Drew's Thought of the Day - 5/23/2013

Thursday, 05.23.2013 / 9:09 AM PT
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
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I hate watching a Sharks game when I'm not broadcasting it with the Great Randy Hahn.

Well hate may be too strong of a word. I get stressed watching a game that I'm not broadcasting.

As fans, is this what you go through all the time?

Butterflies in the stomach the whole game? Yelling at the TV, and clapping your hands adding "c'mon boys, big power play right here!"

When we aren't broadcasting a Sharks game on Comcast Sportsnet, I seriously start to doubt the network broadcasters objectivity.

They sound like they want LA to win. Now I know that is 100% wrong. I know the commentators well. They are all good and talented people who have no stake in the outcome of the game.

However every time they mention anything positive about the Kings my mind plays tricks on me.

"Why did he say that?"

"That's the third time he mentioned Anze Kopitar is having a strong game"

"Is he President of that guys freakin fan club?"

Crazy? I know. Completely off base and clouded by my bias for the Sharks, without a doubt.

My kids think I'm nuts.

When Logan Couture scored in overtime in game 3, I jumped out of my seat and pumped my fist hard that my shoulder hurt.

When Randy and I are working a game we are focused on the job. There is a lot going on during a broadcast.

Randy is focused on calling the game. He has to keep the information flowing, from who scored from who and when not to mention the frequent promotion and drop ins.

Meanwhile, I'm watching replays from my own monitor, talking to the truck, watching for unique angles and monitoring the benches to see anything our outstanding coaching staff is doing.

Not rocket science by any means but an individual has to stay on task in order to perform it properly.

On the other hand watching and cheering for the team as my only task from the second round on makes me agitated and overwrought with emotion.

But the payoff when the good guys win seems a little sweeter.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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