TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Blogs

The Reporters extend thumbs to the Jays and Patrick Chan

TSN.ca Staff
5/1/2011 1:48:04 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports.  This week they discuss the NFL Draft, Travis Snider's demotion, Patrick Chan's victory, and the future of the Dallas Stars.

Dave Naylor, TSN: My thumb is down to Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, who celebrated being selected second overall by Denver on Thursday by giving commissioner Roger Goodell a full hug and embrace - kind of like he was his long-lost son. This would be the same Von Miller whose name is on the lawsuit accusing the NFL and Goodell of illegally staging the lockout. And that would be the lockout that may or may not be on, depending when you check your watch. Miller didn't have to snub Goodell on stage at the draft. But the hug and embrace was the wrong image to send both to fellow players - who can't like those kinds of optics - and to fans, who are as confused and frustrated as ever.

Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is down to the Toronto Blue Jays for sending mixed messages with the demotion of Travis Snider to Triple-A Las Vegas. Not that the supposed hot shot Snider was doing anything impressive in the first month of the season. He wasn't. It's that the Jays promised that this season would be all about development and they said that Snider would be given every opportunity to play every day at the major league level and be allowed work out his mistakes and develop on his own time frame. Now they've gone and contradicated themselves by sending Snider down and insisting it's all about right now. If that's the case and it's all about now, what's Edwin Encarnacion doing playing third base? Anyone?

Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star: My thumb is up to Patrick Chan for his victory at the world championship of figure skating. It was a little more than a year ago that Chan stubbornly refused to include a quad jump in his program at the Vancouver Olympics. He figured his mix of artistry and technical proficiency could get him on the podium without the risk of the quad. He was wrong. He saw the light. And there he was in Moscow this week, ripping off spectacular quad after spectacular quad to claim gold. He's still an artist. His mastery of the quad also confirms he is a great athlete. In fact, his gold medal puts him alongside Milos Raonic as an early co-favourite for Canada's athlete of the year.

Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is down to the other NHL team with an uncertain future, and that would be the Dallas Stars. They're not moving, as far as we know, but we don't know who will be their owner next season, and until we know that, we don't know who will be their coach and we don't know if Brad Richards will continue to be their leading scorer. Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi is in line to buy the team in a bankruptcy proceeding, but he's unlikely to do that in time to allow the Stars to court Kirk Muller as their coach and to attempt to sign Richards before he becomes a free agent on July 1. The Stars were one win away from the playoffs this season - they're a long way from knowing what next season will bring.

Bloggers

BOB MCKENZIE

Bob McKenzie is one of the most respected voices in the hockey community.


DARREN DREGER

Darren Dreger is known as one of hockey's top insiders.


DAVE NAYLOR

Dave Naylor offers his perspective on the CFL as well as other sports across the board.


STEVE PHILLIPS

TSN Baseball Analyst Steve Phillips breaks down all the big stories and issues around Major League Baseball on TSN.ca.


JASON DEVOS

Former Team Canada captain Jason deVos covers soccer for TSN.


LUKE WILEMAN

Luke Wileman takes a look at the beautiful game, with a focus on MLS.


KRISTIAN JACK

Kristian provides analysis on Premier League and Champions League soccer for TSN.


NOEL BUTLER

Noel Butler offers up his thoughts and analysis on everything from the soccer pitch.


GLEN SUITOR

Glen Suitor provides an in-depth look at the Canadian Football League.


KERRY FRASER

NHL analyst and former NHL referee Kerry Fraser answers your questions on rule interpretation ansd enforcement in 'C'mon Ref!'


JACK ARMSTRONG

Jack Armstrong gives his perspective on the NBA and sports in general.


DAVE HODGE

Dave Hodge and The Reporters give their thumbs to the week that was in sports.


SCOTT FERGUSON

Scott Ferguson covers the baseball beat with a focus on the Blue Jays.


SCOTT CULLEN

Fantasy sports guru Scott Cullen provides insight and analysis in his blog.

Follow Us!

There's a new Twitter feed that will make you a real TSN.ca insider! Follow twitter.com/TSN_Sports_Buzz to get updates on the latest blogs, best videos and more!


More about TSN on Twitter...




Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are paving new ground for Canadian tennis and 17-year-old Francoise Abanda could be Canada's next breakout star. More...

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television