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    NefCanuck 7 months

    Interesting article and its encouraging to see that the Twitter experience seems to be drawing people (even if the game left one wanting to draw and quarter *themselves* and I'm a Bills fan)

    Bell as the rights holder to the NFL in Canada is so paranoid about losing eyeballs for the same five ads that they have in their NFL ad rotation that I'm surprised they finally relented and allowed the playoffs and SB to be streamed live via GamePass in Canada (they still stubbornly refuse to allow the Sunday night and Monday night games to be streamed live)

    I watch as many NFL games via antenna and the US stations as I can, just to spite Bell for this archaic nonsense (I mean they insert their stream into the GamePass live stream for Canadian viewers on Sunday afternoons, so why not prime time games?)

    The World Cup of Hockey… I want to like the idea but honestly all I see is a tournament that literally means nothing, could see NHL teams lose valuable players to injury before the regular season even starts and in my opinion is being used as a smokescreen to the fact that it appears that the NHL will *not* be shutting down for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

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    Sam 7 months

    Nice column.

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    GreyCountyMike 7 months

    Agreed on Sean Fitz-Gerald. When he came over from the National Post, he brought big credibility to The Star's hockey coverage. How Star management couldn't find a way to keep him now is beyond me.

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    WouldStaley93 7 months

    Good read Jonah

    Excellent hire by College of Sports Media getting Evanka Osmak. Big fan of her anchoring on Sportsnet Central.

    Is College of Sports Media the one run by Jim Van Horne formerly of TSN and Sportsnet and now a Freelance Sports Broadcaster?

    Liked JP Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB Network doing a few hits on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 Ths Fan this week. Had some great insight and reporting. As evidenced by his Marco Estrada back injury story.

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    yaz 7 months

    Walker got his back up a bit on Monday, snapping back at the Twitter bullies who were calling him a shill for Rogers and the WCOH. He didn’t take it to a Brady level of frothing vitriol but he did stand up for himself in a brief rant.  (21:35 into the Sept 12 ,2 pm Pod)

    “‘Save your ‘oh go shilling for Rogers property’ Tweets because they’re boring and they’re lazy. If you listen to this show and you don’t think I like hockey then you’re dumb. This is not getting a memo from up top saying  ‘Hey you should talk about the World Cup of Hockey and make it sound good.’  I’m surprised at myself but I care about the World Cup of Hockey.”  He explained how he got to that point and I believe him.  Well said.

    Then Walker called himself out for not calling Kesler out in a Sept 8, 2 PM interview. ‘He’s an ass and he’s grumpy and he didn’t want to be on the air. I should have called him out. That’s why you listen.’ I listened to the interview and didn’t think Kesler was that bad but good for Walker for saying what he believes about one of the ‘partners’ in the game.

    I was going to post last week that Overdrive would benefit most from doing more remotes then they did two. They were at the Leafs golf tourney and at a Polson Pier volleyball tourney. Adds more energy to the show that could use it when talking NFL and MLB. Hope they do more of them or maybe every Friday. Can’t remember who Watters was with but they used to do a remote every Friday from a bar and it was a fun listen. I think Wilbur may have been tipping a few pints as well. 

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    Original Mitch 7 months

    haha, the irony is that Walker (and the rest) literally ALL received notes from up top telling them to push and promote the World Cup. He's so thinned skin. Wouldn't it be refreshing if one of them actually acknowledged what is already well known, that they do have mandates to promote hockey and the Jays? Like, own it instead of being defensive about it. They act like a bunch of Rafael Palmeiros over there.

     

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    stephen 7 months

    Baseball Central was rock solid last week.
    Blair & Barker were spot on, refreshing & frank commentary.

    I'm a subscriber to DirectTV so I don't have to endure the gouging and shitty packages provided by Rogers, Bell and/or Shaw. Even with the hit on the US$, I'm still paying less than my neighbours.  

    I caught the PTS intro on Friday – I heard Scollari & Reid, I immediately flipped back to SiriusXM & scanned the ESPN options until I found something interesting.

    Jonah, well stated on the Bullying issue.
    My own 1st hand experience getting "bullied" didn't occur until I was 40ish.
    Solutions start at home.
    I have 3 kids still in school, we talk all the time about what happens at school, on the play ground and on the bus. It's shocking what goes on. 

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    koko b.ware 7 months

    “Once a message is sent it disappears forever and along with any proof of wrong doing.”

    It “DOES NOT” must have been omitted from the sentence.

