Lightning Strikes

After a great weekend in Detroit, your truly boarded an air Canada flight bound for Vancouver and then supposedly on to Sydney and then Auckland. 21 hours on a plane OH BABY!

Well, on take off, there was a large clap inside the plane and a louder zap as a our plane got struck by lightning. The sudden turbulence, the noise and of course the panic. You can imagine the mood not improving much when the captain called for all staff to get to their positions. An announcement was made that the pilot’s were assessing the situation and trying to decide whether we were heading back to Toronto or on to Vancouver. What seemed like hours passed- in fact it was only 10 minutes or so when they announced all was apparently well and we would remain headed to Vancouver.

I’m not a white knuckler, but I will tell you that I was less than amused when the flight attendant came out to poll the passengers as to what exactly everyone saw.

Anyways, what should have been a quick 90 minute layover here in Vancouver is so far scheduled to be 4 hours. Guess if I am not looking to visit the Lost island I shouldn’t complain that they are checking out the plane.


Some interesting things that caught my eye:

“In the meantime, am I the only one who thinks it’s funny that this story was broken and developed by Boston-based reporters, using their ties to Farrell and Red Sox owner John Henry – whose e-mail to the Boston Globe on Sunday thanking Farrell for his service and congratulating the Blue Jays on their choice confirmed the hiring? And here the Toronto media thought all the leaks emanating from Boston would end with J.P. Ricciardi’s firing.”

I have no idea how to answer Jeff Blair’s question except I do have one of my own. Why is it that the US based media seems to be the ones doing most (not all) of the Blue Jays news breaking these days. Old GM, new GM, for the latest on our team it seems we have to look south for the scoop.

“It is hard to believe Bettman truly believes the league could sustain itself through a second canceled season in nine years, especially when the league isn’t at all likely to receive the same public support it did the last time.”

Interesting words from Larry Brooks. I said to a buddy of mine who works for an NBA team over the weekend that the one thing the NHL has done is taken away the old ” ____ league can’t survive missing an entire season”. The NHL is no Goliath and well they survived the 1 year all right didn’t they.

Having said that, I fail to see how anyone thinks that the court of public opinion will ever sway from ownership to the players. Whether it’s a lockout, a strike or some other hybrid, the public will support the owners. It’s just the way it is. The Players are the one who will get blamed. It will be the greedy players asking for too much. The question this time (if it comes to that again) will be do the players have any stomach left to fight any longer then they did last time.

Bottom line, common fan can’t relate to a guy who makes money playing hockey saying it’s not enough or not fair.

Hopefully my next post will be from Auckland or at the very least Sydney.

LT should have the lineup this afternoon.

Don’t forget to vote today in the Toronto Mayoral election… Can’t believe i am saying this but go Ford!

Jeff Blair is here

Larry Brooks is here

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ROb C V 3.0
ROb C V 3.0
October 25, 2010 9:45 am

Glad you made it OK. We would all have been stuck with having to read Bruce Dowbiggin to get our sports media news…oh wait…he needs you for that to happen. Ok, on beahalf of Bruce Dowbiggin, I am very glad you made it…Otherwise it would be nothing but rants against HNIC and Don Cherry or how western markets don’t get the consideration they deserve by network TV. . . . and ratings numbers.

(I have had one or two legitimate “air scares”. Nothing like yours – they are rattling…

October 25, 2010 10:53 am

With Zelkovich’s media column and blog discontinued, do we even get ratings numbers for sports any more?

I hope it was not my comment, after your blog this weekend relating to gambling, where I mentioned their more enlightened approach to vice businesses down under, that caused you to suddenly jump on a plain fNZ and AUS.

October 25, 2010 11:15 am

Go Ford? Yikes – you really lost me on that one.

The only reason I’d mention it here is that Ford appears to be the one candidate who advertised on sports radio, under the assumption that sports fans respond to words like “gravy train” and other such nonsense.

Thank god there are people like Keith Olbermann, who, although over the top at times, does prove that it’s possible to be left wing and like sports.

