It's no secret that certain hockey announcers can be a little, shall we say, suggestive at times. The most prominent may be NBC's Pierre McGuire, who you may remember from such posts as "Pierre McGuire Is Seriously Creepy" (and if you think his NHL commentary's bad, watch him talking about teenage players during the World Juniors) and such videos/drinking games as this one. However, McGuire now has a new challenger, as this bit of analysis from Dallas Stars commentator Daryl "Razor" Reaugh (yes, that's the picture he uses on his own Twitter feed above) on Mike Ribeiro's overtime game-winning goal against Calgary Thursday night might be the most innuendo-laden analysis ever recorded:
So, yeah. Reaugh starts off with the only moderately-disturbing "This goal is six shades of sexy," but things escalate quickly from there. "Puck back in behind, round the house, curl it in, pull its pants down and spank it home"? I don't think there's really a legitimate usage of "spank" in hockey, and even if there was, you can probably find a better term. Reaugh's just getting started, though, as he goes on to get even weirder. "Watch the reaction from [Flames' goalie] Mikka Kiprusoff. There's the manipulation up top; here comes the stimulation. Kabang!"
You might expect something crazy like this from a more inexperienced announcer, but Reaugh hardly fits that bill. Following several years as an NHL backup goalie with Edmonton and Hartford, he started his broadcasting career in 1991 with the minor-league American Hockey League, then served as the colour commentator for Hartford in 1996 and provided the colour on EA Sports' NHL '98 and '99 titles. (Unfortunately, the play-by-play and commentary on the memorable N64 version of the latter title is all Bill Clement, so we can't blame Reaugh for lines like "He leaves him in a crumpled heap!" and "Northbound on a southbound freeway, look out!") Reaugh has been with the Stars since 1996, and he even works on some Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts these days.
I can't say I've ever noticed this kind of inneundo from him before, but it might not be as bad of a career move as you'd think; after all, McGuire's done pretty well despite a long history of being creepy. If Reaugh keeps this up, though, watching hockey highlights with the sound on in workplaces might become a little more dangerous...
(video via Puck Daddy)
All in all ESPN is way better than covering football/futboll than fox soccer. Don't have to see the smug face of Wynalda and listen to his whining and his stupid "analysis" at Fox. Fox Soccer coverage is too Americanized. That's why am not looking forward for World Cup 2014. They take away a lot from the beautiful game and make it just ugly American Sport.
Thew world Cup and USMNT games I understand about an American commentators, but for European teams in a European tournament, I don't think it's an issue.
I prefer my futbol to have a Brit on the call. I also like Brit's doing big golf events like Peter Alliss when he comes on during the British Open. A British voice gives an event a more worldly feel. Leave the Yanks to call baseball, football, hoops, and puck and let me have my British voices during my futbol. It will be a shame if Max Bretos is not involved as a presenter or as a reporter as he absolutely loves the sport. Max Bretos and Lionel Bienvenue who is now a sports anchor at the Denver ABC station are a big reason why I developed such a passion for soccer as they presented the EPL highlight show when I discovered it towards the end of the 99/00 season that aired on Fox Sports Detroit from 4p to 6p on Sundays. I"ve been hooked to the sport since!
Echoing SportPundits -- no need for American play-by-play guys. I'm just thankful that we're getting this grand tournament HD and all. What a fabulous world! This is one grand case where I can actually say "thanks ESPN!"
Don't see why you need an American PBP guy. The Brits are better at it, have more experience and know more with it being their primary sport. Track & Field suffers from having American announcers who don't know what they're talking about, when knowledgable Brits would just be plain better.