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08-01-2012, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by cfaub View Post
Not a fan of this move, these were local guys doing a local service as much as anything else.

A bit of homerism? Of course and it was appreciated. It is nice to hear the local take on the leagues as a whole and part of that comes throgh in the play by play. It is JR. hockey and like any other local sports with a local broacast you expect to hear that support come through for the local team.

As for former athletes being part of a broadcast it is better done when they are a few years removed from the game, especially if it is with their former team. A bit of homerism is great and can add to the broadcast but it can also become a distraction when the connection appears to be too imtimate.

I think Cullen could be a nice addition to the broadcasts down the road, right now however is not the time for him. Go to school, get an education and grow a bit as an individual before getting into the broadcast booth. When he brings more than just experience as a JR player to the broadcast then he may be a fine addition. Until then, he has a ways to go.
I agree with all of this. If you look at the Kitchener Rangers you have Scott Dickie doing color commentary but he's now 7-8 years removed from playing for the Rangers he doesn't really have a connection other than being a former Ranger. Scott Dickie is ok at what he does but he's rather pedestrian he doesn't seem to add a lot.

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