National Blog Posting Month continues. With my NFL picks out yesterday, continuing the daily blog posts for November. With time on my hands on a quiet midnight shift this week. This could be good timing with this person’s birthday being today, if Wikipedia is correct. Which you should always take with a grain of salt.
Since I work late nights and on the weekends I catch the late SportsCentre. Used to be the ‘2am SC [SportsCentre]’ but they recently pushed it up an hour to 1am/10pm Pacific most likely to be earlier on the West Coast. It is the same show you see on the Morning Loop on TSN.
This past Saturday/Sunday was the first weekend without Holly Horton in the anchor chair. She mentioned it on Twitter that Sunday night that she’s stepping back from full time. Myself and a few others retweeted it [that is a verb these days]. Also did it Monday morning which was Halloween for those who aren’t night owls and might’ve missed the news.
My last weekend shift doing the double-double with @bryanmudryk. Taking a step back, leaving full-time, doing the occasional freelance…Thank you to all my wonderful tweeps. I so love interacting with all of you. I’ll be seeing you 😉 #tsn
Double Double = Saturday/Sunday shift. Guessing Holly or Bryan came up with that and it stuck. Or maybe someone on the crew.
Not the first time the TSN gang has come up on the blog. Holly, Bryan and others appeared last December. “Which is longer, the bio of Mike Shanahan on the Redskins website or all of the TSN Sportscentre anchors combined?” Answer was of course, Mike’s. More words than when I put together all of the bios from the TSN website. If you thought he was full of himself you are correct.
When it comes to SportsCentre on overnight/mornings for those with a keen eye they shoot 2 different endings to the program. One you see vast majority of the time is the one where they say ‘good morning’ and introduce the top of the hour for those watching on the loop. I get home from work around 7:50am so I can see end of that hour then the show starts again at 8am. And that repeats throughout the morning.
The 2nd ending is the last show of the loop which a lot of people might not know about. Since it doesn’t lead into another episode of SC they shoot a different ending of the anchors wrapping up the show and signing off. During the week this doesn’t air till noon hour. Sunday mornings if you watch that might be the one time you see the ‘other ending’ since they have early morning programming with ‘The Reporters’ and ‘NFL Countdown’.
Also with those 2 endings I mentioned if you did watch the Morning Loop on October 31st you wouldn’t have known it was Holly’s last day at the end. Since the ending for the morning she just said Happy Halloween at the end. However, if you caught the last airing then Bryan and Holly did talk about it being their last SC together after 6 years.
Good luck to Holly and Happy Birthday as well if it is today. As I was writing this piece, I found a more reliable source of information on her. A Bell Media Press Release from 2004 on her joining TSN. I know, the Bell site keeps press releases from ’04? Since it helps me in this blog post I’m glad they did.
July 9, 2004
Holly Horton Joins SportsCentre as Toronto Anchor and Reporter
TORONTO (July 9, 2004) – TSN announced today the addition of Holly Horton as a new Toronto anchor and reporter for SportsCentre, the network’s flagship news and information program.
A native of Scarborough, Ont., Horton will make her SportsCentre debut on Friday, July 16. 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).
And it does confirm she went to Western, “She also has a degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.” Wonder if she’s thought about the psychological problems of some people on Twitter….. probably. Friends of the blog Toni Marie Wiseman and Jody Vance are on Twitter so I’m sure they’ve dealt with some strange posts.
Since my radio show is on Queen’s campus we have to mention the Queen’s/Western rivalry. Luckily I only do a show on campus, never went to university. I’d rather Queen’s win since I work on the football broadcasts but doesn’t have same connection to me as Bruins/Habs. Yates Cup on Saturday is Western vs McMaster. Mac beat Queen’s last Saturday so doesn’t matter much to me who wins.
I haven’t forgotten about Bryan Mudryk who joined her on weekends the last few years. Holly/Bryan made a great team on the weekend. My powers of internet Googling [again with strange words] found this article from September of 2004 when Bryan joined the channel. Didn’t know Bryan and Onrait are from the same place. Oh and the Leafs comment is funny.
‘Muddy’ flows east : Mudryk latest in a steady stream of Edmonton sportscasters to land in T.O.
By DAVE CAMERON — Edmonton Sun
He’s changed his address. He won’t be changing his stripes.
