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by Paul on 04/13/11 at 12:11 PM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Does Don Cherry have the staying power to go all the way in the 2011 playoffs?
The grinding eight weeks of NHL postseason is not for the young. Games every second or third night. Travel. Pressure. In broadcasting, the light goes on every night for two games. Long nights, early mornings. Travel in the final rounds. While Cherry appears every second night (and usually leaves early) there were signs in the 2010 playoffs that the 77-year-old either ran out of gas or interest.
Where TSN has panels to distribute the load, Cherry’s a solo act with a high bar to hurdle each appearance. Goofy ties and Dos Equis parodies may work on a weekly basis, but they get a little stale on a nightly basis. Plus, the absence of Canadian teams means fewer fawning fans shots as Cherry gets his fix of adulation. Then there are those pesky late-night games from Vancouver.
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