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    koko b.ware 7 months

    With regards to sports viewing and Twitter, I long for the days of just watching, hearing news and rumours from people (overhearing someone discussing a breaking trade on the bus) and just opening up a newspaper to get the latest scores. I know it’ll never be like that again, but simpler times were that much more enjoyable.

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    Rick in Barrie 7 months

    Good read today. Baseball Central was decent and it was nice to hear someone speak of Blue Jay baseball without the pom-poms on.

    Sean Fitz-Gerald was a breath of fresh air at The Star and it'll be missed (in a few weeks). I did appreciate his humourous reply to Bruce Arthur on Twitter "Turns out, it was "sportswriter FOR the year." In hindsight, I maybe should have read the fine print earlier."

    NHL17 review (from someone who hasn't missed giving EA Sports my money on far too many occasions) – Pass on this one again.  I don't like the "just a roster update" critique but unfortunately…when the shoe fits. It is clearly this development team is lacking and has little, if no understanding of the sport  and what the gamers want. They give us some "new" features (which they took out themselves a few editions ago)  this year but even they are lacking. Microtransactions seem to be the focus and name of the game. Unfortunate…

    The Overdrive "on-location" days were great…if you enjoy that shtick. Personally I hope they keep it up. Helps them keep in touch with the common fan and a great way to grow the blue collar brand.

     

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    Ricky 7 months

    So TSN has now hired Howard Berger internally and have Jim Lang hosting Argos games on 1050…wonder how much rollback they'll see compared to their wages of yesteryear. 

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    Anthony 7 months

    Where did you see the Berger news? Good for him, just hope he comes in with a clear head and much less jaded then he finished off at the Fan. Im routing for him. 

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    EA has really struggled with the current gen consoles. NHL 17 is fine, but the gameplay (depending on mode) is still clunky, and needs to be faster and smoother in play and presentation.  Agreed on the focus being microtransactions. Sad.

    Something must be in the water over at Sportsnet, even Sid said Gibby could go 🙂

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    Greg 7 months

    What do people think of the CGI rink board ads during the world cup? Personally, I find them distracting, especially when they show other camera angles or replays and you see the actual boards, then they switch back and there are different ads. But I know even if people don't like them they are likely going to become the new norm. 

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    Rick in Barrie 7 months

    At first I didn't mind them…but then during the NA vs RUS game last night they had "AUTO-TRADER" in bright red Las Vegas letters. Far too distracting. 

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    Steve Jones 7 months

    I’m not a twitter user and really don’t really understand the allure of being on it while I watch a sporting event. Maybe I’m a Luddite. I do follow twitter from a business perspective. By all accounts it’s not growing anywhere as fast as it needs to and has fallen well behind instagram and snapchat in the social media world. Carrying some NFL games is a good publicity play, but the numbers are not very inspiring. Seems to me they are going to have a very tough time monetizing. I did read a very interesting article in the WSJ yesterday on the topic of OTT delivery of sporting events. It played off the twitter experiment but expanded on many more opportunities to deliver a more engaging experience for online viewers. No doubt this is a direction all leagues will move towards as it gives them additional rev gen opportunities. Whether this is done by the leagues with their streaming platforms or by someone better equipped like FB will be interesting to watch.

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    Sperk 7 months

    As sports video games go NHL 17 is at the bottom of the heap, however, the reason they're down there is more about the other games being so good.  Having played NHL a bit, I'd agree…it's okay but not in the same class as NBA 2K, Madden et al.

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    Sperk 7 months

    I was floored when I listened to the FAN briefly on Friday to hear Reid, Shannon and Vandetta on the PTS roundtable.  The World Cup was starting the next day, Blue Jays in a huge series, Bills fired their OC and that is the best roundtable they could dredge up?   Wow!  

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    Sam In Scarb 7 months

    As it has been for years now,the fan/590 does not give a shirt about the listening public,plain and simple.Proof Friday 5-7 pm.

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    MontfromLondonOnt 7 months

    Just listened to PTS with Bob and Cox fawning all over Schulman  – I guess I am I am in the minority but I find his voice annoying and had he gone any longer I would have flipped the dial –

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    Rex 7 months

    Perhaps it’s just me, but some comments on here come off as old guys yelling at clouds? Complain complain complain….what do you like?

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    Original Mitch 7 months

    It's funny how we talk about Wheeler over at 1050 having pictures of his bosses or something, yet he's nothing compared to Reid over at Rogers. What on earth do they see in him to put him on radio, tv, promotions and dumb videos for .ca ? Scott Moore must literally be the only person who likes him and everybody is afraid to say anything to the boss. 