Bryan Mudryk may be among the latest sportscasters to be scooped from the Wild West of Edmonton to the Big Smoke of Toronto, but he promises he will never come back wearing a Mats Sundin sweater.
“I definitely won’t become a Leafs fan, I can tell you that much. I think I would get kicked out of my family. They warned me before I left: I come home a Leafs fan I’m out of the will,” laughed Mudryk, days after making his move from CFRN to TSN.
The 27-year-old has hit the ground running, anchoring SportsCentre on the weekends while living out of a hotel room, but he isn’t feeling like the little fish about to get swallowed up in the big pond.
He already made that jump. The kid from Boyle entered broadcast school at NAIT and moved to Edmonton at age 19. After stints in Lloydminster (“I did everything – anchor, weather, whatever.” And? “Oh yeah, the hog reports!”) and at A-Channel in Winnipeg, Mudryk landed back in the Big E.
“It was awesome working for CTV for the four years. I grew up watching that station. To be able to go back and work there was great. I’ll always be an Albertan at heart. That’s home but this is an amazing opportunity.
“Edmonton’s an outstanding sports town,” Mudryk said, trying to reason why this has become something of a farm team for the national sports networks. “(Fellow TSNer) Jay Onrait, him and I actually grew up in Boyle together. So it’s kind of neat that we’re back together.”
Besides the weekend anchor spot alongside Holly Horton that has him getting home – when he finds one – at 3 a.m., Mudryk will be doing assignments during the week. Which is how he got his rookie hazing.
“I walked in and the assignment guy was like, ‘Muddy, I hate to break it to you, but we’ve got a shoot for you at 10 a.m. Monday morning.’
“I said, ‘You’re messing with me, right?’ Like it was a big joke. ‘No seriously, you’re messing with me, right?’
“So I had a shoot the next morning. Four hours of sleep and back reporting. But I love it. It’s all good.”
From house hunting to going from eight-minute on-air segments to a 90-minute SportCentre, he’s learning his new environment from scratch.
“It’s the centre of the universe, apparently! This I know. But not much at all, to be honest.
“I know the traffic sucks.”
And nobody drives a pickup unless there’s a business logo on the doors.
“Yeah, it looked kind of funny when I was driving my tractor down the 401 the other day.”
But he’s already scheduled to be back home.
“I had Hodgkin’s (disease) when I was 17 and I had a relapse when I was 19. I was treated at the Cross Cancer Institute, but I’ve been doing a golf tournament back in Boyle every year for the last three years. And I’m still going to be flying home every year to do that. It’ll be June 24. We raise money for Cross.
“I said (to TSN), ‘I want to keep this going.’ And they said, ‘Absolutely. No worries.’
“So I’ll be back for that.”
But not wearing a Leafs sweater.
Now can I find an interview with Holly? Yes, I can. I told you it was a quiet week at work so after some searching I came across this. One for a column in Metro News from 2006 called “Celeb Beauty and Kitchens”. Thinking they’ll find it amusing I found it. And contains good gift ideas.
Holly Horton, co-host of SportsCentre, TSN’s flagship news and information program:
Q: What products make you look and feel good?
A: I am a product junkie! I’m always looking for that miracle product. I use Vaseline Intensive Care for my body. I’ve been using Vichy products for my face. I use Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Gel as a cleanser and to take off makeup from the broadcasts. Once a week, I use L’Oréal’s Refinish Microdermabrasion to buff up my skin.
Q: Describe your style?
A: I like to think I strike a balance between following fashion trends and sticking to timeless, classic pieces. I like clean lines, especially for on air suits, and I love colour.
Q: How do you keep life in perspective?
A: Life can change on a dime so I try very hard not to take things for granted. My family and friends are the most important to me and they keep me grounded. My golden retriever is an amazing daily reminder to find joy in small things!
Q: How do you stay fit?
A: I’m a person who actually likes going to the gym. I recently had some sessions with a personal trainer and he stressed the value of doing exercises that benefit the entire body all at once.
Q: What are your healthy eating habits?
A: I try to stay informed about what to eat. I try to buy healthy options and I read a lot of labels. I try to eat every few hours and have protein at every meal.
That’s it for today. Never could confirm if it’s her birthday, however I’m sure we’ll find out through Twitter when I mention it. My birthday is next week so good luck to a fellow Scorpio. And she’s back in on SportsCentre on December 3rd and 4th. Bryan still in on the weekends which I’ll be watching during the cold months at work when it’s 4am on a Sunday morning. [If you ever work that hour you will know how quiet it is]
End with a quote I found online from a viewer while searching.
