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http://www.sbnation.com/2011/7/8/2250696/nhl-broadcaster-rankings-announcers-commentators

I didnt see this posted anywhere so forgive me if this is old news but how in the hell can Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond be among the worst of the announcers. What I do not get is the author of this article bashes announcers for being homers well the announcers are working for that TEAM so I would expect them to be biased. Am I a homer for thinking are announcers definitly are not as bad as Jack Edwards.

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I took a glance at this earlier and stopped reading after I got to Detroit. I see their points, however exaggerated they may be, but I dont think that the criteria they use makes an announcing team better or worse. From what I have seen and read from many nights on different streams finding Detroit games most other fans seem to prefer FSD to their own channel. What this all comes down to is bored summer hockey writing. Wake me up when the season starts.

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Carolina's broadcasters are probably my favorites.

I would probably rank Ken and Mick somewhere in the middle. They get on my nerves from time to time.

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Carolina's broadcasters are probably my favorites.

I would probably rank Ken and Mick somewhere in the middle. They get on my nerves from time to time.

Ken's voice is what does it for me. It's like he wants to talk from his noise at times.

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My list by team -

The Good:

Phoenix (Strader ONLY, Nash is a tool)

Tampa Bay

Washington

Los Angeles

Detroit

New Jersey

NYR

The Average:

Anaheim

Dallas

San Jose

NYI

Florida

Chicago

Toronto

Calgary

Carolina

Vancouver

Philadelphia

Ottawa

Edmonton

The Bad:

Buffalo

Nashville

Columbus

Boston

The Horrible:

Pittsburgh

Minnesota

Colorado

St. Louis

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Oh, okay, so they're mostly chewing out Mickey and Murph...I can see that. I was going to say, "Gosh, I can see how Mickey might not be a favorite with non-fans, but how can you badmouth Ken?" Answer: they didn't.

Murph makes you go "huh?" at first, but once you figure out he's plastered, it's a friggin' ball listening to him. Mickey's just a really big personality...you either like him or you don't, I guess.

I can't believe they would give any broadcast including Eddie Olczyk more than one star...I'll take Mickey's tall tales over Olczyk's herp de derp any day. I do agree that the Kings announcers are great and that the Ducks guys are infuriating, though.

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I can't really go by team because some broadcasters are national, but here are my tops:

Gord Miller (TSN, no team, does basically any teams at random that TSN can pick up)

Bob Cole (CBC, no team, but by default does lots of Leafs games)

Joe Bowen (CBC, LeafsTV, TSN, Sportsnet, lots of Leafs games and Canadian teams)

Dean Brown (Sportsnet, CBC, and on a rare rare occasion, Versus.. generally does Ottawa Senators)

There's way too many to list for "worst", but the writer of that op-ed is smoking crack with his high opinions of Hahn/Remenda (they get bitching way too much about refs, they used to be good in the 90s when the Sharks sucked), Olczyk, and Keith Jones.

I couldn't disagree more with the assessment of Kevin Quinn, who by nature is rather dull excitement-wise, but it really isn't an announcer's job to sit there and blast the team when you call the game. Hahn and Remenda used to do this quite often when the Sharks were having a constant streak of no playoff appearances mid and mid-late 90s, but changed their tune abruptly into complaining throughout a game.

I also don't believe on focusing too much on the lexicon people use. If that were the case I'd rate Jim Hughson highly because the guy is quite a linguist, however, he isn't exciting to listen to anymore, and I personally rate broadcasters by a) their tone of voice and how it plays into the game and b) how well they manage to keep focus on the game. It happens too often on every FSN/CSN/Versus/NBC broadcast I see where people start babbling during play and play by play doesn't take the reins to bring people back to it. If I wanted random babble I'd be listening to sports talk radio and not watching a hockey game.

As for Ken and Mickey, I'm a Red Wing fan so I'm going to be biased in that I like how they call the game most of the time. However, I can certainly see why others wouldn't.

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That is, quite frankly, the worst ******* list I've ever seen. As an aspiring broadcaster, that makes me embarrassed that someone is allowed to comment and rate broadcasters when he has no clue about the subject at hand.

