Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A media cat fight

In case you missed it yesterday, this column from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette is worth a read as the veteran sportswriter tears TSN's Pierre McGuire a new one:
Yes, it was TSN's Pierre McGuire who phoned me early this season to say — and this is a direct quote — "Jack, Sheldon Souray can't play in the National Hockey League. "

I didn't phone McGuire on that occasion, I didn't ask him about Souray. He phoned me, he offered the opinion on his own. I didn't name him when I wrote about Souray making the all-star team because I thought it was kind of funny that the guy who considers himself the world's biggest expert on the NHL could be so wrong.

Truth be told, although he didn't say it was off the record, I probably should not have quoted McGuire — but that's why I didn't use his name.

But when McGuire goes on the air and denies he said it and then says the Gazette has a problem — well, I have a problem with that. It's one thing to be wrong, but lying is something else — and calling me a liar is something else again.

You drop the gloves, you'd better be ready to dance. If you have an opinion, have the guts to own up to it. McGuire was wrong about Souray, just as he was wrong when he said "the league has the book on (Cristobal) Huet."

We all make mistakes. It happens. McGuire should have fessed up, admitted his mistake, laughed about it and moved on. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the integrity or the guts.
Whew — that's prickly. It's obviously a 'he said, she said' scenario, but I can't for the life of me think of a decent reason for Todd to fabricate something as silly as this.

Meanwhile, as he later points out, Souray and Huet are off to next week's all-star game.

Thanks to Neate Sager for the link.


At 7:54 a.m., January 16, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

McGuire is nothing more than a showman. He wants to think he knows everything and is always right and he wants everyone to know that. He over dramatizes everything. There are no OK hockey players in the NHL in his mind because they are all monster performers or AHL-calibre players and sometimes the same player can be both in the same game.

I have heard McGuire contradict himself on numerous occassions. I remember in early September he was on Team 1200 here in Ottawa and when the Team 1200 guys laughed at the Leafs for some of their off season signings (Gill in particular) he defended the Leafs and said they have improved and that they were a playoff team. Several weeks later when TSN did their pre-season predictions and Tie Domi predicted the Leafs would make the playoffs McGuire laughed at him.

I also drive from Ottawa to Toronto a lot and have heard McGuire on The Fan in Toronto say one thing and then the next day on the Team 1200 in Ottawa say something completely different.

McGuire has no credibility with me as an NHL analyst and I can't stand watching games on TSN when he is working them. I find him annoying and repetitive and he keeps interupting Gord Miller and I have turned off games solely because of him. It is good to see someone in the media exposing him for what he is: A showman only interested in protecting his image.

At 9:39 a.m., January 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather have McGuire on TSN than Wind Bag Healy and his anti-Montreal rants.
God he's an annoying Scottish puke that translated his limited wit and intellect into popularity with the Leaf Centric media and TSN who for some God unknown reason think he adds something to the broadcasts.
He doesn't.
When TSN shows the Habs and has Helium voice Cuthbert and Wind Bag Healy on the air it means one thing to me.
Time to tune into RDS.

At 10:51 a.m., January 16, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

I like Harry Neale more than McGuire. McGuire is too much of a showman and want to prove he knows what's going on. Harry does no what's going on without being in your face and he has some hilarious quips from time to time (i still love the 47 foot shot)

You should be tuning into RDS anyways. By far the best broadcast in the league, in any language.

At 11:02 a.m., January 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he meant that Souray is not an NHL-calibre defender which he isn't. He has a hell of a slapshot though. He's Montreal's McCabe.

At 5:48 p.m., January 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memo self: Send note to Nobel Prize Committee nominating inventor of Mute Button on TV Remote Control.

At 9:13 p.m., January 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand Jack Todd, and I do like listening to Pierre McGuire. Hower, in all fairness, I remember hearing McGuire say back in the beginning of last season that Souray is not made for the NHL.

At 12:37 p.m., January 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched Souray play since he's in Montreal. Like Jack Todd,I've seen just about everygame he's played. Someone in Toronto who gets to watch the Habs maybe 8 times a year, usually thinks they know more about every other team and player in the league. I think I realized this when I was nine years old.

McGuire is an airbag who thinks he knows more than he does. People in the media seem to hate the guy. No wonder why!

At 3:33 p.m., January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a big of Pierre McGuire fan but he does seem to be very knowledgeble about hockey. His and Gord Miller's coverage of the World Jounior Hockey Tournement was quite well done, which Jack Todd totally trashed btw...

McGuire also does a stint with Mitch Melnick on the the Team 990 in the afternoons. Like him or not his knowledge of hockey is far, far superior to Jack Todd's who only has a basic knowledge of the game.

Jack Todd, who has left the Gazette to devote more time to his 900 page epic novel, has never been more than a very bitter media hack who has seen the world go past him and he has not been able to keep up, alluding to his rants about blogs, the internet and anyone who might have a differant opinion or lifestyle to his views. And so to boost his fading time in the media circle, he has lowered himself to take personal shots at other people he finds that don't measure up to his "moral and ethical standards"

Pierre McGuire's talent and potential will continue to be bright while Jack Todd's has already dimed and faded. Jack Todd will not be missed by this reader.


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