Prime Time Sports – Wednesday 21 November 2012

By Alex

4:00 Hour – Phone Calls

Blue Jays, CFL, etc

Notes: Bob made reference to people asking abput lack of CFL talk on show.

5:00 Hour – Co-host Stephen Brunt

Segment 1 – open segment

* Bob deals with wildlife at Chez Bob
* Bob’s old dogs vs a skunk
* Bob’s golden doodle dog vs a hamster
* discussion of NHL talks today
* Changing the national sport
* Fish murdering

Notes: another day of outdoors talk with Brunt

Segment 2 – Marc Cohan, CFL Commissioner

* Brunt plugs his Grey Cup book
* Discussion of Cohan not being on the show
* Grey Cup gala
* no Braley Bowl
* Grey Cup returning to Toronto
* Grey Cup rotation

Notes: what a surprise.  A gratuitous number of cheap shots about Cohan being on with a large audience and such.  bob being Bob i guess.

Segment 3 – Scott Mitchell, President Hamilton Tiger-Cats

* Attendance in Guelph for Ti-Cats games next year
* All home games in Guelph not a done deal yet
* Offer to have games hosted in US, but not doing it
* Buffalo was one offer
* getting season ticket holders to Guelph

Notes: Brunt, as a season ticket holder, was a very eager questioner in this segment, about where he will have to travel next season.

6:00 Hour

Segment 1 – Bob Ryan

* view of Jays/Marlins trade in Boston
* Ryan says Boston would still be fifth in AL East right now
* Boston would have been interest in Johnson
* Trade puts pressure on Ben Sherrington
* Ryan says neutral fans would love to see Sox / Yankees miss playoffs
* Ryan talks about a Red Sox STH letter from last season
* fans in Boston think John Henry distracted by Liverpool
* Boston fans jealous of Dodgers money
* resurgence of Notre Dame

Notes: good of Ryan to admit he was one of people who said Notre Dame would not be relevant again.

Segment 2 – Butch Carter

Basketball talk

Segment 3 – John Shannon

* “dire but not that dire” is how Shannon described today
* Shannon says they are finally both talking apples
* Players shocked there wasn’t more movement from league
* No public acknowledge by league that progress was made
* Bob annoyed they are taking the holiday off
* Shannon says next bunch of games will be cancelled Friday
* Bob has run out of questions about lockout
* Shannon says these talks should have happened in August
* Shnnon expects decertification talk, which will drive Bob crazy

Notes: Shannon in the third segment is manageable


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November 21, 2012 8:37 pm

why a breakdown of every segment with a guest, but no breakdown of the Butch Carter segment?

Mike S
Mike S
November 21, 2012 8:59 pm
Reply to  Daver

I haven’t listened to the Butch Carter segment yet but I’m guessing it went like this:
Butch talks like he invented the game of basketball………………meanwhile McCown fawns all over Butch and calls him “one of our favourite people”

Brian Gerstein
November 21, 2012 9:04 pm

I heard the Butch Carter segment, and it was actually very interesting. Carter spoke about how Bargnani must be traded for the benefit of the team, and how he shoots off of his right foot, which is the wrong way to shoot for a righty, and he needs to be retrained to shoot off of his left plant foot. The only person ever successful at shooting that way was Larry Bird. He also went on how you can easily have too many players being developed at the same time versus being established players in the league who have earned the refs respect for calls. All in all, one of Butch’s better appearances, and yes, Bob fawned all over him, as he always does, so Mike, you were correct in that assessment. Oh yeah, Butch went on to praise DeMar, as he has added elements to his game that he did not think he was capable of.

Itchy Butt
Itchy Butt
November 21, 2012 9:11 pm
Reply to  Brian Gerstein

Does Bargnani have a lot of trade value in your opinion?

November 21, 2012 9:22 pm
Reply to  Daver

I was writing it live today since I was home, but had to pick up dinner during that segment. I will probably go back and add some notes later once I get a chance to listen to the podcast.

Brian Gerstein
November 21, 2012 9:54 pm
Reply to  Itchy Butt

Not a lot of trade value, but enough to move him. Ryan Wolstat of the Sun just said that today, that the Raptors do have trading partners for Bargnani should they go in that direction. At $10M/per it is not an outlandish contract to move. The question is more about Colangelo and when he is ready to part with his #1 draft pick that he has coddled.

November 22, 2012 12:53 am

Today’s 5pm opening segment was made for me. 😀 Lots of cute animal talk and Bob being fun.

November 22, 2012 8:42 am
Reply to  Brian Gerstein

I thought it was the best portion of the show.

November 22, 2012 12:55 pm

There was a little pause from Bob when Mark Cohon mentioned the CFL TV deal with TSN expires after next season. Maybe that pause means the CFL back on Sportsnet. Happy for Brunt that his book is a best-seller. It’s a terrific piece of history, with wonderful pictures of the early years.

Unfortunately the Royal York hotel is being a spoilsport. A spokesman said:
“We’ve heard of the rumours surrounding the attempt to bring a horse into the lobby, but we will not be supporting any efforts in doing so,” Catherine Tschannen said by e-mail. “Our first priority is always the health and safety of our guests, and the safety of the horse of course!” Oh for the love of…..I’m sure they have roaches bigger than the horse running around their kitchens. The roaches probably has a better sense of humour than Ms. Tschannen too.

I hear the usually brilliant Greg Brady knocking the CFL everyday this week. Now Brady has a deeper knowledge of more sports than anybody in this market, whether in print, radio or TV, so I’m sure he knows the SPL has teams with attendance ranging from Celtic’s 40,000 to St. Johnstone’s 4000, and its not the EPL in terms of talent or money. But if Brady was in Scotland I’m bet he would go to and enjoy the games. I don’t know why he can’t give the CFL a chance. I’m pretty sure Mike Hogan knows just as much about football than Brady or anyone on or listening to the 590/1050 (or reading this blog)and he can enjoy both leagues and did so even before working for the Argos.

I’ll be heading down from the St. George campus to get my pancakes at Nathan Phillips tomorrow; just helping to continue the traditions. Free pancakes! Top that NFL!

Itchy Butt
Itchy Butt
November 22, 2012 2:56 pm
Reply to  Kamlesh

I keep seeing “the usually brilliant Greg Brady” and wonder if that 1 LSD trip is coming back to haunt me.

mike in boston
mike in boston
November 23, 2012 2:25 pm

home in toronto for US Thanksgiving and driving around listening to sports radio. Two observations:

1. TSN 1050 desperately needs to switch to FM. Their signal sucks.

2. Jamie McLennan is not a skilled practitioner of the English language. I understand the desire to have an ex-NHL’er on the midday hockey show, but there must be someone better out there.

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