Ok, just finished watching it. Actually, to be honest, I think he was trying to inject a bit of humour. I take back my sour grapes comment on the CFL main thread, apologies Mark. This was ok. Hey, he likes the fair catch over the 5 yard rule on punts and explained the injury aspect to this. Albeit with no numbers. I do question that he says on 90 percent of punts there is a penalty that he seemed to allude to was the direct result of the 5 yard rule. I don't know but I think he is way over estimating on that one. But he is allowed his opinion and in no way was bashing the Canadian game here.
I thought it was funny the non-import where he said it's Canadians, the non-importANT ones. He was just trying to be humourous to an American crowd. It just didn't come out right because he isn't a great speaker by any means.
All in all, nothing to be upset about. Is Mark a great orator? No, but he tried and obviously isn't that comfortable with this role but he was ok I think all in all. Explaining Canadian football rules in a short time to an American audience is no easy task, I'm sure.
If that was supporting Canadian Football, i would hate to see him putting down Canadian Football.
In no way did he do anything to PROMOTE Football in Cananda from what i viewed.
Even if he does not like some of the rules, he is representing the Canadain Football Hall of Fame which is apart of Canadian Football, and should keep his negative (or what people call joking) comments to himself.
one could break down and argue with the miss_information he was spouting to a u.s media scrum, seems like he,s trying the import route into American football, pine_ing ,and kissing up by degrading Canadian football and Canadian Players, BUT in Southern Ontario its nothing new. WHEN will people realize Canada produces world class football players,just like we produce world class athletes in any other sport. This same ass the CBC kissing up to nbc and Giving!! them the rights to broadcast cfl games during the nfl strike,. Pathetic
I'm scratching my head when reading the words of those in this discussion who are crucifying the man for speaking his mind. He's not wrong on anything he said in my opinion. So for those who say Mr. DeNobile was trashing the City of Hamilton, and perhaps the Mayor, well good for him.
If I recall correctly (IIRC), Ticats Owner Bob Young blasted the City of Hamilton a few years back for failing to do the basics in house-keeping around the city. It looked sloppy, shabby and run down. He pointed out the crappy shape the Dundurn Castle sign was in as a glaring example. Was he wrong? No!
The city looks worse than ever today. The loose trash, litter and ugly eyesores around the City of Hamilton is absolutely shameful.
And his analysis of the 5 yard rule resulting in 90% penalties? I don't think he's far off the mark. I'd rather have the fair catch rule myself. It makes better sense.
PS. I note that the comments about the Mayor of Hamilton seem to be missing now.
It's not about "control" and its certainly not "everyone".
Its about exposing the hypocritical poster(s) who play their silly games and cant back up argument then cry they're being treated unfairly when they have no answers.
You guys are both very astute posters. I don't always agree with either one of you, but just as often, I do agree. This time, I'm taking Zontar's side. DeNoble was definitely out of line in a public forum and its not the first time this guy has put his foot in his mouth.
He should know better than to ever stand behind a microphone to say anything. I base this on conversations I've had with him in the past. He has been highly overrated by the CFL to be a spokes person for the HoF or anything else for that matter.
He should know better than to ever stand behind a microphone to say anything.
Based on this clip which is all I know of him, absolutely and I'm saying this even thinking this whole thing is getting blown out of proportion. He should not be representing an institution like the Canadian Football Hall of Fame unless it is in a position where he doesn't have to speak publicly, not really for his thoughts but how he speaks. If that isn't obvious, well, what can I say.
Denoble is essentially a salesman (some may say a used car salesman) .
Probably the most vital outward personality trait of a salesman is to be ultra-positive especially with the product you're supporting.
What approach Denoble is taking here gawd only knows maybe he's feeding off the good 'ol CDN/CFL inferiority complex vs. US/NFL but it comes off as highly unprofessional.