Toronto Sports Media Must Read Article


Sorry for the delay, but your must read article of the day is from yesterday’s Boston Globe, the goodbye (sort of) article by long time columnist Bob Ryan.

It’s a fantastic read for those who love, the game.

I first encountered Ryan when he used to be on the Sunday Sports Reporters with Dick Schapp (god, there’s a guy who’s work I really miss).

Ryan is a loud mouthed, opinionated, old school sports writer. You watch and read his work and you just know that he believes that which comes from his mouth. I also genuinely believe that at the heart of his career is a sports fan through and through.

The Globe ran a video tribute to him yesterday in it, he says, in Bob Ryan fashion, something like I don’t believe anyone else out there does a better job at game day stories than I do. Classic Ryan.

There is something to be said in this era of what have you done for me lately for a guy who worked in sports, where there is little loyalty, for one organization. There’s lots of competition out there and I have to believe Ryan had offers. He stayed where he started and finished there too.

However, the end of his article is where he says it best:

“I occasionally come across some things I wrote years ago, and I say to myself, “I did that?” And I know in my heart I really couldn’t match that effort today. That’s all a writer needs to know.

My goal is to gain personal life flexibility and to eliminate obligation. I still have the Globe part-time gig and I still have a bit more TV shelf life, how much I really don’t know. I want to do what I want to do and not do what I don’t want to do. And my wife of 43 years, the former Elaine Murray, is the perfect companion with whom to do or not do whatever it is we’re going to do or not do.”

Love it.

I’ve decided to adopt the “Ryan Goal” :”To gain personal life flexibility and to eliminate obligation.”

We should all be so lucky

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mike in boston
mike in boston
August 13, 2012 3:57 pm


i moved to boston the same academic year that Ryan made his infamous comment that Jason Kidd’s wife (an alleged victim of domestic violence) needed as smack. I actually watched the interview live and, like the host, could not believe that Ryan said it, and then defended it when given the chance to retract. His apology always felt weak to me.


the boston media is fierce in a way we torontonians cannot possibly appreciate from the outside. these “old school” guys (you know … back when you could beat your wife and that was your business) set the tone for the younger guys and it’s interesting to watch as the younger media take on the personalties of their mentors.

this leads me to an interesting question — Brunt is, i think we all agree, the gold standard in intellectual sports writing in canada. Is there anyone primed to take over that mantle now that Brunt is fading away? Despite the plethora of MSM blogs and columns, I can’t really think of anyone who fits the bill.

August 13, 2012 4:09 pm

Not a popular sentiment amongst some here, but it has to be Arthur, right?

August 13, 2012 5:07 pm

”To gain personal life flexibility and to eliminate obligation.” Sounds like a Costanza quote lol.

August 15, 2012 5:10 am
Reply to  mike in boston

Bruce Arthur to me is a young Stephen Brunt. He knows how to capture the essence of a story, he’s very smart and he knows how to break down the historical and social significance of a sports story that others may not see. The only thing he doesn’t have yet, is Brunt’s experience at being able to say the exact same thing but get the opposition to swallow it.

August 15, 2012 5:11 am
Reply to  Alex

He’s got my vote 😀

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