Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, December 17, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

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

  • Bob discusses the Dickey deal with Tim and Sid, Sid rants about fans thinking they know how good prospects will be
  • Bob rants about the Buffalo Bills games in Toronto

Second segment: Interview with Nathaniel Grow, University of Georgia Business Professor

  • Grow talks about the legal ramifications of the NHLPA decertifying and what the courts have to decide if they sue the NHL under anti-trust
  • Grow thinks that they would have a good chance at winning in court if they do

Third segment: Interview with Saul Korman, owner of Korry’s Clothiers

  • Korman and Bob talk about suits and fashion styles
  • Bob doesn’t like the way kids these days dress

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talks about the Jays acquisition of R.A. Dickey, both like the move

Second segment: Interview with Kent Austin, new Hamilton Tiger Cats general manager and head coach

  • Austin talks about how he’s excited to join the Tiger Cats
  • Brunt asks Austin what changed between last year and this year in terms of him wanting to coach the Tiger Cats, Austin says the timing wasn’t great last year but the timing was better this year

Third segment: Interview with Don Banks, Sports Illustrated Football reporter

  • Banks talks about the NFL games on Sunday
  • Banks says that he knew that the Seattle Seahawks would be good and had predicted it before the season
  • Banks thinks the Giants could still make the playoffs, reminds Bob that the Giants were in this position last year
  • Banks is impressed by Adrian Peterson and that he’s doing it without a good quarterback to distract attention from him, Bob doesn’t seem as impressed, points out they have a good offensive line

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

First segment: Interview with Jeff Blair, Globe and Mail baseball columnist, host of the Jeff Blair Show, FAN590

  • Bob asks Brunt what he’d still like the Jays to do, Brunt says they need a replacement or platoon for Lind at first base/DH
  • Bob says he wants to see a strong arm added to the back of the bullpen, Brunt says with Santos you don’t need that, Bob says you don’t know what Santos is
  • Blair likes the Dickey trade, says that originally he didn’t but he’s changed his mind
  • Blair isn’t sure that Rasmus will be the Jays starting center fielder and may be traded, this makes Bob happy

Second segment: Interview with Alex Anthopolous, Blue Jays General Manager

  • Bob asks Anthopolous if he went into this off-season expecting to go this direction with the team, Anthopolous says he didn’t because he didn’t expect to have this much money to spend, and that everything snowballed from the Marlins deal
  • Anthopolous details how the trade happened, that he approached the Mets GM at the GM meetings and they started talking, and nothing happened until they talked again at the winter meetings
  • Anthopolous says that for a while the deal was dead because even with D’Arnaud on the table, the Mets wouldn’t trade Dickey, until Alex was about to walk away and they said Syndergaard would get it done
  • Anthopolous says that there will probably be no more moves except small tinkering because they’ve already stretched the budget really far, says he’d like to get another arm for the bullpen

Third segment: Interview with Gregg Zaun, Sportsnet baseball analyst

  • Zaun likes the deal but is cautious about believing a knuckleballer can be consistant, Brunt points out that Dickey has had 3 good years, Zaun acknowledges this is true
  • Zaun talks about his own experiences trying to catch and hit the knuckleball, he thinks J.P. Arencebia shouldn’t be catching Dickey and the Jays should be preparing Mike Nickeas to catch the knuckleball in case Thole gets injured


I don’t understand why Saul Corman was on.  Was there a point outside of him promoting his products and him and Bob talking about clothes?  I understand this is apparently a tradition, but I don’t get why they have him on.  Is it just because he and Bob are buddies or something?  What happened to “buy some time”?  I don’t think Bob gets to rant about his wife shopping, or how women care so much about clothes after that segment, by the way. >_>

I also wasn’t so enthused about the Tim & Sid segment.  I find that the 4pm Tim & Sid segments end up with just Bob basically using them as an excuse to rant about things in his head.  It’s almost philosophical, like they’re not actually there and are just representations of Bob’s psyche or something.  It isn’t always like that, and they did talk about the Jays (and fans) a bit, but then the rest was Bob ranting about the Bills.

What I did enjoy in the 4pm hour was the interview with Professor Grow, and actually getting a knowledgable expert to talk about the legal ramifications of the NHLPA decertifying and what that means in court.  This was much more interesting, and worth listening to than hearing Shannon or Kypreos or some other hockey analyst try to interpret complicated business law for us.

