Gifts To The Toronto Sports Media

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By TSM @yyzsportsmedia

Happy Holidays to one and all!!!

In the spirit of giving I thought it would make sense to hand out some holiday gifts to those in the games we cover:

* To those who lost jobs at Bell, Telus, Rogers or CHCH, our gift to you is a job doing what you love soon!
* To Jeff Blair, better ratings, we can only guess what’s going on there, but the show is better than the ratings suggest
* To TSN 1050 PD Jeff McDonald, a healthy lineup
* To Greg Brady and Andrew Walker, either your own shows, or a meaningful time slot
* To all the hockey insiders, more deals during the year, and given how few there have been this year a record setting deadline day
* To Dirk Hayhurst, a regular sports gig
* To Jeff Marek, a more prominent role in the Toronto Sports media scene
* Michael Traikos, Scott Stinson, Eric Koreen, John Lott and the rest of the writers at The National Post: a broader reader base
* To Bruce Arthur, Richard Griffin, Dave Feschuk, Doug Smith and the rest of the writers at The Toronto Star: a sports section without Rosie in it, at least not this Rosie.
* To Bob Elliott, Steve Simmons, Steve Buffery, Lance Hornby, Terry Koshan, Ryan Wolstat, an online website without a ridiculous paywall
* To David Shoalts: a few more exclusives with Bob McCown
* James Mirtle: a team with more upside to cover
* Catahl Kelly: More colleagues to reduce the amount of effort it apparently takes
* The TSN 1050 lineup: a bigger audience
* To Tony Ambrogio: more on air time
* Dave Cadeau: anther Blue Jays season like last season
* Bob McCown: a better array of part time hosts and a makeup session with Stephen Brunt
* Dean Blundell: a real co-host or more time with the likes of John Paul Morosi
* To the hosts of the “news” shows on TSN, Sportsnet and the Score: younger audiences tuning in
* Nelson Millman : a lineup featuring Stellick and Landry, Hogan and Toth, Howard Berger and Norm Rumak
* Howard Berger: a tax attorney & a job in the business
* Mike Wilner: one night to go off on your callers without any repercussions.
* Shi Davidi: recognition on a bigger world stage for the work you do.
* Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph: 5 year passes to leaf road games
* Dan Shulman: More time at home now that you are back (in part) where you belong)
* Matt Devlin, Eric Smith, Paul Jones, Jack Armstrong: a bigger audience year round
* John Paul Morosi and Richard Deitsch, more plan trips north for longer periods, we love when you are on the air.
* To the ladies in the sports business, congrats for where you are, and many, many more opportunities in the marketplace for you and those who follow you! We want our first female radio host in Toronto!
* Our readers: First our thanks for coming back, your loyalty and participating. Then, more content and more respect in the comments
* TO MIB: a huge thanks for picking up the slack, for the awesome weekly articles and the odd coffee too.
To all in the industry, especially those who agree to engage in interviews, provide feedback ad engage us as frequently as you do, we thank you! We wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season with friends and family.


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Rob J
Rob J
December 26, 2015 10:17 am

To Steve Simmons: A lesson on googling so you don’t wish happy birthday to dead people

December 26, 2015 10:54 am

To Mike Richards: petition Bell to bring back David Bastl as your co-host.

Bob Canuck
Bob Canuck
December 26, 2015 11:12 am

To TSM and MIB: the continued passion, interest, and energy that makes this site a worthwhile destination.

To all commentators: the resolve to disagree with one another when appropriate but never be disagreeable.

Rob J
Rob J
December 26, 2015 12:06 pm

Can I add another one. For the poor fans of Tor teams: obviously not much can be done about the product you’ve been forced to endure for decades, but hopefully this ridiculous situation of the media and the teams sharing ownership, leading to a massive conflict of interest in all sports will end at some point.

December 26, 2015 12:16 pm

This is a truly wonderful site – thanks to all who continue to contribute and make it one of the few ‘must-read’ sites I visit on a regular basis. (To be honest, I frequently mention it when talking sports with my spouse or friends.) Best of wishes for a tremendous Toronto Sports Media new year.

