A Last Bag from Ottawa
But that doesn't mean you have to stop the feedback. Keep it coming til the Bruins are done. Even though some of the notes are personalized, and some are angry, and occasionally they aren't printable, I still love the feedback and appreciate it. Hopefully we (you, me, the Bruins) are at this for a little while longer in '07-'08.
Hey, Rob. Rubber Biscuit is one of my favorite shows -- great stuff! Problem is, I can't always catch it when it airs. Is there any possibility that it will get put on Comcast's On Demand? (Please.)
Just got this today (Thursday 4-3) from "DJ". Thank you very much. I suggested the On-Demand thing in-passing to our PR department a while back and it just kind of faded. I agree, I think the Biscuit would be the perfect show for On-Demand in the NESN section. And it would even be good to keep a Bruins presence around during summer on there. Problem: cost. I'm not sure how it works and how much it costs to get material on there. And if it's a cost issue, as they say in Philly, fuhget-abaht-it!
Hi Rob. Just a quick question. With Comcast cable not carrying ESPNU, could there have been a way for NESN to have broadcast some of the regional NCAA hockey tournament? The only game in the Attleboro area was the first BC game on channel 38. for a hockey region this was disappointing coverage.
I recall receiving similar e-mails (and might again) during previous World Championship and World Junior Championship tournaments which featured Team USA and Canada. Unfortunately, we're not a hockey network, especially once baseball season starts, and extracurricular hockey (a.k.a. college and international one time events) are low on the priority list. Even if we had more than two-and-a-half hockey people (me being one of them) working at the network and interested in it, the ability to recoup the airtime via sales for these events is a big challenge. It's a time and money issue. (By the way, I used to officially be "baseball people" too ... I guess I'm just hibernating at the moment)
Hey Rob, I was just reading some of your feedback to fans, and noted one about officiating. I, too, for sometime[a decade at least], have noticed questionable performance issues concerning the calling of games by ref's. It is highly exasperating to see certain ref's, I won't mention any names[cough* Devorski/cough*Fraser/cough*Koharski/cough*McGeough]. change the outcome of games because of their unprofessional, unfair[some say tainted/biased/bribed]approach to their jobs. Given recent revelations that sporting officials have been engaged by gambling interests to influence the outcome of games, how would you feel about instituting a "call review" option as they have in the NFL?
Thanks for your opinion.
A number of points to address. First of all, NFL officials are "the best" because it's almost impossible to get an important call wrong. Everything that's borderline gets reviewed. And frankly, it's ridiculous, considering the replay process misses some anyway and takes forever. I won't get started on a cynical monologue on why they have it in the first place. The NBA had the scandal, and I'm not sure what's a call in the NBA any more anyway. Are there rules? Do you still have to dribble to the basket? Given the manageable size of the playing surface and the number of officials covering that area, I don't see how a reasonably honest and accurate decision isn't made on every single infraction. Baseball umpires are a part of every pitch, and are one of the many nuances, and human elements, that make the game (in its purest form - without the $$) the beautiful thing that it is. Umpiring is one of the subtleties and it's part of the game's history. When the computers take over the balls and strikes and out/safes begin getting reviewed, count me out. As for hockey, it's the fastest, most continuously 'violent' (bodies colliding, sticks, puck, skates moving) human game on the planet. I don't see any refs/linesman 'fixing' games for profit. Impossible for all intensive purposes, and if there was ever any sign that someone was over-the-top bias, they'd be out of a job. I know the culture and the infrastructure. Are there personal relationships (good and bad) that lead to subtle biases for a moment or over the long run in the game. Maybe. But I believe they do their best to block those things out. I think the most difficult issue is simply consistency under the two-referee system. With one ref', the players and coaches knew when the game began what kind of game they were going to get from that official. Each ref' had his personality, style, and tendencies which allowed the teams to plan accordingly, or at least to know which kind of calls were going to be made and which weren't. With two ref's, and pairings that constantly change, it's impossible to get that feel. Therefore, it's frustrating for some, because night in and night out, there's no predictability based on that personality, style, and tendency. The two-ref system has meant a lot of jobs for a lot of good guys, but its taken another element of hockey (a subtle human element) out of the game. As for good calls, bad calls, this and that, they happen both ways. Ultimately, with "stricter guidelines" the last three years in an attempt to open things up, consistency becomes even harder to pin down because for some ref's, they feel the need to call things that appear to be infractions. It's a super fast game that never stops moving and it's the hardest officiating job in sports. To harp on officiating is annoying and ridiculous. As for instituting call reviews for penalties and such: not good. It's a sport we want to keep moving, not keep stopping, for reviews. Let the human element (such that it is) remain the human element. By the way, Mick McGeough is retiring at the end of this season. (Postseason is based on merit.)
