Nominations For Shaky Hunt Toronto Sports Media MSM Of The Year

By TSM

Greeting from the Caribbean Sea! Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus and especially warm Boxing Day to one and all!!

As we’ve done in the past it’s time to recognize the best in the business of covering sports for a living – with the Jim Shaky Hunt Toronto Sports Media MSMer of the year.

So either via post or email let us know who you think is deserving of award as best in class for 2014 and why.

To qualify this person must be recognized as member of the Toronto main stream sports media.

The winner will be announced in early 2015!!

TSM

About the Author
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
61 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
rob j
rob j
December 26, 2014 9:40 am

How can it not be McCown? Still must-listen radio at least 3 or 4 segments each day

GreyCountyMike
GreyCountyMike
December 26, 2014 9:48 am

As much as it pains me to make this nomination, because I find his Tweets in particular to be just so self-righteous, I nonetheless must suggest Bruce Arthur. The guy has seemingly been on top of everything in 2014. His columns are topical and perceptive; his radio work is second to none.

Again, I find it difficult at times to like Arthur, but I believe he is totally deserving of consideration as the TSM MSMer of the Year.

Claire A Fye
Claire A Fye
December 26, 2014 10:46 am

@rob j How can it not be McCown? I’d say listen for a couple of days and you start asking “How can it be McCown?”
When was Bob Ryan relevant? How about Butch Carter? When McCown is listenable, it’s because of the guests, not him. Don Banks or Rob Becker come to mind. The rest is tripe. It might help if McCown showed any interest in the games. But that ended years ago.
I don’t know who I would nominate. But the story of the year has to be Rogers bidding so much for the NHL national rights. It’s changed the way we watch hockey, for better or worse. It’s funny. The sense you get is they did it to bury TSN, yet their presentation has been so bad it has only made TSN look better. Spending all that money just to be able to show you’re not as good as the other guys. And who was the genius who thought Strombo’s hiring was a good idea?
He looks like a guy who went to sleep one night on Queen Street and somehow woke up in a rink in Saskatoon. In those Queen West clothes. I half expect him to ask Kypreos what he thinks of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir. Actually, that might be entertaining. Which would be a first for this season’s Sportsnet telecasts. God spare us 11 more years of this crap.

dogpounder
dogpounder
December 26, 2014 11:24 am

Naylor.

a
a
December 26, 2014 11:30 am

J Mirtle

warden
warden
December 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Mirtle. Interesting informative columns and fantastic back and forth with commentors and fans, all with a level head and with out getting too preachy.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
December 26, 2014 12:13 pm

Since Bruce Arthur went to TSN sadly, as I really enjoyed the period when both he and Brunt were operating as Bob’s sidekick on PTS, and it would have been the perfect tandem, I have caught Bruce on Monday’s with Naylor when possible, and follow him via his columns and tweets.

I have voted for him in the past, and see no reason why I should’t again, as he does have the entire package.

GreyCountyMike is correct, his tweets are often self-righteous, but I accept that, as you do get his wit written into the body copy of the tweets.

trackback

[…] Nominations For Shaky Hunt Toronto Sports Media MSM Of The Year […]

HRM
HRM
December 26, 2014 1:23 pm

I will also put in a vote for Arthur. My feelings mirror GreyCountyMike’s sentiments exactly. That said, Arthur is an excellent writer and very good on the radio. His tweets equally infuriate and enlighten.

Peter Ballantine
Peter Ballantine
December 26, 2014 4:45 pm

James Mirtle. – Not. Even. Close.

That’s it. No one is as intelligent and truly covers the Leafs without ANY biases in this city. The fact that he was into advanced stats before any other MSM’er in Toronto (country really) and used them to PREDICT the Leafs collapse pushes him right to the top.

You have the typical garbage Leaf bashers that spend every waking moment trying to stick it to the Leafs (Bruce Arthur tops out as #1 in this category).

