Prime Time Sports Review for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Jack Armstrong, Raptors colour commentator

  • Jack talks about how he likes Dwayne Casey as a coach
  • Bob thinks that the Raptors have a lot of depth and competition at positions, Jack agrees

Second segment: Interview with Gregg Zaun, Sportsnet baseball analyst

  • Zaun and Bob talk about Ichiro dodging around Matt Wieters to score, Zaun says it’s perfectly legal as long as Ichiro doesn’t go outside the dirt
  • Zaun blames Wieters for not camping at the plate and trying to chase Ichiro
  • Zaun likes Chen, says that he’s different than other “Asian” pitchers and throws fastballs rather than trying to trick opponents

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob talks about his trip to Ottawa
  • Brunt and Bob discuss the skydiver who is jumping from the edge of the atmosphere

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos talks about the lockout, Bob thinks that nothing will get done unless there’s a hard deadline to force the sides to deal

Third segment: Interview with Scott Diamond, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins

  • Diamond talks about the surprising Chicago White Sox who kept it close with the Tigers
  • Diamond talks about Team Canada and the upcoming World Baseball Classic

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

First segment: Interview with Don Banks, Sports Illustrated football analyst

  • Banks talks about his suggestion that Cam Newton may be the next Vince Young, compares the two
  • Banks talks about how the Buffalo Bills may need to overhaul their team and management
  • Banks thinks the Packers will struggle to make the playoffs, but notes that the last time they started off poorly, they got hot down the stretch and won the Super Bowl
  • Banks doesn’t think the Saints can come back and make the playoffs
  • Banks thinks that Michael Vick’s problem is that he’s no longer good enough to overcome his sloppiness

Second segment: Interview with Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated legal analyst

  • McCann talks about the Sandusky sentence, that victim groups are outraged over the relatively short sentence
  • Brunt asks how likely his appeal will be successful, McCann says it’s very unlikely
  • Brunt asks if Sandusky will be segregated from the general prison population, McCann says that in Philadelphia, they do not segregate sex offenders from the general population
  • McCann says that Sandusky can be tried if additional allegations come out

Third segment: Interview with Jonah Keri, Grantland.com baseball writer

  • Keri talks about the Montreal Expos and how their fans aren’t cheering for the Nationals
  • Brunt thinks the natural direction for their anger should be the Marlins and Jeffery Loria, Keri says that a lot of fans do not focus all their hatred on Loria because there were many other factors at play
  • Bob asks if a new stadium would have helped, Keri said it would have extended a lifeline to the Expos, but a new rich owner would still have to be found and that could have taken a decade

Thoughts:

I’m impressed with the MLB playoffs coming up, Bob managed to not talk about them today, while having 3 baseball guests.  The closest was when he and Zaun talked about Ichiro, but that was about a specific play.  There wasn’t a segment about what happened in the various games or any analysis about how the teams are playing.  I’m amazed that they had Keri on during the playoffs and just talked about the Expos.

It’s not necessarily a complaint, but I find it strange that on their big radio show (called “Prime Time” no less), with the baseball playoffs being the biggest sporting event on the radar currently, Sportsnet somehow doesn’t have anybody on to actually talk about them.

Is Kypreos scheduled to be on every week even if there’s a lockout?  I can’t imagine what they’re going to be talking about if this lockout continues.

I know I sound like a broken record, but Banks was informative as usual.  There really isn’t anything more I can say because he’s there to give us his analysis of the previous week of NFL football and I think he did a good job, as he usually does.

The Sandusky interview was well done, I thought, and they managed to get quite a lot of information about the subject while showing the right amount of anger that I think most listeners wanted to hear.

I’m unsure why Scott Diamond was on.  Does Sportsnet have the Baseball Classic this year?

I’m glad Zaun clarified what the rules were about a player trying to avoid a tag at home, because I honestly was a little confused by some of the things I’d been hearing (like from Blair this morning).

That’s 4 of the last 5 weeks that Brunt’s been the co-host.  I wonder if this means that they’ve decide Brunt is the “main” co-host now, and he’ll be on the most, or if that means we’re due for 4 straight weeks of Cox soon.

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Daniel
Daniel
October 10, 2012 12:51 pm

I thought it was kind of classic McCown in his first segment with Brunt, when he started asking why the hell they still had HockeyCentral on the air every day when there was nothing to talk about. He more or less said that they still have to pay the hockey guys, even in lockout, so that’s why they keep throwing them out there.

Kypreos also brought up some stuff about McCown’s contract. It was hard to know if it was a joke or what – but Kypreos said some in the industry thought there would have been more urgency for Rogers to sign McCown if they believed TSN would have taken a run at him.

Roger
Roger
October 10, 2012 1:30 pm

McCown is clearly
bored with his job and now I’ve become bored with him. It doesn’t help that we
get an even more boring Stephen Brunt as his sidekick. His mumbling, his
constant use of the expression “there ya go” makes me wonder what the hell he’s
doing in broadcasting.

I know there are
lots of Brunt fans here but seriously, I find him mildly informative and
completely lacking of any entertainment value. Oh and to makes things worse, he
loves Obama.

Daniel
Daniel
October 10, 2012 1:59 pm
Reply to  Roger

I think you’ll be in the minority on this one. In North American sports radio, Brunt is a HUGE breath of fresh air. You don’t get a lot of thoughtful, intellectual, non-meathead types in sports radio.

Capn2patch
Capn2patch
October 11, 2012 11:19 am

Zaun has improved so much since the start of the season. Here’s hoping he’s back next year.

Mike S
Mike S
October 12, 2012 11:13 am
Reply to  Daniel

Unfortunately the hockey talk during this lockout is probably going to increase and not decrease…………….apparently on Monday Sportsnet is going to start airing their half hour Hockeycentral show each weeknight at 11 PM even though there are no games being played

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