Our Hopes Are Dashed…Again

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=368947

“It has been an exciting off-season for Paul Steigerwald, the television play-by-play voice of the Penguins.

And not just because he recently signed a new multi-year contract to continue his role with FSN Pittsburgh, the team’s long-time TV partner.”

*sigh*

I’m not trying to say that I hate Steigerwald because I don’t. There are other hockey announcers out there that do a worse job than Steigy and if FSN hired one of them I’d probably rip my ears off so I wouldn’t have to hear them.

However, Steigy has frustrated Pens fans for the past two years with his commentary like mistaking Sidney Crosby for Mark Recchi. How could you mistake Crosby for Recchi? They both have the number 8 on their jerseys but even someone who barely watches hockey can tell the differences between Crosby and Recchi physically wise. Add to the fact that he’s one of the most boring announcers to listen to and he doesn’t make the games fun. He takes the attention off the ice and to him by his many mistakes. It annoys us all to death.

But this isn’t about Steigy.

This is about a legend (yes a legend) who got totally dis-respected. That legend is former Penguins announcer, Mike Lange. After the 06 season, Lange was unexpectedly fired with no reason cited which surprised many considering his loyalty to the Penguins and FSN Pittsburgh.

Lange announced Penguins game from 1975-2006. He was there during the rough times of the 70s and 80s Penguins hockey. He was there when the Pens won two straight back-to-back Stanley Cups. He was there during the Lemieux-Jagr era. He was there during the rough years from 2002-2004. And he would’ve been here during the Crosby-Malkin era. Why? Because he loved his job. He loved announcing Penguins games and being apart of that organization and city.

We all loved him too. He was a great hockey announcer that knew about the game and kept up with the pace of the game which some announcers struggle at doing. He had the most hilarious, crazy and awesome goal commentaries that were known as “Lang-isms”, which is what he’s most famous for.

Here are the “Lang-isms”…

Point is, he was there through thick and thin. He announced when they were good, he announced when they were bad. He announced before the lock-out, he announced after the lock-out. Then all of a sudden they fire him? All I was thinking the day he was fired was, “what the f***?” Now I obviously wasn’t ‘behind the scenes’ or anything so maybe something happened that we don’t know. But if he did do something, it would’ve have to been something HUGE and even then I doubt they would’ve fired him for it (probably a serious warning, fine and suspension  though).

And as noted before, Pittsburghers loved him. That’s exactly why Penguins fans have done anything and everything to get him to come back. Everything from petitions to ranting and raving on Penguins message boards. He was an icon here and was loved on the same level as some players.

The guy that fired him is now gone and they’re STILL not re-hiring him. What gives? The ratings will boost high and fans will be satisfied. They have a hall-of-fame hockey announcer open and they don’t go after him? HUH?! Yeah whatever FSN Pittsburgh.

I’m really intrigued to find out why they fired him in the first place. Was it something he did? Did Lange not like it broadcasting on TV anymore? I don’t know. All I know is…

BRING LANGE BACK!

LETS GO PENS!

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