By Giancarlo Aulino
Sportsnet talk show Tim and Sid co-host Tim Micallef speaks about the show, his career in sports broadcasting, and how social media has impacted the profession.
In this episode of Beyond The Game, VIBE Correspondent Giancarlo Aulino speaks with Tim Micallef, co-host of sports show Tim and Sid.
In addition to co-hosting Tim and Sid, Tim also provides play-by-play commentary for Sportsnet’s U Sports coverage on Sportsnet 360. Through his affiliation with U Sports coverage, Tim was awarded the Fred Sgambati Media Award in 2010 in recognition of his contributions to the development and growth of Canadian university sports.
In this interview, Tim discusses his talk show, his career in sports broadcasting, and the role social media has played in impacting the profession of sports broadcasting.
Giancarlo: Tim you’ve been involved in sports broadcasting for 20 years. At what point did you decide that this was something that you wanted to pursue? And what interested you most about this profession?
Tim: I realized it was something I wanted to do when I realized that I was a terrible athlete. I grew up in a family of pretty athletic dudes--I’m the youngest of four boys and my brothers either played Junior B hockey or CIS football. So in Grade 9 or Grade 10, I was cursed with the knowledge of all the games that I had been playing, that I probably wasn’t that good at, and so I said: How do I stick around in this business? And then someone had said to me: “Why don’t you talk about the game?” Because I grew up in the family that I did, I already kind of had the base for all the sports. My family were all hockey and football guys, but I loved basketball growing up and I thought: “If I’m not an athlete, if I’m not good enough to make it to the next level, why don’t I focus on this?” So the curse of not being that good was a blessing, because I refocused early and realized that this was something I really wanted to do.
Giancarlo: For those out there that may be unfamiliar with your show and decide to maybe tune in for the first time, how would you describe Tim and Sid to them?
Tim: Two dudes talking about sports is probably my best description. I feel like our show at its best should be like your best conversation in the basement of your Nonna’s house after eating turkey on Thanksgiving. I feel like it’s the Christmas conversation that once everyone’s had their dinner and is just sitting in front of the TV have, that’s the show at its best. We’ll try to bring some knowledge, we’ll try to bring some fun, and we’ll try to bring something beyond the scores, the news or the stats, and the highlights. It’s a comfortable conversation with people that you feel comfortable with, and that’s probably my best explanation of the show.
Find the full interview here.