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NBC set for frozen Fenway pond
NBC sent a bunch of quotes from its people regarding Friday's NHL Winter Classic in Boston (weather permitting).
Since I won't have time or space to write about the game this week, I'll just cut and paste some of the material for you here:
BOB COSTAS: "The buzz for it is like nothing I've seen."
MIKE MILBURY, A BOSTON NATIVE: "The energy has been building since the announcement. It’s the toughest ticket to get that I have seen in all of my years in Boston, including Bruins playoffs, Red Sox playoffs, Patriots championships and Celtics championships. This is an event. It’s going to be a spectacular event and I’m proud to even be a little bit a part of it."
COSTAS: "This really is an event. It attracts a lot of people who don’t necessarily follow hockey closely throughout the course of the year."
DOC EMRICK: "I spoke with Ryan Miller, the goalie from Buffalo just this past fall almost two years after the first Winter Classic. He still has a big smile on his face when he talks about it. And his team didn’t win! Ryan Whitney and Colby Armstrong, now former Penguins, were walking in with the bagpipes and the fire salutes and one tapped the other on the shoulder and said ‘Lifetime memory right here. Take it in.’"
PRODUCER SAM FLOOD: "We almost have twice as much equipment as we have for a regular-season NHL game. We have an airplane, which is not normal for a hockey game. For the first game, it was one of those ground breaking moments in TV -- a replay from an airplane of a hockey game. It never happened before and can only be duplicated."
MILBURY: "The players will be incredibly excited walking into that venue. The whole sense of playing outside is a sense of joy, pure freedom without any restrictions, no rules, no regulations. Just go beat around a puck and try to put it in between two old boots and have some fun."
MILBURY ON FENWAY PARK: "You walk into that place and it's a museum."
COSTAS ON FENWAY: "All the history. The idea that someone sat there and watched Babe Ruth pitch or Ted Williams bat or Lefty Grove or Jimmie Foxx plus all the visiting players through the years and the specific games and events. Fisk and Dent and the Impossible Dream and Yaz. The only thing missing is that when the Red Sox won the World Series in ’04 and ’07, they clinched in St. Louis and then in Colorado so they never had the chance to put the finishing touches on it at Fenway Park."
EMRICK ON HIS HEALTH AFTER MISSING LAST YEAR’S GAME WITH LARYNGITIS: "I started on the Vitamin C around Thanksgiving, as I was urged to do by a number of people. It’s worked out pretty well so far. It was quite disappointing to miss it last year."