(My) Top 10 Music Performances on Letterman

Does this have anything to do with sports, no. However, music performances on Letterman are probably my favourite part of the show. Is this a definitive list of the best music performances on Letterman, no. But these are some of my favourites in no particular order. Sound quality is not the best on all of them (I’d say many came from VHS)

Foo Fighters – Everlong (Letterman’s favourite song)

Oasis – Live Forever (My favourite song)

New Pornographers – The Laws Have Changed

Smashing Pumpkins – Pefect

Alice in Chains – Again/We Die Young

Stone Temple Pilots – Vasoline

Blur – Tender (with a choir!)

The Black Keys – I Got Mine (remember when it was really only the 2 of them?

Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows

Coldplay – Trouble

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup TV Schedule

With matches from Vancouver to Moncton, hopefully soccer fans all across the country can make it out to at least one Women’s World Cup game, but obviously none of us will make all of them. Amazingly, CTV/TSN and FOX are both producing an unprecedented amount of live soccer for a Women’s World Cup. Here is the full match schedule, with many games available on CTV and FOX. All times are eastern.

Saturday 6/6, 6:00pm – Canada v. China (from Edmonton) – CTV
Saturday 6/6, 9:00pm – New Zealand v. Netherlands (from Edmonton) – TSN1/3/4
Sunday 6/7, 1:00pm – Norway v. Thailand (from Ottawa) – CTV, FOX
Sunday 6/7, 4:00pm – Germany v. Ivory Coast (from Ottawa) – TSN, FOX
Monday 6/8, 4:00pm – Sweden v. Nigeria (from Winnipeg) – TSN, FOX
Monday 6/8, 7:00pm – Cameroon v. Ecuador (from Vancouver) – TSN2
Monday 6/8, 7:30pm – United States v. Australia (from Winnipeg) – TSN1/3/4
Monday 6/8, 10:00pm – Japan v. Switzerland (from Vancouver) – TSN1/3/4
Tuesday 6/9, 1:00pm – France v. England (from Moncton) – TSN, FOX
Tuesday 6/9, 4:00pm – Columbia v. Mexico (from Moncton) – TSN
Tuesday 6/9, 4:00pm – Spain v. Costa Rica (from Montreal) – TSN2, FOX
Tuesday 6/9, 7:00pm – Brazil v. South Korea (from Montreal) – TSN
Thursday 6/11, 4:00pm – Germany v. Norway (from Ottawa) – TSN
Thursday 6/11, 6:00pm – China v. Netherlands (from Edmonton) – TSN
Thursday 6/11, 7:00pm – Ivory Coast v. Thailand (from Ottawa) – TSN2
Thursday 6/11, 9:00pm – Canada v. New Zealand (from Edmonton) – CTV
Friday 6/12, 5:00pm – Australia v. Nigeria (from Winnipeg) – TSN
Friday 6/12, 7:00pm – Switzerland v. Ecuador (from Vancouver) – TSN
Friday 6/12, 8:00pm – United States v. Sweden (from Winnipeg) – CTV, FOX
Friday 6/12, 10:00pm – Japan v. Cameroon (from Vancouver) – TSN
Saturday 6/13, 1:00pm – France v. Colombia (from Moncton) – TSN, FOX
Saturday 6/13, 4:00pm – England v. Mexico (from Moncton) – CTV, FOX
Saturday 6/13, 4:00pm – Brazil v. Spain (from Montreal) – TSN
Saturday 6/13, 7:00pm – South Korea v. Costa Rica (from Montreal) – TSN
Monday 6/15, 4:00pm – Ivory Coast v. Norway (from Moncton) – TSN2
Monday 6/15, 4:00pm – Thailand v. Germany (from Winnipeg) – TSN, FOX
Monday 6/15, 7:30pm – Netherlands v. Canada (from Montreal) – CTV
Monday 6/15, 7:30pm – China v. New Zealand (from Winnipeg) – TSN
Tuesday 6/16, 5:00pm – Ecuador v. Japan (from Winnipeg) – TSN
Tuesday 6/16, 5:00pm – Switzerland v. Cameroon (from Edmonton) – TSN2
Tuesday 6/16, 8:00pm – Nigeria v. United States (from Vancouver) – CTV, FOX
Tuesday 6/16, 8:00pm – Australia v. Sweden (from Edmonton) – TSN2
Wednesday 6/17, 4:00pm – Mexico v. France (from Ottawa) – TSN, FOX
Wednesday 6/17, 4:00pm – England v. Colombia (from Montreal) – TSN2
Wednesday 6/17, 7:00pm – Costa Rica v. Brazil (from Moncton) – TSN1/3/4
Wednesday 6/17, 7:00pm – South Korea v. Spain (from Ottawa) – TSN2

