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.
A non-music post for today. CFRC online archive has been down for a few weeks. Which is how I would grab the older episodes. Now I have to go to the station computers and get them that way. More out of the way then doing it from home as you can imagine.
Good luck to Matthew Bisson who is now working in Edmonton, Alberta. If you’ve listened to CFRC Sports over the last 4 years you’ll recognize Matt. Play by play for the football team is what most listeners will remember. After doing a Vanier Cup victory that is as high as you can go. He also hosted GlobeTrotting which I worked on for 2 years. Weekly 30 minute soccer show that has now come to an end. Too bad since the World Cup was just around the corner in South Africa.
He was at CHUM in town and lately one of the morning guys at 98.9 FM The Drive. He will be at AM630 CHED in Edmonton. Home of the radio broadcasts of the Eskimos and Oilers. There is also another sister station but can’t remember that off the top of my head. Congratulations to Matt on the move. He just got to Edmonton on the weekend after driving from Kingston. Yes, drove about 4000 km. At least it wasn’t in the middle of winter.
Onto other football talk, since my NFL team is the Redskins. Which is why I follow the NFL in its entirety. Hasn’t been a great decade or so for Washington. This season the word isn’t hopeful as much as ‘interesting’. I have no clue what the 2010/11 season will be like. Could be bad, could be good. No idea.
Donovan McNabb the starting QB. Woke up at 2am early Monday morning and put on the TV. I had NFL Network on before I went to sleep. I see “Redskins acquire McNabb” on screen. What? A rare trade in which there was no speculation about Washington trying to grab him. Talk about Raiders for the most part. This fall a new GM, a new coach, a new QB and two new running backs. Might not have heard about the running backs. Skins grabbed Larry Johnson and Willie Parker in free agency. As of today they still have Clinton Portis too. All this adds up to a fun season. Could go horribly wrong however it will be entertaining.
CFL in Moncton is sold out. A regular season game is being held in that town this September. Eskimos against the Argos called ‘Touchdown Atlantic’. Few tickets are there for kids associations and bus trips. But other than that the tickets sold out in 32 hours. Keep in mind the first 24 hours only tickets were available to people who registered online ahead of time. For all the football fans in Atlantic Canada this isn’t a surprise. Now there is finally some talk about an expansion team out east. Although why they’re obsessed with trying Ottawa yet again I don’t know.
Went to high school in Pembroke near the end of the Ottawa RoughRiders. They were viewed as a joke and fans had jumped on the Senators bandwagon. Heck, I saw more Ottawa Lynx merchandise the first time I went to an Ottawa mall around 1993. AAA Baseball was more popular than the CFL in town. Ended up going to college in Ottawa after the RoughRiders were gone and before the Renegades came to town. 3 years and I don’t remember anyone complain about CFL not being there. I did 2 years of TV Broadcasting and no one did one thing about CFL in Ottawa. Was that far off the radar. You have the Senators, 67’s and even the Gee Gees. Wasn’t around during the Renegades years. A team that lasted only 4 seasons isn’t a good omen. I get to end a post with a quote from Albert Einstein to describe the CFL in Ottawa.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Weather co-operated so the Regatta is going on today. First up today a link to another blogger originally from Newfoundland. Nadine’s blog is called ‘Missing the Rock’.
“I am one of the many Newfoundlanders living and working away from The Rock, and I miss it dearly. Home is a constant image in my mind, even though I haven’t lived there in over 9 years.
There is something about the Island that seeps into your soul, and never allows you to truly leave. It makes life away difficult. Lonely. But, I, like so many others make the best of it. I married my best friend, I have a sweet little boy, and a job I enjoy (ok maybe enjoy is a bit of a strong word).
So in many ways I have been very lucky. This blog is for anyone out there who longs for home, and far flung family and friends. I tend to prefer more interactive elements of the internet- and so I encourge you to leave a comment, or two. Let’s have a conversation.”
Add that to your bookmarks or Blogreader. Great posts on there. Nadine is part of the NL Blogroll which I just found. Now here is a LOT of Newfoundland blogs. Too many to even start with a list.
Over to sports with The CIS Blog. CIS is the name for Canadian University Sports. Used to be called the CIAU but they changed that a few years ago. Bit of news from my Twitter account on there.
Matt Bisson sent me a message on Facebook that we are doing the preseason game on the radio. Which I didn’t know about so I passed it along on Twitter last night. Queen’s is traveling to Toronto for a game Monday, August 31st with a 7pm kickoff . In a way that’s a bit of Monday Night Football on CFRC.
Back to the CIS Blog, Neate Sager is one of the editors there. Former contributor to Offsides on CFRC. Or should the wording be, contributor to a “former” sports show on the station. Hmmm. Either way he also has the Out of Left Field blog as well.
Staying with Queen’s Football, one of its newest members is on Twitter and has a blog. Shomari Williams transfered from the University of Houston to Queen’s this year. Nice to see one of the Gaels online.
Would’ve linked to Shomari anyway, but he’s a fellow Washington Redskins fan. A good reason to put it up as quickly as I can. 🙂
Finally a friend from high school has started a blog. Found Mellowdee Krieger Cliffe on Facebook before my radio show started. She told me about a script for a film she was working on. 2 years later it’s getting closer to reality. I’ll grab a paragraph from her first blog post about it. Her blog is called ‘Mellowdee’s Mindclutter’.
“Part of the reason I decided to start this ‘public’ blog is because some friends n’ family have suggested that it might be a neat idea to record this period of our lives.
For those I haven’t told yet, our script has entered ‘development’ – the first phase towards making it into a film for theatrical release. So yeah, it might be fun to write about this whole process, because I honestly don’t know what to expect on this journey into film and writing.”
All right I think that’s it for today. Busy post for mid-week.
I worked all long weekend, so I have today off. Get to watch the Regatta coverage on NTV today. Hope the weather stays nice.