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Melrose On Cherry

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

How did we end up with Don Cherry and Barry Melrose as the respective oracles for hockey in Canada and the U.S.? ESPN thinks the sun sets on Melrose, but the former L.A. Kings coach has been warming up the same tired Cherry tribute act he’s peddled for 20 years. Down to the zoot suits. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. In a recent interview with Sports Media Watch, he was asked to compare himself to Cherry.

“Well, I’m a lot better looking and better dressed than Don Cherry. Gotta get that out there right away. But I would say so, yeah. If you look at the viewership for ESPN, non-hockey fans are watching SportsCenter. All of a sudden, this guy from Canada pops up, and they say, ‘this is the hockey guy.’ So I would definitely say that’s true. It’s something I take pride in, and something I work hard to cultivate, and something that I try to convey every night to people that aren’t hockey fans.

more plus some ratings talk, etc…

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The fact that Barry Melrose is the “hockey guy” for ESPN viewers says more negative things about ESPN than positive things for Barry Melrose.

ESPN caters to the lowest common denominators of sports fans.  It’s unfortunate that even he feels he has to dumb down what he says to get across to the people who watch the network that denigrates his sport.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/26/10 at 02:51 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/26/10 at 12:51 PM ET


Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/26/10 at 03:17 PM ET

Moq's avatar

The fact that hockey is “promoted” by the likes of Cherry, Melrose, Milbury and McGuire feels a little disheartening.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 05/26/10 at 03:25 PM ET


Dowbiggin has had it in for Cherry since the “Punch-Up in Piestany” way back in 1987 when Grapes called Dowbiggin a “coward” on national tv in Canada.  If you’re watching Grapes for non-biased analysis, well you’re going to come away disappointed.  He’s purely entertainment these days and he’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying his passion for the game of hockey and it will be a sad day when he does his last broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada.

Posted by dash_pinched on 05/26/10 at 04:24 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

The fact that hockey is “promoted” by the likes of Cherry, Melrose, Milbury and McGuire feels a little disheartening.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 05/26/10 at 01:25 PM ET

and it explains a lot about TV ratings.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/26/10 at 06:10 PM ET

Boxcar's avatar

I would much rather listen to Melrose and Cherry than listen to Dowbiggin drone on about how no one plays hockey in Canada anymore, and his constant stream of negativity about the game.
I don’t always agree with Barry Melrose or Don Cherry but they truly enjoy hockey and thepeople who are involved with it. Dowbiggin makes his living by being “brave” and always pointing out the negatives in the sport.

Posted by Boxcar on 05/27/10 at 12:59 AM ET

goon's avatar

I think Don Cherry is entertaining to listen to, Barry Melrose not so much anymore.

Posted by goon from Grand Forks, ND on 05/27/10 at 02:27 AM ET

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