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TSC033: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #33

The juggernaut that is The Sports Cave Podcast was in full swing dealing you a sledgehammer of sports to the face. We’re talking favourite Christmas sports traditions, and Toronto Blue Jays Baseball among other things.

 

Big News out of The Sports Cave as we introduced our newest member of the crew, Gary Thesoundguy! Gary brings a wealth of sound engineering knowledge to the team, along with a vast array of stories that we’ll be looking forward to hearing during “Storytime with Gary”.

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Universities need to do more to develop parity in the CIS

In recent years, CIS football has been plagued with low scoring teams, lopsided victories and the same few teams dominating their respective leagues. By the end of the 2014 CIS football season, the league had three teams that had scored less than 100 points. One of those teams, the York Lions scored five touchdowns all season and their first didn’t come until game seven against Queen’s. Through their first five games, they were outscored 266-10. They finished the season 0-8.

And they’re not the only ones.

McGill Univeristy in Montreal, and surprisingly, St. Mary’s from Halifax also joined the Lions with 0-8 records. St. Mary’s scored a staggering 59 points on the season, a CIS low. If you add Bishop’s, Waterloo, University of Toronto, and UBC to the mix, you have seven teams that won a combined total of six games.

Now, for the first time in decades, Ontario University Athletics’ (OUA) regular season football games didn’t air on television. Sportsnet 360 cancelled the contract it held for OUA football after last season. OUA Executive Director, Bryan Crawford thinks Rogers new $5.2 billion dollar broadcast deal with the NHL is the cause. The truth of the matter is that OUA football isn’t attracting viewers. The average OUA football game attracts around 28,000 viewers. However, the blackout wasn’t just for regular season games. For the first time in more than 40 years, the Yates Cup wasn’t televised in 2014.

Can you really blame the viewers?

Not many people I know enjoy watching games that end 66-0 (McMaster @ Waterloo, September 6), and the viewership supports that. Even in the CIS playoffs fans were subjected to a 74-18 Laval thrashing of Concordia and a 56-0 Calgary win over Regina. Luckily for the CIS, the Vanier Cup game between Montreal and McMaster had some exciting moments, and came down to a blocked field goal.

The University of Western Ontario Mustangs have been a powerhouse of the OUA for decades. My father was a Western Mustang, and my sister was a Western Mustang. Football players are naturally drawn to the school because of its strong football program. They know that if they can take the field as a Mustang, they’ve got a good shot of winning, as they did in 2014 with a 6-2 record and playing in the OUA semifinal. If you had a choice to play with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, or the York University Lions, I think the decision would be pretty easy.

This is not a Sportsnet problem, or any other media problem. This is a University specific problem. If a league wants to be upset at something because a TV deal’s been pulled, they need only look in a mirror.

I’m not about to tell the CIS or their Universities how to improve the parity of the league. That’s not my job. I’m just here to say it needs to be done and if the CIS isn’t willing to take a good, hard look at that issue, an OUA television deal may not be the only thing being pulled.

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TSC032: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #32

Well, we had all the boys together for the first time ever and as expected, it was awesome. Drinking Granville Island products and eating Panago Pizza. We’re sorry for the chewing sounds, but we did talk about some seriously pressing issues.

We’ll be looking forward to doing it again, and don’t forget you can listen live!

See you next week!

The Instant Replay Effect

It’s incredible how the advancement of technology has required major sports leagues to improve their accuracy. Before instant replay, calls made by officials, umpires and referees weren’t challenged. There couldn’t be. There wasn’t any way to authenticate or discredit the call that was made.

Then came December 7, 1963, the day that changed sports forever.

CBS introduced instant replay during a broadcast between two college football foes, Army and Navy. Although instant replay wasn’t initially used to verify calls made during a game, it certainly paved the way for all the coach’s challenges we see in sports today.

The NFL was the first to introduce the coach’s challenge. Other leagues soon followed with a similar approach. The latest sport to enter the world of coach’s reviews is Major League Baseball. While it’s important that a sporting event be as accurate as possible (considering the idea is to have a winner and a loser), there are drawbacks that come with it. Arguably the most substantial issue facing instant replay today is the time required to perform a review of a challenged play. The process takes far too long to complete, and Major League Baseball is the greatest offender.

