Jack Edwards is a guy that deserves his own blog. He is probably the most over-the-top announcer in the sports world today. I am a die hard Boston Bruins fan, and I even sometimes think that Jack Edwards is a little out there. He says some pretty weird things at times, and at first I wondered why NESN would have even hired him. I do like the intense emotion that he brings to the table. Edwards is ready to go every single night, and takes his job extremely serious, unlike Joe Buck. Buck could care less about his job, and knows that he is set for life because he will never be fired from any job due to his father’s legacy.
Edwards’ over-the-top attitude sets him apart from any other sports announcer in the business. He yells, complains, laughs, and says some pretty funny things. His plethora of emotions definitely add to the entertainment value of watching a Bruins game. If you want to get a taste of the real Jack Edwards, watch any Bruins game against the Montreal Canadiens or the Philadelphia Flyers. He takes these games so seriously. It’s almost as if he is on the ice playing for the Bruins. Edwards has had several rants throughout his career as a Bruins broadcaster. The most famous rant came in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs after game seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. After the Bruins defeated the Canadiens in a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory, Edwards started going off about a “revolution against hockey royalty (Montreal) and how it related to the Boston Tea Party.” If you want to watch the hilarious rant it is at the 6:22 mark of the video below. This is only just part of the rant:
“Yet those ‘royals’ sit there on their shiny thrones and primp in their hand mirrors and try to dictate morality according to them. About how you can dive or how you should play or how shouldn’t run a player into the center glass. And the rest of us — those poor, filthy masses — are just supposed to take it.”
“Well, a couple of hundred years ago, a bunch of rowdy radicals charged out of some Boston bars, went down to the dock and dumped the king’s tea into the salty sea. And in doing that, it struck a chord, that rings true even today: That when confronted with imperious conceit, fighting the good fight is not only the right thing to do — it can be a heck of a lot of a fun.”
“And who has more fun than us?”
(Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy)
Edwards is one of those guys you either love, or you hate. There is no middle road with this guy. For me, I’m in the “I love him” crowd. The guy is hilarious. The things he says you can’t not laugh. To understand what I mean, just watch the video. Edwards is one wacky guy. The entertainment value of this guy is off the charts. Now I know why NESN hired him in the first place. He has a great knowledge of the game, is passionate about what he does, and has the unbelievable emotion to prove it. In my eyes, Edwards does not fall under yesterday’s post about annoying sports announcers. He does his job in a way that sets him apart from anybody in the business. Yes, some of the things he says are weird at times. But, Edwards says things that are funny, cares about his job through his passion and emotion for hockey and the Boston Bruins, has many valid points, a great knowledge of the game, and is pretty darn good at his job. Thus, classifying him as not an annoying sports announcer.
(Courtesy of sjw1133 on YouTube)