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All Bob Cole

04/18/2016 at 8:44pm EDT

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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