Round of 16
Saturday 6/20, 4:00pm (from Ottawa) – CTV
Saturday 6/20, 7:30pm (from Edmonton) – CTV
Sunday 6/21, 1:00pm (from Moncton) – TSN
Sunday 6/21, 4:00pm (from Montreal) – CTV
Sunday 6/21, 7:30pm (from Vancouver) – CTV
Monday 6/22, 5:00pm (from Ottawa) – TSN
Monday 6/22, 8:00pm (from Edmonton) – TSN
Tuesday 6/23, 10:00pm (from Vancouver) – TSN

Quarterfinals
Friday 6/26, 4:00pm (from Montreal) – TSN, FOX
Friday 6/26, 7:30pm (from Ottawa) – CTV, FOX
Saturday 6/27, 4:00pm (from Edmonton) – CTV
Saturday 6/27, 7:30pm (from Vancouver) – CTV

Semifinals
Tuesday 6/30, 7:00pm (from Montreal) – CTV, FOX
Wednesday 7/1, 7:00pm (from Edmonton) – CTV

Medal Round
Saturday 7/4, 4:00pm – Third Place Game (from Edmonton) – TSN, FOX
Sunday 7/5, 7:00pm – Championship Final (from Vancouver) – CTV, FOX

2015 Premier League Survival Sunday Schedule

The final day of the 2014-15 Premier League season is this coming Sunday. Unlike many recent seasons, there is relatively little drama. Chelsea (84 points) will be crowned champions and will join Manchester City (76 points) and Arsenal (72 points) in the Champions League group stage next fall. Manchester United have clinched their spot in the Champions League playoff round. Technically United can catch Arsenal if they win and Arsenal lose by a combined 7 goals, but that’s unlikely. For whatever a Europa League spot is worth, Liverpool (62 points), Spurs (61 points) and Southampton (60 points) are fighting for them. Although all 3 will get into the Europa League if Arsenal wins the FA Cup against Aston Villa next weekend. Burnley and QPR (30 points each) know they are playing their last Premier League games for at least a year, while Newcastle (36 points) will try to ensure their safety, which would send Hull City (34 points) back to the Championship.

For anyone wondering what the Premier League will look like next season, Bournemouth and Watford have booked their spots in the top flight by finishing atop the Championship. They will be joined by the winner of the playoff match between Middlesbrough and Norwich.

But now back to the schedule this Sunday. NBC, TSN and Sportsnet will have the matches. I’ll add in commentator info if/when it becomes available. All times are eastern. It’s also worth noting that the matches on TSN and NBC are preceeded by the Monaco Grand Prix which tends to run past 10am ET many years.

10:00am, Hull City v. Manchester United – NBC/TSN4
10:00am, Newcastle v. West Ham – SN World
10:00am, Chelsea v. Sunderland – SN
10:00am, Stoke City v. Liverpool – SN360
10:00am, Manchester City v. Southampton – TSN1
10:00am, Everton v. Tottenham – SN World NOW (encore: 7pm ET on SN360)
10:00am, Arsenal v. West Bromwich – TSN3
10:00am, Leicester City v. QPR – TSN.ca
10:00am, Crystal Palace v. Swansea City – TSN.ca
10:00am, Aston Villa v. Burnley – SN World NOW

