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ESPN announcer describes Nathan MacKinnon as 'not having much talent'


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C. Ritchie
June 16, 2022  (7:16)
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ESPN is about to wrap up their first full season of National Hockey League coverage by broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final among multiple channels including the big network ABC. Because there will be new fans watching, ESPN has taken the approach of treating the play-by-play as if only new fans are watching. The play-by-play team is being more descriptive about players than normal, trying to introduce them. Unfortunately when you joke about a player's skill level and it doesn't land, some new fans may think you are serious.

Play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough started describing one of the best players in the league in Nathan MacKinnon. He tried to joke about MacKinnon's skill with maybe a sarcastic comment, but it totally fell flat.
Here's MacKinnon, he can fly and he's strong. Other than that not much talent.

Big swing and a miss there big McDonough. There is a time and a place to joke about that, but when MacKinnon just had the puck knocked off his stick and you say he doesn't "have much talent", some people may take that the wrong way. ESPN has a long way to go with their coverage. Good thing they have 6 more years to work on it.
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ESPN announcer describes Nathan MacKinnon as 'not having much talent'

Was this an appropriate joke to make at the time?

Yes, it's harmless14141.3 %
No, it makes a star player look like shit20058.7 %
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