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Pierre McGuire’s Day

from Max Miceli of SportsBusiness Daily,

"A Day in the Life" is a feature in SBD examining the daily habits of interesting personalities in sports business. This week, NBC NHL analyst PIERRE MCGUIRE walks us through his preparation process for calling games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and how he winds down afterward.

5:30am: If I don’t need to fly somewhere, I’ll get up at 5:30 no matter what. I’ll sit down and I’ll break down what happened the night before just watching tapes or replays. 

7:05am: I’ll do radio usually in the morning back in Toronto and then at 8:08 in Ottawa. We never rehearse any of them. I try to prepare as much as possible, and I’ll look over things I may have made notes on. In Toronto it’s a 10-12 minute show and in Ottawa it’s about a 25 minute show. They’re a little different, but usually during the regular season they focus on the entire league and in particular the teams in the towns I’m doing the radio show in. It’s fun to do. After that I’ll take a shower, and I’ll grab a cup of tea and go right to the rink. 


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TreKronor's avatar

I enjoy these types of articles because they really show just how much work and prep goes into calling a 2.5 hour game. 

I didn’t like Pierre until about 3 or 4 years ago.  I don’t know what changed, but he seems to be much better and covers the game from a more interesting angle.  Prior to that he’d just tell the audience which hometown/college a player was from, now he adds much more to it.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/30/18 at 02:11 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Agreed, I almost like Pierre now. Or at least am not constantly annoyed by his mere presence.He may have gotten the message that the game is not about him and his encyclopedic knowledge of the complete backstory of every player on the ice. It’s a low bar to clear, but he may be the best of a sorry bunch of between-the-benches reporters in the NBC stable.

Posted by Steeb on 05/30/18 at 02:29 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

He is less irritating now, but is still a Cindy lover.  angry

Posted by bigfrog on 05/30/18 at 06:13 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

He’s matured as a broadcaster. He now realizes he doesn’t have to be the show, but simply part of it, to make it work.

Back in the day he was like the annoying kid on the playground who spent all recces telling people how much he knew.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/31/18 at 08:14 AM ET

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