2015 NHL Playoffs Conference Final Schedule

All the broadcast details below, but first here is a fun fact:

Studio

  • George Stroumboulopoulos hosts the Eastern Conference Final with analysts Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos
  • Daren Millard anchors the Western Conference Final alongside analysts P.J. Stock, Doug MacLean and Darren Pang
  • Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will host Coach’s Corner

Game Crews

New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: Scott Oake

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analyst: Mike Johnson; Reporter: Christine Simpson
OMNI (Punjabi): Play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh; Game Analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal

Radio

Sportsnet 590 The FAN

  • All Conference Finals games will be available online at Sportsnet.ca/590
  • Gord Stellick and Mark Osborne host pre-, post- and intermissions, beginning 30-minutes prior to every game
  • Sportsnet 590 The FAN will broadcast select games of the Conference Finals. Please visit http://www.sportsnet.ca/590/ for broadcast schedule

Sportsnet 960 The FAN

  • All Conference Finals games will be available on Sportsnet 960 The FAN

Game schedule below. All times are Eastern.

NEW YORK RANGERS VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Sat May 16 at New York — 1pm CBC, NBC, TVA Sports
Mon May 18 at New York — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 20 at Tampa Bay — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri May 22 at Tampa Bay — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun May 24 at New York — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Tue May 26 at Tampa Bay — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri May 29 at New York — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports

ANAHEIM DUCKS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Sun May 17 at Anaheim — 3pm CBC, NBC, TVA Sports
Tue May 19 at Anaheim — 9pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu May 21 at Chicago — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat May 23 at Chicago — 8pm CBC, NBC, TVA Sports
Mon May 25 at Anaheim — 9pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 27 at Chicago — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat May 30 at Anaheim — 8pm CBC, TVA Sports

2015 IIHF World Championship on TSN Begins Friday

With their additional channels feeds, TSN will be broadcasting more games than ever from the annual Ice Hockey World Championship which begins Friday. Canadians will see 58 games from the tournament, more than double from last year. The broadcast crew is as follows:

TSN’s acclaimed broadcast team of play-by-play commentator Gord Miller and analyst Ray Ferraro call all Team Canada and Group A games from Prague. They are joined by Bryan Mudryk, who delivers rink-side reporting throughout the tournament, and former Swiss Team National coach Sean Simpson, who will provide colour commentary for select Group A games. Play-by-play commentator Dennis Beyak and analyst Shane Hnidy call Group B games from the broadcast booth in Ostrava.

Hosting the network’s coverage from the TSN Studio is Rod Black. He is joined throughout the tournament by analysts Bob Errey and Dave Reid and TSN’s Director of Scouting Craig Button.

All Canada games will get a primetime encore presentation and TSN GO users can watch them live and/or on demand.

Schedule is as follows below. All times are Eastern. Continue reading

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Broadcast Schedule

Second round schedule is below. Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada will provide coverage of all second round games, with all games available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. The first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs is currently averaging 1.3 million viewers, marking a 36% increase over last year’s round one average, while Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE usage is up four-times over last year.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (all games available in Punjabi on OMNI)

  • Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: Scott Oake
  • OMNI (Punjabi): Play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh; Game Analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal

Fri May 1 @ Montreal — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun May 3 @ Montreal — 6pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 6 @ Tampa Bay — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu May 7 @ Tampa Bay — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat May 9 @ Montreal — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Tue May 12 @ Tampa Bay — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu May 14 @ Montreal — TBD CBC, TVA Sports

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

  • Play-by-play: Dave Randorf; Game Analyst: Garry Galley; Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Thu Apr 30 @ New York — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat May 2 @ New York — 12:30pm Sportsnet, NBC, TVA Sports
Mon May 4 @ Washington — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 6 @ Washington — 7:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Fri May 8 @ New York — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun May 10 @ Washington — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 13 @ New York — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

  • Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analyst: Mike Johnson; Reporter: Christine Simpson

