Good guy Cuthbert lands on his feet

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:59 AM ET

A few thoughts that came to mind over the past few days as the world became right again for one of the truly good guys in Canadian sports broadcasting:

- A few days removed from his still unfathomable sacking by the CBC, Chris Cuthbert talked about what he'd like to find in his television rebirth. A place that would include loads of CFL, hockey, perhaps the Olympic Games ...

And an undeniable urge came to mind. Hire this guy, TSN. An idea, it's worth noting, that was first floated in this space on March 4.

Nice to see the suits at TSN listen to me ... well, sometimes.

- By handing Cuthbert 35 of its 54 CFL games -- including all the plum Friday Night Football assignments -- TSN has made it clear the game's top voice is now in its stable. "We believe he is the finest play-by-play voice in the CFL," said network president Phil King. John Wells and Rod Black will split the other 19 dates.

- Interesting question: Will Cuthbert be a part of the CBC/TSN Winter Olympics plan in Torino next February? CBC has final say on the Olympic commentator roster and -- if it wants the best possible team in Italy -- Cuthbert should be a part of it. But if it's game on for the NHL and the pros aren't in Torino, it might be a moot point anyway, as TSN wouldn't likely make Cuthbert available.

- And wouldn't it be ironic, don't you think, if Hockey Night in Canada and the Grey Cup both landed on TSN or CTV someday -- not unrealistic, industry sources suggest -- and Cuthbert was behind the mike for both? You know the old saying: What goes around comes around ...

- Cuthbert, on the rollercoaster he's been through since his CBC dismissal, on TSN's Off The Record: "Forty-eight hours after I was fired, the light went on and I said to my wife, 'This is the best thing that could have happened to me.' "

Let it not be said that the man lacks perspective.

UP FOR THE CUP: Rogers Television has coverage of tonight's Game 5 of the OHL Western Conference final in London between the Knights and Kitchener Rangers (7:30 start). There's certainly local interest in the matchup -- a London win puts the Ottawa 67's into the Memorial Cup, which begins May 21 on Sportsnet.

AROUND THE DIAL: A Team 1200 listener swears he tuned in last Saturday at 1 p.m., hoping to hear NFL draft news via Fox Sports Radio. Instead, he got some sort of home advice show. To which we ask: Heavens to Mel Kiper Jr., what was going on over there at the station? ... The Team will carry all Team Canada games from the world hockey championship in Austria. TSN has 17 TV games ... An impressive 493,000 viewers tuned in to TSN's coverage of the Canada-U.S. world under-18 final last Sunday.


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