Another year of a blog on Super Bowl Sunday with myself and others doing picks.
But first up, somehow on January 16th, 2012 I predicted the media coverage of this year’s game.
I decided before the 2012 AFC/NFC Championship games to write on what the possible Super Bowl
storylines could be. Since Baltimore-San Francisco was an option last season this was what I
thought might happen.
“49ers-Ravens. By far, the one the media would have the easiest time with. John Harbaugh, coach
of the Ravens. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. 2 brothers against each other. They played each
other this season on Thanksgiving Night, so they can grab the videos done for that week and
recycle them quite easily. Piece of cake.”
Got that one correct. I’ve seen those Thanksgiving clips so much during the last 2 weeks it’s
crazy. John and Jim before the game, the brothers with their parents after the game, etc. It
took 12 months but that paragraph came true.
I’ve gone back and forth on who might win. First other people and their choices.
One of the many Queen’s Alumni that are around, Andrew Bucholtz. Who runs the Yahoo! Canada
“55 Yard Line” blog.
“I’ll go San Fran 28, Baltimore 24. Kaepernick and Gore too tough for Ravens to stop, in my
Matthew Bisson, who I used to work with at the CFRC Sports department. Now a News Editor at 1310
News in Ottawa.
“Cheering for the 49ers, but expecting a Ravens win. Just seems to be their year. Hope I’m
Another Queen’s/CFRC Alumni, Julie Stewart-Binks. Sports Anchor on CTV Regina and also
involved in hockey scouting.
My Scouting Geekery: A Brief History
Julie went with the 49ers as did Jody Vance who is now at Breakfast Television at City in
Formerly known as CityTV. They all dropped the “TV” part of the station name this month. Just
“City” now. One of those random little tweaks a company will do.
Up next a pick from Natalie Thomas, who is on maternity leave from The Weather Network. Someone
who defeated me in 2011 doing NHL playoff picks on this blog. You can look that up and see.
She had it clinched before the finals. We both picked Boston over Vancouver since obviously
that was the only choice.
“Hmmmm. I’m out of the loop…but I’ll take Baltimore. :)”
Since Natalie just had a baby girl in January that explains her being out of the loop. Finally BJ Stewart,
Weather Network Morning Show Producer
“Geography says I should go with the Ravens…but I kinda like the 49ers grit. Think I’ll go with SF”
I’m picking Baltimore to win, 24-13. I can see 49ers winning but after the Ravens knocked off Manning
and Brady in back to back weeks they are on a roll. Also the 49ers defense hasn’t been great lately.
I’ll be rooting for the Niners since Ray Lewis is unbearably annoying at this point.
Since I predicted the media coverage a year ago, I will predict the shot from this game that will be
run for years to come. The handshake or hug at the end of the game between the coaches. Easy
prediction of course. One brother just won the biggest game of his life, and the other one
just lost it. You never see the coach’s handshake in the highlight package but every channel
will be showing that on Monday morning.
Super Bowl Edition of ‘Carnell Knowledge’. Is that a pun? It’s what I call the NFL picks during the regular season. A listener once came up with that title so credit to Cat in Connecticut.
Sports is international. On Thursday night during the Queen’s-RMC hockey broadcast we found out from Queen’s Athletics there was a listener online in New Zealand of all places. Where it would’ve been Friday morning with the time difference. Like me watching the Australian Open at 3:30am. Which since I’m on midnight shift isn’t that unique.
Done this blog post for the last couple of years. Just me doing a Super Bowl pick by myself would be boring. So get others to give some as well.
Before we start, a video from Gillette Stadium in the cheap seats when a certain Ravens kicker missed a field goal in the AFC Championship. They are slightly excited. Gives a good idea what it’s like during an NFL playoff game.
Before we go to the picks I will go back to the January 16th blog post. I wrote what the Super Bowl storylines might be before the NFC and AFC championship games were played. Decided to mention something about Tom Brady.
“And your little known fact, Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995. As a catcher. Witness to ‘The Catch’ and could’ve been a catcher. Maybe someone else will pick up on that if there is a 49ers-Pats Super Bowl.”
Well, San Francisco didn’t make it. But according to Google, Tom Brady and the word “Expos” appear in over 300 news articles earlier this week. Many linking to this Globe and Mail story.
Amusing when I predicted a story almost 3 weeks ago. Super Bowl week tends to do that since most players have their talking points for any questions that arise. No one wants to give Bulletin Board material so the media is stuck. Luckily the Colts and Peyton Manning soap opera has given them plenty to talk about.
Onto the picks.
First up 2 people who have helped out each year. Andrew Bucholtz who runs Yahoo Canada’s CFL blog ’55 Yard Line’. Queen’s Alumni who worked at the Queen’s Journal.
“I’ve got Giants 24, Patriots 21.”
Jody Vance, from Breakfast Television in Vancouver. Also helps out with Sportsnet, like the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament last week. She picked Giants over Patriots in a newspaper column in 2007 before they played in that Super Bowl. This time she’s going with the Patriots.
Julie Stewart-Binks, sports anchor at CTV Regina. Former intermission reporter at CFRC. Might’ve seen her on TVCogeco during Frontenac games as well.
Matt Bisson from CHED Edmonton and former play by play of Golden Gaels Football at CFRC.
“My heart says New England, but my head says the Giants momentum is too strong, and they will lift the trophy.”
Chris Lund. Writer-at-large. Work for theScore, write for Hardball Times, founded AlwaysOUA. Interned at The Hockey News.
“I like NYG. Say 30-22.”
Jaime Stein, who is leaving his position as the CFL’s Manager of Digital Media. Former sports host/play by play here at CFRC.
“I’ll go with New England.”
Jaime wrote a blog about his time with the CFL, worth checking out.
Steve Maich, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Sportsnet Magazine. Who I didn’t know was a CFRC Alumni until we were chatting on Twitter.
