If you’ve ever been watching television and immediately jumped to back up the DVR lest your eyes had deceived you (a certain Super Bowl halftime performance perhaps?), yesterday’s broadcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central may have been one of those moments.
Reporting from a Flames vs. Blackhawks game in Chicago yesterday, Sportsnet’s Roger Millions suddently entered the YouTube On-Air Gaffe Hall of Fame when he stumbled on his words and uttered an unfortunate epithet (NSFW) characteristic of gay porn or the witness lineup in The Usual Suspects. Still, this is the land of the true north strong and free, where grownups are allowed to watch The Osbournes and The Sopranos unbleeped, so it’s hardly the worst thing to cross our airwaves. (That would be Train 48.)
Though the broadcast was live, the cock-up was likely the fault of a VTR tech, who probably cued up the wrong prerecorded take in a single, career-limiting instant. It could either have been an honest boner or an backstage staffer bent on hanging the journalist out to dry, but don’t feel too embarrassed for Roger Millions—with a name like that, he is rubber and everything else is glue. Plus, he was doing so well!
Rogers is attempting damage control by pulling the YouTube clips claiming copyright infringement, but they should be happy they aren’t Comcast—back in February, someone penetrated their Super Bowl broadcast in the Arizona area with thirty seconds of a guy flapping his junk around (NSFW). Outraged sports fans who put their beer down long enough to complain received a $10 credit from the cable company for that which could not be unseen.