Tripp Tracy had me in stitches during the call of the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It certainly was not the first time, and it definitely will not be the last. Something about the guy. His knowledge of the game, love of the Carolina Hurricanes and his quick delivery just cracks me up.
I never knew so many folks, from 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, to Frank Sinatra, to Paul Newman were such Huge Caniacs! But thanks to Tripp Tracy, I do!
These little tidbits of history, literature, and pop culture are exactly what a new Canes fan like myself needs.
Whenever he drops these in, I immediately go to my internet machine to start my research. It’s all about the research right?
While I have not found any record of Abe Lincoln making it to Raleigh for a game, I bet he would have rather watched a Hurricanes game than go to the theatre. Any day and twice on Sunday.
And Paul Newman? I am sure he found time to put down the salad dressings and make it to a game, but maybe he did incognito. No pictures exist, but I bet he’s chanted “Biscuits In The Baskets” and stuck around for the Storm Surge like the rest of us. Tripp probably spotted him from the booth but kept it quiet.
But the history lessons are not all Tripp brings to the broadcast!
His creative calls are always something to keep you turned into the call. From “Chatmando” after Jalen Chatfield’s goals on down, they are truly unique. Every color commentator tries to get a signature call or catch phrase. That’s a given.
Still Tripp is not afraid to throw out anything and everything to see if it sticks. Sometimes they do, and sometimes…they don’t. You can tell his “devil may care” attitude about catch phrases is real. And that is what I appreciate the most.
What I like most about Tripp Tracy is his pure enjoyment of all things Carolina Hurricanes. It comes through in the broadcast, on his podcast, and on social media. Some might say he is a more fan than broadcaster, but who cares what they say? After all, are we not fans?
Would we not be just a little star struck if we bumped into Jordan Staal on the street, or Pyotr Kochetkov at McDonald’s? That’s exactly the vibe I get from Tripp Tracy. He is just happy to hang out around hockey every day.
I would also, out of genuine and complete appreciation, be remised if I failed to mention this clip. Whenever I am having a bad day, I’ll watch this a few times and am instantly reminded the world is pretty funny after all. I never laugh at this, but always laugh with it.