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Enough with the Strombo bashing - he's good

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Like most hockey fans, I really like Ron MacLean. I appreciate his hockey knowledge, his broadcasting ability and the fact he’s obviously a class act.

So when Rogers beat out CBC for the rights to NHL hockey and brought in a lot of changes, there was a lot of pushback to the demotion of MacLean from the top hosting spot in favor of George Stroumpoulopoulos.  They were big shoes to fill, and for many, Strombo wasn’t up for the job. In short, there has been a lot of Strombo bashing. 

The biggest criticism is that he doesn’t have a hockey pedigree, doesn’t know the game inside out, and by comparison, doesn’t have the encyclopedic knowledge of the game and the players that MacLean does.

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But as much as I like MacLean, I think I have grown to like Strombo even more. To me, he is a fan and that is good enough because he is a good interviewer. He doesn’t pretend to know it all, and I appreciate that. And more, he knows enough to ask the right questions. And that’s what a good interviewer does – parks his ego at the door and lets the subject of the interview be the focus.

I felt motivated to write about this after watching his interview with Mike Babcock during the first intermission in last night’s Anaheim – Chicago game, because it struck me as quite excellent. He had five minutes, and he put it to the best use possible, asking the right questions with the right tone to solicit great responses.

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As a diehard Leafs fan, so I’m over the moon with the Babcock hiring, and I have watched every interview I could find with him. Many were good, but none were of the caliber of the one Strombo did.

Want to see what I mean? Here it is.

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