It works like this: they show two games. In the first intermission, they have Coach’s Corner, featuring Grapes and Ron in a buffoonish, over-the-top set piece that they’ve been polishing these last twenty years and it’s probably past its best-by date, but still worth a laugh sometimes.
This evening, when the 2nd intermission came around I was cooking dinner and thus listening to “Satellite Hotstove” in the background and just enjoying the sound of half-a-dozen middle-aged Canadian male accents in a light-hearted but erudite discussion of the game’s internals; if you don’t know who Lou Lamoriello or Guy Carbonneau are, they’re not going to stop to explain, but you’ll learn a whole lot about hockey, listening.
To make the evening really Canadian, an unusual (for here) winter snowfall set in, Mother Nature apparently trying to make November 2006 the crappiest weather month on record for Vancouver. As I type this, nearing midnight, the snow is ankle-high and starting to stick alarmingly; I bet there’ll be power failures by morning.
One of the snow casualties was our satellite dish, so we didn’t get to watch the second game; oh well, time to hit the sack and try to get better.