Thu Apr 30 @ Anaheim — 10pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sun May 3 @ Anaheim — 10pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Tue May 5 @ Calgary — 9:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Fri May 8 @ Calgary — 9:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sun May 10 @ Anaheim — TBD Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

  • Play-by-play: Bob Cole; Game Analyst: Greg Millen; Reporter: David Amber

Fri May 1 @ Chicago — 9:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sun May 3 @ Chicago — 8:30pm CBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Tue May 5 @ Minnesota — 8pm CBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Thu May 7 @ Minnesota — 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports

News & Notes: Keith Pelley, NHL Draft Lottery, Ratings, Formula 1, NASL, TNA Wrestling

… Rogers Media President Keith Pelley announced he was leaving the telecommunications giant to become commissioner and CEO of the European golf tour. Pelley was the main man behind Rogers securing their 12-year broadcast deal with the NHL. While Pelley has a history of only holding down the same job for a few years at a time, many people wonder whether the underperforming NHL deal has anything to do with his move. Granted, it is only year one of the deal, but Rogers have seen ratings and profits drop from last season, strong audience backlash, as well as revenue from the deal not likely to meet pre-season expectations.

… The NHL Draft Lottery goes tonight, but don’t expect to be able to watch any of the “exciting” action. In the past few years when TSN held the rights, the lottery has been shown in prime-time on a slow playoff night and had a couple hours dedicated to it. No more. Tonight, you’ll get an in-studio interview with top prospects Connor McDavid, Noah Hanifin and Dylan Strome during Hockey Central on CBC at 7:30pm ET and then just before the beginning of the Penguins-Rangers at 8pm ET, the results will be announced live in the Hockey Central studio. That’s it. Video of the live draw will be available online at NHL.com and Sportsnet.ca once the draw has been completed.

… Game one of the Habs-Sens series gave Rogers a huge ratings number of 3.02 millions viewers on CBC while TVA Sports got 1.37 million for a total Canadian average audience of 4.39 million, while 9.4 million of us watched at least part of the game. The Canucks-Flames game one also on Wednesday night attracted an average audience of 1.98 million.

… The Toronto Blue Jays are back for another season and their season opener got an average audience of 777,000 – the most-watched away opener ever for Sportsnet. The Jays home opener on Monday night was a solid 1.22 million, making it the second highest watched sporting event of the week… Numbers for the final round of The Masters were up in the U.S. and here. Global got 1.19 million viewers watching Jordan Spieth take the green jacket last Sunday.

… TSN’s Formula 1 coverage has been terrible for a number of years now, mostly due to very little coverage of pre- or post-race activities. Now they have done something slightly to improve this, adding the BBC pre-race grid walk before select races this season, hosted by David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan. Sadly, the remaining races not covered by BBC will have zero build-up. The grid walk will feature at the following grand prix races: Bahrain (April 19), Canada (June 7), Great Britain (July 5), Hungary (July 26), Belgium (Aug. 23), Japan (Sept. 27), Russia (Oct. 11), Brazil (Nov. 15), Abu Dhabi (Nov. 29). Yes, TSN will be taking pre-race coverage from England for a grand prix held in their own backyard. Pathetic, really.

… TSN will have coverage on Monday of the Boston Marathon. Action begins at 9:30am ET on TSN2.

… If you’re a fan of lower league soccer in North America, a new television deal announced by NASL (North American Soccer League) a few weeks back should have you somewhat happy — all games are being streamed live online this season. Ottawa Fury games will stream live on their website while FC Edmonton games will be available online on CityTV Edmonton’s website. All matches featuring U.S. teams will be available via TSN GO. Both legs between these teams on April 22 and 29 as part of the Amway Canadian Championship will be streamed at CanadaSoccer.com.

… Fight Network has added TNA Impact wrestling programming to its schedule beginning the first week of April. TNA’s flagship program IMPACT will screen Fridays at 9pm ET while premiering on Saturday nights at 11pm ET is TNA Xplosion, featuring exclusive matches, recaps and historical matches. Other TNA specialty programming will also be broadcast as part of the multi-year agreement.

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— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV