Better Days In Toronto Sports

What a difference a day makes. Bruce Arthur takes the seat from John Shannon and voila, you have a co-host with some depth. Hell, the show was listenable again. Prime Time Sports was much improved tonight. Shannon and Kelley were replaced with Arthur and Blair and suddenly their was some humor, some insight and well a show worth listening to.

I have had the debate with others as to the value of the hosts vs. guests when it comes to sports radio. I’ll say this, If the hosts aren’t good I don’t care who they are interviewing the show is going to suck. A good host can save a bad guest, but the inverse isn’t true. I, and I am pretty sure I am the minority here do turn in for the guest over the host. I prefer listening to Brady and Wilbur as a choice. However, if their guests don’t interest me, I am done. Similarly, if Kelley is the co-host, it’s unlikely I am going to be listening to Mccown. This isn’t news I know, but the battle between the shows will come down to the guest. It’s not over the local guest either. Burke, AO and Colangelo all appear on both shows. There is no real race for getting the guest first, it’s the interview that matters. I don’t care who has Paul Kelly first, I care who gets him to say the most.

Speaking of Jeff Blair, did you catch his latest column on the Maple Leafs? It’s a dandy!

“But losing to another bad team – and doing so in the manner in which they did last night, blowing a 2-0 lead to the Atlanta Thrashers in front of a crowd that was considerably less than the 10,208 announced – also reinforces something about this team. It is susceptible even to clubs with just one really good player. Whether it’s in-game coaching decisions or preparation, it is nights like last night that make it impossible to view the 2009-2010 season so far as being anything other than a step backward – or at least an uncertain step sideways. Can’t beat the best if you can’t handle your fellow dregs. ”

Come on now, doesn’t that echo what we all say most mornings after another Maple Leaf loss? Blair hit this one right on the head.

“No serious questions have been answered. Most people knew Vesa Toskala was at best a backup on a mediocre team; nothing’s changed. He is a rally-killer, wholly unreliable. Other than Phil Kessel, the Leafs are a collection of middling forwards and third and fourth defencemen. But, hell, you know all this, don’t you? The Leafs know all this, too. Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak have, along with Kessel, formed a decent first line but ask yourself this: Do you want that to be the Leafs’ No. 1 line next season? Really? Uh-huh. Thought so. ”

Therein lies the problem with our Maple Leafs. The question I have for you is, do you think Brian Burke knew this and expected it. Does he know for example, that for right now his biggest enemy is time. It’s going to take a lot of time to turn this around. He gets a long contract because he knows just how long it will take to get to meaningful hockey games.

“It’s time for a fresh voice to explain these losses, because players are tired of answering questions and reporters are tired of asking them. They can only say, “We suck,” so often. ”

It is refreshing to hear Wilson talk so candidly some time about the lack of talent. It certainly beats hearing the coach say that he has never been surrounded by a more talented group. Who should the voice of this team be? Right now there is no player. It’s why there is no captain They lack leadership and character.

Mike Danton, sports fans is holding a press conference tomorrow. Do us all a favor and ignore it. This guy is a total piece of crap and to no one should give a rats behind what he has to say. The odds of me every watching a CIS game just went from slim to none.

i know I know Jack about NBA basketball, but am I correct that when your best player puts up 44 points, you have to win?? While on the subject, riddle me this batman, have you ever seen a less interested athlete than Hedo Turkoglu. Seriously, look at the guy’s expression on the court- He looks more intense in those pizza pizza commercials! Am I wrong?



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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 21, 2010 11:22 am

Shannon is a decent co-host when inside TV stuff is being discussed. He has expertise and insight which few others can claim. I also like it when he calls out McCown’s arguments as uninformed.

However, he has recently devolved into Kelley syndrome, by which i mean interrupting, making obvious and dumb jokes, talking about himself for no good reason, and sounding off on topics about which he has no detailed knowledge. That’s McCown’s job. If Shannon can reel himself in then he’ll be tolerable as a sidekick.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 21, 2010 5:04 pm

comment moderation? since when, and why?

Mike S
Mike S
January 21, 2010 5:40 pm

Mike in Boston has given a very good synopsis of Shannon’s abilities as a sidekick………….he will never be anywhere near as good as Brunt, but he can be tolerable if he doesn’t get off track………….he is quite knowledgeable about many things and he often ends up correcting McCown, which is needed on that show because McCown isn’t the most detail-oriented and prepared host at times.

One of the biggest problems with PTS is that it is really starting to sound old…………Kelley is gone but having Shannon there hasn’t helped in this area………….it sounds a bit younger when Brunt is there (and especially Bruce Arthur) but the fact remains that most of the main people on that show are over 50 years old…………when you add in Wilbur on 640 it means there is not a lot of options for young sports fans at that time of day………..if I was 10 to 15 years younger I don’t know if I would listen to either show

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 22, 2010 9:09 am

thanks TSM – i’ve switched to being mike in boston since there are so many other Mikes around here.

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