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    Default TFC Republic - new TFC & CMNT news resource

    New subscription news and analysis featuring John Molinaro's work (long-time TFC beat, CMNT, CWNT and CPL reporter), free trial on right now.

    Given that other media have pared back all sports coverage this is a welcome addition to the information landscape.

    I've always respected John's work, and am glad that there's someone out there who is an independent news voice giving their full-time to this.

    https://www.tfcrepublic.ca/
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    That’s great news! I’ll definitely be subscribing.

    I hope he includes some Italian recipes as well.

    On Twitter, John mentioned he’ll also be doing some freelance work for CBC Sports, plus possibly Sportsnet. Looking forward to that as well.

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    Yeh, I think its fair to say that for whatever reason, the traditional sports media venues in this town where most of us put our money are no longer interested in TFC content beyond game reports and a weekly roundup article of what was discussed in the pressers. Kloke at the Athletic does a little an indepth article once a month or so.

    If people want TFC content that's a bit more depth & more often, going to have to pay for it.

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    Moving this here....

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    Paid. Good luck to John. This road he is taking is not easy.

    Just to help him along, this was hands down the best thing any journo has ever done on the TFC beat. I have it bookmarked.

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/big-...ry-toronto-fc/
    “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

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    I'll be getting this for sure. Love his coverage on TFC. He's not one to sugar coat the situation, which i enjoy.

    I thought his talents were wasted at CPL. not enough eyes on his work.

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    "Although I'm not a Toronto FC supporter (Juventus has been my club since I was a kid), I loved being a TFC beat reporter."

    ????

    Does he mean that after all this time he doesn't actually care if the club wins or loses, or does he think he has to say this to project an air of 'professional credibility' or something?

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    Seems like a smart move since basically all the major sports media has vacated the TFC space. Best of luck to John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    "Although I'm not a Toronto FC supporter (Juventus has been my club since I was a kid), I loved being a TFC beat reporter."

    ????

    Does he mean that after all this time he doesn't actually care if the club wins or loses, or does he think he has to say this to project an air of 'professional credibility' or something?
    No, he says this as a journalist - he does not care about the club in the same terms he cares about Juve. I would demure to jloome about the distinctions here but this is standard stuff from journalists covering a team.

    E.g. there's a story about a journo who covered the Sounders for years, from before the MLS days, who cried when the team won in 2016 here. He didn't cry out of joy - he cried because the stress any team that hasn't reached the final pinnacle is under, in this case for a decade of not quite succeeding, that was finally broken & watching that & reporting on it daily affects you.

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    I have seen Molinaro interviewed on this. He says he roots for particular people at TFC but that it gets too complicated, he can't do his job if he were invested in TFC the way he is for Juve.

    In the interview I remember (this was years ago), he specifically referenced Aron Winter, of whom he said something like "Aron is one of the best people I have ever met but he was wrong for the job, and I handle that differently if I am a true fan"
    “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

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    KJ is available for hire. If het gets on the site you've got something cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    KJ is available for hire. If het gets on the site you've got something cooking.
    I'd love to see a new Footy Show.

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    It just seems like a bit of a weird thing to say when asking TFC fans for money for coverage of the club. I'm sure he could've found a way to present that idea in a more positive sounding, less direct way.

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    I would rather read coverage from someone who isn't a die-hard fan. That is what makes it hard sometimes to read some stuff from guys like the Waking the Red guys and some of the TFC podcasts. I like objective views on things that allow me to make up my own mind on what I believe. These fan sites push their own narratives upon you and try to (for example) make you believe that every single player who played for TFC II in 2019 is a future superstar.

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    I've decided to support John in this endeavour at least for one year - for only $50 I feel that I am fortunate enough to be able to help someone out who is trying to make a go of it in terms of providing TFC content which seems sorely lacking in general these days....hope as time goes on he will garner more contributors, but at $4 a month or so I don't think it's an outrageous ask (I figure whatever I am saving on tickets, transportation, parking, food/drink, and other expenses from actually going to games, it's a very small price to pay these days for TFC content) -- but to each their own I guess....good luck to you John!

    (I do understand that money is very tight for some people especially these days, as we too have suffered job loss in my house this past year, but we were also fortunate enough to find other employment during the pandemic not too long afterwards, which clearly may have affected my decision making - and I would imagine similar circumstances may affect others in their decision making as well, in terms of their disposable income).

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    Wonderful news, subscribed! I remember him from the old CBC live chat days

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeForbes View Post
    I would rather read coverage from someone who isn't a die-hard fan. That is what makes it hard sometimes to read some stuff from guys like the Waking the Red guys and some of the TFC podcasts. I like objective views on things that allow me to make up my own mind on what I believe. These fan sites push their own narratives upon you and try to (for example) make you believe that every single player who played for TFC II in 2019 is a future superstar.
    I agree, it’s nauseating.

    What I miss, is TFC Pitchside. That was my favourite until they disbanded when one of the guys moved to Vancouver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    "Although I'm not a Toronto FC supporter (Juventus has been my club since I was a kid), I loved being a TFC beat reporter."

    ????

    Does he mean that after all this time he doesn't actually care if the club wins or loses, or does he think he has to say this to project an air of 'professional credibility' or something?
    He just means that he grew up a Juve fan. Considering he's in his forties, none of us can say they grew up a Toronto FC fan. I grew up watching Brazil in the World Cup, and didn't have an English team until Arsenal stole my heart.

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    Glad to see Molinaro back on the beat. Going to subscribe for the month at least and if the coverage isn't fluff and asks difficult questions, then I'll keep the subscription up for the year month-by-month so John sees a bigger return. Love to see a good journo back!

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    Hey everybody.

    John Molinaro here!

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the support and positive comments about the launch of my new venture, TFC Republic

    It's great to be back on the Toronto FC beat on a full-time basis and back doing something I really love, which is covering the team an in-depth and critical fashion.

    I also enjoy engaging with TFC fans and my readers, so I hope you don't mind me coming here to post this comment!

    Anytime you want to get a hold of me, just reach out to me via the website, as I'm more than happy to answer any questions.

    And, of course, I hope you decide to subscribe to TFC Republic.

    All the best,
    John

 

 

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