While watching USA/Sweden this morning, my wife turned to me and said, "I don't think we're going to have Steve Mears for long."
Of course, what does she know — she initially called him Pat Meares (in her defense, none of us are that sharp during this lockout). But she's right — he's extremely good, and if he doesn't advance within the Pens organization, I think a lot of teams/networks would love to have him.
On the plus side, he's a Pittsburgh guy (Murrysville, if I remember correctly), and we're patient people when it comes to our dream jobs, so if his goal is to be a Pens broadcaster, he'll stick around until it's available, as long as the wait isn't too long.
Hey, Lange isn't gonna be around forever, and he'll at least break in on the radio side. I definitely would rather he was calling games than (guy who we will not name), and I could tolerate his misgivings learning the job than listening to that nameless person.
He'll be really good the sooner he's in there.
He's got my backing. Looking forward to his future play by play.