Seen & Heard – Weekend Edition



by mike (in boston) hatemailaccount [ @ ] gmail /dot/ com


Switching to posting once a week until traffic picks up again



Book Review – The Lost Blue Jays Season



I enjoyed reading this review of the new book co-authored by Lott & Davidi. I really like both guys as Jays reporters and trust their opinions, Lott in particular.  I can’t help but wonder who thought this book would be a good idea. It’s not like there was some scandal that explains the horrible 2013 season. It was just some good moves that didn’t work out, some bad moves that didn’t work out, and some poor performances by the people on the field. Who is going to want to buy this book?


I wrote a while back that this off-season is critical for AA. While the local media love The Boy-Wonder and The Ninja and The Silent Assassin, the failure to success ratio of his moves is starting to stand out. Seeing ex-Jays Napoli and Farrell win the World Series is only going to draw more attention to the complaint that AA has been given more assets than many GMs and has not yielded a return on the field.



100 Days until Sochi



Rouge Point has a nice run down of all the CBC hosts and commentators who will be covering the games. Sadly, we’re letting Don Cherry represent us on the international stage. On the bright side, in light  of Russia’s repressive views towards minorities the focus will probably be on their ignorant views, not on Cherry’s.


The Olympics are arguably a cultural event, as are amateur athletics. Right now there is not a lot of talk of whether tax-payer dollars should be spent covering these sports since the sports wing of CBC is a money maker (due to HNIC). I wonder what happens to CBC’s sports budget when/if they lose HNIC.



Podcast Review – Awful Announcing


I spent some hours in the car early this week and listened to 2 episodes. Awful Announcing is arguably the internet’s leader in sports media news and criticism. Their editor Matt Yoder does a decent job of hosting but is prone to that amateur error of trying to make too many jokes with a guest, which leads to the guest getting confused which is followed by nervous laughter or awkward silence. Better to just play it straight if you’re doing a phone interview Matt. Production values are not great, but not terrible.


Episode #62 features Dirk Hayhurst and is quite enjoyable. Dirk talks nicely about his failures and how he wants to humanize baseball players. I also listened to #64 with Jimmy Traina ex of now of Fox Sports. This was a great interview and provided tons of insight in to the business of sports websites. Highly recommended.



Radio Highlights



The 5pm hour of PTS from 10/24 featured Richard Deitsch. He is in my top 5 radio guests. Deitsch is just so interesting and this interview is a must listen. Cox is the co-host, but he doesn’t get in the way as much as he usually does.


Hour 1 of TSN Drive from 10/28 featured Naylor along with Bruce Arthur and Dave Feschuk. The hour includes discussion of the Leafs, Raps, the MLB, and more. I can’t stress how grateful I am to TSN for this combination of co-hosts. I love listening to intelligent sports talk, and this show is proving that you don’t need to create a contrived radio persona to draw the listener in. All 3 guys have good journalistic credentials and this makes them articulate and engaging on the radio without needing to resort to shtick.



until next time …

mike (in boston)




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November 2, 2013 9:03 am

I’d say the radio highlight on 590/1050 was the PTS segment with chris hadfield (the canadian astronaut).

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
November 2, 2013 2:55 pm

That couple in the Emery/Holtby photo on PPP shows why things aren’t going to change.

Even Pat Sajak was attacked by Philly fans:

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
November 2, 2013 4:08 pm

Raptors ratings on opening night:

steve simmons ‏@simmonssteve 3h
Television ratings from opening night of each season. Leafs 2.3 million. Jays 1.4 million. Argos 673,000. Raptors 54,000. More in Sunday col

Mike V
Mike V
November 2, 2013 6:46 pm

A little unfair to the Raps to use that game since it was banished to TSN2 and they went against the Leafs on TSN and final game of the World Series on Sportsnet. Games on the main networks and don’t have that type of competition do significantly better, but yeah, still far from the other teams.

November 2, 2013 7:03 pm

Not that I disagree totally with respect to the quality of AA’s trades, but it is a bit misleading to call Napoli an “ex-Jay”. He was simply currency in the Vernon Wells transaction, which was really a three way deal between the Jays, Angels, and Rangers, and was never intended to play here.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
November 3, 2013 3:40 am

I have said this before but, now it has become clearly evident.
Steve Simmons use to be a “Must read”
Now he has become a “Must I read”.

November 3, 2013 4:10 am

I would also say the Argos numbers may be misleading, because of how many viewers may be coming from the other market.

November 3, 2013 12:04 pm

As i’ve said before, i think Simmons is 1050’s version of Cox: a provocateur and thw guy who gets under your skin (see Mike Lupica, Jay Mariotti, Mike Wise, …).

I think he’s tolerable as a co-host one day a week on 1050. I dont think i would want a whole week of him, as we get with Cox on 590.

Mike S
Mike S
November 3, 2013 12:20 pm

Simmons recently won an award for sportswriting so somebody must like his columns

Chef Mike in Burlington
November 4, 2013 12:48 pm

Hour 3 on Friday was good radio, to hear objective non Rogers employees talk about the lost season, and just how early in the season it started to unravel, a unique and interesting set of insights, but still not sure if anyone would actually buy it….

Read BB’s fighting column in USATODAY, it was actually sad and a bit pathetic to see an otherwise smart man try to rationalize and explain senseless brutality and violence under some bullshit “code” of player conduct. I always assumed he was smarter than Don Cherry, guess not…

Don River
Don River
November 4, 2013 8:16 pm

“I would also say the Argos numbers may be misleading, because of how many viewers may be coming from the other market.”

What other market? They played Hamilton!

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