By Ami Angelwings
4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting
First segment: Interview with Ian Leggatt, former PGA player
Second segment: Interview with Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun
5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, John Shannon co-hosting
First segment: Talk segment
Second segment: Interview with Pat Brisson, NHL player agent
Third segment: Interview with Jerry Sullivan, Buffalo News
6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, John Shannon co-hosting
First segment: Interview with Gary Belsky, ESPN
Second segment: Interview with Michael “Pinball” Clemons, former CFL player
Third segment: Interview with Dwayne Casey, Toronto Raptors head coach
I found the Belsky interview intriguing because of how he kept bringing up his credentials as an economics reporter and that regular sports media didn’t understand the business of sport. I have a feeling that Bob was bristling a bit at this because Bob considers himself a sports business guy, and Belsky was telling him his analysis of the NHL ownership situation was simplistic. I’m a little surprised that Shannon didn’t speak up more too in defense of Bettman, especially about Belsky’s assertion that the NHL leaving ESPN. Usually on this topic Shannon at least explains Bettman’s thought process, if not outright defend him.
I also liked the Leggatt segment despite my disinterest in golf because I think he had some interesting opinions about the use of the belly putter, and it helped me, as a non golf player, better understand what this entire thing is about.
Outside of those two segments though, I wasn’t really that impressed with the rest of the show. There were two segments where people repeated the usual problems with the Bills in Toronto (Toronto will only embrace their own team, it’s bad for the Bills, etc), one where we got to hear Bob’s story about playing ball hockey with Mike Palmateer, a Pinball charity segment, and a really short interview with Dwayne Casey where he said if the team plays in the system they will do well. None of those were particularly new or interesting.
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