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03-08-2013, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by azaloum90 View Post
I agree they both love hockey. The issue is that Chico seems to love the Devils a bit more than he loves hockey. He does several things that piss most people off:

1) Calling players by their first name constantly SCREAMS homerism... When you call Zajac "Travis", it makes you sound like you're wiping this guys ass for him after he takes a dump.
This is pretty petty. A lot of announcers use first names or nicknames. Look no further than John Sterling. Or Bill Chadwick yelling "Shoot the puck Barry!"

Originally Posted by azaloum90 View Post
2) His hard on for Marty Brodeur. Agreed that the goalie is good (though not as good as his record suggests, personal opinion). The problem is, Chico (as well as most devils fans) find Marty to be the BEST goaltender in the league, sometimes in history, when he simply isn't, and hasnt been close to that for almost 10 years now... Flopping your feet in the air and throwing your stack pad save does not make you an amazing goalie... Lets not forget Patrick Roy, Mike Richter, Dominick Hasek, hell even the newer generation of Tim Thomas, Henrik Lundqvist, etc... I think anyone (other than a homer devils fan) would admit that all of those goalies performed better than Brodeur in their prime
I think Brodeur might be one of the most under-appreciated players of all time. What he has managed to do is remarkable. He has been that franchise for over two decades. The fact that you can consider Brodeur contemporaries of both Roy and Lundqvist says a ton. I don't love the way he conducts himself, but what he's achieved is amazingly impressive.

Originally Posted by azaloum90 View Post
3) His "sayings" that he claims the players are thinking are just ridiculous... "and travis is saying ooooohhh I've had enough".... dude, you have these guys on mic or something? be quiet, and let the fight/scrum develop... He acts as though he "hangs out" with these guys every night. I'm sure he knows them on a level better than me, but he really isn't qualified to continually "say what they are thinking", because quite frankly he doesn't...
This is guy who is not highly educated and speaks with colloquialisms. It's his thing. I don't take as he's acting like his one of the guys. On the other hand, he has played the game.

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4) His bias when announcing is nearly as bad as the Pittsburgh Penguins announcer (though the Pitt announcer is much worse in the end)... Every single time the devils get a penalty, he whines about it for the next 3-5 minutes... Not to mention how whenever the devs get even a glimmer of light in their dead play, he starts saying things like "Is the tide turning now?!"... One odd man rush in the 3rd period does NOT indicate anything other than a decent scoring chance (and that chance is usually directly due to the other teams mispositioning, aka TOTAL chance, not because of the devils skill). If the guy worked for MSG, he would have been fired by now...
You can say that about any visiting team's color guy. He's well aware who his audience is.

Originally Posted by azaloum90 View Post
5) Lack of factual information, especially when regarding the other team. Listening to the Rangers, I love when Joe pops in a quick tidbit regarding the opposing teams star player, or an injury they just had the night before, etc. it's great to know that you're connected throughout the league. I RARELY hear Chico do this, and that there shows that he really loves his Devils, not his hockey.
He's a different kind of color guy than Joe or JD. He'd be the first to admit it. He's never going to work national games.

Originally Posted by azaloum90 View Post
In his defense, he does know hockey, and does enjoy what he does, so I'll give him that. he's just a pain in the butt to listen to. There is always an issue that he needs to whine about, or drone about
Look, I hear your critiques and I would have had the same comments until I spent time with the man. If you were a Devil's fan, your opinion would be very different.


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