Ovi, Green, Bradley reactions to HBO's 24/7 series on Caps-Pens
The series will debut with a show Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET with an encore at 11. Ensuing episodes will debut at 10 p.m. ET on the subsequent Wednesdays -- Dec. 22, 29 and Jan. 5 -- all with an encore at 11. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series also will be available on HBO On Demand.
It's the first time HBO Sports will divide its cameras between two teams and also the first time the network will document teams in the middle of their regular seasons.
HBO Sports' cameras will have unprecedented access to film "24/7 Penguins/Capitals Road to the Winter Classic."
Is that right?
"We've been pretty strict with access to the locker room and we've always felt that the locker room at the practice rink or the main rink is really a player sanctuary," George McPhee said. "They have to have some place where they can work and have some privacy; that's why we've been strict. But with HBO -- after watching what they did with 'Hard Knocks' and everything else and seeing some of the other programs that they've done, they're big time. We're going to give them unfettered access, because we thought 'Hard Knocks' was great."
The cameras will be here next week for some promotional work, but they wont' be joining the team full time until Dec. 5. They'll remain with the team for about a month.
What will be off-limits?
They wanted to put a camera in Ted Leonsis's office. He said that seemed "a little bit over the top." But essentially, nothing is off-limits. Cameras will accompany players to their homes, to their cars, to restaurants, to film study, in the dressing room and so on.
"We have told them that we will say no to no request," Ted Leonsis told reporters. "And so they have to decide who they want to follow, how they want to follow, what storylines, what they want to do, and we'll approve it."
Am I the only one who doesn't have HBO?
Most [players] seemed to [have it]. Some weren't sure.
"I don't know if I have it or not," Brooks Laich said. "I don't have TV right now. They haven't hooked up my satellite."
Ovechkin said he has HBO at home but only his family members watch it. He said he doesn't watch television shows, sticking with movies. (He just watched The Town.) But he said he'd make an exception.
"Oh yeah. I'm gonna watch this show. This is gonna be probably my favorite show," he said. "It's pretty cool experience, sick. For the team, for the guys, for the organization, it's a big step forward. We're gonna be on TV again, so it's good."
What language NHL hockey players speak?
But why there are so many English words in it?
Not so fast, Ovi says:
"Well, if I'm gonna say some bad words it's gonna be Russian words. Probably you guys don't understand it. I don't know. We'll see."
So whose mouth will you have to watch out for?
"Schultzie. Schultzie gets pretty crazy behind the scenes. A guy like him, him and Tom Poti, those two guys, when you get them alone behind the scenes might get pretty crazy."
What would you want to see as a culmination of HBO's reality show?
Fluto Shinzawa, Boston.com:
It would be a better use of everyone’s time to turn the Winter Classic (Washington vs. Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day) into the sport’s yearly midseason celebration.
Capped, preferably, by Alex Ovechkin running over the potty-mouthed Maxime Talbot.
What do you think?
BB speaks about it and says something like, "I went ahead and watch some of HBO's 24/7 and it's a good stuff. It will be a 'must see' show..."