I know how valuable he is to the network, he is an absolute rating bombshell having witnessed his popularity on a Air Nova flight out to Moncton from Montreal where the idiot was actually dressed in a slightly toned down version of his signature floppy dress.
So many passengers on the small BAe146 wanted to come up to first class for an autograph that I was sure the small jet would become dangerously unbalanced. Cherry is quite the showman and with every autograph he'd talk about the home town of the person receiving his signature with a comment about the people he knew from area. Apparently Cherry knows a lot of people.
Cherry wears his Bruins and Toronto loyalty on his sleeve without reservation and that is a problem for a network proclaiming to be the premiere hockey broadcaster in the world.
There's an unwritten rule in quality national broadcasts that forbid commentators from using the dreaded 'WE' or "THEM' in describing the play by play action or in between period analysis. I remember that I would actually cringe listening to the ancient and insufferable Howie Meeker, the original Gee Whiz yahoo, speaking of the Leafs with such comments as, "We need to press" or "They look shaky now"
The hallmark of quality broadcasters like TSN or NBCSports, is a professional and neutral demeanor, where Habs booster Pierre McGuire wouldn't dare wear a Montreal Canadiens cap during a broadcast as wouldn't Mike Milbury dare wear Bruins regalia during his appearances.
The same goes for their comment and observations, made professionally and untainted by their own personal loyalty which is left at the broadcast booth door.
Then there is the CBC with idiots like Ron Maclean and Don Cherry cheering for the Leafs even if they aren't playing, or for the Bruins, even if the opponent is a Canadian team.
It goes over big in Ontario and perhaps out West, but it is unprofessional to the nth degree and goes against the grain of what the CBC is supposed to represent.
The current run by the Montreal Canadiens has been tainted by the disgusting and biased treatment of the Canadian team by the CBC which is utterly bewildering.
As for the rest of the crew, they spent the beginning of game six discussing what the Bruins must do to beat the Canadiens, not what the Canadiens need to do to beat the Bruins.
The CBC has lost the hockey rights and I couldn't be happier. I hope Rogers snaps up all the excellent commentators over at TSN and takes a pass at every single person connected with the CBC, except for Bob (There's something going on here!) Cole, who they can hire as comedy relief to describe games of no importance.
The worst in all this is that we are forced to endure the amateur bumpkins at the CBC because of blackouts of the very professional NBC Sports alternate coverage.
While the Canadiens have made it to the conference round, the big news today at Hockey night in Canada is whether Dion Phaneuf will be stripped of his 'C'.
It's a little frustrating to see our national broadcaster rooting against the only Canadian team left in the playoffs.
I can't wait for the demise of Hockey Night in Canada, an organization so dumb as to let the most famous theme song in sports get sold from under them to a rival.
So to HNIC I say, pack it in...go...vamoose and good riiddence.....WE SHALL NOT MISS YOU!
We Montreal Canadiens fans will be happy to sing you out of the building,
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Na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye! Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye!
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Where will I be?...Ironically in NYC.
Enjoy some moments of that great game seven victory! Go Hab Go!