Arthur with his boring and dull anti-Leaf/Vancouver Canucks agenda and snootiness is really quite vomitous. Not to mention that now ANYTHING Montreal does is the GREATEST THING EVER according to this goof.

Apparently the habs doing the EXACT SAME CEREMONY year after year (zzzz…) by sending out a kid with the torch on the ice is cause for a Tony Award now! Don’t forget the hundreds of Tweets by the rest of the Toronto media that they’re the
“best in the world at ceremonies”.

Now if Toronto did the EXACT same thing, it would be called boring, unoriginal and that it’s just not as good as the habs hahaha. Just ridiculously hilarious. Sad T.O sports media.

I see that everyone here is also sick of Arthur’s nonsense. Hopefully he reads this and tries to improve himself and how he comes off (terribly) while on the various forms of media in this city. You can’t be going on the radio with that rushed, horrible fry voice, condescending speak as he does. Just comes off awful.

Anyways, Mirtle is the man and it would do ALL Toronto sports media well to be half the writer and person he is. Cheers.

alex
alex
December 26, 2014 4:53 pm

Mirtle deserves some kind of award for having to deal w Simmons trolling him over analytics.

GoJays
GoJays
December 26, 2014 5:38 pm

I think Arthur’s Twitter fawning over domestic abuser Terrell Suggs’ shot at Goodell should take him out of the running. His pathetic attempt to spin it after the fact was the icing on the cake. Andrew Walker nailed him on it. Douche.

mickey b
mickey b
December 26, 2014 6:48 pm

Claire- you are bang on with everything you said. For me, by far the most entertaining person of the year was Jeff O’Neill. He’s extremely entertaining and he actually knows the game way better than 99% of the guys out there covering it that think they know the game.

Optimustic
Optimustic
December 26, 2014 8:49 pm

Gotta go with Mirtle too. Most honest and level headed of any of them.

Bobby Digital
Bobby Digital
December 26, 2014 9:50 pm

I’d give Naylor a slight edge over Mirtle for best/most intelligent with Jeff O’Neil earning the most entertaining. I give Elliot Friedman bonus points for being forced to deal with the twin pillars of ignorance in Nick Kypreos and Damian Cox on a nightly basis.

Chris
Chris
December 27, 2014 2:56 am

I’ll be honest .. I listen and watch Bob McCown’s show alot of the time. As do most of us.. We complain about the terrible and unlistenable efforts John Shannon and Ken Reid give us, but we still find ourselves glued and waiting to hear what comes next… We hate the ear diarrhea Butch Carter and Rob Bekker provides us, but we try to hold on for the odd baseball/hockey GM that might, and I mean MIGHT come in.

Why do we hold on to the BobCat? It’s like an old pair of jeans or anything else we are comfortable with. We like to hold on to something we know. We have our AM preset to 590 .. not 1050 .. to hit the 2 or 3 on our presets is a pain in the ass.

The sad part is, Dave Naylor’s show right now is far better. Once upon a time as we all know, Bob McCown’s program was the be and end all.

The only way to change things is to stop listening to Bob, and tune in to Dave. That way, Rogers is forced to waked up .. not likely to happen, but at least we here can start something.

WestDale Rocks
WestDale Rocks
December 27, 2014 9:25 am

Five years ago, I would have looked myself in the mirror with a “What the hell you talking’ ’bout, Willis”? expression. But my nomination for this award is WAY off the beaten path: Roger Lajoie. The guy used to drive me nuts because his show was ALL listener call ins. This is bad enought, but making it worse was that Roger is awful at call-ins. But now his show is WAY more skewed to interviews…and I have to say, he excels at that. It’s refreshing on evenings and weekends to hear his show, and it’s WAY more listenable than clowns like Ennis, Sammut, etc. It’s good radio.

Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts
December 27, 2014 9:46 am

Elliotte Friedman is informative, thoughtful and level-headed. He soared above the rest in 2014.

