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Howie Rose joins the pantheon of curse-busting trivia

Howie Rose
Put him in the trivia books

One of my favorite trivia questions is, “Who is the only broadcaster to announce the New York Mets winning the 1986 World Series, and the New York Rangers winning the 1994 Stanley Cup?” The beauty of the question was not only the New York connection, but both events were associated with long franchise “curses.” The latter had a 54 year drought between Stanley Cup championships, and the former extended the Boston Red Sox’s “Curse of the Bambino,” which would eventually end in 2004. With one of the most famous sports droughts ending last night, we now have a new trivia question, “Who is the only broadcaster to announce the Rangers winning the 1994 Stanley Cup, and the first Mets no-hitter?” The answer is radio announcer Howie Rose, whose claim to fame prior to last night was his “MATTEAU! MATTEAU! MATTEAU!” call that concluded the 1994 Rangers-Devils series. A fixture of WFAN radio, and a fountain of knowledge regarding the Mets, Rose is so highly regarded, even the TV announcers wanted to hear his call of the final out of Johan’s no-no. The only trivia question that remains is: just who the heck was the guy in the Gary Carter jersey that celebrated on the field with the players? (Seriously, who? I have no idea.)

Answer to trivia question at the top: Gary Thorne (Mets radio announcer in 1986. ESPN hockey announcer in 1994)

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