     

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    Douglas O'Toole 7 months

    Not particularly on point with this week's column but I happened to listen to Mike Wilner calling play by play of a Jay's game recently. Was wondering if someone had just learned about "launch angle". He was overusing it like a kid with a new toy. Every fly ball, "wrong launch angle", Edwin home run, "I can't wait to see what the launch angle was on that one". If he wasn't so concerned about trying to prove that he is the smartest guy in the room all the time he might be an ok broadcaster.

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    yaz 7 months

    Walker 1 pm hour yesterday had ‘Ex NHLer Glenn Healy’ on. No mention of HNIC. I think most people would happily accept getting fired when given a three year severance package.

    And on the big Saturday night game the panel was Ron Maclean, Friedman, Hrudey, Kypreos or 75% staffed by pre-Rogers deal CBC guys and token 25% Kypreos. The panel last week of Amber, Kyper, Friedman was ok but had an energy similar to the after 2nd period slot of a Saturday night game from Edmonton.

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    Tighthead 7 months

    I'll take Amber over Maclean any day. I find the latter unbearable – kind of a show off. 

    How can Steve Simmons continue to act surprised when people say he had it out for Kessel. I heard his explanation of the hot dog story on the TM podcast, and it was weak. Stand by your story of you must, but don't expect people to forget. 

    My turn to yell at a cloud – The Scotia ad where 10 year olds fantasize about being Orr and Henderson. No. Also the pale kid doing the pbp is kind of ghostly and ethereal in a sixth sense way. Okay, time for some refreshing Geritol.

     

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    edge 7 months

    @Sperk

    Hadn't given thought to non-Madden sports games in years, but I played NBA 2K16 and that is simply amazing.  Gameplay, graphics, music selection, extras…everything.  It truly captures not just the game but the subculture of basketball perfectly.  How can you argue against a game that lets you play the 2015-2016 Warriors against the 1995-1996 Bulls?

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    Pants Go Brown 7 months

    Always liked Healy.  Guy has good insights and he is funny and after all it is ENTERTAIMENT.

    Panel on WCH is much improved without  Strombo.  Hrudey is better and Elliotte is solid.  Still too much Kypreos who continues to lack when it comes to insight.

     

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    Sperk 7 months

    @edge  Couldn't agree more, NBA 2k is the gold standard and has been for some time.  Madden this is year is also quite good.  FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer are also excellent hence why I said NHL is at the bottom.  By itself it is good but isn't even close to the other games on the market

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    Seen & Heard will probably return this weekend. If you have something to add to the Low Hanging Fruit section or some items for Quick Hits, hit me up by DM or email.

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    Howards profile on LinkedIn changed to indicate that he is working with TSN in an off-air role.  Lang is a morning man for a radio station in York Region, but you can tell that he still yearns to cover sports. He is not the first ex-Rogers employee to land in Bell Medias arms.  Anchor and football guy Jamie Thomas is now the 12-3 host, and the host of Tiger Cat games on TSN 1150 in Hamilton.   

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    Mike S 7 months

    I just received a new 590 survey via e-mail…………….they asked for opinions on every one of their weekday shows and every one of their weekday hosts………………when you add the results of that survey to the radio post (and comments) on this site a couple of weeks ago it should give the people at 590 a fair amount of useful feedback

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    Don't answer their survey! Make them come here. 

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    got the same one.  Seems like it's a monthly or quarterly thing

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    Probably? WTF????

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    Yes, JVH is there too

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    Walker is one of the few who you can tell is a sports fan.  Not so sure about others.

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    you make it sound like you got the memo too.  If so share it we will post it.

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    Thanks Stephen.  The Friday roundtable of late has been, let's just say disapointing.

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    Thanks Stephen.  The Friday roundtable of late has been, let's just say disappointing.

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    Rick:  My son has played NHL 17 and loves it.  I haven't seen it still.  He wants NBA 17 and so far I haven't caved.

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    i just read an article on how they are game changing from a marketing standpoint, so there ya go!

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    Looks like the Shan590 is back and in full effect. Sigh.

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    Paul G. 7 months

    Yeah,  wasn't that a great listen.  Shannon with his inane interruptions and Grange using soccer analogies while discussing World Cup teams and the Jays' Dunedin news!

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    Daz66778 7 months

    Is is just me or does Damian seem bored or indifferent on PTS lately?

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    Paul G. 7 months

    I've noticed that too.  I watch the show on SN360 and at times he is looking away from Bob or another guest while they are speaking. 

    It's almost as if he is trying to copy Bob's act of "I don't take the show seriously";  although in his case he should be grateful for the assignment after his HNIC demotion.