Andrew
Andrew
December 27, 2014 9:56 am

Since someone already went off the reservation, I’ll follow. My vote goes to Steve Simmons. He covers more than one sport(which eliminates Mirtle for me) and is always an entertaining read on Sundays. Oddly, the number of people who comment on his column every week just to tell him what an idiot he actually validates him. Hosting TSN Drive as well as he did is the cherry on top. It’s like discovering your favourite driver doesn’t just qualify the shit out of the car but he actually has some racecraft too.

Toronto non MSM winner is MIB in a walk. Saturday is MIB, Sunday is Simmons.TITTL

Crazy canuck
Crazy canuck
December 27, 2014 9:59 am

With honourble mention to Arthur for me the guy I still turn to for education and entertainment is Jeff Blair. Not the smoothest or most text book in his delivery, I find listening to Blair is like sitting in a bar having a beer with a buddy. He is informative, Frank and not afraid to put his ass on the line. Especially in baseball season he brings an insight that no one else in this market can touch

rob j
rob j
December 27, 2014 10:03 am

So as of now, McCown is tied with Lajoie? What is wrong with u people! At least Wilner has been shut out thus far

MattK
MattK
December 27, 2014 10:07 am

No one jumps out to me, in Toronto John Lott is good but don`t think he is ever on the radio, when Tim and Sid are serious they are the best Toronto MSM but they have too many bad jokes and sound effects. I’ll vote Arthur good writer his twitter can be entertaining,but he should slow it down a bit. Should have stayed on Prime Time with Bob though.

I’ll say Zach Lowe is my favourite sports writer in North America.

Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
December 27, 2014 12:47 pm

My vote, not for the most popular, but the media guy/girl who I believe made the most strides towards relevance and integrity is Elliot Friedman.

I believe many of the former newspaper guys that went to Sportsnet, fell in integrity, and thus relevance.

EF seemed to emmerge – thus he get’s my vote.

Alex
Alex
December 27, 2014 1:01 pm

to a couple of the points above:

– i think many of the regulars here do not blindly listen to Bob anymore and pick and choose based on the guests and/or co-hosts. For me, any day with Butch Carter or Ken Reid is an instant delete of the pod or switch to another station. Same with any basketball talk or Certain FOB regulars (Neil Smith, Maclean).

– i was a big pro-Naylor guy but was turned off my his anti-soccer stance in the summer. Also, too much football talk for a sport i no longer watch.

– Simmons can be good, but too often i think he is TSN’s Damian Cox, trolling for trolling sake, especially now being the proud anti-fancy stats guy. His “feud” with Mirtle is/was unbecoming.

If this was MVMSM, it would have to be Brunt, since his absence is so impossible to fill.

Trevor
Trevor
December 27, 2014 7:10 pm

I think my vote would have to be Eliotte Friedman as we’ll. I enjoy his 30 thoughts column both from before the Rogers NHL deal and now. Plus his radio work is thoughtful and entertaining.

Kevin Christiani
Kevin Christiani
December 27, 2014 7:13 pm

Mirtle by a landslide. He has done an amazing job integrating analytics into the stories he writes. Everything he writes I read.

Darrell
Darrell
December 27, 2014 11:50 pm

Elliotte “the Freidge” Freidman, gets my vote, for sure.

Drumanchor
Drumanchor
December 27, 2014 11:52 pm

Stephen Brunt.

I’m surprised he has not been mentioned already as I believe that most of us often lament over the fact that he is not on PTS as much as we would like. When he is, he makes McCown a far more valuable asset to Rogers and Sportsnet and The Fan 590. His thoughtful inside is unmatched.

Aside from the fact of how well he can narrate over tinkly piano music, he provides Rogers with his best talent – as a writer. He writes for television. He writes for the Sportsnet website. He writes for their magazine. He writes, or co-writes, best selling books (which in this country is saying something). The man can write.

He is a triple threat and Rogers utilizes it as much as they can to their advantage. They are not dumb. They know what he brings to the table.

