I've been alerted a few times that the Honorary Doctorate was not "earned." Gotta keep titles short, folks. In any event, I understand but also think his life's work is worthy of such an honor.
Jeanneret Undecided about Retirement, Meanwhile Earns Doctorate1
(For those of you who follow me on the Twitter, you’ve seen this already. For those who don’t, steel thyselves.)
Rick Jeanneret might not be on board for the 2012-13 Buffalo Sabres season. From YNN Rochester:
“I don’t know yet.” Jeanneret told YNN. When asked if he would return next season, he said. “I don’t know yet. No decisions have been made. No contracts have been signed, no decisions have been made.” Jeanneret added. “No one wants me to quit. I can tell you that. So I guess it’s going to be up to me to make that decision when the time comes. And I haven’t made it yet.”
Yikes. RJ is the one free agent that Sabres fans must have in the Blue and Gold fold next season – for as many seasons as possible, really. It is up to him as to what is possible, so we will all have to await his decision. Maybe this is just his way of continuing to keep us on the edge of our seats, but for the offseason.
(And no, I do not have his home address so please direct your “FLASH MOB AT RJ’S LAWN” requests elsewhere.)
While YNN was getting this mind numbing quote out of Jeanneret, WGRZ of Buffalo found the opportunity to share a much lighter story on our broadcasting icon:
Students attending the Canisius College undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday weren’t the only ones receiving a degree that day. Sabres play-by-play broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was among the few honorary guests who received a special honorary doctorate degree.
WGRZ did not indicate what the doctorate was awarded for, but we’re guessing something along the lines of broadcasting like your seat is on fire.
RJ, please DO NOT RETIRE. But if you must, as the great Thornton Melon once said:
Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.
UPDATE: hit this link for new YNN video from the Canisius ceremony, in which Jeanneret said “I was just wondering at what point in the ceremony I was supposed tell the folks that I never graduated from high school. It’s something that I’ll always cherish.” Not sure if that’s a quip or an admission. Either way, his body of work earned him the fancy cap-n-gown.
Here’s a Youtube clip of the ceremony, and RJ accepting the honor. Thanks to the user who uploaded it.
next post: Hasek to Return to Sabres… as a Player?!? (Plus, some fun Hasek History)