Prime Time Sports Review for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Jeff Blair, Globe & Mail sports columnist, host of The Jeff Blair show, Fan590

  • Bob doesn’t understand the controversy involving A-Rod’s place in the line up and thinks that the order of the line up doesn’t really matter, wonders why you don’t hit your best hitter first since the first hitter will always get the most at-bats
  • Bob and Blair discuss the Nationals and choosing to shut down Strasburg

Rest of hour: Listener calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are about the Blue Jays and Penn State

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about Lance Armstrong and the evidence against him
  • Bob says that the problem with accepting steroid use as being okay is that it influences kids to do it at lower levels

Second segment: Interview with Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

  • Deitsch discusses the late Alex Karras’ career in TV

Third segment: Interview with Jeffrey Orridge, CBC executive

  • Orridge talks about CBC showing classic hockey games in lieu of NHL hockey and viewers voting on what they air

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

First segment: Interview with Bob Ryan, Boston Globe sportswriter

  • Ryan discusses Tim Lincecum, the possibility of him being traded to the Red Sox or Blue Jays, thinks it’s a bad idea to trade for him because of his contract and risk
  • Ryan talks about Terry Francona going to Cleveland and the ties he has to the city and the franchise
  • Ryan says that because of what’s happened with the Jays, Farrell’s value to the Red Sox may be being questioned

Second segment: Interview with Jeff Hunt, owner of the Ottawa 67s, owner of the future Ottawa CFL franchise

  • Jeff Hunt talks about the on-going plans to build a stadium in Ottawa and have an Ottawa CFL franchise
  • Hunt talks about what he’s doing right now to prepare for that in terms of hiring a GM

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Juliet Macur from the New York Times is unavailable to be interviewed, so Bob and Brunt talk about Lance Armstrong

Thoughts:

I found this show hard to keep my attention to, and so, it was harder for me to write this review because I was listening to it when I couldn’t write anything down, and I kept forgeting what each segment was about.

I think the most interesting part was Bob the new-age baseball thinker in the segment with Blair.  Bob is usually the one who accepts all traditional baseball knowledge and is slow to adopt changes in thinking, but I believe Bill James made a similar argument about whether line up orders were important (I think I read it in the book Fantasyland.)  I’m impressed that Bob’s able to think outside the box like this about a game he’s usually quite traditional about.

I wasn’t particularly interested in the interview with Deitsch because I never watched Karras as either a player or on TV, so I didn’t really get a lot of what they were saying.

Is there some sort of relationship between Sportsnet and CBC?  A lot of the new Sportsnet hires are former CBC employees, and Friedman is on Prime Time Sports so often now, and it feels as if they have executives from CBC more often than you’d expect.

Apparently the CFL is so boring, that when it’s on Prime Time Sports, it’s about whether Ottawa will get their arena built and get a team.  (I know Eric Tillman has been on since this show because I’m slow in writing this review.)

In general, I didn’t find this show that interesting, and except for the talk segment where Bob and Brunt talked about Lance Armstrong, I had trouble paying attention to the details.

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