Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, September 24, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro, hosts of Tim & Sid, FAN590

  • Bob talks with them about UFC and NFL betting

Second segment: Interview with Stephen Brunt

  • Bob and Stephen discuss music and Bob’s experience as a guitarist in a teen band

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Cox talk about NHL CBA negotiations, Cox says that neither side really wants to negotiate

Second segment: Interview with Brian Ehrenworth, owner of Frameworth Sports Marketing

  • Ehrenworth discusses the impact the lockout has had on his business, has had to lay off many people

Third segment: Interview with Dwayne Casey, head coach of the Toronto Raptors

  • Casey talks about rookie centre, Jonas Valanciunas and how he is brave and strong
  • Casey talks about training camp and that he thinks fans will like Kyle Lowry as the new point guard

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Bill Polian, former GM and President of the Indianapolis Colts

  • Polian discusses replacement officials, says that they don’t distort evaluation of players, but that the officiating has been lousy
  • Bob and Polian discuss how to judge field goal kicks that go above the uprights
  • Polian says that the Broncos are still a work in progress
  • Discussion about what 3 weeks means about various teams that are either surprisingly good or surprisingly bad
  • Polian discusses teams using the running game heavily over the passing game

Second segment: Interview with Neil Smith, former GM of the New York Rangers

  • Smith discusses the 1994 lockout and how it relates to the current lockout, recounts his memories
  • Cox points out that by making the NHLPA in theory more democratic, Don Fehr has in fact diffused any ability the players have to stage a coup and has even more power than previous NHLPA heads

Third segment: Interview with Rob Becker, sports lawyer

  • Becker talks about the NFL players walking out because the replacement officials are making the workplace unsafe, thinks it’s ridiculous
  • Becker talks about the Saints and the suspensions Goodell has tried to punish the players with


I wish they had asked Becker about the Derek Boogaard lawsuit at the beginning of his (short) interview rather than right at the end.  The NFL players walking out is so unlikely a possiblity that it should have been saved for the end, rather than the Boogaard lawsuit.

Neil Smith continues to be an unimpressive guest.  He wasn’t even around in the NHL for the 2004 lockout, so all he talks about is the 1994 one which is even more outdated.

The Ehrenworth interview was intriguing for a bit, because I kind of was curious about how the lockout affected other businesses, but it got repetitive fast, and it was just him talking over and over about how much he didn’t want to lay off employees but has to. Both the Ehrenworth and Neil Smith interviews smacked of Bob giving his friends air time for lack of any other guest he’d prefer.

I really enjoyed the 4pm hour even though really, nobody talked about anything.  It was just casual and light, and after the seriousness of the topics last week, I think it was a nice change.  I also liked Bob teasing Brunt to rap, and even made beatbox sounds to encourage him.  It was classic Bob and Brunt having fun in a talk segment that was one of the reasons I grew to love PTS in the first place.

Outside of the 4pm hour though, I found the show in general to be not that interesting and a bit boring in spots.

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