And that God loves me and wants me to be happy:
For the 2006-07 hockey season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Comcast SportsNet agreed that, in the interest of better quality broadcasts on both radio and television, they would split the simulcast.
Comcast SportsNet made the decision to hire its own broadcast team for the upcoming season.
On May 9th, the Chicago Blackhawks made a contract offer to Pat Foley to remain as their radio play-by-play broadcaster.
However, due to recent circumstances, the Blackhawks today have withdrawn their contract offer to Mr. Foley.
I'm sorry that Mr. Foley has lost his job, and I can understand that the few remaining long-term Blackhawks fans are upset at the team management's latest decision to part company with a talented member for reasons that are charitably described as less than clear. I am not such a fan. I've personally never understood why people liked Pat Foley so much. His voice, at least for me, was more painful than fingernails on a chalkboard. His play-by-play routine was monotonous, he was so partisan that he never saw a penalty the Hawks deserved to take, and even his banter was boring.
I hope he can find gainful employment elsewhere--preferably in a market where I won't have to listen to him ruin any more hockey games. Here's a thought for Messrs. Wirtz, Pulford, and Tallon (which I'm sure they'll ignore): Bump up Ed Olczyk from color analyst to play-by-play. I've seen him on OLN and ESPN. He can handle the load. And given that current vice president and general manager Dale Tallon's last job before being booted up to the front office was as Pat Foley's color man and sidekick, it can't be that difficult a job to do. Olczyk deserves a better gig.