I got stuck watching an NHL hockey game the other day on Versus. Brian Englom (who looked like one of they guys from Spinal Tap) was part of the crew with Keith Jones. I don’t recall the rest of the characters, but I was embarrassed for the guys. It was a total shit show. Minor league, bush league, B-talent, I mean it was like watching a sketch on SCTV.
Well tonight, Versus won an emmy. After watching another episode of Leafs TV anyways.
For the record, this is Toronto. We are a big city. We may not attract the top NBA players, or the top MLB players but when it comes to hockey one would think we can hire the best TV talent anywhere. Leaf fans are getting taken by the on air product.
I don’t know why those in hiring positions think that every ex-player who lives in Toronto is the next coming but man oh man does the product stink. Bob Mcgill and Brad May is the best we can do??? This is MLSE. This is the Maple Leafs. It’s not even fair to a guy like May. I mean this is his first real gig doing this….
Seriously, raise your hand if you care for 1 second where the person your are listening to or watching is from Toronto, Canada or Timbucktoo. When I am watching tv or listening to a game I want the best possible announcers regardless of where they are from or currently reside. Money shouldn’t be an object here, if the Florida Panthers have the best guy, go after him. If he’s in LA, Phoenix or Winnipeg he should be on the radar.
I don’t know why, but it appears that we in this market are taken advantage of. I think there are on air talent in this town who if they weren’t working here wouldn’t be working anywhere. I don’t care where any on air personality is from, I want people who are good. The guys doing LeafsTV aren’t that, at least not right now i my opinion.
No one should be getting their on air training in hockey in this market. Go learn somewhere else. Too many folks are learning on the job here. I just don’t get it.
The search for talent should be continent wide. Detroit, Chicago, Kalamazoo, wherever the talent is go find it please.
This isn’t just a LeafsTV thing. Our infatuation with former players seems to blind us to real talent. I mean really, Kevin Weeks on CBC???? Brad May is on Leafs TV! This doesn’t mean they aren’t good people or that they won’t become good at what they do, but please let them train elsewhere.
Instead of looking at every former player, how about we look at some former coaches or managers too. There’s enough of those guys on the sidelines looking for things to do and hell, some of them may actually have had some media training. There are those who can talk about the game who never played you know. If you need an ex-player or coach/manager to serve as an analyst then look to someone with some experience please.
Consider this an open plea for a talent upgrade. We are world class fans and we deserve better than the current offerings.