“Giants 24, Patriots 20”
You can read a few articles from past issues of Sportsnet Magazine here. Long form articles on Gordie Howe, the decline of the Montreal Canadiens and the late Sarah Burke. Picked up a few issues and worth a read if you are a sports fan. Especially if you are at work during a slow time and it’s 4am. Which is probably nobody reading this except me.
Next two from a couple of women who aren’t football fans. Nancy Slater, Midday announcer on Classic Rock FM96 in Kingston. She’s on the air from 10am-3pm. Nancy plays some Open Mics around town and put up a few songs on YouTube you can check out.
“I like cheering for the underdogs, so I’ll go with the Giants. Fingers crossed for the upset.”
BJ Stewart, producer from The Weather Network’s morning show. Tweets during the show and posts on Facebook as well. One of the multi-taskers. She likes hockey, not into football. Still got a pick, which was I believe mostly based on their uniforms. Whatever works.
“Go Patriots! 🙂 ”
Natalie Thomas from The Weather Network, who beat me last year in NHL Playoff Picks here on the blog. However we did both pick Boston to beat Vancouver. On the sports side she played US College Basketball for Appalachain State. And recently playing basketball got her 1st technical foul ever….. for calling a timeout when the team didn’t have one. Still counts as a technical. [EDIT: Forgot to mention her team still won the game when her sister scored, so it’s not a Chris Webber situation]
“I am taking the Giants solely because I am in NYC all next week. So if there’s a Super Bowl champions parade…I’ll get to be there for it!”
Out to St. John’s, Newfoundland with Kevin Kelly. Senior Editor of The Newfoundland Herald, Host ‘On The Scene’ on OZ FM’s Jigs & Reels. And a Habs fan but I don’t hold that against him.
From East Coast to West Coast with Amar, a video editor in Vancouver. Who realized there wasn’t a great choice either way as a Canucks fan. He mentioned last year Stanley Cup Final which would’ve leaned him towards NY. Until I said “I know you are picking the home of the 1994 Stanley Cup, New York”. Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
“I’m picking Mr. Gisele’s team then.”
One of the more well known CFRC Alumni Chris Cuthbert helped out too. Chris started out doing play-by-play for Queen’s Football as a university student. Today he’s at TSN/CTV doing CFL and NHL games. Called the last few Grey Cups. Also part of a sports blog that started a few months ago.
“Not my area of expertise but I’ll take Brady and the Patriots. #revenge”
For me, this one can go either way after looking at the games they played 2 weeks ago. Patriots had a bad performance from Brady where he himself said “I sucked”. Giants’ offense had a stretch of 11 possessions with 10 punts against the 49ers. Yet, both of those teams are in Indy.
One of the stranger facts from this season. My team the Redskins who finished 5-11 beat the New York Giants, TWICE. Patriots played Washington this year and New England won. If they couldn’t beat Rex Grossman I can’t pick them to beat Tom Brady.
Not everyone will be watching the game, while Jody will be watching the game another of BT Vancouver gang will be busy. Dawn Chubai is doing a concert on Sunday afternoon. Jazz singer before getting into television, where she’s on BT Vancouver. Never hurts to give a plug.
Jazz Vespers, Dawn Chubai Quartet: St. Andrew Wesley Church at 4:00pm
Back to the opposite coast as my friend Toni Marie Wiseman doesn’t like football either, but the Super Bowl is on NTV so that means she gets off work early. If it’s like past years she should be doing some news updates during the time they air the long NBC pre-game show. No 6pm news in St. John’s this Sunday.
Like others in this blog she’s more busy than me. ‘NTV news anchor, entertainment reporter, and senior weather host. I’m also a new mom.’
Kickoff for the game is 6:30pm EST on NBC and CTV. Or you might watch it through ‘other means’ as Brady was quoted; “Last year, I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website and now I’m actually playing in the game, so it’s pretty cool”.
I’ll be watching the game on TV, first time I’ll see it from start to finish in 3 years. With my weird work hours the last three I’ve woken up and watched the 2nd half. Which honestly has worked well. This time I thought I’ll see the entire thing. Not the pre-game shows. Even I draw the line with those. Longest is NFL Network’s 8 1/2 hour one. I wish that was a typo.
Enjoy the game if you are watching it.
Got home after the penultimate edition of Offsides and I have to update this post. Why?
“BREAKING NEWS: The ownership group originally looking to bring professional basketball to Kingston, Ontario was unable to come to an agreement with their city for the 2011-12 season. The ownership group and league President & CEO, Andre Levingston, are in serious negotiations to bring the franchise to Moncton, New Brunswick as we type this.”
Well, that’s a great way to end the month. Just when I think the city might have their act together with the K-Rock Centre. This happens. Fronts, by their own admission, in rebuilding mode which means not great crowds. So you’d think another tenant would help. Apparently not. Tomorrow being a holiday I don’t expect much of an update till Monday. Maybe Saturday’s Whig-Standard depending on things. Back to the regularly scheduled post from this morning.
Back in the chair on Friday. Going with my original plan for 2 hours of Hey Rosetta! with them being part of the Canada Day Tragically Hip show in Toronto. For those of us who can’t make it.
Probably sticking with more rare stuff. They just released for free some live tracks you can download from a recording session at The Verge in Toronto. Recently got the original EP they put out in 2005 which you can’t find anywhere. Even CFRC doesn’t have this and they have the original printing of ‘Plan Your Escape’. Look forward to that on Friday. I will upload that show too [which I haven’t done in a while].
Was writing a blog on a variety of topics which I will post next week. With the NBL Canada Owners meeting I thought I should write an update on that. Especially with Canada Day tomorrow. These were posted on Twitter and Facebook at the following links.
Owner’s Meeting Voting Results, June 29, 2011
• Established active team rosters of a minimum of ten players and a maximum of twelve.
• Established the minimum number of Canadian players on active rosters at two per team.
• The National Basketball League of Canada will play under FIBA rules, but with 12-minute quarters.
