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by George Malik on 03/25/13 at 03:34 PM ET
We've talked about this at some length now, but the Free Press's Mike Bruendell is confirming what TPLHockey reported on Sunday: the Red Wings played no part in Fox Sports Detroit's decision to fire Larry Murphy, and Murphy's still baffled as to why FSD vice-president and general manager Greg Hammaren tossed Murphy to the curb, citing "ratings" and the fact that Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond will cover games down the stretch and during the playoffs:
“I guess I didn’t see it coming -- I had no clue,” Murphy, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, said today. “I just got the call and was told, 'We are not going to use you.' I thought I was doing my job and doing it well.”
Murphy said he was “hurt” and “disappointed” at first but kept busy over the weekend, checking out comments online, calls for a petition to bring him back to the network and “recording the Malaysian Grand Prix and St. Petersburg IndyCar race” off TV.
“You second-guess yourself at first -- wonder what kind of job you are doing,” said Murphy of his initial reaction to his firing. “But it was very humbling to read some of the online comments about how some people thought I did a good job.”
Murphy confirms that he was told that he was let go due to ratings woes, and he tells Bruendell that he's receiving support from his fellow broadcasters as well...
Murphy said he had not heard directly from anyone at the Red Wings about his firing but had spent a “lot of time on the phone talking to different people from NHL teams who called me after the news broke. Most of them said they were just as surprised as me, so that was nice to hear,” Murphy said.
Murphy said he hadn’t reached out to anyone in Wings management about his situation.
“I haven’t called Mr. Ilitch and asked him, obviously,” Murphy said. “You just got to keep a smile on your face and get back to it. Life’s too short not to take advantage of every second of it. I’m not the only person to be fired. I was traded as a player, and it can be disappointing. On the flip side, you did know another team wanted you.”
I bet you didn't know this, because I sure didn't:
Murphy, meantime, will keep up his interest, he said, in racing. He is a fan and part-time driver who competes in the 24 Hours of LeMons, a grassroots endurance series conducted at tracks around the country.
“I really enjoy racing and can’t wait until the IndyCar Belle Isle race in June,” Murphy said. “I’m also planning to run for a two-car team in the LeMons series. It looks like we’ll compete, at least, in the Autobahn Country Club race in Chicago on June 8-9.”
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