'Ole 29er still bleeds black & gold
A question-and-answer with Penguins announcer Phil Borque:
Q: What is it about this organization that draws former players such as yourself back after the playing career ends?
A: It's a lot of things. I think it's the way the fans appreciate the players that play the way they live their lives. They're honest. They're hard working. And, there's a connection with the community. As much as it's a big city, it's a small city.
Q: What has it been like to work with Mike Lange?
A: It's been unbelievable. We had to find our way. There wasn't instant chemistry. We have formed such a bond out of the booth that it's helped us in the booth. I love the guy. He's like family to me. That wasn't always there. When I played, I never took the time to get to know Mike. Now I know him so well as a person and a broadcaster. I have a new appreciation for him.
Q: Did you imagine being a broadcaster while you were playing?
A: Absolutely. The first time I went on WDVE ... I had never done anything like that before. The team told me this channel wanted a guy to come on. I was a little nervous. And all of a sudden it was like, ‘This is great. Can I do this again?' "
Q: You still bleed black and gold deep down, right?
A: It's funny, people ask me all the time if I miss playing. Maybe when we play the Flyers. But for the most part, I don't miss playing. What I miss is being around the game. I love this team. I feel the pain when they lose. I jump out of my skin when we win. When we score, I fist pump.
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