Oh How It Gets Quiet When The Maple Leafs Win


Over the last couple of days I’ve been listening to podcasts of radio shows, I’ve been reading papers, all that I’ve really been missing are tv highlight shows, sorry TSN/Sportsnet/Score. You know what’s funny? How the level of interesting reporting drops off whenever the Toronto Maple Leafs go on any kind of “run”. The Leafs who have now put together a mini streak have completely neutered the sports reporting world. I’ve listened to countless segments, morning shows, drive home shows, PTS even, one big yawn. Hockey central at noon— has anyone heard anything the least bit interesting, let aloe compelling over the last couple of weeks? Print? forget about it.

Perhaps it was a coincidence, but since Burke’s Colton Orr episode, it’s like the Sports MSM has been lulled to sleep. Jays, Raptors, NFL coverage (save for Dan Patrick) have been total bores. Forget Toronto equals loserville, how about boretown. Let’s go back to just before the holiday break, the Leafs were in a bit of a spin, they were actually of the playoffs, Wilson got his extension announced. Going back a litter further there was the Jays not winning the bid for the Japanese player. The NBA lockout ended. It’s like the MSM has been on auto pilot since the TSN/Rogers deal for MLSE.

You know how quiet it’s been, Dick Peddie retired and there’s been no parade! Seriously, the most loathed man in Toronto Sports since Ballard himself is gone and there’s a couple of small clips here or there. It’s no wonder blogs are kicking it these days. A puff piece in the Star about him counting his shekels down in SoFla is really it. I mean, really, shouldn’t someone have put Watters on to review the illustrious career of Richard Peddie, President of MLSE? How about we get Peddie and Watters on the same set of OTR. How great would that be?????

I don’t know about you, but as someone who consumes a lot of MSM sports content, I’m pretty bored with the current offerings. Is it really because the Leafs are winning? Yeesh, almost liked it more when they were losing then!


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Mike S
Mike S
January 11, 2012 1:57 am

Two of the bigger hockey stories over the last week have been the NHLPA blocking realignment and the Canucks-Bruins game and its aftermath………………there has been extensive coverage of both stories and I have found them to be very interesting…………..when you add that to the Tebow overtime thriller and the baseball hall of fame vote I think it has been a reasonably eventful week……………but since none of that involved the Leafs I guess TSM disagrees with me

Ami Angelwings
January 11, 2012 4:50 am

I think if the Maple Leafs are great, then they’d get press and callers and etc… and if they suck, then they’d definitely get it… but if they’re just, okay but nobody is sure what exactly they are…. there’s not a lot to talk about. xD

Another Steve
Another Steve
January 11, 2012 11:56 am

There was also the title that Raonic won on the weekend, but that won’t mean much for the media until he breaks into the top-10, which will be in a few months.

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