Mike Lange is the voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins. While he used to grace loyal watchers with his call of televised games, today sees Lang's famous voice calling the action on local radio. Whether being heard on the boom box or "boob tube," his is the official larynx of Steel City hockey!
For generations of fans, his one-liners and eccentricities in key moments have served like an intravenous dose of caffeine to accompany that already automatic surge of adrenaline that accompanies great play on the ice.
In the 'Burgh, Mike Lange stands beside Myron Cope as, quite simply, "the man." As if any real "Picksburgher" needs to be told, the loss of Cope provides a key lesson as it concerns today's hockey broadcasts.
Appreciate what you have while you have it!
How can Lange not be appreciated? Through Stanley Cup campaigns and threats of leaving town, his excited, raspy call of the action has a full body of character. Yet, even his unique tone can't compete with the greatest element in his repertoire: all of those colorful sayings!
Crack open an Iron City beer, turn on the radio telecast and rewind the DVR a few seconds to sync with the hockey game (if, of course, "it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh!"), and take a nostalgic skate with me as we count down the 10 most classic sayings of Mike Lange's illustrious career.