Tim and Sid

On Thursday, Sid Seixeiro announced that he would be leaving Tim and Sid on February 26, to become the new co-host of Breakfast Television, starting March 10.

As a long time fan of the show, and the duo, it was a sad thing to process.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, let me start the beginning and explain how this show, and its various iterations, has been a part of my life.

I have been obsessed with sports for as long as I can remember. As a child, I turned on the TV and flipped through the channels, hoping to find new sports to watch, new athletes to cheer for, and new broadcasters, who could teach me everything I needed to know.

Along the way, Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro ended up on my television screen. They were on-air talent for The Score Television Network and hosted the nightly highlight show, Score Tonight, from 2005-2009.

Score Tonight was, to quote Tina Turner, simply the best. I don’t know if the show was ahead of its time, or if it was right on time. Either way, it was different and it was entertaining.

They would read the highlight package, but it didn’t feel like they were reading anything. They used the players’ names to make puns, they conversed back and forth, and they laughed.

They laughed! Can you believe it? Almost as if sports were meant to be fun.

I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see people on TV, talk about sports and have a good time. Nowadays, it’s the norm. And with Twitter, it’s a race to the punch line every time something happens in a game.

But back then, it was very prim and proper. Read the highlight the same way you read a news report. At least, that’s how it felt to my younger self.

Score Tonight flipped that on its head.

When I made the decision in early 2009 to move away for university in the fall, one of the first things I did was look up what channels my residence building offered. Unfortunately, The Score wasn’t one of them.

Then, I believe it was that summer, Score Tonight was cancelled. I was disappointed.

That fall, I moved into university and found out that Tim and Sid were starting a podcast called, Tim and Sid: Uncut. A new episode would come out every Monday. I was so excited.

I loved sports talk radio and when I moved into residence, I realized the Fan 590 was all fuzzy. So, not only did I not have The Score, I didn’t have any sports talk radio.

For me, this new Tim and Sid: Uncut podcast was coming at the perfect time.

Every Tuesday, I had a Tourism and the Environment class, in which I had to find an article related to tourism or the environment, and write a one-page response.

I never enjoyed doing it, so I would put it off until Monday night, every week, just so I could listen to the new podcast episode while I worked on it. With Tim and Sid talking in the background, completing this weekly assignment was a lot more fun.

Many memories stand out from that podcast.

The first one being, “Cut or Uncut”, which was initiated by Donnovan Bennett. He would present a scenario like, “Cut or Uncut: Leaving half a donut behind in the box at work” and Tim and Sid would give their ruling.

“Cut” meant it was bad; you can’t do that.

“Uncut” meant it was good; it was acceptable.

That segment has followed them for the last decade, though it isn’t as common anymore. It has never gotten old.

Another memory I have is, after the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, Sid went on one of his now patented rants about how it was an “unmitigated disaster”.

One line that I’ve always remembered is, “they treated Wayne Gretzky like produce in the back of a truck.”

I smile whenever I think of that.

Then there was the time when Qatar had been announced as the host country for the 2022 World Cup and they phoned a hotel (I think it was a hotel) in Qatar to see if they could talk to anyone who could comment on it.

Sure enough, they were put through to a guy named, Kushal, who immediately turned into the Tim and Sid: Uncut Qatar correspondent. If I’m not mistaken, they called him back a few times to get his thoughts on other things.

Who even thinks to do that? Tim and Sid think to do that, that’s who. It was brilliant. It was hilarious. I still laugh about it to this day and I just know that next year, it will be top of mind for the entire World Cup.

The Tim and Sid: Uncut podcast made moving away to a new town and new school, where I only knew one person when I got there, a bit more familiar. It felt like a piece of home and was something I looked forward to every Monday.

In 2011, Tim and Sid announced they were leaving The Score, to host a radio show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, from 1 – 4, which would be simulcast on TV a couple years later. Three hours! I was thrilled.

The only thing I didn’t like about the podcast was that it was so short. I think each episode was around 45 minutes and, selfishly, I wanted them to talk for hours.

They finally got that opportunity with the radio show and really made it their own.

The moments they created from 1 – 4, five times a week, were endless.

The poutine soda – “Oh, it tastes like a fart.”

Sid’s flat tire and subsequent phone call from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car bathroom.

“Knock Knock. Who’s There? Gold medal in the face!”

“I believe in Masai”

Sid wearing and dancing in a tracksuit.

The “Name That Wrestler” segment.

The day Bob kicked them out and took over the show.

The “Ice Dancing is corrupt as hell” rant and the “Ice Dancing, Sid’s giving up on you” song that a listener made.

“Celebrate good times, Dickey! Throwing the knuckleball.”

I could on and on. Honestly, if Sportsnet ever wants to re-air some of those episodes on TV when nothing else is on, or release the full three-hour show on YouTube, I promise you there will be an audience.

On July 1, 2015, Tim and Sid was re-launched (again) as a television show, from 5 – 7.

For me, it took some getting use to because all of a sudden, they didn’t have three hours to fill with their thoughts. They had more guests. They had games to preview. It was different.

But it was still Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro and I think they proved that no matter what format you put them in, they’re going to be the same edutaining duo they’ve always been.

And they were.

The television show also generated many moments. You can find them on Twitter. You can find them on YouTube. You can find them engrained in the memory of those who have been watching from the start.

I feel like it’s rare for a sports show to have so many moments. Normally, the people just talk about the games and the players, get their hot takes in so they can post a short clip online, and then do the same thing tomorrow.

No one show really stands out. No single moment is mentioned again.

Yet, with Tim and Sid, something was always going on that had no connection to sports. I enjoyed that, thoroughly.

Beyond all the funny moments, Tim and Sid never shied away from talking about real life issues. They never “stuck to sports”, even though most of us use sports as an escape. They confronted the issues we were all trying to escape, head on.

I admire that.

There was a day during their radio show, when it was only Sid in the studio. That day, there had been a tragic event in the United States. I’m not 100% sure it’s the one I’m thinking of, so I’m not going to guess.

Sid had three hours to fill. I don’t think he talked about sports, once, outside of commenting on how the tragedy could impact that evening’s sports schedule.

He sat there and reported on the tragedy, going through all the information that was available, and didn’t speculate on what he didn’t know.

It would’ve been easy for him to say, “we’re a sports talk show on a sports radio station, let’s talk about sports” and he didn’t. Sports weren’t important that day.

For all the fun times Tim and Sid had, they knew when to be serious and they never once came off as disingenuous.

They showed that just because you’re obsessed with sports doesn’t mean you can’t comment on other aspects of the world. They struck that balance, perfectly.

But now, the show is coming to an end.

Sid is moving over to Breakfast Television and it appears that Tim will have a new co-host, eventually, or at least a rotating cast of characters for a bit.

Selfishly, I don’t like it. I’ve been following this duo for over half my life. I guess this just means I’ll have to set the PVR for Breakfast Television now, in addition to Tim and ___.

At the same time, I understand it, and wish them both well. They deserve to do whatever makes them happy. I have no doubt that Sid will be great in his new role and Tim will be great at whatever is in his future.

Tim and Sid provided me, and many others, with so much joy over the years. They were a constant reminder that sports are fun and should be presented as such.

At every stage in my life, they were there to make me smile, laugh, and look at sports a little bit differently. For that, I am forever grateful.

Thank you, Tim and Sid.

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