Recently, Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret decided to scale back on the number of road games he would call in the upcoming 2010-11 season.
What Jeanneret should have done is just retire.
The Sabres announced Thursday that Kevin Sylvester and former Sabre Danny Gare will call the road games that Jeanneret and color commentator Harry Neale won’t call.
Nothing last forever and the whole situation looks like Jeanneret’s time as the play-by-play of the Sabres is coming to an end. If this is the case, then the Sabres should have just moved on instead of appeasing both the fans and Jeanneret.
Let’s face it, the situation is down right pathetic. It’s like watching the begging of the television show “Supernanny” where the kid does something wrong and the parent just gives in after some kicking and screaming by the kid.
You really think the Detroit Redwings or the New York Yankees would allow this type crap go on in their organization? Hell no! Even hockey legends couldn’t pull something like this off.
Just imagine if NHL legend Wayne Gretzky went up to the Los Angeles Kings or the New York Rangers general manager with the demanding not to play most of the road games. You know what would happen next? Both GM’s would just laugh at him and then tell him to get the hell out.
What Jeanneret is doing is down right selfish, and is creating one big mess.
I can understand that letting go of something that you love is a very difficult thing to do. However, at some point you have to realize that what is more important is a consistent broadcast that fans can turn to night in and night out.
In the end, the Sabres need to step up and pull the plug on this act.