Toronto Sports Media Twitter Fights


While many of you may have been asleep last night, some of us were watching the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Anaheim Ducks.

For those of you who know me, you know I am a huge Twitter fan and I believe that it’s the one “tool” that’s enhanced sports and entertainment home viewing more than any other. The ability to interact in real time with others following the game, or the show is the true definition of a social network. Why go to the bar when you can enjoy the camaraderie from home?

What’s unique about twitter is that those who get paid to cover the game are also visible in real time and interacting in real time too. I didn’t spend a ton of time in press boxes pre twitter but we the fans certainly didn’t get to observe the scribes chatting, joking or even talking. While we still can’t see them, those who are inclined do open up and express their opinions on all sort of things in the midst of an event. What makes it even more brilliant in my opinion is that most of those who participate aren’t shy to express their opinions about or to their fellow MSMer.

There have been several good examples of this and last night during the leafs ducks game there was another this time between the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons and the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle. You can see some of it here, but if you do a search for either on Twitter you will see the bulk of it. All good stuff and fun to watch from the outside.

Happy pre-blizzard Tuesday!

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March 11, 2014 3:44 pm

The one thing about twitter is that it gives you a glimpse into the personality of certain media members. I think, though, that this does more harm than good. I have never started reading somebody new or valuing their opinion more based on liking them personally. However, I find myself not being able to read or take seriously the work of certain others based on a negative(or in the case of Bruce Arthur) nauseating feeling towards them based on the personality they have based on their twitter image. Just seems like a no win situation for media members to do anything but spread their news or link their columns.

Lee (Oakville)
Lee (Oakville)
March 11, 2014 3:50 pm

Why go to a bar when you can enjoy the comraderie at home? Because I like communicating with real flesh and blood friends. Because Twitter is virtual, not real. Because I don’t idolize the sports media. Because I find Twitter wars to exemplify everything that’s wrong with Twitter, not what’s right or entertaining. Because tweeting 100 times a day is not life, it is hiding from it.

March 11, 2014 4:16 pm

Maybe I’m just an unsociable A-hole, but if I want to watch a game, the last thing I want is to be paying attention to idiotic “tweets”. I don’t see how or why comments that short can be of any use for anyone besides teenage girls sniping at each other, except maybe these media people directing others to their more substantial columns or blogs.

March 11, 2014 4:25 pm

Glad Bruce Arthur got mentioned above as a Twitter douche. I had to unfollow him a while ago.

And “fans” can’t interact with media guys because if you call a guy out, like you would in a bar, the guy just blocks you. “Conversation” over.

March 11, 2014 9:02 pm

I was having a nice laugh watching this last night. Seems like the veteran scribes (Simmons, Cox, etc) aren’t thrilled with Mirtle’s constant references to Corsi and other “new” stats.
For what it’s worth, I had my own Twitter argument with Mirtle last year over Eric Lindros and his being a potential Hall of Famer (Mirtle is convinced he is; I disagree). Mirtle came across with a bit of that “I’m a sports writer and you’re not” kind of attitude.
But it is amusing to see some of these industry feuds played out on Twitter.

Reel E
Reel E
March 14, 2014 2:34 pm

Crickets…is this site still working?

April 8, 2014 7:53 am

Mirtle is a terrible hockey writer – he is out of his depth commenting on something he knows little about, so he uses advanced stats and tries to pass himself off as an “expert” on one aspect of a games – The Globe Sports section has become a joke

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