Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Watch outdoor NHL action today on NBC!

By Rick Morris

With the exception of FDH contributor Paul Teeple, I am certainly the biggest hockey promoter in the entire family that we have here. So it should have been no surprise that I have endlessly touted (much to the eye-rolling amusement of fellow FDH Lounge Dignitary Chris Galloway) on The FDH Lounge program the NHL Winter Classic, emanating today from Buffalo at 1 PM EST on NBC. 73,000 frozen spectators will be watching the contest between the hometown Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins (booooo!) from Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Granted, there will be a lot of great college football bowl games on head-to-head with the game, so even I won't be able to watch every minute of the action. But whether you're a diehard fan of the game, a casual one, or just a sports fan with an open mind, at least tune in occasionally to watch a part of history and what promises to be some unforgettable television

Additionally, we advise you to read up on the game in two places:

^ NHL.com, which is the best and most comprehensive website operated by any of North America's major sports leagues.

^ Sportsology's hockey section: our good buddy Russ Cohen is one of the lucky folks in attendance today for this piece of history, and he's got an excellent preview article posted. He also attended the precursor for this game, the Heritage Classic in Edmonton in 2003, which featured an Edmonton-Montreal tilt from a football stadium under similar conditions. We are fortunate to have Russ appearing on our next FDH Lounge program to share his observations from this game, how it compared and contrasted to the scene in Edmonton, and what similar events could be coming to North American cities in the future.

Enjoy all of today's great college football action (including the Cotton Bowl, which I have already predicted will be the day's show-stealer), but leave some room on the plate for the NHL Winter Classic. You won't regret the time spent.

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