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Watch Ed Olczyk give his preview of the Kentucky Derby

May 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Normally when you see Ed Olczyk on NBC or NBCSN, he’s busy laying the knowledge on you about what’s happening on the ice. Of course, Edzo has some knowledge in another sport as well: Horse racing.

Olczyk sits down with the gang at CSNChicago to discuss this year’s Kentucky Derby field and give us who he likes in the 138th running of the race. With rain in the forecast things get a bit dicier when picking a favorite, but Olczyk is a trustworthy guy… Right? You can see the Derby on NBC after this afternoon’s Game 4 between the Rangers and Capitals (which starts at 12:30 p.m. ET) at  3:30 p.m. ET.

  1. wsiegeldpm - May 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    NBC’s coverage of the Ranger/Capital series is the worst I have ever seen. Mike Emrick has a horribly shrill voice that sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. He has absolutely nothing to say about the game or the players that even a casual fan doesn’t already know. He SCREAMS on the top of his lungs every time the puck gets near the hash marks. When something significant actually happens, like a penalty, he barely mentions is. Ed Olcyk in addition to having nothing useful to say, can barely put together a complete sentence. Why isn’t Joe Micheletti doing color for this series??? I tried to listen to the game today and had to turn the sound off again about halfway through the first period. I am condemned to listen to this series in silence for the long haul unless they bring on real professionals like Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti, Al Trautwig, or someone with actual hockey knowledge and ability.

  2. lesleyvissersfacelift - May 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I don’t listen when Olczyk talks hockey. Why would I listen when he talks horses?

  3. lesleyvissersfacelift - May 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    +1 to what wsiegeldpm said. Emerick’s game presentation consists of useless non-hockey related soliloquies punctuated with useless or uninteresting comments about the actual game. The dude should retire and become a poet. Gord Miller, the TSN announcer who also does the NBCSN college hockey coverage, should be NBC’s lead man. He presents the game in a professional way that the casual fan can appreciate and that doesn’t insult the experienced fan.

  4. eggserino - May 5, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Olczyk: failure as a hockey coach and failure as a horse racing analyst. I love guys who have the balls to be experts on stuff but actually just provide mediocre performance.

    That’s tough criticism. I’m sure the stories I’ve heard about Olczyk being a gem of a guy are true…

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