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unh1982
03-21-2010, 03:00 PM
Looks like we will see him in albany , although I do not believe his rhetoric about cornell , well being bias , guess there is no more MR (hey) Norton to contend with . I think there was a Barry thread from years back but couldnt find it . At any rate i do enjoy his banter along with his mullet.

scullyer
03-21-2010, 03:04 PM
Dislike. His initials suit him well.

Terrierbyassociation
03-21-2010, 03:04 PM
He's an insufferable donkey. :D

Cross Check
03-21-2010, 03:05 PM
Hate his near total ignorance of the subject matter he's supposed to be covering, namely college hockey. Love that he's still rocking a mullet though.

JF_Gophers
03-21-2010, 03:10 PM
He would be 100x better if he remembered to not refer to the teams as "franchises".

goalie heckler
03-21-2010, 03:10 PM
I enjoyed how his cronies mixed Minnesota-Duluth's storyline with North Dakota's...

"North Dakota had to win to get into the tournament..." Really? Awesome they got a 2 seed.

Carmine Scarpaglia
03-21-2010, 03:12 PM
He prepares poorly for these things. Knows the sport of hockey, sure. But not college hockey.

In a rarity, I actually wanted Boob Norton back and his rants about Johnny Utah who coached little Bobby Miller in mites before he went to UNH and his favorite ice cream flavor is Cherry Garciaparra.

huskyfan
03-21-2010, 03:15 PM
Hate his near total ignorance of the subject matter he's supposed to be covering, namely college hockey. Love that he's still rocking a mullet though.

the same

buoldtimer
03-21-2010, 03:35 PM
God bless him, he's gotten a lot of mileage out of one run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Puck Swami
03-21-2010, 03:36 PM
Barry Melrose is a brand. Taking a page from the Don Cherry school of 'unique screen presence', Melrose has extended his mediocre coaching career into a well-paying ESPN analyst gig by carving out his differentitiation from the standard bland sycophant types of TV people.

The look of the brand is fronted by his distinctive mullet, paired with a loud suit and supported by blustery blowhard comments that nobody else would say. Don Cherry called Melrose "Billy Ray Cypress" (sic) on CBC TV for years, in homage to the early 90s mullet of Miley Cyrus' one-hit, Achy-breaky father, Billy Ray Cyrus. The difference between Cherry and Melrose is that Cherry does more homework, and is a more of Canadian nationalist/traditionalist. Cherry's blowhard comments are almost always traceable to that bedrock.

Melrose's bombast is more all over the board, and his condescension to college hockey is reflected in his lack of preparation and his lack of care. ESPN doesn't really care about college hockey either, and that's why they don't care about his lack of preparation or his bombast. They think Melrose will add some hockey cred that might not otherwise be there for the casual audience, and to an extent, they are right about that. Melrose is at home in the NHL world, and for Joe six-pack who channelsurfs into the NCAA hockey broadcast on ESPN, seeing the Mullet does gives the NCAA brand of hockey some level of credibility...

ESPN's late Tom Mees, who loved college hockey and cared deepy about broadcasting the NCAA Frozen Four with respect and serious effort, would be flabbergasted to see Melrose's lack of preparation and the insulting condescension that comes out of Melrose's mouth. I miss Mees and so does our game.

But this is our reality. ESPN broadcasts college hockey because it must as part of a larger NCAA deal for other sports. I wish we could get someone with more love of the college game, but we are stuck with Mullet. It's a curse for the serious college hockey fan. And while Bob Norton makes some ears bleed with his regionalism, his accent and his constant references to player origins, at least he's genuine, prepared and cares about our game.

quiddlet
03-21-2010, 03:38 PM
...

Win.

walrus
03-21-2010, 03:43 PM
The mullet rules

All you guys know more about College Hockey than he does so why does what he says bother you? He's not as annoying as Boob Norton.

