What do broadcasters do to keep their listeners guessing? How about working in some words and phrases into the broadcast?
In case you haven’t listened to any of our “Sharks Extra” post-game shows, Jamie Baker has been taking some of the phrases that I use during the game and weaving them into a “poetic storyline” at the end of the night that is ceaselessly entertaining. But this past game in Calgary on March 4th really took the cake.
Before the game, Jamie and I decided to have a secret tribute to our flagship radio station, 98.5 K-FOX, the “classic rock experience.” We challenged each other to work in references to the songs of the Beatles and Pink Floyd somewhere during the broadcast. I got the Beatles, and Jamie got Pink Floyd.
Kicking off the challenge right at the top of the “Sharks Warm-Up” pre-game show, I worked in “A Day in the Life,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” and “Long and Winding Road.” Jamie came right back with “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Have a Cigar,” and “Money.” Then, we both broke up laughing, and had to explain what we were up to to the listening audience.
Somehow, we stopped laughing, and worked in a few more song titles during the broadcast. Here is the poetic storyline, with song titles used during the game in italics:
“We Wish You Were Here to join A Day In The Life of the San Jose Sharks because after losing to Edmonton last night The Show Must Go On as the Sharks Magical Mystery Tour continued its Long and Winding Road that promised to be A Hard Days Night as they visit the Calgary Flames who are 4th in the NHL at home with a 21-6-3 record. The Sharks needed some Help early from Nabokov as their play was a little Helter Skelter after Chris Simon scored his 6th goal of the season to give the Flames a 1-0 lead 3:04 into the 1st. The Sharks were Coming Back To Life while the Flames were Comfortably Numb but Miikka Kiprusoff earned his Money by making big saves Time after time while the Sharks had High Hopes of scoring on a 5-3. The 2nd period was like The Dogs of War as San Jose outshot Calgary 9-5 but ran into Another Brick In The Wall. Calgary plays like a flock of Sheep in their own end minimizing scoring chances that overshadowed San Jose’s High Hopes of tying up the game. Ron Wilson probably begged his players to Please Please Me and asked is there Anybody Out There who can score a goal to get the Sharks in the game. The Sharks played a little I, Me, Mine hockey by taking 3 consecutive penalties in the third that any hockey person Across The Universe would agree hurts your chances of winning and creates frustration and a Revolution to a frustrated team. The Flames were Here, There and Everywhere in the 3rd period outshooting San Jose 6-3 and scoring the lone goal that was, oh Mother, a Shine On You Crazy Diamond, with Iginla scoring his 28th on a breakaway with 4:41 left in the game. This was One Of Those Days as the Sharks head to Anaheim for Tuesday’s game with the Ducks while the Flames can Have A Cigar to celebrate their shutout win. Tomorrow Here Comes The Sun in Orange County as the Sharks have to regroup and get ready to get back on their winning ways.
Now, we move on to Southern California for the 78th Annual Slap Shot Banquet®, where we’ll announce the nominees for the “Ogies®” to the top performances of the last year.
The “Ogie®” is named for “Ogie” Ogilthorpe, described as the “worst goon in hockey today” during his playing career. You may recall that this young man had a very trying rookie season. What with the litigation – the notoriety – his subsequent deportation to Canada, and that country’s refusal to accept him, well, that’s more than most average 21-year-olds can handle.
Remember that “SLAP SHOT BANQUET®,” “OGIE®,” “OGILTHORPE®,” “OGILTORP®,” and the OGIE® statuette design of a hockey player with a big Afro, 21, 22 (watch out for him) are the registered trademarks and service marks and the copyrighted property of the Academy of Slap Shot Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
I’m Dan Rusanowsky, in the Seagate Technology “In the Crease.”