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I still can't believe long time Pittsburgh Penguins announcer Mike Lange was fired this summer by Fox Sports Network, who controls the television rights to the team. Lange was the colorful play-by-play icon for thirty years with the Penguins, best known for his wacky one-liners. Imagine how pitiful it would have been for Penguin fans to have some average wanker calling the games thru all those lean years.

Although we don't get to see a lot of the Penguins games up here, it was always cool to hear his unforgettable quips during the evening highlights, which happened much more frequently last year with "Sid the Kid" in town.

Meanwhile Bob Cole continues to babble on, two plays behind the action and that Phoenix Coyotes announcer Bob Heetuis, who sounds like he should be calling a Steer Auction, slaughters (pun intended) each and every game.

Apparently Lange was offered the Radio play-by-play job by the Penguin organization after Paul Steigerwald, who's getting Mikes old job, vacated it. I couldn't find out anywhere if Lange has accepted this position or not.

Here's a link if you want to sign a petition to get Mike Lange his job back.

There's a ton of awesome Mike Lange quotes out there but these are my faves:

"Scratch my back with a hacksaw!"
"He's throwing out checks like it's the first of the month!"
"Donna needs a donut!"
"Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one too!"
"He doesn't know whether to cry or wind his watch!"
"He's all over 'em like a new pair of shoes!."
"He takes the heat out of a hot kitchen!"
"Michael, Michael, Motorcycle"
"Oh slap me silly Sidney!"
"Get that dog off my lawn!"
"Upstairs, top shelf............where they keep the peanut Butter!"
"Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has just left the building!"