Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Miller Gone Wild

A "Clutterbuck" is:

a. one of the 7 dirty words you can't say on tv
b. a brief 1940's dance craze
c. the leader in hits for the Minnesota Wild
d. the Rooster from the Warner Brothers cartoons

Kings 5, Wild 2

A good win. A strong win. A win the Los Angeles Kings desperately needed if they have any hope in the world of getting into the playoffs. Right now they are 8 points out of the 8th seed. That is a lot of ground to make up in NHL world of 3 point games. But the effort was there tonight, a full 60 minutes. And perhaps inspired by the Facebook/CNN collaboration of Obama's inauguration, the Kings chose tonights game to unveil their presence in social networking.

Because nothing screams internet social networking like 37 year old Sean O'Donnell.

I'll bet you anything Bob Miller isn't on Facebook. Because he's old school. Like 71 years old school. He doesn't look a day over 60. I love Bob Miller. He's been calling Kings games since 1973 and I have grown up listening to him. I can be critical of other NHL play by play announcers... but I will never criticize Bob Miller. But I've noticed that this season, he does seem to be slipping up here and there. In fact during tonight's game versus the Minnesota Wild, Bob must have thought he was back in 1973.

I think that no more wine is necessary in the broadcast booth.

And later in the game I think he confuses the Chicago Blackhawks with the (now defunct) Minnesota North Stars.

Are the Kings playing the Hartford Whalers the next game?

But let's not forget that Bob Miller is a scrapper. And when he sees something that he doesn't like... he goes after it... with fury!

I'll take a half-aware Bob Miller over most of what the NHL offers for play by play announcers any day. Could you imagine listening to the Boston Bruins jerkoff Jack Edwards each game?

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