|Peter Gammons on D&C responds to Jack Edwards’ attack: ‘I actually love hockey’||01.24.14 at 10:55 am ET|
Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, during a appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Friday, responded to an attack from NESN Bruins play-by-play voice Jack Edwards and defended his criticism of hockey.
The controversy started when Gammons sent out a tweet after watching highlights of the incident in Vancouver on Saturday in which the Canucks and Flames engaged in a line brawl immediately following the opening faceoff, and Canucks coach John Tortorella tried to get at the Flames locker room after the first period, leading to a 15-day suspension.
During a Wednesday appearance on Salk & Holley, Edwards went off on Gammons.
Said Edwards: “Peter Gammons commenting about hockey is like me commenting about women’s fashion. It’s just absolutely not his spectrum. He has no validity. He has no credibility. If the guy were at the rink all the time, maybe we’d consider his opinion.”
Gammons, who said he has no issues with Edwards and that they’ve “always been friends,” said he had not previously heard Edwards’ comments, although he had heard from other hockey supporters.
“You can’t believe some of the tweets I got back from people in Canada,” Gammons said, although he stood by his criticism. “I think television ratings and so forth do say something about the standings of sports. But they’re very offended by it. As you guys know, I actually love hockey. But I don’t think that reenacting ‘Slap Shot’ is that great an idea. I didn’t think [legendary minor league enforcer] Billy Goldthorpe was a great hockey player. But there are those who do.”
Edwards went on to say that Gammons should not criticize the sport without showing up in a locker room to address the participants.
“My friend Larry Brooks of the New York Post has many times experienced asking a question like, ‘Why did you pull the goalie’ or something, and being sworn at [by Tortorella when he coached the Rangers],” Gammons said. “I don’t really know why standing at the rink is a qualification as a viewer. But that’s neither here nor there.”
Added Gammons: “I appreciate his being very defensive of his sport. It’s a sport that he broadcasts and he obviously has always loved. Hockey and soccer have been two sports he’s been devoted to. ‘¦ Each one of those sports is always fighting uphill against the NFL, college football, Major League Baseball, college basketball, golf, auto racing — the big, major sports in this country. And I understand that.”
Gammons insists he is a fan of hockey, but not the way it was played Saturday in Vancouver.
“It may be the greatest sport in the world. I certainly enjoy it. I love it,” Gammons said. “But to me, watching a Bobby Orr or a [Wayne] Gretzky or someone who was great is one thing. And watching that Billy Goldthorpe mentality is another. Hey, I’m one who actually still has ‘Slap Shot’ on his iPod. I think it was very funny. It’s just that that’s theater, like the WWE.”
|Jack Edwards on S&H: ‘Peter Gammons commenting about hockey is like me commenting about women’s fashion’||01.22.14 at 8:08 pm ET|
NESN Bruins play-by-by man Jack Edwards vented his issues with an anti-NHL Peter Gammons tweet Wednesday during his appearance with Salk & Holley. For audio of Edwards’ appearance, check the Salk & Holley audio on demand page.
Edwards took a shot at Gammons during his call of Monday’s game against the Kings, disagreeing with Gammons’ tweet criticizing the actions of players and coaches in Saturday’s game between the Canucks and Flames.
Edwards made a fart noise Monday in response to the tweet, and followed up Wednesday on WEEI.
“I haven’t spoke to Peter directly,” Edwards said, “but on the other hand I haven’t seen him at a hockey game in about six years, either.”
Added Edwards: “Peter Gammons said, ‘This is why hockey will always be a minor sport.’ You know, Peter Gammons commenting about hockey is like me commenting about women’s fashion. It’s just absolutely not his spectrum. He has no validity. He has no credibility. If the guy were at the rink all the time, maybe we’d consider his opinion.”
Asked why he would need to be at games in order to form an opinion, Edwards said that one should be accountable and make themselves available to players after criticizing them.
“If you’re going to paint it with that broad a brush and speak from a position of being a Hall of Fame writer in any sport, you at least owe the guys about whom you’re talking the chance to refute it to your face,” Edwards said. “If you want to write something nasty, if you want to say something nasty, that’s fine. It is your obligation to be standing in front of the dressing stall the next time those guys play in your town. Period. That’s just having enough sack to show up. That’s all. Not to throw some broad side out there of, ‘Oh, that’s why hockey will always be a minor sport.’
“You know, Peter can have whatever opinion he wants. He can be as wrong as he wants. Hockey’s not a minor sport. Hockey is, in fact, the greatest sport in the world. I just can’t wait until other sports just decide that they’re above it all. And if there’s one sport in which you find guys who have an attitude that they think their poopy spells good, you know where to find it, and it’s not at the hockey rink.”
