Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob Gregg

The axe strikes early in L.A., as the Lakers fired coach Mike Brown today. Here’s your drive home lineups:

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown:

400 – Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun
420 – Jeremy Roenick, former NHL player
500 – Roundtable – joining McCown are Stephen Brunt, John Shannon, & Doug Smith

On TSN Radio 1050 from 4-7pm, Cybulski & Co., with James Cybulski. Bob Mackowycz co-hosts:

Jeremy Roenick, IN STUDIO
Herm Edwards, ESPN
Paul Godfrey, Chair, OLG on Single Game betting shot down in Senate
Mayor Rob Ford
Bob McKenzie
Robert McCune, Argos Linebacker that served in Military

On TSN (5pm) & TSN2 (6:30pm), Off the Record with Michael Landsberg:

Jeremy Roenick, Retired NHLer
Eric Dickerson, NFL Hall of Famer

Today on Sportsline:

Were the LA Lakers too impatient by firing Head Coach Mike Brown? Will the Blue Jays spend $90 million dollars over 6 years for pitcher Anibal Sanchez? Has the CFL’s east semi final caught your interest and who will win the NFL’s battle of 7-1 squads, the Bears or Texans? Join Hebsy & Bubbs for ‘NO NHL LOCKOUT’ talk, today at 5 on CHCH.

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Darren Johnston
November 9, 2012 5:29 pm

Wow, another segment on the CFL? What has changed from them completely ignoring this league to giving it quite a bit of attention this past week?

November 9, 2012 6:27 pm

it involved FOB Eric Tillman?

Darren Johnston
November 9, 2012 6:40 pm
Reply to  Alex

True, then morphed into the Argos padding their attendance. Ended with Bob saying this would possibly be the last time they spoke of the Argos this year. Apparently the Argos as an organization made a point of players, coaches and management being readily available to TSN and TSN Radio for obvious reasons leaving Sportsnet/Fan out of the loop which seems to have been fine with Mccown.

November 9, 2012 8:33 pm

it was interesting how quick Bob was to dismiss the CFL ratings. Also, it seems that Tim/Sid have a good deal of CFL content. Maybe this is just another instance of Bob having a burr in his saddle about the CFL (maybe he was snubbed from being on the CFL Grey Cup committee again) and ignoring them if possible.

Another Steve
Another Steve
November 9, 2012 8:51 pm
Reply to  Alex

Personally I am happy that they ignore the CFL.

November 9, 2012 9:57 pm

I do not comment on his site much anymore, it has become more like a teenage girl fight , “1like him, because, blah, blah ” ” “I hate him, because, blah, blah” And not to many informed reasons why. But that is okay, PTS is about entertainment on a commute home. After a long week at work, you are entitled to be brain dead for a few hours. But, at least the informed panel should understand that you were your Poppy , on your lapel if you are wearing a suit coat, or above your heart. ( not on your hat or the neck of your
T Shirt! (Shannon) or those who seem the location by their belly button is more
appropriate, and McCown certainly wouldn’t want to cover up his snazzy Greg
Norman Shark Logo.

To our “Remaining and Past Veterans, a heartfelt “Thank You”

Don River
Don River
November 10, 2012 12:01 am

The best part of PTS was when they were falling over themselves trying to discredit the Argos for their attendance claims (pretty laughable considering they never take the Jays to task for their “creative” attendance figures, or the Bills in Toronto series), and specifically for announcing 27K at their last home game against the Ticats. Brunt, I think it was, claimed the capacity of the two lower bowls to be 26K, which is patently false — a quick Google search will reveal to anyone that the correct number is 31K.

Having been at the game, and many more through the years, there is no doubt in my mind that the announced figure was fairly accurate. Conversely, when the Argos were owned by Bob’s pals Sokolowski and Cynamon, there is no doubt in my mind attendance figures were overstated on a regular basis. But there was no “outrage” back then on PTS as I recall.

