Absolutely and the proof is in the pudding. I'm sorry but there is zero percent chance Larry Murphy taped that Nashville intro while under the influence, yet he still was rambling, mumbling, and falling over his own words. He simply just had a little trouble getting what he wanted out sometimes. I can do the same thing time to time, I can understand this. Anyone does. He just did it at a more accelerated rate which makes me think he actually had a problem. I don't think awkwardness played a huge role, but it could have been influential. He did play professional hockey in front of millions, and has been on the air for over 10 years now, I can't say he still has the jitters being in-front of the camera.
I think the biggest thing is what VM just said. I would HATE for these rumors to get into the media and run rampant.
I'm an out-of-market fan, so I don't always catch the cold opens on GameCenter. For whatever reason, I caught that Nashvillle one. It was creepy and weird, but I blamed 95% of that on a stupid idea by FSN staffers. At no point did it even occur to me he might have been drinking. Especially since they probably taped it a 1:30pm on a game day with a camera crew following him around. (Was pretty funny when Ken Daniels was walking in the crowd of Wings fans - male and female - and you couldn't even find him because he's like 5'5").
I understand this is message board forum, that Murph got fired, and people are just going to toss out possible reasons why that happened. There's just no evidence of it, and it doesn't do any good.
People are losing sight of the fact this was a MID-season firing. If FSD has a meeting in August and decides, "Look, Murphy's just too akward on camera, we have better options for that job", I would have had zero problem with that. Letting him go before a road trip in March in the midst of a truncated 99-day season is either indicitive of some type of misconduct, or is a HUGE slap in the face.