Ed Tait has lost track of how many national anthems he’s heard before — and after — a sporting event, but his best guess is: roughly a gazillion.
And still, after some 27 years writing sports for three Canadian dailies, the opening notes of O Canada still send a shiver down his spine.
Yes, covering the travails of the Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers has been a thrill for a guy born in this town many moons ago, with stops in Minneapolis, Nova Scotia and Manitou in between.
His first break in the biz came in 1987 when he heard of an opening at the Winnipeg Sun and boldly — or was it naively? — walked through the front doors of the newspaper wearing his only tie, a scuffed-up pair of dress shoes and sporting a freshly typed and very thin resume.
Following a two-week trial, of which his first assignment was motorcycle ice racing at the old Winnipeg Arena, Ed was welcomed aboard.
After 11 years at the Sun as a reporter and columnist and one year at the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Ed was hired by the Free Press just before Bomber training camp in 1999. Amazingly, he continues to get paid once every two weeks.
Ed is a member of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Media Roll of Honour and The Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame and was voted Gibson’s Finest Football Reporter of the Year by his peers in 2010.
Ed holds a political science/history degree from the University of Manitoba and graduated from Red River’s Creative Communications program. He is married to Kathi, is the proud father of two sons and considers beer and pizza fine dining.
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