If you’re a sports fan, you know James Duthie.
The biggest games, the biggest trades, the juiciest rumours—chances are Duthie is the guy you tuned in to hear talk about them. There are other experts and insiders, stats guys and analysts, but no one else who can talk about sports with the humour, the knowledge, and the charisma Duthie brings to every event he covers. He also makes the best spoof videos.
The Guy on the Left tells the story of Duthie’s career in broadcasting, from a nerdy appearance on a game show to chatting with Tiger Woods in the men’s room at The Masters. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at celebrated moments like Sidney Crosby’s famous game-winning goal at the Vancouver Olympics, but also less celebrated insights, like the disclosure that sports broadcasters often aren’t wearing pants on air.
There are stories about goofing around with NHL superstars like Roberto Luongo and Anze Kopitar. There are also stories about wandering into the wrong house after walking his dog and surprising his neighbour in her underwear.
His stories can also be serious. Tragedy strikes more than once in the sports world. Most notably, he had to go to air on the evening of September 11, 2001. His reflections on the way sport is part of all of our lives, from the athletes and sports figures on the planes to the kids who lost coaches and parents, are a powerful reminder of both the importance of sport and how lucky we all are to be part of it.
Funny, thoughtful, self-deprecating, and wry, The Guy on the Left is everything fans love about James Duthie.
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Table of Contents
Prologue-Golden Sunday 1
1 The Guy on the Left 11
2 The Secret Life of Little Jimmy 15
3 Last Chance U 25
4 Central…Part? (or How I Blew 20 Grand on a Game Show) 31
5 The Burgundy Years 41
6 When Grandmothers Attack 51
7 You Wearin' Your Rubber Boots Tonight? 59
8 Smitty and Billy 67
9 The Sports Network 75
10 West Coast Kickers 81
11 Friday Night Lights 89
12 Vince and the Guy from Fresh Prince 95
13 "The Desk" 101
14 P × P 111
15 The Super Bowl (220 Minutes with Andy Rooney) 121
16 Azaleas and Urinals 129
17 The Accidental Host 135
18 Puppets, Strippers, and Monkeys 141
19 Hell and Heaven (One Lockout and Three Golf Majors) 151
20 The Guys on the Right 161
21 The Quiz Sucks 175
22 Bloopers, Riots, and Knife Attacks 183
23 The TradeCentre Telethon 191
24 Cattle Branding Claude Julien (and Other Ridiculous Short Films) 201
25 The Luongo Films 213
26 Fantasy Island 225
27 Naked Men in Bathrooms and Other Inspirational Olympic Moments 235
28 The Panel Hangover 243
29 Black Monday 253
30 Welcome to the New Age 263
31 Viewer Mail 277
32 The Juice 285