Yes, Bob Miller and Jim Fox will do the play by play for the remaining Kings games, just in case they happen to win the Stanley Cup this week. Per my suggestion of May 12, which the Kings appear to have adopted point-for-point, the Kings will privately (i.e. not broadcast live) the duo for a future release, likely a DVD, likely for charity.
[We] discussed (about six minutes in) [...] a campaign by Kings fans [LA Time, 5/31/12] to somehow get Miller and Jim Fox to call the Cup-clinching moment for the team, should it happen. Miller wasn’t about to ask radio voice Nick Nickson to step aside at the end of the clinching game, so the Kings, Miller and Fox came up with another idea. Said Miller:
“I just found out about it after the game last night, we are going to record the play-by-play of the game, and they’re going to make that available to Kings fans later on. We can’t do it live because of the rights fee situation with NBC, but we’re going to do that and then they’ll make a DVD to purchase, whether it’s [for] charity or whatever. It’ll give us a chance to describe the closing moments for the Cup-clinching game.”
Miller went on to say that he and Fox would broadcast the entire game from tape, and that’s what you’ll find on the DVD.
A little unorthodox, but a really cool idea to satisfy a fan base that, frankly, can’t imagine the franchise’s greatest moment without a beloved announcer describing it.
Back on May 12:
If NBC does not relent to the grass-roots movement to get Bob and Jim instated as announcers for (if if if if if) any potential Kings SCF games, here is my suggestion:
For away games, have a watch party at Staples, with Bob and Jim calling the game live. For home games, have the watch party somewhere else — or at multiple somewhere elses — with Bob and Jim calling the game live. Release all the private broadcasts as a special DVD set for the fans. Make it a charity event. Get NBC to donate its broadcast rights (for the video feed) in the name of charity. Or else, pitch it to NBC as a special project, and give them all the money.
We don’t care who gets the money. We just want our team to be the whole team.
And if no-one will take my previous suggestion, then AT THE VERY LEAST the Kings should record their own audio of Bob and Jim calling the finals and release it as a “radio” broadcast/podcast/download/CD later. They could raise a lot of money for charity, selling “Bob and Jim call the Finals” CDs.
And then we can make our own videos at home. With our fancy computers.
(If the Kings don’t do it, then one of us crazy bloggers needs to corner Bob and Jim and convince them to call the game in one of our living rooms. And we can tape that and distribute it to the faithful — for charity of course.)
I’m guessing what will really happen, though, is — if the Kings are so lucky — in lieu of Bob and Jim getting to call the game, Lombardi will just invite them down to the ice to actually lift the cup.
Yes, I know this is all dangerously premature, and we’re all superstitious. But we’re all thinking about it now, so we should be talking about it, too.
On May 9, Surly and Scribe got the whole “campaign” going to get Bob and Jim on the NBC telecasts. I posted the DVD idea as a direct response to Surly and Scribe.