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Cherry to Make U.S. Debut Tonight

It was only a matter of time.

Don Cherry, arguably Canada's most famous and controversial figure, will join NBC's Game 4 coverage of the SCF during the second intermission tonight.

Those of you who don't have a dish and can't watch CBC's broadcasts, now you'll get to see and hear the guy everyone North of the border has an opinion about. They either love him or hate him.

I generally fall somewhere in between.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Yes, that Don Cherry. The one a poll by the CBC network identified as the seventh-greatest Canadian of all time, ahead of Wayne Gretzky.
North of the border, he's been called bigger than Oprah and sexier than The Rolling Stones. He's also been described as racially insensitive and a xenophobic clown.

Make sure to tune in. Because if Cherry is Cherry -- the way he is on TV in Canada -- this could be a one time deal.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 4, 2007; 7:20 AM ET
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For anyone who hasn't seen the greatest hockey commentator on TV, he can be found here:

The recent "Coaches Corner" segments are on there.

Posted by: Kim | June 4, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Found it funny on NBC when they were talking to Crosby about Don Cherry being on - they asked if he liked Cherry and of course Crosby had to say yes of course he does.... Its funny because Cherry has always been very honest (as he is with most everything) and calls Crosby out on diving and complaining all the time on his show. He knows Crosby is talented, but he gives him a really hard time about sportsmanship.

Posted by: cs | June 4, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I hope he becomes a regular.

Posted by: LIVINIT | June 4, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

This is the first, and hopefully the last time I can say I'm looking forward to seeing what an intermission guest is wearing....and if nothing else, grist for the next Don Cherry DVD.

Posted by: Fred | June 4, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I love Grapes.

They really need to have Ron and Don on together, so you can get the full effect.

Posted by: odessa steps | June 4, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Don Cherry has the strangest fashion sense I've ever seen. Sometimes I wonder if he's colorblind.

Good commentator though.

Posted by: Mike | June 4, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Cherry is the real deal. He speaks his mind, ridicules Bettman and his rule changes and if he were to comment on Caps games, McPhee and Leonsis would begin to understand they get off easy in DC.

Posted by: oh Canada | June 4, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Most people in the DC Area that know about Don Cherry seem to love to think of him in a positive light after he commented on the Pittsburgh Penguins and refered to Lemieux and Jagr and "Mario and his Daughter"

Come on.. how can you not love the guy after that.

Posted by: Comebackkono3 | June 4, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

That is the biggest thing I miss on the hockey broadcasts since moving south of the Border. Saturday Night and the Ron and Don show.

I think it may bring a homesick tear to my eye tonight.

Posted by: Chris | June 4, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

OMFG! I absolutely LOVE Don Cherry, watched him all the time in Toronto.

There's no doubt this will be a one-time thing. He just blasted NBC, the NHL, and the USA for trying to stifle fighting!

He had a great point. American audiences love the brutality of football and crushing the quarterback. And he points out the fastest-growing sport in the States is Ultimate Fighting. Yet people are appalled by the barbaric nature of hockey?

That had to be the greatest intermission show EVER on US TV!

I almost died laughing when he blasted Brett Hull for having his foot in the crease, too. Don is a legend and it's too bad for US hockey fans that he only shows up once in a blue moon.

Posted by: Lee | June 4, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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