Last Updated: 6:02 AM, May 4, 2012
Posted: 12:52 AM, May 4, 2012
But then, other than that the game ran nearly five hours, what distinguished Emrick’s call from his other calls? Nothing. He was as good as he was in any blowout regular season game we’ve heard him call the last 28 years.
Speaking of nothing being something — as in special — during the first action-loaded but scoreless first period, Emrick sent it to commercials with, “Midway, first period. From Washington. Nothing.” Yet, the way he spoke “nothing” clearly pointed to nothing as the sum of plenty. It was brilliant.
Emrick the moment the second OT ended: “More nutrition, more towels, more ice bags, more rest — and that’s just us!”
And then, signing off from Washington: ‘There were three games in the NHL, tonight, and two of them were here.”
Then Emrick wished those on the West Coast a “good night,” and those on the East Coast a “good morning.”
* Despite what Jimmy Dolan prefers from MSG broadcasters, Mike Breen and Walt Frazier continue to provide honest, intelligent calls.
During the second quarter of Game 2 of Knicks-Heat, Carmelo Anthony stopped playing after missing a shot, choosing instead to gripe that he was fouled.
But instead of screaming the Knicks were robbed — and Anthony did appear to be fouled — Breen and Frazier chose the bigger picture:
“Anthony upset with no call on his missed shot, not running back up the floor, just trotting up. That’s unacceptable,” Breen said. “Ya gotta hustle back.”
“You don’t want that, man,” Frazier said. “Just play the game.”
If they continue to speak such unpopular truths, Dolan’s going to start hitting them with facility fees.
Nets on Jay-Z track
As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
“I guess I won’t need my color TV anymore now that the Nets will be wearing black and white,’’ writes reader John Lynch.
And reader David Distefano now wonders what’s left for the Nets to choose as “their alternate third-uniform to sell during nationally televised games.”
* My Derby pick? Glad you asked. Gemologist. Why? Mike Francesa, who, after ignoring hockey all regular season — again — has emerged as an expert/insider on the Rangers, weeks ago dismissed Gemologist as having no chance. That’s good enough for me!
Funny, because Francesa’s dismissal of Gemologist, the colt has moved from 8-1 to 6-1. Has the Francesa reverse-curse gone viral?
Mikey knows even more about horse racing than he does hockey. Two years ago he mocked Zenyatta as a load of hype. He authoritatively claimed she couldn’t run with the boys. Long story short, Zenyatta won Horse of the Year.
* So, head-to-head in New York, Game 1 of Knicks-Heat on ABC badly out-rated Game 1 of Caps-Rangers on NBC. I suppose. But how many tens of thousands of local viewers switched back and forth 10, 15, 20 times?
Ch. 5’s “Sports Extra, Sunday night, included a retrospective on Stephane Matteau’s 1994 OT goal that put the Rangers over the Devils and into the finals. A graphic identified Matteau as a “Ranger Great.” A forward, Matteau played 85 regular season games for the Rangers and scored 11 goals.
Need to start every day with a good laugh or just a smile? Go through MLB box scores and see what it takes be awarded a “hold.”