The Ron Wilson Few In Toronto Know

Did you happen to catch the interview on TSN with Ron Wilson?

If you did not, your probably not alone, but you can watch it here.

If I’m Brian Burke, or I’m the Leafs PR team I am looking at that video and going, how do we get the public to see that Ron Wilson instead of the nickname calling, bombastic, sarcastic coach who the fans have seen over the last several years?

Maybe I am wrong but I haven’t seen any media outlet display the personal side of Ron Wilson like that since he took the job. He was personable, he was funny, he was engaging- dare I say he was likeable????? Yes, the Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson.

Ron, you say you don’t read papers, watch tv or listen to sports radio. If by some chance you see this, consider that this is the first time in years the Toronto public has seen the human side of you. On opening night when you got jeered and you said to one of your assistants, ” I told you”, it because we never see you the way we saw you in this short segment.

There is no doubt winning helps. Perhaps if you made a few more appearances like this and a few less “piss on this” comments then maybe, just maybe people will start to warm up to you.

Then again, maybe you just don’t care.

For those asking, yes I’ve heard the McCown clip on the Penn State situation. It was PTS at it’s best/worst.

Yes I heard Richie Rich ripping Pierre Mcguire. Is there any real surprise there? Come on now, he’s Richie Rich. The reason we all like him is that he’s entertaining. He’s a little bit Don Cherry without the outfits isn’t he?

There is nothing funny about the situation down at Penn State. Assuming this guy is guilty, it’s the worst possible tragedy. It is interesting though to look at the Toronto MSMers who wrote opinion stories or blogs on the subject this week. Of those who did, how many do you think have written about NCAA football in the last 12 months? 10%? 20%. It’s interesting to me how a sport that gets very little attention in a big market like Toronto gets the full court press when a scandal hits.

By the way, for those looking the Canadian equivalent to NCAA athletics, football and basketball, keep digging. There is no comparison. None. Jr. hockey doesn’t come anywhere close to the popularity of the NCAA in the USA. It just doesn’t. To me, the NCAA is a ticking time bomb. Scandals like this one, like the one in Miami with the boosters aren’t really all that surprising given so many factors ( the amounts of money involved being the first), but really it’s that so many scandals aren’t ever uncovered is the real mystery.

Best line on Joe Paterno is the irony that he got fired by phone when a simple phone call to the police could have saved his job and perhaps his legacy.


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November 11, 2011 3:22 am

TSN is only reacting to the feature Christine Simpson already did with Wilson days prior on SPORTSNET. Love TSN. But pretty soon people will realize that SPORTSNET is being more proactive and will eventually beat TSN at their own game.

November 11, 2011 8:01 am

If the NCAA were operated more like Canadian college and university sports, there would be no problems. Big $, sponsorships, scholarships, there is going to be corruption. If the NCAA gave their players some spending money, like Major Junior players get here, there would be no stupid tattoo stories and needless suspensions for accepting a free meal from an booster…

November 11, 2011 8:05 am

I think you’re right, but that piece on Wilson seemed a little forced to me…he laughed a little to hard, tried too heard to be a likeable “everyman”…I know someone who played golf with Wilson more than once (he’s a scratch by the way, or close to it)…he’s personality challenged for sure

Chef Mike in Burlington
November 11, 2011 9:09 am

Until they play for/win a Cup , no coach will ever be liked, maybe tolerated, but not liked…but the guy who coaches them to a Cup will never pay for a beer again…

…just saw that Paterno has hired a lawyer, one he will soon need very badly. JoePa will be the new OJ, everything else forgotten, his statue and library will soon be symbols of hubris and arrogance. This will cost Penn State a Billion dollars by the time this is done, all because he lacked the courage to call 911. He put his program ahead of the safety of children, he deserves his new obituary.


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Bobby G
Bobby G
November 11, 2011 10:03 am

So because the MSM pays very little attention to college football games, it should also ignore a scandal when it hits?
I think the MSM give college football exactly the attention it deserves in Toronto — whether we’re talking the games, NCAA violations or criminal investigations.

Brian K
Brian K
November 11, 2011 10:22 am

Also, Chris Simpson on Sportsnet had a good talk with Wilson earlier this week:

Also who the hell is Richie Rich? Mike Richards?

November 11, 2011 11:40 am

Richie Rich =Doug Mclean

November 11, 2011 11:46 am

Can I assume Ricie Rich is actually Doug MacLean? If yes, good one. Must be as he loves to talk about his Porsche, Mercedes, numerous houses etc. But seems to be geographically challenged. Since when did Yorkville move from Bloor and Bay area to the Bloor and Jarvis area where DM/RR has an apartment? Richie is entertaining, but also a 5 star knob at the same time who clearly has huge contempt for McGuire. There must be a back story somewhere about the great distain.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
November 11, 2011 12:00 pm

Come on now, he’s Richie Rich. The reason we all like him is that he’s entertaining.

what’s this “we” white man?

in other news, Torstar is looking to buy out over 1000 of its employees. I wonder what this will mean for the sports section, and in particular whether we’ll see Cox pull a Brunt and become a full-time Rogers employee.

Ami Angelwings
November 11, 2011 4:17 pm

“It’s interesting to me how a sport that gets very little attention in a big market like Toronto gets the full court press when a scandal hits.”

Why is it interesting? It seems pretty logical to me. This is a pretty damn big scandal and it’s not like it’s completely out of the blue. The MSM in Canada IS aware of the NCAA, as are Canadians, and NCAA sports do appear on our TV occasionally and if you like sports in North America it’s impossible to not know about the NCAA. If there was a massive scandal like this in the NRL, it’d prolly still be mentioned here (after all Rugby players who come out of the closet get mentioned here too), so it’s no surprise that a giant American news story like this would get the full coverage in Canada. And Canada also has it’s own dirty history of sporting child sexual abuse scandals and I think it’s clear a lot of the coverage is coming from that direction too.

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