Rewatching Tuesday's Pit-Det game (I don't think that will ever get old
) really high-lighted how completely asinine it is for sports announcers to make their player of the game pronouncements with a good portion of the game left to play. They do it in football all the time at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and they did it in this game early in the third period.
The went to a split-screen with Zetterberg and Crosby, and then talk about how wonderful Zetterberg is and how he was clearly the "difference maker". There is not a single person that could watch that whole game and not see that Staal was the only choice as "difference maker", "player of the game", or whatever other stupid name they want to give it. Why even pick a player if you are not going to wait until a point in the game when an intelligent decision can be made, you know, like the end of the game?
I know it makes absolutely no difference in the greater scheme of things, it's just one of those things that bugs the heck out of me...