Toronto Sports Media Roundup

“Recent obit-type news flashes have been premature in implying Burns was at death’s door.”

Love our Rosie. She takes shots at her colleagues for writing stories about Pat Burns condition and calling them obits before writing the exact same thing herself. She’s a beauty.

Erin Andrews responded to our Rosie too. The folks at asked her about her thoughts on being called a bimbo and she responded:

“I’m just confused because I guess it’s OK for an NFL player and a gold medalist to do the show and be taken seriously, but nobody else is allowed. People say, “How do you expect to be taken seriously?” Well, Evan Lysacek is taking this so seriously. The guy just won a gold medal, has tons of endorsements, celebrities around the world want to meet him. Chad Ochocinco takes this so serious. He and Cheryl Burke are in the studio seven to eight hours a day. So that’s my biggest confusion with the few people who judge me and say this is the wrong thing to do. I don’t know what damage I’m doing. I’m basically killing myself to not embarrass myself. I’ve been in the top three in scoring each week, behind an athlete and a professional dancer and singer. I’m not sure what damage I created for myself. What am I doing to be a bimbo? I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong.”

Exactly. Don’t worry Erin, the one calling you a bimbo should look harder in the mirror before throwing names around. I mean, and this is the second time I’ve gotten to use this one this week, People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Rosie your far from perfect in that which you do, so before you calling someone a bimbo…..

I caught a listen to the Toronto Blue Jays pre-game show on the radio today, it was refreshing to hear Mike Wilner taking a stiff shot at Cito Gaston for failing to utilize his entire bench so far this season. I’m not exactly sure whom Milner was speaking of, but apparently Cito commented during spring training that the guy had the potential to hit .290 if only they could find him some at bats. This guy is the only player not to get an at bat so far and Wilner, correctly said that if you really think the guy can hit .290 THEN YOU FIND HIM THE AT BATS….

Listening to Alan Ashby call Blue Jays games is truly enjoyable. I really can’t help but like the guy. He dumbs the game down enough, yet bring an element of professionalism to the games as well. Whomever made that hire deserves lots of credit.

I also got to catch Buck Martinez on television doing an inning or two. I always liked Buck as a broadcaster and even though he isn’t doing colour anymore, my admiration continues. The part of the game I saw he brought an animated perspective to a game that at time can drag on a bit.

Interesting perspectives on the our two Brians(Bryan) in the papers of late. Both have not had good years and our friends in the MSM are certainly taking different views of each. Mr. Cox seems to be supportive of Mr. Burke going forward. Mr. Simmons has wondered how Burke is going to do it with the salary cap constraints. Pressbox guest Greg Brady went so far as to suggest that if If the draft pick the Leafs sent to the Bruins next season is in the top 5 next season, Burke will be fired.

James Mirtle in the Globe and Mail chimes in with his opinion too:

“Burke’s well-earned reputation in Vancouver and Anaheim may now be in jeopardy as early as next season, and it rests with an unorthodox plan to fast-track the Leafs’ rebuild, eschew the draft and use his team’s financial advantages whenever possible. ”

Over with the other Bryan, things I suspect are going to get a tad bit nasty. For the most part he’s been left alone, however that’s starting to change:

“And for the first time since Colangelo arrived, polished as a fine gem stone, there is in some quarters the perception that management is as much a problem as anything that happens on the court”

That from Michael Grange of the Globe and Mail who has started a steady flow of darts at the Raptors that we haven’t seen in these parts since Colangelo arrived.

Grange wrote this a week or so ago:

“I’m not a gambling man, but I’d place this bet, with confidence: The Raptors aren’t going to make the playoffs and in fact, will flame out in their final 10 games quite spectacularly. This team is 4-13 in their past 17, and deservedly so. Jay Triano will soon become the first Canadian ex-head coach in the NBA, and Chris Bosh will soon after be a former Raptor.

The question is will Bryan Colangelo have a chance to try and make sense of the shards that remain, and should he?”

Personally, I would like to ask Bill Watters that question. I mean he told us all that the NBA rescued the Raptors by sending us Colangelo right, and well……..

Interesting times indeed. As the Maple Leafs season ends tomorrow, Burke is going to have to answer a lot of questions. Personally, I would have bet a lot of money against Burke’s team going backwards this season. The numbers don’t lie and his team did. He’s going to have to try to explain that to the media and the fans, because pretty soon the knives are going to come out.



Erin Andrews comments are here

Mirtle on Burke’s Maple Leafs is here

Michael Granges Raptors articles are here and here

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