“Holly Horton is total pro, the best one they’ve got”
Thought I’d do a review of the first issue of the Sportsnet Magazine. Hadn’t seen a review so started writing one. As I was putting it together the Toronto Sports Media blog put out one.
Ended up touching on almost everything in the magazine in quick detail. So check out that one as well.
If you read the blog you know I used to watch Sportsnet back in 2000-2005 era and slowly went away. On Twitter too you see I watch SportsCentre for the most part now.
Scott Moore came back to Rogers and things have gotten better. Believe it or not I had an interaction with Scott. This is going to take some time to explain. Since the magazine believes in ‘long form’ reporting, this kinds of fits.
Back in 2000-era, Sportsnet.ca had a Fan Forum. Message board that fans used, and also on air people would post too. Was years ago so it wasn’t like there was a 1000 messages a day.
I recall Jamie Campbell, Brad Fay and Jody Vance among others posting. One thread had viewers asking for advice and such about broadcasting. Scott Moore stopped by as well and responded from time to time. Once even gave out his email address too. As someone who was taking TV Broadcasting in college at the time I thought ‘I will file that away for future use’.
Cut to 2002 and I’m living in Toronto. Job posting came up for a Graphics/Font Operator at Sportsnet. Usual process of applying through the website. Rogers had just come into the picture. I thought why not try that email address I have of his and try and contact him directly. Website applications always seem so ‘clinical’ to me. You enter your information and you never have an interaction with anyone.
Now chance of someone responding to a ‘cold call’ might not be high. To his credit he responded even more than I thought. Today I don’t think this would work. Try and imagine how many emails he would get in 2011 compared to 2002.
Exchanged a few emails with him and even set up an interview time for the following week at Sportsnet. I would say cold calling doesn’t work 9 times out of 10. First day in Toronto I called up a production company to ask where to send a resume. Person answering said it was another phone number in the company. As I started to ask for that number she hung up on me….. nothing says “Welcome to Toronto” like that.
Somehow my email was the 1 time out of 10 it worked, to a certain extent. The bad news was Scott had to cancel the interview 3 days before it happened. Job had been filled internally by someone from CFMT/OMNI. He apologized and I understood how that happens with big companies during a switchover. Left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.
Although was a big red flag to me about how the switch to Rogers was going. They went from CTV to a holding pattern while CRTC approval waited then to Rogers. If Scott didn’t know about an internal candidate going for a job that was posted on an external job site I though that was a bit weird. Especially since if he knew he would’ve been more guarded about giving a job interview, let alone schedule one with me. I looked at it like he also had the rug pulled out from under him. That was July/August 2002, following July he left the company. Did I see a small sample of what was going on at the time? Possibly.
Friend of the blog, Jody Vance had a column about the 2000 Trade Deadline day which he was involved in. I remember this very well. In my 1st year of taking TV Brodcasting at Alongquin College in Ottawa. So I would be paying attention more than most about TV coverage. CTV Sportsnet beat TSN in the ratings that day. Which was a huge upset. Even sports radio in Ottawa talked about it the next morning, that TSN had lost to another channel.
After Scott left Sportsnet, in my opinion, it started a slow slide. Best emphasised by having their anchors go without ties. Except, pretty much keeping the exact same format to Sportsnet Connected intact. Rather pointless. Anyone not watching TSN SportsCentre because Jay Onrait is wearing a tie? No.
In 2010 Moore came back to Rogers after a stint at CBC Sports. Which I thought was a good sign. From my personal dealing that one week with him and the feelings of others I’ve heard from. Here I was, a guy out of the blue who emails him and we almost had a job interview. Most probably would’ve hit DELETE.
That tangent took much longer to explain than I thought.
Back to current day, we have Sportsnet Magazine. ‘Rogers’ has been dropped from the Sportsnet name and a re-branding has been done. Radio, TV, print and the website. All except the Sportsnet iPhone/iPod touch app, as of today. Haven’t had an update yet so I’m thinking they will start from scratch with a rebuild on the app. Funny that between TSN, Sportsnet, CBC and The Score the latter is the one whose App I use the most and is most popular. During my Bruins run to the Cup when I wanted to check a score during the playoffs I went to Score Mobile.
