First of all I would like to say what a great way to open the NHL season last night in Calgary. The Flames outplayed the Canucks in the first period and then the defense ensured that the rest of the shots by Vancouver were all to the outside where Kiprusoff could see them.
This article is not about last night however, it is about what I had to listen to on the way to work this morning. As always, fresh after a Calgary Flames win I enjoy turning on the TEAM 1040 here in Vancouver to hear the excuses and what fans have to say about why they lost. Not to my surprise, the majority of them said they outworked and outplayed the Flames. I disagree with this myself, but it is only the first game so we will just see how the season progresses.
My beef today is with the announcers on the TEAM 1040 which is a radio station dedicated to the Vancouver Canucks and also the BC Lions. Now I usually find that like most Canuck fans, the reporters in Vancouver usually like to put blame on the refs whenever the team takes bad penalties or does not come out with spark or pizazz. This morning however all the praises in the World were on how great the team played (Obviously not taking into consideration that Luongo was in net for both preseason losses, he had a sub-par series versus Chicago to finish last season and he also played very average last night).
Again I am getting off track. My problem with the announcers was not their views on the game last night, it was their lack of professionalism towards their own fans and other new outlets.
I am serious that I could not believe my ears when I heard these on air announcers putting down, "CBC play by play guy", Mark Lee. It was followed by some less than favourable comments about rookie commentator Kevin Weekes. The words that were used are less important than the fact that what they did was unprofessional. They were not put on a stage to voice their opinions of announcers for other networks.
The next thing they were talking abbout was people who try to get their faces on camera during games and interviews. They called these people, "idiots". Yes the same people who help to pay their salary they were calling idiots. Again whether or not you believe someone looking for their ten seconds of fame is acting in a way that you deem appropriate, you might host a poll or ask for public opinion, which they did. But you should never use words like idiot to describe the people who are cheering for the same team as yourself.
This entire topic was brought on by a Vancouver Canucks fan who was behind the CBC announcers who were taping right behind some Canucks fans during the game. The man was on his cell phone and you could see him mouthing the words, "can you see me?" into the phone. The TEAM 1040 announcers criticized this fan for being an idiot and also the CBC for putting themselves right in the HEART of the stadium where the fans are.
I hope that I was not the only person hearing this on air garbage this morning. In respect to them though I wake up in an opinionated foul mood the day after my team loses to a division rival, I just use class and keep my opinions to myself.