While The Men Watch On CBC: Network Offers 'Girl Talk' Hockey

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Jules Mancuso and Lena Sutherland of WhileTheMenWatch have sparked controversy with their new collaboration with CBC and the Stanley Cup. (WhileTheMenWatch) | WhileTheMenWatch

Hockey fans take note -- there's a new game in town.

For the start of the Stanley Cup finals on May 30, CBC wil be broadcasting an 'alternative' to the sporting event -- a show called WhileTheMenWatch hosted by two women who will be calling the game using 'female-centred commentary,' according to a press release from the network.

Hosts Jules Mancuso and Lena Sutherland have been running their website WhileTheMenWatch.com for years, "providing their own brand of live 'girl talk' style in-game insight to hockey, football, baseball, basketball and more," reads the press release. For the Stanley Cup, the pair will be talking about the action on the ice, as well as their own opinions about other assumedly feminine interests, like why men grow beards during the Stanley Cup finals or telling viewers which phrases might be useful to shout out if you're unfamiliar with hockey.

The response to the show's announcement has been less than positive, with columnists like Yahoo's Julie Veilleux calling it 'degrading and dehumanizing,' and others noting the lack of recognition for sports fans.

"Stop thinking that women don't like sports," wrote Robyn Flynn of ladyhabs.blogspot.ca. "Because some of us do. And while you're at it, stop thinking that ALL men like sports."

The Twitterverse, meanwhile, was divided in its opinions:

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