After watching many track 'n field events from Rio I have to say CBC's MVP has been Mark Lee. Yes, the same Mark Lee who was basically homeless until a CBC production team decided they had virtually no qualified announcers for the Olympics. Steve Armitage was stricken with heart problems, George Strombo had just been released from HNIC and Mikey Beauregard was working at a local Winnipeg mission.
So they brought Old Mark back (guy must be 64 or 65) and put him in the top saddle = calling most of the track and field events. Remember this is what Don Wittman made into his own personal watermark.
Lee is prepared and involved. He knows how to use his two colormen and his demeanour is solid. Little to no fake enthusiasm, just solid information and facts. At times good observations which was never his forte.
So why do I say this.
We owe Mark Lee a second chance. He should be given the #2 PBP job on TSN-CFL. Let him work with his old buddy Walby or Matt Dunigan, or even Milt Stegall. I guarantee any of those combinations would be 5 to 10x superior to anything with Rod Black attached.
Rod Smith should also be given a team. Let him do approx. 10 games a season = you always need quality broadcasters. Smith is quality.
After seeing (and hearing) what Rod Black has soiled the broadcast booth with the last 10+ years ITS TIME. ITS TIME MICHAEL BUFFER. ITS TIME.
Black and his $129.99 Moore's suits could still be used as a utility man, hosting events like figure skating, curling and jays baseball. Just don't let his slow mind grace these broadcasts as lead play by play man.