That's the thing, though. I don't think whoever it is has to be a homer. Obviously, it's a regional RANGERS broadcast, but I'd rather have someone who is an exceptional announcer and not necessarily a fan of the team all his life than someone who is a huuuuge fan and is terrible. Hahaha, if being a huge fan were the most important requirement, we'd just nominate Nich -- first request and all.
NOTE: not that a fan is terrible... whew.
The thing is, if the Rangers win the cup say this year... Who is going to be more excited? Sam or Joe? I'd say Sam by a long shot.
Back when JD was here, he may have not grown up a Rangers fan, but he became one by playing here all those years, he had Rangers blood in him. Joe never played here and was an Islanders announcer before he came here (amongst other things)... that's all I'm saying.
It'd be tough shoes to fill and honestly there is no right answer as it wont be Sam. Alot of us grew up on Sam Rosen, we know no one else.
I honestly would have to go with Kenny Albert, as it would be the smoothest transition. Then maybe give the radio job to Wichuesen and groom him for an eventual take over of the tv PBP Spot.
But in all likely hood, it'll end up being Howie Rose. I'd almost bet that Somehow it would be a coincidence that when Howie's contract is up with the Isles/FSN, it'll be around the same time Sam call's it a career.
and its comin soon boys, he's been slipping big time as of late. I love him but man just you can reallly tell the age is gettin to him and maybe the travel. Besides he could still do the National Radio Broadcasts if he wanted, plus the one football game a week. So he wouldnt be out of broadcasting altogther just not the grind of an 82+ Foot ball season.
I would'nt mind if it was Gary Thorne, I think he's a great hockey announcer. However since he is a Ranger fan, I would have to think Howie Rose would jump at the chance to call games on tv for the Rangers. This is where he got his start in hockey.
I think Mike Crispino would be the first choice of many.
i hope thats a bad joke of some sort .... everytime he does the games he just butchers them.... there is no flow what so ever to his play by play and he just seems to amplify his voice at any thing that happens.... its like he has no feel for the game at all