Monday, July 19, 2010

The Barry Melrose Award

Awarded to the league's most obnoxious douchebag broadcaster

And the nominees are:

Rick Jeaneret

Every time the Sabres have a scoring opportunity, I mute the TV. When I have the NHL network on, I keep the remote handy in case they show the station promo with Derek Roy and Jeanneret's obnoxious VO, ready to pounce, once again, on that mute button. Every time I hear his labored, ridiculous scream, I hope he has a heart attack and dies, right on the air.

Jack Edwards

A guy who knows nothing about hockey, given his total lack of knowledge concerning the actual rules or terms of the game. Listening to the Moby Dick audiobook with the TV muted gives you more insight into what's happening on the ice than listening to Edwards.

Jeremy Roenick

There are moments that can define one's life, good and bad. Jeremy had just such a moment when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, creating what was probably the most awkward moment ever seen during a hockey broadcast. I for one, do not buy his crocodile tears for a second. Jeremy may have come up with Chicago, but he was just as much a Flyer as he was a Blackhawk, and his attempt to steal the spotlight was deplorable. Jeremy, it's not about you; it's about the players on the ice.

Mike Milbury should be glad Jeremy had that moment; otherwise, he'd be on this list.

I hesitate to even mention his name, but Pierre McGuire also deserves an Honorable Mention.

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