Nelly entertained the masses at NHL’s 2017 Winter Classic, but whatever excitement there was for his performance was immediately killed by Bob Costas.
The NBC broadcaster’s introduction of one of St. Louis’ favorite sons went horribly wrong Monday.
First of all, it’s not even hot. This is the Winter Classic. They are playing hockey outside because it is so not-hot in here. It would have at least been tolerable if he said It’s getting cold in here, so keep your clothes on, but even then it wouldn’t be enjoyable to listen to.
Drafting the guy who was the captain of the franchise’s two championship teams in nearly 50 years is a pretty good start. Bobby Clarke (No. 17) had 1,210 points and later helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final three times as general manager. They also added Dave Schultz (No. 52) in this draft.
There really is only one option here. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang from the 2005 draft have been fantastic for the Penguins, but Mario Lemieux is one of the three best players of all time and has probably meant more to the franchise (both during his playing days and after) than any draft pick has in any sport. Doug Bodger (No. 9) also played more than 1,000 games and, most importantly for the Penguins, they fetched goaltender Tom Barrasso in a trade with the Sabres.
Patrick Marleau (No. 2) is the greatest player in franchise history and owns many all-time team records, including games (1,493) and goals (508). Scott Hannan (No. 23) played more than 1,000 games as a sturdy defenseman. Bonus points because while the Sharks didn’t draft Joe Thornton (No. 1), they did steal him from the Bruins in 2005.