Paul Steigerwald Upsets Veterans

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

You know I always say that if you're going to say something that a person or group would find offensive, it's best to not say it at all, but the uproar of the latest case of verbal diahhrea even has me rolling my eyes.

Paul Steigerwald is an announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and today he's under fire for making a joke about the Hobey Baker Award (Best College Hockey Player). See Baker quit the game of hockey to serve his country in WWI, but tragically crashed and died during a postwar flight in 1918. Steigerwald's boothmate Bob Errey made a point of saying that former Hobey Baker Award winner Mike Mottau went down hard, to which Paul chimed in and said, "Not as hard as Hobey Baker went down, though. He went down in a plane crash." Here's your video....

Yeah it was a little much, and the fact that the joke was made 91 years to the day that Baker died didn't help, but let's give Steigerwald a pass on this one. Afterall, it's Christmas right?

Video: Penguins announcer finds comedy in aviation fatalities (Puck Daddy)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 5:47 PM


Gotta admit it. It was funny.

bk said...
Dec 23, 2009, 12:52:00 AM  

Steigerwald is a joke ...maybe he can talk his way out the job that he puts fans to sleep with ...what a monotonous's a shame that he replaced Mike Lange (who is a legend) and deserves to be on TV and radio.

Gabe said...
Dec 23, 2009, 2:28:00 AM  

It might not be appropriate for the airwaves, but at my house, it would be hilarious!

Wade Robertson said...
Dec 23, 2009, 10:05:00 AM  

This strikes me as one of those things people don't get offended about until it's explained to them. I know what the Hobey Baker Award is, but I had no idea the guy died in a peacetime crash ninety years ago, would wager the vast majority of hockey fans didn't know that either.

I read somewhere one person bitching because it was the anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing. People are so glad to have the chance to be outraged by anything, even those things which aren't even remotely related.

To me it seems like a poor decision of cracking a joke at the end of a blowout and he just happened to see that fact about Baker on the fact sheet the FSN production crew gave him.

Mike Georger said...
Dec 23, 2009, 10:12:00 AM  

Reinprecht should have won the Hobey that year (2000) anyway.


roleypoleyole said...
Dec 23, 2009, 10:34:00 AM  

That's some classic humor!

GMoney said...
Dec 23, 2009, 10:58:00 AM  

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