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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

Don't know how to read this yet.  If RJ doesn't retire after this season does he do a partial season on TV?  Does he sit in a studio in Buffalo and call the radio games watching the TV feed?

Does Kevin Sylvester take over and do the radio calls since he already has his show running on GR?



In the John Vogl article:
http://www.buffalone.../130429831/1003

"Buffalo, which has simulcast Rick Jeanneret’s play-by-play on television and radio since 1997, is expected to split the two feeds beginning next season, multiple sources tell The Buffalo News. Different announcing teams would represent MSG and WGR-AM 550.
Jeanneret has already said he promised to call every game for this season only, which will leave an undetermined void for the television broadcasts."

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

Ruff, Pominville, now maybe RJ... I feel like I am watching a part of me die.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:54 PM

Losing RJ is like Perreault retiring, or Dom leaving.

There'll never be another.

Edited by Kristian, 21 April 2013 - 02:55 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

View PostKristian, on 21 April 2013 - 02:54 PM, said:

Losing RJ is like Perreault retiring, or Dom leaving.

There'll never be another.

Never.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:58 PM

Makes perfect sense. Keep Rick around but work in the replacement over the course of a few seasons. Soften the blow. Please, not Kevin. Paul Hamilton would work for me. Rick's still the brand, so I would see him staying on TV. The issue is radio-only games (playoffs, cough cough). Rick would have to be able to slide over to radio for those games. That's if he still wants to call every game. (Or if he still wants to work at all.)

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:59 PM

View PostKristian, on 21 April 2013 - 02:54 PM, said:

Losing RJ is like Perreault retiring, or Dom leaving.

There'll never be another.
Agreed.  And if the current hockey that's been on the ice this season is what ends up driving him to retirement, it will just be one more reason this was the most frustrated I've been at a Sabres' season that I can remember.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

Who said Rick was retiring?

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

View PostTaro T, on 21 April 2013 - 02:59 PM, said:

Agreed.  And if the current hockey that's been on the ice this season is what ends up driving him to retirement, it will just be one more reason this was the most frustrated I've been at a Sabres' season that I can remember.

To think this lacklustre, overpaid, completely forgettable roster of the past 6 years could be the final straw that broke the camels back? Inexcusable, and outright sickening.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:31 PM

View PostKristian, on 21 April 2013 - 03:06 PM, said:

To think this lacklustre, overpaid, completely forgettable roster of the past 6 years could be the final straw that broke the camels back? Inexcusable, and outright sickening.
  The man turns 71 this summer. Maybe he is putting family first? He realizes he's slipping?  He's tired of working?  To read into it on my part isn't right, nor should anyone else on this board speculate. He has every right to call it a career.  I will say, Ray has to improve to be the radio color guy. His descriptions for a non-viewer suck.  He just needs to understand that and adapt. Rick's been great, whatever he decides.  His exciting calls have brought many marginal fans to the Sabres.

Edited by Grumpy, 21 April 2013 - 03:35 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

If RJ goes radio only then so am I.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

Paul Hamilton is the only fill in i've heard over the past seasons that would actually be alright with me. Regardless RJ is the man, and i hope he'll still be doing this at some capacity when we win it all.  No one deserves to make that call more than him.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:01 PM

View PostBuffaloSoldier2010, on 21 April 2013 - 03:54 PM, said:

Paul Hamilton is the only fill in i've heard over the past seasons that would actually be alright with me. Regardless RJ is the man, and i hope he'll still be doing this at some capacity when we win it all.  No one deserves to make that call more than him.

A lot of people felt the same way about Pat Foley in Chicago. Younger than RJ but had been around a long time on radio and at some point started doing the TV side only. When the Hawks won the Cup, the radio guy, not Foley, called the clinching game (no local TV). Can you imagine the travesty? The Moment finally comes and Kevbo's at the helm.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:07 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 21 April 2013 - 04:01 PM, said:

A lot of people felt the same way about Pat Foley in Chicago. Younger than RJ but had been around a long time on radio and at some point started doing the TV side only. When the Hawks won the Cup, the radio guy, not Foley, called the clinching game (no local TV). Can you imagine the travesty? The Moment finally comes and Kevbo's at the helm.
  Can you imagine not winning the cup without Ruff? Perreault? Lafontaine? Knoxes?  Life goes on. Let the guy do what he wants. Lets leave the melodarama out of it.  His retirement is still speculation, right?