• The number of regular season games is set at 36, with each team playing each other during three home and three away games.
• Established the playoff format to consist of the top four teams based on their regular season record. The first round of playoffs will be a best of three series, with the championship round being a best of five.
• Voted on holding the inaugural NBL Canada All Star Weekend in mid-January 2012, and establishing a process for cities to bid on hosting.
• Returning franchises will be permitted to submit a protected list to the league of five players from the previously established teams.
• The NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine will be held on August 20 and 21, 2011, at Seneca College in Toronto. The first day will be a free agent combine, while the second day will for Canadian players only.
• On the night of Sunday, August 21, 2011, the NBL Draft will be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Draft will consist of three rounds: the first being a free agent player, while the second and third rounds will be for Canadian players only. All draft candidates must pre-register and attend the combine that pertains to their status to be drafted.
• The order of the NBL Draft 2011 was established by lottery for the four expansion teams, followed by the reverse order of the founding teams last season records. The official draft order will be released when 2011-12 NBL teams are formally announced.
Also mentioned was Maurizio Gherardini, VP and Assistant GM of the Toronto Raptors, stopped by the meeting. He was also involved in starting the Euro League.
The franchises will be announced in 2 weeks but as of now it looks like Oshawa, Kingston, London and a team from PEI would join Quebec, Saint John and Halifax. Talk of expanding in 2012-13. If you read the earlier posts you will remember interest from Moncton, Fredericton and Barrie. To me sounded just a matter of a tight schedule for some of those places.
Here in Kingston we are lucky in that we have an arena that is only 3 years old. And only permanent tenant is the Frontenacs. Reduces the facility headaches. Majority of OHL schedule are Friday night games.
Now time for a few well wishes.
Congrats to CFRC Alumni Julie Stewart-Binks on her move to Winnipeg. She’ll be part of Fox Soccer Report which is made in that city. Now she gets to be there when the Jets return this fall. And remember the Jets will be in the Eastern Conference this season since they didn’t have time to realign things. Visits from the Bruins, Leafs, Habs, Penguins, Captials, etc. Tickets might be hard to get, but not as hard as getting Leaf tickets are. I would think. Good luck Julie, not that she needs it.
Finally a congrats to Tyler King who is leaving Kingston soon. Radio job in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Full time news and gets to call junior hockey. Does mean my helping out on ‘Offsides’ Thursday afternoons will come to an end. Tyler called Voyageurs games this past season and worked at CKWS in town along with the CFRC show. So I think the year will be less busy for him. Matt Bisson is now in Edmonton and the computers were acting up a few weeks ago. On Twitter I used a joke about Queen’s Football that works for Tyler too ‘could be worse, at least you don’t have a blown out tire on the 401’. I will explain that comment another time. 🙂
And yes Fort Mac. ‘Little Newfoundland’ as I have joked. Which isn’t really a joke if you know that town any. Just look on WikiTravel about the place.
“The Fort McMurray Newfoundlanders Club – A very popular spot with the locals. All kinds of music are played here. Club mix, country, rock, and yes, Newfie music. Be sure that if you’re going to show up on a Friday or Saturday night, come early, as this place fills up quickly.”
Realized this week there is a streak of Western Provinces grabbing CFRC people I’ve worked with since I’ve been here. Tyler, Matt and Julie the latest ones. First year I started helping out Richard Zussman was wrapping up his work on the football broadcasts. He went to CityTV in Edmonton then onto SunTV in Vancouver. Guess the West is getting bigger every year.
That’s it for this week. Enjoy the long weekend.
Time to bring the hammer down.
This is a post I started writing over the last month or so. As a Redskins fan this has been a crazy season. It’s been a battle between the Vikings and Redskins on who has had a stranger season. One team has something strange happen and the other one responds. Just look at the latest. Roof to the Metrodome collapses. Washington responds by benching McNabb and bumping him down to 3rd string a few weeks after giving him a mid-season extension. At least the weather was out of the Vikings hands.
I recently bought a Redskins jacket from the NFL website, they had a clearance sale. Not the best purchase decision I’ve made this year. Once the story broke about McNabb I was on Twitter. Made the same comment about the purchse to Bonnie Bernstein who is on ESPN. She had the correct response.
BonnieB_ESPN Bonnie Bernstein
@robertcarnell put it in moths balls. It’ll come in handy… someday… eventually, lol.
Ouch. Completely true though. 1992 wasn’t that long ago was it? Then you realize someone who was born after that SuperBowl would have just graduated high school. It has been a while.
Now we have Mike “The Ultimate Leader” Shanahan who I’ve heard a lot of people over the years described as arrogant and egotistical. If we needed proof this has been the season. Albert Haynesworth is an entirely different issue. Horrible signing, by different people. Although his handling this season was strange as well.
This coach traded for McNabb then benches him against Detroit. Mike changes his story as to why he got benched that week. After that incident, the team gives McNabb $3.5 Million a few weeks ago when you didn’t need to. Now he’s bumped down to third string and Mike says there was nothing he could in the last 3 weeks to change his mind. They are run by the Keystone Cops.
The nickname of “Ultimate Leader” isn’t a sarcastic joke from a fan. It is has become that. The term however originated on Mike’s old Broncos.com bio. Gregg Easterbook of ESPN.com pointed it out in 2008. Got so much flack they removed “Ultimate Leader” from the bio.
Few weeks ago on Twitter I asked who is a dumber coach this season, Childress or Shanahan? Producer Tim from TSN http://twitter.com/TSNProducerTim and I both agreed. Shanahan. One of those coaches is thankfully gone.
That lead me to this project. Showing how arrogant and egotistical the coach is. What contains more words?
1. The current Redskins.com bio of Mike Shanahan.
2. The combined bios of all the Sportscentre anchors from TSN.ca :
Brian Mudryk http://twitter.com/bryanmudryk
Jay Onrait http://twitter.com/jayonrait
Dan O’Toole http://twitter.com/tsnotoole
James Cybulski http://twitter.com/jamescybulski
Vic Rauter. Vic comes off the bench sometimes so I even threw him in.
