Well, thankfully Cox has decided to bless the faithful here in OKC with the NHL Network. If I can't get my live games, I'll watch some classics and piss off the Mrs.
So, I finally wrangle the remote away from the Mrs. and change it from something as boring as the news and switch over to my newfound favorite channel - the NHL Network. The TiVo is already recording the VS game between Philly and the Rangers for later viewing, so I've got dual tuner hockey goodness going on at Casa Snider. The classic game they were showing was the '99 game 6 between the Avs and the Stars. Wow! I quickly got into the flow of the game forgetting it was a classic matchup. Obviously there were the subtle reminders that this was not live: different rosters, Patrick Roy, jerseys that don't make my eyes bleed, defensemen dry-humping the forwards w/o getting called for holding, "water skiing", ESPN announcers, ahhhhh the good ol' days. The great part was no intermission -- saved me skipping it with the TiVo.
So about 3/4 way through the 2nd I'm almost sitting on the edge of the couch watching great shots, hard hits, and great saves on each end of the ice. The crowd back then was really enthusiastic. VERY loud, very intelligent fans. (Much different than the fans are now in the post-lockout 'era' -- but that's for another time.)
Then I see Foresberg make an amazing pass (as usual) to a wide open Sakic, and as he is starting to swing through the one-timer, the TiVo pops up with: "The TiVo needs to change the channel on this tuner over to 'Dancing With the Stars'"
....... Damn dual tuner.