Archive for April 20, 2011

Who’s the Greatest Hockey Announcer of All-Time? Mike Emrick or Gary Thorne?

Posted in Not in New York on April 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

As we head into the heart of the NHL playoffs, I can’t help but miss Gary Thorne broadcasting hockey. After the 2004-2005 lockout, ESPN dropped their contract with the NHL. Since Gary Thorne works for ESPN, he hasn’t done any NHL play-by-play since. He’s done the Frozen Four for NCAA hockey, but that’s not the same. Even though Gary isn’t around, I still love listening to Mike Emrick. The dude absolutely bleeds hockey. No matter what game it is, Emrick acts like it’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. He makes every goal sound like it’s the series winner. Last weekend, I was watching the Detroit Red Wings take on the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round. Even though I have no affiliation to either team, I was pumped just from listening to Emrick. So who do you think is better?

Montage of Gary Thorne calls:

Montage of Mike Emrick calls:

Even though Thorne has the greatest call of all-time (below), I’m gonna call it a tie.

Who do you think is the greatest of all-time?

Moving Forward

Posted in Knicks on April 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

It’s time to forget the last two games in Boston. The Knicks are down 2-0 in the series and must focus on getting back on track. Will Stoudemire play in Game 3? Who knows? Back spasms isn’t a minor injury. In order for the Knicks to make this a series, they must crush the Celtics at the Garden. If the game comes down to the final seconds again, I don’t trust this Knicks squad making any clutch shots. Carmelo showed me that he couldn’t make the last shot in Game 1. Last night, Jared Jeffries pissed down his leg when he got the ball down by one with four seconds to go. As for Boston, they have four players on the court that can make the clutch shot. So let’s not have these next two games come down to the final wire.

Another big concern is Chauncey Billups’ knee. How bad is his injury? Will he be able to return on Friday, let alone the entire series? I think Toney Douglas did a good job filling in, but it’s utterly impossible to beat Boston without Billups in the lineup. Without Chauncey, Rondo went off and dropped 30 points (a career postseason high). The Knicks can’t let that happen again. Time to regroup and rest up. Game 3 is on Friday night at 7:30pm. Gotta win.

Brutal.

Posted in Knicks on April 20, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

One Man Team

So far the worst day in 2011 for New York sports. Amare gets hurt and the Knicks depend on Jared Jeffries to take the final shot. Let’s not forget how the Yanks shit the bed in Toronto. I can’t write about this right now. Fuck this. Goodnight.