The Best of Rick Jeanneret is our summer quest to determine which of Jeanneret's most memorable calls ranks as the greatest of all time by ranking and voting on 16 of the best.
It's time for the second battle in the Final Four of our Best Of Rick Jeanneret bracket, and it features RJ's most iconic goal call against his most iconic fight call. Sort of a poetic matchup, if the poet were a shrieking 60-year old in a turtleneck. If you haven't voted on the first Final Four matchup - "May Day" vs. "Now Do You Believe?" - then head right on over here to vote. Things are still pretty close, so every click makes a difference.
Top Shelf, Where Momma Hides The Cookies
Of all of Rick Jeanneret's calls, perhaps none are more universal than "Top shelf, where momma hides the cookies!" It's unclear where this catchphrase started, but Sabres fans have been hearing it for years, and it's even made its way into the popular hockey lexicon. It's become a ubiquitous call for any goal that snipes the upper netting, and has even spawned other famous Jeanneret calls, like Danny Briere's "Cookie Monster" goal.
There's not a Sabres fan alive that didn't accompany many a street hockey goal with this very phrase, and it's one that is seared into our collective Buffalo consciousness.
Shields/Snow Goalie Fight
In one of the most memorable brawls in hockey history, the Sabres and Flyers found themselves engaged in a 5-on-5 melee...until it became 6-on-6 when either team's goalie decided to get involved in the scrum. After a lengthy build up featuring plenty of action in and of itself, Steve Shields and Garth Snow decided they'd had enough watching and decided to join the fracas themselves. The rare goalie fight was made even more memorable because of the accompaniment that an already-incensed Jeanneret provided. Some consider watching this clip to be the true Hockey Heaven.