This week’s column will have very little to do with actual football. I blame the bye week and the internet for this. Yes, bye weeks are important and I support all measures done to keep players safe, but it sure makes it difficult to write something of meaning when both games last week were won in convincing fashion.
Montreal’s win over Winnipeg was predictable, and beyond the Lions’ pass rush and the continuing evolution of Chad Owens there really wasn't much of an interest in that penalty fueled affair. Of course, it would have been nice to have been able to see the entire game from the comfort of my home, except that my internet provider decided that sometime between the Women's Canada vs. U.S Olympic soccer match, and the start of the Argonauts vs. Lions game would be the perfect time to wipe out all TV and internet services from my area.
I called once and they said it would be fixed in "a short period of time.” I called back two hours later and was directed to their sales division. It's nice that certain stereotype about giant monolithic companies and their complete lack of customer support is alive and well. Makes me feel comfortable that is all is normal in the world.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!
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Now Back to football, sort of.
I want to talk about bias. During the always entertaining and brilliantly executed TSN CFL halftime show the question was brought up to the panel: Do you root for certain teams? There was a grab bag of answers with Doug Brown, honestly and rightfully saying that he does root for the Blue Bombers.
Personally I'm fine with that. I'd be uncomfortable if a recently retired player didn't want his former team to win. How could he not considering all the life experiences and extreme emotional highs and lows he would have experienced with that organization? In fact I find it disingenuous when a former player says he is now completely neutral. Feels a little dishonest, now doesn't it?
Ideally speaking, I want the broadcasters calling the game to be absolutely neutral and the guys in the studio to have a mix of non bias to wildly biased but still informative and intelligent.
That's why I appreciated Glen Suitor stating unequivocally that he does not favour one team over another. The reason for this is when I'm watching a game at home; I'm stuck with whoever the colour and play-by-play guys are. I have no choice but to listen to what they have to say. There is nothing worse than watching your team knowing there is a clear and present bias.
Oh wait, there is one example that is worse, when your team is losing and being forced to hear those two clowns chuckle at your team’s misfortune while you can practically hear them high five one another in the background. Ugh. Just ruins the game and forces you to mute the entire broadcast.
But for everyone else on the TV, side I say some bias is a good thing. It really is just human nature. Isn't it more fascinating to hear a Hall of Fame quarterback turned broadcaster pop off on a player he doesn't like? Aren't you more interested when we media types take sides? Fair and balanced gets kind of boring. It's fine for the moderator in a political debate but not when your deciding whether or not Jovon Johnson needs a bit of an attitude adjustment.
For local radio, don't get me started. I'm cool with a pronounced difference in decibel level for a touchdown call for the home team vs. a more subdued approached when the visiting team scores. But when homerism gets out of hand, it leads to an unbearable call filled with false accusations towards the refs and C-minus humour.
I want local flavour, I want fun I just don't need constant whining and pumping up off players that are not deserving.
Matthew Cauz is the Weekend Host for 'GAME DAY' on TSN 1050 Radio. Previously, he was a producer and football analyst for SUN TV where he appeared regularly on the “Casino Rama Grill Room” and he spent seven years working for TSN's “Off The Record”. Follow Matthew on Twitter @mcauz56.