Vancouver the Final Day: And now, back to reality
So how was that for a finish? Now we can all breathe again and prepare for the horrifying thought of watching NHL hockey after being treated to the sport at its best.
Ratings for Sunday's game won't be in until Monday, but they will be huge and will set a Canadian record. They'll probably also set a hockey record for NBC.
They will cap 17 days of record ratings for the CTV-Rogers consortium.
The consortium reports that 99 per cent of the Canadian population has watched the Olympics on its many platforms, which makes you wonder exactly what the other 1 per cent was watching. Masterpiece Theatre? The Shopping Channel?
It had another solid day Saturday, with 6.9 million viewers watching Kevin Martin's curling victory and 5.3 witnessing Jasey Jay Anderson's snowboard gold.
Interesting fact from the consortium: The most-viewed athlete on its website Saturday were figure skater Joannie Rochette and curlers Martin and Cheryl Bernard. Somehow we get the feeling the top spots Sunday will be taken up by hockey players.
THE GOOD: CTV's Chris Cuthbert and Pierre McGuire hit pretty much all the right notes during the gold medal hockey game. McGuire's line describing Sidney Crosby's game-winning goal ``and an entire nation is relieved" really summed up the entire game. Great work also by CTV to get some superb views of crowds watching the game around the country. A post-game series of gatherings was superb. The overhead shots of Robson Square and other venues said it all. ... NBC's Al Michaels after Don Cherry, a vision in red velvet, expounded on how the game would go, including his opinions on that ``Lalongo" guy: ``I never knew that Feb. 28 was Halloween in Canada." ... NBC's Mike Milbury heading into the game: ``There are two, maybe three guys on the U.S. team who could make Team Canada." ... The beauty of having a guy between the benches. McGuire reported early in the first period that Canada coach Mike Babcock was telling his players to get more pucks on net and cease with the fancy stuff. You don't get that kind of stuff in the broadcast booth. ... Watching the game on CTV, the sound mix made me feel as if I were in the stands. On NBC, I felt like I was in the parking lot. ... NBC used slow motion and stop-action to illustrate why things were happening the way they were. In the second period, Ed Olczyk showed how Ryan Kesler got too close to Brian Rafalski on the point, letting Canada's Rick Nash to break up a pass. ... Nick Kypreos, after Kesler told CTV reporter Ryan Rishaug that Vancouver Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo was fighting the puck just as he expected: ``I think Kesler forgot that he has to go to work Monday morning." ... Good discussion by Chris Cuthbert and McGuire on why Ryan Getzlaf was taking a key last-minute faceoff in the Canadian end despite having the lowest faceoff percentage on the team. .... Good analysis from the studio panel on how Canada was forced into overtime because it sat back and tried to protect the lead.
THE BAD: When did ``O Canada" become a commercial jingle? There are now two ads using our anthem to sell burgers and bread. ... Does CTV honcho Ivan Fecan have a Conservative Party membership card in his wallet? How else to explain the camera time given to PM Stephen Harper, who has revealed the real reason he prorogued Parliament? ... Huh? Pierre McGuire after a U.S. penalty: ``Corey Perry just got a mouthful of stick right in the head." ...