Good News, Red Wings Lose... What?

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Talk about finding a silver lining to Detroit losing.

That's our hero on the right, former WILX Sports Anchor Ben Holden.

For the record, I never for one moment wanted the Pittsburgh Penguins to beat my beloved Red Wings Wednesday night.  Mostly because I hate the image of reporter Jamie Edmonds politely yelling in her Pens jersey as her team scores.  When it comes to hockey fans, Jamie's a ninny.  Dedicated and knowledgeable, but a ninny.  Anywho, because the series is now guaranteed a fifth game, my old co-worker and mentor Ben Holden is guaranteed a job as an announcer for the Stanley Cup Finals.  Benno was hired to work Games 5 and 7 (if necessary) for ESPN on its international broadcasts as a rink-side reporter working with the team of Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti.  That means pregame-game analysis, in-game reports, and intermission and post-game interviews.  He's already been doing college hockey play-by-play for Comcast, ESPN, ESPNU and CStv.  He was a finalist for NHL's Phoenix Coyotes job last year and should be in the mix for a number of pro and semi-pro gigs this year.  And of course, leave it to a guy he covered here at Michigan State to seal the deal for him Wednesday night.  As his text read to me:  Adam Friggin' Hall!

So, let's root for the Wings in 7.  It might kill me before it's over, but I hope that's what happens.


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