Did Darren Millard and Doug MacLean Go At It?

Certainly seems like the old adage of things happening in threes is holding true with regards to Rogers Sportsnet. First there was the Damian Goddard tweet. Then there was the Stephen Brunt “done deal” declaration and now I am told that Darren Millard and Doug MacLean had it out on set at the Memorial Cup this past weekend.

Multiple sources tell me that it wasn’t a great weekend for Doug MacLean. The first night I am told he was extremely frustrated with technical difficulties Sportsnet was having with microphones. Things didn’t improve for MacLean. It seems that Richie Rich must be feeling the effects of not having an NHL paycheck having given up his newspaper and cable subscriptions. How else could anyone who lives in the GTA not know that the Gardner expressway was closed this weekend? Richie apparently showed up late for the opening piece of the next broadcast having been stuck in traffic. Not only was he late, but he also left his voice at home.

Darren Millard who I am told is good friends with MacLean started needling MacLean and Richie Rich snapped. Lots of yelling ensued, none of this took place on camera however the set is close enough to the general public that many of you heard it and were kind enough to write in details to me. The highlight I am told was after hearing enough from the hoarse MacLean, Millard started yelling at MacLean to “TAKE A WALK” enough times so that people in the general vicinity thought that perhaps Millard was yelling at them.

How it ended, where it goes from here is somewhat debatable. Rich Rich wasn’t on the air last night, the audience was told that he had lost his voice. I am told that this whole thing was alluded to on hockey central at noon today. I didn’t get a chance to hear that but will try to listen in later.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out down the road. I don’t think anyone is any type of imminent danger, but one never knows what may come of episodes like this.

From now on we will refer to Millard as Take a Way.

Back to your holiday Monday!

BTW- Those of you looking for a good perspective on Jose Bautista’s accomplishments should read this article from SI.com:

For someone to be a non-entity through six seasons and 2,000 plate appearances, then become the most dangerous hitter in baseball? We have no precedent for that, which is why I spent the winter — from November in Phoenix to March in print — insisting that he couldn’t repeat his ’10 season. This is watching Babe Ruth throw a shutout in 1918 and knowing he’d become the all-time leading home-run hitter, or watching the Boston Braves get swept in a July 4 doubleheader and seeing the 1914 world championship team forming. Jose Bautista couldn’t have gotten arrested two years ago, and now he’s the biggest story in baseball. Forget analysis, breakdowns, your favorite team, your fantasy team, who said what about whom back in January. When Jose Bautista comes to the plate, people stop and they watch. He’s making the 2011 season for baseball fans.



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Sam in Oshawa
May 23, 2011 4:22 pm

You can see and hear the frustration with MacLean.He does not like playing 2nd fiddle to Kyprios.Doug is a smart hockey man and knows the business side very well,having said that his ego does get the better of him and doing a slow burn while other people comment is childish.C’mon Doug chill out or the Bobcat will adjust the attitude AGAIN.Is it me or are these sports media types taking their jobs way to seriously.

Sam In Scarb
Sam In Scarb
May 23, 2011 4:56 pm

Face it Millard & MacLean are both “C” list radio/TV personalities. If either of them had any public appeal they would be on TSN or CBC

Steve (in Hamilton)
Steve (in Hamilton)
May 23, 2011 5:16 pm

I am not a big hockey fan, so I usually find these guys rather entertaining. In particular I usually get a big kick out of McLean, since he has a big personality. He’s a total hockey-puck, but his banter can often be entertaining, as long as it doesn’t force me to listen to drivel about 3rd liners and “puck moving defencemen,” which we get from the likes of Dreger and Duthie – snooze.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
May 23, 2011 5:34 pm

as long as it doesn’t force me to listen to drivel about 3rd liners and “puck moving defencemen,”

but most 3rd liners have a high “compete level” and a metric ton of “puck presence” …

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
May 23, 2011 7:54 pm

nothing about the Brunt/TSN fiasco in Dowbiggin’s latest column. that is somewhat surprising.

May 23, 2011 8:00 pm

I remember a year or two ago Maclean looked beat up on the radio show. Had a fat lip I think.. (correct me if I’m wrong).

Maybe the guy gets in a lot of fights!

Steve – I’m not a big hockey fan either but I like Maclean too. To me he’s almost like Gregg Zaun – so bad at being a broadcaster that he’s actually good.

Gerry (Burlington)
Gerry (Burlington)
May 23, 2011 8:01 pm

Mike -Beantown, I suspect Bruce is going to wait and see what plays out Tuesday/Wednesday, to see if Brunt’s story ends up factual. If it does end up that Brunt’s reports were exact, I expect to read a complete raking over the coals of TSN. If Brunt ends up being wrong, i suspect he will ignore the topic completely but for a bad one liner which only he will find funny.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
May 23, 2011 8:44 pm

I just had a look at Bruce’s column today. In it he uses Boogaard’s death from alcohol and painkiller mixing as evidence that Don Cherry was wrong to say to Dick Pound that hockey was the cleanest sport. I didn’t realize alcohol and painkillers were performance enhancing drugs! I’m pretty sure that’s what Cherry and Pound were talking about.

Gerry (Burlington)
Gerry (Burlington)
May 23, 2011 9:02 pm

Another Andrew – I am not usually the biggest defender of Cherry, but Cherry was definitely referring to Steroids. I am not convinced Cherry is right, but I did think Bruce was stretching to find a tie between Painkillers and Cherrys. I just think he needs to find something to beat CBC on.

FYI, the Idesk on CBC intermission tonight, really went out of there way to discredit Brunt again tonight. saying no press conference whatsoever tomorrow, and that conditional agreement may soon come.

May 23, 2011 9:05 pm

Andrew – my thoughts exactly. I could not believe that mess came from a column in a sports section …
Gerry in Burlington – You’ve figured Dowbiggin out too.

Re: MacLean – I find him really annoying. He hase never let go of his abject failuer in Columbus. Now that they’ve cleaned up his mess on the ice and are showing signs of competitiveness, the team is really struggling to get fans to come out.

TSM says he’s heard that MacLean and Millard are actually friendly? I only remember hearing tension on the air. Usually from Kypreos and MacLean tag-teaming him verbally like a couple of schoolyard bullies. They’ve let up since he came back to the FAN but to me Millard is out of his element hosting those two.

Less than 12 parsecs
Less than 12 parsecs
May 23, 2011 10:59 pm

Gee, that’d be too bad if Richie Rich went away. Can’t listen to him at all. Asks obnoxiously long-winded questions, and talks over people when they try to answer. Seems to think it’s all about him. Remind me why MacLean’s such a “media star”?

Mike S
Mike S
May 23, 2011 11:15 pm

Millard and Kypreos talked a lot about MacLean on the noon hockey show today………….in fact, they spent the first 7 minutes of the show poking fun at MacLean by talking about his unfortunate weekend (loss of voice, late for work because of traffic, etc)…………it surprises me that they would do that if there had been a heated shouting match between Millard and MacLean the night before

May 23, 2011 11:21 pm

@Mike S

I was listening today and I’m pretty sure they talked about the fight between Millard and MacLean pretty explicitly at noon today.

They raked MacLean over the coals pretty good.

John Stoyles
John Stoyles
March 13, 2017 11:28 am

Watching Hockey Central today, March 13th. 2017. Darren Millard looks like and acts like someone on drugs. Can’t they find a Hockey Player to ask questions. he is so disrespectful.

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