I once ran a poll asking people to rate the best of the Toronto dailies. In my opinion there is no contest. The Globe is eon’s ahead of the others. Next comes the Star, followed by the Post and the Sun.
The Globe has Eric Duhatschek, Jeff Blair, Stephen Brunt, Tim Wharnsby, David Shoalts, David Naylor, Michael Grange and William Houston (others too)
The Star has Damien Cox, Richard Griffin, Dave Feschuk, Doug Smith, Mark Zwolinski, Chris Zelkovich and Dave Perkins(others too)
The National Post has Bruce Arthur, Michael Traikos,Jeremy Sandler, Sean Fitz-Gerald, Joe O’Connor, Allen Panzeri and a host of Can West and other Writers.
The Sun has Steve Simmons, Mike Zeisberger, Lance Horby, Ken Fidlin, Terry Koshan, Rob Longley, Alison Korn, Bob Elliott, Bill Lankhoff, Gary Lowen, Steve Buffery, Bruce Garrioch(kind of)
Apologies to anyone I forgot. On the basis of quality of reporting I stand by rankings.
Having said that, I can’t say enough times how far the sun has slipped. Growing up there was no post and the Globe sports section sucked. The Sun was numero uno followed by the Star. Today, I enjoy reading most of the guys at the Globe. I think Blair has become numero uno (as a general columnist). At the Star, love him or hate him Damien is the man there. Griffin’s blog is better then his work on the paper. Smith is better on the radio then in print. Zelkovich was better when he covered the media. At the post it isn’t necessarily the names but the steady content. Arthur is good, and they get so many other guest columns that there is always something to read. In the sun, they have 2 guys who are readable, Simmons and Elliott. Terry Koshan and Lance are ok, and Garrioch is more entertaining and isn’t a Toronto writer. Longley was a better media writer too. The others?????
Today, we honor the worst of them all. I have been scratching my head for a long time wondering how this guy gets to write for a real paper. Today’s article is just a perfect example of how bad he is. Drum roll please…. Gary Lowen. Did anyone read the piece he wrote today? It is total, 100% crap (in my opinion of course).
“A big fuss has been made over the Maple Leafs acquiring Brad May, a 37-year-old winger from the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for a draft pick.
But, let’s be honest, at this stage in his career he’s strictly Brad December.
And either way, the Leafs won’t play in May.”
Are you kidding me???? This is in a REAL newspaper, not a high school one right?
“Indianapolis Colts star Marvin Harrison’s gun was smoking, but who pulled the trigger?
Investigators have conflicting witness accounts of a shooting in Philadelphia in April, which left one man wounded.
Let’s go to our Clue game to solve this one: It was Plaxico Burress, with Marvin Harrison’s revolver, at the car wash.”
Is that supposed to be funny?
“You know that Jamario has to be over the Moon.
Moon has left the Raptors to be with his wife, Tamara, who has given birth to their first child, a daughter.
Wonder if they’ll give the baby a cool name, like, oh, maybe, Jamaria?
Guess the name Warren is out”
I am not making this up- this is in today’s Toronto Sun!!!!!
“The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with two pitchers, left-hander Antonio Bastardo and right-hander Yorman Bazardo.
Doesn’t sound like the kind of guys you want to meet in a dark bullpen.”
How does this guy have a job as a writer?????
This is the start of a new feature here on TSM where we will have a weekly (right LT?) Media power ratings- who was hot, cold, up and down in the media.
Tomorrow we feature Radio personalities- feel free to submit any thoughts ahead of time….
If you really want to read more of Lowen’s trash you can read it here….