Originally Posted by mr.John
Question ..does anybody in Canada give a shit about March madness? you would think by watching those brown nosing American wannabes on TSN,Rogers,The fan....and listening to radio shows (hardcore sports radio) that all of Canada can't wait for this pile of over-hyped American crap to begin. Getting back to hardcore sports radio, what a train wreck that station is,their announcers have to be the biggest collection of untalented losers in North America
Amen Alleluia! Yes, the wannabe Yanks have been a huge problem in Canadian sports journalism for some time (since the early to mid 80s I would say). There are a few exceptions but for the most part the wannabes are in control of the medium.
For example, seems that in recent weeks every time I turned Rogers SportsNet on they had U.S. college hockey games playing. Now, I know that the calibre of play is pretty good in the Hockey East conference in particular, and that many Canadians play there, but geez, how much coverage of CIS hockey do we see in a given year? Even CHL junior hockey, which is probably in the top five most popular sports genres in the country, gets totally anemic national TV coverage outside of the Memorial Cup.
And it’s not just live coverage that is lacking, it’s also the billing that Canadian stuff gets on sports news programs. As has been said, if you watch Canadian sports news in English, you’d think the entire country (which is called Canada, in case anyone forgot) is coming to a screeching halt because of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Of course, the just-completed CIS men’s basketball championship just ended, and it didn’t merit the saturation media coverage that March Madness is getting and will get from the Canadian media. Perhaps this is part of the reason that the championship game last weekend only drew 8,000 people to the 20,000 seat Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, despite the presence of the hometown powerhouse Carleton Ravens.
Note that I am not a person with a narrow view, and I recognize that the NCAA tourney has an excellent calibre of play. It’s a compelling thing to follow for some people. I am not much of a basketball fan but am a big follower of World Cup Soccer, where there are no Canadians taking part of course.
My problem isn’t so much that people take an interest in stuff from the States (or other countries I guess - but let's be frank it's almost always American stuff), but rather that the upshot is that Canadian stuff has to be blatantly and deliberately ignored.