Seen & Heard – Tuesday, July 2, 2013

by Rob G

Not a long winded post tonight, but one that I think is warranted.

Dave Hodge tweeted earlier today that he is going to be co-hosting twice a week with Dave Naylor on TSN Drive from 4-7pm weekdays. It’s about time.

Hodge developed his chops on radio early in his career, working at CFRB from 1968-1986 after getting his start in journalism working at the Daily News in Chatham, Ontario, as well as radio station CFCO. But, Hodge is most famous for his years at the CBC on Hockey Night in Canada.

Given Hodge’s radio background, I thought he might have been considered for TSN’s drive home shift following James Cybulski’s dismissal before Dave Naylor inherited the drive home show host role. Given Hodge is 68, perhaps there’s a belief he’s past a daily gig, but at least TSN has made the wise decision to tap into Hodge’s gravitas. Hodge brings to the show not only his “youthful exuberance” for an older guy, but Hodge has that certain something that is hard to define. Hodge brings a strong voice to TSN’s attempt at chipping away at Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s 590 drive show host Bob McCown’s juggernaut in the 4-7pm slot.

On a separate note, do yourself a favour and read two opinion pieces. One is Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock’s column yesterday on the Aaron Hernandez story. As usual, Whitlock goes beyond the headlines, and in this case, he goes big picture, suggesting Hernandez “is a symbol that popular culture has installed Tony Soprano as America’s most celebrated and revered icon above Joe Montana”. Whitlock dives into the shift from the mythologized caricatures of Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, and Johnny Unitas to the glamorization of prison/gangster/hip-hop culture. On the other side of the ledger, Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post wrote a good piece, suggesting the sky isn’t falling, The gist of her column – NFL players commit crimes at a much lower rate than their peers in the general population. Both are compelling reads, and as usual, I suspect the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

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