Prime Time Sports Review for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Listener Calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are about the Raptors, Kyle Lowry, anger about the Tiger Cats and Bob Young, the NHL lockout, and the Blue Jays and what they knew about Ricky Romero’s injury

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt discuss the NHL lockout, McCown says the owners are taking all the risk, Brunt says the players are taking a risk too
  • Bob and Brunt talk about the US election, Bob talks about how bad all of the Republic presidents have been
  • Bob and Brunt discuss our parliamentary system and the problems with liking the national party but not wanting to elect their candidate for your riding

Second segment: Interview with Stan Butler, Brampton Battalion head coach

  • Butler talks about the Battalion moving to North Bay, the challenges of having a junior team in a community so close to Toronto
  • Butler says that the team name may be going with them

Third segment: Interview with Brian Cooper, Prime Time Sports business analyst

  • Cooper talks about the US Election, predicts a close Obama victory
  • Cooper talks about NBA teams putting advertising on their jerseys
  • Cooper doesn’t think sports jerseys will ever get as cluttered as NASCAR outfits

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

First segment: Interview with Leigh Steinberg, player agent

  • Steinberg talks about his recovery from addiction
  • Steinberg talks about the NHL lockout, and how it will hurt their overall business in the US
  • Steinberg says he doesn’t see his life as being tragic, but sees the future as exciting

Second segment: Interview with Doug Maclean, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • MacLean blames the impasse in the NHL lockout on Donald Fehr
  • Brunt says that hockey people misunderstand Donald Fehr and keep categorizing him as some sort of radical
  • MacLean thinks that Fehr is just going to say stonewall to break the owners, Brunt says that he’s not doing that
  • MacLean says that MLB’s worst teams back in 1994 were in much better shape than the NHL’s worst teams now, Brunt disagrees
  • Brunt says that the NHL’s problems aren’t fixable through collective bargaining, MacLean says that they might not be, but it is a way to help fix it
  • Bob again talks about moving the two worst teams to Canada
  • MacLean yells at Brunt a lot
  • Bob says it’s the responsibility of the players to expect that large contracts they sign would be rolled back, Brunt thinks the owners are operating in bad faith, Bob and MacLean yell at Brunt

Third segment: Interview with Doug MacLean continues

  • Bob, Brunt and MacLean continue their discussion

Thoughts:

It’s amazing how Bob’s view on the NHL and its owners has changed since I first started to listen to PTS 5 years ago. It used to be him and Brunt vs Doug MacLean on issues like this, now it’s Brunt vs him and MacLean.  On that note, I really wish MacLean would have let Brunt speak a bit rather than just keep yelling at him and interrupting him.

During the call segment, a caller accused Bob of taking it easy on Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner, Bob Young.  Bob, of course, denied it, but I think the caller has a point.  I don’t know if Young is considered a friend of Bob’s but he’s certainly treated like a friend when he’s on the show, especially by Brunt.  I definitely think Brunt is extremely light on Young when he’s on, and they seem very chummy.  I’m not a fan of the Tiger-Cats, but I can see how a fan would feel annoyed by how Brunt and Bob interview Young.  Interestingly, I don’t think Young has been on at all this year, which isn’t surprising since PTS has been avoiding the CFL in general lately.

Bob can’t vote in Canada?  Hasn’t he lived here since he was a child (with a break in Vegas)?  He doesn’t have Canadian citizenship?  That’s kind of surprising give how rah rah Canada he is (to the point of getting mad at Canadians who have sports loyalties to other countries).

In general, I wasn’t really impressed with this show.  Bob seemed to be kind of agitated today and kept fighting with Brunt about the lockout, and the rest of the show wasn’t that interesting either.

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Derrick
Derrick
November 7, 2012 8:54 am

The last couple of weeks Bob always seems to be in some sort of agitated mood. He’s angry at the Blue Jays, Raptors, both sides of the NHL lockout, Brunt, etc.
I did enjoy the interview with Butler. It was nice to get some discussion on the lack of success of local junior teams and reasons behind it.

mike in boston
mike in boston
November 7, 2012 9:29 am

Bob can’t vote in Canada? Hasn’t he lived here since he was a child (with a break in Vegas)? He doesn’t have Canadian citizenship?

this comes up every few years. my understanding is that Bob has never applied to become a permanent citizen. I’m not sure if he votes in the US … i have a vague memory of him saying that he does not.

Every now and then someone will us his lack of Canadian citizenship to criticize his hockey credentials. This is idiotic. The fact that he doesn’t watch hockey is what undermines his hockey credentials.

Derrick
Derrick
November 7, 2012 10:40 am

Cox wrote an piece where he argued that the idea a 2nd NHL franchise in the GTA would succeed is a myth and as proof he points to the failure of junior teams in the city and in Mississauga and Brampton. He also raises the poor attendance records of the Argos and Blue Jays, as well as his belief (true or not) that decent attendance numbers of the Raptors is based on their tie in with the Maple Leaf’s.

It’s a interesting and I feel a valid argument. Next time Cox is on PTS I hope Damien challenges Bob on his assetion that another team should be moved to Toronto.

Roger
Roger
November 7, 2012 11:05 am

It was interesting
hear Bob and Brunt go on about that election. Bob was fairly balanced but Brunt,
once again, was a far-left weenie. He didn’t believe Carter was that bad. Too
funny.

Another Steve
Another Steve
November 7, 2012 11:44 am
Reply to  Roger

Thanks for this Roger – because I really wasn’t sure what position you took on the matter. 🙂

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
November 7, 2012 4:23 pm

I thought this was more Bob’s politics:
http://bloggingblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/379-reaganomics-we-told-them-the-wealth-would-trickle-down.jpg
Maybe I’m thinking of Bill Watters.

Ami_Angelwings
Ami_Angelwings
November 7, 2012 6:59 pm
Reply to  Nan Young Lee

I believe Bob’s said that he doesn’t believe in trickle down economics in the past.

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