Bell and Rogers agree on something: Leafs Colour Analyst Jim Ralph Fired!

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is always cause for concern when a marriage of unlikely partners takes place and when Bell and Rogers took the plunge to jointly purchase Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), speculation was rampant about how these two rivals were going to be able to work together to build winning sports franchises.

Well, if the news Wednesday was any indication, then either they have no issues working together or they have just picked the low-hanging fruit to test their ability to get things done, when it was announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs radio colour analyst, Jim Ralph, was relieved of his duties after 16-years with the Leafs.

Ralph actually tweeted his release @Jim_Ralph when he joked that his dismissal was “jointly done by my new step parents (Bell and Rogers, owners of MLSE). Take pride being first guy fired by TSN and The Fan on same day.”

Ralph also tweeted that, “For the record, my firing was due to changes in my department. Nothing personal. I was just the only one in the department.”


Ralph, known for his quick wit and unique sense of humour was a former NHL draft-pick of the Chicago Black Hawks, however after a serious knee injury and if I can recall correctly, many stories about his coaches wanting him to stop the puck more, he moved to broadcasting and worked 16 years and 1,196 straight games.

At first it was hard getting just to his joking on the radio, but as the Leafs got worse and worse, his humour actually made the broadcasts fun and I recall many a game where I would break into laughter listening to Ralph and long-time Leafs play-by-play announcer Joe Bowen  work their magic together.  It seemed the longer Bowen worked with Ralph, the funnier he got too.

It what I would describe as a typical Ralph way, he commented; “I don’t harbour an ounce of bitterness,” he said in a later tweet. “I’m not the first to go through it. Others have had it worse.”

So with this announcement I hope that “Ralphy” gets back on his feet quickly but only in a role that would suit him best.  He needs to be able to use his extensive hockey-knowledge and his sense of humour to do what he likes doing best… Talk.

How does this make you feel as a Leafs fan or a listener of Leafs broadcasts?

Was this done because of the impending move from AM640 to Fan590 and Team1050 for Leafs broadcasts?


Community TV. Very Underappreciated and Pretty Amazing: Rogers TV Cable 10/63.

Rogers TV
Rogers TV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever dreamed of wanting to be a star!  Maybe you wanted to become a news reporter, weather person, have your own talk show, take your blogging to a new medium or learn to produce television shows.  Are you waiting to be discovered?  Well wait no more.  Take the bull by the horns and be in charge of your own destiny.

In the Greater Toronto Area, we are so very fortunate to have a mainly volunteer community television station, Rogers TV Cable 10/63 (Channel 10 in Toronto and channel 63 in Scarborough) where your volunteering not only serves your community – by informing and entertaining them – but you also receive hands-on training in many aspects of television production. What you gain from this experience is entirely up to you.

Whether you’re looking to gain practical experience needed for further education or a career change, or to simply take part in an exciting volunteer environment, Rogers TV will provide you with a solid experience in television broadcasting. You will learn skills that will help you increase your self-confidence, your personal presentation profile and your communication abilities.

Most of the programs you will find on Rogers TV are about you, your family, your friends and your neighbours.  It is community TV.

In some aspects, Rogers TV acts like a feeder station, where many in the television industry learn the ropes and get their feet wet before they move on to bigger and better things.

Check out details at

Ready to volunteer?  Here is the volunteer application form:

Want to appear on a current show?  Or maybe you want to pitch your own community show?  You can apply to do all that right here;

In case at this point you are raising an eyebrow wondering why Rogers would do this, well consider that Rogers Communications is Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services. Rogers TV is only available to Rogers’ customers, including the company’s 2.3 million cable customers in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Since 1969, local programming matters…

A huge thank you to Tim Peters @ Rogers for the opportunity to chat with him, ask a lot of questions, and learn about that Rogers TV can do you me and for you.

Please take a moment to follow Rogers Help on Twitter @rogershelp on twitter where you can ask questions and receive prompt responses and @RogersTVToronto for the local folk, like myself.

So who wants to appear on my talk show?  😉

Thursday Thirteen

This week’s Thursday Thirteen covers 13 things that puzzle me…

13. Near death brain issues aside, when did Poison lead singer Bret Michaels go from hair band singer to “reality show star”.

