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    A true Patriot legend. The Patriots will no doubt honor him at one of the home games this season. We'll miss you Gino.
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    It's time and at 72, Gil is in his last year.

    Based on his interview with the Worcester Telegram, seems he was in rough shape at the end of the season.

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    wow, just wow upon reading about Gil....three times?
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    Quite an ordeal. Gil's the last of the golden-voiced announcers we've been blessed with here in Boston/NE, guys like Ned Martin and Fred Cusik. By comparison so many announcers sound like adolescents who substitute volume for class and substance.

    Gino also always had that great voice and a measured approach to analysis. He kept it honest.

    That said, while I'll miss Gino and, eventually, Gil, it is time. They've served us well.
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    Fred could have continued for another 10 years but it's the travel and work these guys put into to prepare to call a game. He was still mentally sharp.

    Mike Gorman will be 65 this year. He still sounds great but an 82 game is not quite a 16 game season....
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    Sad day. One of my regrets living in NYC is that I can't mute my TV and listen to his game calls.
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    I have a album "Spirited Patriots of '76" 1976 Pat's Season on a vinyl record of all broadcasts that year with Gil Santos. I became a Pats fan in 76 those 2 voices I've always known.
    Best Wishes & Much Success In your future.
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    Thank you Gino for all the years behind the mike!

    And one more year of Gino on Sirius radio across the country - going to be a sad day for me when he clicks off his mike for the last time.
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    I wish them both the best and will greatly miss their broadcasts. Their voices are a main ingredient to making game day what it is.

    Very scary to hear how sick Gil Santos was. The "I don't need a doctor... I'm a guy" bit doesn't pan out so well sometimes. Stay well Gil and Gino. In fact, stay well, all!
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    Are they really going to replace a legend like Gino with an idiot like Zolak?
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    Thank you Gino for all the years as a broadcaster. I am to young to ever see him play, but at his height as a radio broadcaster he was one of the best. Many times I found myself turning down the volume of the TV and listening to him and Gil on the radio.

    I know a lot of people hate Zo, but I think he will be a pretty good replacement for Gino.
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    I thought Zo was good in his role last year, it could have been because Gino and Gil were a step behind and Zo let us know what was going on.
    Gil and Gino were the best for years but their time had come, gonna miss you Gino.
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    I think Zo is a much better color guy than he is a radio show host. I actually like him as a radio host, but I know a lot of people don't. But being the color guy really utilizes his strengths on the radio and doesn't really exploit his weaknesses. Zo knows a lot about football and is very good at breaking down plays. Where he pisses a lot of people off is the all the other stuff you need to do as a radio show host.
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    A great player who deserved more HOF consideration. I hope the team does a half time tribute for both of them.

    I like Zolak for color, maybe Pete Shepard for play by play. Both are good with the interviews, Pete may be a little two over the top, but he won't be a Heinsohn. I think they will be entertaining.
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    Gino is the man who brought me though all of the blackouts and when I worked in the 90's, never forget what he and Gil mean to this Patriots Fan..

    Zolak, are they kidding me??? Troy Brown or Tedy Bruschi is about 300 times better...
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    If anybody has a line to Gino, please let him know that we will miss him and enjoyed his candid and accurate assessments as in the analyst role. I wish him the very best in his retirement. I've been synching up my TV and radio for years and loved it when they went to FM so the sound from the stadium could be heard in the background in genuine surround sound. Gino and Gil were a great team and called many of the most memorable moments of Patriots football.

    Good luck to Zolak. He could be great. He knows the game, sees the field and deserves some time to make the transition from talk show host to real-time analyst. They are completely different jobs and he's got the goods to do a great job. Good luck Zo!
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    In the few times I listened in, I thought that Zo had some good analysis. We'll see how he does when he can't pick his spots and needs to say something.

    If hes 80% of what Gino was, he'll be ok.

    Gil's choice for replacement will be an interesting one. Dale Arnold maybe??
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    The first SB broadcast call was so flat with Summerall they had to use the radio call on the DVD's... Gil had that unique quality of pipes and dramatic insight to not only call plays but set them up. And Gino had the combination of insight meets passionate restraint that few color guys these days can muster. They're either fairly useless or so over the top they are unlistenable. We've been lucky.

    Zo will be OK if he remembers where he is and who he's following. Not Felger or Ordway this time. He's brutal at times when paired with Gresh and even on All Access when paired with anyone other than Belichick. He needs to remember to inform as opposed to entertain. Gil will be harder to replace. They just don't make 'em like that anymore. Tanguay has the pipes but he's a moron. Arnold doesn't really have the pipes or commanding booth stature or presence that were Gil's signature. Not sure Zo and either would be a good let alone great pairing going forward. Zo needs to be paired with a comsumate pro with some command to keep things from going off the rails.

