If you had to guess who had the best TV Ratings among NHL teams who would you choose? Flyers? Penguins? Blackhawks? Rangers? Guess again. The Buffalo Sabres statistically have the most people tuning in to watch them lose. Probably because they have nothing else to watch (i.e. Buffalo Bills) and they are basically a part of Canada. Typically, the Sabres and the cry baby Ryan Miller are usually a good squad. However, they are only 20-24 this season, sitting last place in the Northeast Division.
“The league’s biggest feel-good story locally is in Boston, where the Bruins have carried over the momentum from their 2011 Stanley Cup win to post the biggest local TV ratings increase this season. NESN’s average rating of 5.25 (third-highest in the league) is up a whopping 89.5 percent from last year. The average of 125,000 homes that tune in to Bruins games is the highest in the NHL.”
-Sports Business Journal
Clearly, Boston has found a revived love after seeing the Celtics enter into senior citizen status. It also probably helps that our hometown Heroes won the Stanley Cup last season (in case you guys missed it). The lockout in the NBA definitely has helped this as well, because you either watch hockey, or find a reality TV show to watch, which ironically is probably more exciting than watching the Celts this season. So keep tuning in after this all-star break as the Bruins make their second run towards the cup. Even if you don’t watch it, waste all of your schools power by turning on every TV in your dorm to NESN during game time to get the ratings up so we can get ahead of pointless Buffalo.
Hate to say I told ya so. At 4:22 PM today, NESN released a statement announcing Heidi’s departure (http://tinyurl.com/7nmkccw). Sad day for Sox Nation, sad day indeed. Just add this to the list of offseason duties the Sox need to take care of come April. We’re going to miss you Heidi…
So after I wrote about Heidi potentially leaving the other night, I tweeted at her and attached a link to the post on BSB. Two minutes later, she posted the tweet above. Heidi Watney must have read the Boston Sports Blog right? I’m going to keep telling myself yes. Anyways, there’s been no official word but all signs point to her leaving. Unfortunately, it’s not looking good folks. She fooled me for a minute and came back with a quick response to cover her tracks, but I have knowledge that leads me to believe otherwise. Trust me, I hope I’m wrong just as much as the next Red Sox fanatic, but you heard it here first. We’d hate to see you go Heidi.
My heart sank when I came across this news, but the Boston Globe reported earlier today that Tito, Theo, and Papelbon may not be the only ones on their way out of Boston. Red Sox in-game reporter, Heidi Watney, is coming up on the end of her contract later this month and inside sources have hinted that she may be calling it quits with the Sox after four years of loyal service. Now, there are no reports to the truth of this, but the mere thought is enough to completely demoralize the already depression struck Red Sox Nation. Thank God the Bruins are back on track and the Pats are in good shape for the rest of the season because I don’t think I can take much more bad news from the other two teams without slipping into a world of misery. Heidi, say it aint so!