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

View PostGrumpy, on 21 April 2013 - 03:31 PM, said:

The man turns 71 this summer. Maybe he is putting family first? He realizes he's slipping?  He's tired of working?  To read into it on my part isn't right, nor should anyone else on this board speculate. He has every right to call it a career.  I will say, Ray has to improve to be the radio color guy. His descriptions for a non-viewer suck.  He just needs to understand that and adapt. Rick's been great, whatever he decides.  His exciting calls have brought many marginal fans to the Sabres.

The man should do exactly as he pleases. Why would you think I believe otherwise?

All I'm saying is, the recent Sabres team wouldn't exactly make me postpone *my* retirement plans, if I was in a similar situation.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:16 PM

View PostKristian, on 21 April 2013 - 04:15 PM, said:

The man should do exactly as he pleases. Why would you think I believe otherwise?

All I'm saying is, the recent Sabres team wouldn't exactly make me postpone *my* retirement plans, if I was in a similar situation.
  Gotcha, and I agree. The printed word leaves too much to interpretation. Sorry!

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:40 PM

While it's sad to see RJ go, and the memories will last forever. There will never be another RJ but in the same sense, to the newer fans, they wont ever know the good RJ. Today's RJ is nothing of the old. He's def several steps down from his past and it's probably best for him to leave and carry on his life, and allow the Sabres to move on as well. He's not the RJ i grew up loving. Last few seasons, theres been several games he's been pretty bad.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:46 PM

View PostGrumpy, on 21 April 2013 - 04:16 PM, said:

Gotcha, and I agree. The printed word leaves too much to interpretation. Sorry!

No need to be sorry, no harm done whatsoever.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:54 PM

They should hire me.  I do a great RJ impression.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:56 PM

Let's hear it.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:58 PM

View Postnobody, on 21 April 2013 - 02:31 PM, said:

"Buffalo, which has simulcast Rick Jeanneret’s play-by-play on television and radio since 1997, is expected to split the two feeds beginning next season, multiple sources tell The Buffalo News. Different announcing teams would represent MSG and WGR-AM 550.
Jeanneret has already said he promised to call every game for this season only, which will leave an undetermined void for the television broadcasts."

Anyone else read this ten times and still not know what the ###### it means?

Does it mean RJ's going radio only?  Has he committed to this current year only or the next one only?

That doesn't begin to delve into why's about why the broadcast would be split.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 05:04 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 21 April 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

Anyone else read this ten times and still not know what the ###### it means?

Does it mean RJ's going radio only?  Has he committed to this current year only or the next one only?

That doesn't begin to delve into why's about why the broadcast would be split.
I'd expect the reason the broadcast would be split is bowing to the reality that it takes a special p-b-p announcer to effectively meet the needs of a radio broadcast and a TV one at the same time.

TP can afford to have another person or 2 on payroll (especially when the 2 p-b-p guys combined probably won't make what RJ made).

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 05:10 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 21 April 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

Anyone else read this ten times and still not know what the ###### it means?

Does it mean RJ's going radio only?  Has he committed to this current year only or the next one only?

That doesn't begin to delve into why's about why the broadcast would be split.

I would assume(ass out of U and me)" this season", means this year That's how I would have answered the question on my board exam based on the English language. Then again, journalists aren't that great with the English language anymore

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:03 PM

View PostTaro T, on 21 April 2013 - 05:04 PM, said:

I'd expect the reason the broadcast would be split is bowing to the reality that it takes a special p-b-p announcer to effectively meet the needs of a radio broadcast and a TV one at the same time.

TP can afford to have another person or 2 on payroll (especially when the 2 p-b-p guys combined probably won't make what RJ makes).

Fixed. I see nothing in this blurb that suggests Rick is retiring.

