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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
In over a decade of calling Boston Bruins games, Jack Edwards has been called many things: homer, hyper, loud.
Add innovative to that list.
In his spare time, Edwards, 58, has been studying computer code and he has developed his own app to help him with his game calls by organizing lines and other information on players and teams. Now he’s hoping to bring his app to the sports broadcasting world at large.
“I try to put information in a place where I can create easy pathways to it, so I can go from a player on a play-by-play chart, to a bio page, to a directory where I can instantly look up a game Patrice Bergeron played against the Maple Leafs in 2007 because something was ringing in my memory,” he explains....
In a lively hour-long chat, we spoke with Edwards about all things Bruins and broadcasting. The names of Tyler Seguin, Joe Thornton, and even Lance Armstrong are dropped as the play-caller discusses his craft.
Was the Seguin deal worse than the Joe Thornton trade?
Yeah. The problem with Joe is he’s just such a great guy. Even Steve Yzerman, as a player, had an a– h— factor. When Ryan Getzlaf is on his game, he’s nasty. Messier—who wanted to deal with Messier? Teammates didn’t even like him when he had his game face on. We’re talking about a guy who threw Mike Keenan out of the room in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The problem with Joe, he’s just such a nice guy. That feeling pervaded the team to the point where they were universally soft. [Then coach] Mike Sullivan tried every trick he knew—and he knows a lot of them—and Joe was a non-responder. That doesn’t make Joe a bad person. It just means he’s not a leader. They had him in a position of leadership because they thought putting the C on him would turn him into a leader, and they got their thinking totally backwards. Even though they got dimes on the dollar for Joe, they misread the personnel situation.
What do you think of Edward's narration?
update 2:00pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.
added 2:14PM, below is the video via gwyshynski of Edward's on-air apology.
Bruins play-by-play commentator Jack Edwards takes his research seriously. He began his play-by-play carrer in 1978 while a student at UNH. There, he met Bob Wilson, who told a young Edwards, “You only use about 3 percent of the research you do for a game, but the hard part is not knowing what 97 percent you’re going to throw out.”
The system Edwards uses during games focuses on shapes and colors, which invoke a better response then words and numbers. It’s a method he began using while at ESPN in 1995.
read on and/or check out one of the tools Edwards uses below…
Jack Edwards, play by play man for the Boston Bruins, with a post game editorial tonight.
Video via PuckDaddy...
from Chales P. Pierce of the Boston Globe,
Someone needs to keep a bucket of cold water handy when Smilin’ Jack Edwards gets to the end of a successful Bruins playoff series because, otherwise, wow…
A couple of years ago, we had that “ragtag band of farmers” business when a Boston victory coincided with Patriots Day. Then, last night, as the Bruins dispatched the Sabres, we had the Buffalo chances sinking “like the Edmund Fitzgerald” into “Gitchee-Gumee.”
1) The Fitz sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Buffalo is located along the eastern shores of Lake Erie. So what you said is approximately as accurate geographically as saying that the “ragtag band of farmers” stood firm along a bridge in Maine.
You can watch and hear Jack in action in the video below. Scroll to the 9 minute mark for his Edmund Fitzgerald piece…
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
Gather round, class: Professor Edwards wants to tell you about how the Bruins are like patriots who have thwarted the tyranny of the Habs. Or something like that. If you can remember the last hockey goal call that began “234 years ago yesterday, a bunch of rag-tag farmers stood up against the greatest fighting force in the world,” we’d like to hear it.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
But tonight, Edwards crossed the line in our book.
He basically compared the Bruins 4-2 win in Montreal to war.
We assume Edwards has never had anyone in his life impacted directly by war. Because if he had, he would not have made such a stupid, ignorant statement.
more and either watch the video below or watch it at the links you are about to click…
from Puck The Media,
PTM: ...are you kind of glad that ESPN doesn’t cover hockey anymore?
JE: Well, I think that all you need to know is - for those who wish that hockey was back on ESPN - last Saturday, which was probably the single most amazing night of the NHL season. Just in terms of teams switching places, dramatic things happening, crazy games, that kind of thing.
We went from Toronto to Philadelphia, we were in (Bruins radio play-by-play man) Dave Goucher’s room, having a couple cold ones. Now, the Sweet 16 is going on in college basketball at the same time, the only hockey we saw in the entire sportscast of “SportsCenter” was about 45 seconds of the UNH-North Dakota game, which was the one UNH tied with one-tenth of a second to go, that went into Overtime. That was 56 minutes into the telecast. There was nothing on the NHL in the entire show.
So, for those of you that hope that hockey gets back on ESPN, that’s what you’re gonna’ get. That’s where it belongs in ESPN’s hierarchy, because there are some bozos sitting in the accounting department in a bunker in Burbank, California running Disney, who look at the numbers and completely ignore the passion of hockey fans.
from Steve at Puck The Media,
This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday. It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives. It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer. But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.
continue to watch the video…
added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…