Friday’s Game 4 of Lightning-Islanders included a double-minor on Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan. He had been hit with two minutes on the next whistle, but then committed another foul.
Analyst Pierre McGuire declared, “It’s gonna be a 5-on-3!” as NBC cut to commercials.
That didn’t sound right. It seemed Callahan would instead be sent off for four minutes, thus an extended 5-on-4 power play. But McGuire, a former NHL coach, would know.
Back from commercials, the Isles had a 5-on-4 for four minutes. Surely, McGuire would correct himself.
Nah, he just pretended he never said what he was eager to tell us. I don’t know what we did to deserve it, but that’s called bad faith.
McGuire could’ve won the moment with a quick correction, but chose to pretend we didn’t hear — or he never said — what he told us.
That happens a lot. That we recognize it makes the speakers victims of their own foolish devices. We never heard it; we never saw it.
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