I was thinking the same thing. Makes the game sound like some kind of hyped up redneck wrestling show. Not a fan of it at all.
A few weeks after crashing head-first into the boards (denting his helmet and being unable to move for a little while) following a hit from behind by Bob Errey, the Calgary Flames player explains:
"I was like Christ, lying on my back, with my arms outstretched, crucified"
-- Frank Musil - Early January 1994
like dont get me wrong i love rob kerr
but yesturday for the first time, i saw and heard the fight at the same time, and i was certain the me and mr kerr must be watching something completly different.
I like the intensity, but they're so one-sided. If you weren't actually watching the fight, you'd think the entire Flames roster were Ali's pounding the crap out of every opponent. That's the gimmick, I suppose. Having said that, I'd rather have him call them than not.
It's really horrible. I wish someone would make him stop. He doesn't even call the fight, he just screams nonsense into his mike.
Really embarrassing to have non Flames fans see that and assume the entire broadcast is that biased. Especially with a pro like Peter Mahr, who is probably one of the all time neutral callers (setting aside the Yeah Baby's that occur AFTER the game) calling the rest of it.
Just awful awful stuff.
"I had only seen the NHL in black and white. My grandfather bought a colour tv. The Flyers were inexplicably wearing orange uniforms. I fiddled with the colour controls until they were wearing proper red uniforms. For some reason, this adjustment screwed up the colours on the other programs. There was only one station to watch. I thought he had got a defective tv. The technology was in its infancy. It took a long time to figure that one out."
Not always a negative, ie: A cringe-inducing movie or commercial that is so bad it's actually good.
But Kerr's fight calls are of an embarrassingly low brow and inane form of cringe inducement.
I find it beyond strange he's allowed to do them, considering how professional the rest of the game broadcasts are, especially Peter M. with his classy play by play.
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