Lou Saulino – June 6th
While Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers endeavor to penetrate the domination of the Kevin Durant and Stephan Curry show, the world of sports has a storyline in Nashville, Tennessee. It seems a little fishy but how about the combination of Mike Mulburry, Carrie Underwood, and Charles Barkley?
Last night between periods of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the current Cup defending Pittsburg Penguins and the upstart Nashville Predators, Mike Milbury NBC color commentator, was seemingly in his glory. The former NHL player, coach and general manager first ogled over Carrie Underwood between periods one and two and likewise was enthralled with his Charles Barkley interaction after the second period. All this amid the spectacle of catfish being thrown to the ice by hyper enthusiastic and supportive Predator fans at the Bridgestone Arena.
Milbury was completely won over by Ms. Underwood, the 2005 American Idol winner, country music superstar, and wife of Nashville Predator Captain, Mike Fisher. The captivating Carrie, who will continue to enliven the NBC Sunday Night NFL broadcasts will her dynamic pre-game vocals, knew the secret to Milbury’s hockey soul. She responded to a Milbury query about hockey fighting with a “I don’t mind it, I know Mike (referring to her husband) can take care of himself.”
With Nashville leading Pittsburg 3 to1 after period 2, “Sir Charles” entered the interview booth. Charles Barkley, one of the greatest players in NBA history as an eleven time All-Star and 1993 Most Valuable Player recipient was his gregarious self as he interacted with Milbury. Barkley proclaimed to be more enamored with the NHL Finals than the NBA Championship series. Although, truth be told, he held the hardcourt encounter in much higher regard than his love of catfish. Perhaps we will soon find Charles joining his pals Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee in a Capital One commercial featuring a “Slap Shot” type setting.
In any event, I see that the NHL NBC TV ratings are on the rise. The Mike Milbury discussions with Carrie Underwood and Charles Barkley certainly will heighten the NHL status.