Therefore, in my opinion, I believe there is no more valuable person in the MSM and my vote would be for him.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
December 28, 2014 11:11 am

After reading all these comments i have come to some conclusions:
Bobcat is clearly not what he used to be.
Brunt, once one of the best has gotten addicted to the Rogers kool-aid and his work has reflected it.
Naylor,Arthur ect nothing outstanding there.
Soo,just maybe the best in the class in msm in Toronto for 2014 is no-one.

Wefewee
Wefewee
December 28, 2014 1:30 pm

Brunt is the guy. He is sorely missed on PTS.

AP
AP
December 28, 2014 1:34 pm

I’m gonna say it. All the media suck around here. And so my votes go to TSM himself and Mike in Boston. Those are the must read columns for me any given week.

Frankly I went from listening to the Fan 590 every day all day to barely listening anymore. McCown and his guests are no longer must listen. Brunt and Grange are shills. Arthur I no longer listen or read after dumping him on Twitter a couple of years ago.

Sam
Sam
December 28, 2014 1:52 pm

I have to go with nobody for msm re of the year. I think the biggest story of the year is rogers purchasing nhl rights (obviously) which kind of overshadows everything. Let’s hope PTS raises it’s game big time next year.

Steve Clark
December 28, 2014 10:16 pm

As Rogers getting and starting the national NHL Package was the story of not only late 2013, but a lot of this year, my vote for MSM’er of the year goes to George Stromboloupolos. As of right now, I am still of two minds with Strombo, but overall I think he has been very good. The issue with George and with Hockey on Rogers so far is that he’s dealing with a lot of talent and personalities. On any given night you can get Kypreos, MacLean, Healy, Cox, Friedman, Pang, Jaffe, Morrison, and/or a combo of the aforementioned. Tough to break out that way. Subtly, I’ve noticed a gradual change. The hair is a little more conservative, he’s started wearing ties and I think he’s growing into the position.

I chose him because he took over from Ron Maclean a guy who was synonomous with the Hockey Night brand, and whom many of us grew up with and everyone had a opinion on him before he started.

Since he started, if you take social media, as a barometer, most of the commentary has been negative. Love him , hate him? Everyone’s got an opinion on him, and that’s why I chose him to be MSM’er of the year.

Runner up would be Eliote Friedman, as he excels on TV, radio and as a reporter
2nd runner up: Steve Simmons- lots of negativity, but still shines as a writer with a high profile column, lots of radio/tv exposure.

Can’t endorse Mirtle, like others. He’s got the smartest guy in the room syndrome because he can crunch some numbers and still write articulately

The Londoner
The Londoner
December 28, 2014 11:39 pm

I also select George Stromboloupolos. In these end of the year selections, it is not necessarily the best or the worst individual that is selected but the one that has had the biggest impact during the year. Stromboloupolos has made major waves in sports media, taking over from Ron Maclean and being the face of Rogers hockey package.

I for one think George Stromboloupolos is doing a good job. The people criticizing his wardrobe need to take more visits outside of their Mennonite farming community into the city.

I wish to add to the criticism of Bob McCown. When he talks basketball I have to race to change the station because I don’t like the feeling of hearing or seeing people embarrass themselves. I am not a hockey person but I am guessing there it is just as bad. I don’t understand how someone could talk for so long about something he doesn’t watch. I have a hunch listening to him that he watches very little.

Rob
Rob
December 29, 2014 12:54 am

I know he doesn’t come from one of the “big four” sports but he is a reporter who is a former athlete and ironically has more journalistic integrity than all of the “journalists” in the high profile jobs across the city. My vote is: Jason Devos. If every journalist covered their respective sport the way JDV did, sports fan in this city would be better served. Unfortunately, they don’t. They don’t come even close. Imagine this: he is informative, un-biased, full of insight and even entertaining!

Devos takes his job seriously, can be light-hearted at times and most importantly tells it as it is. Maybe he has less to lose than the rest of them but he is truly honest and holds no punches but gives praise when it is deserved. He is fair in his coverage of all three MLS teams, both Men and Women National teams, the National team program as a whole and Premier League coverage.

