Friday, June 30, 2006

Puck Visualization System?!

So far, this appears to be nothing more than a figment of a hockey and/or invention nut's imagination. BUT, as long as Bettman is commissioner, I would not be the least bit surprised if he or one of his lackeys considered the PVS idea. Afterall, it was he and/or someone working for him that okayed the glowing puck on Fox waaaay back in 1997-98 or 1998-99. Which, makes you wonder if the person who came up with the PVS was either one of an extreme few fans of the glowing puck OR doesn't remember how atrocious that thing was...

"The worst innovation has to be the Fox glowing puck. Designed to assist American viewers who apparently had difficulty following a black puck on white ice (?!?), the "glowing puck" was terrible. An insult to American viewers, and a joke to hockey regulars, the puck turned broadcasts into a glamorized video game. While the virtual first-down marker enhanced the football viewing experience, seeing cometlike pucks soaring around a rink only hurt the NHL's efforts to market the sport in the U.S. Fortunately, the failure of the glow puck scrapped the league's plan to have players play without skates, thereby slowing the game down so people could better follow the action."

If they thought the Fox glowing puck was like a "glamourized video game"...they *really* need to view
this. The glowing puck was AND still is bad enough...but imagine if the puck not only glowed but also "celebrated" each goal... I don't know about you or others, but that would drive this hockey fan (Who immediately grew accustomed to watching the puck WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE, *gasp*, what a concept!) bonkers. o_O

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