For the first time, sportscasting legend Bob Cole won’t be calling any NHL playoff games.
Cole is gobsmacked by the decision, as are millions of hockey fans. Said Cole:
“It’s difficult to live with the fact that I’m not working. I surely will miss not working the playoffs. That’s the best way I can say it.”
The question is, why has Cole been kicked to the curb?
The Rogers assassin responsible for the decision is too gutless to give a reason, instead offering the weasel words of a grease-ball politician.
Cole’s axing represents the changing of the guard in the NHL and other professional sports leagues and their broadcasting partners. Pro sports is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and with big money come big conglomerates run by guys in Armani suits who don’t want colour, charisma and personality.
At 81, the passionate Cole is still state-of-the-art at calling a hockey game but he’s been benched, and once Don Cherry’s gone, all the passion will have been purged from the broadcast booth, just the way Rogers likes it.