NBC Flyers broadcast uses photos of wrong man in tribute to assistant who passed away in yet another blunder
During the Flyers’ victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, NBC Sports aired a tribute on their broadcast for Mike Nykoluk, an assistant coach for the Flyers, when they won their two Stanley Cups. Nykoluk passed away on Monday at 87-years-old.
At first glance, it seems like a pretty standard, run-of-the-mill tribute graphic. However, NBC accidentally used photos of Gary Melnyk, a former head scout for the Flyers who passed away in 2001.
Two of the three photos that were supposed to be of Nykoluk were actually Melnyk. How could you possibly fuck this up that bad? I know he was only here for such a short period almost 50 years ago, but this was likely a big moment for his family, and it wasn’t even him.
I’ll be honest with you, there was no way in hell I would’ve caught this myself. The Flyers are so bad right now the mere mention of their name makes my eyes glaze over. Combined with the fact I’d never heard of Nykoluk or Melnyk until I was assigned this article, it’s clear I wouldn’t have gotten it right myself.
Then again, it’s not my job to get things right. In fact, it’s my job to criticize those who get things wrong. And my god did they did this one wrong.
That’s just classic Flyers, though.
In a season where they’ve disrespected Ed Snider’s legacy, the fans, and the game of hockey itself, this is just another blunder from a franchise with zero grasp of reality.
NBC Sports Philly producers may have made the mistake on their own but the Flyers have created conditions to allow for such complacency. Plus, the Flyers are owned by Comcast, so if you think about it, it’s ownership’s fault regardless. Depressing.
Philly sports graphic designers are on thin ice across the board. Julius Erving attended the 76ers game against the Lakers last week, and they somehow misspelled his last name.
A former assistant coach is one thing, but we are talking about arguably the greatest player in franchise history. His name is all over the building, on fans’ jerseys, signs, etc. I can’t imagine doing so much for a franchise, just to have your name spelled incorrectly on a jumbotron for everyone to see.
Clean it up, people.
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