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Cherry Hits 75

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Age has not lessened his roar and turning 75 will not mellow Don Cherry.

The controversial and flamboyantly-dressed Hockey Night in Canada commentator hit the three-quarter century mark today and he is as animated as ever….

“If anything I have turned it up,” Cherry said. “I don’t feel any different now than I did 30, 40 years ago. I still get so excited on Saturday’s that I can hardly wait for Coach’s Corner to start. A lot of people tell me to ease off a little so I wouldn’t get in so much trouble. But trouble is my middle name and I say things the way I want to.

“When the day comes that CBC wants to go in a different direction, as they say, I will think to myself that I’ve had a good run and say toodle-oo.”

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Overuse Of A Theme Song

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

Is it just me or does the Hockey Night In Canada theme song lost it’s luster now that is on TSN?

They have completely over used the jingle, playing it at every opportunity. And they gave it a terrible accompanying video montage.

Meanwhile CBC has come up with a catchy tune which I think I might actually like better.

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The Pansification Talk

from Christie Blatchford of the Globe and Mail,

...Mr. Milbury now finds himself at the centre of a hullabaloo, confined almost exclusively to The Globe’s sports pages (where my colleague William Houston carefully has noted, in that uniquely Globe and Mail manner, that pansification is “a derivative of the word pansy”) and a gay advocacy group called Egale Canada, whose director is hopping mad about what she says is the “derogatory, stereotypical” term and who has complained to the CBC.

Even Don Cherry has got into the act, with Mr. Houston reporting Friday that Grapes has pledged not to use the dreaded term himself and has furthermore identified himself as a supporter of gay initiatives.

Well, as an old mare who was publicly called a filly, it is hardly a surprise that I am less than sensitive to the use of language, and find pretty much all such controversies silly.

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CBC Receives Complaint From Gay Rights Group

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A gay rights group has complained to the CBC about the use of the term “pansification” by Hockey Night in Canada commentators.

Hockey Night commentator Mike Milbury coined the expression to describe how the NHL would be softened should the league heed calls to ban fighting. He has used “pansification” at least twice on Hockey Night this season, in November and again on Jan. 17. His colleague, Don Cherry, has also made reference to it.

Egale Canada, a gay advocacy organization, protested last week. But Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said through a network spokesman yesterday that commentators are free to make their own decisions whether to use the expression.

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Bettman & MacLean

Last night Ron MacLean of HNIC had his annual ASG sit-down with Gary Bettman.

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Watching CBC

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Plenty of ideas were offered on how to improve the all-star format.

Reporter Scott Oake passed on a proposal by San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton, who suggested giving the players a cash incentive. Members of the winning team would not be required to pay into the National Hockey League Players’ Association escrow account.

“Then you’d see a game to rival any of the 82,” Oake said.

Don Cherry had his own ideas. Give NHL players the responsibility of selecting the all-stars rather than fans. That four Montreal Canadiens filled six of the Eastern Conference starting spots was hardly a realistic representation of the NHL’s best, he said.

more on the CBC coverage of the weekend in Montreal…

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Time For The HHOF To Open Their Doors For Cherry

from Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

It is time to elect Don Cherry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

There is not a man on the planet who has kept more fans or made more fans for the sport of hockey than Grapes. For nearly 30 years he has kept the attention of Canadian hockey fans (and now fans worldwide) on the sport that he and they love far more than any other.

And I’m not talking about the media wing … I am talking about full fledged induction in the builders’ category.

In my own informal poll of interested fans, administrators and media types, there is overwhelming support for Don’s election. And why not?

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Leafs Getting Some Time Off HNIC

From Stephen Johns at The Torontoist:

Tomorrow, for the first time since March 16, 1996, the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be playing on a non-holiday, regular season Saturday. They play tonight in Buffalo; they won’t be in action again until next Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs’ non-appearance on Hockey Night in Canada is mildly intriguing. The Leafs are a cash cow for the CBC; everyone knows this, even sports reporters who regularly lament the Leafs’ constant presence on CBC Sports’ flagship program irrespective of their on-ice performance (we salute you, William Houston of The Globe and Mail!).

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Canadians Watching Hockey

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.

At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It’s averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.

The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.

Game 2’s 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.

TSN’s NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.

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Winter Classic - Tune-In

added 11:48am, Thanks to a heads-up from a KK member, you can now watch the video here.


I happened to catch the video last night and was very impressed with it, hopefully it will draw some attention to the game on 1/1/09!  I did try to find it on the web, but no luck so far.

NEW YORK (December 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL), in collaboration with NBC, CBC and RDS, has released a new tune-in marketing campaign to promote the upcoming NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 game on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The TV spot, backed by the singing of the late, legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray and his iconic version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” debuted Sunday in the U.S. on the “NBC Sunday Night Football Game” between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. NBC’s Bob Costas narrates the U.S. version. This marks the first time that the League and its rights-holders have worked together to create a universal campaign for a single event.

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