I wasn’t sure about the magazine when I first heard about it. Memories of the first attempt at a Sportsnet Magazine that was an insert in Maclean’s. Strangely I am one of the only ones to remember it. I tried searching for articles about that first try and wasn’t much. I found this headline but to read the article I had to pay for it.
“Rogers keen on new ‘zine ; Media giant to add sports publication; Stable of writers already assembled” : Toronto Star, Chris Zelkovich, Nov 29, 2002
Don’t remember how long it was around for. Glad I didn’t imagine it and found proof though. You might remember a Sports Illustrated Canada. Which was a regular S.I. issue just with some added Canadian pages.
When it comes to the new magazine, it was well worth the money and on the whole quite good. Now there are growing pains with any first thing. I guest hosted an hour on CFRC in Feb. 2007. Tribute to Ryan’s Fancy as Dermot O’Reilly had passed away. A pre-cursor to ‘Salt Water Music’ which began that May. Was a last minute decision to try the tribute show so I was short on time at the end. To fill the hour I played ‘Freebird’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Had nothing to do with the rest of the show but if you have 10 minutes of airtime to fill, ‘Freebird’ does the trick. Does show how any first attempt at a project has some kinks to work out.
Going through each article or page would take up too much time. Especially when the new issue will be out on Thursday. 114 pages in total. Quick thoughts on the first issue.
Many have said the bi-weekly schedule is bound to hurt in some areas. That is true in any weekly magazine or daily newspaper as well. I was at work the night of the earthquake in Japan earlier this year. Local paper came in and it wasn’t in it. Quake occured past the deadline. So any print media is affected by the ‘deadline problem’. I will say it wasn’t as pronounced as I thought it might be in the magazine.
One place they were stuck was the MLB Playoff Preview. To their credit they faced it head on. Mentioned the Wild Card race going down to the wire “good for the fans, not so good for magazine editors with Monday night deadlines”. The issue ended up coming out right after that crazy night with the Red Sox/Rays.
Key might be to just avoid having a cover that could date quickly. On Twitter I mentioned that this type of schedule would’ve led to a cover in June before Game 6 of the Finals saying ‘Canucks about to win the Cup’. As a Bruins fan I have to tease Vancouver fans a bit.
Mark Spector’s piece on the Canucks is very well done. Pointing out how the diving of some of their players hurt their team in the Finals. And even gets two of the Canucks to admit that hurt them. Vancouver’s power play was great all season so that’s how they would get back at opponents by scoring on those opportunties. But having Lapierre and Burrows exaggerate bit them in the ass. Refs saw that and started keeping their whistle in their pockets. Coach Vigneault still denies the diving which he probably has to do. Players can tell the truth.
Kevin Bieska “There were a few instances of embellishment yes. It’s not emblematic of our team to dive around and embellish. But maybe at that point, we were frustrated.”
Henrik Sedin “I think we’ve grown as a team, and it needs to change. If I’m a referee, and I see guys do that kind of stuff…. I won’t say that anyone is a diver on our team. But we’ve got to stick to the game plan, and we can’t be thinking about what the referees are doing. That’s maybe what got away from us a little bit. But,” he adds, “that was in games where the game got out of hand.”
That’s the kind of stuff that is well worth buying a magazine to read.
With Rogers owning the Jays, going to get a bit of hyperbole about them. Keith Pelley wrote a column about the launch, “and we are learning to celebrate our heroes as we did with the Olympians, and as we did this season with Jose Bautista and our newest homegrown sensation, Brett Lawrie”. Whoa nelly, calm down. A team barely at .500 is not comparable to Olympians who won medals.
Stephen Brunt writes the last page of the magazine. Always enjoy Stephen’s writing and work on FAN590. Oh wait, Sportsnet Radio 590 THE FAN. TSN Radio just did the same thing by renaming sports radio stations in Montreal and Winnipeg this week.
Since Brunt spends part of the year in Newfoundland so he gets bonus points for that. Fellow fan of Hey Rosetta! too. In fact he was someone who helped a CBC live concert recording of the band done at Woody Point, Newfoundland a couple of years back. During this recording of ‘Epitaph’ I think you can hear Brunt’s laugh at the end. I’ve played it a few times on the radio show so I’ve heard the track many times.
