Now that it's happened, though, it just seems wrong. There's probably very little that can be said here that would keep anyone from piling on the See Bee See. Bashing the public network is as Canadian as beavertails, curling and the Rideau Canal.
Meantime, anyone who slags Dolores Claman refusing to undervalue her work should give her/his head a shake. She's not a college football player. She's got a right to get paid for her work.
(UPDATE: Dear friend Keith Borkowsky, of the Brandon Sun, offered up some guest commentary.)
"If you are looking for someone to blame for the song's new home, look squarely at the CBC. They had every opportunity to settle this dispute long before it got to this point and when things got bogged down, they simply relied on the defence, 'They wouldn't dare do that to us. We're the CBC.' The problem for them is 80 year old pensioners need to eat too, and if their creation is worth a couple of million to someone, they have every right to sell it to the highest bidder."
"Here's the next question the CBC needs to ask. How can they justify dumping a song that has clearly unified Canadians to support their brand for less money than they pay Don Cherry, who is clearly not as well loved and actually brings some level of tarnish to the corporation?
"If you were looking for relics where they could point to and say, 'That's our history and we're proud of it.', I believe at some point the good people at CBC Sports will look at this as another sorry aspect in an era where the grand old corporation let its performance slide into mediocrity. For that, I wouldn't be surprised to see heads roll."
(During the network's labour stoppage in 2005, a Simcoe Reformer colleague, Monte Sonnenberg, noted that the CBC model was created for a zero-channel universe, now it's unable to adjust to the 500-channel universe.)
CTV purchases The Hockey Theme (The Canadian Press)
HNIC theme song lives ... on rival networks CTV, TSN and RDS (Puck Daddy)