I have been consistant in running this here website. Someone in the business says or does something dumb, I will call them on it. It’s an easy thing to redeem oneself though. Write or say something I happen to think is witty, smart or on the mark I will provide accolades for that too.
For the most part and without exception it’s never personal. There does tend to be trends though. There are repeat offenders.
Today, while driving into work I was listening to the Toronto Raptors press conference and I was reminded once again why exactly it was I started this website. The performance of Mike Toth at the press conference was the reminder.
I am not sure how a guy like Toth, who talks sports on 1010 CFRB gets accredited for sports events like today’s. I understand even less why he would want to go.
The Tother, as he’s referred to himself was in rare form today. For some reason he thought it was a good idea to press both Raptors GM Masai Ujiri’s and then Tim Leiweke on the absence of Bryan Colangelo at the press conference. I mean, really, why wasn’t the former GM there??????? Ummmm, maybe because everyone knows that it wouldn’t have been 100% wrong for Colangelo to be there, that this was Ujiri’s day and more importantly the media are looking for any evidence that Colangelo, or his new role are going to be a problem.
Toth also pressed on about a rebranding issue that was mildly interesting but in my opinion not necessarily the form for the question. Someone wrote it right recently when said if the Raptors want to change their perception they should start by winning.
I know many here don’t love Steve Simmons, but I found his question much more “hard hitting” then Toth’s rambling. Simmons asked why come to Toronto where the Raptors have been an 18 year disaster. I get that, it’s a fair question and one worth asking today.
I was happy to know that I wasn’t the only one wondering whether Toth has been hanging with the good mayor of Toronto recently when Greg Brady took him to task on the air following the press conference. Brady said that he knew Toth used to be on the fan because he would change the station when he heard his voice on the air. Ouch.
Toth is the guy, remember who told the world he didn’t read the daily sports pages until he had lunch every day. Which was only relevant to the point he had a morning radio show!
You take a look at Toth’s website and you see this gem:
“But while Howard and I may be part of that “dying breed” of reporters mentioned earlier, we’re not dead yet and you can rest assured that we’ll continue to ask the tough questions for as long as there are people out there who want the answers.”
I don’t know about you, but I had no interest in having him ask that question (it’s toughness is clearly debatable). Also, do we really need to discuss his comparison to Berger who easily could be part of Simmons Sunday column, ‘hey, whatever happened to Howard Berger.
But Toth you will see think’s he’s a funny guy too. Don’t you know that he and his old partner Jamie Campbell we’re equally as funny as Jay Onrait and Dan O’toole???
“Jamie Campbell and I got that a lot during my years at Sportsnet, as we had a similiar off-the-wall style as Onrait and O’Toole. Like Jay and Dan, however, Jamie and I also had a huge fan following”
I will let you discuss that amongst yourselves.
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