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Old 06-29-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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I just heard on KDKA News at 4 PM that long time Pens announcer, Mike Lange, has been fired by FSN. I'm in absolute shock right now.

He was, however, offered a spot as a radio announcer but he hasn't made up his mind just yet if he will accept that offer.

A Pens game isn't a Pens game without Mike's infamous saying.....

"Elvis Has Just Left the Building".
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:03 PM   #2
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

*kicks the dog*


JESUS!!!!

Mike Lange????

One of the greatest play by play guys....EVER!!!!

WTF is happening in this world????

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Old 06-29-2006, 04:06 PM   #3
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Saw this coming. As I've stated in the past, I thought the guy lost his touch. Personally, I was getting tired of his ramblings during play and his lack of following the game. He had a great career here but I'm not exactly shocked nor upset to see him go. Paul Steigerwald is damn good and I am thrilled to have him in the booth from here on out.

Woohoo!!

Here's an actual link:

Lange fired as Penguins' TV announcer
Thursday, June 29, 2006

By Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Lange, the popular voice of the Penguins for 30 seasons, has been fired as the team's television announcer by FSN Pittsburgh.

He will be replaced by Paul Steigerwald, once Lange's color analyst and more recently the team's radio play-by-play announcer.

Lange has been offered Steigerwald's job as radio announcer by the Penguins.

"I don't look at this as replacing Mike Lange," said Steigerwald. "He's irreplaceable.

"An opportunity arose and I'm going to take advantage of it. It's a chance for me to expand my horizons in my career. With the uncertainty surrounding the franchise, it's never a bad idea to put yourself in the best possible position."

Lange acknowledged the report of his firing was "on the money,"' but declined comment, saying "I'm waiting for a call."

He did not indicate whether he would accept the job as play-by-play announcer on radio.

Steve Tello, vice president and general manager of FSN Pittsburgh, said, "Mike has done a tremendous job over the years. We had a contractural option. We have looked at Steigerwald for some time and believe he brings a different and fresh set of eyes to a new team."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06180/702194-100.stm
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Are they trying to alienate the fans??????
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It was FSN...not the Penguins....

I havent enjoyed FSN for quite some time...this just breaks it for me....
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Saw this coming. As I've stated in the past, I thought the guy lost his touch. Personally, I was getting tired of his ramblings during play and his lack of following the game. He had a great career here but I'm not exactly shocked nor upset to see him go. Paul Steigerwald is damn good and I am thrilled to have him in the booth from here on out.

Woohoo!!
Thanks for the link, 83. I have to agree with you - he did lose his touch somewhat, but was still entertaining to a lot of the fans.

Scratch my back with a hacksaw!
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OK...Ive calmed down....LOL

God I love listening to Mike Lange....I hope he takes that radio job
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Some Lange-isms:

Book 'em Dano

Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one too

Call Arnold Slick from Turtle Creek.

Donna needs a donut

Get in the fast lane grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll.

Get that dog off my lawn

Go ahead....Make My Day.

Great balls of fire.

Hallejulah Hollywood.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee shoots and scores.

He doesn't know whether to cry or wind his watch.

He's smiling like a butcher's dog.

How much fried chicken can you eat?

I'll be cow kicked.

Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has just left the building.

Let's go hunt some moose on a Harley.

Look out Loretta.

Michael, Michael Motorcycle.

Never teach a pig to sing.

Oh no, Eddy Spaghetti.

Scratch my back with a hacksaw.

She wants to sell my monkey.

Stop the press.

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog

You would have to be here to believe it.
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maybe they will give stan savran the job with Steigerwald. since stan got fired from AM970
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maybe they will give stan savran the job with Steigerwald. since stan got fired from AM970
Steigerwald and Errey would be my guess....

Both will be a nice fit in my opinion. One is not going senial and both are actually critical of this team when they are playing bad and praise them when they are playing good. That's what I like to see.

Take care Mike. It was nice having you back in the day.
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