Like many crews this time of year, the team had limited experience together but was thrust together for important games and needed to forge chemistry on the fly. Unlike any other broadcasting crew in Stanley Cup playoff history, one of the members is a woman.
His tombstone might include the word "miracles. Al knows sports. He knew what was exciting and what was trivial.
He grew up in Brooklyn a Rangers fan. So he knew hockey even if he hadn't called it.
He went through a long, elaborate, fascinating description, and asked me, 'Is this the kind of thing that would interest viewers? I say, 'I'm playing an international game and you're playing muck-muck!
On the Friday of the game, he and Dryden walked about a mile from their hotel to Olympic Center. They feared the American team would be blown out. ABC carried the game on a tape delay with chunks of it edited out.
Michaels' renown -- remember, this was six years before he joined "Monday Night Football"-- swelled with his indelible phrase in the final seconds of the United States' win. But Dryden has had to live with what can be described as only a minor contribution.
He said: "I told them: 'I'll do this, but you have to put in my live sound. Not many people heard it, but I did.
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He is the epitome of class. First as a reporter and eventually doing play by play.
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