Brunt’s first column is about how important hockey is in Canada. For a 1st issue I guess you have to mention hockey. Well written, although the importance of an Olympic Medal is blown out of proportion in general by the media. 1998 and 2004 Canada didn’t get a medal and there wasn’t a national depression. Stephen thinks it’s deeper than soccer is in England. I listened to a BBC call in show after each World Cup game England was involved in. They were more crazy than any hockey callers I’ve heard. After a draw a fan honestly said ‘I think they should just fly home and save us the embarrassment’. Even Leaf fans after losing 3 games of a playoff series wouldn’t say that. And soccer hooligans in England are common. They take their sports too seriously. Even in the US, a San Francisco Giants fan almost beaten to death by a Dodgers fan. Pre-season game between 49ers-Raiders ended in a stabbing in a parking lot. Riots in Montreal and Vancouver are thankfully the exception to the rule in this country. Never heard of Flames/Oilers fan almost killing each other.
Editor in Chief is Steve Maich who I found has a Twitter account. He replied and said he is a CFRC Alumni. Small world. I should ask him what he did at the station back in the day. Another one to add to the long list of people from ‘the small but mighty CFRC’ as one host calls us. CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, TSN’s Chris Cuthbert, musician Matthew Barber. And people I’ve worked with Yahoo Sports blogger Neate Sager, CHED’s Matthew Bisson, Fort McMurray Oil Barrons play by play Tyler King, FOX Soccer Channel’s Julie Stewart Binks. Quite a lot for a small station.
Derek Boogaard story is very in depth and worth reading. Others have talked about it more than I can. They also cover baseball and basketball so it’s not just hockey. NHL preview is just on the Canadian teams, as a Bruins fan I would’ve liked Canada + the Original Six myself. Although if you do that then other fans would complain. “Where is the preview of the Florida Panthers?” OK, I’m being silly with that one. You ever seen someone wearing a Panthers jersey in Canada? Be like seeing someone wearing a Kansas City Royals T-Shirt.
On the cover they have a small picture of a cheerleader in the corner. Which made me laugh since I can’t figure out why that was included. It’s so small I missed it when I bought the magazine.
I thought ‘Why bother when it’s so small?’ Even moreso when this is the article inside with the cheerleader.
‘Are You Smart Enough to Cheer’ and says what questions they are asked. As for the one pictured, she’s Doug Flutie’s daughter. Would hope she’d find those questions easy. When it comes to a cover might as well go all out with cheerleaders, as evidenced by this mockup Sportsnet had done. ‘NFL preview issue’ with a line of them. That would jump out in the sports section.
My sister likes sports and from reading SBNation and other blogs you see how many female fans there are who are really dedicated to their teams. As linked earlier in this piece, Jody Vance wrote a weekly column for a few years in a Toronto newspaper. This is where the print media can improve a lot, including the magazine.
No columns or big stories in the magazine written by women. Which is not a Rogers thing by any means. Canadian print media seems to be behind the times in general on that. Lot of sports anchors and reporters across the country are women. Why that hasnt’t translated to the written word is a debate for another time. Not to say there isn’t progress. Sportsnet Magazine has Shannon Proudfoot and Kristina Rutherford as staff writers. One writes the NHL previews of the Senators. Glad to see that.
Bob McCown’s Prime Time Sports was the one show I did watch on Sportsnet even when I switched to SportsCentre. Or I listen to the PTS podcasts. Bob does write for the magazine. Not a column, he answers emails from readers. Which could be interesting if he sticks with it. I was a regular reader of Fadoo.ca which was a website he launched, that lasted about a year. So I will see how long Bob sticks with the writing for the magazine.
In conclusion, I would recommend Sportsnet magazine. Lot of content I didn’t even touch on so it takes a few days to read everything. One small thing they do is they posted tweets about the magazine on the bottom of a few pages. Positive and negative. So they can laugh at themselves. Which goes a long way. You don’t want to read something that is too stuffy.
After some critiques, it is time for a plug for a different part of Rogers Media. It makes sense.
October 17th Jody starts as one of the hosts of Breakfast Television on CITY-TV in Vancouver. So those in BC or with satellite can tune in starting at 5:30am-9am local time Monday to Friday. 8:30 EST. I’ve work midnights for 3 years so for the 99% of readers who think, ‘Wow, 5:30 is early’ I can say ‘No, it’s not. Try waking up at 9-10pm’. And I worked all of the Thanksgiving long weekend which explains where I found time to write this massive post.
And I’m going to grab a quote from a press release. Since who it is from will come full circle to how this long post began.
“I have worked with Jody over the years and am thrilled to welcome her back to our family,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media Television. “She knows the city, she’s a journalist, a mom, a sports enthusiast, a cook and a pop culture junkie, and we’re confident that Vancouverites will enjoy starting their day with the new Breakfast Television team.”
Tried thinking of a way to wrap this up. Nothing came to mind, so thanks for reading almost 2800 words. 🙂
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.
Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death is a big part of what will be remembered about vancouver 2010. Anytime an athlete dies that will leave a mark on an event. For me the Luge Federation’s horrible attempt to blame Nodar himself the next day is why I thought I’d open up the last blog with it. One of the lowest points of an Olympics I’ve seen.
Also saying the track wasn’t dangerous but then putting in various changes because it clearly was showed how two-faced they were. Case where I don’t blame the IOC but it fell on VANOC. Various racers leading up to these games warned them about it. Luge, Skeleton and Bobsleigh are treacherous no matter what. When they are worried about a track you listen and don’t blow them off. From Yahoo Sports.
It was obvious they had built a sliding track in Whistler that was too fast and too challenging. Luge athletes were complaining from the start of practice. Then Nodar Kumaritashvili died when he was ejected from the track and into a steel pole. They slowed the luge track, yet then watched bobsledders struggle to make it down later in the Games.
Later, documents, emails and other smoking guns became public that showed concern about the track from officials, including those within the International Luge Federation. Luging is a dangerous sport, but there is no need to make it this difficult. The death of Kumaritashvili should be used to improve safety going forward. It was a terrible and unfortunately lasting moment from these Games.
Those athletes take risks everytime they race so it takes a lot for them to raise a red flag. Similar to race car drivers.
Takes a lot for me to agree with Jacques Rogge but I did in some quotes he’s said in the last few days. He said the IOC didn’t set the standards for the Whistler track.
“But we are morally responsible. Our responsibility is to make sure that no unnecessary risks are taken. There will always be risk in sport but it has to be reasonable. And the athletes take a lot of risk themselves.”
“The IOC has been very clear in saying to the Russians [2014 Winter Games] please deliver us a track that will be not hazardous. We never ask for more speed on the ice. Never. There has never been any requests to say you should go faster, it should be more difficult. This is something that clearly emanated from the international federation who approved the design.”
About Kumaritashvili’s death compared to other Olympic tragedies.
“It will be a part of the Games. It would be stupid to say the opposite. Just ask about what happened in Munich. What happened in Munich is part of the Games. What happened in Atlanta is part of the Games. There is no way you can isolate it.”
Rogge said the death affected him “very strongly,” and he didn’t sleep for two nights.
“In my profession, you are used to seeing people pass away, but for acceptable reasons, because of disease, because of age. [Rogge was a practicing physician.] And when you see a young athlete pursuing his dream of participating in the Olympic Games and end up in such an accident, it hurts.”
CTV Sunday morning had Rod Black and Jamie Cambpell on. I said before on the blog how I wasn’t a fan of his play by play. I do like him as a broadcaster. Always heard good things about people meeting him as well. Host asked them near the end what you would remember most about these games. Jamie gave the brutally honest answer.
The face of luger who died. Jamie was at the Broadcast Centre that Friday preparing for the sports he was going to call on Saturday. He saw the crash on TV, possibly before most of us had even heard about it. Once he heard he died he admitted he broke down. Betting CTV was looking for the first Gold Medal on home soil story from Jamie. Some things are more important.
Still haven’t watched an Olympic Gold Medal hockey game since 1994 between Canada and Sweden. Don’t like the professionals at the games. That’s it. I have to say the pros are the only ones who I saw cause anger in people the last 2 weeks. Where I work we had a lot of people come by and watch parts of the Olympics on a TV we have in the lobby. If Canada didn’t win in other sports no one got angry.
End of the Canada-Switzerland game which Canada won I saw angry people. Think I quoted this before but one guy before the shootout. “These Motherf$%kers get paid millions of dollars and they can’t beat the Swiss”. Didn’t hear anything like that if a speed skater finished 4th. More swearing at the team at the end of the Canada-Slovakia game.
Reading Twitter tonight and the word “relief” came up alot. Not happiness as much as people relieved they won. A bit strange. Felt much more happiness online when Moir/Virtue won. Tweets from women crying during that so it was memorable reading.
I’ll have one more Olympic-esque blog tomorrow as I catch up on things I missed. I’m a big sports fan but I know sports are a fun distraction. Nothing more and nothing less. Enjoy the game while watching it however it shouldn’t eat away at you if your team loses. Was my opinion of Canada or self worth going to change if the country didn’t win the ‘battle of the millionaires’ ? No, that be crazy. Tomorrow is another day win or lose.
In June it’s the world’s biggest sporting event of the year. 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Winter Olympics are big, but not World Cup of Soccer big. Don’t kid yourself. Those fans border on the insane from time to time. Killing a player for scoring on his own net for example. Not everyone knows the story about Andres Escobar. Scored on his own net against the USA in 1994. A month later in Columbia he was shot 12 times as the shooter reportedly yelled “GOAL!” after each shot. Whether the murderer was hired by Colombian drug syndicates who had bet heavily on the game was never proven. You can imagine that would be difficult and dangerous to prove in that country. The murderer was sentenced to 43 years in prison, then reduced to 26 years. And he only served 11 after being let out for ‘good behaviour’. No, that’s not fishy at all. To also show how big soccer is his funeral was attended by a few people. 120,000 to be exact.
Dark side of sports but let’s hope nothing approaching that happens this time. Does put “crazy hockey fans” in perspective though. Imagine a hockey player getting hurt at all for making a mistake. Unfathomable.
Remember Vancouver 2010 is not over yet. Even though some of the TV coverage would have you believe it is. The Paralympics start on March 12th. CTV/Rogers is doing more coverage than CBC has done. Didn’t see it but Brian Williams even said he’s hosting it. Glad they’re finally giving those games their due. I’ve tried to watch in the past but it would be tape delayed till late at night. CTV, TSN and Sportsnet showing it. We’ll see how they do. I’ll be here to write about it.
Thanks to Olympic Price Watch for linking to the blog yesterday. I’ll post tomorrow any updates from the site. Let’s hope the bad ones smarten up before the Paralympics start.
Quite easy to sum up the games’ ups and downs. Got the new Peter Gabriel CD as he covers various artists. Does a song by Randy Newman from 1968. Vancouver in one sentence over the last 2 weeks.
“Human kindness is overflowing and I think it’s going to rain today.”
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.
Only caught the end of the Grey Cup, but that was the only part that mattered. I will copy my Facebook status.
“As a Bruins fan I’d like to welcome the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the “too many men penalty against Montreal in a big playoff game” club. After 30 years we have company.”
Got to sleep later than usual so when I got up Montreal had won and I heard about how they won. Luckily had TSN on the PVR and rewound it. Damn. Talk about a game where the losing team really did give away the victory.
I forgot earlier to mention Mike Giffin is on the Montreal roster. He didn’t play last week with an injury and was questionable for the Grey Cup. So either was Queen’s was going to have an alumni on the winning side.
TSN’s technical problems continued. As I watched TSN The Reporters Sunday morning I saw a graphic for the TV schedule that afternoon.
“2009 Grey Cup : Blue Jays vs Tigers”
Wow. And to make sure I didn’t imagine that with my lack of sleep Chris Zelkovich saw it as well.
Another columnist at The Toronto Star mentioned missed plays by the cameramen and announcers as well during the Vanier Cup.
TSN pushed the blame for the Vanier Cup errors. So it was fitting that graphic thing happened to show the last 2 weekends of errors were not just someone else’s fault.
If you are “Canada’s Sports Leader” then stop making excuses. They had too much coverage on the weekend for their resources it came back to bit them. Queen’s/Calgary suffered as I heard the halftime show was spent on the Grey Cup. How about talking about the game at hand?
Let’s hope these problems don’t come up at the Olympics. If they can’t handle Queen’s/Calgary properly I’m not hopeful for all the sports they have to help cover.
The Score had much better coverage this season when they were handling CIS Football. They are 3rd place among the sport stations and games on The Score didn’t have all those technical issues.
Other blogs about the Vanier Cup.
By the way, it is still stupid the Grey Cup is only available on cable TV now. Should be TSN doing the game for CTV so more Canadians can watch. Last year I found out the contract between TSN and the CFL does not allow that. Not everyone has cable/satellite. I still read about many fans who can’t watch the game across the country.
Now we’re in the situation where the SuperBowl is on CTV but you have to have pay to watch the Grey Cup. Slightly backwards.