I am a big UNH hockey fan. I am glad to see Ty Conklin doing well in Pittsburgh. I am also a big fan of Kevin Regan who is property of the B's. It's early but what do you think of his potential with the Bruins? Any feedback from goal tending coach Bob Essensa about his potential? Thanks and keep up the great work!
The ninth round pick in 2003 from Southie. I've got calls out to coach and to a scout. If they get back to me in the next 20-minutes, I'll include the info, if not, let's keep an eye open to see where Kevin ends up in the fall.
Hi Rob, I live in Seattle, WA and watch NESN daily. I have the Dish Network and pay extra for a sports package that includes NESN. I never miss a Rubber Biscuit. Nice work!
My question to you is why NHL Center Ice (through the Dish Network) does not broadcast any NESN/Bruins games in HD? I have written to the Dish, NESN, and the Bruins, but have not received a reply. Help me Rob Simpson. Your my only hope.
I believe we've had similar questions in past and like in those cases, I'll do the only thing I can with this subject: pass the buck. E-mail email@example.com (help me Gary, you're my only hope!) And only two regular season games left!!
A request of your assistance if I may. Awhile back I know you had the opportunity to visit the Dill pumpkin farms up in Nova Scotia and had the fun opportunity to see this strange hobby of giant pumpkin growing. Also the neat things that are done with them after their done growing, mainly the boats you guys made! Well, I am a director of a club called the New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Association here in MA. Myself and many in our community have been friends of the Dill family for many years. As you know the Dill's are hugggeeeee Bruin fans and fans of hockey in general. Obviously because of your visit to their home I need not go into their gigantic memorabelia collection. It is with a heavy heart and I don't know if you are aware but Mr and Mrs Dill are both very very ill with cancer. Howard's time is now shortened and the last I have been told his wife is now home after some more treatments. Being such huge hockey fans of the Bruins and spending hours talking with his son and daughter on the subject I was wondering if their is anything we can do to help lift his spirits. I don't even know if you have enough time or access to the players but something as a simple card with some signatures I would hope might lift their spirits. I know it may not even be possible but it's worth a shot. Howard has been a huge part of this wacky hobby of giant pumpkins and I just want to do a little something as a club to help ease whatever pains he may be gowing through.
I received this e-mail a couple of months ago and I appreciate the idea and sentiment. Howard and the Dills are one of a kind. We stay in touch via their son Andrew and he keeps us updated. You'll be happy to know that just the other day, Milt Schmidt called Howard and they had a long conversation. The Bruins spirit is alive and well and the Dills are in our hearts and minds.
I am a huge fan of Marc Savard. I love to watch the passes he makes and especially when they result in the B's scoring a goal. I was wondering if you had any plans to do a show about him (preferably) or any other of the Bruins players? Kind of an up-close-and-personal kind of show...
On another note, I was at the Bruins-Devils game on 1/5/08 and was able to see you do what you do best at ice level in person instead of on game broadcasts. Very Cool! ..Keep up the good work Rob. Love the show !!
Indeed, this is another e-mail I neglected or overlooked awhile back. Better late than never? Savvy expects to skate on his own this weekend although we're told he won't play these next two with his back injury. As for a profile, you should have gotten your fill two Biscuits ago, we profiled Marc on the Ottawa show.
Do you have any idea why there are so few replays at the TD BankNorth Garden? Goals always get replayed, but infractions almost never get replayed, especially questionable calls, and fights and quality plays rarely if ever get replayed. Other venues provide far more replays than the Garden. It's annoying to have those giant screens not be utilized and it's a missed opportunity to get the crowd excited about the game. To piggyback on that idea, it would also be great to have realtime game stats displayed beyond shots and goals, but fat chance that'll never happen.
Hey now, a little Cranky-the-Crane (Thomas the Tank Engine reference from when my son was four) there at the end, but that's ok. Consider this critique shared and duly noted for future.
Absolutely love NESN and the Bruins games when they're shown on Centre Ice. It's very frustrating when I don't get the NESN feed and have to sit through horrible announcing crews. Dale, Brick, and yourself do NOT get enough credit for the great job you guys do.
I know in a couple mailbags back, you said something about a Rubber Biscuit shirt. I would LOVE to wear one here in Denver to be able to show my Boston pride (well..what little there is right now) and give the great show the exposure it deserves. Any way you could send one out my way or put them up for sale on the NESN site? My email address is ...
WHOA! Now that's overlooked! Hiding for thirteen months. Sir, I'll get you a couple Biscuit shirts. Sorry for that, and thank you for your patience.
Well, that one was obviously hiding on the back pages of e-mails, but that is now all of them for now, up to the minute. All that were fit to print, so to speak, and/or not duplicate subject matter. Thank you again for the your feedback. All the best.