THE ROAD TO AVONLEA

They’re dragging out the 1972 Series again tonight, this time G8 (they should show G1 too, perhaps give an idea about why Canada had a bad case of tightened sphincter 40 years ago today) and we’re hearing concern from Canadian television execs about "content" for the coming winter. Allow me to offer a few suggestions.

Show some Oakland Seals games, or even one! I actually SAW a few of them but it’s been awhile. And the networks could throw in other long forgotten teams like the Minnesota North Stars, the Colorado Rockies, the Calgary Flames and the Kansas City Scouts.

Show a Bobby Orr game, or hell have an "Orr week" where we get to see the 1970 and 1972 clinching games and the final goodbye that lasted forever. Hell, I’d pay for that on DVD. The networks could also play back things like the 1971 SC final–that was Beliveau’s final year, John Ferguson’s too–and you know there would be an audience for the Flyer first cup victory and the Habs 1977 clincher too. Of course the Oilers era of excellence could be heavily relied upon to deliver ratings.

And what about the old WHA days? Hell man, those games have never been shown as far as I know, and cities like Winnipeg, Quebec and Edmonton would eat that stuff up. Or at least guys like me would buy in.

The AHL should go over well, too. I’d bet money Edmonton sport fans would watch the Barons every chance they get, and especially with all that young talent assigned there. I know it’s a weird year, but I want to see  the Nuge  and Wanye may move to OKC if Eberle can’t play here (I’m actually only half joking).

WHAT SAY YOU?

That’s my list, what is your list? Let me know. Maybe I’ll write the CBC and tsn. 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Look, you and I both know that without input from us the CBC will be running "Road to Avonlea" or documentaries with titles like "If David Suzuki fell in a forest, would anybody hear?" We know too that tsn will run poker or fishing shows or European race car thingy’s.

It is time to take back the fall and winter. I can’t watch that dull SEL or ‘dead eye Dick’ win another poker tournament. Can you?

  • Calvin

    Replay the past three seasons of Oil Change with the NHL drafts to cap them off..oh yeah I would also like to see the Jesse Niinimaki, Dan Cleary, Jason Bonsignore, and Steve Kelly drafts..

  • Reg Dunlop

    Why not replay the whole 2005-06 Oilers season, game-by-game? Imagine the anticipation as we build up to that incredible post-lockout playoff drive. And imagine how it will lead into next year’s dream season.

  • The Soup Fascist

    First a Film Festival showing all of Keeanu Reeves Oscar winning performances. Followed by the Rita MacNeill and Friends concert in support of anorexia. Top it off with replays of Vancouver Canuck cup clinching games.

    CRTC happy with Canadian content. Check. Programming problem solved L.T.

  • Reg Dunlop

    I would like to see some of the old ‘Showdown’ intermission skill contests. I remember Mickey Redmond crushing those targets and Hardy Aastrom playing goal like a 3 year old.

  • Zipdot

    I grabbed a copy of the 1972 Summit Series the other day, and it purports to have the full game 8, but there are still short pieces missing.

    But I watched that the other day and it proved that I could easily watch old hockey which I know the outcome of.

    Although… Those Russians were a dang MACHINE. So, maybe not all old hockey can compare. 😀

  • Max Powers - Team HME Evans

    As was stayed before, more chl please.

    Id also like to see an old Montreal vs Detroit complete with the hatred described by Gordie Howe in his biography “Gordie”. I was barely a teenager when i read that book but the stories were so good – like incredible – i still remember them.

    Apparently M. Richard and Ted Lindsay didn’t like each other very much.

  • Lowetide

    They run the 1967 game once in awhile, but the tape fuggered on the Pappin goal. Kinda funny, they don’t have an enormous item in the game and it ends up being the last time Canadian English can agree on one damn thing.

  • ubermiguel

    I have never seen Orr, Howe or Richard play a whole game, I hear they were ok. I’d watch some of those.

    I’d love some OKC games, 70s Canadiens, 2002 Olympics, any WJCs with Eberle. I’d even watch the 1967 SCFs, that’d be sure to get some ratings down east.