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In case you missed it on The Ticket today, you can hear all three segments over on DallasStars.com. It’s too bad we didn’t get to hear from him much this season. I’m looking forward to his radio show next year. When he’s on with the BaD Radio boys, he loosens up quite a bit.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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Thanks to Razor and his blog, I read Stu Hackel’s post on Slapshot about the play-by-play stylings of Versus and NBC.

However, when you see and hear a Versus game, and an NBC game as well, that standard is abandoned for nonstop conversation that too often ignores the game’s action. Most likely, that’s not the decision of the guys behind the mic but the guys behind the scenes, who instruct the announcers to “tell stories” at the expense of providing clear descriptions and analysis. They do hockey a massive disservice.

This is exactly how I feel about it and why I’m always so irritated by it. I’ve wondered how we’re supposed to be swaying the casual fan with these games, when even a seasoned fan like me can barely follow the action because it’s not being described.

I want to know who just laid a hit, or who just saved a scoring chance with backchecking. I don’t care to hear the announcers reminisce about the time they met Rocket Richard. Or listen to them ramble about some issue that came up in a minor-league game the week before and has no bearing on the current game. Especially when it’s scripted.

I’m a Stars fan. I can tell which Star has the puck and what he’s about to do, but I kind of like to know what’s happening with the opponent, too. And if I’m watching a game that doesn’t include the Stars, I like to know who those people are.

The way Versus and NBC have styled their commentary, I tend to lose track of what’s going on on the ice, and then I lose interest. I’d rather watch a game with the local broadcaster for one of the teams. Even if it’s a terrible homer duo, at least you get to hear what one of the teams is doing.

Check out the article. I would like to think a groundswell of agreement might make them allow the excellent broadcasters they hire (Pierre McGuire excluded) to call the games the way that made them excellent broadcasters.

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Major announcement.

The Little Ticket

Over at Sports Radio Thirteen-Ten the Ticket, they’ve been teasing a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT for a week. Today was the day.

The announcement? The Little Ticket will be broadcasting the Dallas Stars games starting next season!

I would not have predicted that in a million years. I am not unhappy about it at all. They plan to broadcast all 82 games with a postgame show for all of them and a pregame show for most of them. The Stars site has the details.

I have kind of a love-hate relationship with The Ticket. Everybody on that station infuriates me on occasion. Some infuriate me all the time. But I listen all day. I’m even back to listening to the Hardline now that Greggo is gone.

I’ve also had a love-hate relationship with their hockey talk. When I first started listening to 1310 exclusively, I wished they’d talk about hockey more. Then every once in a while they would talk about it and their lack of knowledge about the game was so annoying I would wish they’d stop talking about hockey.

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The greatness of Mike Heika.

I just wanted to stop for a second and thank Mike Heika for being our Dallas Stars beat writer. I think he’s the best there is.

He has his regular columns in the Sports/NHL section of the Dallas Morning News. And he has a Newsletter where he answers questions sent by readers. And best of all, he has the Blog. Heika’s Blog, we like to call it.

I check Heika’s blog every day, several times a day. I have the feed on my My Yahoo page. It’s all I can do to keep from just posting a link to his blog every day because I read something there I want to pass along, just about every day.

He walked by me at practice one day and without thinking, I blurted out, “I love your work!” And he didn’t recoil in horror at all. He smiled and said, “Thank you very much.”

He knows what he’s talking about, he asks the players, coaches, and management all the right questions, and he responds to his readers. He seems like a stand-up guy.

It’s like having a friend who knows the Stars.

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Bob Sturm of The Ticket’s BaD Radio told a fascinating story on the radio today.

He got to stand on the bench with the coaches for the entire preseason game last night against the Blackhawks. ON THE BENCH!

So here I am. Right over the shoulder of Ott and Avery and BJ Crombeen and Krys Barch as the verbal arrows are flying in both directions. Part of me wants it all to break loose, and part of me wants my mommy.

I just can’t even imagine how awesome that would be.

You should read his account because otherwise I’d just have to quote the whole thing. It sounds entertaining and frightening and exhilirating. And just generally unbelievable.

On the radio he described in a little more detail the near-rumble that happened between the benches at the end of the second period, with Ott and Avery yelling at the Blackhawks coaches and the Stars coaches having to come back and drag the players away.

I wish there were more audio — and video — of last night’s game. I would love to have seen the look on Bob’s face when all of that was going on.

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The Ticket’s Bob and Dan and Donovan were in Frisco at training camp on Thursday afternoon and interviewed Jere Lehtinen and Brad Richards.

They were both very good interviews. You can listen to them over on Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page.

They’re fun. Bob and Dan were cracking Brad Richards up.

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I watched these two clips of Brett Hull on TSN.com.

The first one is a straight interview where Hullie says some interesting things. This article summarizes it pretty well.

I feel better because Hullie claims he’s told Avery not to embarrass the organ-eye-zation. It’s good that he told him that, but it’s a little sad that he has to tell him that. He also doesn’t approve of that clown act Avery pulled off in the playoffs against the Devils.

The second video clip is a rapid-fire, list-of-questions kind of interview.

Hullie’s actually pretty cute; gets a laugh or two from the host. My favorite part was this exchange:

Host: “Have you taken any fashion advice from Avery?”
Hull: “Never!”
Host: (chuckle)
Hull: “He’s already been fined!”
Host: “For what?”
Hull: “Dress code!”

It’s good to know they’re treating him like the pre-schooler he is.

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