Fans, colleagues shared stories of retired Mike ‘Doctor’ Emerick


Sorry, but on the day the announcement was made, with just a few paragraphs in Monday’s paper, no one can specifically allow someone to retire as Doctor Emerick.

Furthermore, we did not hear from the people who nurtured them: their listeners. And since Monday we have heard from the score. Here is a sample about a man whose embracing style and kindness were considered random.

In 1992, Jim Cerny, now a senior editor at NHL.com, hosted “Rink Rap”, a time-by, no-budget show on WRTN-FM in New Rochelle. His volunteer producer, Billy Parrinello, suggested that Emerick could make a good guest, though not a possibility, as Eric is an already established, highly regarded NHL voice.

But he took a shot, with a message about Eric when he might call to set up an interview. Nothing to lose.

One afternoon, according to the will but almost forgotten instructions, the phone rang. It was Eric asking when they would like him for the interview.

“But it was more than that,” recalled Parrinello. “Before cellphones and doctors were calling on the roadside with pay phones – in a thunderstorm! He had to shout to listen; You can hear the rain is feeding him. He was being soaked. But they said – and we were nothing.

Staten Island reader Paul Burton recounts the times when Eric best described the play with silence:

“It was game 7 of the 2011 conference finals, Brins vs. Lightning, Scoreless, Fratic. TD Garden in Boston was a madhouse. And listening to the frenzy, Doc simply said, ‘I have nothing wise to add.’ ”

From reader Louis Conte: “I was a low-profile public relations assistant working for the Flyers in the early 1990s when going to college in Salle.

He said, “Apart from being one of the best people of all time to call the game, all the people there – players, broadcasters, etc. – were none of the classiers.” The Doctor always took time out by the old Spectrum PR office to say hello and talk on hockey. And he remembered my name: ‘Nice to see you, Lu.’ Wow.”

Reader Louis Ray recalls the Caps-Rangers game on NBC from Madison Square Garden in 2014–15. Washington had a player named Jay Beagle, the Rangers had James Shepard.

Ray: “MSG was also hosting the Westminster Dog Show at the time of the game. During the play, Doc casually mentions the coincidence and then continues to announce the game. it was magnificent.”

Reader Phil Rubin recalls another telecast, during which Eric wished the Beagle a happy 28th birthday, saying, “It’s four years in the dog years.”

Finally the reader remembers Stephen Orell – as I do – a 2000 Leaf-Devils playoff telecast. During a fight for the puck with the boards, Eric said, “Jeff Farkus, Boston College, JJ Pandalo, meets with Boston University.”

The puck was then played for the Devils’ Bobby Holick, who was in front with the veteran Chenal and flattened and inverted. Without a defeat, Emerick said, “Taken by Holik from the school of hard knocks.”

Probably does a little more to explain what Eric did and how he did it – to all of us.

You can bet that golf races will never be the same

Say goodbye to the Golf Telecast as we knew them. The huge shadow of sports gambling – losers of spectators, suckers out of fans – has arrived.

Last week’s PGA event was played in Las Vegas and sponsored by MGM Resorts and Casino. The telecast of the Golf Channel was thus shown as a gambler’s on-and-off, veteran GC operative Rich Lerner as housework.

At one point, with PGA star John Rahm on the tee, large graphics surround the scene to give the odds on Rahm – for that particular hole, ie to make online odds birdie, par, bogey for haste or other.”

Nevertheless, enticing fans are motivated to lose their money, desperate efforts to maintain or improve TV ratings, and to reduce their shamelessness for all contracted parties.


Perhaps Clemson football’s devout religious coach Dabo Swinney worried that Clemson would lose its No. 1 ranking if its student-athletes beat Georgia Tech, this past Saturday, at just 55-7.

So he allowed his QBs to throw 50 times for 500 yards to fill the stomachs of the 73-7 needy and humiliate them. And he has instructed his youth that he should get every chance. Saturday, Clemson’s final TD came on a 35-yard pass play. And naturally, Obedience, Hiking, Sports Media, Yahoo-with it were good.

Buried swine
Buried swineAP

However, reader George Catsillomates allowed the swine to have the benefit of the doubt, as he avenged Georgia Tech’s 222–0 win over Cumberland 104 years ago.


Dodgers star Cody Belinger drenched his shoulder during a highly flamboyant high-five exchange during Game 7 of the NLCS vs. Braves. Thus he came close to joining the growing list of injured people during excessive ceremonies.

In the 2007 national title game, Ohio State star Ted Gin, Jr. returned a kick 93 yards early for a TD, but lost the rest of the game when he was injured in celebration of team involvement. Florida won 41–14.

At the start of the 2015 season, Notre Dame’s formidable safety Drew Trunkill was lost for the year after his leg ejected five high-team players after making the leap. This rapid imperative stems from nothing more than an overgrowth, incomplete pass.

Aikman, Buck forgot most important part of flyover

Very badly Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Ackman had to incorporate political prudence within their priceless conversations about money wasting military flyovers in ballgrams or their taking might have favored most.

Not only are such flyovers expensive, they are dangerous.

The NHL’s first outdoor winter classic, 2008, was played at Buffalo in Pittsburgh, a blizzard. But that didn’t stop the Genius in charge from sending four huge military helicopters – barely visible in the storm – from flying into the stadium in which 70,000 gathered.


The first was the weekly identification of the team and the players “carrying chips on the field”, an obscure, coming-of-age affair.

During Monday’s Chief-Bills, Ekman said that defenses from one team or the other “have to figure out how to get off the field.”

While we’re at it, John Smoltz has many enlightening things to say in MLB’s playoffs and now for Fox at the World Series. But his endless, suffocating thing after every pitch is that it is extremely difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

But Yak-Box analysts – ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” newcomer Louis Riddick, one of them – are among the untreated burdens of viewers.

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