Prime Time Sports Review for Thursday, February 7, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about the Australian doping report
  • Bob goes through a list of performance enhancing substances and how they might benefit him and Brunt

Second segment: Interview with Thing 2 (Scott Moore, Rogers Media President of Broadcasting)

  • Moore talks about Sportsnet helping out with CBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, says some Sportsnet personalities will be loaned to them

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob talks about the news that the Islanders have traded for Tim Thomas, Shannon says it’s a move to get them to the floor
  • Bob rants about how the system is broken if you can get to the floor by trading for players who aren’t playing and you don’t have to pay, Shannon defends it

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

  • Morosi talks about the Mariners signing Felix Hernandez to a 135.5 million dollar contract, says the problem would be if they can afford other players
  • Morosi talks about the players implicated in the documents acquired from the Miami clinic alleged to have distributed PEDs

Third segment: Interview with Darryl Sittler, former Toronto Maple Leafs player

  • Sittler talks about scoring 10 points 37 years ago
  • Shannon asks if it’s true he owns the only copy of the full game, he says it is, Shannon wants him to share it

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

First segment: Interview with Dean Lombardi, Los Angeles Kings General Manager

  • Lombardi talks about how the Kings are doing, and how they’re being taken by other teams now that they’re defending champions
  • Lombardi doesn’t like players having single rooms, says a big part of the team is being together and that it’s beneficial for younger players to room with a veteran
  • Post-interview, Bob and Shannon talk about the rumours that the Raptors might trade Andrea Bargnani to the Bulls for Carlos Boozer, Bob thinks Boozer fits Dwayne Casey’s style better than Pau Gasol

Second segment: Interview with Ken Dryden, former NHL player, former Canadian Member of Parliament

  • Dryden is on to talk about the one time he faced his brother, Dave Dryden, in 1971
  • Dryden recounts that Punch Imlach put Dave in net for the Sabres because he thought Ken was going to start for the Canadiens, but when he found out Ken wasn’t, he took Dave out, but then injuries led to both goalies playing against each other after all
  • Bob and Dryden talk about Punch Imlach and that he wasn’t that bad a guy, and had heart deep inside

Third segment: Interview with Paul Melia, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

  • Bob asks Melia what the history of fighting PEDs in Australia is, Melia said they have always tried to be at the forefront of fighting doping
  • Melia talks about what the benefits of the new drugs are, including not having masculinizing effects in women or feminizing effects in men
  • Melia says that they are difficult to detect because they stimulate the body to produce hormones and the way to detect them is to have a biological passport for each athlete to compare their blood chemistry against a baseline

Thoughts:

I hate it when Brunt weeks turn into Shannon weeks but (presumably) still count as a Brunt week in the scheduling.  It means less Brunt. 🙁

At least we had a Brunt and Bob segment in the 4pm hour.  I just love the chemistry those two have.  Bob always sounds a lot more jovial and relaxed around Brunt than when he’s with either Cox or Shannon.  I enjoyed listening Bob talk about the PEDs on the list and how he could use them.

And then we had Bob and Shannon arguing about NHL teams trying to get around the salary floor and whether the system is broken or not.  Shannon got in a “C’mon! C’mon now!” too.

The Dryden story was really interesting and fun, and Shannon is right that he’s a great storyteller.

I wish Melia had a longer segment because I thought he did a really good job putting the Australian doping report in context, and for those of us who don’t know what the sporting culture and attitudes around doping are like in Australia, it was informative.

Other than that, I felt the show was pretty forgettable.  I wonder if Bob is going to come in tomorrow given incoming winter storm, or if he’ll mysteriously be sick as he has in previous storms.

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