Devlin & Grange Get Their Due; Small Change At TSN Radio


So winning extended beyond the court to the pressbox as Matt Devlin & Michael Grange were Sports Media Canada’s 2019 Achievement Award recipients in broadcasting and sportswriting.

I can’t argue with either choice and have to believe that the duo would have won even if the Raptors didn’t do the same.

Hat tip to both guys and to the organization for getting it right.

I will say it again, as of right now the Raptors have the best media group of all the teams in Toronto.

but…..please buy rockem sockem 97 please, pretty please.

Do me a favor if you read this spot regularly, listen to the Fan 590-morning show this week on Monday and Tuesday and then to the TSN 1050 Wed and Thursday and then Friday send me a note with your thoughts on both. Try not to make it personal. I will reprint the best, honest reviews.

One of the more bizarre radio experiments has fizzled out. Yes, the Dart Guy show on TSN 1050 is no more. This is NOT a knock on the guy, but giving him a radio show seemed to be a very strange gimmick that left many in the industry ask the question- why.

TSN radio was gaining some momentum when the show was announced and while they had sponsors it was in a word weird. Some of you may (I said may) say something like but he….. Not really interested. Until he was on TV during that game no one cared.

So, what happened?

Well, this is directly from TSN Radio:

“Nothing more to say than we just decided it was time for a change. Shapiro didn’t want to do it anymore and that broke up the team.”

Shapiro is not Mark btw…

Follow up to the Rosie story…

Hat tip to Kaitlyn McGrath over at the Athletic:

“The stage was set for Guerrero to be the American League’s rookie of the year, and be the reason to watch Blue Jays baseball.

And then, well, it didn’t happen that way.”

No, this is not a dump on Vladdy piece but a recognition by a member of the media who is at least calling it like it was. Unrealistic expectations unrealized is how season 1 should be labeled. Man oh man were people drooling at the Guerrero show as it was announced that he was going to be elevated to the MLB. Hell, people wanted to exercise the Blue Jays brass for keeping in the minors as long as they did (no, this is not a debate on that).

Yes, he may very well live up to the hype, but we can all admit that this was not what the overhype machine had predicted.

“Was Vlad Guerrero Jr’s 2019 season a disappointment? The answer is, for me, almost for sure yes.”

That from Drew Fairservice here . Thanks to Andrew Stoeten for pointing out the newsletter in his Vladdy review here.

Now let’s see what others have to say as the season mercifully ends.

BTW, by all accounts, the blame at least in large part for the mess that was this season is in large part due to the hand tying of Shapiro by Blue Jays ownership who did not let him undertake the teardown how and when he wanted. Shapiro has miserably failed the PR battle but Rogers has some splaining to do themselves. PS they won’t.

Once and for all let me air this opinion because I get asked this all the time: TSN is not going to bail out Rogers by taking on more NHL Games UNLESS Rogers offers up to TSN meaningful playoff games. That my friends is very unlikely to happen and therefore the debate ends.

Finally, thanks to that former radio host who was once on the Fan 590 who finally got it right, this is “a shitty blog”.

Happy Reading


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September 21, 2019 3:16 pm

Rosie is a giant piece of shit. When newspapers in their current form die, no one is going to be sad that general columnists like her, Cathal Kelly, et al. will disappear. If you’re too dumb or lazy to be knowledgeable in one sport instead of being dumb af in all sports, then just go to a different department.

Sidebar: Hilarious that you site still have all the semi-naked-chick posts live on your blog.

September 22, 2019 9:08 pm

The initial hiring of Dart Guy seemed to have caused ripples in the industry, and not the good kind. I understand the qualms about hiring a guy off the street to do a weekend show over people that have spent years trying to break in, but people forget that radio is a for-profit commercial business. TSN decided to strike while the iron was hot while he was getting viral fame. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Good on TSN for thinking outside the box. We need more of that in sports radio.

Mark Coale
Mark Coale
September 23, 2019 11:39 am

I was mildly surprised to see one list of each team’s best rookie pick Bichette over Guerrero. Wonder what would have happened if they had brought both up to start the season. 

Grange might be a really good writer but has he gotten better on the radio? He comes across as a nice fellow, but he was hard to listen back when he was Blair’s co host. 

stephen marks
stephen marks
September 23, 2019 9:06 pm

Ah Rosie, you have a twitter account, how cute. I use to think of you as the last of a dying breed, desperately clinging to a decaying industry receding into our collective consciousness faster than Dan Shulman’s hairline. I always pictured you sitting in the Star’s newsroom surrounded by 200 empty desks, banging away at the keys of an old Underwood while drinking bad coffee from a styrofoam cup, chain-smoking Pall Mall’s and occasionally stopping to shake that tiny bottle of liquid eraser every time your managing editor informed you to whiteout the word “fuck.” Now your tweets are being censored. I guess it’s not your fault the Star forced you to backpedal faster than Mike Boon on a unicycle spotting Bob McCown standing on black ice announcing his impending take-over of Great Lakes Brewery.

Ah, Don “Grapes” Cherry. Really Don, you had to go all the way back to the ’50s to remember when Toronto was the safest place on the planet. You didn’t do any international travel back then Don, how would you know? You spent the 50’s riding a Greyhound bus 19 hours a day bench warming for the Hersey Bears. Don, you stepped on more busses than Godzilla walking through a TTC maintenance facility, you never even saw an airport till you picked up Bobby Orr and chauffeured him from Logan International to Boston Garden. Don if you wanted to compare Toronto to another country you should have coached the West German women’s hockey team in ’79. They won a gold medal that year for the very same reason you caused the Bruins to lose to the Habs…too many men on the ice!

Ah Jeff Blair. Dude you’re working hard doing two shows a day. You’ve got a lot on your plate my friend, like Mike Wilner at an All You Can Eat buffet. Mike, you took on the weight of Tom Cheek’s legacy plus an extra 60 pounds just for fun. Dude you slid into a spot vacated by Mr. Cheek’s departure, then you slid into a spot because of Mr. McCown’s departure. You’re a musical chair opportunist. Folks if you’re ever in a nice restaurant seated at a table you reserved 3 months in advance and you see Mike Wilner waiting in line, don’t go to the restroom if the music has stopped.

And Blair, what can I say. You’re crustier than a loaf of No Frills bread wrapped in Hugh Hefner’s bedsheets. I don’t get your interview style Blair, you say “ahhhhhhhhhh” more than an 8th-grade gym class being checked for strep throat. You take so many pregnant pauses you only sign 9-month contracts. Dude you look like you looked ancient when you were 12. Come on Blair, crack a grin once in a while. You smile less than a CannTrust stockholder surrounded by No Smoking signs. Open up Blair, breathe a little, be more transparent, have some flavor and ambiance……you know, all the things McCown’s ’09 Chardonnay didn’t have! But you got the hot seat Blair, congrats, and you’ll keep it… until you excuse yourself to go to the bathroom while Mike Wilner is there.

September 24, 2019 9:09 am

Todd Warriner has been refreshing on the hockey panel.

Mike V
Mike V
September 25, 2019 11:25 am

Holy smokes that’s a bungled new Fan 590 lineup. What are the chances this is still it come June? 20%?

September 25, 2019 11:39 am

@Mike V
You say it is bungled yet offer no reasoning for this opinion.

mike (in boston)
September 25, 2019 11:47 am
Reply to  Steve

Hi all – working on a FAN590 lineup post now. Should be up in the next couple of hours. Hold off on commenting so we can get all your opinions in one place.

September 25, 2019 9:53 pm

I like it whenever people come together and share opinions.

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