He rates the St Louis Blues and the Phoenix Coyotes broadcasts as 4 stars, those are the worst broadcast teams in the NHL. Bernie Federko and Tyson Nash are the worst color guys in the league, I'd take 3 Pierre McGuires over them anyday of the week.

Then we got TERRY CRISP AND WHATS HIS f***IN NAME AS A 5 STAR BROADCAST TEAM. These guys are a disgrace to the game, there boring rants, awful voices and all around no knowledge of hockey whatsoever. (Actually, Crisp is an intelligent hockey mind, but an awful broadcaster) Makes me sick.

Daniels is one of the best broadcasters in the league, Murph and Mickey are funny and insightful. Homers? Sure, a bit, but every announcer for a team is a homer. Kinda there ******* job you morons, and they are one of the better home broadcasts in the league. f*** this list, the writer knows nothing about broadcast journalism, or for that matter, hockey.

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That is, quite frankly, the worst ******* list I've ever seen. As an aspiring broadcaster, that makes me embarrassed that someone is allowed to comment and rate broadcasters when he has no clue about the subject at hand.

He rates the St Louis Blues and the Phoenix Coyotes broadcasts as 4 stars, those are the worst broadcast teams in the NHL. Bernie Federko and Tyson Nash are the worst color guys in the league, I'd take 3 Pierre McGuires over them anyday of the week.

Then we got TERRY CRISP AND WHATS HIS f***IN NAME AS A 5 STAR BROADCAST TEAM. These guys are a disgrace to the game, there boring rants, awful voices and all around no knowledge of hockey whatsoever. (Actually, Crisp is an intelligent hockey mind, but an awful broadcaster) Makes me sick.

Daniels is one of the best broadcasters in the league, Murph and Mickey are funny and insightful. Homers? Sure, a bit, but every announcer for a team is a homer. Kinda there ******* job you morons, and they are one of the better home broadcasts in the league. f*** this list, the writer knows nothing about broadcast journalism, or for that matter, hockey.

Please post this on his board. I couldn't agree more. :thumbup:

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Ken Daniels and Micky Redmond should be on NBC

NBC has went the route of trying to hire non-homer announcers. This is why you will never see Mick and Ken on NBC. This is also why you won't see Ken Daniels ever doing a Red Wings game on Versus or NBC for that matter. I will say of all the announcers, Doc Emerick has to be one of the most unbiased announcers that NBC could find. Note I said "find" because I am sure there are others out there that may be better. Every fan of their team likes their announcers and wants to hear the bias in the play calling. Every Wings fan loves Ken and Mick and it doesn't surprise me to hear fans wanting them to do nationally televised games or stick up for them when dumb ass fans of other teams degrade them.

Personally, I think the CBC has got it right when it comes to announcers. Their announcers are even less biased than the NBC/Versus announcers are. I would love to hear Gord Miller do a few games on NBC and Versus.

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Drew Remenda should not be included on any list of "good" announcers. Here's a quote that explains why: "I mean, it's a clean hit, but come on that's boarding!"

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I'm definetly a Homer. I can't see how Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond can be two of the worst. The author sounds like an idiot and clearly has something against the Red Wings. I wouldn't worry about it much. All that matters is that we like our guys.

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This is also why you won't see Ken Daniels ever doing a Red Wings game on Versus or NBC for that matter.

:huh:

He has this past year.

Also, it was after the Comcast/NBC 'merger' or whatever when the let go of Beninati.

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One other point, they've got LA's broadcast team as 5 stars... I dont mind Jim Fox, but good lord, he and the other guy have easily the most boring broadcasts ever. I'd rather mute the TV and play Metallica the whole time, at least that way I'd be pumped and interested <_<

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One other point, they've got LA's broadcast team as 5 stars... I dont mind Jim Fox, but good lord, he and the other guy have easily the most boring broadcasts ever. I'd rather mute the TV and play Metallica the whole time, at least that way I'd be pumped and interested <_<

They're voices definitely aren't for entertainment at all but I've always found them to be among the most knowledgeable. I don't know if they should have gotten 5 stars but that factor alone at least puts them above average.

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:huh:

He has this past year.

Also, it was after the Comcast/NBC 'merger' or whatever when the let go of Beninati.

Ken called some games on NBC and Versus, but they weren't Red Wings games.

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