Help Crown TSM MSMer of 2010!

So, the good folks over at Kobo, the electronic reader are doing some good this holiday season, with us, the hockey fans in mind. They are auctioning off one of the tres cool devices pre-loaded with excellent hockey holiday reading and signed by the authors. Better yet, all the proceeds are going to a charity near and dear to all of our hearts:

“This Onyx Kobo WiFi eReader comes preloaded with four of the season’s newest hockey eBooks from five Wiley authors. The decorative Kobo packaging has been signed by Damien Cox, Gare Joyce, Bob McKenzie, James Duthie and Jonathon Jackson.

“The Preloaded eBooks are:

The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys?: And Other Off-The-Wall Stories About Sports…And Life

By James Duthie

One of the most talented stars in sports broadcasting today, James Duthie is the host of TSN’s extensive NHL coverage, including the award-winning NHL on TSN. Recognized across the country for his outstanding work, Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style has made him a fan favourite.

Hockey Dad: True Confessions Of A (Crazy) Hockey Parent

By Bob McKenzie

Known as TSN’s “Hockey Insider,” Canada’s Bob McKenzie is synonymous with the sport and one of its most respected analysts. In Hockey Dad, McKenzie describes firsthand the joys and heartbreak of raising two sons, with entirely diverging athletic futures. He details their separate paths, describing Michael, a 22-year-old playing NCAA hockey on scholarship, and Shawn, now 19, whose competitive minor hockey life was cut short at age 14 because of multiple concussions. Their deeply personal stories, and the trials and tribulations of a father creating futures for them, offer readers a compelling look into the world and culture of minor hockey.

The Making Of Slap Shot: Behind The Scenes Of The Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made

By Jonathon Jackson

In The Making of Slap Shot, veteran sports writer Jonathon Jackson lets fans relive how the film was made, and brings to light surprising facts; for instance, Al Pacino was a willing first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop; and almost every scene—even the absurd and unbelievable ones—depicts a real-life event. Based on interviews with more than 50 cast members, production staff, and anyone of note involved in the film’s creation, The Making of Slap Shot brings to life the magic behind the creation of memorable scenes and characters, especially the beloved Hanson brothers and player-coach Reggie Dunlop.

The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player

By Damien Cox and Gare Joyce

Damien Cox, Toronto Star hockey columnist, loves to stir up trouble while chuckling at the foibles of the sporting world. He’ll start with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, an organization he’s been snooping around for almost two decades, but is happy to stick his nose into a few other games and places where athletes reside.

Gare Joyce is a writer on the masthead of ESPN The Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to Christian Science Monitor, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, and The Walrus. Joyce has won three National Magazine Awards and is the author of three previous books, Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm, The Only Ticket Off the Island: Baseball in the Dominican Republic and When the Lights Went Out.”

Here’s the best part:
“100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Prostate Cancer ( in Memory of Pat Burns.”

Now, you can bid on this excellent item here. It would make a truly great holiday gift to the hockey lover in your life and all for a great cause.

At the same time, the fine folks have given yours truly a reader to give away! Here’s all you need to do for a chance to win. Help me pick the 2010 Toronto Sports Media Mainstream Media Member of The Year. Submit your entry in comment form, the winner goes to the best written, most creative comment. The deadline will be 5pm next Tuesday so I can get you the Kobo device in time for the holidays.

Enter and bid away!



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December 10, 2010 9:49 am

Elliotte Friedman

For me, Friedman is one of the very few MSM-ers worthy of attention. The segments he helms on CBC are well done, he asks intelligent questions (sadly, he rarely gets intelligent answers, but that’s not his fault!!). His columns are both interesting and entertaining. I love his 30 thoughts sections, there’s a lot of interesting information in those aphorisms he writes. Whenever I read a Friedman column, I finish reading it having learned something. I can’t say the same about reading a column from Cox, Berger, etc. Lastly, I love the complete lack of antipathetic sanctimoniousness towards the blogger community. He’s one of the very few who recognizes the positives that can come from the blogger community and isn’t acting like he’s afraid of the competition.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
December 10, 2010 11:35 am

Bruce Arthur

I first discovered Bruce with the Post when he started covering the Raptors in 2002. To say that as a hardcore Raptors fan (I am Raptors Devotee on Twitter) I was impressed would be a gross understatement.

As Bruce’s sports portfolio has grown from the Raptors to the Post’s Toronto sports columnist, to covering national issues and beyond he has more than held his own covering them.

Bruce’s wit, intelligence, knowledge, and lack of ego, as he continuously displays on Twitter by interacting with regular fans, has made him for me my favourite TSM MSMer of 2010.

