Doc Emrick is certainly one of the best announcers in the business (hear his AA podcast here). The way he can describe the action of a hockey game with the vocabulary he does while maintaining a high level of passion throughout is truly remarkable. But apparently, like most mere mortals, Doc Emrick also can get off course too. Here, Emrick can’t help but editorialize on the diving that takes place in soccer, specifically the MLS game he is about to promote for NBC.
Did Emrick talk to Jeff Van Gundy about flopping? Yes, soccer players have earned their reputation for flopping, and hockey players have a reputation for toughness that is pretty much the polar opposite. Even though this ability to think on his feet makes Doc one of the best, I bet NBC wasn’t too keen on Doc stepping on a promo for an MLS Cup rematch between the L.A. Galaxy and Houston Dynamo. Oh well, it could have been worse. He could have been reading a promo for Lizard Lick Towing.