NBC hockey announcer Doc Emrick is one of the best in the business. In fact, if you go by the preferred metric around here, he is the best play by play man in sports. One of the elements of Doc's announcing that makes him a Hall of Famer is his wide range of vocabulary use. NBC smartly paid tribute to Doc's oral aptitude by releasing a remarkable list of all the different words Emrick used to describe the action of the puck during Game 1 of the Red Wings-Blackhawks series. In all, Doc used over 90 (!!!) different descriptors during one hockey game...
Beat, blocked, bounced, brought, came back, careened, carried, chipped, chopped, cleared, controlled, covered, deflected, directed, dragged, dropped, dumped, fed in, fired, flew, flicked, floated, forced, grabbed, handed, handled, held, hoisted, hooked, hunted, intercepted, jabbed, jammed, kept, kicked, knocked down, laid, led on, left, lifted, lobbed, nudged, packed, passed, picked off, played, poked, popped, posted, protected, punched, pursued, pushed, rebounded, recovered, redirected, re-gathered, rescued, ricocheted, rifled, rushed, saved, sent, settled on, shaken, shot, shoveled, shuffled, shut down, skipped, slapped, slowed, slung, spun, stashed, steered, stopped, swatted, swept, taken, tangled, thrown, tipped, tossed, trickled, turned over, twisted, walked, went off, wound, and wrapped.
It's an amazing list, but in actuality, it's not a full list because NBC forgot this word that Doc used in the third period...
I think we'll add that to the list as "Elvelatored." Even the greatest wordsmiths get tongue tied every now and then.
Doc....you are killing us one game at a time. You make Don Cherry's wardrobe appealiing.
Just when we think it cannot possibly get worse you come up with an icing penalty. What?
OK, we expect you to throw down fire wagon line changes (?), squibing, ladeled, and forked pucks but what in the hell is soccered (kicked?) or shuffleboarded?
All of that did not prepare me to embrace the idea of Duncan Keith galloping at the puck (what the puck?) or a linesman being called a referee.
All of that and your carombing pucks are now careeming.....Doc, stop punishing us. Jeremy, take him out!
Christ I despise this clown. Stymie, sashay...he really likes the s-words. And then today he used "drift" to describe a player skating as hard as he could down the boards--not exactly the right word choice there. The opposite, actually. And "flopped," which he used multiple times to describe a flip....why use "flop"?!?! Just to be different, to redefine hockey words for your own pathetic reasons, Doc? GO AWAY!!!!!
I think he is fine. But I wish he would yell SCCOOORRREEEE like GOOOOOOAAALL in soccer....not SCAAAAR! Drives me crazy It is a LONG 'O' not an 'aaaa'
Actually he seems to be on his best behavior.
Except for the constant flow of verbal diarrhea and occasional moronic observations (does the off wing matter as much as the announcers suggest?) I have not heard too many squibs, there have not been any forearms shivers, there have been very few puck shoveling events....it almost seems like he is trying.
That said, his constant babble makes us crazy..... he should be announcing the ice dancing where he could explain ad nauseum the concept of the swizzle.
The absolute worst announcer in sports. Why doesn't he ever SHUT UP??? We can see the game, we don't need him talking EVERY SECOND!
You have no idea what you are talking about. This guy is a disgrace to Professional Hockey. I have to listen to him on MSNBC Sports and unless the team is either NJ - NY or Philly this PIG so so biased against the other team I find it unprofessional. He should be banned from the national stage and made to announce girls bad-mitten on the east coast. He does not know the game of hockey, can not keep up with the play. Terrible!
To listen to Emerick, you'll never know Boston had an opponent, he commented on the Boston offense and the Boston defense, the Hawks were an afterthought. You would think that he was the Bruins home announcer.
As an aside, I thought these people were to act as reporters, not provacateurs,as in Pierre McGuire's interview of Chiarra when asking for his response to the Hawks allegedly saying they had worn him down.
NBC's choice of announcers certainly tainted the playoffs for Chicago fans.
