Thursday, October 9, 2014

Un gros snub

   Beyond the natural hockey rivalry that predates anyone who isn't reading this with a monocle, there's a lot for Canadiens fans to dislike about the Leafs, and most of it is the stuff of petty resentment.  It isn't the Leafs' fault that Quebecers elected a government that chased prosperity down the 401 and turned Toronto into Canada's de facto capital city at Montreal's expense.  Nor can we hold the Leafs entirely to account for the TSN/Sportsnet/Hockey Night in Canada love affair with them.  At their human core, media personalities are fans like the rest of us, and by nature they cheer for the team in the city where they live.  
   What happened to Pierre Houde last night, however, is beyond petty.  The longtime voice of the Canadiens on RDS and face of sports television in Quebec was turned away from the Air Canada Center press box.  In their regular segment on CHOM-FM this morning, Houde told Terry DiMonte that the press box at the ACC is small and there was no room for him, so the Leafs made a reservation for Houde at a nearby restaurant, where he watched the game on television with no sound.
   People who know him won't be surprised to learn that for Pierre, it wasn't a big deal.  He says the media relations people for the Leafs were very nice and he was grateful to them for making the restaurant reservation.  He was also full of praise for the competition at TVA, complimenting them for the job they did in their first broadcast under the NHL's new television rights deal, which was the reason he wasn't calling a Canadiens game for the first time since PK Subban was in short pants.
   In 29 arenas around the NHL, Pierre Houde is as close as it gets to visiting royalty.  He's Vin Scully with a French accent, and the Leafs couldn't even find a seat for him in the building.  For a class act like Pierre, it might be water off a duck's back, but just because he wouldn't say shit if he had a mouthful doesn't make it alright.

41 comments:

  1. Shame on Toronto again

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  2. Not a reflection on the city of Toronto (it has enough PR problems with the Fords), this one is 100% on the Leafs, MLSE, and their "media relations" staff. Shame on them.

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  3. A gentlemen and a giant in the broadcasting world! I miss his voice calling the Habs.

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    1. He will be there tonite!

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    2. Really? He has tickets for Russell Peters???

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  4. A true man of integrity!

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  5. Flood their social accounts, emails, forums and blogs demanding an apology - http://www.mlse.com/contactus_teams.aspx

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  6. He really is a class act. The Leafs management however, not so much.

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  7. Sounds like Pierre didn't make arrangements soon enough to secure himself a spot since the Leafs did try to accommodate him in some way at the last minute. Did he really think he was going to waltz in there and take someone's spot away? His fault, not the Leafs.

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    1. Not surprising since the Leafs can't even make arrangements for their real fans to be in the building. Too expensive. Too corporate. Heck, they can't even make arrangements to get the Stanley Cup in the building unless it's on loan from the Hockey Hall of Fame! Stay classy Toronto.

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    2. He may not be a big deal to you Kyle but he is to us and as well as throughout the league. He's not your latest player-turned-commentator. A straight arrow without condescending arrogance. The fact he wasn't on duty this evening doesn't mean we won't tell you The Leafs missed the boat on this one.

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  8. Kyle, owing to the nature of his job, Pierre would be fully and permanently accredited for all NHL arenas at all times. No such thing as "waltzing in at the last minute" for guys with his official media credentials.

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  9. ted, if there arent spots there arent spots, simple, regardless of credentials. he failed to arrange things sooner. classy of the leafs to at least try to accommodate him at all.

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  10. Can you even imagine the league doing that to Dick Irvin? There is always room and Pierre would most definitely fall into the 'permantently accredited for all NHL arenas as all times.'

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  11. Is Pierre Gauthier now working for the Leafs? Wow...

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  12. Typical Toronto Bullshit.
    Yeah, I'm sure he just showed up expecting to be let in. He had credentials.
    Kyle, next time use your entire brain before posting crap. Idiot.

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    1. Credentials or not, he wasn't CALLING the game so he shouldn't have expected to be let in the press box just like a ton of other media with credentials. This was not a snub. It was a sold-out game and there was no room for him. Pierre just assumed too much. Good of the Leafs to make reservations for him at a nice restaurant where he could watch the game.