View Postsizzlemeister, on 21 April 2013 - 04:54 PM, said:

They should hire me.  I do a great RJ impression.

Oh, it's on. I challenge you to a duel. However, I don't see how, technically, I am going to get mine into an audio format to upload.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:09 PM

I guess I could see the radio-only position as a good grooming spot for the TV pbp broadcaster.  It's weird to me, if we're interpreting this right, that this is opposite.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:22 PM

I liked that guy that subbed that was from that Toronto radio station. I forget his name.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:24 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 21 April 2013 - 06:03 PM, said:

Fixed. I see nothing in this blurb that suggests Rick is retiring.



Oh, it's on. I challenge you to a duel. However, I don't see how, technically, I am going to get mine into an audio format to upload.
Point taken.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:38 PM

I wonder if the Sabres might bring an outsider, similar to Brian Duff, to perform whatever function RJ does not want.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

When Ted Darling was let go, it seemed like a pretty big void to fill. Eventually the Sabres put RJ on the tube. When RJ goes,  it will be a big void to fill. And when RJ goes, we'll get a new announcer. If we're lucky, he'll be good. If he's not good, we'll see yet another one before long.

Personally, I'd prefer a great team and a crappy announcer rather that a crappy team and a great announcer.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 21 April 2013 - 06:38 PM, said:

I wonder if the Sabres might bring an outsider, similar to Brian Duff, to perform whatever function RJ does not want.

Duffer was a key pick up.  It was easy to see how good he was in only a few games.  Hopefully selecting a pbp broadcaster will be just as easy.

View Postnotwoz, on 21 April 2013 - 07:04 PM, said:

If he's not good, we'll see yet another one before long.


From previous interactions I've had with him, Theodus Blackula seems to understand the importance of broadcast quality.  I wish and believe this to be correct.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:35 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 21 April 2013 - 06:03 PM, said:



Oh, it's on. I challenge you to a duel. However, I don't see how, technically, I am going to get mine into an audio format to upload.

What, are you recording to wire reel?

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:52 PM

Funny! I literally have nothing to record with. I'll look into gettng something if you and others want to join in a Jeanneret impression contest.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:41 PM

All I have to say is if RJ retires and is replaced with Sylvester, I'll never forgive Pegula.  Screw the hydrofracking, he could directly poison the water coming to where I live and I wouldn't be as angry as if Sylvester gets the call.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:16 AM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 21 April 2013 - 11:41 PM, said:

All I have to say is if RJ retires and is replaced with Sylvester, I'll never forgive Pegula.  Screw the hydrofracking, he could directly poison the water coming to where I live and I wouldn't be as angry as if Sylvester gets the call.

Seeing as how Sylvester was removed from the TV broadcast altogether, I have a hard time believing that this scenario is plausible.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:52 AM

Whoever takes over RJ when the time comes....let's just hope shares that same enthusiasm and love for the team. I can't stand announcers who don't sound like they give a ######.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:19 AM

View PostVanek-Man, on 21 April 2013 - 04:40 PM, said:

While it's sad to see RJ go, and the memories will last forever. There will never be another RJ but in the same sense, to the newer fans, they wont ever know the good RJ. Today's RJ is nothing of the old. He's def several steps down from his past and it's probably best for him to leave and carry on his life, and allow the Sabres to move on as well. He's not the RJ i grew up loving. Last few seasons, theres been several games he's been pretty bad.

Agreed. :thumbsup:

Rick did have quite a few bad games in the past couple of years and if it was any body else, it would of been a joke, but he is Rick Jeanneret, so I know for myself, It really didn't bother me. When he does retire, it will be a sad day in Sabres history. At the age of 71, that is a pretty hectic schedule. As I feel with all people that age, he deserves to relax and spend time with Family and enjoy the years he has left.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:34 PM


Jeanneret to Return Next Season


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:41 PM

:clapping:

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:43 PM

Good.

Maybe he was waiting to see if the next coach's name was going to be Vladimirislavich Blongporoivhistanislavislav.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:08 PM

Finally some good news!

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:09 PM

ugh. more of the same.