Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Prime Time Sports

Today on Prime Time Sports (watching is rapidly becoming a habit...), a viewer posted a text message which was scrolled across the bottom of the screen. It said something to the effect of: "The CBC hires George Stromboulopoulos but fires Chris Cuthbert. What the hell is wrong with them?"

Absolutely priceless. That the CBC would dump a twenty-year veteran of the station, and yet still employ this no-good hack is mind-boggling.
MotherCorp (tm) claimed that his dismissal was due to the cancellation of the NHL hockey season. How odd that a man who covered everything from the NHL to the Olympics to Figure Skating to Skiing to CFL football would receive the axe.

Cuthbert jumped to the forefront of sports television with his work during a NHL playoff game in New Jersey in 1988.

A power failure in Montreal forced Hockey Night in Canada to switch to a Washington vs. New Jersey game. Cuthbert was supposed to supply updates to the national broadcast but when the focus shifted, he became host, analyst, commentator and runner.

Cuthbert was nominated for a Gemini Award for that program.

Bob Cole can suck an egg. Harry Neale is a bum. Dick Irvin is a windbag. And don't even get me started on Greg "worst colour-commentator EVER" Millen. Cuthbert deserved better. He'll find himself a job in no time.