Sunday, NBC Sports will air Game 5 of the Rangers-Penguins Eastern Conference semifinal series. Anyone electing to mute the sound and listen on the radio won’t get an argument. Taking that route does mean depriving yourself of the premier hockey play-by-play man on the planet, Mike (Doc) Emrick. That’s what the brainiacs at NBC Sports are doing already. Anyone who has come to NBC’s NHL coverage at playoff time is finding this out. For reasons known only to them, NBC is basically using a four-man booth. No they don’t all sit together. At Emrick’s side is Eddie Olczyk, whom the rest of the crew calls “Ed-zo,” or something sounding like “Enzo (the baker from Godfather Uno).” Then between the benches there is one of the most annoying, self-promoting mouths (although not nearly as I-me-me as Dick Vitale) on sports television today, Pierre McGuire, who also anchors the between-periods show. Hovering over all this, somewhere in the arena, is the mysterious voice of Mike Milbury, who is the studio analyst. Nonetheless last week (Rangers-Penguins Game 2) he could be heard during the game, too. Here’s the deal: It’s not like this orchestra of voices has nothing to say. They are all,… Read full this story
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