CBC host Scott Russell and his pal Patrick Chan. (Twitter)With only four days left in the Sochi Olympics, the CBC has done a pretty good job of falling into that dreaded pit of homerism. The pompoms have stayed in the cupboard and there's been little on-air cheerleading.
We won't include Don Cherry in this discussion, since CBC gave him a pass a long time ago and he probably will be holding actual pompoms when Canada's women play for gold on Thursday. Sure, there's been the occasional reference to "us" and more than one analyst has slipped up by saying something like "let's hope he does better on the second run." During Thursday's women's curling final, for example, analyst Joan McCusker let out an audible sigh of relief when a measurement gave Canada a crucial point.
But the analysts are not professional broadcasters and in most cases were members of Team Canada until very recently. One of them, snowboard analyst Craig McMorris, actually has a brother competing in that discipline, so any traces of homerism or cheerleading are inevitable.Read More »from CBC announcers flirt with cheerleading on Twitter