Prime Time Sports Review for Thursday, December 20, 2012

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Ian Leggatt, former PGA player

  • Leggatt recaps the year in golf
  • Leggatt talks about the PGA banning the use of the belly putter, thinks that perhaps there should be rules for professionals and different ones for amateurs

Second segment: Interview with Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

  • Zeisberger talks about the failure of the Buffalo Bills games in Toronto, says that Toronto can be an NFL city but it has to be a Toronto team
  • Bob and Zeisberger talk about Tim Tebow, Bob thinks Tebow can be a sideshow, but he wouldn’t let him play

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, John Shannon co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob gives Shannon his Christmas present which is a golf club
  • Bob rants about how much he hates the Pittsburgh Steelers

Second segment: Interview with Pat Brisson, NHL player agent

  • Brisson talks about the NHL lockout, discusses Sidney Crosby playing goalie in a pick up game

Third segment: Interview with Jerry Sullivan, Buffalo News

  • Sullivan hates the Buffalo Bills playing a game in Toronto every year, doesn’t think it makes sense for anybody, Bob agrees

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, John Shannon co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Gary Belsky, ESPN

  • Belsky believes that the NHL made a big mistake by not sticking with ESPN
  • Belsky believes the NHL needs to contract 6 teams and have increased revenue sharing, Bob thinks they shouldn’t have revenue sharing
  • Belsky says that the NHL owners are not losing as much money as they claim, and a lot of those losses are beneficial to their other businesses
  • Belsky believes the KHL is a threat to the NHL, Shannon disagrees

Second segment: Interview with Michael “Pinball” Clemons, former CFL player

  • Bob, Shannon and Clemons argue about the “Immaculate Reception”, Bob insists that you cannot tell whether the ball was caught or not, Shannon says it is
  • Clemons talks about his charity and people who donated enough to build a school

Third segment: Interview with Dwayne Casey, Toronto Raptors head coach

  • Casey considers Bargnani a newbie to the defensive system they implemented last year because he was injured and that’s why he’s had trouble meshing
  • Casey says that when Lowry and Bargnani return, they need to play harder defense and play within the system
  • Casey says that they just need to take it a game at a time and play in the system

Thoughts:

I found the Belsky interview intriguing because of how he kept bringing up his credentials as an economics reporter and that regular sports media didn’t understand the business of sport.  I have a feeling that Bob was bristling a bit at this because Bob considers himself a sports business guy, and Belsky was telling him his analysis of the NHL ownership situation was simplistic.  I’m a little surprised that Shannon didn’t speak up more too in defense of Bettman, especially about Belsky’s assertion that the NHL leaving ESPN.   Usually on this topic Shannon at least explains Bettman’s thought process, if not outright defend him.

I also liked the Leggatt segment despite my disinterest in golf because I think he had some interesting opinions about the use of the belly putter, and it helped me, as a non golf player, better understand what this entire thing is about.

Outside of those two segments though, I wasn’t really that impressed with the rest of the show.  There were two segments where people repeated the usual problems with the Bills in Toronto (Toronto will only embrace their own team, it’s bad for the Bills, etc), one where we got to hear Bob’s story about playing ball hockey with Mike Palmateer, a Pinball charity segment, and a really short interview with Dwayne Casey where he said if the team plays in the system they will do well.  None of those were particularly new or interesting.

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