Prime Time Sports Review for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Listener calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are mostly about Jays and John Farrell, one call is about Torontonians going to watch the Buffalo Bills

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, John Shannon co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Dick Vermeil, former NFL head coach

  • Bob asks Vermeil about his wine business, Vermeil and Bob discuss wine
  • Vermeil discusses the NFL and what to do with Cam Newton
  • Vermeil discusses NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appointing former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to hear the appeals of New Orleans Saints’ players involved in “bountygate”, he believes both are fair people and Tagliabue will judge the players fairly

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos and Shannon talk about the Islanders moving to Brooklyn
  • Kypreos believes the 2 sides are close to a deal but won’t reach one because of egos, Bob thinks they aren’t close at all
  • Bob thinks that eventually the union will break

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Shannon talk about Halloween and what they’re doing for it, Bob says his daughter wants him to go as Steve from Blue’s Clues

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, John Shannon co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Jon Paul Morosi, FOX Sports baseball reporter

  • Morosi talks about the World Series

Second segment: Interview with John Davidson, new president of the Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Davidson talks about what he likes about the Blue Jackets’ ownership, and why he chose to join Columbus
  • Davidson is very positive about the situation he’s going to

Third segment: Interview with Chris Botta, Sports Business Journal

  • Botta talks about the Islanders moving to Brooklyn, says that many of the fans weren’t just from Nassau and Suffolk, that they will follow them to Brooklyn
  • Botta talks with Shannon about the Islanders TV deal


As I said yesterday, I don’t think Bob is really happy at Paul Beeston, the Blue Jays President, right now.  (As opposed to Paul Beeston, his friend.)  When a caller tried to blame Alex Anthopolous for letting John Farrell go to Boston, Bob instead said to keep in mind that it was Beeston who conducted the talks with Boston, not Alex.  And previous to that he expressed frustration at Beeston for the Yunel Escobar situation and the Farrell situation.  So it sounds as if Bob is really disappointed in Beeston and the decisions he’s made.  I wonder how this will affect their next interview, if at all.

Outside of Bob’s frustration at the Jays during the caller segment, I found this show fairly uninteresting.  There was the usual lockout talk with Kypreos where we don’t really learn anything new, and we had an interview with a hockey executive who only said good things about the team he’s joining.  I also wasn’t that interested in listening to Bob and Vermeil talk about wine.  Plus, since Vermeil is a former NFL coach, he isn’t going to speak ill of the current NFL commissioner or the former NFL commissioner, so again, not very interesting.

I really hope Bob goes as Steve from Blues’ Clues and takes pictures with his dog.  That would be adorable.

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October 25, 2012 9:34 am

Unless I missed it, I don’t think John Paul Morosi was asked his opinion on the Farrell situation. Why wouldn’t McCown ask someone outside Boston and Toronto his opinion on the situation?
My suspicion is that JPM’s opinion would be similar to a lot of other outside media outlets in that it’s really a non-story and that opinion isn’t in line with what all of the other guests and Bob had to say.
That being said I was glad it wasn’t discussed. I’m kind of tired of hearing all of the talking heads beating up on our local teams. Let’s have some good news for a change!
Go Raptors!

October 25, 2012 4:58 pm
Reply to  Derrick

I think there needs to be good news for them to talk about it. The Raptors haven’t actually done anything yet. The Leafs are in lockout (and previous to that, their biggest move was firing their goalie coach who also had a controversial exit). TFC had another bad season. And the Jays just lost their manager to a division rival, and there are conflicting stories between that manager and the GM of the Jays about what really happened.

Having said that, I DO wish they’d have more Raptors pre-season analysis since we have a bunch of new players that many fans don’t know very much about. They’ve been completely off the map except for the occasional Doug Smith appearance.

Brian Gerstein
October 25, 2012 5:38 pm
Reply to  Ami_Angelwings

I am not worried about the Raptors coverage this year Ami. They will be a fun team to watch and have a lot of compelling storylines. Oh, and they have a decent shot to make the playoffs if they can stay healthy, as some of our competitors in the Eastern Conference we will be competing with for the last two playoff spots have already been bitten by the injury bug.

For real Raptors coverage, Doug Smith is really not the ideal source to go to, as there are some unreal Raptor blogs that blow away anything that Doug Smith brings to the table. Regardless, better to have Smith on than nobody, but he has been a Raptors apologist for too many years that I just can’t respect him.

Go to and for the most comprehensive Raptors coverage, and for another fan site and someone who also covers the Raptors beat.

October 25, 2012 6:09 pm
Reply to  Brian Gerstein

Thanks! I was talking only about the PTS coverage (and ppl who listen to PTS) b/c that’s the show I’m reviewing atm. I’m aware of the other kinds of Raptors coverage out there, but thanks for the info anyway 🙂

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