How does a hockey puck squib????? Did Bickell sguib the puck to Seagate? Did Seagate squid the puck over Howard's shoulder?
Why was the puck"funneling" the other night? What makes the puck funnel? Can I do that too? With my stick, with my feet, my tongue?
Please make it stop. Please Doc please, read this feedback. Please make it stop.NBC, make him go away.
This man is destroying our ability to watch the playoffs. You can hit, slap, hammer, drive, pass, shoot, pass, tip, deflect etc. a puck but you DO NOT shovel, pitch fork a puck. There are hit's, checks, elbows, knees but there ARE NO forearm shivers. We hate his announcing. It is so clear that he has no true hockey knowledge or vocabulary. He has invented a make believe lexicon for the American audiences. When we can we watch Hockey Night in Canada a listen to legitimate commentary. Ban him....please!
Please use anyone else for the finals. Emrick never shuts his motor mouth, uses every cliché in the book, and fails to understand the viewer can see the play. He does NOT need to describe every detail, as if it were a radio broadcast. Hire a Canadian!
Chuck Thompson, the wonderful Baltimore broadcaster, started out in Philadelphia and said that one night, Byrum Saam, the Hall of Fame Phillies announcer, came up with 86 different ways to say "he threw the pitch."
Mr. Emerick obviously spends a great deal of time with his thesaurus. Now he need to spend some time with his dictionary. Swaggering out from the net, twisting the puck down the boards, and others simply do not make sense. And it is unforgivable someone who is connected with hockey to not understand what the phrase "rag the puck". Then there is all the annoying screaming he does. "Best"? I don't think so.
He's more annoying than hearing Bohemian Rhapsody stuck on repeat. "Waffle Boardsh the puck into the shtandsh as shome lucky fan caught it". I sigh with relief when I realize Dave Strader is NBC's national announcer.
Use of words liked "knifed" to describe hockey plays instead of yard fights in prison are exactly why Emrick is one of the worst announcers on television.
He had to have used "caromed". One of Doc's all-time favorites, since inherited by his NJ Devils play-by-play successor Steve Cangialosi.
He didn't use "waffle-boarded"? That's a favorite of his. Used to use it at least once a game when he was the Devils' play-by-play guy
Emrick was great when ESPN had the NHL rights along with the late Tom Mees. I still remember when he and Bill Clement did that classic 4 OT game between Washington and the Islanders.
@junerjulian He's ruined the Olympics....Next it will be the Stanley Cup! Thanks NBC and NHL !!!
I agree! His motor-mouth never stops, and most of what he says is irrelevant. NBC is crazy for hiring him.
I am watching the Blackhawks/Rangers game and it is almost more than I can bear. It would seem the Hawks are an afterthought in the "Rangers" game.
NBC rivals ESPN in their East Coast bias, no matter the sport.
We have to suffer the excited utterances in praise of any opponent and if our team has any success it is only that we are fortunate to have navigated our opponents superb defense.
While an announcer like Mr. Emrick does not win or lose a game, they can suck the joy out of watching for the fans of anyone but an Eastern team.
This choice of announcer also reflects the contempt in which we in the rest of the country are held by NBC (and ESPN).
@Jqm46 I agree. And then there's the other question of why NBC would even hire Emrick in the first place. He just doesn't understand the game.
@mcscruge I totally agree! But is NBC listening? We can only hope...
Ok, I used to not mind this guy when he did the olympic hockey games, but watching this series between Chicago and Detroit has almost been torture. If not for Eddie O I think many fans' head would explode.
@KenMyers I still haven't caught up on my lost sleep from that game.
@redmondrocket @junerjulian Emrick is TERRIBLE. He is ruining my enjoyment of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament. He does NOT know the game. He is unable to discern when the play is mounting or subsiding, so he overworks himself and tires out his audience with useless minute descriptions of every little play.
He is terrible. I want to sign a petition to have him removed from his duties.
Hire Pat Foley of the Chicago Blackhawks' organization.
Emrick is TERRIBLE.
@Jqm46Well said, fortunately for me I recorded the game and basically watched it on fast forward and only stopped it when the score changed!.