TSM Nightly Roundup

Tomorrow looks like it will be a busy day, so here are a couple of random thoughts for you all.

First, to all those who continue to comment each and every day, thank you. I’m glad to see you keep coming back and I am happy to provide you a place to express your opinions. Most importantly, thanks for keeping it respectful. I hate message boards where it turns into they typical “I know you are but what am I.”

Here are the things that caught my eye and ear today:

1. Bob McKenzie hit two, count ’em, two, home runs today. First his opinion on the Max Pacioretty incident was bang on. Second, getting great comments from Pacioretty from the hospital:

“I am upset and disgusted that the league didn’t think enough of (the hit) to suspend him,” Pacioretty told TSN. “I’m not mad for myself, I’m mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it’s okay, they won’t be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt.”

Would the league dare fine him? 🙂 That’s a joke.

2. Bob McCown and his crew over at PTS showed today why they earn the big bucks. Getting Darcy Olsen, the President and CEO of Goldwater Institute on the air is, in my mind anyway, a major coup. We’ve heard all about the “think tank” but to finally put a voice/face to it was sheer brilliance. Not only that, but having Stephen Brunt in studio to take part was fantastic too. Brunt, in my opinion is one of the best in the business when he actually writes a focused, in-depth column. Too often he appears to be too busy to do so. This isn’t a knock on Damien Cox, who I am sure would have done a great job as well, but lets just say I am glad it wasn’t one of the other fill in co-hosts.

For every wasted clip with Krystal and the Blanket, McCown pulls off a gem like this and you just say thank you as a listener. It provided great insight into what is going on in the desert and why. It’s a terrific listen and well worth your time. If you don’t want to listen I tweeted most of the interview and you can find it on my Twitter feed (@yyzsportsmedia).

3. The rumour guy who sat rather quietly on deadline day hit his own homer tonight. Bruce Garrioch broke a story that Air Canada has written a threatening letter to the NHL about the current state of the game with respect to headshots:

“We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night’s) incident involving Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara at the Bell Centre in Montreal,” wrote Vandal. “This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently.”

Vandal noted the controversial issue is becoming bad for Air Canada’s brand.

“From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality.

“Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey.”

Great f’n job by Garrioch for breaking this story.

It will be interesting to see how this all falls out. Already, politicians are getting on board too, as pointed out by Brian Hayes of the Watters show on twitter (@bryhayes) These types of issues are usually big ticket news items, I’d tune into PTS tomorrow as McCown will have guests on who can break this down.

Lastly, and this one just happened: It really pisses me off when MSMers rip on bloggers in general. One bad apple does not represent the entire group. For every rumour-throwing site out there you will find a whole host of phenomenally talented bloggers who produce excellent work.

What really pisses me off is when a blogger does something so patently offensive that you know it’s going to drag all of us who write for fun down. I am not going to post a link to the article, but some schmuck wrote a piece on Bleacher Report this evening on the Air Canada / NHL story that Garrioch broke. The story had a photo that was credited to the source, but not a mention of the article from the Sun. I stumbled upon the story by Googling “Air Canada NHL” to get quotes and links for this piece. The Bleacher Report story was #1 in my search. If you read the story written by the plagiarizer you would think that this clown broke the story. They lifted entire quotes as if they conducted the interview themselves! No link, no footnote, no think. The writer absolutely stole the story and claimed it to be their own.

How hard is it to post a link?

Every time I think we start to make a little progress in this ridiculous battle between mainstream media and blogger a story like this appears. It’s a real shame that major companies like Honda and Hotels.com are spending their advertising dollars on a website that promotes plagiarism. I don’t know about you, but I keep things like that in mind as opposed to cute ads that run during the Super Bowl.

Lots coming tomorrow (or Friday) stay tuned.



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March 10, 2011 12:16 am

I believe that this course of action should have been taken on the player within a major corporation threatening the NHL, BUT at the same time I believe all these injuries get played off to be bigger than they really are. Hope you will read more on my blog!

March 10, 2011 12:30 am

Looks like TSM got a plug today online…

“The website torontosportsmedia.com is tossing around speculation that Mitch Melnick of THE TEAM 990 might be lured over to Toronto to host the drive home show on the new TSN Radio. Melnick jokingly commented “I go if Jacques Martin stays,” referring to the Canadiens head coach whom he continually lobbies to see fired. My suggestion is simple: let Melnick’s show go national and broadcast from Montreal.”


Anyways, if Bobcat can stick with reporting and none of this dumb Krystal antics, he is the man, but otherwise that is where we flip over to TSN radio

Mike S
Mike S
March 10, 2011 12:38 am

Plagiarism should never happen………….but on the bright side it’s refreshing that this particular case doesn’t involve Bruce Dowbiggin

March 10, 2011 3:19 am

Good for Denis Vandal of Air Canada for speaking up… Its good that a sponsor put some pressure on the NHL to do somthing before some gets killed…. Nice article Bruce…But Iam sure Bettman will get blow it off..

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 10, 2011 8:31 am

thanks TSM for an excellent recap.

I have not listened to the Goldwater interview yet, but you’re right that it’s the kind of “get” that makes PTS great. Can you imagine how awful the interview would have been with Shannon as co-host?

if a large Canadian company like Air Canada is looking to distance themselves from the NHL, this is a very very big story. In a way i’m glad that Chara wasn’t suspended at all, as opposed to being given a token 1 or 2 game suspension. It shines the spotlight on just how distorted the NHL’s values are: it doesn’t regard 1) an illegally late hit 2) in a dangerous part of the rink 3) that causes a career ending injury as worth punishing. that’s just part of the game according to the NHL. let that sink in for a moment. oh, and have fun negotiating your next TV contract.

the NHL needs a culture change, and this means lopping off the leadership that has presided over the stages that have brought the game to its currently debased state.

March 10, 2011 11:32 am

The Air Canada story is big and hopefully will get bigger.
Finally someone threatening to put their money where their mouth is and impose a financial penalty to the league. That is the only way to make the NHL take notice. I only hope AC is willing to follow through.

March 10, 2011 1:16 pm

Thank goodness somebody is taken a step against this ridiculous hockeyculture that’s personality looks more like something from fight club or thunderdome. This idea of “you are not a hockey person, so you must not understand” attitude needs to stop. If we look down south hockey has never looked more as a joke.

The NFL saw a problem and fixed it in the same year. QB being out for long periods of time is not good for business NHL see’s the same thing and shrugs their shoulders and said “well that’s hockey what can you do”.

The hockey culture, the only place that gets more angry by a making a beautiful goal (eg. spin-o-rama vs goalie) or celebrating a goal (especially by a European) than they do with somebody knocking somebody out with a cheap hit.

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