ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has often admitted he doesn’t watch or know much about hockey. That didn’t stop one of the most entertaining commentators on the new network for hockey to light up Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
Stephen A. Smith roasts the Oilers
In the now viral video, Smith goes on an epic rant screaming at both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl for getting swept. “We all know that I am not a hockey expert,” Smith began. “But even I have heard of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl – I’ve heard of both of those guys! Swwwepttt. In the first round?”
“Now how you gonna do hockey like that?” Smith deadpanned.
It was one of the more hilarious takes on a sad situation in Edmonton that is sure to give Oilers fans more salt for their wounds. Smith finished it up with a hat tip to the NHL. “I really did this segment actually just to make Gary Bettman proud, the NHL commissioner,” he said. “I want to show him and the rest of the hockey lovers out there I don’t mind doing that hockey.”
Watch the full rant below:
ESPN gets TV deal
Older hockey fans like yours truly will remember ESPN’s coverage of the NHL. It was a big deal while it lasted and they had one of the best theme songs in Sports Broadcasting of any sport.
The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and the National Hockey League have reached a historic and innovative seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal, taking the new partnership from the beginning of the 2021-22 season through the 2027-28 season.
The visionary, first-of-its-kind agreement brings the NHL back to Disney and ESPN platforms and illustrates the unique position of The Walt Disney Company to bring the best hockey in the world to millions across its unparalleled collection of media platforms.
Per Sean Shapiro, we should be seeing more of John Buccigross, Steve Levy, Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose on air. Gary Thorne will be back in a play by play role. ESPN’s top two hockey writers Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski will be featured as panelists on “Around the Horn”.