There was a pretty wacky brawl in the ECHL between heated division rivals the Bakersfield Condors and the Ontario Reign. On the call are Kevin Bartl and Ryan Holt and a few seconds of listening will easily let you know that they are the Condors announcers. Hockey brawls are usually pretty great (take note of the current NHL head of discipline's flying collision with Patrick Roy 3:30 in), but this one between the Condors and Reign was very minor league.
I spent the majority of this video cringing. Not because a whole bunch of guys with sharp skates were punching each other, but that almost every player ridiculously still had their helmet on as the fights were happening, thus making every punch thrown pretty much just self-destructive.
The goalie fight is by far the lowlight in this clip. First, the idea of goalies fighting is ludicrous as they stand on opposite sides of the ice and have zero interaction with each other, but there's no doubt that they are fantastic and mean that the brawl has just been taken up a notch. Roy vs. Osgood is an example of what a good goalie fight looks like. Unfortunately, only the Reign's goalie got the memo to take off his helmet as the Condors goalie kept his helmet on, which pretty much made him invincible.
While the fight was poor, the Condors announcers were not much better (even with the clear Ghostbusters reference). Here's their PBP of the goalie fight which starts 1:50 in,
"Bryan Pitton still with his mask on! Throws lefts and it doesn't matter. He could have no gear on, Berubbe's (Reign goalie) got no prayer in that one!"
Yeesh. It's not hard to get the better of the fight when you are still fully padded with your helmet on when the guy who you are fighting with is helmetless and wearing giant pillows on his legs.
The Reign got the last laugh though, winning the game 5-1 while the Condors are currently in last place.
Michele Yu also did the DR. Pepper throw at halftime of the Pac-12 Championship game for FOX last night and Julie Alexandria worked the pregame and DR. Pepper Throwing contest at halftime of the 1st Big 10 Championship game for FOX tonight!
Does anybody know if Shelley Smith will be the sideline reporter for ESPN2's Primetime game between BYU at Hawaii this week??
3:30- Texas at Baylor [ABC]- Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Samantha Steele
The WWL must be slipping...They're letting McDonough call another Texas game. Granted the game is Baylor's home game, but after McDonough ripped the Longhorn fans at the Red River Shootout, I hardly expected him to be welcomed in the Lone Star State anytime soon...
This weekend announcing the Pac-12 Championship game for ESPN Radio will be Dave Flemming, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons will be the sideline reporter and announcing the ACC Championship game for ESPN Radio Bill Rosinski, Danny Kanell and Joe Schad will be the sideline reporter, Dhani Jones will only be 1 of 2 sideline reporters for Fox's coverage of the inaugural Big Ten Championship game because John Lynch will be the 2nd sideline reporter for Fox's coverage of the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game!
@CUbsfan Will Dhani Jones be doing any Fabreeze promos live on the sideline? Perhaps he can engage either a UW or an MSU cheerleader to provide added "color" to the promo...
8 PM- Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin vs. Penn State [FOX]- Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Tim Brewster, Dhani Jones
If I were still alive, ABC would have sent me out to do that game...When I got there I wouldn't be able to understand why I was the only one in the stadium...I would then ask a stadium custodian "what going on, where is everyone?" and he would tell me that they played that game last Saturday...