Former Kings Broadcasters McDonald, Weber and Marotta Celebrate
"Jiggs McDonald admitted he danced a bit of a jig.
"It was a slow one," the 73-year-old said from his summer home in Ontario, Canada, just north of Toronto. "Do I have to tell? Yes, I was crying."
Rich Marotta watched from his home in Reno, Nev., texting his son in Agoura Hills, taking intermittent calls from his mom, Terry, in Las Vegas, and found himself on the phone with his daughter from Texas when it all hit him.
"I couldn't talk to her - I was getting choked up," he said. "Tears, a big lump in my throat. I said, `I'm sorry, I gotta go."'
Pete Weber had his own sob story.
He excused himself from a gathering of about 800 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association annual awards banquet in North Carolina, found a laptop computer in the hallway that they were about to auction off for charity, had someone there fire up the NHL Game Center and watched the screen in awe.
He had to give himself a quiet moment in the restroom.
"At least I was intelligent enough to make sure I had a good supply of Kimberly Clarke stock in my pocket so people wouldn't worry about what was wrong with me," he said.
They were three former Kings broadcasters on the other end of the media moment Monday night, watching the team they once covered - endured might be more like it - finish off their first Stanley Cup championship at Staples Center. "
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I don't know about Jiggs McDonald, I remember as a teenager being disappointed in him bailing out on the Kings to announce Atlanta Flames' games.
After all, he hasn't been around for 39 years. I'm surprised that he said he cried about it...maybe since he was the first one.
Anyway, we ended up with a HOFer so I guess all's well that ends well.
Too bad Dan Avey couldn't see it happen. He was one of the best.
I had this brief conversation with Pete via Twitter....
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