I don't who the other zipperhead was, but he saw a team play in November and therefore they are great:p

Greyeagle
03-21-2010, 03:58 PM
He's the Mike Eruzioni of pro hockey......but I'm not sure what Melrose actually did. :confused: :D

I'm probably in the minority but I enjoy Bob "prep school" Norton.

yaledoc
03-21-2010, 04:01 PM
Barry Melrose is a brand. Taking a page from the Don Cherry school of 'unique screen presence', Melrose has extended his mediocre coaching career into a well-paying ESPN analyst gig by carving out his differentitiation from the standard bland sycophant types of TV people.

The look of the brand is fronted by his distinctive mullet, paired with a loud suit and supported by blustery blowhard comments that nobody else would say. Don Cherry called Melrose "Billy Ray Cypress" (sic) on CBC TV for years, in homage to the early 90s mullet of Miley Cyrus' one-hit, Achy-breaky father, Billy Ray Cyrus. The difference between Cherry and Melrose is that Cherry does more homework, and is a more of Canadian nationalist/traditionalist. Cherry's blowhard comments are almost always traceable to that bedrock.

Melrose's bombast is more all over the board, and his condescension to college hockey is reflected in his lack of preparation and his lack of care. ESPN doesn't really care about college hockey either, and that's why they don't care about his lack of preparation or his bombast. They think Melrose will add some hockey cred that might not otherwise be there for the casual audience, and to an extent, they are right about that. Melrose is at home in the NHL world, and for Joe six-pack who channelsurfs into the NCAA hockey broadcast on ESPN, seeing the Mullet does gives the NCAA brand of hockey some level of credibility...

ESPN's late Tom Mees, who loved college hockey and cared deepy about broadcasting the NCAA Frozen Four with respect and serious effort, would be flabbergasted to see Melrose's lack of preparation and the insulting condescension that comes out of Melrose's mouth. I miss Mees and so does our game.

But this is our reality. ESPN broadcasts college hockey because it must as part of a larger NCAA deal for other sports. I wish we could get someone with more love of the college game, but we are stuck with Mullet. It's a curse for the serious college hockey fan. And while Bob Norton makes some ears bleed with his regionalism, his accent and his constant references to player origins, at least he's genuine, prepared and cares about our game.

Excellent post,Swami. Nicely argued and impressively written.
Be careful,though, one of the Cambridge townies and Harvard-wanna-
bes may accuse of having gone to Yale. ROFL.:D

dolan
03-21-2010, 04:03 PM
Hate his near total ignorance of the subject matter he's supposed to be covering, namely college hockey. Love that he's still rocking a mullet though.

I agree 100% with this.


I enjoyed how his cronies mixed Minnesota-Duluth's storyline with North Dakota's...

"North Dakota had to win to get into the tournament..." Really? Awesome they got a 2 seed.

When I heard him say that, I laughed for the better part of 5 minutes.

icehawk
03-21-2010, 04:04 PM
I enjoyed how his cronies mixed Minnesota-Duluth's storyline with North Dakota's...

"North Dakota had to win to get into the tournament..." Really? Awesome they got a 2 seed.Yeah how does that happen?:D

WeWantMore
03-21-2010, 04:05 PM
I don't hate him as much as some people, but it's very evident that he spent 3 Saturdays watching college hockey this year, all of it the East Coast variety, and based all of his opinions off of that.

Muskieman
03-21-2010, 04:17 PM
While his comments about Cornell were very complimentary, I did not like his reference to Cornell playing in a small rink. I guess anything that seats less than 7,000 or so isn't good enough for him. I doubt that he's ever been to Lynah, but if he ever goes and experiences the atmosphere of a game there, he wouldn't be referring to Cornell's rink as being small anymore. Or, perhaps he still would?

As it pertains to college hockey, he couldn't begin to walk in the late Tom Mees' shoes. Enough said.

Brian Henry
SLU '76

LTsatch
03-21-2010, 04:22 PM
Just the fact that he was actually 30 miles away from me in Bristol Ct. this AM scared me a little. Not sure if they ran out of time or what, but the words Alaska and Yale were only uttered when the NE bracket was announced, neither team even got a reacharound.

Mosrite
03-21-2010, 04:27 PM
Like the Melrose Mullet

Dislike the Melrose Moronic Musings

:D :p