Yes, Guy! Bring Back Jim Tatti!

tvI hear Sportsline is coming back. CHCH will bring back Sportsline with Mark Hebscher weeknights at 7pm starting this fall.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Sportsline was must-watch television for me. Here's something I wrote about the program in 2008.

I got an email this morning from Mark Hebscher. Hebsy, along with Jim Tatti, hosted Sportsline on Global TV every weeknight at 11:30 from 1985 untill Hebscher left in 1995. I was a Sportsline fanatic.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Sportsline was like no other sports highlight show on television. First and foremost, it was funny. They didn't take sports too seriously and they had fun presenting the highlights. The Hebsy Awards were always a treat.

My brothers and I used to watch Sportsline together and that's where we caught up on what was happening in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA or whatever. There was no World Wide Web to tap into, there was no Sportsnet or The Score, and TSN's Sportsdesk just wasn't as much fun as Hebsy and Tatti. When Hebscher left in 1995, I too said goodbye. Last year, Global axed the entire sports department, including Jim Tatti.

If you're in your 30s and you grew up in the GTA loving sports, you were likely as big a fan of this show as I was. I miss it.

I've just got one thing to say to the folks at CHCH resurrecting Sportsline. Bring back Jim Tatti!

Jim Tatti is currently working in real estate, but I'm sure he could handle both gigs. He's keeping his head in the game, recently starting to blog at Tatti Talk.

Jim Tatti on sportsline? Yes, guy!

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_Justink

I happen to know Mark Hebscher personally, and this great news. I'll for sure be tuning into sportsline in the fall.

Also, if anyone hasn't seen this gem on youtube, watch it. Now. It's a full episode of sportsline from 1982 with host...Bob Mccown. Can't believe how young he looks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo6QSHEjPvQ

July 23, 2010 / 09:48

Steve

I used to love watching the show back in the day. Cool to hear it's coming back. I'll definitely be checking it out, though it'll be weird not watching it at 11:30.

July 23, 2010 / 10:07

CQ

What was different about TV guys 20 or 30 years ago is that they were allowed to be Guys. An excess of today's younger newsmen wear that zippy suited, small & polite, mother's boy look. Go ahead; bring back the 'stache.

July 23, 2010 / 10:16

Down Goes Brown

This needs to include the "Together in Electric Dreams" closing credits theme music.

That's not a request, it's a statement of fact.

July 23, 2010 / 11:52

Hector

How does Mark Hebscher continue to get work on TV?

July 23, 2010 / 15:53

Steve

Looks I'm in the minority on this one.

I didn't watch it often, but remember it as a precursor to "Beavis & Butthead" - 2 guys in a basement laughing at their own 'jokes' while most of the audience simply shrugged.

The visual quality of the highlights presented seemed like they'd gone through 3 generations of transers from VCR to VCR. Grainy and washed out.

In hindsight was our own local contribution to the glut of highlights shows driven by idiotic catch phrases and 'comedy' - come on down, Van Earl Wright - and somehow still available today from the Grand Daddy of them all, Berman.

I have foggier memories of Sportsline when McCown started it, but I think he didn't try nearly as hard.

Boom goes the dynamite.

July 23, 2010 / 16:43

4x4 Time

I am dating myself, but "CHCH" brings back childhood memories...Anyone remember Tiny Talent Time, Norm Marshall, Dick Beddoes, House of Frankenstein...ah, the list goes on and on...

July 23, 2010 / 17:00

dale

Watched previously a lot. Tatti was professional & Hebsy was the comedian. Just like Penn & Teller.
TOO much shtick with Mark & grew too OLD then & will again.

July 23, 2010 / 19:50

Romy

Good news for Mark. I hope it works out.

I remember when the show started and how great it was to be able to see an entire half hour of sports highlights. For those of you under forty, this was extremely unique. Sports highlights were generally restricted to the 5, or so, minutes on the local news. Sportsline was ahead of its' time. There was no TSN, RSN, Headline Sports or rolling news channel. Unfortunately for Mark and Jim, the advent of those new channels and formats are what killed the show. if it's going to work, the new version will have to give you something you can't get on the other sports highlight shows. I hope it does. Good luck.

July 26, 2010 / 03:05

Tom

ZZZZZZZZZ, please Mike don't wake me up with this kind of news.


What possibly can these 2 guys bring to the table that the other sports shows already have? Can you say SATURATION!! Its like the actual news station, different stations but the same stories.

If the CRTC wants to do something positive, then they should restrict massive ownership from a few players.

Just like JACK-FM, now we got BOOM 97.3FM. Same station, different name.

July 26, 2010 / 12:52

The Bankrupt Dad

I too remember faithfully tuning in every night to Sportsline. Hebsy Awards ROCK!

July 30, 2010 / 00:37

Tom Valcke

Tother, and Hebsy if you're looking in:

This is outstanding news. Hebsy - you are a pioneer, and nobody can take away from being the "first" at something. I attended the University of Waterloo, and I wish I could brag about having more of a social life than watching you every night at 11:30pm, but that was indeed the case. I knew then that you had a handle on something, a schtick that was going to stick, before anyone else figured it out. I hope over in St. Marys that I can find CHCH on my cable, and on the odd night when my kids aren't on a ball field, a hockey arena or a basketball court, that I can tune you in at 7:00pm. You are the man Hebsy!

October 31, 2010 / 13:02

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