Problem Solved: Kings will record Bob and Jim for future release

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.


Puck Daddy: Bob Miller Excited to Call Kings Stanley Cup

[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:

My Solution to the Bob and Jim Problem _/ . MCSORLEY’S STICK

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 then:

May 12, 2012: Bob and Jim Problem Part 2 _/ . MCSORLEY’S STICK

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.


  8 comments for “Problem Solved: Kings will record Bob and Jim for future release

  1. Garrett79
    June 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Congrats, Quisp. I think it’s awesome. One of the few playoffs of this playoff season has been that I haven’t heard Bob & Jim (sadly not even in the first round thanks to my own personal letdown of not living in Los Angeles anymore so I have to experience this all isolated up here in Seattle). It will be nice when I relive this whole thing to be able to hear Bob and Jim make the call.

    • Garrett79
      June 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

       That was supposed to say “letdowns of this playoff season”. I blame my secretary.

  2. DougS
    June 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    This is a cool idea, and I’ll spring for the DVD when it’s available. Too bad they won’t be working off of the live feed, though. A big part of the joy of sports broadcasting is the necessary spontaneity of it. If they’re working off of a tape, already knowing what will happen, it will still have value as them talking about the game, but it’s not the same as a live call.

    The whole idea of forcing NBC to let Bob and Jim horn in on the broadcast was always kind of childish, though. NBC had this laid out in advance, and for all we know even if they wanted to the contractual arrangements with Doc and Eddie O might have ruled it out. It was just silly to expect NBC to change their plans to suit parochial interests.

    • Matt George
      June 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

       real quickly … I’m pretty sure they did the record “live” as in recorded the audio as it happened.

      There’s a little miss-use of the word “live” being thrown around.

      They will join the recording that they did as it happened onto a DVD.

      The “from tape” thing is also poorly worded.

      Bottom line … we will get a DVD that will contain Bob and Jim calling the game as they saw it happen.

      Near perfect world.

  3. Dan H.
    June 6, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    The thing that really burns me about the “NBC Announcer” Emrick is that he was the Devils play by play guy for 21 years until this year.  In essence, Devils fans get their announcer for all of the playoffs and the SCF.

    At least NBC could have hired Bob and Jim on for the Kings home games to give us our announcer for the home games.

  4. Niesy
    June 8, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Good idea.

    I don’t know if you saw this, but Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West had linked to your post and promoted your solution on Twitter a while back. I RT’d it

    • June 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

       I did see that. Thanks! (They need a “thanks for retweet” button.) Does it seem petty to you that I’m irritated they took the idea without so much as a hat-tip?

      • Niesy
        June 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

         They should have acknowledged it but I know I am grateful the idea got out there in the water. Without that would it be happening? So yay Quisp.

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