Prime Time Sports Review for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Richeard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

  • Deitsch and Bob discusses the report that broadcasters have been told to ease up on the NFL because a deal between the NFL and the officials will be reached too
  • Bob and Deitsch discuss conflicts of interest of sports media people when their companies have such a close relationship with the leagues
  • Bob and Deitsch talk about USC coach Lane Kiffin and his banning of a reporter

Second segment: Interview with Jeff Blair, Globe & Mail sports columnist and host of The Jeff Blair Show, FAN590

  • Bob and Blair discuss the Blue Jays season, and how disappointing it was coming out of such a great spring training
  • Blair talks about how he doesn’t like “small ball”, and that the Jays play it terribly anyway, and are awful at running the bases
  • Blair doesn’t think Greinke or Hamilton will be coming to Toronto

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Discussion of 1992 World Series championship Blue Jays and upcoming Sportsnet documentary on it
  • Discussion of the new Maple Leaf Gardens Ryerson rink

Second segment: Interview with Darren Heitner, Forbes magazine

  • Heitner says that the replacement officials are causing some interest right now, but if it keeps up it will start affecting the NFL audience
  • Heitner thinks that this hurts the integrity of the NFL
  • Bob wonders if the bad press from the end of the Seattle/Green Bay game is good for the NFL
  • Bob and Heitner discusses the Eric Leak situation, and if the university has any control over what agents do, or to ban agents from campus

Third segment: Interview with Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun

  • Tychkowski discusses Nail Yakupov not being allowed to play in the KHL and has to play for the Sarnia Sting
  • Cox notes that Sarnia doesn’t seem to want him back, Tychkowski says this seems to be true because Sarnia is being circumspect about the whole situation

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

First segment: Interview with Bob Ryan, Boston Globe

  • Ryan says that the NFL insiders say that there’s movement in the negotiations between the NFL and the regular officials and a deal could be struck at early as tonight
  • Bob asks Ryan if there’s anger in Boston about the Patriots losing on a contested field goal, Ryan says there isn’t that much because the fans understand it was a difficult play to judge
  • Ryan, Bob and Cox discuss the impact the Saints suspensions being overturned along with the replacement officials debacle has on Roger Goodell’s reputation

Second segment: Interview with Mark Napier, Executive Director of the NHL Alumni Association

  • Bob asks if it’s true that the NHL Alumni don’t support the NHLPA in the current lockout, Napier says that the former players don’t understand why the current players can’t come to an agreement when they’re making so much money
  • Napier discusses the relationship between the Alumni and the NHLPA, says the relationship is good, explains what the NHLPA does for the Alumni, and the programs they fund

Third segment: Interview with Adam Burns, Sportsbook manager for

  • Bob asks if it’s true that Bodog gave back money to people who bet on the Green Bay/Seattle game, Burns says it’s not entirely true, but they gave back some money
  • Burns says that this normally doesn’t happen in football, so that’s why they felt this was a special situation and should refund some money


Nothing much really stood out to me in this show.  The interviews were okay, but I didn’t feel very much more was fleshed out about the issues than I already knew going in.

Given that Bodog is a sponsor of PTS (and their commercials run during every podcast now), I wonder if they got a segment simply because of their relationship with the show.  It seemed as if it was just a way for Bodog to get the message out that they are a compassionate gambling company, and therefore you should gamble more with them.

I thought the discussion with Bob Ryan about how Roger Goodell’s reputation has handled the last few weeks was the most interesting part of the show because it addressed something about the NFL other than the lockout of the officials.

Mark Napier was fairly diplomatic and Bob seemed unable to him off his PR speak that the alumni have nothing against the current NHLPA.

It’s funny how predictable Blair and Bob have become about the Jays.  Everything they said today they’ve said before, and they were just rehashing their favourite thoughts: Blair doesn’t like small ball, Bob thinks a good team needs to go on long winning streaks, etc

I guess with the NHL lockout, and the Jays completely out of it, there really isn’t that much to talk about that Bob is interested in outside of the NFL replacement referee debacle, but still, the shows this week have so far been pretty boring.

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September 27, 2012 1:55 pm

Did TSM ever post the latest ratings?

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
September 27, 2012 4:04 pm

Given that Bodog is a sponsor of PTS (and their commercials run during every podcast now), I wonder if they got a segment simply because of their relationship with the show. It seemed as if it was just a way for Bodog to get the message out that they are a compassionate gambling company, and therefore you should gamble more with them

My thoughts exactly. An embarrassing segment. The questions asked and the answers received were also lame. Even the issue of online bookies supposedly setting a precedent by giving back money was dealt with over a decade ago after a few questionable Formula One and cricket results. (It’s at the discretion of each firm. Those who give back $$ publicize it and get good press. Regular punters understand it.)

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
September 27, 2012 4:10 pm

Bob’s response to the programming challenges of the lockout will be interesting to listen to. He has built PTS into a powerhouse with a series of deft moves. First was the publication of the hockey book a few years ago, even though he obviously doesn’t like the sport. Whatever the sales were, the book was probably more important in building his brand – especially in the western markets. Then came the jettisoning, for the most part. of the 4pm listener phone calls. A great relief for most of the audience.

Next I’m guessing he had something to do with yanking Cox back from a rumoured signing with TSN, and helping to convince Brunt to commit to Sportsnet full time. Personally I don’t care for Cox/Brunt but the ratings speak for themselves. I prefer Watters and look forward to hearing him on various shows during the hockey season, another shrewd move by Mccown.
I remember when Bob Ryan was on one time and praised Bob by saying, “…we don’t have guys like you down here.” And it’s true. McCown has a worldliness you don’t hear elsewhere on sports radio. You can tell he’s done more with his life than sitting in front of the TV wearing a jersey. Golf pro, Vegas, CFL franchise, junior hockey team, race horses, etc. whether these endeavours were successful or not they give him a well of experiences to draw from and also give him and his show a weight of voice that other hosts can’t match.
Anyway, here is another great interviewer I stumbled on to who is better than the current tv generation:

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