Prime Time Sports Review for Tuesday, October 2, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Listener calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are about who should win the AL MVP, whether Gregg Zaun should replace Farrell as coach, the Jays spending more money
  • Bob thinks Cabrera should win the AL MVP and that the Triple Crown matters
  • Bob doesn’t think people should become managers without any prior managing experience and Zaun wouldn’t want to spend time in the minors coaching

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about Brunt’s new book about the CFL, Brunt talks about how Earl Grey came to donate the Grey Cup
  • Bob says he’ll donate his own trophy to the biggest profile league that contacts him, people start contacting him

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos talks about how much he wants the lockout to be over
  • Kypreos discusses the KHL signing a deal to air some games on ESPN, thinks that some people will watch
  • Bob thinks that if the lockout goes to February, the NHLPA might just decide that there’s no point in trying to get a deal to save this season, Brunt says that’s the only way to make the owners hurt

Third segment: Interview with Mark Messier, former NHL player

  • Kypreos stays for the Messier interview
  • Messier talks about the Messier Project to educate people about the risk of concussions, and that they’re trying to find out why enrollment in hockey in Canada is down
  • Kypreos asks if parents are more nervous nowadays to enroll their children in hockey, Messier says this is something they need to find out

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Bryan Colangelo, General Manager of the Toronto Raptors

  • Colangelo talks about the Raptors going into pre-season
  • Colangelo talks about Jonas Valanciunas, says not to expect him to be a force in the paint yet, but that he will be a strong rebounder
  • Colangelo discusses Jose Calderon and how he is handling the acquisition of Kyle Lowry to be the starting point guard

Second segment: Interview with Thomas Lake, Sports Illustrated

  • Lake is on to talk about the story he wrote about the son of Rae Carruth, and his grandmother who is his caretaker after Carruth had his mother murdered
  • Lake explains the backstory: Carruth had his ex murdered because she wouldn’t get an abortion, but she lived long enough to make a phone call that implicated him and the child survived even though she died
  • Lake explains Carruth was found guilty of conspiracy in the murder, but not of first degree murder, he sued for custody of the child in prison, but was held off by the grandmother
  • Lake says that the grandmother is the hero of the story and put aside her life to care for the child, and had to forgive Carruth in order to accept the child (who bore a resemblance to him), is willing to let Carruth know his child if he would admit to the crime, which he won’t

Third segment: Interview with Chris Botta, Sports Business Journal

  • Bob asks Botta about the report that there is a group trying to buy the Islanders and keep them on Long Island, Botta says the story is completely false

Thoughts:

The Botta segment amused me because Botta acted like he was disappointed that he was being interviewed just for a story that wasn’t true.  Obviously, he was exagerrating his response for radio, but it was still amusing.  I loved when he said “so is the interview over then?” after he simply told Bob and Brunt that the story was absolutely false.

The Lake interview was really good, and chilling because of the subject matter.  I think Bob handled it well, and I can see he was controlling his anger at the situation because it was pretty clear he didn’t think Curruth should be allowed to see the child, period.  I didn’t know anything about this case, and so it was good to get a background on what happened, and then about where things are at now, and what the story Lake wrote, was about.

The Kypreos and Messier interviews were fairly meaningless, although the KHL talk was at least something new.  I think talking about the impact of a KHL/ESPN TV deal would be something that a media person (like Michael Heistand) would be better off doing though, than Nick Kypreos.  It’s amazing that during an NHL lockout, you can still dedicate 2 segments to hockey.

I think all women’s soccer leagues in Canada should contact Bob to have the Bobcat Bowl be for a women’s soccer league, just because we know how he feels about women’s sports and soccer. xD

It’s no surprise that Bob thinks the Triple Crown should matter in MVP voting.  It’d be interesting if they had somebody like Jonah Keri (or even Jeff Blair) on to suggest an opposing view, and see what Bob thinks about it.  Bob’s been convinced about these things before.

I wonder if we’re going to get more basketball on PTS now that hockey is locked out, or if we’re still going to get Kypreos, Healy, Shannon, etc on.  It was a little odd that they had two hockey people on but they just had Colangelo on to talk about basketball (and not also somebody like Grange or Eric Smith).

Also, CFL coverage on PTS seems to have completely vanished since TSN Radio got the rights to the Argos.  I know that the CFL isn’t a super big deal, but they used to have the Argos coach on every week or so to talk.  Nobody even mentions the CFL on PTS anymore.  Is this a Rogers mandate?  Or was it a Rogers mandate to have Argos people on back when the Argos were on the FAN590, and now that they aren’t, Bob just doesn’t care to mention the CFL?  It seems as if there’s more Bills talk (and guests) on Prime Time Sports than Argos now.

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