Since none of the women at SportsCentre have Twitter accounts I’ll add some women in sports TV who are on there.
Jody Vance http://twitter.com/jodyvance
Sara Orlesky http://twitter.com/saraorlesky
Julie Stewart-Binks http://twitter.com/jstewartbinks CFRC Alumni and just began at LeafsTV.
Back to the wacky Redskins. In the battle of words the winner by 290 words is of course, Mike Shanahan. One football coach defeated 11 anchors.
Mike’s bio on the Redskins website is 2355 words, combined word count for the SportsCentre gang is 2065. So Mike had a good cushion. To fully understand the insanity you really have to glance at them both. First TSN. I hope you have the “cardiovascular endurance” to read this.
Holly Horton joined SportsCentre as Toronto anchor and reporter for the network’s flagship news and information program on July 16, 2004.
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Horton’s responsibilities include anchoring the 2 a.m. ET weekend editions of the program, as well as reporting on sports stories from around the Toronto area.
Prior to joining TSN, Horton spent two years as sports director and sports anchor for Global Television in Lethbridge, Alta. (2002-2004).
Horton’s broadcasting resume also includes an earlier stint with Global Television in Lethbridge as sports anchor and producer (2000-2001), and two years with A-Channel in Edmonton as sports reporter and weekend sports anchor (2001-2002). Horton began her broadcasting career in 1998 as an editor and writer with Global Television in Toronto (1998-2000).
Horton’s previous career highlights include reporting on Team Canada’s gold medal victory in men’s hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and covering the Calgary Flames’ impressive playoff run in 2004.
Horton is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University in Toronto. She also has a degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
Kate Beirness joins TSN as the newest anchor and Toronto reporter for SportsCentre, TSN’s flagship news and information show.
Beirness comes to TSN from the network’s sister station, A Barrie, where she was the sports anchor and videographer. Prior to joining the CTVglobemedia family, Beirness was the sports anchor at Rogers TV Durham.
Born and raised in Port Perry, ON, Beirness is a graduate of the University of Ontario. Beirness played competitive basketball throughout high school and had hopes of playing point guard at the CIS level until a torn ACL forced her to abandon her dream. She then refocused her energy on a career in sports broadcasting.
Bryan Mudryk co-hosts the 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET weekend editions of SportsCentre alongside Holly Horton, bringing viewers a complete overview of the world of sports with highlights and comprehensive game reports. In addition to hosting SportsCentre, Mudryk does play-by-play as part of TSN’s curling broadcast team.
Mudryk was born in Athabasca, AB, and raised in nearby Boyle, AB (population 850). With more than 10 years experience as a broadcaster, Mudryk’s career began in Lloydminster, AB, at CKSA TV and Radio as a reporter, covering a wide range of topics (1998 to 1999). From there, he moved to Winnipeg to anchor the weekend and late night sports segments for A-Channel (1999 to 2001). Mudryk spent four years at CTV Edmonton anchoring and reporting on sports before making the move to TSN in 2005.
Mudryk, a cancer survivor, was instrumental in launching a charity golf tournament to raise funds for Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute. Over the past seven years, the annual Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic has raised close to $400,000 for cancer treatment equipment. For his efforts, Mudryk was nominated in 2008 for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award.
In 2009, Mudryk launched a special scholarship for post-secondary students currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
Mudryk is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Jay Onrait co-hosts the 2 a.m. ET weekday edition of SportsCentre alongside Dan O’Toole, delivering a complete summary of the day‘s events to viewers, with highlights and post-game reports from the world of sports. Viewers can also catch Onrait and O’Toole each morning as the 2 a.m. ET broadcast repeats on a loop until 12 noon ET the following day.
A native of Athabasca, Alta., Onrait first joined TSN in 1996 as an editorial assistant while still in school. After graduating from Ryerson University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts, Onrait went on to become the sports director at a television station in Saskatoon, before spending two years as the host of the Big Breakfast on A-Channel.
Onrait joined NHL Network in 2001, serving as host of the network’s flagship show NHL On The Fly as well as Molson That’s Hockey 2. A year later, Onrait re-joined TSN in his current role on SportsCentre.
Onrait’s work assignments over the years have included coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline, NBA Finals, Vanier Cup and in-studio host of Toronto Raptors broadcasts on TSN. Most recently, Onrait served as co-host of Olympic Morning alongside Bev Thompson during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Dan O’Toole co-hosts the 2 a.m. ET weekday edition of SportsCentre alongside Jay Onrait, bringing viewers a complete summary of the day’s sports events, including highlights and post-game reports.
Viewers can also catch O’Toole and Onrait each morning as the 2 a.m. ET broadcast repeats on a loop until 12 noon ET the following day.
Prior to joining TSN in 2002, O’Toole was part of Citytv’s launch in Vancouver, where he worked as an anchor and reporter.
Originally from Peterborough, Ont., O’Toole graduated from Algonquin College in 1996 with a diploma in broadcasting. While in college, O’Toole called play-by-play for the Ottawa 67s. O’Toole moved to Vancouver in 1997 to work as a traffic reporter for CJJR-FM and CFUN-AM radio stations, reporting from a four-seater plane.
In 1998, O’Toole moved to Fort McMurray, Alta. where he worked as sports director for CJOK-FM and CKYX-FM radio stations for three years. While at the radio stations, O’Toole called play-by-play for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL.
In 2000, O’Toole worked at CTV Edmonton as the Fort McMurray news reporter in the evenings while continuing to work as the radio sports director in the morning.
Rod Smith hosts the 6:30 p.m. ET of SportsCentre, Canada’s most watched sports news and information show.
