Jack Edwards - Still Awesome? Or Not So Much?

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There has been some criticism of Jack in the past couple of game threads. Complaints seem to be that he has gotten names wrong, missed key events (Marchand's head injury), and been over the top with outrage about stuff that didn't warrant it (the Whalers retired numbers). Has he really declined or is just the same old Jack? He does love the game. He does love the Bruins, and he is generally well prepared. IMO we should appreciate what we have and enjoy. We could do a lot worse. Curious what others think.
 

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He seems very unprepared this year. He’s always had a hokey quality that grated on certain people that I never minded, but he’s miss calling key game elements this year.
 

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He seems very unprepared this year. He’s always had a hokey quality that grated on certain people that I never minded, but he’s miss calling key game elements this year.
This is just a throw-shit-at-the-wall guess, but he was tripped up from game 1 on Marchand's name switch back and he seems like he's never been able to recover and get back his momentum. I agree that this is the first year I've noticed him getting things wrong. He's been anachronistic and over the top at times, but this year has just been more noticeable for him missing things.
 

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Historically, preparation has been said to be one of Jack’s strengths. Sad if people think it has declined.
 

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Edwards was a really good announcer in his prime, and brought a fair amount of hockey knowledge to the broadcast. He nearly always got the name of the opposing player correct. Most complaints came from folks that never heard hockey telecasts in other markets. Or never listened to Joe Morgan on Sunday night baseball.

I haven’t watched enough this season to notice a decline, but it will be a shame if true.
 

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Right around this time Calgary tied it, then the Bs scored right after. Jack goes off on this big thing about how the Flames have only led for X number of minutes, before Andy calmly tells them the Flames were not in the lead, but had tied it.

Not a big deal, but stood out to me because it was so detailed a thing, fully prepared, and blatantly wrong
 

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While normally a fan of Edwards, I often wondered if his schtick had a lifespan.

This case is one where he should have just apologized, saying he made an uninformed comment without realizing the severity of Polak's injury. Don't believe he helps himself by doubling down in this case.
 

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The only thing worse than the officiating tonight was Jack's histrionics.

I have to admit that Jack did bring something worthwhile to the table for a while: a genuine energy and excitement to calling the game that wouldn't waver even if the B's opponents scored. He also did a diligent job getting the players' names right.

For one, he's slipped in recent years and frequently gets players and game situations completely wrong. But worst of all is that he's felt emboldened to go on diatribes when he should be focusing on the play-by-play instead. Some of these are hilariously canned (e.g. the Dougie uniform number rant) and others like tonight were just absolutely embarrassing overreactions.

It sucks that he crowds out Brickley's great color commentary. I wouldn't be too sad if Brick left for a national gig. But that might make the NESN feed unwatchable.
 

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The only thing worse than the officiating tonight was Jack's histrionics.

I have to admit that Jack did bring something worthwhile to the table for a while: a genuine energy and excitement to calling the game that wouldn't waver even if the B's opponents scored. He also did a diligent job getting the players' names right.

For one, he's slipped in recent years and frequently gets players and game situations completely wrong. But worst of all is that he's felt emboldened to go on diatribes when he should be focusing on the play-by-play instead. Some of these are hilariously canned (e.g. the Dougie uniform number rant) and others like tonight were just absolutely embarrassing overreactions.

It sucks that he crowds out Brickley's great color commentary. I wouldn't be too sad if Brick left for a national gig. But that might make the NESN feed unwatchable.
I look forward to B’s games that are nationally broadcast. It’s a treat to be away from Edwards.
 

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Imagining a duo of Goucher and Brick makes Jack even more insufferable. We could have had what would have been by far the best home broadcast team in the league.