What’s A Man To Do?

Mike Toth taught us all that he knows more than any woman employed as a sports broadcaster, and well look where that landed him. So, pardon the expression in the title. No offense intended.

So, if your at all like me, you listen to your fair share of sports radio, you read the dailies and if you are reading this then I can assume you are reading the blogs too. Additionally, you pile on a few hours of television nightly, a game here or there a highlight/news show etc. You are, as they say, tuned in.

As I have written here lately, the problem with the current status of the Toronto Maple Leafs is that no man’s land isn’t a great place to be if you are covering the team or looking for a story/topic to report on. Take today for example, the big news of the day was that Ron Wilson was unhappy with the stupid penalties the Leafs took against Tampa Bay. No shit Dick Tracy. Jolly Jonas had it in an article of his, on the air and his twitter, Happy Howie Berger had it on the Fan, hell next to charity events for Haiti it was the new of the day.

My question for you is this. In the absence of anything meaningful to discuss, what do you want your scribes to cover? Should they be covering other teams? other leagues, other sports or taking on different angles. If we are willing to accept that the Maple Leafs aren’t newsworthy by virtue of them not being the least bit of interest, what should those who cover them talk about?

For me, I have lots of questions. First and foremost, and this isn’t a knock on the guy, but I am curious what a GM does in the NHL from training camp till the trade deadline. I mean o NHL GM’s have a message board like hfboards.com where they post rumours etc? What have there been so far this year, 4 trades, of which, what, 1 was of any significance? How many times can you call fellow GM’s and say, you trading anyone? Everytime there is a rumor at all the first thing a GM says is “I haven’t even talked to that team in a over a month”. There are only 30 teams in the damn league, if you aren’t talking to each 1 at least 1x a month, then what the hell are you doing?

Second question is for the coaching staff, how do you prepare your team for a meaningless battle? The whole world knows the season is meaningless, each game is becoming more irrelevant with the passing of every day, so how do you keep guy motivated. What the hell are you doing in practices at this stage of the season? Is it preparing for next season already?

Personally, I would like to see some technical information that we don’t usually get to see. What is a GM watching for when they are in press box, what is a coach thinking as his team takes another too many men on the ice penalty…you know the inside stuff that we don’t get ot hear or read about. I think the MSM should be trying to find the nuisances that we don’t get anywhere else. There are no more scoops. There are no traders, so there are no more rumors. Why not get us some real stories that are actually interesting.

What, do you want to read/listen about?

TSM

@yyzsportsmedia

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Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 22, 2010 11:05 pm

There are no storylines for the Leafs, so why not try reporting neglected areas that fans would be interested in. I personally don’t follow hockey, unless I have Pro Line money riding on it, so may not be the best person to comment, but from what I do hear, it bores me to tears.

Hockey seems to be a sport not conducive to analyzing to death. How many times can you talk about line combinations or lousy goaltending. That is why you need new storylines to keep your interest. I think you are onto something, but who is listening?

JP
JP
January 24, 2010 3:18 am

I thought McCown had it right a couple weeks ago: the Leafs are obviously the biggest team in town, but even so, the coverage is still way overdone.

If either the Jays or Raptors were better than mediocre, the media would pick up on the coverage. But when every team sucks, it seems like the media just focuses on the Leafs as a default.

denial
denial
January 24, 2010 12:13 pm

Ah.

What do I want the scribes to do indoors during recess while it’s raining outside? That’s easy.

I want them — as a whole — to form a collaborative entity that will launch an inquiry — judicial, social, psychological, illogical, I don’t care what kind of -ical it is — to tell me (yes, specifically me) WHAT Cliff Fletcher is doing in the NHL.

I am ALIVE serious.

Was there a single — yes, just one — move that Fletcher made since his resurrection that can be said to be even remotely good? I mean, we have low standards here in Toronto for GMs and we let them hit at the Mendoza line all the time (like how we credit JFJ for being great at finding those 3rd line ‘grinders’…yeah…thanks JFJ, keep on truckin’). But Fletcher is batting a cool .000.

Some examples?

Not being able to re-sign Sundin (which was ostensibly the only reason he was brought in instead of a cardboard cutout)…not being able to trade Tucker and McCabe (the former I can get, but the latter? C’mon)…Lee Stepniak (if I were a kid, I wouldn’t put a Stepniak card in my bicycle spokes for fear of devaluing my bicycle)…Jamal Meyers (no bracket statement necessary)…and the most ludicrous of them all, Press Box Finger, paid tens of thousands of dollars to eat popcorn.

However, if the above inquiry is not possible, then I’ll settle for a good cheese sandwich.

Mike S
Mike S
January 25, 2010 1:41 am

Mr. Denial forgot to mention the trade for Ryan Hollweg……………..however Fletcher’s signing of Hagman has turned out to be a decent move

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