The Athletic At Age 76 Hall of Famer Rick Jeanneret is Still Calling the Shots in Buffalo

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  1. Dingo44

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    At age 76, Hall of Famer Rick Jeanneret is still calling the...

    This truly seems like bonus time for the generations of fans who’ve heard him call all but the opening season of the Sabres’ existence. He’s forged through offseason hospitalizations the last few summers to make his way to the microphone.

    “Healthwise, it’s really going well,” Jeanneret said this week. “I’ve had a couple of scares, and that’s enough, thank you. I don’t think I want any more. The next thing that comes along, if it’s the big one then I’ll be OK with that, but I just don’t want to go through a long hassle on the way out the door.

    “But now, I’m tickety-boo. I’m really feeling good. I’ve got some aches and pains, but they come with being my age. Name me somebody who’s my age who doesn’t have them.”

    The aches, illnesses and cancer battle aside, Jeanneret was scheduled to be off the air and entering his third season of retirement by now. Former Sabres President Ted Black announced in 2013 that Jeanneret had signed his final three-year contract and would step away for good after the 2015-16 season.
    There was one problem with that.

    “There was a plan that I was never informed of,” Jeanneret said. “I never did set a year. They were set by other people. I never said that I’d be finished by 2018 or ’17 or whatever. I never set a date and I’m still not setting a date. I don’t know.

    “I wouldn’t do this if I couldn’t get up for it. In fact, I’ve never had any problem with getting up for the games and doing the games themselves. It’s the travel and stuff like that that’s a bit of a drawback, as far as I’m concerned. Now I’ve cut back travel this year.”
     
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    Still the best in the business. Listening to him is a joy and a treat even after all these years. Hope this year he finally has some real great stuff about which to get excited.

    One of the best quotes I ever heard from Jeanneret came from another broadcaster whose name escapes me: "He can make a boring game sound exciting and an exciting game sound epic."

    He's one of the best things about being a Sabres fan. I'll listen to him as long as he wants to keep announcing. And he's still very good - despite what those with hearts of pure stone might suggest.
     
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    We better get back to the playoffs while he's still calling games. So many great lines, from "MayDay! MayDay!" to "Curtis Brown makes a mad dash down the ice...Buffalo, with a stranglehold on the series!" to "These guys are good...scary good!"
     
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    Leaf fan here, but been to a lot of Sabre games...So I tune in once in a while! He is great, He is so into it...It's how it should be! Keep rockin' Rick!
     
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    RJ is unrivaled in my book. The fact that he's still doing this is amazing, and I'll mourn the day he calls his last game. Hearing him on the broadcast is the purest nostalgia every time.

    I also still miss Jim Lorentz and Mike Robitaille. And Rob Ray is a dope, but he's our dope.
     
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    Yea... unfortunately .... those younger want him gone and think he’s no longer any good. Mistakes or no mistakes he’s one of the best in the league still. With all the vanilla monotone boring PxP guys, he’s a true gem compared to those lame snooze fest voices.

    He’s far from bad. Oh how wrong his detractors are. They just don’t get it.


    Looking forward to as much RJ as he can do! :wave:
     
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    Love RJ, it's cool how many generations of Sabres fans have grown up with him. I gotta admit I am really worried that when he retires they will make Dunleavy the full time guy. Seems like a good guy but is as vanilla as it gets and says some really really cheesy lines.
     
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    Oh god, I saw “at age 76” and “Rick Jeanneret” and nearly “Mayday’d” myself.

    The man is my entire Sabre’s childhood, teenage hood, and adulthood story teller. One of the last of his kind, and will eventually make his way to the Mount Rushmore of Buffalo. First ballet.
     
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    If broadcasting counted in the standings the Sabres would be a dynasty. Other than a brief rebuilding period in the early 90's (aka the Gurtler Gaff) this team has had hall of fame quality play by play since its inception.
     
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    "Ted Black announced in 2013 that he (RJ) had signed his last three year contract...."

    Was that idiot Ted Black EVER right about anything?

