Kukla's Korner Hockey
Entries with the tag: mike lange
from Penn State News,
Question: Do you have a particular fan in mind when you call a game? A guy alone in his car or working in the garage?
Answer: Bob Prince, who worked for the Pirates, gave me some great advice. He said to me, “You have a lot of shut-ins. People who can’t go out. People who can’t see.” He said, “Langey, you need to think of those people.”
Our game moves so fast, and we get caught up in it. But I always come back to that basic premise: You describe in as much detail as you can exactly what is happening, and what it looks like. You describe it like you’re talking to a blind guy.
Question: You’re known for your catch phrases, which you often shout over the goal buzzer. Some of those – “Michael Michael motorcycle!” or “She wants to sell my monkey!” – don’t make a lot of sense out of context. Where do they come from?
Answer: I built that off a guy named Bill King, who was in Oakland with the Raiders, and then the A’s. He would say “Holy Toledo!” whenever a big play was made, and it just drilled me. When I went to Phoenix, Al McCoy did the same thing. (McCoy, now the voice of the Phoenix Suns, shouts out “Shazam!” whenever a player makes a 3-pointer.)
It breaks up the monotony. It gives it a bit of flavor. And to be honest, when I have to work 82 games or more every year, I sometimes need a jolt to keep it going.
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.
Huh? Well, Mike Lange of course…. Hear it at Empty Netters...
from the National Post,
Canadians may not know his name, but they know his voice. They have been listening to it for decades accompanying highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins, describing the action on the ice with non-sequiturs such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw,” and “buy Sam a drink - and get his dog one, too.”
Mike Lange does not always make sense. And it has taken years of practice.