October 19, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

Dear losers in Jacksonville,
Why am I not yet awash in Doritos cupcakes?


Lions Fan, so much to be proud of

posted by NoMich at 07:11 PM on October 19, 2020

Brother, I believe you're going to have to roll your own.

Also, you probably need to give our Floridian friends some slack given the Bucs handling of the Packers, which provides you a little help within your division.

Your Lions will probably finish ahead of the Vikings. Too early to tell if the Bears are 16 games worth of the real thing.

Just think - if the Lions were in the NFC East, they be tied for first place.

But if you want to be instantly competitive, you need to do what the Falcons and Texans did - fire your coach.

posted by beaverboard at 07:38 PM on October 19, 2020

Dammit, Doc Emrick is retiring.

I wish he would do it the way Vin Scully did and give us a final year to savor.

posted by beaverboard at 07:40 PM on October 19, 2020

Was able to catch the Canadian NBC feed that broadcast a few of the Stanley Cup finals games this year with Doc at the helm. Always a treat and head over heels above any of the other current NHL broadcasters. He's up there at the top of the list with 2 other all time greats in Bob Cole and Danny Gallivan.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:41 PM on October 19, 2020

Since the Hurricanes foolishly let John Forslund, their TV play by play guy since the Whaler days, walk out the door, I'm hoping that NBC will hire him as the new full time guy.

posted by NoMich at 08:12 AM on October 20, 2020

Doc Emrick was always a joy to hear, but being old and crotchety, I have to say he's not the best I've heard. Danny Gallivan was just as good, maybe better. We partisans from Boston will always extol the talent of the late Fred Cusick, longtime Bruins' radio and later TV broadcaster. He also briefly did a national job on one of the US networks. (I think CBS, but I might be mistaken.) It was a Saturday afternoon thing, and it would have been in the mid- to late 1950s. My candidate for the all-time best is Foster Hewitt. I grew up in a town that was just outside Boston and directly on the coast. When the atmospheric conditions were just right, the CBC radio station, I think from Sidney, Nova Scotia, a direct shot across the water, was loud and clear. Hockey Night in Canada was a regular listen when I was about 11 or 12. I looked it up, and lo and behold it's Foster Hewitt who is credited with originating the call "He shoots, he scores!". If you are old enough to have heard of the Gondola broadcast location in Maple Leaf Gardens, you might know that it was built for Hewitt. He performed a lot of sports broadcasting firsts, and he is memorialized in the Foster Hewitt Award, presented annually by the Hockey Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting.

posted by Howard_T at 02:00 PM on October 20, 2020

Hey, Foster Hewitt .. with you on that, was a staple on the old CBC HNIC broadcasts waaay back when. What I really liked about Emrick was he never tried to be bigger than what was going on out on the ice. He was colorful without even trying to be. Hewitt was pretty much from the same mold, whereas Gallivan and Cole had more of a shtick to their delivery .. but it was a shtick that worked.

Just try watching a nationally televised game on a Canadian network today and you'd cringe: both the lead broadcaster and the color guy will have you wearing out the mute button in a big hurry. Sadly there are some real good broadcast teams for the regional games that for whatever reason get passed over for the large audience broadcasts.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:55 PM on October 20, 2020

Ah, I miss Fred and Derrick every year when hockey season starts up. And Johnny in the studio.

posted by yerfatma at 11:35 AM on October 21, 2020

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