Press conferences occasionally result in somewhat-unusual questions, but it’s rare to see questions about a completely different sport. That’s what happened Wednesday in Toronto, though. The CFL’s Argonauts were announcing their new owners, Larry Tanenbaum and Bell, two of the three partners in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs (and the NBA’s Raptors, and MLS’ Toronto FC). Hockey writer David Shoalts from The Globe and Mail decided to ask Tanenbaum and MLSE president Tim Leiweke about the rumours the Leafs were about to hire Mike Babcock:

This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing for Shoalts, either, as he tweeted earlier that Babcock was the reason he was going to the Argos’ presser:

And he was pretty proud of himself afterwards, too, albeit with some poor grammar:


Shoalts’ question was far from the only overshadowing of the Argos by the Babcock news, but it was the most significant, and it made for a spectacularly unusual press conference moment.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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