Here's our latest On The Record video chat. Luisa D'Amato and I discuss two topics: A proposal to put statues of Canada's Prime Ministers in Kitchener's Victoria Park and low test scores in mathematics.
The Rogers mega-TV hockey deal: TSN of course looks like the loser vs. Rogers, but unless a host of TSN personalities migrate over, inevitably this will be an interesting study of what fans value more: actual game coverage, or the type of analysis - all jokes about ubiquitous 'expert panels' aside, that TSN has brought to the table with the likes of Bob McKenzie; personalities clearly superior to thos to date populating SportsNet's panels.
The Buffalo Bill's future in Toronto: Big topic in Toronto this week. Whatever reasons people cite for the failure of this experiment, the bottom line is the Bills have been a lousy team throughout the experiment. Had the Super Bowl-bound Bills of the early 1990s been involved, things would have been different. But also bear in mind that the notion that Toronto is full of Bills' fans is, arguably, unsound. I've lived in southern Ontario the vast majority of my life and can remember only two times people in the area really cared about the Bills: In the early 1970s when O.J. Simpson was setting rushing records and during those early 1990s Super Bowl visits. And most of those 1990s fans were arguably bandwagon jumpers. I don't hear many people talking about the Bills. Do you?
Botched O Canada at sports events: Canadian media loves criticizing American for botching O Canada. Well, here's the thing. Anthems, regardless which one, are often botched. Shouldn't the larger question be, why are national anthems played before sports events?
The Monty Python troupe is reuniting. Not sure how it will go; reunions can be good or bad. But hearing the news does stir memories of watching Monty Python's Flying Circus and, of course, the movies. Here's a couple of my favourite sketches - above, the Ministry of Silly Walks and below, the classic Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Ah, heck, here's a pile of Monty material.
Warning: Language in this video may be offensive to some.
Not to, uh, you know, let's just say crap on my own profession but according to the National Post, yes, which leans right but still, the Rob Ford saga is, apparently, a 'sideshow'.
Hmm. Mayor of Canada's largest city. Fourth or fifth (depending on what statistical table one consults) largest city in North America. Admitted crack cocaine user. Caught on an ugly, sad, scary, troubling, etc. video rant.
Sideshow?? Well, if this is a sideshow, one wonders what constitutes a main event.
So, does this mean Rob's brother, Toronto councillor Doug, will call for Cherry to step down from his pulpit on Hockey Night In Canada? Doug Ford, after all, called for Toronto police chief Bill Blair to step down when he expressed disappointment about Rob Ford.
The video is a regular feature we've done in the past and aim to ramp up again. It's called On The Record, which we use to talk to Luisa (mainly) but also other Record reporters on issues of the day. It's called Sports Chat when we bring our sports reporting staff into the mix.
We're hoping to post at least one such video a week.
Big controversy that really ought not to have been in World Series Game 3. Bottom line, umpires made the right call according to the rule book (and let's be honest, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks did some leg action obstruction and had Sox won he would have been celebrated for getting away with one).
And remember, Sox fans, umpires reversed a call - made it right - in Game 1 to Boston's benefit.
Can you imagine, though, were this hockey? The rule book (LOL) would have been thrown out because it was an important time of the game, the official wisdom would have been 'let the players decide it' when in fact breaking rules IS the players deciding it. And in this case, a bad throw by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia did decide it, setting in motion a series of events that led to a controversial call that really wasn't. It was, simply, the right call.
Good for you, umps. And good for you, baseball, for not being hockey in such matters.
Karlo Berkovich is Associate Editor-Online Content of the Waterloo Region Record and www.therecord.com A former sports writer and editor, he draws on that experience for many of his posts, but also comments on any number of topics including his other areas of interest, rock music and politics.