We have a jewel of a reporter, unfortunately he is covering a low profile sport and won’t ever get the respect he deserves simply because he is a “soccer guy”. I know he has no shot at winning this award but I want Jason to receive the respect he deserves as a journalist who may not often get the recognition he deserves.

dogpounder
dogpounder
December 29, 2014 10:35 am

Some of the poopy-pants whining here is so Toronto.

Antonio
Antonio
December 29, 2014 1:52 pm

Watching Strombo is truly cringe-worthy. At first I was watching much a person wants to turn their head at a crash site but now I can’t even do that – he’s that bad and irritating. I have no idea what kind of pictures he has of Pelley and Moore, but I bet they’re good – rather I mean really, really bad.

Jamally
Jamally
December 29, 2014 4:13 pm

Sid hosting Prime Time sports – Brunt in at 5pm.

THANK GOD the first hour is talking about Leafs/Raptors/NFL and not the Toronto Blue Jays, which is Bob’s agenda and his aging demographics. Breath of fresh air. Of course, I am sure Brunt will come in at 5pm and talk about the Jays since that’s right up his alley.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
December 29, 2014 5:03 pm

Stephen Brunt is in the studio – Sabbatical over! All week long! I think I can speak for pretty much all of us, that even Brunt as a Sportsnet shill is far better than the alternatives of late.

Alex
Alex
December 29, 2014 5:31 pm

But they stick him with Sid.

A cruel trick by PTS staff.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
December 29, 2014 5:39 pm

Rob – You are right about Devos but I would for further and say most of our soccer guys – Forest, Jack, and the still unpolished but fun Danny Dichio – are all pretty good. When I go back to the UK and Ireland each winter I’m always struck by how bad some of their analysts are. Some are just all-round celebrity ex-players who show up in a studio once in a while but don’t seem up to date on what’s happening in the leagues they cover. Others are angling for jobs with certain teams or have biases for or against players/teams which seem personal. These are problems that don’t exist with those on TSN/Sportsnet where more often than not they tell it like it is. Hopefully it will stay that way.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
December 29, 2014 6:07 pm

Speaking of soccer. With TSN nabbing the rights to Champions League I wouldn’t be surprised if The Fan talks even less about soccer than they already do. Sort of like how they are (or appear to be) ignoring the World Juniors.

dogpounder
dogpounder
December 29, 2014 6:46 pm

That’s ok. TSN does 4 networks’ worth of world junior analysis anyways. SN has no void to fill there.

Ken B
Ken B
December 29, 2014 10:26 pm

I’m narrow-casting, but James Duthie deserves some attention. In this country, time and again he’s proven to be unrivalled as a sports tv host, and is always a good listen whenever he’s on radio. Fortunately for TSN, he rejected reported overtures from Sportsnet to jump ship.

While Rogers obviously has the majority of the NHL, I find the consistency and analysis still available on TSN, is far superior and more credible. One exception, like others have mentioned, is Elliotte Friedman. While I haven’t minded Strombo’s work because in part, I don’t think he’s been surrounded with great talent, Friedman would have been a safer and wiser choice – at least to this point.

As for radio, I like the fact there are alternatives. As has been stated, Bob McCown can still be entertaining and informative when paired with Stephen Brunt, but once I learned Ken Reid was being trotted out as co-host, it was see-yah. Dave Naylor may not be the most dynamic broadcaster, but he’s knowledgeable and is usually paired with solid co-hosts, so the show works well.

Not that Chris
Not that Chris
December 29, 2014 11:27 pm

@Another Andrew

It’s not just the Fan ignoring the WJ games, it’s the entire city. There is zero buzz about it. Toronto isn’t a hockey town, it’s a Leafs town.

Baz
Baz
December 30, 2014 4:53 am

Jeff O’Neill. Despite the terrible nickname, I find him the most ‘entertaining’ person on the radio. Not the best, but the most fun.

