Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob Gregg

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown. Stephen Brunt co-hosts from 5pm:

400 – Tim & Sid, Sportsnet, for the full hour
500 – Open segment with McCown & Brunt
520 – Damien Cox, Toronto Star & Sportsnet
540 – Jamie Campbell, Sportsnet
600 – Rob Becker, legal analyst
620 – Butch Carter, former Raptors coach
640 – Jerry Sullivan, Buffalo News

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

500 – Bob McKenzie
530 – Dan Shulman

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

Gary Payton and Steve Francis, Retired NBA All-Stars
Theo Fleury and Jamie Allison, Retired NHLers
Donte Whitner, 49ers Safety

Today on Sportsline:

Would a Pau Gasol for Andrea Bargnani & Jose Calderon trade be a good deal for the Raptors? Is Kobe Bryant the best LA Laker all time? Would reliever Jason Grilli a good fit for the Blue Jays and what is a better destination for free agent Josh Hamilton? Texas or Seattle? Join Hebsy & Bubbs for ‘NO NHL LOCKOUT’ talk, today at 5 on CHCH.

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December 6, 2012 7:04 pm

Interesting discussion with Cybul and Macko(6pm hour) about Roger Goodell’s idea(in Time magazine) about replacing kickoffs with a 4th and 15 from the kicking teams’ 30 yard line, from which they could go for it or punt. Cybul likes the idea saying there is a better chance for a team trailing late in the game to make the 1st down compared with an on-side kick. Macko calls it a publicity stunt to show NFL is concerned with injuries. Also had the Donald Fehr press conference which Cybul interpreted as there would be an agreement tomorrow.

December 6, 2012 7:32 pm

Second Fehr press conference. Ugh. Some on 1050 wondering is Fehr had the NHL voicemail before the first press conference and used the first one as spin. Roller coaster on 1050 in the span of half an hour – reason for hope to disaster.

December 6, 2012 8:13 pm
Reply to  Kamlesh

seriously man, you’re the only one listening…

December 6, 2012 11:41 pm
Reply to  daver

So the original poster enjoys 1050 and comments on it, last time i checked this was a Toronto sports media blog. hey, at least he’s not like the rest of the lemmings on here, who continually bitch and moan about how bad mccown’s show is. Whats the definition of insanity again?

December 7, 2012 12:11 am
Reply to  Guy

Well said!

mike in boston
mike in boston
December 7, 2012 9:07 am
Reply to  Guy

i can’t stand Cybulski, but i often listen to podcasts of his show. does that make me an insane lemming?

i like reading people’s opinions on the shows they listen to, regardless of whether i agree. that’s what makes this site worth visiting.

Brian Gerstein
December 7, 2012 9:19 am

I caught Butch Carter again on the state of the Raptors, and once again, I keep learning about what makes a team tick. I totally see why McCown uses Butch, as his views are always so topical and get to the heart of the matter, without the BS.

Last night Butch squarely put the blame on Casey for the defensive woes the team is experiencing, and he said the buck stops with him, as the head coach. Butch feels the talent level on the team is more than sufficient to play good, solid NBA defence, and Casey by playing an upbeat style, has been a major contributor to the problem. Yes, the talent is good, but not good enough compared to most of our opponents, and that style of play leads right into the other teams strengths. The Raptors should be slowing down their possessions, walking the ball up, grinding out the games, and putting the ball less often in their opponents hands. This to me makes a lot of sense. It would cut down turnovers, we could post-up more with Bargnani (can’t believe I said that) and more importantly, with Jonas, and call plays for him.

Another interesting point that Butch made that I never considered was how the Head Coach, in this case, Casey is not calling all the plays and defers to an assistant coach to do so, i.e. offensive sets. Butch said when Grunwald asked him to coach, he would only do it on the stipulation that he coaches the entire game, and this way he has the complete attention of the team. This is something that I never considered, but it again makes a lot of sense. As Butch said, you are the Head Coach, and it is your responsibility to do so and not defer to your either defensive or offensive coach. Butch attributed this to his turning the team around, as by doing so they beat the Knicks in New York, something they hadn’t done in years.

The only point I disagreed with Butch on was the talent level of the team. While the talent is certainly better than last year, Butch contradicted himself by saying that we have enough talent to win, but that our style of play is wrong as we are out-talented on most nights. I get Butch’s point, and btw, he agreed that it is time to move Andrea as well, as he is one of the major problems for Casey to work with on the defensive end, and that it is no coincidence that last year’s strong defensive team was missing Bargnani due to injury for most of it.

I can see how Butch as a coach excelled as a communicator and someone who really addresses the psychology and make-up of each individual player and melds them together as a team unit. He has always been one of my favourite coaches with the Raptors, and it is too bad he lost it with that law suit that spelled the end for him here.

If you missed it, I recommend you catch it on the podcast.

Itchy Butt
Itchy Butt
December 7, 2012 9:46 pm
Reply to  Brian Gerstein

Thanks Brian. Nice write-up. Do you have your own website? 😉

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