- Last Updated: 5:44 AM, May 25, 2012
- Posted: 12:36 AM, May 25, 2012
Somewhere in the NBC Gift Catalogue must be safety-first NBC steak knives — those with a lifetime guarantee for a dull cutting edge. And the NBC frying pan, the one that comes with the “Don’t Place Near Open Flame” warning. And, for gardeners, the revolutionary NBC watering can, with holes-on-both-ends!
NBC is so peacock proud of what it can do on NHL telecasts that it waits for the best possible moment to do it — then doesn’t do it!
I wish I had an answer for why NBCSN did what it did — or didn’t do — in Monday’s Game 4 of Rangers-Devils. I wish I had a good answer to all reasonable questions about illogical telecasts. All I know is that the closer we’re taken, the further away we’re sent — or sentenced.
At 3-0, Jersey in the third, Rangers coach John Tortorella sent out mixologist Mike Rupp to shake and stir.
Not that it was a strategy that prevented the Devils from winning Wednesday’s Game 6 in the Garden — home ice Stanley Cup advantage has become a myth ( L.A.’s 8-0 on the road) — but Rupp succeeded, even sucker-socking Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.
So began an angry, lean-way-over-the-bench verbal hassle between Tortorella and Devils coach Peter DeBoer, an ugly scene separated only by NBC’s “Inside The Glass” man, Pierre McGuire, who has spent his time inside the glass reporting what can be seen outside the glass, even from the last row.
McGuire wisely hit the mute button to save us from language that cable TV otherwise purposely includes because it can. But when the coaches were done, what did McGuire have to report?
Though we didn’t expect him to quote either man, he couldn’t provide the gist of the debate, a cleaned-up version? Who hollered first? Did Rupp’s name come up? McGuire never said.
Being up close and personal was what McGuire’s “Inside The Glass” status was predicated upon, no? So where was NBC’s producer to demand that he provide even a bit more than nothing from inside the glass?
Were we to pretend that we didn’t see McGuire standing there, the discordant coaches four feet from his corresponding left and right ears, eyes and lapels?
The next day, McGuire explained to Mike Francesa that he didn’t want to take advantage of a “privileged position” — a suspect answer that Francesa, who hangs up on people who make sense, easily swallowed.
But McGuire and NBC had turned his “privileged position” into a worthless one — one that not only didn’t answer obvious questions but led to added questions about NBC’s inability to sensibly deal sensibly with the sensible in its audience.Follow @NYPostsports