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#1 Jerzey Devil

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:35 AM

This seems pretty obvious at this point but I haven't seen much discussion on it. Chico has already hinted that he's almost done and Ken's been filling in for Chico during the 2nd period for the last couple of games.

 

So I'm guessing this is Chico's last season and Ken will be our color man next season. I think he's been doing a pretty good job. He needs to learn how to use his IFB so he doesn't cough on the air but he'll get there.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

I like Dano in that role.  He's a lot more careful about the things he says.  There isn't much of a filter with Chico, and he says stupid things because of it.  Once Dano gets more acclimated to the position, he'll do a fine job imo.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

I forget where, but Chico did allude to wanting to retire back when the new ownership came in, so I think it's been on his mind.

 

I love the way they are working Dano in.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:03 AM

There was an article that came out earlier this season that talked about Chico thinking about retirement and wanting to travel more with his wife

 

Dano deserves a shot, but from what I've seen and heard he's just not as interesting as Chico


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:15 AM

Dano needs to learn to be more concise and speak a bit quicker. He takes too long to make a point
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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:15 AM

I love daneyko and appreciate everything he's done for the franchise, but the early results are less than stellar. I hope with time/practice he can grow into the role, because he absolutely deserves the first shot at replacing Chico. Unfortunately I just think his voice and timing aren't made for a color guy and that he's much better suited to his studio roles between periods and on HNL, but hopefully he proves me wrong.

On a side note I will really miss Chico (assuming he is pondering retirement) I know a lot of people get on him for his mistakes and homerism, but IMO it's really enjoyable listening to him and his quirkiness. Him and doc were just the perfect team, and I have a feeling a lot of people will only realize how good we had it when he does decide to go.
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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:23 AM

I still prefer the Gary Thorne/Bill Clemente days.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:32 AM

It takes practice to be any good, but yeah, I just wish Dano's voice were a little more TV friendly.  


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:35 AM

As an aside, while it's great that the Devils are on WFAN and 101.9 now (which is a long range powerful signal) look at how long we have had to put up with Matt Laughlin who is an ATROCIOUS play by play guy (sounds like he's had no PBP training and he never gets better.

 

Example of a Laughlin call

 

Now out to Stamkos...puck is sent in and taken in the corner...now back to the point....WRIST SHOT RIGHT ONNNN AND MARTIN BRODEUR DID NOT SEE IT, IT WENT THROUGH A SCREEN (Devils arena goal scored against us music is audibly playing in the background) AND IT LOOKED LIKE IT MIGHT'VE BEEN DEFLECTED NOT ONCE BUT....TWICE SHERRY. THINK IT WAS ST. LOUIS WITH THE DEFLECTION AND IT'S 2-1 LIGHTNING.

 

Doesn't even say who passed it to the point. Who took the shot. The goal is scored and he doesn't even say "score". He is a good 10 seconds behind the goal. 


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:39 AM

As an aside, while it's great that the Devils are on WFAN and 101.9 now (which is a long range powerful signal) look at how long we have had to put up with Matt Laughlin who is an ATROCIOUS play by play guy (sounds like he's had no PBP training and he never gets better.

 

Example of a Laughlin call

 

Now out to Stamkos...puck is sent in and taken in the corner...now back to the point....WRIST SHOT RIGHT ONNNN AND MARTIN BRODEUR DID NOT SEE IT, IT WENT THROUGH A SCREEN (Devils arena goal scored against us music is audibly playing in the background) AND IT LOOKED LIKE IT MIGHT'VE BEEN DEFLECTED NOT ONCE BUT....TWICE SHERRY. THINK IT WAS ST. LOUIS WITH THE DEFLECTION AND IT'S 2-1 LIGHTNING.

 

Doesn't even say who passed it to the point. Who took the shot. The goal is scored and he doesn't even say "score". He is a good 10 seconds behind the goal. 

 

 

I left the game a few mintues early on Tuesday so I was listening to the last 3 minutes or so of the game on WFAN.  Matt is absolutely the worst radio PBP person in the NHL and Sherry Ross is pretty close to that in terms of radio color commentator.  Matt is always behind the play and I cannot count how many times over the past couple years alone I have sat listening in my car screaming at him on the radio to announce the damn score.  Sherry Ross then provides the most bland, uninsightful, and uninformative commentary that you can possibly imagine and somehow that passes as "color." 


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:47 AM

Not really a fan of how Deb keeps asking Ryder why he's so streaky in the middle of the game too. It's probably hard enough on him as it is, he doesn't need someone rubbing it in while he's playing. It almost seems like Deb isn't prepared during the intermission and just asks whatever's on her mind.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 11:53 AM

We can all nit-pick and critique, but the fact is these jobs are extremely difficult to do well.  Imagine someone critiquing what you say over a 3 hour period while describing something that is unfolding in front of your eyes.

 

Dano did not seem out of place & didn't give any indication that he was in over his head.  If he does take over, he'll improve as he gets comfortable.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:00 PM

We can all nit-pick and critique, but the fact is these jobs are extremely difficult to do well.  Imagine someone critiquing what you say over a 3 hour period while describing something that is unfolding in front of your eyes.

 

Dano did not seem out of place & didn't give any indication that he was in over his head.  If he does take over, he'll improve as he gets comfortable.

 

Yeah, I agree with this, and it's why despite all the crap I've given Chico over the years I love him and will miss him when he's gone (misidentifying players has become more of an issue with him in recent years but he used to be really good at knowing how a puck went on first viewing - given that a good quarter of NHL goals end up in the net and you're like 'How'd that go in?' Chico was a valuable resource in that respect).  I do wish Daneyko talked a little faster - he doesn't have to be the Micro Machines guy but I think if he got the gig he'd be the slowest talker in the league (that I can think of, anyway).


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:05 PM

Probably doesn't need to be said but play by play is a lot harder than color. Doc was good but I don't think Cangi get's enough credit. Hockey is fast moving and to be able to keep up with that is very hard. Try to do it if you're watching a game by yourself. Color guys have it easy. All they have to do is chime in when there's a lull in the action.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:08 PM

There was a video on the front page of the Devils website yesterday of Chico talking about his early history in New Jersey and discussing his whole career. It has retirement written ALL over it.

 

EDIT: Here it is:

 

http://video.devils....nsole?id=573485


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:12 PM

I'll miss those instances when Chico loses it and goes full homer

 

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:29 PM

One thing I hope we get from Dano is the anger when the team plays like sh!t. I want someone who isn't gonna sugarcoat and feels as pissed off as me when the team loses.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:34 PM

One thing I hope we get from Dano is the anger when the team plays like sh!t. I want someone who isn't gonna sugarcoat and feels as pissed off as me when the team loses.

 

Chico always did this for me.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:15 PM

Some of the fondest Devils memories I have are of KD with the Stanley Cup, looking like a scraggly, toothless homeless guy that broke into the arena and somehow got on the ice. Of course, at least half of those things are actually true. 

 

I am happy he is still around the team, and the color job would be a good fit I believe. 


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

I'll miss those instances when Chico loses it and goes full homer

 

"ALRIGHT MARTY"

 

I'll miss the Ted Baxter-like goofups.  My all-time favorite Chico goof goes way back in the early '00's when he was going on and on for two minutes about how Madden wasn't on the ice for a particular penalty kill, mentioned it like two or three times finally saying 'I don't know if there's a problem or what', and then Doc gently punked him

 

'The problem will be alleviated as Madden comes out of the box now'

 

Chico laugh 'Haha oh yeah'.


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