Goodbye To The Old


The fellas in the bathrobes are busy today preparing for the move to the new look and feel!

Super thanks to Rob and Mike and all the others who have been keeping the content fresh in the past. Tomorrow we start a new!

Couple of things that have interested me over the last couple of days….

1. Changes on Blue Jays radio- Bye bye to Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris. I wonder if the offseason had been more “exciting” if these two would have flown the coup.
2. Glen Healy on HNIC Saturday night defended Kevin Lowe, suggesting that fans calling for his head have as much right asking for Joey Moss’s head. Interesting choice by Healy. Surprised that very little has been said about it? No. Not too many in the MSM call out their fellow MSMers.
3. Is it a sign of old age or simply noting to talk about, but man has sports talk radio been this dull in the morning for a long time? Driving into work since January 6 back in the GTA. Flipping between both stations between say 7-9 and really not much to listen to. Maybe I am getting old.

Happy Monday… See you on the new site.

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mike (in boston)
January 27, 2014 11:21 am

Looking forward to it!

If you want to remind yourself how valuable this site is, go read the comments on one of Zelkovich’s articles over at Yahoo! It’s not his fault of course, but being attached to a mainstream website really brings out some low level discourse.

January 27, 2014 12:58 pm

“Changes on Blue Jays radio- Bye bye to Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris. I wonder if the offseason had been more “exciting” if these two would have flown the coup.”

Wha? They did ‘fly the coop’.

January 27, 2014 2:20 pm

I think for Morris the opportunity was too good to pass up. The incumbent radio colour man moved to the TV side, the job opened up. Minny/St.Paul is home. Slam Dunk. Case closed. The only way Morris would have stayed is if he was guaranteed a World Series start.

Not sure what happened with Hayhurst. Did Rogers not want him back, or was it his choice? On Friday, as the news of the Morris move was coming out, he tweeted a link to the “Morris may be moving” story with a comment “Interesting”. The minutes later he tweeted out “Well, that escalated quickly…” as he found the updated, “Morris is moving” story.

So is the bridge burned?

January 27, 2014 3:22 pm

Well, Hayhurst was on the TBS panel during the playoffs (I think it was TBS). Either way he got some good reviews from the US media. My guess is he got some great analyst gig at MLB network or somewhere. Probably just a step up from a local broadcast.

Sucks for us though. I thought he was awesome last year.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 27, 2014 4:17 pm

Morris was not planning to leave, in fact, he was looking for a place to rent here, so the Minnesota offer was as Kyle said, an offer that he could not turn down to return home.

The same thing happened when Chuck Swirsky went back to his home in Chicago to do radio play-by-play, a step down from his role in Toronto, but the chance to live at home was too strong an inducement, plus, these are the Raptors after all.

Amazing how identical the two are, as both took roles that likely resulted in pay cuts, moving from television to radio. This illustrates again, following Ashby leaving, who was amazing, how even Toronto being a world class city, is still in another country and will always have issues out of hockey to attract and hold onto talent, often overpaying in order to do so.

January 27, 2014 4:43 pm

I dunno if that’s totally true RD.

Isn’t Devlin a bigger ‘name’ in the NBA media than Swirsky? Buck Martinez is a high profile guy too.

I’m sure there are guys who don’t want to be here because it’s Canada, but I sometimes think were a little quick to jump to that.

January 28, 2014 9:15 am

On Healy, I did not hear the Joey Moss comment, but a large base of his argument pro-Lowe was based on all the Stanley Cups, Canada Cups, All-Star games etc. he has achieved. What he forgot to mention was it was all as a player!
As a manager?? 3 playoff appearances in 12 years. Yes they did get to the Cup Final (more then any Leaf team in recent history) – but they caught lightning in a bottle as the 8th seed.
To base the argument for keeping a GM based on what you did as a player is a pretty poor excuse for an argument.

January 28, 2014 9:21 am

Anybody else see that the FAN hosted a screening of Cherry’s latest Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em yesterday, and then had a Q and A afterward with Grapes? Saw pics last night on their Facebook page.
This a sign of Sportsnet keeping Don in the fold when they take over HNIC next year?

January 28, 2014 9:56 am

Have to agree with Daniel’s comments.

Best of luck with the new site, too.

Steve Clark
January 28, 2014 10:51 am

Great point Daniel about Matt Devlin and Buck Martinez.. Both had a profile before the Raps and Jays respectively.

One thing that concerns me as a Canadian aspiring broadcaster has always been the amount of US talent on our airwaves. No question we are drawing quality broadcasters, but when greener pastures are found south of the border, then you can’t blame a person for leaving. For basketball and baseball here’s the split:

Basketball: Devlin and Jack Armstrong- American
Paul Johes, Eric Smith< Leo Rautins- Canadien

Baseball: Jerry Howarth, Dirk Hayhurst, Jack Morris, Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler- American
Mike Wilner- Canadian

(Should be noted, both TV voices who were Canadian, Jamie Campbell and Rob Faulds were essentially replaced, while Dan Shulman's story to ESPN has been well docucmented)

That's over half our broadcasters in baseball and basketball from the United States. Hockey is of course the exception. Rarely will a US voice infiltrate our hockey airwaves. Are we led to believe that there are no credible Canadian voices that can handle baseball, or basketball? I will say this: Minor league baseball exists only in a couple of markets, while braodcasting basketball is a relatively new phenomenon at the university/college semi-pro level.

Mike S
Mike S
January 28, 2014 4:00 pm

Apparently the 5 PM hour of PTS on Wednesday this week will feature Tim Leiweke in studio along with Dave Nonis, Masai Ujiri, and the TFC general manager………………no word yet on whether Drake will be joining them

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
January 28, 2014 5:06 pm

ahha..the new site is disguised as the old site, genious!!!!

January 28, 2014 5:48 pm

I like Brady and Walker on The Fan. Not as hockey-heavy as TSN is and I like the “Need to Know” feature and the interviews. This week with Walker away, I moved over to Richards just to switch things up.

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