Give this man a coffee, a Monster Energy Drink, or an extra-large Coca Cola.
I don’t care what it is, but I would recommend Chris Osgood take a serious shot of caffeine before ever getting on an FSD microphone again.
I love Ozzie as much as the next guy but his monotone color commentary during Wings’ games makes Ben Stein sound like Jack Edwards. Frankly, Osgood’s mic skills (or lack there of) has caught me by surprise because I figured he would be a natural in this role.
What makes this more interesting is that for years people around Detroit sports have come to know Ozzie as a guy with a great sense of humor and a very intriguing personality. Yet, for whatever reason his gregarious disposition is not shining through on the broadcasts.
Now, you might be saying to yourself who the hell is this guy to be critiquing Osgood’s broadcasting skills and you’d probably be justified in your thinking. However, I will have you know that when I was about six-years-old I began setting up my own makeshift broadcasting table in my parents’ basement during NHL games and I would do my own play-by-play of the action with the TV on mute.
So, if that alone doesn’t make me an authority on sports broadcasting I don’t know what does?
Maybe, all of this just goes to show you how challenging it really is to become a good broadcaster. It’s also probably a Catch 22 that Ozzie does the color alongside one of the best play-by-play men in the business.
On one hand it’s helpful for Osgood to learn from one of the best in Ken Daniels, but on the other hand it also further accentuates his lack of experience in the art. Although, If Ken Daniels strapped on some goalie pads he’d probably stink it up for a while too.
Perhaps, we the viewers in Detroit sometimes take for granted how natural and effortless Ken and Mickey make it seem on the air.
But, unlike Osgood, Ken and Mick had the opportunity to hone their craft for a lot of years.
With that being said, I’d be remissed if I didn’t remind everyone that FSD fired their former analyst/color guy Larry Murphy because of “low ratings.” If Larry was bringing low ratings to the FSD broadcast I’d be really frightened to see what their ratings look like with Osgood working the mic.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not all doom and gloom folks. As a recently retired Red Wing who played in Detroit for a lot of years Osgood is uniquely equipped with the tools to be successful at this job.
Larry Murphy wasn’t very good in the beginning either, but he got the hang of it and improved over time.
And Ozzie will too.
I’m not asking him to turn into Mickey over night. And, he’ll never be as good as my man John Keating but that’s okay.
At this point I’d be satisfied if he just chugged a couple of Red Bulls and jacked up the intensity a few notches.
Either way, this type of Chris Osgood commentary is a step in the direction if you ask me.