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Don Draper was supposed to be watching hockey, not football, on Saturday night


In Sunday's season premiere of AMC's drama "Mad Men," attentive fans (are there any other kind) may have been wondering how Don Draper could have been watching a football game in his old living room Saturday night while he was waiting for his ex-wife to come home with her new husband.

Of course, he couldn't have been watching a night football game because that was not the norm in 1964, which was when Sunday's episode was set. While "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner and his team are incredibly detail-oriented, this is one time where a little less attention to detail would have been helpful.

It's not that the producers didn't know there wasn't a night football game for Don to be watching. It's that they couldn't get the rights to the hockey game they wanted Don to be watching. Sunday's episode took place on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1964. That night, the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1.

Unfortunately, "Mad Men" was unable to secure any rights for audio or video of that game. The producers wanted some background noise from the television and instead went with audio of a football game. The audio was not supposed to be discernible, but obsessed viewers (like this one) could pick up the play-by-play of a football game. 

Although it was a slip-up on the part of the producers, maybe it's for the best. Does smooth-talking Don Draper seem like a hockey fan?

-- Joe Flint

Photo: AMC's "Mad Men" featuring Jon Hamm as Don Draper. Credit: AMC.

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Absolutely a hockey fan! Canadian men are very sexy and DD fits right in~

More importantly, who owns the rights to aforementioned Rangers-Leafs hockey game that they wouldn't let it be shown?! Amazing.

Any chance the game could have been the famous USC-ND college football match-up that ended 20-17 and derailed what would have been at the time ND's first undefeated season?

Actually, Don was watching the Princeton-Cornell game on the previous Saturday, November 21, 1964. It was the scene before his date with Jane's friend, which means that it must have been that afternoon.

And in fact on 11/21/64, Princeton played Cornell and beat them, 17-12.

I don't know if that football game was televised in NYC. I don't have the television listings for that day. But I'll bet that Weiner does.

Hockey fans have been shown to be the most intelligent of the fans of the four "major" sports. The players themselves I'd wager are smarter too because hockey in the US is a rich person's game, you don't have year round playground hockey in the US like you do with basketball and football.

Um, yes, smooth-talking Don Draper does seem like a hockey fan. You on the other hand, do not. Why?


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