Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, September 3, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Elliotte Friedman hosting

First segment: Interview with Ryan Walsh, producer of Prime Time Sports

  • Walsh shares stories about Bob, and Bob’s personality, says that he’s the best host he’s ever worked with
  • Walsh relates a story about how Jim Brown kept hanging up on him when he was trying to get him on for an interview with Bob
  • Friedman and Walsh share stories about their experiences as producers and people hanging up on them or being rude to them
  • Friedman asks Walsh about times Bob has banned people from the show, Walsh says his favourite was when Bob banned Doug MacLean

Rest of hour: Listener calls with Elliotte Friedman

  • Callers are about the Blue Jays, some are angry, others defend the Jays

5pm hour – Elliotte Friedman hosting, John Shannon co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Don Banks, football reporter for Sports Illustrated

  • Banks believes that the Bills may actually make the playoffs this year
  • Banks doesn’t think Tim Tebow will start a game for the Jets barring an injury to Sanchez, says he’ll be used in the running game
  • Friedman asks Banks why he doesn’t think the Giants are going to the playoffs this year, Banks says that it’s because the Giants don’t handle prosperity well and will have a post-Super Bowl let down

Second segment: Interview with Scott Mitchell, President of the Hamilton Tiger Cats

  • Mitchell is disappointed with the loss today, talks about the Tragically Hip concert
  • Shannon asks about the plans for the new stadium, Mitchell says they’re looking at 3 plans
  • Post-Interview, Friedman asks Shannon if he’d allow his son to play football, Shannon says yes, that he believes the benefits that sports provide outweighs head injuries

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Friedman and Shannon discuss the hockey lockout, Shannon believes a settlement will come in November
  • Friedman thinks Bettman has gotten better at controlling his anger

6pm hour – Elliotte Friedman hosting, John Shannon co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Friedman and Shannon discuss the Blue Jays, Friedman talks about how young the crowds are
  • Friedman believes is the Jays don’t improve this off season, there is going to be a lot of anger from the fans, Shannon doesn’t believe it’s anger but frustration

Second segment: Interview with Tom Tebbutt, co-host of Aces, FAN590

  • Tebbutt thinks Murray will win, thinks that a night match benefits Raonic because Raonic may wear down more in the sun
  • Shannon asks about Roddick’s retirement, and how the fans have embraced him as a folk hero, Tebbutt thinks it’s over the top and Roddick has faced weak opposition
  • Friedman asks about a comment Janko Tipsiravic’s comment about Serena Williams’ 6-0 6-0 win mocking the “equal pay for equal work” feminist slogan, Tebbutt talks about how tennis players have been trying to get more prize money at the Australian Open, that men outdraw the women and the US Open could survive with men but not women

Third segment: Interview with Jon Paul Morosi, Baseball reporter for FOX Sports

  • Morosi talks about the surprising Baltimore Orioles, explains their negative run differential by saying that the strong bullpen means that they are effective at winning close games
  • Morosi believes Bobby Valentine will be fired at the end of this season, thinks the Red Sox needs a looser lockerroom to survive the mental and emotional stress of a 162 game season grind
  • Shannon asks if the Dodgers can get into the playoffs, Morosi isn’t sure because the big trade didn’t address all of their needs

Thoughts:

Outside of the Ryan Walsh interview, which I found fun and interesting, I was very unimpressed with this show.  I found the Tebbutt and Mitchell interviews to be tedious and uninformative.  As much as I dislike Damien Cox as a co-host, I think I much prefer him over Tom Tebbutt.  I find Cox has better insights and gives actual analysis rather than just talking in generalities like Tebbutt does.

Why did they even have Mitchell on?  He gave CFL PR speak the whole interview.  And they gave him free advertising for the concert.

All in all, this was a hard show for me to listen to fully, much less listen to multiple times to write the review.

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