Top 10 Toronto Sports MSMers of 2010

Greetings from Orlando, where I’ve served a few days sentence at Disney. I have to tell you that I drove down here and got to spend my first night in Columbus Ohio. Wow! What a great town. I was so impressed. I will definitely be going back. I then drove down to Atlanta. Another really fun city and kids loved it. Only complaint was that the 3 places we stopped for meals didn’t know who the Thrashers were when I asked them to put them on. As for Disney, what a place it is. 2 thoughts, as incredible as this place is, the food is disgusting. At least when you go to a sporting event it is edible. Here it is not only a fortune but also totally disgusting. Secondly, I can’t believe that every washroom only has cold water to wash your hands.

Anyways, we leave Orlando in the AM and head to Fort Lauderdale for the night before boarding a cruise ship for a week.

Random thought for the day, someone wrote a piece earlier in the year where it was said that Bloggers don’t reveal conflicts of interest. Why oh why did a couple of MSMers email me this week asking why that person didn’t reveal a potential (or believed to be ) conflict before writing one recent article. Ahhh yes, things that make me go hmmmmmmm.

Ok, so back to the list. As I said before I actually took the time to poll many of those in the industry to come up with the Toronto Sports Media MSMer of 2010. In getting there I got got a couple of lists, tops in print, television and radio, an overall Top 10 and of course the MSMer of 2010.

Here, in no order are the top 10 Toronto Sports Media MSMers of 2010 (please hold your applause until the end):

Bruce Arthur
Jeff Blair
Stephen Brunt
Damien Cox
James Duthie
Bob Elliott
Elliotte Friedman
Bob McCown
Bob McKenzie
Steve Simmons

The winner will be announced later this week!



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Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
December 22, 2010 7:59 am

Hey TSM – I am just curious, what made you think Columbus was such a great city? I go there often on business, and granted the hockey rink is great and the area around the rink is cool, Germantown is nice but what else caught your eye?

December 22, 2010 9:16 am

Please take off Damien Cox’s name on the list (for the Pat Burns “death” twitter incident and the Bautista “must be using ‘roids” piece). I can’t believe someone who disregarded basic guidelines about double checking information before publishing would actually make the top 10.

Please replace him with Alan Ashby so that there is a game broadcaster represented on the list.

Happy Holidays to all!

Rob C v3.0
Rob C v3.0
December 22, 2010 1:31 pm

Pudge – Well said about Damian Cox…I concur…

Also: The usual suspect’s name should be used if he in fact is the guilty MSMer with a conflict…

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to everyone reading this…

December 22, 2010 7:53 pm

I agree I don’t see how Damien had a good year at all, actually I thought he had an awful year and Bob Elliott didn’t really stand out with anything.

I would replace them with Ashby and Brady, I think I could argue with Brady having the best year of all of them

From the list, I guess I will go with Brunt, with Blair and Arthur rounding out second and third.

December 22, 2010 8:59 pm

Sorry…it should read “Please take Damien Cox’s name off of the list.”…Geez, if I’m going to rag on a guy, I should at least be gramatically correct when I do it! 🙂

December 23, 2010 9:50 pm

I keep being astonished at the comments for every single one of these Top MSMer posts.

For some reason, nearly everyone who has commented somehow failed to read or comprehend the actual blog post they commented on.

To clarify once again (4-5th time incl blog posts):

TSM is NOT coming up with and deciding upon these lists by himself. He is not sitting there and just picking the “top lists” for each medium, nor the overall top ten.

He has polled a collection of industry types, media, fans, etc to get THEIR lists, and using this poll to determine both the top 10 and winner.

Additionally, the medium lists were not even “top 10” or in order at all, and most definately not chosen by TSM. They are the MASTER lists including EVERY MSMer from EVERY list compiled in the polling.

So for heavens sake please stop complaining about his “choices” and asking for changes. Changing the results of a poll is more than a little unethical.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
December 25, 2010 12:29 pm

from my pal Bruce’s column:

On Wednesday in our column, we talked about Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson’s flinty relationship with the Toronto press corps. A reader noted that the specific question that caused Wilson to walk out of a press conference Monday was, “What do you think of the fans chanting, ‘Fire Wilson?’” – not how did he feel about the fans’ booing.

Point taken. But the precise wording of the question was less the column’s point than Wilson stomping off and looking petulant. What message does Wilson or a John Totorella send to his team, which must face the same questioning without such histrionics, when he loses his cool all the time? It’s okay for him to act temperamentally but they must stay cool? That they’re an emotional burden to the coach? That he’s better than everyone else?

good grief. “point taken’? it’s not a point, its a fact. just admit you were wrong, and that you didn’t fact check your article.

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