Don Taylor (Canadian sportscaster)
September 25, 1959 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
Taylor is the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. Taylor graduated from Alpha Secondary School in 1977.
Before working for Sportsnet, he was the longtime co-host of CKVU's nightly sports news show Sports Page from 1985-2000 and was also briefly a radio broadcaster with CKNW. He hosted Sportsnet Pacific's nightly sports news program Sportsnet Connected from 2001 up until August 8, 2014. From 2003 to 2011, he co-hosted the Pratt & Taylor Show, on what was then called the TEAM 1040. After David Pratt and the station management couldn't come to an agreement for a new contract, Pratt left the station and Taylor's long-time friend, Barry Macdonald, became Pratt's replacement for the afternoon show. It would be known as the BMac & Taylor Show until 2015, when Bob "The Moj" Marjanovich was added to the show, which currently is called the BMac, Donnie and the Moj Show, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on TSN 1040.
Taylor is known for his canned delivery of the nightly sports highlights, which consists largely of a set of recurring themes including:
- Referring to obscure players or players with unusual names. For example, Taylor might refer to Brad Isbister as "The Isbisterian One".
- Similarly, Taylor might refer to a play by the same player as having been performed "in Isbisterian fashion."
- Taylor also facetiously inflates the esteem of groups of lesser-known players. For example, a line of players named Adams, Barrett, and Carnegie might be referred to as the "dreaded Adams-Barrett-Carnegie line" when they score a goal.
- Describing the colors of either the home or visiting teams jerseys in unusual levels of detail. For example, he might refer to the Anaheim Ducks as "wearing their home blacks with white and gold trim."
- Associating current players of a particular jersey number with another player from the same team who wore the same number during an earlier era. For example, Taylor might refer to Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom as "wearing Richard Brodeur's old number 35." or Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa as "wearing Doug Bodger's old number 3." The trivia is typically related to long-retired players or little-known players, especially with a Canadian or west coast connection.
- Associating a play in terms of particular qualities of an obscure or long-forgotten player, especially for goalies. For example, Taylor might describe a goaltender's performance as being "like a modern-day Gerry Cheevers".
- Taylor is also known for his lacking, yet recognizable, imitation of Jerry Lewis's babbling when describing frantic plays (usually in front of the net in hockey).
- Remarking, "the mesh ripples" or "top shelf where mom keeps the peanut butter" when a goal is scored.
- Describing a goaltender as having saved the puck, "in rapier-like fashion".
- Referring to Canadian sportscasters Jim Van Horne and Hazel Mae as imaginary referees in deciding the victor of a hockey fight
- During basketball highlights, Taylor often imitates Marv Albert's signatures "Yes!", "and it was a gorgeous move!"
On August 8, 2014, it was announced that Taylor would no longer work for Sportsnet, and that he would return to serving as a full-time personality on TSN 1040.
Taylor and his wife Lisa (a high school teacher) have three children.
In March 2014, Taylor wrote an article on Sportsnet's website about his late older brother Dave Taylor who died of cancer at age 62; Taylor dedicated his moustache to his late brother.
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- "Don Taylor leaving Rogers Sportsnet, focusing full-time on TSN 1040". Tri-City News. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
- Usinger, Mike (March 20, 2008). "Sportsnet Pacific's Don Taylor needs a new routine". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- Rose, Mark (May 28, 2010). "Click: 15 Sportscasters That Force Me to Change the Channel". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- Douglas, Greg (August 8, 2014). "Don Taylor, Craig MacEwen out as Sportsnet moves away from Vancouver". Georgia Straight. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
- Drew, Dick (September 1, 2008). "Don Taylor - He's Here, He's There, He's Everywhere -And We've Got Him!". broadcastermagazine.com. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- Taylor, Don (March 8, 2014). "Remembering a hero, my brother Dave". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 15, 2014.