What’s up with that?!?

12. You Tube gets 2 billion hits a day. Yes, that’s billion with a “b”.
I can’t think of anything I would want to (or need) to watch right now that would require me to run to You Tube… Then again, maybe I’m just showing my age…

11. Ronnie James Dio has died of stomach cancer, or maybe not, or yes he did… Damn internet. Best known for… Well what was he known for. I’m going to have to google him. Hold on…

Ronald James Padavona was born in Portsmouth, N.H., and grew up in Cortland, N.Y. He took his stage name in tribute to the gangster Johnny Dio, and he began his career in rockabilly bands in the late 1950s. By the early 1970s his group Elf became a regular opening act for the British band Deep Purple, and Mr. Dio gained his first wide exposure when Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple’s guitarist, recruited him in 1975 to sing for his new band, Rainbow.

When Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, Mr. Dio replaced him, staying until 1982. By then he had his own group, Dio. Its first album, “Holy Diver,” was released in 1983, and its cover art was typical of the band’s style, with a cartoonish painting of a red-eyed demon whipping a drowning priest with a chain. In various lineup configurations, Dio released material into the mid-2000s.

Mr. Dio briefly rejoined Black Sabbath in the early 1990s, singing on its 1992 album “Dehumanizer,” and in 2006 he began playing again with members of that band, naming the group Heaven and Hell after the title of the first Black Sabbath album on which he had appeared. Heaven and Hell toured widely and released one album, “The Devil You Know,” in 2009.

here you go.

Who knew…

Well, the New York Times, of course…


This article states that eating burgers and fries may worsen asthma… And I say, No shit! It also makes you fat and fucks with your cholesterol and blood pressure with make it harder for you to function as a human being which may… get this… cause asthma to worsen. See, I’m a scientist… 🙂

9. Article posted on states that ADHD in kids is as a result of pesticides.

So how does that explain my generation?!? But read the article. You’ll see that these pesticides were originally created to be used in chemical warfare… Nice!


Under the department of stupidity, a Toronto woman in her 30’s is suing Roger’s after they included her cell phone bill into the billings for her family. The problem for her occurred when her husband found that she had a cell phone plan under her maiden name and she was making hour-long calls to her lover, a father of 3 kids. The husband walked out on her and their 2 kids, and the ex-lover allegedly managed to get her password from Rogers too and used it to taunt the husband and harass her.

So what does this tell us kiddies?!? Don’t be stupid!!!

7. John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston have been busy, eh? Turns out the couple are expecting a baby in about 6 months. Travolta, 57 and Preston 47 are old. Hope the pregnancy is an easy one for this celeb super-couple.

6. The “other” Elvis… The sucky one, Elvis Costello pulled out of a concert scheduled in Israel because he felt that going there may result in him making a political statement. Actually, I think him not going is making a political statement. And quite seriously, “Elvis”, if you think by not going the conflict is going to be resolved you really do believe that Elvis moniker.

Admit it dude. You backed out because no body cares about your music. I sure as hell can’t name one song of yours and going forward – the only reason I even know you exist is because you are married to Canadian singer Diana Krall.  There is only one Elvis and it ain’t you. Can you believe this guy has released over 40 albums…

5.  Facebook is being banned in Pakistan indefinitely as a result of a “draw Mohammed day”.

I get the point behind this event, because devout Muslims can’t keep killing people who depict Mohammed in a drawing but having this event goes in the face of being culturally sensitive. We know it’s an issue as a people but I don’t think doing this is very nice.


The headline says it all. In Japan, an “I Fairy” robot married a couple the other day…

Yeah… The end of the world just got closer…

3. I guess my wife was right all along…

Multi-tasking makes you less efficient. Oops…

2.  Saw 30 seconds of that show “Super Nanny” tonight and in it a mother punishes her son by squirting liquid soap into his mouth.  The boy calmly takes it…  Can you say parents out of control?  Granted I did not catch the entire episode, but the boy looked like this was a regular occurence.  Disgusting!

1.  Grey’s Anatomy… So violent… So shocking…  I’m speachless.