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.
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.
Now Do You Believe?
The 2005-06 Buffalo Sabres were nothing short of a fairytale. A team that, before the lockout, struggled to a ninth place finish and was dead last in the Northeast surged out of the gate to a 110 point, fourth place finish. After besting the Philadelphia Flyers in Round One of the playoffs, the Sabres were up against the No. 1 seeded Ottawa Senators.
Thanks to their speed and scoring depth, the Sabres found themselves in control of the series with a 3-1 lead heading into Game Five in Ottawa. After playing to a 2-2 tie, the Sabres found themselves shorthanded just two minutes into the first overtime. However, in a euphoria-inducing moment, Jason Pominville received a breakout pass and led a furious counterattack that culminated with the rookie Pominville skating right around the mighty Daniel Alfredsson and scoring what would go down as a franchise-defining goal. The resulting Jeanneret call including two classic lines that are ingrained into every Sabres fan's collective consciousness: "Now do you believe? Now do you believe? These guys are good - scary good!" It was the perfect call to capture a moment of destiny, but in a twist that seems to happen more often than not in Buffalo, will also forever be haunted by the memory of what could have been.
Head after the break to hear both calls and cast your vote!