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Should Bob Cole retire from broadcasting?
Wed, September 17, 2008

Harry Neale has not talked to Bob Cole in the past few days.

No matter.

Upon hearing rumblings that his long-time Hockey Night In Canada partner would be usurped by Jim Hughson as the No. 1 play-by-play man on Saturday nights for this upcoming season, Neale was not surprised.

He has, after all, seen this scenario play out before.

It happened exactly one year ago. And the man whose workload was cut was none other than Neale himself.

Do you think Cole's duties on HNIC will be reduced? Should he just retire from broadcasting altogether? Have your say in our forum.

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For those arguing about broadcasters past their prime, take a look at the greatest play by play announcer in any game today: Good Ol' Jim Ross. He's been criticized in much the same way as Bob Cole, but thankfully, at least in that ring, cooler heads prevailed.

It doesn't matter that sometimes plays are called incorrectly; it boils down to the feelings you get when you hear a person with passion calling something they love.

I'll still watch the games, but man, I'll be raisin' my glass to the man missing in action.
Concerned Fan, 2009-05-29 11:52:07

Bob Cole is way too old for this. His always confused as hell, calling the wrong thing.

He's way past retiring imo.

Get rid of him already!!!!
Joel, 2009-05-07 21:26:19

No Bob Cole?? on HNIC??..what gives? He is undoubtedly the best announcer CBC has! Everyone who watches should protest and boycott the games until they reinstate him!...We did the same thing for Ron McLean!...Cole is Iconic as Ron+Don are!...He use to pump up the viewer by his "Colisms"!..."Scores" and "Ohh Baby"! or if someone got rocked!, he'd say, "He was Nailed"!!...I miss his flair for the dramatic!...now I guess I'll have to re-watch the 2002 Olympics just to hear him!!
Steve M, 2009-02-14 16:36:59

bring back Bob Cole heis alegend like Don Cherry he is the reason i listen and watch CBC HNIC THANK YOU
gary wharton, 2008-12-20 19:23:07

Please bring back Bob Cole. He is HNIC.It's definitely not the same without him. I am sure there are other areas to cut. Not Bob & Neale. A.M.
Adam, 2008-11-22 20:17:23

I was wondering why I did not hear Bob Cole on Saturday Nights lately. Now I know why. I think Bob Cole is the greatest. It does not seem like Saturday Night Hockey without him calling the play. I think that Bob Cole and Harry Neale were the best together. I don't like the commendators for Saturday Night now. Jim Hughston is okay but Simpson for get it. Bring back Bob Cole for Saturday Nights or at least get Joe Bowen to do it. I like Joe Bowen second to Bob Cole.

Colette
Colette, 2008-11-09 17:58:16

Is CBC crazy!!! Are you trying to force your fans to watch another broadcast to get their hockey fix? First you take away our beloved theme song, and now you want to oust Bob Cole and Harry Neale!! No one can ever compare to these two Canadian icons!!! When they commentate a game, it makes you feel that everything is alright in the world. Please say it ain't so!!! Please Bob and Harry...come back! It's not the same without you!!!!
Dianne, 2008-11-09 00:50:00

I like Bob Cole although he gets to be a little too much Toronto most times. A little like Gallivan and his HABs. Hughson isn't bad and I like Pierre McGuire...he's a hoot
BB in CGY, 2008-11-02 18:31:27

No i like bob, my name is bob my frends name is cole.


bob, 2008-10-24 21:05:20

Where is Bob Cole? He is Hockey Night in Canada. Jim Hughson is okay, but a boring play by play. Cole has a great voice for a play by play announcer he is exciting and loves the game. I think the CBC is crazy trying to reduce his time. Harry Neale was a great Colour commentator. He has great hockey experience and adds a flare to the game. I wish the CBC would wake up!
david hatt, 2008-10-11 20:01:00

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