As first reported by MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, FSD (Fox Sports Detroit) has completely dropped the ball by terminating the contract of Detroit’s in-game analyst and former Red Wing Larry Murphy. Murphy was blindsided by the move telling MLive.com: “I was shocked, didn’t see it coming.”
You can read Ansar’s full article here: http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2013/03/larry_murphy_shocked_disappoin.html
Murphy’s dismissal will come as a surprise to many Red Wings fans who have come accustomed to seeing him in his familiar positions as color commentator in between the benches at the Joe, and along side the likes of John Keating and Mickey York as an in-studio analyst.
Larry stand back I got you on this one. Fox Sports Detroit’s decision to remove Murphy is a crock of you know what for a number of reasons.
First of all, the timing of this move stinks. To can Murphy during the middle of the season is both cruel and unnecessary. Granted, I’m no television producer, but it seems to me the reasonable thing to do would have been to let Murph finish out the year and reevaluate things once the season concludes.
Secondly, for FSD’s genius senior vice president and general manager greg hammaren (I refuse to capitalize this man’s name) to chalk Murphy’s firing up to a drop in ratings is a joke. Ratings? Really? Not sure I’m buying that one gregory.
Even if the ratings have dropped for Wings’ broadcasts why should all the blame be left at Murph’s feet? If the ratings have dropped it’s not Larry’s fault. The man is a stud on the air.
Larry’s broadcast skills have steadily improved throughout his years working for the network. Despite what greg might have you believe it is Larry’s personable presence, good sense of humor, and hockey knowledge that has endeared him with Wings’ fans. Not to mention Larry’s self effacing humor… ya it’s through the roof. And don’t even get me started on his glasses. Best in the biz.
If you ask me I’d say greg needs to take a long hard look at himself in the mirror. I wonder if it ever occurred to him that the low ratings might have something to do with his sloppy leadership? Or how about the NHL lockout? Gee I wonder what happened.
I don’t know what tell you hockey fans. All I can say is this honestly feels like a bad dream and I’m going to wake up to find Murph back in the booth in Anaheim tomorrow night. But, unfortunately this no dream folks.
And, this is why we the people need to rise up as one and let FSD hear our voices! Are you with me?
All together now… BRING BACK MURPH! BRING BACK MURPH! BRING BACK MURPH!
Let Fox Sports Detroit know exactly how you feel about the firing of Larry Murphy by making some noise on their Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/FOXSportsDetroit?fref=ts and their Twitter: https://twitter.com/FOXSportsDet
You can also sign this online petition to show your solidarity for Larry: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/get-fox-sports-detroit-to-rehire-larry-murphy/
Because together we can BRING BACK MURPH!