Friday, June 22, 2012

l'affaire McGuire: The Morning Show Strikes Back

It was like the Americans attacking their own fleet at Pearl Harbor yesterday when Pierre McGuire used the Melnick in the Afternoon program on TSN 990 as a platform to disparage the radio station's Morning Show for supposedly misquoting him two days ago.  While it's true that his position on a hypothetical trade between the Oilers and the Canadiens was misrepresented, it was a caller who initially misquoted him, and a clarification was made within minutes and repeated later in the show - both times with the actual clip of Pierre being played for the sake of accuracy and transparency.  So it was surprising, disappointing and ironic that the integrity of the morning program was impugned by the same kind of misrepresentation, completely out of the blue.  It was a deliberate and calculated public broadside from someone who - in theory, at least - is on the same team. 
Is that how Pierre McGuire would have handled a misunderstanding in the Canadiens organization if he'd been hired as general manager - by publicly throwing other members of his organization under the bus on the basis of second hand information for his own satisfaction rather than privately seeking their side of the story?  I wasn't privy to the particulars of the hiring process, but it's probably safe to assume that hypersensitivity and a petty preoccupation with always being right were not as high on the list of qualities that Geoff Molson and Serge Savard were looking for as poise, professionalism, emotional maturity and a thick skin. 
There are myriad reasons why Marc Bergevin was the right choice for the job, and one of them is that he recognizes he has larger responsibilities than constantly obsessing over what other people are saying about him.

18 comments:

  1. Amen Ted. Well said and it's about time.

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  2. From the guy who historically retweeted the satirical McGuire profile.

    Just let this one go tubs, just let it go.

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  3. I did not hear the McGuire "under the bus rant" but would be curious to know if Mitch defended his teammates. Heard Bird Droppings this morning and Sean's subsequent monologue. Good on you guys for defending yourselves. Hats off!

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  4. Not like Melnick helped you out either Ted. He sat quietly and allowed McGuire to throw Starr under the bus multiple times...

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  5. I'm glad you have the sack to say what needed to be said. McGuire is such a cack.

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  6. It was disappointing to hear McGuire yesterday, especially after most at the station, Starr included, were pushing him as the best candidate for the GM position. He always talks about needing a thick skin in this business, yet he always comes across as such a baby if anyone disagrees with him.

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  7. Don't let McGuire bully you. Remember that Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach or color comment...

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  8. Pierre is about the only guy I've heard is pretty damn right 99.9% of the time.. U don't get that success by just winging it or not trying. U made quite a few assumptions in your piece about maguire's feelings, an educated person would see this shortcoming.. And Ted, the jury is still out on bergevin so a bit premature to Knight him just yet. As an aside, you're improving on the morning show.. U guys are starting to click. You're a good addition since I can see you're starting to invest more time in building your sports knowledge which u can then share your unique insight. Keep it up.

    Pete

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    1. 99.9% of the time eh? is that .1% the time he said Luke Schenn was a franchise player? Or when he said the Habs made a mistake by passing on Angelo Esposito in favour of McDonagh? I could go on...

      Just because McGuire constantly talks about the times he was right between his name-dropping rants, doesn't mean he's invincible. The McGuire-love has gone too far. Good on Ted and Shaun for taking a stand when no one else would.

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  9. Pete,

    Why don't U use U're instead of you're for the sake of consistency?

    Lee

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  10. All fine, except for when you return the favour at the end saying THIS IS WHY YOU DIDNT GET THE JOB. Which really, is just as petty. If you're going to take the high road, take the high road.

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    1. It's got nothing to do with taking the high road. I'm providing an entirely relevant insight to a relevant audience.

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  11. Not knowing the backstory, my only thought on hearing Pierre yesterday was "what a drama queen". Now I can only say "what a jackass". The nerve to chastise Starr for not picking up the phone to verify, and then to use second hand (innacurate) info to blast Starr is RIDICULOUS.

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  12. McGuire was always a hockey encyclopedia and he knows anything and everything about NHL players and prospects but as a human, he is an obnoxious,over-sensitive,self-absorbed,arrogant,cocky,and self righteous piece of sh!t. I always supported him as GM for the habs but after i heard him talk about his own "teammates" the way he did, i'm glad he didn't get the job. UR AN ASS PIERRE!!!

    @carlolanzetta1

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  13. Was thinking the same think re Mitch. I love Mitch and was a big supporter of McGuire for GM but am so glad Marc Bergevin got the job instead. And Mitch just sitting there and egging McGuire to name names and when he did, did nothing to stop him. Total bush league.

    I love Ted's commentary this morning AND better yet Shaun's response at 7:55.

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  14. Way to go Ted & Sean too! So glad you stood up this bullying and defended your own professional reputations. Mcguire is an oversensitive hot head and the constant name dropping and self-quoting is very, very tiresome. Mitch, stand up and do the right thing - publically defend your team mates the next time you have Mcguire on the air. I for one am going to turn off the station whenever he comes on to wave his own flag.

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  15. If there is one thing I have learned listening to McGuire these past 15 years is that he forms a bias towards people. Take for example when Conor McKenna sits in for Melnick in the Afternoon. McGuire is at times rude, brash, condescending and arrogant at times towards Conor. Why? Don't know.

    And why did McGuire choose to make a big stink about TSN's Morning show? Maybe because he never appreciated Ted's birddropping back in January entitled <> http://tedbirddroppings.blogspot.ca/2012/01/mcguire-wrong-man-for-job.html .

    Nevertheless, there's a reason for why things happen in life, and McGuire needs to look at himself in the mirror from time to time.

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  16. Time to invite the Green Phantom at 17:08, so he would control a conversation in favor of early birds.

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