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#61 Playmaker

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:45 AM

No, not Darren McCarty!  I can't stand him.  His voice is gone from all the drinking and partying and he says nothing of value.  They tried him on 97.1 a few times and it was absolutely dreadful to listen to.  He was equally bad on Versus/NBCN.  It would seem that there has to be more to the story.  I also think that unless there is solid evidence that he has a drinking problem, it's a bit unfair to discuss.  He may sound drunk and silly, but that doesn't necessarily mean he is. 



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:54 AM

You know if Oz wasn't scouting I think he'd be hilarious between the benches or even Drapes.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:54 AM

I haven't read the whole thread but I would really like to know what the side story is here. He was well liked, a bit of a goof ball and a mumble mouth sometimes but I personally liked him.  Blaming the ratings seems like a cop out.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

I haven't read the whole thread but I would really like to know what the side story is here. He was well liked, a bit of a goof ball and a mumble mouth sometimes but I personally liked him.  Blaming the ratings seems like a cop out.

Whatever it is, rating sure isn't the reason unless they replace him with a girl in a bikini or something. 

 

But otherwise it's a pretty obvious excuse for something else.  Murph would hardly factor in ratings being down, particularly coming off yet another lockout. 

 

If alcohol were involved it seems like without some awful on-air incident, they would just let his contract run out this season rather than fire him mid year, in order to avoid any potential legal complications from letting someone with alcoholism go.  Because it's a long time Red Wing, I also would think they would've handled something like that much more discretely.  



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:57 AM

"Ratings" killer? The other shoe hasn't dropped on this...yet.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

There has got to be more to this than "ratings."

I agree, something else made this happen


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:06 PM

"Always a good play to pass to Lidstrom." --Larry Murphy

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:08 PM

"Always a good play to pass to Lidstrom." --Larry Murphy
 
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Which is why they should hire Lids for the job! Let him broadcast from a studio in Sweden for all I care!

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:09 PM

Drapes would be an awesome color guy but who knows if they are actually looking for a replacement or just gonna ride with D Elliot.

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:11 PM

he slept with babcocks wife too...



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:18 PM

I get the feeling that Murphy's alcohol habits were involved. There have been times when he has been clearly watered during broadcasts.

This is a pretty big accusation, would hate to get that rumor started and drag Murphs name through the mud, if it's unfounded. That being said, would definitely be a reason for a firing.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:21 PM

Anybody remember the Nashville game earlier this season when Murph shot his intro from the stage of some honky tonk bar?  Pure comic gold.  I loved Murph and all his goofy wonder. 


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:21 PM

Maybe they'll get someone good now. 


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It still would be nice to have that one guy.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

Will they replace Murph with some serious eye candy? 

Murph WAS serious eye candy.

 

I wouldn't mind Mac doing it.  In fact, I'd love to hear what he says about some of the fighting nowadays.

 

Homer would be funny, but I just wonder how much he'd have to be "bleeped", and you can't do that without the dreaded delay.

 

Still, Murph was Murph.  Just your typical, average buddy who comes over to tip back a few and watch a game and makes comments on it, except that he isn't in your house and he's a Cup champ and he's getting paid to do it, and he's cooler than anyone you actually hang around with.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

Whatever it is, rating sure isn't the reason unless they replace him with a girl in a bikini or something. 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

Maybe they'll get someone good now. 

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:32 PM

Someone being a good player doesn't necessarily translate to being an effective on-air personality.  It's far more difficult than it looks.   Listening to Lidstrom speak is about as exciting as watching paint dry.  Osgood seems to have a good sense of humor, but doesn't seem to have the conversational or story telling ability that's necessary. Same with Kocur.   Draper is the only one mentioned who I think might have the personality and the camera presence to pull it off. 



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

I always thought Shanny would have been a great commentator, but he sold his soul to the devil...

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

I always thought Shanny would have been a great commentator, but he sold his soul to the devil...

I can't stand listening to those videotaped explanations he gives when a player gets punished.  There's no way not to make it sound stupid.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:44 PM

Anybody see that Volunteer Energy commercial with Drapes and Osgood?  If you have there's no way you can say either of those guys would be better in front of a camera than Murph with a straight face.


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

"Some girls are 17 even though they look 25."

 

 






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