The absence of live sports due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic means there's not a ton for sports play-by-play announcers to do.
Joe Buck, Fox Sports' top play-by-play man, put out a request to people to send him personal videos that he will call. A London-based rugby announcer has gone viral for doing a similar thing.
On Monday, "The NHL on NBC Sports" released a video that should brighten every hockey fan's day in the absence of actual games: Mike Emrick calling a trip to the auto shop.
In the undated video, Emrick – affectionately known as "Doc" and the No. 1 man calling the NHL for NBC – did play-by-play for the replacement of a windshield wiper.
The Doc Emrick windshield wiper play-by-play we didn’t know we needed!
AMAZING. 😂 pic.twitter.com/FRvuDwkliJ
The 73-year-old Emrick narrated the action with the stately flair that has become his trademark.
"This is like having Gordon Ramsay come to your house and having make microwave popcorn," Emrick said of the technician he said had 34 years of experience replacing the windshield wiper.
Mike "Doc" Emrick during the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. (Photo: Charles Krupa, AP)
It was a small bit of fun from the legendary announcer – who in 2008 was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award – that should help in what has been a trying time for everyone.
Should the NHL season resume, Emrick's voice should be front-and-center on NBC's coverage. We hope to hear it more soon.
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