    Thanks to both for making the memories all the more memorable...
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    A similiar situation happened here in Pittsburgh with Myron Cope. Tunch Ilunch had been on the broadcast for several years so the transition was pretty seemless.

    Sounds like the same concept was in the works.

    Still love the time driving home from Heinz in 2002 listening to Tunch talk about how confounded he was about what a physical beatdown the Patriots administered.

    It was an perspective that some found suprising and confusing since Myron and Hillgrove were quite homerish.
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    This brings us a step closer to the era of Tanguay and Zolak:mad:....Zolak'll be fine and probably pretty good, but I would love to know what info Tanguay has on Krafty and family to remain in their employ. He is awful and there is nothing good about him on air - television or radio....The best thing Kraft could do would be to get rid of Gary Tanguay....his new confrontational faux tough guy act is a a complete freaking joke....
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    "Pulse-pounding finish." Classic Gil line. Summerall was pathetic, though I think they usually do use the local radio announcers on the official NFL DVDs?

    Agreed on both counts. Arnold ... he and Mazz are two guys I just don't think belong around football.

    Has Pete Sheppard ever done play by play? I'm sure some people have issues with him, but I try to imagine him calling a Pats game and it seems he has the voice and "booth stature" to pull it off -- just a matter if he can turn down the Pete Sheppard-ness we hear on talk radio. (Just throwing it out there; be gentle with them bricks!)
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    He is not an option. I like him but hes a radio personality- not a broadcaster with the skill-set and training need.

    At least Meterparel has pbp experience but is too green.
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    I will miss Gino and it sounds like Gil should take a long hard look at whether the schedule is too grueling for him. They are classy and classics and I am glad they will go out on their own terms rather than be forced out. It used to make me mad when people would come on here, especially fans from other teams, and ridicule them and say they should be put out to pasture. That said, if Gil does stay on this year, I hope they pair him with someone with good eye sight. ;)

    Wishing Gino a long, happy and healty retirement!!
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    I think Zolak will do a very good job as commentator. That's a huge career boost for him, could last for many years. Bruschi would be good but has a solid gig with ESPN. Troy Brown is not built for it, he doesn't enunciate clearly and is too laid back.

    I wish there was a way to sync radio with the TV feed. I'm either at the games or watching on television, no real reason to listen to the radio broadcasts.
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    I'd take Pete over Meter...who is just annoying, and Pete has no booth stature or command. A little like mumbles menino when he gets flustered. Meter is the anthisis of Gil on all levels.
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    Sheppard doesn't have the football knowledge to be a play by play or color guy (Gino was the color guy while Gil does the play-by-play). Also, he tends to run on too much where a color guy needs to be clear and concise to get out a point about a player or play in 10-30 seconds. He would be horrible at it because his skill sets do not match the needs for the position.
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    I'd offer up Sean McDonough but seems to have a good gig with ESPN/ABC doing a multitiude of assignments. He does a good job doing college football but I doubt he'd come over.
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    OMG. Gary Tanguay? Can you imagine?!? AFC playoffs. Raiders at Patriots, 4th quarter, January 2002, Foxboro Stadium.

    In his deep baritone,Tanguay:

    "Patriots are driving, Zo. It's hard to see what's going on with the snow coming down and no yard lines or hashmarks. Have you ever had hash, Zo? I had some black Moroccan hash once and my eyesight went bad, Zo.

    Brady's barking signals. I think that's Brady. What's his number again, Zo? Wait, maybe that's Drew Bledsoe. Well, he's barking out a play. I hope he's not hemmorhaging, Zo. The snow continues to come down. The quarterback drops back. Yep, Zo, that is Tom Brady. Says so right here #12 - Tom Brady, University of Michigan, a real Cinderella story. Are you going to eat those curly fries, Zo?

    What happened, Zo? Brady dropped the ball? I missed that Zo. Thanks for the fries. Can't blame him. It's snowing really hard. It sucks to be Brady, right now, Zo. The referees are meeting and one of them is watching TV on the sideline. What's up with that, Zo? Replay? That's a good idea.

    The Patriots are getting the ball back. They called it the what rule?!? That's no way to talk about football, Zo. Can we bleep that? Let's go to commercial. This is Gary Tanguay, the little man with the big voice and Scott Zolack live from Foxboro Stadium. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth, Zo?"
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    when I had the opportunity to have them close I immediately cast on Gino and Gil and do a word with them and the obvious photo

    two legends

    a simple thanks and sincere wishes for the future
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