Managers in an MLB game are allowed one challenge. If the call is overturned, that manager is then given another challenge to use throughout the game. Each team is allowed a maximum of 2 challenges. However, that doesn’t mean that managers are forbidden from coming out of the dugout to argue with umpires. It’s a stall tactic MLB managers are using in order to give their bench coaches time to review the play to decide whether or not to challenge it. As long as the manager doesn’t say he wants to challenge a play, he’s not charged with using one of his challenges.

Over the course of the 2014 season and playoffs, managers challenged calls on the field a total of 1,276 times. Major League Baseball’s goal is 60-90 seconds per challenge, and I think we can agree that reality says it’s longer than that. Even at their ambitious goals, that equals anywhere between 21 and 32 hours of time lost to challenges over the course of the 2014 season. This time does not include time wasted when managers come out to argue the call, without launching a formal challenge. This process slows the pace of baseball to a lethargic state.

The worry moving forward is that other coaches and teams in other leagues will adopt a similar method of dealing with challenges. Leagues need to be more aggressive when it comes to instant replay in order to keep the games moving at a regular pace. One of the elements that make sports great is the fact that great plays and exciting moments can keep fans captivated. The current form of instant replay being used to correct erroneous calls on the field, especially in Major League Baseball, is eroding that element significantly.

A fan base that’s not captivated could potentially mean the scariest possibility for any league: No fans at all.

The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #31

We actually did it, two weeks! Incredible.

This ran much longer than we anticipated, but it was fun. We’re all about best and worst sports cities, best and worst sports hair, and we finish it off talking about tanking.

We also rolled live, which could be a thing going forward. Keep up to date with us on twitter @thesportscave to get the lowdown on our next live show.

 

Enjoy!

TSC030: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #30

Well, that took long enough.

After a lengthy hiatus (we’re sorry, by the way) we’re back with episode #30. This time around we’re discussing the tragic events in Ottawa and their impact on the sports world. We also talk about the current state of boxing and finish it off trying to figure out why the NFL’s so keen on England.

We still don’t know.

Due to some minor technical difficulties, we couldn’t release the podcast earlier than today. Please note the recording date was Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Look for us in 2 weeks!

TSC029: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #29

We’re back after a long hiatus. It’s been busy summer, and now that we’re nicely settled into fall we should be back on a more regular schedule. This week it’s a two an show with Lance and T discussing the horrific Ray Rice situation. We also delve into the American League wild card chase where we find the Blue Jays in the thick of it. We’ll polish it all off with some Iron Mike Tyson after he went ballistic on a Toronto television station. Pretty good stuff.

 

TSC028: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #28

Well this was off the charts.

The whole crew was back, and things were happening. We’ve got Lance going off about the World Cup, T’s going off on LeBron AGAIN, and Gosse, well we’re just glad to have him back. TSC debuts the gameshow in which one of our hosts will inevitably gain a spot on our Douche Canoe as the coxswain. It’s a hard-hitting show with lots of fun and surprises. Have a listen!

TSC027: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #27

Ahhhhhh yea!

We’re back for more shenanigans on episode #27, and this week we’re talking a little world cup. More importantly, in celebration of Canada’s 147th birthday, we’ll recap some of Canada’s best and worst sporting moments. We’ve also got a little match game fun for all your asses. T even gets a little pissy with “T’s 2-minute sound off”. We’ll give you one guess as to who he’s ranting about this time.

Enjoy Cave Dwellers!

TSC026: The Sports Cave Podcast – Episode #26

What’s up Cave Dwellers?

Episode #26 is comin’ at ya, and we’re hitting you hard, right in the face with a sledgehammer of sports talk. We’re going to recap the NHL & NBA finals (very quickly because frankly, we’re tired of it), we talk a little Tony Gwynn and we also discuss gross moments in the gym. What would any podcast be without discussing a toilet lillypad? Get all this and more here, on The Sports Cave Podcast.

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