Gotta Hear It: NBC’s Doc Emrick meets Daft Punk


Sports commentator, unwitting Daft Punk mashup collaborator and human thesaurus Mike "Doc" Emrick waves to the fans as he is presented with a sweater by the New Jersey Devils. (AP/Bill Kostroun)

While most Canadians, especially those whose television sets still rely on rabbit ears and clement weather, consume their Stanley Cup Playoffs through the native networks, NBC’s hockey broadcasts deliver at least one thing no other outlet can: an endless supply of synonyms for the verb pass.

Thanks to play-by-play man Mike “Doc” Emrick — a 67-year-old who wields a quick wit and an infinite vocabulary — Player A never passes the puck to Player B. No, sir. He chips it, flips it, swipes it, plunges, lobs it, drubs it, paddles it… you get the point.

Emrick has a degree in speech, a master’s in radio-television, a PhD in communications, and is one online DeVry course away from becoming Earth’s first certified human thesaurus.

This brilliant mashup of the Doc’s pass participles, expertly set to Daft Punk’s “Technologic,” was compiled during last spring’s playoffs. It was just rattled our way this morning, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t steer it your way:


Want an mp3 of the track? Doc Punk.

(via Brady & Walker/Deadspin/Harrison Mooney)

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