Crunch broadcaster headed to NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets
Everyone involved in sports wants to make it to the big leagues, and that dream came true last week for Bob McElligott.
Bobby Mac, as he's widely known, is 38 years old. So how does a guy who's pushing 40 make it to the big time?
He does it as a broadcaster.
Next month, Bobby makes the jump from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch to the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets.
No wonder the Blue Jackets have tapped Bobby Mac. He's one talented talker!
Surreal score calls
Whenever a hometown hockey player nets a goal not only does he scream "He scooooooooooooooorrrrres!" Bobby Mac also embellishes the good news with a whale of whimsy, exclaiming, for example, "Flapjacks on the Ferris wheel!" Or "Well, put my leg in a tea kettle." And, one slightly less bizarre, "Where's the waitress with my drink?"
McElligott has toiled for 10 long years here calling more than 800 Crunch games over WHEN-AM SportsRadio 620 and has done the same for the Syracuse Chiefs International League baseball club. Too bad he'll be leaving that team at the end of July because the Chiefs are in the midst of their best season in two decades.
With both the Crunch and the Chiefs, McElligott has always called it like it is, regardless of how management might react. For instance, he once boldly questioned a Chiefs' manager who inexplicably pulled an effective pitcher:
"Yeah, I know (the minor leagues are) all about player development and getting innings in for all your pitchers, but sometimes you have to wonder," McElligott reflected after manager Doug Davis lifted rookie starter Scott Richmond on July 17, 2008, at Alliance Bank Stadium. At the time Richmond had allowed just three hits over seven innings against the Durham Bulls, and the Chiefs led 1-0. Bobby's comment came after the Chiefs bullpen allowed four runs in the eighth, letting the Bulls win 4-1.