how USA hockey needs a rule against getting your hands up too high on a hit. The hit was not a penalty in the game and not even that big a hit. It was the color guy going on and on and I just turned it off.
Edited by BillyH on 10-09-13 01:55 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.