Smith’s recognizable voice and trusted smooth delivery has been honed over years of broadcast experience. Before his role on SportsCentre, Smith anchored TSN’s studio coverage of CFL football and baseball. A former offensive guard for the Queen’s University Golden Gaels, Smith also served as play-by-play commentator on TSN’s CFL coverage.
Smith joined TSN in 1987 as an editorial assistant for SportsCentre and became a full-time reporter in 1992 before anchoring SportsCentre in 1995.
Rod and his wife Susan have two sons, Benjamin and Noah and a daughter, Madeline.
Cory Woron hosts the weekend edition of SportsCentre, Canada’s most watched sports news and information show.
National viewers were first introduced to Woron as host of the popular Ford That’s Golf before his move to the weekend edition of SportsCentre. Woron’s experience and delivery have made him a viewer favourite. Since joining TSN, Woron has covered The Masters and co-hosted SportsCentre from the International Broadcast Centre alongside Dan O’Toole during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Previously a sports anchor for Global TV in Winnipeg, Woron is a graduate of the University of Calgary. Before joining Global in 1998, Woron worked as a sports reporter for CKNW radio in Vancouver. Woron also served as a Vancouver correspondent for Sports Radio ESPN for the WFAN all-sports radio station in New York City.
Woron will forever be remembered by fans of the IHL’s Manitoba Moose. He was the club’s public address announcer for the 1999-2000 season.
Jennifer Hedger is the co-host of the 10 p.m. ET edition of SportsCentre alongside Darren Dutchyshen, providing viewers with all the day’s highlights from the world of sports. A mainstay on TSN since 2002, Hedger’s popularity transcends sports and she has quickly become a fan-favourite in both the sports and entertainment communities.
In addition to her duties at TSN, Hedger was the Whistler Host of Olympic Prime Time on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Hedger first rose to fame on TSN after making several guest appearances on Off The Record, where she was voted one of the top five guests of the year. She has also filled in for Landsberg and hosted OTR on a few occasions.
In 2004, Hedger pulled double duty co-hosting SportsCentre and working on TSN’s NHL studio show as the Highlights Host, providing in-studio game updates during the network’s NHL telecasts.
A native of London, Ont., Hedger hosted numerous shows on a local cable TV station and also appeared as a ‘lofter’ on the 2001 TV show The Lofters. In 2007, she was rated by Hello! Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Women on Television.
Darren Dutchyshen co-hosts the evening edition of SportsCentre, Canada’s most watched sports news and information show. Dutchyshen is also the host of the popular weekly boxing show, In This Corner with Russ Anber, and provides updates and highlights during NHL on TSN telecasts. In addition, Dutchyshen was the host of Olympic Prime Time on TSN during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
A TSN veteran, Dutchyshen is one of the network’s most popular personalities. He began his TSN career in 1995, hosting weekend editions of SportsCentre and hosting CFL Live. His engaging and unique personality, smooth delivery and sports knowledge have made him a viewer favourite.
Before joining TSN, Dutchyshen, a native of Porcupine Plain, Sask., spent seven years as the host of ITV’s Sports Night, a 30-minute sports news program in Edmonton. While in Edmonton, he also hosted a daily radio sportscast on 630 CHED for more than two years.
Dutchyshen’s first job as a sportscaster was with STV in Saskatoon for one year, followed by a stint with IMTV in Dauphin, Man.
Viewers can watch Dutchyshen along with co-host Jennifer Hedger weeknights at 10pm et/7pm pt.
James Cybulski is an anchor and Toronto reporter for SportsCentre, TSN’s flagship news and information show, and can be seen regularly behind the desk or filing reports on major sports stories in the GTA, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Argonauts.
Cybulski is no stranger to the world of sports, having spent more than a decade in the industry, covering a wide range of major events including numerous Olympic Games and World Junior Hockey Championships. Cybulski’s resume also includes coverage of several Grey Cup championships and numerous Stanley Cup playoffs, World Series and World Figure Skating Championships.
A native of Ottawa, Cybulski graduated from Algonquin College in 1995 from the Radio Broadcasting program, where he began his broadcasting career doing play-by-play and colour commentary for his hometown Ottawa 67’s. After graduation, Cybulski accepted his first job in the industry as weekend news anchor and weekday reporter at CHEZ 106 Classic Rock.
Shortly after joining CHEZ, Cybulski pulled double-duty, hosting Overtime, a weekly program about the Ottawa Senators, on Rogers Television. In 1998, Cybulski moved to CFRA News Talk as its afternoon sports anchor, and continued to multi-task also working as the public address announcer for 67’s games.
In 1998, Cybulski joined The Score where he remained until May 2006.
Vic Rauter brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to every broadcast. Having worked at TSN since 1985, Rauter has covered a variety of news and events.
Known as the ‘voice of curling’ in Canada, Rauter has anchored TSN’s curling coverage for more than 20 years. He, along with broadcast partners Linda Moore and Ray Turnbull, are the face of curling on TSN, and have won the hearts of fans across the country, becoming household names along the way. Rauter provides the play-by-play commentary for TSN’s highly acclaimed coverage of Season of Champions curling, including events such as the Brier, Tournament of Hearts and the World Curling Championships.
In addition, Rauter handled play-by-play duties for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Rauter is no stranger to Olympic competition, having first worked on the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Since joining TSN in 1985, Rauter has covered Calgary 1988, Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010.
Off the ice, Rauter was the key player in TSN’s soccer coverage since 1986, providing commentary for the Canadian Olympic and World Cup qualifying bids, Toronto Blizzard and TSN’s coverage of the 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup. He has also covered auto racing and hosted TSN’s coverage of the 2009 Canada Games.
In 1999, Rauter was nominated for a Gemini Award as Canada’s top sports broadcaster.
Prior to joining TSN, Rauter spent four years as a sportscaster with CBC in Toronto, covering various Olympics including Los Angeles in 1984, Calgary in 1988, and Barcelona in 1992.