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|Andy Brickley on M&M: ‘I expect [Tyler Seguin] to take a little clearer look in the mirror’||02.13.13 at 2:00 pm ET|
Andy Brickley of NESN joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about what the Bruins might do with the money they freed up by trading Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin‘s lack of production, and his broadcasting partner Jack Edwards, whose reaction to the Bruins’ comeback Tuesday has by now been seen all over the hockey world.
“I just admire his passion for the game,” Brickley said of Edwards, who was on video jumping up and down after the Bruins rallied to tie Tuesday’s game. “That was such an unlikely scenario, and how much he cares about quality play and the entertainment value of the visual medium we’re involved in, I think is spectacular. It’s different from my style and therefore I think we’re a good balance, but I think the fact that he’s enjoying it, doing a good job, calling the game the way it should be called, I think he’s doing the fans a service.”
Brickley said that, in addition to solidifying their long-term situation in net, the Bruins could be looking to add a veteran forward before the trade deadline.
“You’ll rarely get another Mark Recchi-type player, but I think that’s where they’re targeting somebody that can play in the top nine as far as their forwards,” he said. “They have a real strong room, but without Recchi and his resume or his pedigree, I think they’re looking for that type of player.
“I know they signed Jay Pandolfo and he brings a couple of Cups, experience, a guy that’s been around a long time. I’m not sure if he’s the guy, but I think they’re looking for that type of player that’s another voice in the room that can help motivate or keep guys in line or further get them to do what they need to do to be accountable to the rest of the team.”
|The day after the Cup, 2:30 p.m.: Jack Edwards joins The Big Show||06.16.11 at 2:39 pm ET|
NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards got The Big Show going when he called in while on his way back from Vancouver. After calling Wednesday night’s proceedings “a night I’ll ever, ever forget,” he talked about what he though was truly the best part of the celebration.
“”The greatest thing about it was how sincere the players were about what this meant to them and how hard they have worked for it and what they would take out of it. You hear from Tim Thomas that as a great a moment as this was, it’s not as important to him as his family. It is just a hockey game. That kind of thing really sinks into your heart and gives you a moment that you know you can go back to at any point in your life.”
As big as the moment was for the Bruins though, Edwards couldn’t help but throw a little dig at the Canucks, the Sedin brothers in particular, after they fell flat on their own home ice to lose the Cup.
“I have to extend this observation,” he said. “I’m about to board this plane and I was walking past the souvenir stand here in the Vancouver airport and I saw Henrik Sedin T-shirts on sale. First thing I did was I went up to it and I noticed it was very soft. Then the next thing I noticed about it was that it had a minus-4 on it to signify the discount you’d get on it.”
And just before he was about that plane back to Boston, Edwards sneaked in a mention about just how good Thomas’s season was and that he doesn’t expect to ever see it in-person ever again.
“The numbers, the performance that Tim Thomas put up, not just the saves he made but when he made them, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be dust before anybody approaches what he did in the Stanley Cup finals,” Edwards said. “That’s how heroes are made. He made himself one.”
|NESN announces multi-year extension with Jack Edwards||05.10.11 at 5:26 pm ET|
NESN announced that it had reached a multi-year extension with Jack Edwards. Edwards has been the play-by-play man for the network’s coverage of the Bruins since 2005.
‘For the past six years, Jack has been an energetic and important part of NESN’s Bruins hockey coverage,’ Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO, said in the press release announcing the agreement. ‘We are very happy to extend his contract, and look forward to his passionate presence in the broadcast booth for years to come.’
Edwards added in the statement: ‘Who has more fun than us? To work with Brick, Naoko, and our NESN production crew is to live the dream. We feed off the energy and passion of Bruins fans across New England and hockey fans all over the world. We love our work and we love working together. To be part of that, to share the space with people who pour so much of their time and effort into covering this team and this sport, is the pinnacle of my career.’
|Edwards off his feet with enthusiasm||01.27.09 at 9:08 pm ET|
Though this blogger didn’t witness it, we have a couple of reliable reports that NESN play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards got a little “overexcited”after Savard’s game-tying goal in the second period, and — as a result — ended up on his back in the ninth floor press box at the Garden. Edwards, given the night off with Versus broadcasting the game, executed a double-fist pump and then went to high-five NESN sideline report Naoko Funayama following Savard’s power play strike. As he enthusiastically rose from his chair, Edwards tripped over something and tumbled to the ground while shaking his fists in exultation.
We can only imagine what he might have said on the air if he was actually broadcasting the game…perhaps something about stumbling into Wayne Gretzky’s office.