Listen to the raging homerism of Vikings radio broadcasts, and it often seems the announcers are on the verge of weeping during painful losses. Tom Reid is the antidote. The Wild radio analyst is clearly a devoted fan, but he brings a pro’s sensibility to calling games, shorn of histrionics and gushing babble. He’s Canadian, after all, genetically predisposed to mild-mannered good cheer. In Reid’s world, the sky is never falling during bad stretches, nor do the hometown boys take on the qualities of Norse gods when times are good. The former North Star defenseman has an encyclopedic knowledge of hockey dating back to the 1960s, and he simply calls it like he sees it.
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