A Toronto native, Rauter began his broadcasting career with CFTR Radio in Toronto as a news/sports reporter before joining Toronto’s Global Television Network where he spent four years.
Thought that was a long read? Oh, you’ve seen nothing yet. At least that was about 11 different people.
Strangely Mike’s bio doesn’t say that he has only one playoff win since John Elway retired. Does mention his one year as a backfield coach with the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona. That should give you a taste of how long winded this is going to be. I wouldn’t recommend reading the whole thing. You can glance and get a feel for the length of this. Ready?
Mike Shanahan was hired as the Washington Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach on Jan. 6, 2010. He is the 28th head coach in franchise history.
Shanahan’s 146 regular season wins as an NFL head coach are the 17th-most in history and the second-most among active coaches, trailing only Bill Belichick’s 148. Including eight postseason victories, Shanahan’s 154 overall wins are tied for 16th all-time and are also second among active coaches to Belichick’s 163. In 16 seasons as a head coach with the Denver Broncos (1995-2008) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-89), Shanahan has a regular season winning percentage of .598 (146-98) and an overall winning percentage of .615 (154-103).
During his tenure with the Broncos, Shanahan guided the franchise to two Super Bowl victories, three conference championship game appearances, seven postseason berths and nine winning seasons. Along with Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Jimmy Johnson and Belichick, he is one of six coaches with back-to-back Super Bowl championships.
During his 25-year NFL coaching career, Shanahan has been a part of teams that have played in 10 AFC or NFC Championship Games. He has coached in six Super Bowls, including five with Denver and Super Bowl XXIX with San Francisco. In his nine seasons coaching at the collegiate level, Shanahan’s teams participated in eight bowl games and won two national championships (Oklahoma — 1975 and Eastern Illinois — 1978).
Shanahan, 57, led Denver to 138 regular-season victories in 14 seasons, a win total that marks the 10th-most by a head coach with one franchise in NFL history. Among the nine coaches who have more wins with one club than Shanahan, all eight who are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have been honored with membership.
Over his last 16 years (1995-2008 in Denver and 1992-94 in San Francisco), Shanahan’s offenses have finished No. 1 in the NFL four times, No. 2 three times, No. 3 three times and No. 4 once. In his 14 seasons in Denver, the Broncos led the NFL in total yards (83,771), rushing yards (30,993) and first downs (4,678) and ranked third in points scored (5,449).
Shanahan’s 138 regular season wins, 146 overall wins, .616 winning percentage in the regular season and overall are all the best by a head coach in Denver history and include an 83-29 (.741) home record in regular-season play.
In Shanahan’s 118 home regular-season and playoff games tenure with the Broncos, Denver scored 30 or more points 47 times and 20 or more points 94 times. Including road games, in his 221 overall games as Denver’s head coach, the Broncos have scored 30 or more points 83 times and 20 or more points 169 times. Denver’s record in the 83 games in which it has scored 30 or more points under
Shanahan is 79-4 (4-0 in playoff competition), including a 46-1 mark (2-0 in postseason) at home.
Shanahan was hired as Denver’s head coach on Jan. 31, 1995, and later added the responsibilities of Executive Vice President of Football Operations in 1998. Under his guidance, the Broncos became one of the most accomplished franchises in the NFL. Some of their achievements are included below:
— Became one of three clubs in the NFL (New England, Pittsburgh) to win multiple Super Bowls since 1995, with back-to-back victories in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII (1997-98).
— Shanahan’s 138 regular-season wins with Denver from 1995-2008 were most by an NFL coach over that span and gave the Broncos the league’s fourth-best record (138-86/.616) during that time.
— Established the record most wins in pro football history in a two-year period with33 from 1997-98 (New England since won 34 from 2003-04).
— Posted the most wins in pro football history in a three-year period (46 from 1996-98).
— Won the most playoff games in pro football history over a two-year period with seven from 1997-98.
— Won 18 consecutive games, including playoffs, from 1997-98 to tie a then all-time NFL record for consecutive victories (New England won 21 in 2003-04). The Broncos went undefeated for a calendar year during that streak from Dec. 15, 1997, until Dec. 13, 1998.
— Went undefeated at home for three consecutive regular seasons (1996-98), becoming just the second team ever to be undefeated and untied at home in three consecutive years.
— Posted a 22-2 record in their final 24 games during the back-to-back title years.
— Had an offense ranked in the top five in the NFL in nine of 14 seasons.
— Totaled the most overall yards in the NFL (83,771 yds., 374.0 ypg.).
— Recorded the most rushing yards in the NFL (30,993 yds., 138.4 ypg.).
— Recorded seventh-most passing yards in the NFL (50,067 yds., 223.5 ypg.).
— Scored the third-most points in the NFL (5,449 pts., 24.3 ppg.).
— Registered the best home record in the NFL during regular-season play (83-29/.741).
— Posted a 79-4 (.952) record when scoring 30 or more points (4-0 in postseason), a total that includes a 46-1 (.979) mark in home games (2-0 in postseason).
— Totaled a 110-30 (.785) record when registering an even or positive turnover ratio, including a 40-4 (.909) mark with a turnover ratio of +2 or better.
In Shanahan’s final season in Denver in 2008, the Broncos led the AFC and finished second in the NFL in total offense, averaging 400.4 yards per game. They were third in the league in passing yards
with 4,471, while ranking second with a 4.8-yards per rush average. Denver 8.3 yards per play average was the best in the NFL.
In 2006, Shanahan coached through his 200th career regular-season game, and his 125 wins at that milestone are tied for the fourth-most by a coach in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). The year also marked Denver’s fifth consecutive winning season (9-7), a total that tied a franchise record.
From 2003-05 Shanahan’s Broncos qualified for the playoffs all three seasons, winning at least 10 games all three season, including a league-best 13-3 mark in 2005. That club earned a first-round bye in the playoffs and defeated defending champion New England in the divisional round, before falling to eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game.
