First it was me leaving the airwaves and now its Maggie. OK, I don't know if TSN is pushing the popular monkey out the door the way I was, but the playoff prognosticating macaque will spin the wheel for the last time this year before retiring. I wonder if the plan to oust Maggie was made several months in advance like it was with ---oh never mind!! TSN has way too much class for that!!!
Maggie the Monkey, a crab-eating macaque from the Bowmanville Zoo, gained international fame in 2003 as a guest analyst on TSN's NHL Playoff coverage with her ‘highly scientific' method of predicting NHL winners by spinning a wheel. Maggie boldly - and correctly - predicted the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would make it to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final by beating favoured Detroit, Dallas and Minnesota.
Overall, Maggie the Monkey's playoff prediction record is an impressive 40-35. Maggie's best year was 2006 when she finished first out of a panel of TSN hockey experts including Bob McKenzie and Pierre McGuire. The one blemish on Maggie's broadcasting career – is that she has never correctly picked the Stanley Cup final winner. She plans to go out on top and improve her record with her 2009 Stanley Cup winner prediction this year.
Why am I thinking James Duthie and the rest of the TSN panel are celebrating tonight knowing they won't be upstaged by a monkey. Then again, they could be joined by Sean McCormick next year. (ITS A JOKE!!!)