A few quick notes for the weekend.
Ryder Cup… As I mentioned, this year’s Ryder Cup is this weekend. TSN will have coverage of all three days of play. In the US ESPN covers today’s action. Mike Tirico leads their coverage with analyst Paul Azinger. Curtis Strange and Scott van Pelt will commentate from the towers, while Andy North and Bill Kratzert will report on-course. NBC will take over on the weekend. Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will lead NBC’s coverage from the 18th tower. The other tower announcers are Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen. Roger Maltbie, Dottie Pepper and Mark Rolfing will report on course. For those, like myself, who won’t be home on Friday, TSN.ca will also have live steaming of select holes (they have this all 3 days, by the way).
20 years on… With all the dysfunction surrounding the end of the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays season it is almost hard to believe they were a baseball power just 20 years ago. In 1992 they won the first of back-to-back World Series titles. Rogers is producing a 20th anniversary documentary special on the 1992 team. It will premiere tonight on Sportsnet One at 11:00pm ET. Encore presentations will air on Citytv (Saturday, 8pm local) and the Sportsnet regional channels (Sunday, 8pm ET/MT/PT).
More Canada v Russia… So what’s TSN programming strategy to replace NHL hockey? Seems like they will just show every final in which Canada beat the Soviets/Russians. First it was the ’87 Canada Cup, then this week it was the ’72 Summit Series. Now TSN will show the 2005 World Junior Final next Wednesday. The only good news, even with the NHL lockout the Pierre McGuire drinking game will begin on time.
Engraved on a Nation… TSN’s documentary series to celebrate the 100th Grey Cup game will begin on Thanksgiving. The 8 part series will document 8 stories about the Grey Cup’s 100 year. Oddly absent is a story on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Most of the documentaries will air immediately before or after live CFL broadcasts. They will also air on Saturday evenings on CTV Two (there’s some real NHL replacement programming, unlike Big Bang) and Sunday afternoons following NFL broadcasts on CTV. The schedule is: The 13th Man (October 8, 7:30pm), Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story (October 12, 10:30pm), The Kid From La Puente (October 18, 9:00pm), Playing a Dangerous Game (October 26, 8:00pm), The Crash of Flight 810 (November 2, 8:00pm), The Photograph (November 9, 10:00pm), Western Swagger (November 16, 9:00pm), and The Greatest Team that Never Won (November 20, 8:00pm).