Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Some H.N.I.C. news

In a move that comes far later than it should've, the CBC announced that they will be removing the seven second delay for Don Cherry's Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night In Canada as part of his new contract with the network.

Now, I'm not a big Grapes fan, and these days I find myself disagreeing with him more often than I do co-signing his (what I consider to be) ridiculous rants, but the idea that you'd put a broadcaster with his tenure on such a leash is absurd.

His schtick is hardly a secret, and you know exactly what you're going to get when you watch (and in CBC's case, broadcast) Coach's Corner. Either let him do his thing or don't have him at all. A muzzled Don Cherry serves no purpose, as it's not his seering insight on the game that most people watch his segment for.

Like anyone who's act is to push the limits, occassionally he'll go over the line he routinely tipetoes along. In the past, it's included what some consider offensive comments against Europeans and French Canadians as well as Cherry giving his opinion that Canada was wrong for not sending troops to Iraq, and getting into a pretty heated debate with Ron MacLean over the issue on the show.

Should Cherry be on a government network saying such things and being paid so handsomely? I don't know, but that's not even the point. If you want Don Cherry on your network, you have to take the often absurdness that comes with it or let him go elsewhere. Because, best believe, if CBC had cut him loose, there would be a bidding war between the TSNs and Rogers Sportsnets of the world for his brand of hockey commentary.

As well, Jim Hughson, the long-time play-by-play man of the Vancouver Canucks, has joined the broadcast team as their western game/second tier PBP man, a spot vacated when CBC terminated Chris Cuthbert earlier in the year (a travestry in it's own right, but that's an issue for another time.)

Hughson's extremely well regarded within the industry so it's nice to see. He was the voice of TSN's national broadcasts in the late 80's/early 90's if I'm not mistaken, went over to Rogers Sportsnet (then CTV Sportsnet) when they bought the national TV deal, and stayed with them broadcasting Canucks games regionally when TSN got the deal back a few years later. The contract will allow Hughson to stay on as Sportsnet's Canucks man in addition to the new gig.

There had been talk that Dean Brown, the Sens own PBP man, was in line for the job, as he's done CBC games in the past, often working with Marc Lee.

I'd also expect that Hughson will take over the coveted prime time spot currenly held by Bob Cole whenever he decides to retire, though we've been on that watch for years now with no such announcement in sight. We can only hope Harry Neale goes with Bob into the sunset when it does happen though.

3 Comments:

At 12:20 AM, Blogger aquietgirl said...

It's only really Scott Oake on HNiC that bothers me. It allll goes back to the question he asked Redden after game 7 of 2003's EC finals (you know...) ... Redden looked like he was on the verge of collapse, and Oake shoving a microphone, essentially asking him, "Hey, you cost your team the chance to win. How does it feel?" *@$*!

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

"Is this the worst feeling you've had as a player."

Scott Oake means well, but he often seems to be quite retarded.

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dean Brown didn't work with Mark (not Marc, you'd think you'd be able to spell an Ottawa guy's name!) Lee since they are both play-by-play guys. Lee had worked with John Davidson and the boat anchor that is Glenn Healy.

 

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