My fear is that after Bruce won his inaugural appearance on “Around the Horn” this year that Canada alone will not be able to contain him here, and some juicy ESPN offer is pending. Bruce, please don’t pull an Adnan Virk and let Bristol, Conn. pry you away from us.

December 10, 2010 4:23 pm

Bruce Arthur

Because he can actually write.


PS: Do I get points for most efficient response?

December 10, 2010 4:29 pm

Andrew Krystal

because he sucks

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
December 10, 2010 5:17 pm

Bruce Dowbiggin

No one does more on a week to week basis to safeguard the venerable institution of journalism from erosion and decay.

Bruce’s tireless work scouring the internet for blog posts to use in his column always yields some great finds. These stories and insights are much improved when rephrased in Bruce’s lucid first person plural constructions. Second, Bruce is doing more than anyone else to keep bloggers (“fans”) out of press-boxes with his brilliant suggestion that they post bonds. Accountability is everything in journalism, and Bruce is a paragon for others to emulate. Lastly, Bruce is on the front-lines of protecting the integrity of journalism by co-hosting the morning show on the FAN from time to time. I really appreciate his willingness to get his hands dirty, and the money he receives from the FAN is well deserved, and gives him even more credibility as a media critic.

December 10, 2010 5:29 pm

Mike (in Boston) has my vote for the best post …. possibly ever – Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike S
Mike S
December 10, 2010 5:47 pm

Gary Loewen did a really good job of giving the people what they want by disappearing from the Toronto sports scene in 2010 so my vote would probably have to go to him

December 10, 2010 6:48 pm

This is not an easy one.As much as i enjoy Bruce Arthur and Elliotte Friedman for all the reasons that have been posted already.There is one writer that when i get up every sunday morning that i have to read and that is Steve Simmons.No other writer can say more and ask more in one sentence then Simmons.

Stephen from Waterloo
Stephen from Waterloo
December 12, 2010 5:13 pm

Cox from the Star. I don’t agree always with his thoughts and perspective, but he offers a different take on things than most of the sports media.

December 13, 2010 10:18 am


With his near-permanent role as co-host on PTS, he really has brought the program to a whole new level. He is the perfect counter-balance and foil for Bob, grounding his more wild ideas and adding a voice or reason when it comes to things like soccer and MMA.

For me he has made PTS a must listen.

December 13, 2010 1:38 pm

A little name poetry, in honour of the MSMer of 2010…Andrew Krystal,

– For saving thousands of Haligonians from permanent hearing loss, as their eardrums have now stopped bleeding, while…
– Understanding nothing about sports or life in general, because he…

– Knows not when to shut his pie-hole while on air as he does not…
– Realize the difference between being controversial, and just being a blowhard, which is reinforced every time he…
– Yells out the phrase “brother” to every caller who actually agrees with the crap that is spewed. That crap is just his way of…
– Stealing shock radio journalism from the right wing of the United States, but not realizing that Toronto is not the 51st state of the USA, by…
– Telling off or otherwise alienating every guest, co-host, or caller that he does not agree with. This…
– Allows every sports radio listener to believe that they too can become a legitimate sports broadcaster simply by being able to coherently string together two sentences of intelligent sports commentary. Listeners will be able to get a chance to practice their skills when Krystal…
– Leaves the airwaves of Ontario (and all radio stations that could be remotely captured by a radio in Ontario) by the end of 2011.

December 14, 2010 3:14 am

I’ll say Don Kollins.

Not because he’s done a good job, per se, but because of what a major impact his decisions have had in the Toronto Sports Media in the last year.

Whether you listen to the station or not, The Fan represents the pulse of the Toronto sports scene (such as it is), and Kollins dramatically changed the tone and the voice of the station. He essentially changed every major host but McCown in search of younger demographics, while taking more calls and getting more controversial.

His decisions were contantly talked over and analyzed from his firings in June, to his inability to find a morning host. They were also polarizing with most seeming to either love the moves (Brady, Blair) or hate them (Krystal, PTS repeat).

I know I had a fun time talking about it on the many posts about the changes on this very website. Kollins has my vote.

December 14, 2010 5:37 pm

If there was an article/piece of the year…Bob McKenzie’s piece on Pat Burns would rank at/near the top.

December 14, 2010 7:30 pm

Well you never said 5pm EASTERN lol

I LOVE this idea, I think you should do more of it, like specific awards. Maybe split it for print and electronic. Maybe even biggest, best story and worst story. Or even great moments with TSM and worst moments. Think there could be a lot of fun with it.

I would give the award to Greg Brady. He broke the Peddie story (also think first mainstreamer to go after Campbell incident) nobody had been better in blending new and classic media in their presentation.

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