Toronto Sports Media Top Sports MSMers Of 2011


So, here we go are, this years top 5 Sports MSMers of the year as voted on by the MSMers themselves.

#5 James Duthie
#4 Bruce Arthur
#3 Stephen Brunt
#2 Bob Mckenzie
#1 Bob Mccown

Here are last years top 10 in no particular order:
Bruce Arthur
Jeff Blair
Stephen Brunt
Damien Cox
James Duthie
Bob Elliott
Elliotte Friedman
Bob McCown
Bob McKenzie
Steve Simmons

Interesting to note that Mckenzie climbed into the number 2 slot, while James Duthie dropped down to #5. Missing from this years top 10 are Bob Elliott and Elliotte Friedman. I am surprised with Friedman, personally I felt that Bob Elliott had a down year.

This is the second year in a row (2/2) that McCown wins top honors amongst his peers. He still conducts the best interview in town when it comes to sports. He misses wide right when he reports news, but remains a good listen. When news breaks you want to hear who he has on (which can be as much about his guests then him).

Later I will present the fan tally- ahem LT!!!

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February 8, 2012 8:14 pm

Seems about right. I have really no exposure to duthie, but ive heard some say he’s a more contemporay , less corny ron mclean.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
February 8, 2012 10:14 pm

hard to argue with McCown at #1. Here’s a picture of how i imagine he’ll celebrate:

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
February 8, 2012 11:00 pm

Good on ya BOB…

Ami Angelwings
February 8, 2012 11:58 pm

Bob should win every year! 😀

If he wins it another year in a row, can we name the trophy after him? 😀

February 9, 2012 12:08 am

It would hilariou if he actially acknowledged an award from “some nerds in their basement.”

February 9, 2012 1:32 am

@Ami – haha. Yeah. The McCown award.

Yeah, he deserves it. The chatter on this website must be 50% Prime Time Sports related (at least). He’s the biggest sports media figure in the city, I think it’s fair to say.

I agree with Brunt, Arthur being up there. A little surprised Bob McKenzie is so high, and that Friedman isn’t on the list.

February 9, 2012 6:59 am

No big surprise that McCowan in #1…..

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
February 9, 2012 7:45 am

The McCowan award presented to him by Ami every year,you got my vote…

February 9, 2012 10:33 am

I wonder how Bob would feel if they named a trophy after but spelled his name incorrectly. Its “McCown”, NOT McCowan.

February 9, 2012 11:14 am

REALLY getting tired of Damien Cox. Liked him when he first came on, but I think he thinks sticking up for himself at any costs vs McCown is the only way to prove a point. He has *no* sense of humor like Brunt, and it’s painful to hear the bickering between Cox and McCown….

February 9, 2012 1:01 pm

My reaction to these awards would probably be the same as Brunt and Damo at the background.

This is not a criticism of TSM, but more the people in the industry but it saddens (might be a strong word, but can’t think of anyother word) that 40% of the list is hockey exclusive guys (McKenzie, Duthie, Cherry, and my gosh Dreger, that should have been a hint of things to come) Heck if you want to put McLean in there, half the list is hockey exclusive guys but I will give McLean credit for able to do more. Also surprised/disappointed with the exception of PTS, that zero radio people made the list.

Now to the positives, glad to see Arthur in the top tier, his writings have been great, some real thoughtful and strong article, glad to see this fresher voice get some respect (which doens’t seem to be happening a lot) Brunt is the man, his writings are so consistent and when he gets on the radio he brings up the level. Those are the only people on my list that made it on this.

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
February 9, 2012 1:12 pm

I don’t think he would give a fuck,kinda like me Roger…

February 10, 2012 8:25 am


Is that how they talk in Oshawa?

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
February 10, 2012 10:29 am

Roger, sorry for the rude reply and no Oshawa is very nice city to live in and with wonderful people,sometimes i revert to military potty mouth…

February 10, 2012 11:12 pm

That’s one of the most noticeable things about The Fan since changing program directors – the way they break news and information. When the Fan started back in 1992 right through to the end of Nelson Millman’s tenure, they were leaders in breaking news and getting the particulars on the air ASAP. Now, it is only once the entertainment is done with, do you get that breaking news and information. They haven’t forgotten the craft, they do it differently now. And this isn’t a criticism of the network, it is just an observation.

Don Mandrie
Don Mandrie
February 12, 2012 4:09 pm

Melnick in Montreal often refers to Brunt as the “most sensible media type in the country”. Amen.

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