Most of the baseball stuff was just people being excited about the Jays and pleased with the trade.  Brunt, Zaun, Blair, Bob, everybody likes it.  So, I didn’t find any of the non-Anthopolous baseball stuff all that intriguing, but I did like the banter between Brunt and Bob.

However, the Anthopolous interview was really interesting to me.  Maybe it’s because he no longer feels the pressure of everybody asking him why he’s not spending, but I thought he sounded a lot more forthright and honest than previous ones.  For example, he admitted that the financial situation has changed and that’s why the team is heading in the direction it is.  I was impressed that he said right off the bat that what changed is that he didn’t know he’d have this much money to spend.  It implies that in the past, he didn’t think he did (or was told he didn’t) and now Rogers is opening up the vault and saying “okay, we’re going all in, go for it.”  I suspect this started with the Marlins trade, which he didn’t go into thinking would become what it did, but when he had this chance, Rogers was forced to make a choice if now was the time, and they decided if they were going to spend, they should spend to win.

Banks was informative as usual.  I didn’t find the Austin interview so interesting, but then I don’t really care about the Tiger Cats, maybe a fan would have liked it more.

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December 18, 2012 7:09 am

Ami, think about who listens to Bob (men, mid-thirties to middle age, probably middle to upper-middle class) and you’ll get why Sol is on. I surprised he isn’t on more often.
I enjoyed parts of that segment though it was a bit of a rant against “what the kids are wearing these days”.
Even Bob has said that Fan590 is as much about male lifestyle as it is about sports.

December 18, 2012 7:18 am

Most sports talk stations play the “guy radio” card, which allows for the disvussion of popular culture during the slow times.

I’d say tim and sid are the biggest practitioners of it on 590, with their various musical guests.

1050 seems more guilty of it than 590.

Brian Gerstein
December 18, 2012 8:42 am

Having Saul Korman on once a year I can deal with. One thing for sure, his son is no Saul, and you can tell all he does is read his scripts, and even though Saul is doing his best for the transition, where I never turned the station when Saul’s commercials came on, with his son and his abrasive voice as well, I flip immediately. There is only one Saul, and I will miss his name dropping and his brilliant spots.

The most interesting thing I found during the segment was Saul griping about how much more he has to pay for the advertising. I love how McCown shut him down in two seconds saying that if it was so expensive to buy air time, then he wouldn’t buy any, and that is not the case. Saul agreed and they moved on. What I read here is that with the ratings being so high, and likely trending higher with the 2013 Jays, the ad rates have been jacked up for 2013, so all advertisers are going to have to ante up or walk, as there are certainly other advertisers ready to fill the void.

Another Steve
Another Steve
December 18, 2012 8:51 am

The nice thing about having two stations now is that it’s easy to flip over to the other one when there is a wasted segment on one of them. I did just that when Korman came on yesterday, because I knew it would be of zero interest to me (old men complaining about how young people dress), and I remembered that Bruce Arthur appears on 1050 on Mondays.

I’m a pretty regular 590 listener, but it’s good that 1050 is there and that its shows have some consistency. That is, if I happen to be in the car at around 4:45, then I know that I can turn away from the commercials, the superficial business report, and the Don Cherry segments – all of which I find a waste of time – to hear the “fab 5 at 5” on 1050, which is at least entertaining.

December 18, 2012 10:04 am
Reply to  Brian Gerstein

That likely includes people that would have bought spots during hockey, who could want to jump on bjays bandwagon.

December 18, 2012 11:49 am

When I first heard Saul’s voice, I turned off the show and never came back. That’s testing my loyalty to PTS far too much. I know you’re throwing a bone to one of your loyal sponsors, but have some respect for your listeners — why would anyone want to listen to that?

December 18, 2012 12:48 pm

I wish Bob had asked AA if he took Buck from the Marlins in the anticipation of having to swap catchers with the Mets. I guess I’m in the right demo for Saul Korman. He’s a local legend and for 15 minutes a year I can listen. On the other hand, as soon as they go to talk about the lock out, I’m gone. Call me when it’s over. Or don’t. The longer it goes, the less I care.

December 19, 2012 5:24 pm

Ami, Saul is friends with Bob, and he spends plenty of money at the FAN (as well as other radio stations in town). Frankly, that time frame usually has the shortest time frame during PTS, and rarely features any interviews, so it’s not that big a deal to me.

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