By Ami Angelwings
4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting
First segment: Interview with Doug Smith, Toronto Star Basketball reporter
- Smith talks about the new documentary about the 1992 Olympic Lithuania basketball team
- Bob and Smith discuss their memories of the 1992 World Series championship Blue Jays
Second segment: Interview with John Shannon, Sportsnet hockey insider
- Shannon talks about his new column about what all the hockey executives, coaches and managers would be doing without hockey
5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting
First segment: Talk segment
- Bob and Cox talk about the possibility of the players forming a players league, Cox says it wouldn’t work, Bob thinks it could
Second segment: Interview with Brad Park, former NHL player, member of the 1972 Summit Series Canadian team
- Park talks about how he actually scored a goal in game 8 that’s credited to Phil Esposito
- Park recounts his memories of the Russians and how good they were, thinks that Canada would have gotten better if the series had gone longer and may have won more games
- Park talks about his issues with Alan Eagleson and the split among the 1972 alumni about him
Third segment: Interview with Brad Park continues
- Bob feels there isn’t enough time to go to a new guest and Park stays to talk a little more
- Bob and Park talk about the old days of junior hockey in Toronto and double headers
6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting
First segment: Interview with Bryan Boston, NFL official
- Boston says that the officials were fighting for the younger officials
- Boston thinks the replacement officials were just overwhelmed and fell back onto their instincts officiating college games or other leagues
- Boston doesn’t think any one event pushed the NFL to the table, but a culmination of many things
- Bob asks if there are any technical issues about different officials working with each other, Boston says there may be personality differences but not technical ones
Second segment: Interview with Alan Ashby, Blue Jays radio commentator
- Bob talks about how replacement umpires that eventually became regular umpires in baseball were shunned by the regular umpires, Ashby agrees with this view
- Ashby and Bob discuss umpires and their favourite ones
- Cox wonders whether people saw what was written on Escobar’s face and let him go out on the field to get in trouble, Ashby says it couldn’t be the management or any English-speakers, but it’s possible
- Cox asks if they can bring Escobar back next year, Ashby thinks they can and that he is a good player that can help the team
- Ashby doesn’t think it’s easy to get pitching help because pitchers could get injured after you sign them/trade for them
Third segment: Interview with John Heylar, Bloomberg News
- Heylar discusses how LA Dodgers’ had a secret TV deal that helped them fund their spending spree
- Heylar says that some of the other owners may want a deal like this from MLB too
TSM regular commenter, Alex, wondered on Twitter if this has been one of the most boring weeks of Prime Time Sports, and I think he’s right. I think it’s a combination of the replacement refs overshadowing any of the actual results in the NFL combined with the NHL lockout and the Jays season going down the toilet. And all three of those things are stories that after you hear about them once, it’s just a repeat whenever you hear about them again, so that leads to boring shows.
The first segment was just Bob talking to two of his friends about stuff they wanted to talk about, but nothing that was really substantial or relevant to current events. I found it interesting that Bob recycled his “if it moves he’ll bet on it, if it doesn’t move he’ll kick it until it moves…” joke that he uses for Dave Perkins to be a Brian Burke and hunting joke. I wonder if Shannon recognized it was a recycled joke or if he thought it was clever.
Bob and Cox arguing over whether the players could form their own league wasn’t that interesting either, especially since I thought Cox was being willfully dense in not understanding that without a CBA the players don’t have to report for work just because the owners tell them to (i.e. they could strike).
The last segment with Brad Park really confused me because I’m not nearly old enough to understand the context of what Bob and Brad were talking about, and I felt completely lost.
I enjoyed listening to Bryan Boston because he shone some light on how NFL officials operate. However, I think this is the first and only time people are going to care about officiating in a sport to the level they have, and I was thinking how normally nobody would care to have an official on to talk about a lockout of referees.
Ashby’s claim of Farrell and the management staff not being able to read Escobar’s eyeblack gave me a Sherlock Holmes moment. At the press conference, Farrell said that Escobar writes on his face all the time, and they were “inspirational” messages. But if he can’t read them, how would he know they’re inspirational? And if nobody reads what’s on his face, who are they meant to inspire? How can you be inspired by messages if you can’t read them and don’t read them? Do they just ask Escobar if they’re inspirational?
I wish they gave Heylar more time to talk about the LA Dodgers’ TV deal, because I think they didn’t fill us in very well and I was a bit confused about what was going on.
All in all, this was yet another fairly uninteresting PTS in a week of uninteresting PTS episodes.
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