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We preempt our usual coverage to bring you another edition of THIS WEEK IN BAD TWITTER. It's kind of a dead time in sports right now so the media personalities are a little bit desperate for content. When that's the case you end up with weeks like this one. On to the card …
Leading things off we have Damien Cox calling out Globe & Mail media writer Dave Shoalts for bias. This is nothing new for Constable Cox, who has gone after TSN and others for what he perceives as shilling. Damien's twitter has been on lockdown since he Kypper'ed himself so we have reposted most of exchange below.
— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) July 13, 2016
If you had trouble following along the sequence seems to be:
Barry Davis is a lovable addition to the Jays broadcasts. He does occasional on-field interviews, reports from the stands, and just generally complements the family friendly feel good vibe that characterizes Sportsnet's Jays coverage. So readers were surprised when he weighed in on the Tenors with this take:
At the same time, Hazel Mae (with whom Barry shares a job) was tweeting this:
Why The Tenors chose to re-write the Canadian national anthem is beyond me. I'm speechless. #ASG
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 13, 2016
Lots of others also piled on:
Anthem thing was bound to happen. Next step in the selfishness. Anthems at sports games have become American Idol-style auditions as it is.
— Scott MacArthur (@ScottyMacThinks) July 13, 2016
I never thought it'd be the Tenors who brought millions of Canadians together…in exactly the opposite way from how they intended.
— Steve Maich (@stevemaich) July 13, 2016
Those fucking meatheads are going to be The Castratos by the time this is done.
— Mr. Butter Chicken (@MrButterChicken) July 13, 2016
Barry chimed back in to clarify his take:
This is the last time I will show up late for the anthems. I am a very proud Canadian and offended by all the hate in my timeline
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) July 13, 2016
In case you didn't quite catch the implicature there, Barry is claiming that he had no idea what the Tenors did because he missed the lyric change and All Lives Matter sign. Therefore, he can't be accused of supporting the casual racism of All Lives Matter.
This is a fine attempt at a defense — certainly more credible than claiming he was hacked — but it does lead to the question what exactly he was trying to say in his original tweet. If he missed the original incident what was he "not offended" by? Further, why did he take to Twitter to immediately support something he missed? Seems a little confusing.
Nothing is more Canadian than celebrating summer by putting your feet in the water of one of our thousands of gorgeous lakes. While owning a cottage is mostly a privilege of the wealthy, AIrBnB and Craigslist have made it the case that most of us can afford to enjoy to spend some time on the lake with the family. But with so many people out there trying to have a good time, conflict is inevitable. Star columnist Rosie DiManno apparently spent some of her dock time decking another woman:
OPP Media Release says a Rosie DiManno has been charged with one count of assault. pic.twitter.com/gT7HEQ0z3g
— Sean D. B. Craig (@sdbcraig) July 13, 2016
She is of course innocent until proven guilty. If this goes to trial she will have expensive lawyers who will give her expert counsel. In the meantime, we here at TSM have some legal advice: DON'T TWEET ABOUT YOUR CHARGES
@MikeBullard1010 I'm fine, thanks. Children need defending. Can't just allow abuse.
— Rosie DiManno (@RDiManno) July 13, 2016
Of course, not saying things that might come back to hurt you has never been one of Rosie's strengths:
@joe_warmington How fucking dare you? Come here and say that. I'll rip your fucking throat out.
— Rosie DiManno (@RDiManno) June 8, 2016
(Mike) I'm not sure if this is good or bad but it is hilarious. There is no more predictable yet reliably funny tweet than the Bruce Arthur Fuck You tweet ™. Whether it is about terrorism, American politics, Steph Curry, or the Oscars, you can bet Bruce is going to tell someone or something to Fuck Off. Here's a challenge. The next time something of note happens in the world, see if you can beat Bruce to the punch using the hashtag #BruceArthurSaysFuckYou
Hey, Tenors: Fuck you guys https://t.co/9WHANi5iNg
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 13, 2016
(Mike) Don Cherry weighed in on the Tenors by saying that "left-wing weirdo's" would be happy about this. I couldn't even begin to try to recreate the train of thought that led to that conclusion. I would say "stick to sports" but Don is pretty irrelevant in that domain as well. The good news is that Rogers signed him up for another two years of being a national joke. Sorry to those who lost their jobs on HNIC.
My thoughts on the Tenors performance at the MLB All Star Game. https://t.co/bjeKSLkXOr
— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) July 13, 2016
(Mike) Steve Simmons took a strong stance against media lobbying for Michael Saunders to make the All-Star Game. It was notable that TSN affiliated journalists and radio hosts refrained from tweeting out the Saunders hashtag. I have no problem with cheering in the press box as long as one doesn't try to pretend this won't affect objectivity. The fact that Jamie Campbell interviewed Chris Colabello about his PED suspension one week and wore the Saunders t-shirt another week shows the tension. If you want your journalistic work to be credible you have to forego cheering for players to make the All-Star Game. One or the other. Your call.
Department of embarrassing: Anchors on national television networks wearing Vote for Michael Saunders T-shirts on the air.
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) July 7, 2016
The Argos took a bullet from the crowd size, more like lack of it this past week at BMO. I know we generally tackle just the media side here but allow me to rant a bit. Look, if you are a die hard CFL fan I am not talking to you. I have respect for you and your dedication you are not the problem; you also are not the rule but the exception. So please don't add comments on how great the games are and how much you love them. The issue is the greater audience at large simply isn't there in the GTA right now.
So, I want to know who the !@#@!# thought that moving to BMO alone would draw the fans out. Years and years of damage has been done to the CFL brand in Toronto. Moving to a shiny new stadium isn't enough. This is akin to turning the Titanic. As a father of two kids, the competition for our entertainment dollar is significant. I need a compelling reason to go anywhere with my free time and disposable income. Neither of my kids, both of whom love sports and going to games have any interest in the Argos or the CFL for that matter. That's not me knocking or bashing the game or the league. That's a fact of what years of mismanagement on the marketing side have done in this city. The younger generation don't know and don't care.
I know given the rich tradition this will offend many, but remember my caveat above about this not being directed to die hard fans- the CFL/Argos need to adopt a minor league mentality in the GTA. Don't worry about the on field product at all right now. You need dirt cheap FUN games where the on field part is secondary. 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks and 2 popcorns for $40. With great entertainment in and around the game. That's how you build the fanbase in this market. It's the Hanson brothers at the Marlies game mentality you need. I know, you risk pissing off the die hards but, if you can't survive with the current # of die hards and the odd person showing up out of curiosity then you need to change the model.
The "if you build it they will come" mentality is so misapplied here. It presumes thousands of people were staying away simply because of the venue. Sorry folks, I don't buy it. The Argos don't register on most people's lists of possible things to spend their time or money on in the GTA. The only way to do that is to make it an event you want to be at all the time. They need to get on as to remember predictable schedule and then offer over the top bang for the entertainment dollar. The argument against is that there is more to success than young families. I hear you and agree. All I am telling you is that the Argos have lost generations of potential fans that they likely wont be able to re-attract. It's a far better investment in going after young families and kids then the 18 + market who have already moved on.
I assumed the media especially would be taking a crawl, walk run approach to the Argos and BMO however the piling on this week has suggested otherwise. If done properly and patiently it can happen.
thanks for reading …
Jonah & mike