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from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

How many playoff games do you figure you’ve called?

I knew you were gonna ask me that. And I haven’t got a clue. Just think about it — my first game was in ’69, right? I wouldn’t know how to go about that. The most you can do is 28 games in a playoff year. I think maybe I did that once.

How good were you at your job when you first started doing play-by-play? It seems like a tough job. And when did you feel like you were really good at it?

It is a tough job. All I can say is, it’s something competitive, it’s something very difficult to do. That seems to be my whole life. How come I’m doing this? How come I’m here? The harder it gets, the more I’ll try to do it. I grew up always wanting to do this. There’s a word that you could apply; I think ‘feel’ is the word. You gotta try to feel it. I don’t know if you can teach that or suggest that to somebody, but I think you gotta get it yourself. And I think I’ve got it. I feel it. I think it comes out in what I’m saying during a game.


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Down River Dan's avatar

Grew up listening to Bob Cole on HNIC. Love what Bob says about watching other broadcasts:

”......I notice in many broadcasts I hear around the country, the colour guy talks sometimes, totally oblivious to the play I’m looking at. I’m not comfortable with that if I’m a fan at home, so I don’t see why we should do it if we can get away from that. Let the play dictate how we’re broadcasting a hockey game….”

Amen to that Bob

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/18/16 at 08:11 PM ET


^^^  This

I’ve said the same thing a number of times to the TV, “Hey, guys, there’s a game going on.”

Posted by BobTheZee on 04/19/16 at 07:52 AM ET


That’s rich, Bob Cole talking about a broadcaster being oblivious to the play.

If Bob Cole ever had any clue what was going on during a game I would watch the CBC feed instead of having to settle for his horrible, inaccurate, not-even-sure-what’s-going-on-at-any-given-time-and-can’t-remember-anyone’s-actual-names game calling.

He is the absolutely worst.  I’ll take Doc, Edzo and Pierre of Cole’s nonsense any day.

Unlistenable.  Completely.

Posted by Garth on 04/19/16 at 08:31 AM ET

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