Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, December 10, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Sid Seixeiro and Tim Micallef, hosts of Tim & Sid, FAN590

  • Bob, Sid and Tim discuss Christine Sinclair being chosen as the Lou Marsh winner as Canada’s Athlete of the Year
  • Bob thinks that Sinclair shouldn’t have won, Sid refuses to answer Bob about who should have won

Second segment: Interview with Jon Paul Morosi, FOX Sports Baseball reporter

  • Morosi and Bob discuss the Jays and if they need to get some pitching help just in case some of their starters get hurt, both agree that Villanueva is somebody the Jays should look at re-signing
  • Bob and Morosi talks about the pitchers available on the market
  • Bob asks if Tampa Bay trading James Shields was an economic move, Morosi says it was
  • Morosi thinks the Royals made a desperate, but good, trade, and that they’re now a more challenging team
  • Morosi talks about Greinke signing with the Dodgers and the Rangers are the team under the gun because they’ve lost several players
  • Morosi talks about Ryu Hyun-Jin

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Cox talk about the Lou Marsh voting, Cox accidentally convinces Bob that Christine Sinclair might have been worthy of the award
  • Bob lists his top 3 as being Ryder Hesjedal, Milos Raonic and Steven Stamkos, 3, 2, 1

Second segment: Interview with Bryan Colangelo

  • Colangelo talks about the struggles of the team, says that he is not considering firing Dwayne Casey as the coach
  • Bob asks Colangelo to rate Bargnani’s play, Colangelo says he hasn’t played up to expectations
  • Colangelo says that if there’s a trade that could improve the team for the future, he would do that, but that the plan is long term

Third segment: Interview with Mark Spector, Sportsnet hockey reporter

  • Spector talks about the NHL/NHLPA labor negotiations

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Damien Cox co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Don Banks, Sports Illustrated NFL reporter

  • Banks talks about the Texans vs Patriots game, and that it will be a real measure of the Texans
  • Cox asks if Adrian Peterson is injecting himself into the MVP discussion, Banks says he definitely has, but there’s such a strong field
  • Bob says he doesn’t remember a year with so many MVP candidates
  • Cox asks that with QBs doing a lot of running in the NFL lately, will that allow small QBs like Johnny Manziel to succeed in the NFL?  Banks says he doesn’t know, but he might have a better chance than in the past
  • Cox asks if the NFL is going to do anything new about players and drugs and guns, Banks says that the two incidents lately will bring renewed focus to the NFL encouraging players to turn in their guns, but isn’t sure if the league can stop their players from making bad decisions

Second segment: Interview with Scott Russell, CBC Sports

  • Russell talks about the Lou Marsh award voting and that he championed Christine Nesbitt for the trophy
  • Russell, Cox and Bob discuss the conflict between amateur and professional athletes in the award voting
  • Bob suggests having a different award for both, while Russell ponders having an award for team and individual athletes
  • Cox ultimately thinks that he likes having an award for everybody because it means that nobody feels as if they’re getting the token award, and that it means something for an amateur to beat pros for the award

Third segment: Interview with Brian Rice, Geneva College basketball player

  • Rice talks about how he passed up the opportunity to play Division II basketball when he was young to join the navy, and now he’s going to be playing college ball at 43
  • Cox asks Rice what he’s going to school for and Rice says he’s going for ministry

Thoughts:

I had to pick a Cox week to come back to reviewing. xD

Actually, outside of the opening talk segment where Cox was doing some of his mocking, insulting schtick, I actually liked him on this show.  I thought he had some really good thoughts and questions in the Banks and Russell interviews, specifically asking Banks if the NFL quarterback running game has changed enough for small quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel to be able to succeed.

Having said that, I still wish Brunt was the co-host for this show because I’ve always liked hearing him and Bob talk about the Lou Marsh on the day it’s voted on.  It’s too bad Bob didn’t go today because as he said, he’s sometimes swayed by arguments, and I think he would have a broader view of the candidates if he had been there to listen to people make their cases.

I thought Bob was fairly light on Colangelo given how angry he’s been with the Raptors.  I mean I didn’t expect him to scream and yell, but he seemed to let Colangelo lead the interview and ultimately didn’t get that much out of him.  (They’re not thinking of firing the coach. Bargnani can play better. If there’s a trade that improves the team, Colangelo will make it.)

I thought the Morosi interview was really informative, and they packed a lot of discussion into that one segment.

The Tim and Sid didn’t add much to the show I thought, and I really DO wish that Sid would give a solid opinion on things instead of either trying to avoid taking a stand, or trying to make over the top declarations/jokes that make it confusing what he actually believes.  Mostly, whenever they’re on with Bob, Bob dominates the conversation, and he kind of did again today with his thoughts on the Lou Marsh.

The Rice story is really cool, but the interview itself wasn’t spectacular.  It would have been more interesting if he had been asked some questions about what’s different about playing basketball at this age, what he has to do to prepare, if he’s changed his game to compensate, and if he feels his experience compensates for his diminishing skills, etc…

Also there was something about a hockey lockout.

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