In 2004, Shanahan joined the exclusive club of head coaches to post 100 wins in his first 10 seasons with one club, finishing the campaign and decade tied for fourth on this list of 12 coaches, seven of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
From 2000-02, Denver had a combined record of 28-20 and never had a losing campaign. Its offense ranked in the top three in the NFL in two of those three seasons.
In his third and fourth seasons at the helm of the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998, Shanahan led the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victories and in 1998 became the only coach in NFL history to fashion seven postseason wins in a two-year period.
In 1998, the defending world champions stormed to their second consecutive title with an offense that scored 501 points and finished third in the NFL in total yards. During the Broncos Super Bowl run, their defense allowed just 25 points and two touchdowns while sparking a remarkable +12 turnover ratio (13 takeaways, 1 giveaway) in the playoffs.
The 1998 Broncos set team records with 14 regular season and 17 overall wins, starting off with a 13-0 record and marking Denver as a team that went an entire calendar year without a loss. The club produced 596 regular season and postseason points for the seventh-highest mark in league annals at the time (currently ninth all-time). With Shanahan coordinating their offense, the 1994 World Champion San Francisco 49ers set a then-NFL record with 636 points for the regular season and playoffs, a total that now stands second to the New England Patriots’ 655 points scored in 2007.
Ten Broncos were named to the Pro Bowl following the 1998 season and Shanahan was named AFC Coach of the Year by the Kansas City 101 Club and by the Touchdown Club of Columbus (his second time to be honored by each organization).
In the historical 1998 season, Shanahan became the first coach in history to win two Super Bowl titles in his first four years coaching a team and is the only coach to have directed two different teams to a 500-point season (the 1998 Broncos scored 501 points, and Shanahan helped San Francisco in 1994 score 505 points as offensive coordinator). The 500-point mark has only been reached 12 times overall in pro football history.
In 1997, Shanahan directed a Denver offense that scored a total of 583 points (29.2 per game) during the entire 1997 season, the fifth-highest total in NFL history at the time (currently 10th all-time) and the second-highest total in AFC history at the time (currently fourth all-time) for a combined regular season and postseason. Shanahan led his team to a 12-4 regular season record, marking the first time in franchise history that the Broncos won 12 or more games in back-to-back seasons.
His high-powered offense reached 30 points a franchise-record nine times during the 1997 regular season and twice in the postseason. Denver also broke the franchise record for most points in a season (previously 391 in 1996) in just its 13th game of 1997 and broke the record for most touchdowns in a season (previously 47 in 1996) in just its 14th game that year.
Shanahan led his 1996 club to a franchise and NFL-best 13-3 record, earning both NFL Coach of the Year (Touchdown Club of Columbus) and AFC Coach of the Year (Kansas City 101 Club) honors that season. Denver led the entire NFL in total offense in 1996.
That year, the Broncos were undefeated in October and November as they ultimately built their record to 12-1 in clinching their division title and playoff berth on Dec. 1, thus becoming one of the earliest teams to clinch in NFL history.
In his first season as the Denver Broncos’ head coach in 1995, Shanahan improved the team to a .500 record (8-8) and contention in the very competitive AFC West. He immediately stamped his signature as the Denver offense became the most productive unit in the AFC and finished third in the entire NFL. The unit set team records in points scored (388), total yardage (6,040), total passing yardage (4,260), first downs passing (205) and highest average gain per play (5.7) while tying the team records for touchdown passes (27) and average gain per rush (4.5). At the same time, the Broncos’ defense improved 13 positions, from last in the NFL the previous year to 15th under Shanahan’s leadership.
Shanahan arrived in Denver from the World Champion San Francisco 49ers, where he served as offensive coordinator for three seasons (1992-94).
The 49ers’ offense reached unprecedented levels under his leadership. San Francisco’s three-year offensive averages under Shanahan’s direction were the most productive in the history of pro football. His three-year averages included being number one in the NFL in total points (469.7 per year), total touchdowns (60.3), rushing touchdowns (23.7), passing touchdowns (31.7), third-down efficiency (48.5%), total offense (6,230 yds.) and average yards per play (6.2).
His three-year period as offensive coordinator included the 49ers setting numerous team records during that time, including the first time ever that San Francisco led the NFL in total offense in consecutive seasons (1993 and 1994). It also set records for most touchdowns (66), passing yards (4,302), total offense (6,435 yds.), first downs (372), completion percentage (70.3) and average yards per play (6.3).
San Francisco quarterback Steve Young re-wrote many NFL passing records and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player twice in his three years under Shanahan’s guidance in addition to throwing for six touchdowns and earning Super Bowl XXIX Most Valuable Player honors.
A driving force behind the Broncos’ offense for all three of their Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s (following the 1986, 1987 and 1989 seasons), Shanahan first came to Denver in 1984 as the club’s wide receivers coach and served as offensive coordinator from 1985-87.
He then returned to Denver as quarterbacks coach on Oct. 16, 1989, after serving as head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and through the first four games of the 1989 campaign. Shanahan inherited a Raiders team that was 5-10 in 1987 and improved it to 7-9 his first season. He was dismissed after starting 1-3 the following year.
Shanahan began his coaching career as an offensive assistant at Oklahoma from 1975-76. The Sooners won the national championship in his first year on its staff.
Shanahan was Northern Arizona’s backfield coach in 1977 at the age of 24, and the Lumberjacks averaged a school-record 391.1 yards per game that season. A year later, Shanahan returned to Eastern Illinois as offensive coordinator and helped guide his alma mater to the Division II title. The year before Shanahan’s arrival, the team was 1-10. In 1979, he served as offensive coordinator at Minnesota, where he implemented the run-and-shoot offense to help the Golden Gophers set 40 school offensive records.
Shanahan became the offensive coordinator at Florida the following year, inheriting the second-poorest offense in Division I football as well as a team record of 0-10-1. In Shanahan’s four years at Florida, the team broke many offensive school records and went to four consecutive bowl games. During his stint as a college coach, his teams had a combined record of 78-29-2 (.725).
