I'm all for the frillier Olympic sports. I mean that. If you've never tried lifting another human while on skates trying to look graceful, it's immeasurably harder than it looks. That said: NBC choosing to air (among other events) ice dancing in place of the USA-Canada hockey tilt is some kind of sick joke, right?
The notion that the NHL would shutter its season for the Games and that its broadcast rights holder wouldn't then put the NHL-centric U.S. vs. Canada on its primary network is baffling.
So we reached out to NBC for comment and context, and found out who gets the blame for this malarkey: American women.
No. No, no, no. Sorry. You're not sticking us with this one, Peacock. It's hockey versus ice dancing. This is a programming move that would strain credulity, if you had any remaining after enabling a Paul Haggis-helemed We Are The World remake.