Prime Time Sports Review for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Elliott Friedman, Hockey Night in Canada analyst

  • Friedman talks about Scott Gomez’s future, says that the New Jersey Devils may want him back because Lou Lamoriello has a good relationship with him
  • Bob asks about other landing places for Roberto Luongo and Friedman suggests Philadelphia as a possibility

Second segment: Interview with Paul Jones, FAN590 Raptors commentator

  • Jones talks about the Nets’ recent turnaround and how the firing of Avery Johnson was a wake up call for them
  • Jones points out that most of the teams the Nets have beaten recently have been under .500
  • Bob asks Jones why P.J. Carlesimo didn’t get a chance to coach when he was with the Raptors, Jones said that it’s possible Colangelo didn’t think he was the right person, or Carlesimo saw Triano being fired and thought he should go too
  • Bob wonders if the Raptors are trying to turn Kyle Lowry into a player he’s not, Jones says that it’s not the team, but Lowry is trying to be more than he is

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Brunt talks about a new book he’s doing and finding old pictures and training camp reports about the 1965 Maple Leafs
  • Bob talks about having an autographed photo of The Friendly Giant when he was on Bob’s old show

Second segment: Interview with Eugene Melnyk, Ottawa Senators owner

  • Melnyk talks about the Senators returning after the lockout, says that they’ve sold out their first game
  • Melnyk talks about how the team is doing and the shape the players are in

Third segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos talks about assistant coaching in the upcoming CHL/NHL prospects game

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

First segment: Interview with Reed Albergotti, Wall Street Journal

  • Albergotti talks about Lance Armstrong and why he’s admitting guilt now

Second segment: Interview with Bob Ryan, The Boston Globe

  • Ryan talks about Lance Armstrong and how he has destroyed people in order to cover up his cheating
  • Ryan talks about Terry Francona’s new book about managing the Boston Red Sox

Third segment: Interview with Ray Scapinello, former NHL referee

  • Scapinello talks about how a lockout affects the referees
  • Scapinello says that contrary to what fans think, referees are actually in really good shape


Despite my lack of detail (because I don’t have time right now to go over that segment bit by bit), I really did enjoy the discussion about the Lance Armstrong situation and everybody’s different takes on it.  I’m glad Ryan mentioned that Armstrong has a history of really going after his critics and accusers because I’ve seen Bruce Arthur mention it a lot on Twitter, but on Prime Time Sports I haven’t heard anybody mention that.

I really enjoyed the opening segment of the 5pm hour and listening to Brunt talk about the old Leafs, and Bob sharing his memories as well.  I like hockey history, and hearing about how things were in the past, especially how people perceived things back then.  I also liked Bob’s story about meeting the Friendly Giant, and that he signs things “Best Wishes, Friendly”.

I think Friedman did a good job running down the NHL stuff, and I found his suggestion that Gomez could go back to New Jersey to be interesting.

Sorry for the short thoughts, I’m tired and didn’t have a chance to write down the show in detail, so I had to do it by memory. :\

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