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Mike Emrick Named Media Person Of The Year By Sports Illustrated

from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated,

THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports)

Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (Game 1, Rangers-Penguins), two overtime games in the conference finals (Games 3 and 4 between the Rangers-Canadians) and two overtime games in Stanley Cup Finals (Games 2 and the clinching Game 5 between the Rangers-Kings).

What struck me most this year about Emrick during the playoffs was when he chose silence. He stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect. During games, he is part wordsmith, part historian, but most of all, he is the consummate professional.

more on the numerous awards and nice to see Tim Thompson getting a mention too...

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Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Why why why why why do people think Emrick is such a good announcer? He’s unbelievably annoying.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 12/19/14 at 03:32 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I think he’s become noticeably worse over the last 3 years.  His unique phrases become more and more overused as the game goes on, and he continues to try always building excitement when there doesn’t need to be any. 

“and Quick WAFFLEBOARDS the puck to the corner!”  Yeah…sure, he used his blocker on a shot from the blue line that was more of a dump-in - no need to yell about it.

“Oh my, what a hit!”  Riley Sheahan bumped into Deon Phaneuf who was loosing his balance, and Deon falls - hardly a hit.

I find myself so anxious and worked up during the games he calls - not because they are always so horribly exciting for 60 mins (especially so far before the playoffs), but just because he spends the game yelling.  It’s like the holidays with my in-laws.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/19/14 at 03:55 PM ET

pautna's avatar

Not a fan. And making a big a deal about knowing when to shut up? Isn’t that his job? Do I get an award from SI because I used the copier at work properly?

Posted by pautna on 12/20/14 at 02:41 PM ET

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