Prime Time Sports Review for Thursday, November 8, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Listener calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are about the Raptors, the Jays and advertisers that are losing money during the NHL lockout

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about the Jays signing Maicer Izturis and Jeremy Jeffress
  • Brunt thinks Izturis will just be a utility infielder, and if he’s more than that, the Jays have issues
  • Bob and Brunt talk about Tottenham Hotspur and their song

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos

  • Kypreos talks about his Sportsnet segment about the cancelled NYC marathon and the recovery from the hurricane
  • Kypreos talks about the lockout, thinks Bettman is stubborn

Third segment: Interview with Pat Williams, senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic

  • Williams thinks the NBA’s decision to put ads on uniforms is a good idea, Bob vehemently disagrees

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

First segment: Interview with Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star

  • Kravitz discusses Andrew Luck and how good he’s been
  • Bob asks if there was regret among the fans at the beginning of the season about not getting Robert Griffin III, Kravitz says there was but they now love Luck
  • Brunt asks if Luck coming from a football family contributes to his success, Kravitz says it does, and it shows in how easily he understands the game

Second segment: Interview with Mike Cammalleri, Calgary Flames player

  • Cammalleri praises Donald Fehr’s communication with the players, says that players are always informed
  • Bob asks Cammalleri if Fehr does things on his own, or asks the players what to do, Cammalleri says that Fehr is following the players’ mandate but doesn’t ask them to vote on everything

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Bob Elliott is supposed to be on, but they can’t find him
  • Bob reminisces on the winter meetings of the past
  • Brunt remarks about how engaged the Jays fans still are with what the team is doing in the off season despite disheartening end to the season


Bob seems to think that the Raptors’ “name the team” contest was rigged and the team wasn’t named the Raptors because of the fan voting.  I actually believe the fans probably did vote for the Raptors name, because the contest was held a year after Jurassic Park burst onto the scene and made everybody obsessed with dinosaurs and raptors in particular.  I remember (albeit I was young) going “No!  You’re going to regret this!  It’s just because of the movie!” back when the fan voting was finished.

Bob’s really changed his opinion on Gary Bettman thanks to Shannon’s influence.  Old Bob would have agreed with Nick Kypreos that Bettman’s stubborness is what’s causing the impasse in the lockout, new Bob is much more forgiving to Bettman.

Did Bob and Brunt forget that they had pretty much the exact same Tottenham Hotspur song discussion in May?  Right down to Bob asking Brunt what their song is, going through the songs of the other teams, and Brunt saying he doesn’t remember.  And then the producer finding the song and playing it, and Bob singing to it.  It was one of my favourite segments of the year, which is why I remember it so well.  Also, I uploaded it to youtube. >_>

I don’t really have much else to comment on the show.  I haven’t found this week to be that interesting in general.  At least today didn’t feature much fighting, outside of Bob being cranky about advertising on jerseys.

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November 9, 2012 5:46 am

If Bob is anti NBA uniform ad, they should book Paul Lukas of Uni Watch to discuss the topic, since he started the #NoUniAds meme on Twitter when the announcement originally came out.

Also, I believe the NFL Thursday games are scheduled so that every team is on at least once, even Cleveland, Kansas City and Jacksonville.

November 9, 2012 4:18 pm

Paul Lukas is also ESPN. So there’s that.

November 11, 2012 12:52 am
Reply to  Dave

I wonder if the “ESPN ban” applies to employees and not freelancers or contract employees. Jonah Keri seems to be a semi-regular baseball guest and he writes for Grantland.

November 11, 2012 3:14 am
Reply to  Alex

Is it Sportsnet that refuses to have ESPN people on anymore, or is it ESPN that’s ordering it’s employees not to be on Sportsnet properties?

November 11, 2012 5:54 pm
Reply to  Ami_Angelwings

As i think ive mentioned before, in the states anyway, espn rule is/was: if there is an espn sports talk station in a market, espn talent cannot appear on another station without dispensation. See shulman appearing on PTS a few weeks ago.

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