By Ami Angelwings
4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting
First segment: Interview with Gary Van Sickle, SI.com
- Bob and Van Sickle discuss the final play of yesterday’s Seattle/Green Bay NFL game, Van Sickle thinks that the regular officials would have blown the call too
- Van Sickle talks about the Ryder Cup and why the Europeans are more united and motivated to win than the Americans win until recently
- Discussion about previous Ryder Cups and the current one, home field advantage, and other factors
Second segment: Interview with Michael Grange, Sportsnet Columnist
- Bob and Grange talk about the NFL replacement officials
- Grange thinks the NFL is being cheap and should settle with its officials, is also against scabs
5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting
First segment: Interview with Ken Rosenthal, baseball reporter for FOX News
- Rosenthal talks about the Jays struggles, the wild card races
- Rosenthal was against the extra wild card but now admits it has been a success and made the division races more exciting because teams really want to win their division
Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos
- Kypreos and Cox talk about NHL players who got fat
- Discussion turns to the Seattle/Green Bay game from last night, and the NFL replacement officials
- Cox and Kypreos get into an argument about whether Gary Bettman is to blame for the lockout, Cox says the owners should be the target of ire, Kypreos believes Bettman is muzzling the owners
- Cox says Fehr’s turned the NHLPA into a dictatorship
Third segment: Talk segment
- Bob and Cox talk about TD in the Seattle/Green Bay game and how the officials were mixed up
- Bob thinks the officials are stupid, Cox thinks they’re just unqualified
6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting
First segment: Interview with Don Banks, Football reporter for Sports Illustrated
- Banks discusses the Seattle/Green Bay game and the complete lack of communication between the referees
- Banks says some of the calls are just indefensible, and yesterday’s call was a tipping point
- Banks believes the replacement officials will be gone after the 4th week
Second segment: Interview with Brian Cooper, Sports Marketer
- Cooper discusses the potential sale of AEG
- Bob wonders if this sale is Phil Anschultz divesting himself of AEG to get an NFL team in LA, Cooper thinks that might be true
- Cooper discusses the NHL lockout, says that the former players are very unsympathetic to the union because they believe they haven’t been treated well
Third segment: Interview with Peter Baxter, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Wilfrid Laurier University
- Baxter discusses the hazing scandal that involves the baseball team
- Cox asks if the details he heard about (students made to get drunk and have things written on their faces) are true, Baxter says they are
- Cox asks if the drinking is worse, or the humiliation, Baxter says both, says that hazing is a cycle, like domestic abuse, and people who are hazed, go on to haze others
Wow. Everybody wanted to talk about last night’s game, even the non-football guests. I guess that makes sense, but I was just shocked how almost every interview somehow managed to discuss it.
It’s interesting that Bob seems to be trying to stick to his guns that people are overreacting about the poor officiating and that he’s okay with it, even after last night. He also clearly disagreed with Grange about whether the NFL should give the regular referees what they want.
I liked the last interview with Peter Baxter because he was surprisingly honest, and I think Cox did a good job of getting to the details of the scandal and what the issue really is. I didn’t expect Baxter to confirm that what Cox had heard was actually true, but he did, and I was impressed. Also, I like that he took the issue of hazing seriouisly and talked about how it’s a cycle.
I liked the Banks and Rosenthal interviews, as I generally tend to like them, because both are informative and have good insights into the current events of their sports. I like that Rosenthal admitted that he’s changed his mind on the second wild card spot.
I really wish they would stop getting hockey analysts on during the lockout, especially when nothing is happening. Kypreos is a hockey analyst, not a business analyst, and his thoughts on the lockout are starting to get a bit repetitive.
Overall, I thought this show was pretty average. They touched on all the major events going on, but nothing really stuck out except that last interview.
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