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    2. Kyle do you know who Pierre Houde is? Look up the interview on the CHOM website if its still available. It's as unprofessional as the sports casters practically cheering for the Leafs as they called the game. As Ted indicated, they're located in Toronto so it may be difficult, but it is still unprofessional, and Pierre not having a seat in the venue is tasteless. Best to agree to disagree, but as a previous comment indicated, you can relate this to sticking Dick Irvin in the Baton Rouge across the street from the Bell Center!

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  13. ... inexcusable.....just shows in sports,canadian people can be idiots too...no respect..... but I guess rivalry turns to this crap....

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  14. Toujours aussi Butthurt ce Ted

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  15. Pierre Houde taught me Hockey: happening upon a Canadiens game called on RDS (as a 69 year-old cancer patient shut-in, totally ignorant about the sport) he drew me in hearing such impeccable French bringing life to what I thought of as a "dry" subject. His running commentary was far from "running" -- So rich and deft, in flowing tone interjected with delicious nuggets: simply music to my ears. He taught me the game compellingly enough to read the Gazette's Sports section. Were it not for Pierre Houde and his inimitable rinkside counterpart, Marc Denis, never could I have held my own in conversation with family and friends who know what they're talking about! PB

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  16. Sorry for Pierre's situation, but I am certain they would have had to turn away lots of media types for last nights big game. Space isn't unlimited. I do suspect that since Pierre works for the competition (SN vs TSN/RDS) that might have been part of the 'misunderstanding'. Just a guess. Please make sure there is lots of room in the MTL press box for Joe Bowen and Bob Cole, they are national treasures on the other side of the fence :)

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  17. Bob Cole - a national treasure that should be buried.

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    1. Very well put Ted. Both your article AND about the national treasure. Amen!

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  18. Ted - bang on on the Bob Cole comment. He still thinks Gretzky is playing some nights.

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  19. How would the ROC react if we did this to Ron M. and Don C. ? Just saying...

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  20. Jim Hughson and Craig SImpson are as anti leaf as it gets. Bring back Joe Bowen now there's a Toronto bias!
    I dont know who Houde is but if he wasnt working the game he shouldn't be in the press box

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  21. toronto doesnt understand ..blinders

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  22. Houde was working the game because he was preparing for calling the Canadiens' next game the following night. In any event, the ACC turning Houde away is like the old Montreal Forum turning away Foster Hewitt because he wasn't working the game, something that never would have happened, of course, because the Canadiens have class. This kind of thing lets you know why the Leafs are so pathetic year after year and decade after decade. Peter Young

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  23. I am fluently bilingual and my family and I only watch the game listening to Pierre, he's a highlight and makes the game that much better. Let me take this opportunity to thank Pierre and to say that the Leafs suck, they always have and they always will. I even prefer the Bruins over those guys. GO HABS

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  24. Is he still a journalist? I ask because if the answer is "no", then shouldn't he buy a ticket like everyone else? Isn't the press box for the press? On the other hand, if he was still reporting on the game in some capacity, Toronto deserves to be curb stomped.

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  25. More proof of the Two Solitudes we live in. Pathetic and sad. Challenge is how to break this reality, and create one, rather than us and them.

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  26. @Jamie..you're kidding right? Historically the Leafs are compared to the Titanic. THey both look great until they hit the ice. Shanahan will quickly discover that and skip out of dodge.

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  27. Les Boyz,
    Quel dommage,
    There will be a rematch in TO and hopefully the AAC lads will sort it out,
    I watch the games with my pals, half wearing Leafs sweaters and the rest of us with CH colours on, home and away. The "Game" brings us all together for a few beers and a lot of fun.
    Just sayin EH!

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  28. I consider Pierre Houde as one of the top 3 voice of sports in Canada and one of the classiest gentleman in broadcasting. What the ACC did displays the constant disfunctionality of the Leafs organization as a whole. Another reason to dislike them.

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  29. It just goes to show nothing has changed in decades... leafs are just a bunch of classless franco-haters .... 67' for life!!!! Go Habs go

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  30. Oh, boohoohoo ! Cry me a river ! Making a mountain of a molehill with this. They still got him a seat. Settle down, ladies. Nobody died, got maimed or injured - 'cept maybe Houde's (small) ego. lol

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