I 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 on sportsline? Yes, guy!