So I watched tonight's game on MSG, the TV network which covers Islanders hockey. Despite the Canucks narrow (and sloppy) win over the Isles, my ears were forced to bleed for the majority of the game; largely due to the MSG colour commentators Butch Goring and Howie Rose. I am under the assumption that these two were indeed the commentators for the game - my source for this assumption is a New York Islanders website post. If I am incorrect in this assumption, please let me know.
Getting back to my original point, I've never had a greater desire to mute a hockey game than I did tonight (which I did do, albeit only for a few minutes). Now, this was largely due to one of the announcers (I'm not sure which one) gross mispronunciation of some of the Canucks players. Let me give you a few examples:
- Andrew Alberts = Andrew Albert
- Dan Hamhuis = Dan ham-hooz
- Alexander Edler = Alex El-der
- Kevin Bieksa = Kevin BY-es-ka = Kevin Bee-Esk-a --- he switched back and forth between these two during the game, which I really don't understand.
If you want to see what I mean, click this link and then click on the video icon next to Bieksa's goal. *shudders*
The other thing that really annoyed me was the excess partisanship that both announcers had towards the Isles. I recall one specific incident where Mason Raymond sped into the offensive zone to retrieve a puck against the end boards, and he got walloped by an Isles player (I forget who). He got back up, and made kind of a jabbing motion with his stick to the Isles player, if it hit him, he probably didnt even notice as he skated away. No penalty was called on the play; should there have been one called? Maybe; I know I definitely wouldn't have disputed it had it been called. What annoyed the crap out of me is that both announcers were flustered, claiming that Raymond should have been given a 5 minute match penalty for spearing and been thrown out of the game. And it's not like they saw one angle and said it once, they repeated it a couple times over the next few minutes, aghast that the referees didn't come to the same conclusion they did. About the whole partisanship thing, I don't mind if you get excited when your team does well, and perhaps have tinted glasses every once and awhile, but it doesn't give you the right to be stupid.
Other things that really annoy me about commentators is when they show absolutely no enthusiasm for any goal the opposing team scores. By no means am I saying that they should be just as excited as when their own team scores, but at least put some effort into it, and give the players the respect they deserve. The brown award for most partisan announcer goes to Avalanche play by play commentator Mike Haynes. You can see how excited he gets for goals by
I feel I should close on a good note, so the golden awards for my favourite announcers (other than the Canucks) are Capitals announcer
So tell me... what are your announcer pet peeves, and who are your favourite/least favourite announcers?
Until next time,