A good announcer is a gift to sports. The power to be able to take a miraculous play and give it a perfect play call. It is a talent that too few have. Lucky for us, the 2nd tier of the English Premiere Ice Hockey League has one of these gifted announcers.
By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde
In a recent bench clearing brawl between the Basingstoke Bison and the Peterborough Phantoms a delightful chap narrates the highlights and has become to only voice ever worthy of calling another bench brawl again.
The best lines are undoubtedly:
- “‘[The netminder] takes a bitter exception to this.”
- “[The goalie] wants more than words, creating a nice little mel-aye…”
- “[The referee needing] his extended notepad.”
In North America we’re used to far more of a “Fight! Fight! Punch! Fight! Punch! Wow! Oh!” style play call. Much less eloquent.
European announcers also seem more willing to let the video do the talking, resisting the urge North American’s have of describing every micro-action to happen. I really appreciate that.