As for the Argos not being on PTS any more, it has little to do with TSN and everything to do with what happened between Bob and the 2012 Grey Cup committee. Bob holds a grudge.

mike in boston
mike in boston
November 10, 2012 8:43 am
Reply to  Don River

As for the Argos not being on PTS any more, it has little to do with TSN and everything to do with what happened between Bob and the 2012 Grey Cup committee.

what happened?

November 10, 2012 1:46 pm

CFL TV ratings are much lower for Toronto than in western Canada, according to recent lists of the Top 30 TV shows of the week for Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto that I saw on another site. In fact, for Toronto, no CFL games made it on to the list at all during the six weeks I checked, so I don’t know how far down below 30 you would have to go to find out how many/few people watch the CFL in Toronto. I saw CFL games listed as high as number 2 for Edmonton, 5 for Calgary, and 17 for Vancouver.
As John Shannon said, it is very common for teams to lie when announcing attendance to make themselves look better, except for teams that always fill their buildings. The Argos just happen to be the most obviously unbelievable ones in this city in announcing numbers that have no relation to the number of people actually in the building. The Rogers Centre 500 level has not been used by the Argos for a few years now, and for most of the games I’ve been to in the last three years, the 100 and 200 levels they do use appear to be less than half filled. Two or three years ago a guy I knew took HQ panoramic photos of the inside of Rogers Centre during the second quarter of an early afternoon Argos-Winnipeg game on a Sunday in late September, and some time later, after he had time to carefully go over them, he claimed there was only about 6000 people there.
As for the Buffalo Bills games at Rogers Centre, I went to three of the four regular season games, and while it takes maybe 25 or 30 minutes for everyone to get inside because of the thorough security searches, the building has indeed been almost entirely filled, right up to the top rows of every section of the 500 level.
In June I went to a Blue Jays game for the first time in ten years, a weekday afternoon game against Washington. I believe they announced something like 40,000 which seemed reasonable since the 500 level looked about half empty while the other levels were almost fully occupied. Of course that was far above average for them.

November 10, 2012 4:10 pm

Anytime Shannon is on pts It is UN-listenable & UN-watchable plain and simple!

Mike S
Mike S
November 11, 2012 3:10 pm
Reply to  Don River

Anyone who thinks that PTS has avoided criticizing the attendance figures for the Bills in Toronto series hasn’t been listening very closely…………..McCown has talked about the lack of success and the “papering of the house” on numerous occasions

Don River
Don River
November 11, 2012 10:08 pm
Reply to  Mike S

Maybe I’m wrong, but don’t remember hearing him say as much about it after the FAN and Sportsnet recently streamlined operations to become a much more unified entity under the Rogers umbrella.

Don River
Don River
November 11, 2012 10:21 pm
Reply to  mike in boston

Story I heard is he asked or was asked to be on the committee (he was involved in the 2007 Grey Cup), but ended up not being on it for one reason or another, and apparently bad blood ensued.

Bob has always been a pretty big CFL supporter, so something must have happened for PTS to feature hardly any CFL stories in 2012.

Don River
Don River
November 11, 2012 10:51 pm
Reply to  Sub_Mariner

What is this site that provides top 30 shows broken down by market? Would love to see it.

The issue with the Bills raised by Bob McCown isn’t the number of people who show up, but the number of actual tickets sold versus giveaways. We obviously have no idea what that breakdown is, but Bob being a Rogers employee thought it was enough of an issue (and has enough editorial independence) to bring it up on the air.

Would love to see your panoramic picture. Must have looked something like this:

November 12, 2012 3:16 pm
Reply to  Don River

This is a link to where I found the Top 30 TV shows listed by city, although it looks like they don’t do it every week.
The photos were not mine. It was a guy I worked with at that time, and went to the game with that day. He took a bunch of photos, then went to the opposite side of the stadium and did it again. It’s probably something anyone could do with a 75 dollar digital camera and later a computer to view them and count every person in each section and add them up, if they have the time and patience to do something that tedious.

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