Jack Edwards, NESN Sportscaster

To Cliché Or Not To Cliché

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It’s the sound that makes every sportswriter want to throw his laptop through a window and give up writing, or worse. We’ve all heard them. We’ve even said them. And even though we realize how irritating they are, we welcome them in with some level of comfort.

Talking about cliché’s here.

The terrible issue at hand, many sportscasters [aka paid professionals, likely trained professionals]  rely so heavily on complacency and habit when something happens on the ice rather than stir up a piece of imaginative emotion. I spend far too much time in between the commercials for Dunkn Donuts listening to some talentless hairpiece tell me that “it’s been a back and forth game folks.” I am an experienced player, coach, and viewer. I don’t need to be told “they have to keep their heads up.” Duh.

I watch highlights or complete games about 150 times per year. Simply put, ENTERTAIN ME!

This is where I think the Boston fans are treated 82+ times per year with Jack Edwards. His color commentary is truly rivaled from nothing I’ve heard in Bruins games. Even on YouTube, his antics are debated, called everything from racist to genius.

“The Bruins will have the man advantage, let’s see if they can turn it into an advantage.”

“Rings the post with some chinese mustard behind it!”

“Two of the smurfs head up ice…”

“And Carey Price squeezes it tight to get the juice back inside the orange.”

“Hamrlik goes down as if shot! GETUP!”

Jack Edwards, people. Pure uncut ear candy. I feel bad for other television markets.

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