Why Are Fehr & Bettman Wasting Time?

Ratings Shmatings, as Cliff Fletcher once said, TSN Radio’s drive home radio show is simply good radio. I am not sure if it’s fair to use the word improved, but considering how the show started and where it is today, if I were giving an award for most improved show in Toronto Sports radio, Cybulski gets it. He, quite simply, nails interviews. His latest with Donald Fehr is another great example. The TSN radio website sucks, but the quality of that one show in particular keeps going up.

The thing I don’t get from the Fehr interview was when Fehr said that he likely won’t start talking to NHL Commissioner Bettman until after the NHL All-Star game at the end of January. I know, Bettman and Fehr have been around the block a few times. They each know what they are doing. I do however us talking next fall when games get cancelled how only if there was more time. Guys, enough with the semantics, get in a room and hammer it out.

Not sure why I equate the Globe and Mail to the Wall Street Journal, but the best damn sports section sports fans aren’t reading is, without question the Wall Street Journal. Dear Globe and Mail, take a look at a the product a business first paper is putting out there. The WSJ is kicking ass and yes they cover hockey too.

Line of the day is from Bob Elliott, on the Florida Marlins:

“They’re filling their plate like an offensive lineman visiting Miami’s Joe’s Stone Crabs on an all-you-can-eat night.”

Gold Jerry, Gold.

On the topic of the Marlins, is anyone surprised that the tax payers got screwed by a sports team and a city?? Is that you Nassau County laughing in the corner? Hello Seattle, Hello Glendale. The SEC is investigating??? Hahahahahhahah. When I lived in Miami the mayor got elected by having dead people vote for him. Some things never change. So the owners got a new stadium that may be full for a song and are now spending like mad men. Funny that the same folk who are hoping Rogers open up the purse strings are going after the Marlins. Remind me again what did Rogers pay for the dome? 🙂 I know, it’s not the same thing.

You saw my piece on the MLB dress code right? Well an MSMer tells me that a while back the Toronto Raptors had to ask those covering the purple dinos to not floss their teeth on or near press row! If that doesn’t say it all I don’t know what does!

Yours truly responded to an OTR request for thoughts on Dan Rather. My response is above!

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December 8, 2011 1:01 am

I still dont understand why tsn does not podcast whole shows.

Even people on the shows cant give a logical answer.

Stupid move in 2011/12.

December 8, 2011 1:45 am

Hm! You know, try as I might I just haven’t been able to get into Cybulski’s show. I find it interesting that you’re so impressed though.

Kinda wish they’d podcast it or not go directly up against McCown. 2-6?

Ami Angelwings
December 8, 2011 2:34 am

I don’t listen to TSN radio unless there’s absolutely nothing on FAN590 (i.e. there’s an MLS game or something on) and TSN isn’t airing football. xD

However, if they have podcasts, I would DL them just because sports talk radio podcasts are the soundtrack of my life (literally, I can do everything easier when I’m listening to something like PTS or even the Jeff Blair show to keep half my mind occupied… otherwise I tend to zone out and make mistakes) and I work out regularly and like to have something to listen to then too. If TSN had podcasts, I might listen to the stuff I normally wouldn’t if I’m in the car and Bob is on the radio, and then maybe I’d like it :3

Another Steve
Another Steve
December 8, 2011 3:06 am

What did Dan Rather do/say to bring up his name for comment? I just searched “the google” and get no sudden news of him.

Re: “You saw my piece on the MLB dress code right? Well an MSMer tells me that a while back the Toronto Raptors had to ask those covering the purple dinos to not floss their teeth on or near press row! If that doesn’t say it all I don’t know what does!” Sorry, but I don’t know what that says. Does it say that the press people was behaving badly or that the team was going too far? Really, I have no idea what that says.

Another Steve
Another Steve
December 8, 2011 3:07 am

Err…I mean that the press people “were” behaving badly. Oops.

December 8, 2011 4:57 am

Sorry… just cannot see to get into Cybulski’s show… or the whole TSN radio it’s like having TSN tv on 24/7… small portions only..

Mark McDonald
Mark McDonald
December 8, 2011 7:25 am

Don’t like TSN during drive home at all. Cybulski tries too hard to be funny/hip (“that’s how we roll”, calling everybody by their last names, etc.) and it comes off as forced. Wheeler’s voice is distracting too. Mackowitz (sp) I like.

Not a huge McCowm fan but he’s a much better broadcaster and the presence of Brunt makes the show much better.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
December 8, 2011 7:58 am

TSM: He, quite simply, nails interviews.

it would be helpful if you provided some examples of good questions he asked. i find Cybulski to be really hit and miss in his interviews, but you’re right that the show has improved quite a bit. Mackowitz has been, in my opinion, a major addition.

TSN had been podcasting the whole Cybulski show for the last while. They stopped this week for some reason. Archived shows are here:


The Hayes show seems to be mostly interviews, and those are available as well. They list all their feeds on the right side of their website:


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