Razorisms: A Helpful Guide for Daryl Reaugh’s Commentary

Daryl “Razor” Reaugh is the current color commentator for the Dallas Stars broadcast sitting alongside Dave Strader. Not long ago, Razor was ranked #1 by The Hockey Writers’ Mike Straw out of all the local analysts in the league. The ex-Whalers goaltender is known for his interesting and at times ridiculous description of plays (known as Razorisms) as well as the excitement level he brings to every single broadcast. His knowledge of the game isn’t matched by many commentators and his enthusiasm is unbridled. As the Dallas Stars continue to rise in terms of popularity, more and more fans will be tuning in to the Stars’ broadcast and hear Razor’s commentary. With that, many may not understand what Razor is referring to during a broadcast. That is OK, because I have created a guide that will (hopefully) be of assistance.

Phrases

  • Six shades of sexy – Used to describe a Mike Ribeiro overtime goal in which Ribeiro sets the entire play up by putting the stick behind his back. Why six shades of sexy? Because there are many layers to why this play was great. The stick manipulation to pull the puck off the boards, the traversing of the blue line and finally, the exuberant slap shot to end the game.
  • Like poop through a diarrhea infected goose – Apologies to those googling this phrase trying to find tips to help your sick goose. This was a phrase used to describe Jamie Benn scoring a goal by suddenly shooting in between a pair of Carolina Hurricane defensemen.
  • The broken-ankle, fakey-breaky – Vernon Fiddler scored an important shootout goal after falling down. The Stars might not have made the postseason if he doesn’t score.
  • It’s always the second mouse that gets the cheese! – Often used to describe a rebound goal from a player who did not shoot the original shot.
  • Those who elevate, accumulate! – If you elevate the puck on your shot, you’re going to score more.

There are likely some that I am missing and there are probably new ones that will appear in the coming months. He rarely uses these phrases more than once.

Descriptive Words

  • Mastadonic
    • Actual Definition – adjective, of immense size, power, influence, etc.
    • Razor’s Usage – Typically when a goaltender makes a fantastic save at a key moment in the game. Often followed by a goal the other way.
  • Larceny
    • Actual Definition – noun, the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another from their possession
    • Razor’s Usage – When a goaltender makes a save that they have no business making.
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  • Tantalizing
    • Actual definition – verb, to excite the senses or desires
    • Razor’s Usage – Another goalie one here. This is usually a really nice glove save when the shooter thought they almost certainly had a goal.
  • Full-frontal lobotomy
    • Actual definition – noun, surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
    • Razor’s Usage – Someone scored a highlight-reel goal by either embarrassing a defenseman, the goaltender, or both on the play.

Player Descriptions

  • Crease-Lizard
    • Here is an actual entry to Urban Dictionary – A ridiculous phrase created by a Versus announcer in the 2010 NHL playoffs to describe a player that screens the opposing goalie and spends a lot of time in front of the net.
    • That Versus announcer was Daryl Reaugh. Used most often to describe Tomas Holmstrom, Patric Hornqvist and Corey Perry.
  • The Dainty Barbarian
    • This is Jamie Benn, who can dangle around defenders (dainty) or just plow right through them (barbarian).
  • Peter Patience
    • Describes a player who excels at making patient plays with the puck, often at the blue-line. Used most often to describe John Klingberg and former Star Ray Whitney.
  • The Shiny Penny
    • Usually used to describe the player of the game. Often given to Tyler Seguin, who is really good at hockey.

The Best in the Business

There are a lot of fantastic hockey analysts out there now. They are all knowledgeable about the game and for the most part, are entertaining to listen to. Razor’s commentary is just too tough to beat. Unique and enthusiastic, his style of commentary is the perfect fit for the team that he calls on a nightly basis. Perhaps the best part about his analysis is that he refuses to pull his punches. If somebody on the ice is performing badly and deserves some criticism, no matter the team, Razor will let them have it. If you haven’t heard him, hopefully this guide can help you out in some way. I suggest you tune in to a broadcast or two this season, you might hear some more “mind vitamins” to add to the list. Thanks for reading.