    If he was it must have been someone asking him what time it was, or what he'd like for lunch....
     
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    I remember getting a little AM/FM radio for Christmas in the 70s and listening to games in a cardboard box fort I made from all the holiday trash.

    Rick's been around since and I'm in my 50's. I'm going to need a truck load of onions to cut when he's off the air for good.
     
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    Rick was trained(otj?) to do play by play for radio. And then TV. So he's very descriptive with few words. And he's not like the pompous Emerick who tells stories when we'd rather hear whats happening on the ice. Rick knows the time and place for those. Such a shame he's had to go from Lorentz to Neale and then the dregs of Ray(with some others in between).
     
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    The term is overused but he is a living legend. He is up there with the best commentators transcending all sports IMO.

    Being from the UK I first picked the Sabres as my team in the very early 00s - it wasn't possible to follow all games outside of the radio so that's where I came to love & really appreciatee RJ. He could /can make games come alive just with his delivery alone. So descriptive yet he never loses flow & always maintains excitement. Its a rare talent & most people just don't appreciate this enough.

    Of course there will come a time when it's best for him to stop. But man I hope that time is after the Sabres win it all.

    If the Sabres ever managed the impossible without RJ calling it something wouldn't feel right.
     
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    Holy Hell. Listening to Rob Ray subbing for Rivet on the Instigators today reinforces any notion I had that Ray is not qualified to be a color commentary on any broadcast of substance.

    Getting animated, he claimed Patrick Laine can't skate, can't move the puck, can't do anything but one time the puck on the power play. Jets should trade him.
    Well he can do one thing well Rob- he can score goals. He's having a tough year but 36 and 45 in years 1 & 2 weren't bad.

    Also, he (nor Andrew) were aware that the defending center has to put his stick down first on faceoffs. The only exception being at center ice, where the visitor must put his stick down first.
    How do you watch 82 games a year from the players bench and not know that???
     
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    I actually didn't know that either, and I've been watching hockey a long, long time. I thought it was the visiting player no matter the circumstance.
     
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    Agree agree... 100x agree.

    I see the ones complaining about his errors or pronunciations.
    I couldn’t care less... I know what he means. We all do.
    Some just like to complain I guess. Or poke fun.

    I hope he’s up for many more years. If it’s 20 games, 30 games, 40 games or more per season. Anything is a bonus and a treat!
     
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    At age 36, this thread bump is the second time the headline nearly gave me a heart attack. Holy hell.
     
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    Totally understandable... but you don't get paid to watch and evaluate the games.
     
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    Absolutely true. I'd be willing to bet Duffer knows. :) Duffer didn't get paid to punch people in the head for a living for over a decade though, to be fair.
     
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    I could be wrong, but isn’t that a relatively new rule that the defending player must always put his stick down first?
     
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    This is the best explanation I could find about it...seems like the rule itself isn't new, but the enforcement is relatively new.

    Barstool Sports
     
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    I'm 99% sure that the rule is super old, but it was one of those rules that was never really followed. When I learned the game some 30 years ago, I was always taught that the defending player puts their stick down first.
     
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    Love having RJ at the helm even in his more limited role recently. I don't think most fans realize how lucky we are to have a gem like him for almost the entirety of the franchise's existence.
     
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    I thought the rule is the visiting team must put their stick down first. I’ve never seen it otherwise. Course maybe I’m not paying attention

    My dad died (young/early) 1990 when I was 23yo. He was a good man of few words. RJ is a decade younger than him but I know I’ve spent more time in my life listening to him than my dad.

    His cadence is wonderful. Ignore the mis-identifications of players in his old age. Listen to another broadcaster and the offensive team might have possession for a full cycle before it’s announced they gained the o-zone line.

    Another gem is Chuck Kaiton ex-whale and now ex-hurricanes radio broadcaster who called those games through last season.

    Dunleavy is stilted and sterile.

    Hockey is a game of flow, struggle, attack and counter-attack, near-misses, luck, gaffes, collisions and confusion. If you can’t convey that nuance, the experience is not as rich.
     

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