Dogpounder
Dogpounder
December 30, 2014 8:02 am

@Not that Chris

+1

mickey b
mickey b
December 30, 2014 8:52 am

CP24 was broadcasting live from Real Sports last night and it was all about the world juniors. Every jersey that I saw in there was a red Team Canada jersey. The crowd was definitely there to watch the Canadian team and this was while a Leafs game was on tv. I’ve been to a different sports bar for every game so far (including one exhibition game) and they’ve been packed with people there exclusively to watch the Team Canada juniors. Where I work had a team Canada pep rally. This is all in Toronto. Not sure where the no buzz in Toronto thing is coming from but from my first hand experience, I would have to say that’s really far from the truth. Maybe in your circles that’s the case but wow, I’ve never seen so much buzz for the World Juniors early on in the tourny. Car honking was going crazy on Yonge St. after the Germany win.

Daniel
Daniel
December 30, 2014 3:31 pm

@ (Another) Andrew – I think The Fan has talked a fair bit of World Juniors actually.

I think the whole ‘no buzz’ thing partly comes from the fact that apparently ticket sales haven’t been as good as were expected. According to Sid and Brunt last night anyway.

I haven’t noticed much buzz, but I don’t follow the world juniors, so I probably wouldn’t notice anyway.

Neil
Neil
December 30, 2014 7:50 pm

When sportsnet is not a rights holder they tend to ignore or bash the league in which they do not have rights wirh. Just listen to Bob talk about the CFL and the Argo’s or for example a couple of days ago George Russick bashing the world juniors hockey tornament. I’ll say this. For the next twelve years this short tournament will clobber the NHL, TV ratings wise especially with Rogers as a rights holder. Fact is when Canadian teams exit the playoff picture viewership takes a massive decline and we all know the success of Canadian teams in playoff for the last decade or. I know that in the spring advertisers can pick and choose from a multitiude of available spots during NHL playoff games.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
December 30, 2014 8:03 pm

Well, until today I’d heard nothing from The Fan, just listening sporadically as normal between early afternoon and 7pm. Today they talked more about it but it was, unsurprisingly, about the negative stuff. Of course, it goes the other way to with TSN’s over the top pro-Juniors stuff. Tonight I overheard a news broadcast’s sports anchor talking about how incredible the ratings have been; most watched hockey of the entire year and all that; when I checked the channel, sure enough, it was a CTV (ie Bell) affiliate.

It’s just a pet peeve of mine when media companies engage in this boosterism or the opposite depending on whether their company has the rights. It makes them all look like fakes with the integrity of used car salesmen. With The Fan being the only Canadian sports radio I listened to much I expect it to be sports talk in general, not just talk about sports Rogers has the main rights to. Perhaps in these days of the synergy of cross-promotion (or whatever the cheesy expression is) I’m being unrealistic but I think a lot of people see through it (it’s not exactly subtle!) and will start to treat it with derision.

Neal
Neal
December 30, 2014 9:23 pm

Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith do a great job in covering the Jays. I would nominate them for the award.

WestDale Rocks
WestDale Rocks
December 31, 2014 8:43 am

I completely agree with comments regarding rights dictating coverage. It’s bogus. 680 News is burying the World Jrs deep into their sportscasts. News is news. Cover it.
On another note, the programmers at The Fan and TSN Radio sure don’t like morning commuters. Foisting Ennis and Sammut (Fan) and Matt “I’m an Arogant Know It All” Cauz on those of us driving is an invitation to cause an accident.

alex
alex
December 31, 2014 12:17 pm

Great example of Rogers largess.

They flew Marek to DC just to do one hour of radio and then flying him back before the WC.

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
January 1, 2015 3:58 pm

After seeing the ratings for the World Juniors (they are blowing the NHL out of the water) out of curiosity I decided to check the Twitter accounts of several Rogers/TheFan “personalities” – something I’ve only ever done once.