A native of Oak Park, Ill. (born 8/24/52), Michael Edward Shanahan attended East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Ill., where was voted athlete of the year as well as most valuable player in both football and track.
He received a scholarship to Eastern Illinois University, where he played quarterback before losing a kidney in the spring game of his junior year. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at EIU.
Mike and his wife, Peggy, have two children — son Kyle, and daughter Krystal. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Texas and is the Redskins’ offensive coordinator. Krystal also is a graduate of the University of Texas.
My apologies for those who now have a headache from reading that much text. Raise your hand if you are surprised he is self-aggrandizing. Didn’t think so. Stephen King would tell him to edit that down.
At this point it’s better to laugh at the Redskins. Tried to figure out how to end this post. I’ll go back to the radio show.
On air this Christmas Eve from 6-8pm EST. If you are near a radio in Kingston or listening online I will be live at the station as usual. Hope everyone has a good time over the holidays.
Glad the first Canadian Gold Medal went to someone that the media wasn’t expecting. 4th time the charm for Alexandre Bilodeau. Didn’t qualify for 1998, broken neck in 2002 and battling mono in 2006. 13 years on the team and his first Olympics.
As for the reaction I saw where I am in Kingston, one word “quiet”. Mainly because of timing. Here in Ontario, Monday is a holiday. Family Day. It was really quiet due to the holiday. Myself, I woke up after it had happened. I stayed up to watch some afternoon events but I work at 11pm so I did have to catch some shuteye. Men’s Nordic Combined had a great finish. Top 4 raced to the line and all finished within a second of each other and collapsed.
As for the Gold in the moguls a couple of people came by during work and asked about it. Both were from Quebec and had my reaction. Glad but more relieved that we I don’t have to hear all that talk.
Woman I spoke to said “I’m happy I don’t have to hear Canada has never won a gold medal at home anymore.” Not the reaction I think a Gold Medal is supposed to have. Thanks CTV/Rogers for running the ads so much you made us sick of the Gold Medal talk. Bravo. Relief is a strange emotion to have after someone winning something.
I bet if Canada gets a second Gold people will be more excited and happy around here. They’re going nuts in Vancouver but with the holiday it’s been subdued. Saturday night a lot people coming by asking about what medals were won. Sunday I spoke to two people.
Walking downtown after work and the majority of places are closed downtown. Even a convenience store and Indigo Books. Only thing I saw open was the fast food joints.
Wonder if the other sports today had anything to do with it. TSN wasn’t “Canada’s Sports Leader” Sunday. Olympic coverage? Not Sunday afternoon. TSN showed Daytona 500 which you could get on FOX. I change it to TSN2 and get the Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was on CBS. Huh? If I have TSN I have CBS and FOX.
Sunday Night TSN continued with non-Olympic programming with the NBA All Star Game. At least with the NBA case TNT is not available in Canada. But showing all that on Sunday during the Olympics seemed a bit much. I have TSN2 so the NBA could have been put there. I know not a lot of people have TSN2. Basketball fans should since Raptors get bumped to TSN2 a lot.
Some blogs about the weekend coverage. Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star, once a guest on CFRC Offsides with Tyler King. Julie Stewart-Binks who worked on our CFRC broadcasts. She’s currently in England. Finally William Houston with the same thoughts I had about the “choking” comment during the moguls on Saturday. See yesterday’s blog for that. I’m not the only one who used the “if NBC had done that Canadians would’ve went nuts” line. 🙂
Bad luck so far for these games. Weather causing headaches and they’ve canceled 4000 tickets for events at Cypress. Too bad if you had standing room general admission. Because you will get a refund but no chance to watch. Heavy rains have washed away so much snow they had to cancel tickets. That’s $400,000 in sales that will have to be paid back.
Not the only problems at Cypress. Buses running late and drivers getting lost. Not a shock because Kingston Whig-Standard had a story about Kingston Transit drivers going to Vancouver to drive buses. Drivers from across the country came there to be part of it. Great for those guys. However if you are not from an area and get their shortly before an event that is not a recipe for smooth transportation. You take a wrong turn you might not know how to get back.
Some quotes from Renee Smith-Valade of Vanoc about what’s been going on.
“Cypress is like your special child. Your special child that’s bright and talented and good-looking and causes you all kinds of worries, but they’re still your special child. So that’s what Cypress is.”
That’s strange enough I don’t need to make another comment.
Sounds like they might smarten up about one really silly thing. Having a fence around the Olympic Cauldron keeping people from getting to it. This is where I can blame that ugly design for part of it. Clearly someone who might be intoxicated might attempt to climb it. The way the logs [or whatever you want to call them] are at an angle makes it easy or at least inviting for troublemakers.
Fencing it off though has been bad P.R. The point of the cauldron outside is for the public. The IOC mandates it has to be outdoors. Which has never been an issue till this time. Decision to hold it indoors at a stadium that sucks like BC Place is still mind boggling. See Jody’s article I put up on Day 1. I thought too that Vancouver getting the games meant a new stadium. Wrong.
If you don’t know they are putting $200 Million worth of renovation into BC Place. After the Olympics. Don’t bother trying to figure that out. Call me crazy but I would want to put money into something before the world comes to visit. Not afterwards.
Leave to Atlantic Canada to bring a tonne of talent to the Olympics. Anyone in BC should visit Atlantic Canada house.
Amount of music there is huge. Tonne of people I’ve played on the show since I started. This is the list of ones that have been played on ‘Salt Water Music’ that are playing vancouver over the next 2 weeks. I must have a good memory.
Grand Theft Bus
Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold
In Flight Safety
The Irish Descendants
The Olympic Symphonium
Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne
Whew. And there are even more artists. That is a big list.
Luckily I have 3 days off from work so I can watch more of the events live. Saw many things but just replayed on overnights at work. Not quite the same but at least I get to see them.