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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean’s voice came close to breaking once or twice, but it never did. He seemed to try to explain why he stayed at Beijing rather than leave the Olympic city and return home to be at his mother’s side.
Were we witnessing guilt as well as grief? Whatever the case, it was authentic, personal and moving.
“I don’t want to jar you with this news,” he said. “But I just got the word about my mom, who is 82 years old. Succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Mom’s condition has been tough for about a year now. But she broke her hip on the eve of the opening ceremony and, if you know anything about cancer, once that trauma was added to the weight of her circumstance, it was a very difficult last 14 days.”
Adam Proteau talks to Carrie Milbank of The Hockey Show and asks what it was like starting her new job.
“Honestly, I was so scared at first,” said Milbank, who has been working in broadcasting since 2003. “I really wanted The Hockey Show job, and when I got it, I was like, ‘uh-oh, what am I going to do?’ Because not only was I scared of the players, I was scared of the fans, because they’re so intense.
“So I bought the book Hockey For Dummies. I bought The Smart Girl’s Guide To Sports to help me prepare. But talking to the guys and being around the game really helps you get to know what hockey’s all about.
Don’t tell Gary Bettman this, but I haven’t seen a single sign of any National Hockey League paraphernalia anywhere in Beijing. It appears the NHL is just as popular in China as it is in the United States.
-Bob Duff at Duffer’s Dabbles
Nice to see Spector’s Hockey has recovered and is back in business. Over the next few days some additional tweaking will be going on, but it is functional now.
Just received an email from Lyle regarding his site...
Well, the good news is the site’s back up but the bad news is that there were infected files and now we cannot access them. So we’re going to purge the site and rebuild from scratch and since we were planning to update the site’s design (nothing major from the previous one) we’re going ahead with that now. So the site will be off-line (there’ll be a notice for folks who check in) until Tuesday at the latest.
Again, I regret the inconvenience and I thank you for your patience, folks.
He asked that I inform KK readers of his situation and I do wish there was more I could do to help out.
This morning I took a trip to Spector’s site and noticed he was going on vacation for about three days.
At this time, his site appears to be having some issues and I am sure it will be fixed when Lyle discovers the problem. When it does come back online, feel free to leave a comment to advise his readers.
update 5:46pm, Lyle just emailed me and his IT guy is working on the site and hopes to have it up tonight or tomorrow. He also passes along his apologies for any inconvenience.
At his Fox Sports Blog, Lyle has this to say,
Hey, folks, turns out some chucklehead decided to take the opportunity while I’m on vacation to screw around with my website. I’ve contacted my site’s designer and he’ll be working on the problem. I would appreciate your patience in this matter and apologize for the inconvenience. I’ll be back to work on Monday, August 19th and hopefully we’ll have the site back online by then. I’ll try to post updates as to the site’s status here as I get them.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oilers SportsNet colour commentator Ray Ferraro is going to work for TSN, replacing Glen Healy, who took a paying position with the NHL Players Association. Two possible candidates to replace Ferraro are former Penguin winger Rob Brown, who has done some good Oiler pay-per-view work, and Rod Phillips’ longtime radio sidekick, Morley Scott.
Here’s another longshot name to consider: onetime Oiler coach and goalie Ron Low, who was dumped by the Senators.
more hockey notes including Geoff Sanderson looking for work.
Our favorite for the Sportsnet job would be Morley Scott. Remember the day Alanah spent with Morley?
from Advanced Imaging Magazine,
Broadcast systems integrator TV Magic has completed a state-of-the-art high-definition live sports control room at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and a variety of sports and entertainment events throughout the year….
The TV Magic installation encompassed the relocation of the arena’s existing A/V control room, scoring video system, and coaches’ video-review equipment. The newly upgraded facility is designed to support live broadcast, production, and post-production in state-of-the-art high definition quality. It also includes the first-ever high-definition in-house multichannel cable system for targeted advertising throughout the HP Pavilion.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council today released its decision concerning comments made on an episode of Bonsoir les sportifs broadcast on CKAC-AM (Montreal). Host Ron Fournier suggested that the Montreal Canadiens use violence against their opponents. The CBSC concluded that the broadcast violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics because it promoted violence contrary to Clause 9(a).
One bit of advice, turn the channel if you don’t like what you are hearing!
All this trade talk, but yet, no trades!
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