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SPORTS By Patrick Townes

Tom Cheek was the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to 2004 and Jerry Howarth was the play-by-play announcer from 1981 to 2017.  Given what is taking place in the sports media world right now, these two stretches of keeping the same job for that length of time is very impressive.  This season the Blue Jays decided to go away from the radio broadcast and simply made the call to duplicate the television broadcast over the radio.  This was completed in an effort to save costs.  Understandable based on some companies and lack of revenue during these unique times, but the history associated with the radio broadcast is a Toronto Blue Jays tradition.  Many radios in the garage stay tuned to the Fan590. 

I am a big fan of Dan Shulman.  He does not try to “show off” or anything during the broadcast.  He always does his job in a respectful manner.  He also uses true facts, and is not overly opinionated, in my opinion.  The one thing that is noticeable when you listen to the broadcast is the amount of times the television broadcasters refer to a visual on the screen.  This obviously does not translate well to the radio.  One can only hope that the radio broadcasts return after this season.  There truly is a difference between the ability to broadcast a game on television vs. radio.  The voices of Cheek and Howarth will live with us forever.  Fans still miss Howarth explaining the uniform colours before the game. 

The National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone.  There were many more trades than expected.  In the salary cap era, often there has to be equal money changing hands to make a deal work.  Taylor Hall is a good player, who is now on his fifth team in ten years, and he has been traded three times.  Thinking back to great players like Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman who only played for one team, you can appreciate being dedicated to a team, fan base and a community for you whole career.  Trades in general still seem weird, considering you have to switch jobs in a day and sometimes need to change locations with your family. 

I am a true baseball and golf fan.  I can handle the “slow” play of both sports because I appreciate the game so much, and can understand certain situations that take longer than usual, like changing pitchers in a vital role, or marking out a chip location on the green.  The Masters was unbelievably slow.  Baseball is taking steps to improve the pace of play.  Golf needs to consider something similar.  If I was chipping out of the sand on the 18th hole to win the Masters, I guess I would likely take my time too. 

SPORTS By Patrick Townes

Tom Cheek was the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to 2004 and Jerry Howarth was the play-by-play announcer from 1981 to 2017.  Given what is taking place in the sports media world right now, these two stretches of keeping the same job for that length of time is very impressive.  This season the Blue Jays decided to go away from the radio broadcast and simply made the call to duplicate the television broadcast over the radio.  This was completed in an effort to save costs.  Understandable based on some companies and lack of revenue during these unique times, but the history associated with the radio broadcast is a Toronto Blue Jays tradition.  Many radios in the garage stay tuned to the Fan590. 

I am a big fan of Dan Shulman.  He does not try to “show off” or anything during the broadcast.  He always does his job in a respectful manner.  He also uses true facts, and is not overly opinionated, in my opinion.  The one thing that is noticeable when you listen to the broadcast is the amount of times the television broadcasters refer to a visual on the screen.  This obviously does not translate well to the radio.  One can only hope that the radio broadcasts return after this season.  There truly is a difference between the ability to broadcast a game on television vs. radio.  The voices of Cheek and Howarth will live with us forever.  Fans still miss Howarth explaining the uniform colours before the game. 

The National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone.  There were many more trades than expected.  In the salary cap era, often there has to be equal money changing hands to make a deal work.  Taylor Hall is a good player, who is now on his fifth team in ten years, and he has been traded three times.  Thinking back to great players like Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman who only played for one team, you can appreciate being dedicated to a team, fan base and a community for you whole career.  Trades in general still seem weird, considering you have to switch jobs in a day and sometimes need to change locations with your family. 

I am a true baseball and golf fan.  I can handle the “slow” play of both sports because I appreciate the game so much, and can understand certain situations that take longer than usual, like changing pitchers in a vital role, or marking out a chip location on the green.  The Masters was unbelievably slow.  Baseball is taking steps to improve the pace of play.  Golf needs to consider something similar.  If I was chipping out of the sand on the 18th hole to win the Masters, I guess I would likely take my time too. 

There are two different sports reporters in my opinion – ones that make predictions and ones that report the obvious.  A couple reporters wrote about Alex Galchenyuk’s role on the Toronto Maple Leafs.  They said if he gets time on the top two lines, he will be able to put some points together and maybe get a decent contract next season — a good prediction based on the types of players he would be playing with.  Other reporters are now publishing articles how Alex Galchenyuk is really settling into his role and turning his career around. The Leafs wanted to deepen their lineup, and that is what he brings to the team.  It is natural that a player like that, in that role, will contribute some points.  The recent performance of the players on his line sure helps things.  Are they helping him? Or vice versa?  This is something that doesn’t necessarily have to be analyzed after the fact; but good work to those who predicted it.  With the additions made at the trade deadline, the Maple Leafs are poised to make a long run in the playoffs.