Uncle Slick
Uncle Slick
December 26, 2015 5:18 pm

Hear, hear, Bob Canuck

December 26, 2015 7:40 pm

Has become a ritual for me to visit this site every Saturday to read the latest column, just as it is on Sundays to read what Steve Simmons has to say and Fridays to hear the PTS roundtable. Thanks for everything you do TSM and MIB!

December 27, 2015 9:53 am

Great job guys! I’ve been checking and posting on this site for about 5 years. It’s nice to know that there are other sports nerds like me out there who not only care about the sports, but the way they are presented and the personalities that cover them. For that reason I will always come back. Cheers

December 27, 2015 10:40 am

To PTS listeners – an increase in Bob’s give-a-fuck meter

December 27, 2015 5:43 pm

Ron Wilson may never be a media darling, but he deserves big-time credit for calling out his sometimes employer TSN for their WJHC coverage, specifically the intense heat put on the Canadian representatives every year.

The rah-rah on-air rhetoric surrounding his tournament is ridiculous; the Canadian players understand full well what’s at stake and certainly don’t need James Duthie or Gord Miller ranting on and on about “Canadian heart and desire.” Memo to TSN: Canada does not have a monopoly on heart and desire; players from many countries, including Canada, care about this tournament and actually try to win, too.

Steve Clark
December 28, 2015 2:44 pm

The only thing I would slightly disagree with on this list is more regular co host appeareances for Richard Deitsch and Jon Morosi. Do not get me wrong. I really enjoy those guys and the content and personality they bring. For me though, I would like to keep all steady , regular radio gigs to Canadians, and not have the US invastion (if you could call 2 people an invasion). Keep them as regular guests, but limit their co-host appearances.

December 29, 2015 10:09 am


Another well written response. I, too, have often lamented the thinly-veiled jingoistic “it’s OUR game” tone of their broadcasts. Mind you, they know their audience. Clearly, they have taken what was once a nice little tournament and transformed it into a heavyweight production. Big business for them and their sponsors.

December 29, 2015 2:09 pm

My sentiment echoes that of Rob J. Well said. The Rogers/Bell monopoly on all things Toronto sports is the worst thing that could have happened.

December 29, 2015 2:37 pm

I have slagged every show at some point to different degrees. I have to say after a recent three city trip out West – Winnipeg / Calgary / Edmonton – we truly have an embarrassment of sports media riches in Toronto. I listen to every show and I thank them all for their work in 2015 and I wish them all the best in 2016.

My only wish for 2016 is that sports media types on Twitter stop deploying the ‘at least I know how to properly use your and you’re’ as their default response to chirpers. I would guess 99% of the time it is an auto correct error. Makes the media appear childish and small. Brady and Simmons chief among them. Your welcome to you’re opinion. Oops.

December 29, 2015 2:45 pm

Weird – wrote the above then read a Steve Simmons ‘your you’re’ Tweet (Dec 29, 2:34 PM ) that was written at the same time as I wrote my post. Though that example seems written by someone who actually doesn’t know the correct usage. Regardless, enough already.

December 29, 2015 8:58 pm

The dumbest part of the Sun paywall is that once you reach your “10 complimentary articles” you can just delete your history and cookies and get 10 all over again!

December 29, 2015 10:10 pm


I would imagine that comment, mentioning just how much pressure these young hockey players are under and reminding said players that they are under pressure, has way, way more to do with coach Ron Wilson playing games with the minds of 19 year olds then any actual caring of ‘bias’ and ‘rah-rah on-air rhetoric’. Its Wilson just playing games, nothing more, nothing less. I get that you love to rant and complain based on your messages on here, but you’re REALLY looking way to deep into this 😉

December 31, 2015 10:09 pm


Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal are pretty awful as well. Vancouver has a couple of bright lights but the drive shows are embarrassing. Ottawa is bush league. Montreal only has Melnick.

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