October 25, 2010 4:17 pm

Ahh isn’t air travel grand…

I had noticed that majority of news regarding the Blue Jays seemed to be coming from stateside. It is curious given that the owner of the Jays also has a number of media outlets here in Toronto. The conspiracy side of me would like to see it be a snub of the local media for slights such as moving the Jays to SN1, casting aspersions on Bautista’s character, attacks on Cito Gaston … but it is most probably that Anthopolous tight lipped approach is not mirrored in the states ..

Though it does seem to me that since Ted passed away there has been a return to the customer/audience as the last element to be considered in most decisions. Look at moving the Jays to Sportsnet 1, the changing of cable packages removing long term components replaced by the aquarium channel, eliminating the weekend news broadcasts at City TV and the FAN…

• Krystal as the face of the station with a continuing sexist stance despite prior legal issues around a domestic dispute
• Brady admitting to being an ageist as if it is perfectly acceptable (no kidding as he previously announced he would never hire anyone over 51 … did working with Wylbur scar him that much …)
• The segment lead-ins insult the audience’s level of intelligence because they feel they need to talk slowly and dumb down their patter ….
• The exorbitant prices for the NFL …

Hmmmm … Toronto did not jump on board for the NFL as priced… is this really the conspiracy … payback for not blindly accepting the NFL … no it couldn’t be could it???

Or maybe … the US outlets just work harder … who really knows as clearly I don’t …

October 25, 2010 4:20 pm

oops despite appearances to the contrary … gouging for the NFL is not a Fan 590 issue.. though it is a fan issue …

Chris F.
Chris F.
October 25, 2010 5:11 pm

Eh, The Toronto media kind of lost touch with the Jays once JP was hired. All of Elliott’s sources were fired and while Blair and Griffin are good reporters they don’t necessarily go into the muckety muck of the minutia of who’s going to be hired or not. I do find Blair to at least bring some enlightening information and commentary. I can’t say so much for Griffin on that end but during the season he mainly writes some good pieces.

I’d love to see the Toronto/Canadian media have a strong relationship with the ballclub again but I don’t really see it happening with the way AA is so tight lipped.

October 25, 2010 6:58 pm

Jeff Blair should be one of the first to understand the clear difference between Boston reporters getting stories from leaks in Boston front offices while the Toronto GM keeps a cone of silence and the Toronto GM bypassing any and all of the local media in favour of leaking stories to Fox or ESPN in whatever quid pro quo they had.

October 26, 2010 2:31 am

While I am generally a Jeff Blair fan…at least willing to give him time to get comfortable as an on air host…I have “caught” him twice in the past couple weeks (including today commenting about the hiring of Farrell) interviewing J.P. Ricciardi, in his role as ESPN baseball analyst.

Given the bridges burned by Ricciardi in his time as Jays GM (especially the perception that he leaked stories to Boston media while shutting out Jays media), why the hell would Blair, or anybody in T.O., use this guy as their “expert”…especially regarding Jays news where he obviously would still have a strong bias from his previous work in Toronto?!?

Could someone advise…is Blair particularly budsy budsy w/ JP? Having Ricciardi on seems to be quite a proverbial slap in the face to Jays fans.

Rupprecht Mangels
Rupprecht Mangels
October 26, 2010 1:20 pm

Myself, I could use more Elliotte Friedman from CBC as a co-host on the Fan 590. His comments are always well-considered and intelligent, which is what I’m listening for on these shows.

As for BBM surveys, the latest radio diary (the pen-and-paper version) survey period is occurring right now, from September 6 – October 31, 2010, with results being made available December 2, 2010. The PPM (electronic reader version) survey period is running from Aug. 30 – Nov. 28, 2010, with results being released Dec. 9, 2010. Check out for the overall BBM schedule for 2010-2011.

I suspect this is why The Fan 590’s Don Kollins was anxious to get someone into the morning show and afternoon slots as soon as possible in September, to capitalize on having fresh talent in-studio for the beginning of the latest ratings period.

Mike S
Mike S
October 26, 2010 7:43 pm

Blair has always been very friendly with Ricciardi…………he was one of the few Toronto media members (along with Wilner) who was a supporter of JP when he was GM………….now that JP is gone Blair frequently has had him on as a radio guest when Blair fills in for McCown and now on his own show

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