Canadian commentator Don Cherry will not be on tape delay when his Coach's Corner segment returns to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada telecasts this fall. The often-outrageous Cherry has operated on a seven-second delay since making some controversial on-air comments in January 2004. Picture a surlier Rush Limbaugh, only more entertaining.
Of course, Rush is still more entertaining than Pete McEntegart.
On the other hand, we have to give credit where credit is due, and McEntegart comes back later in the column with this one:
It's always tough to win on the road, but most visiting teams don't typically have to worry about a smart-mouthed PA announcer. That's not the case when rugby teams play Gladstone in New Zealand. As Paddy Rimene, a player for the predominately Catholic Marist club, lined up a penalty kick late in a semifinal game tied at 10 over the weekend, a voice over the loudspeaker declared that the Pope had died in a car accident. Once Rimene's kick bounced off the post, the announcer amended his "report" to say that it had just been a fender-bender and that the Pope was fine. Gladstone won 13-10 in extra time but will now be heading en masse to hell.
A nice comeback after a struggling start, McEntegart. We'll call this one a push.