I’ve worked in television for over 12 years and I know just how hectic it can be to put together a live broadcast every night, especially if you’re the Director of the Playoffs on TSN. I have the utmost respect for any live sports director or live director in general, it is truly an art, but one of the easiest jobs in the biz is getting b-roll for a show…any show except a volcano show. That’s why I couldn’t believe what I saw last year during the intermission of the Habs vs. Caps game in the first round of the 2009/10 playoffs. TSN were either cutting to or from a commercial and they decided to use some concession stand footage underneath James Duthie probably saying, “the second period is coming up from the Bell Centre in Montreal on the NHL Playoffs on TSN”. We’ve all seen these concession shots every NHL broadcaster uses, it’s a guy getting a beer, families with pretzels, cute kids with ice cream, or shots of the hot dogs sliding into a delicious soft bun. It’s the kind of shot you can’t possibly mess up and in all fairness these shots should be captured live, however, last year TSN used Carolina Hurricanes concession stand footage during a Habs playoff game. I know you’re all as shocked as I was and I don’t blame you. I’m sure they didn’t mean to do it and it was probably just some intern labelling the tapes wrong, but Carolina weren’t even in the playoffs last season and this happened twice. Shocking. You could clearly Hurricanes fans wearing those ugly Hurricanes sweaters at the Sausage Stop and a shot of the flat top grill sauteing peppers and onions. Where in the Bell Centre can you get sauteed peppers and onions? I had the games on my old DVR so my evidence is gone, so The Torch is looking for anyone with a copy to send it to us ASAP and we’ll post it.
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