Over the last week or so hockey guy Damein Cox makes no references to the WJs. Elliotte Friedman? Nothing. Arash Madani mentions it once: Dougie Hamilton, when asked about the Canada v USA game said he didn’t care about it. So one reference – a snide one at that – to the event that has topped the sports ratings over the past week. Good coverage of the Canadian sports scene guys! Personally, I don’t actually care what they have to say about the WJs (or any other sport when it comes to Cox) but I do like to know who is a good corporate lackey and who isn’t.

Here are the ratings.

Alex
Alex
January 1, 2015 5:37 pm

It was hilarious hearing how many different ways Sid danced around the game, since pts was on against it.

After the game, he said “welcome to those watching from the bell centre”

What obfuscation

Rick
Rick
January 2, 2015 1:07 am

Loved seeing the picture of “ole Hunt”. Shake used to catch a quick nap (or so we thought he was napping) in the producers office back in the 90’s before going on air. A few of us would be talking about or debating something when Shake would blurt out an answer, then take over the conversation. Miss that guy. Anytime I have a beer at lunch I think of him. Always had 1 beer with his lunch.

Baz
Baz
January 3, 2015 6:38 am

Yesterday was a John Shannon nightmare come true. Appearances on HockeyCentral at noon, Tim & Sid, PTS Roundtable and analyst on the Oiler game I wanted to watch. A Quadrella of ineptitude and mediocrity followed. This failed TV producer analyzing anything but camera angles is a fraud.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 3, 2015 8:21 am

Baz, out of all the so called sports broadcasters that the Fan has thrown out there over the years, none has even come close to Shannon in terms of a click or switch with me, which is often, as you just attested to.

How he has managed to get so much airtime is beyond me, as even putting aside his contributions, which are not even mentionable, he basically just fills air time, his shrill voice alone is enough to put me off.

Combine that with everything he says comes out in a “Let me tell you something else” attitude, basically spouting that his opinion is the only one that is right, plus his interrupting during interviews, not knowing when to pipe in, and general disdain for anyone under 40 i.e. Tim, the one time I caught him on podcast, since I heard so much about it, referring to how Toronto will always be a hockey town, and belittling Tim and his excellent points regarding demographics and how basketball is played far more on the streets and in the parks than hockey is i.e. basketball nets everywhere, and this was before the Raptors are the juggernaut they are today, capturing this city and countries imagination.

I have no clue as to how Shannon has managed to not only survive, but prosper in this environment, and it is a sad commentary on the product that Kollins is throwing out at us.

I find my listening habits more related to who I am avoiding than engaging on the Fan, and the show I listen to the most is Tim and Sid, with a click or change when the “Ambassador of Hockey” makes his entrance on their show. It seems like it is All-Shannon, all the time, and I have to believe he has pictures, and pretty good ones, to be in this position.

Over the years on this blog it is rare that a poster praises Shannon for what he brings to the table. You would think that via this blog, and with the polling that Kollins does, somehow it would get through to him, but it hasn’t, and in fact gotten much worse.

Baz, for me it is a John Shannon nightmare whenever he is on, unless as you said, he is discussing camera angles, which I am happy to listen to him for one segment on, but that’s it.

Mike S
Mike S
January 6, 2015 6:44 pm

My vote would probably go to Duthie…………but I am a huge Duthie fan (I think I have voted for him in the past) so I am a bit biased

He didn’t do anything particularly noteworthy in 2014 (other than staying loyal to TSN by turning down the Rogers job that ended up going to Strombo)……….I just think he is consistently excellent at just about everything he does, whether it be trade deadline, world juniors, NHL host (regional games only now), etc………….I also enjoy his radio apearances on 1050…………and he is reasonably entertaining on Twitter without being holier than thou like others tend to be

Pat
Pat
February 8, 2015 9:50 pm

My vote would go to Brian Hayes. Very versatile broadcaster and interviewer. Doesn’t just focus on NHL on his own show. Can ask the tough questions.

61
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x