The Score's Drafted: One guy's dream come true
But Drafted made for pretty good television at times, especially when it demonstrated that being a sportscaster isn't as easy as it looks. And any project that attracts more than 3,000 entries certainly served to raise The Score's profile.
The winner of the series is Paul Brothers, who gets a full-time job out of the deal and some sort of contract to plug Gillette products. Apparently, with Tiger Woods on the outs, sponsors are looking everywhere.
For Brothers, who beat out four other finalists Tuesday night, it's a dream come true.
``It's the culmination of a 15-year journey," says the 28-year-old native of Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland, a town of 3,000 he says is so small you have to leave town to buy socks. ``I’ve wanted to be a sportscaster for a long time."
The journey began when he launched an FM radio station at his high school. After Ryerson University rejected him as a candidate for its radio-television program, Brothers worked in radio and television news before landing a job as a videographer for MuchMusic in Halifax.
He enjoyed the jobs, but says they couldn't fill his ``passion bucket" the way sportscasting could. A big Bob Cole fan, Brothers says, ``I probably know more about sportscasters than I do about athletes."
He's pretty familiar with one athlete, though: his girlfriend is Jillian Mouzar, a member of the reigning national mixed curling team.
Brothers was laid off last November and has been looking for work ever since. He accepted a job selling insurance, but changed his mind after his father told him he was meant for better things.
Through it all, he never gave up on his dream to be a sportscaster and that's when The Score came along. Like most of the contestants, he showed some rough edges (no doubt easily treatable with any Gillette skin-care product) but stood out for his down-home personality.
The Score says he'll be on the air soon, though his role hasn't been specified.We can presume that he'll be clean-shaven and have supple skin.
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