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Emrick’s Never Been Better

from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,

(Each month SI.com highlights people in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements. Since this column has been away the past two months, let’s call this the spring media power list)

1. Mike Emrick, NBC NHL announcer: My colleague Michael Farber calls him the preeminent lexicographer of the frozen game. I call him NBC’s Bard of Spring. With NBC airing every NHL playoff game nationally since the second round, Emrick has been a welcome visitor in homes for weeks, and at 65, he’s never been better at his craft. Losing no steam during the Rangers’ triple overtime win over the Capitals on May 3, Emrick wryly concluded, “There were three games played tonight in the NHL, two of them right here.” Sometimes we don’t give the best of the profession enough due because their daily excellence becomes expected. Emrick begins another Stanley Cup Final run Wednesday night (NBC, 8 p.m. ET). Tune in if you want to see a master word painter at work.

continue for a blurb on John Buccigross, the only other hockey person mentioned…

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MsRedWinger's avatar

I can’t stand his over-the-top shreaking everytime someone shoots the puck or makes a routine save. He also gabs about stuff unrelated to the game much too much.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 05/29/12 at 01:50 PM ET


Emrick sucks. I’d go into more detail about why he sucks, but the effort would be wasted on anyone already too stupid to see it on their own. His awfulness is self evident.

Posted by Chris from Flint on 05/29/12 at 02:22 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’m not a fan, either. The NBC crew is not nearly as good as many of the Fox Sports local crews in various cities.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/29/12 at 02:56 PM ET


I’m not a big fan of Emrick either and personally think that the NBC coverage in general is horrible.
A perfect example of Emrick’s lyrical skills from the waning moments of Devils/Ranger’s game four:
“Like any arm wrestling match that a long series becomes, each team now has gotten in two punches each.”
Way to mix metaphors and make absolutely no sense there “Doc”!

Posted by Spencer from San Jose, CA on 05/29/12 at 03:26 PM ET


Golly, gosh and gee, do not substitute for sports analysis. Might have been fitting for the 1926 Final, but not in 2012.

Posted by timbits on 05/29/12 at 03:35 PM ET

Bill from GR's avatar

Not a fan either.  Just call the game, do not tell me he “spiked” the puck, or “knifed” it, or “scaled” it, or “foisted” it and I don’t need to hear “waffleboard” again, either.

Just tell me he “fired” the puck, “shot” the puck, “poked” the puck or got it with his “blocker”.  I do not need euphemisms to enrich my viewing experience.

Posted by Bill from GR on 05/29/12 at 03:43 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

He and the other 2 clowns make up Stink, Stank, and Stunk.  This guy obviously doesn’t know or listen to hockey.  Master word painter?  I’d call him a verbal diarrhea machine.

Posted by wolverine on 05/29/12 at 03:45 PM ET

gowings's avatar

I cannot stand him. I am lucky, here in Canada, we have TSN and in my opinion, they have some of the best analysts. I could not watch the Stanley Cup finals on NBC nor CBC (with the colorful D.Cherry)

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/29/12 at 03:47 PM ET

dougie's avatar

When John Davidson’s name came up last week, I found myself wishing that he was back in the broadcast booth, preferably holding Emrick’s microphone.

Posted by dougie on 05/29/12 at 03:58 PM ET



Posted by kk-downing on 05/29/12 at 04:38 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

NBC needs to hire Gary Thorne. STAT!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/29/12 at 05:15 PM ET


waffled boarded away

Posted by callmedrw on 05/29/12 at 05:18 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

Yes to Gary Thorne! Also, I see that Michelle Beadle is coming to NBCSN for a morning show. That should be interesting. As for Emerick, like my thoughts on McGuire, when he’s with a decent color guy, I think he’s fine. The whole 3-person thing just doesn’t work with who they have. I enjoyed it when it was him and McGuire. I really think if you took Ed O. out of the booth, it would make Emerick even sound better on a nightly basis. I thought he was fine when it was him and Davidson doing games.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/29/12 at 05:36 PM ET

CaliforniaPuck31's avatar


Hahahha yes…

NBC needs to hire Gary Thorne. STAT!


Posted by CaliforniaPuck31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 05/29/12 at 05:41 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I would love to see Gary Thorne back in hockey.

That said, I guess I’m in the minority.  I actually enjoy Doc, although I do think senility might be setting in for him.  I’ve noticed a few times over the past year that he loses track of the action and even which teams are playing at times.  But as far as his on air persona, I like his sense of humor and melodic voice.  I tend to count on the color commentator for the analysis, and I count on the play by play person for, well, play by play.  I don’t need Doc to be all that hockey smart to enjoy his work.  As for Olczyk and the rest… don’t get me started.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/29/12 at 06:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Emrick, Olcyk, Jones, Engblom and McGuire can all take a flying leap.  I can’t even watch a nationally televised game with any volume because of those clowns.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/29/12 at 06:58 PM ET


I actually enjoy Emrick as well, but Pierre is who is hard for me to listen to. He’s constantly trying to show off his encyclopedic knowledge of where every player went to school, whether relevant or not. And, his questions to Olczyk are unbearable - although it is funny when Edzo chooses not to answer him:

“Hey Edzo, would you agree that XXXX player is the most underrated 2nd-pairing defense partner in the league right now?” *silence*

Posted by penguinsfan on 05/30/12 at 11:52 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Thorne has always been my favorite national PxP man but Dave Strader would be an 100% improvement over Emrick.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/30/12 at 03:10 PM ET


Mike Emrick is on my top five list of “How did you ever get this far”.  Well, boys the guy you’re looking for is….......John Forslund (Carolina PxP and occasionally NBCSN).  He’s got that “Hockey Night in Canada” persona (respect for the game…..... not a cheesy theatrical event).  I too will be turning the sound off on NBC.  Last year I was able to get the Canucks radio in Seattle and matched it up with the NBC video.  Hey NBC !  as CBC and NBC will be airing the same game at the same time go back and forth and see the difference as to how out classed the NBC version is by the CBC.  But as I’ve said before,  maybe “Doc’s” legendary calls play well with the rabid hockey fans in Mississippi…...................

Posted by Mark Mitchell from Seattle on 05/30/12 at 05:29 PM ET

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