Saturday, December 14, 2013

HBO's 24/7 Will Be Quality Entertainment

The first episode of the HBO series 24/7 airs tonight (12/14) at 10pm ET.

24/7 Road to the NHL Winter Classic goes behind the scenes and into the locker rooms of the two teams set to play in this year’s NHL Winter Classic game.  The Winter Classic, for those who are unfamiliar, is an annual event held by the NHL, which started in 2008 and is played outdoors, providing the game a completely different dynamic.

This year’s game will be played on New Year’s Day between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at University of Michigan’s “The Big House” football stadium.

The Red Wings vs. the Maple Leafs is an Original Six rivalry that has been renewed by this year’s NHL realignment, which placed these two teams in the same division.  With the combination of the rivalry and the battle for points in the Atlantic division, this should be a hard-fought and entertaining contest.

However, you don’t have to be a hockey player or even a fan of either team to enjoy the 24/7 series. The show follows the teams through the weeks leading up to the Winter Classic.  The viewer gets an inside look at both teams, as cameras catch everything from the personal lives of individual players to speeches made by the coaches in the locker room.

It’s really interesting to get a look at things like the players pre-game routines and to see what it’s like to be a professional hockey player outside of the games themselves.  You’ll get to see how they travel, where they live and what the life of an NHL player consists of.

Hockey players are often said to be some of the most personable and likable athletes in professional sports, so 24/7 is always good for some laughs.

There’s no question that the best moments of last years 24/7 featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers came from the Flyers goalie at the time, Ilya Bryzgalov.

So if you have HBO yourself or can find somewhere to watch it, I highly recommend 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic which is set to air on Saturday nights at 10 pm on HBO.

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