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.
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.
@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.
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.