Where’s The Beef?


It’s like the dog days of summer in the middle of winter.

“Why are you covering so much radio and nothing in print?” asked an emailer the other day.



It’s seems to me that many a scribe have taken some time off. Or so it appears.

The question I have is why.

I mean, the Leafs are back. The Raptors are improved from the wicked start they had, the Blue Jays are in Dunedin for what seems like an eternity of a spring training. There should be lots to talk about right?


Negativity sells in this town and right now there’s just not a whole lot to rip any folks about.

Neither of the teams currently playing are tearing it up. Neither is drowning at the bottom either. That appears to be a problem.

Teams aren’t good enough to “cheer” or bad enough to play chicken little.

Which lands us squarely in the land of vanilla journalism.

Hard to get excited about that isn’t it?

Things were so much easier when the teams truly sucked.


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Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
February 27, 2013 10:29 am

Have to agree, it is the negativity and rumour that captures attention.

While panning the TSM websites yesterday, there were feel good stories about Kadri and what a good kid the Jays have who took steroids by mistake.

I remember thinking specifically, “man the papers have been boring lately”

I am guilty – more interested in reading crap than kudos.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
February 27, 2013 12:16 pm

For soccer fans, Jason DeVos’ blog is must reading. A series of excellent posts that are not afraid to challenge the Canadian soccer establishment or TFC, and offers his own remedies for player development and other issues.
It will be great having his thoughtful analysis of the EPL when TSN gets the rights next season.


February 27, 2013 1:37 pm

It seems like this site only focuses on the MSM (and only newspapers for that matter) when there are plenty of blogs out there with great writing.

Nan Young Lee brings up one dealing the soccer. The Score has fantastic blogs (DJF, Getting Blanked, Fantatico), Sportsnet and TSN have good articles as well which will touch on Toronto sports issues.

C’mon TSM, expand your coverage.

Rob in Aurora
Rob in Aurora
February 27, 2013 3:22 pm

Who needs the sports (print) media when it comes right down to it? When the teams are winning, I don’t want to read cheerleaders – when its bad news, I can see for myself what’s wrong. I don’t need Steve Simmons or Damian Cox to tell me anything…call in radio shows? Please.
No, when the news is good, I just watch the games and enjoy…when Ron Wilson was coach and Burke was GM, I didn’t ever see a full Leaf game. Thats’ when I don’t mind the negative articles if it greased the skids to get them out of here. No I like Nonis and Carlyle, AA and Gibbons – even if the news turns bad, i’ll be on their side, never the media’s

February 28, 2013 3:05 pm

Can someone explain to me how we have MSM’ers calling up Reimers mom to see what’s up with his injuries, but nobody has been able to leak the ‘real’ brian Burke dismissal story?
Seems like everyone has been sworn to silence and they’re fine with it.
The GM of “canada’s team” gets sacked out of nowhere, with no real reason, and there isn’t a story there??
I got thinking about this the other day when I heard someone ask why the Leafs kept him on instead of cutting him loose completely when they removed him as GM. My thought was they kept him on so it wasn’t a complete shaming. If they had cut him loose completely, then the MSM would be forced to follow-up on that story. By keeping him on, and saying they needed a change in personality, it gave the media an out.

February 28, 2013 4:12 pm


I’m sure Cox knows – but he aint telling anyone.

Hopefully the truth finally comes out.

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