He's a legendary broadcaster and during his day he was a mighty fine one but I found Old Baba Cole was really struggling during his calls of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Nobody expects radio-style "blind" calls where every play is described in micro-detail but Bob is just plain bad during his calls.
Still the same timbre of voice and trying to get folks revved up with hope and dreams but that's all he can muster up. The actual play on the ice is pretty much lost to him.
I fault Cole about 40% but Rogers/Sportsnet around 60%. They want the old fashioned pipes doing games but heck, Bob is going on 85 years old. Its not fair to him, and his legacy to trot out an old man incapable of following a fast and violent game. Too much stuff is happening and Bob can't get to the nub of it.
OK, the great LA Dodger caster shut things down on his own accord - but his single-man casts were pretty great right up til he turned 89 and retired. But MLB baseball moves far slower than NHL hockey and the guy could still stay on pace!
Foster Hewitt worked well into his 70s and was very good - peaking at the 1972 Canada/Russia series.
Bob Cole should be shut down and given a huge sendoff by Sportsnet/CBC/ all Canadian broadcast outlets. He's done a great service for pro hockey in Canada. Don't let him continue to soil himself.