Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, February 11, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Sid Seixeiro, Co-host of Tim & Sid, Sportsnet 590 The FAN

  • Bob and Seixeiro talk about boxing and MMA
  • Bob complains that MMA fighters don’t have undefeated records the way boxing does, Seixeiro tries to explain why it’s hard to be undefeated in MMA, Bob says it doesn’t matter, it’s important to be undefeated

Second segment: Jack Armstrong, Toronto Raptors television colour commentator

  • Armstrong thinks the Raptors still need to make a move to solidify the team, doesn’t know what that move will be
  • Armstrong thinks that the Raptors need a good backup point guard, Bob thinks it’s not worth it to trade Bargnani for a backup point guard, wants a strong big PF who can rebound

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Brunt talks about a charity event with a silent auction he went to and being told over the phone he won a vacation to the Bahamas
  • Bob and Brunt talk about the 23rd anniversary of Buster Douglas defeating Mike Tyson
  • Brunt talks about how Douglas never fought the way he did in that fight again, and his career just faded out

Second segment: Interview with Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer

  • Atlas talks about that fight and that he could tell early on that this wasn’t going to be the fight that people predicted
  • Atlas talks about what a bad person Mike Tyson is, and that he can easily pretend to be something he’s not when he needs to

Third segment: Interview with Glenn Howard, Ontario curler

  • Howard talks about winning the provincial championships, agrees with Brunt that people don’t realize just how hard it is to make it to the Briers
  • Howard wants to play in the Olympics more than anything else

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

First segment:  Interview with Jim Hughson, CBC Hockey Commentator

  • Hughson talks about the Leafs surprising success and if the blowout is a warning sign for the Canadiens
  • Hughson says that the league is moving towards toughness again, Brunt thinks this is bad and that he wants to see teams with skill succeed
  • Hughson thinks that the price for Luongo has gone up now, but wonders if Luongo would want to allow a trade when he’s playing so well on a team that might make the Stanley Cup final

Second segment: Interview with Warren Moon, former NFL and CFL player

  • Moon talks about the possibility of the NFL going to be a bigger field, thinks it will reduce head injuries
  • Moon talks about Michael Vick settling for a smaller contract and that he has to to stay in the league

Third segment: Interview with Jaime Cuadra USFL President and CEO

  • Cuadra talks about bringing the USFL back and that they will again play spring football and not attempt to compete with the NFL in the fall and winter
  • Cuadra says that the USFL name was available and nobody had the trademark
  • Cuadra talks about the USFL partnering with cities to build stadia, says they are modular and can be built in 114 days, believes they will play in 2014
  • Bob and Brunt are skeptical, Bob believes a new league should play inside TV studios since he believes that’s the future

Thoughts:

Why is Bob against fundraisers for libraries?  He says it’s because the library gets his tax money, but then he should LIKE them fundraising because it means they’re getting money from private donors rather than from the public purse.  Also, apparently he hasn’t been paying attention to the controversy regarding wanting to cut back or close libraries to save money, or he’d know why the TPL is trying to raise money.  Libraries are still quite important, especially for students and poor people.  Not everybody has owns a computer, can afford internet access, or can afford to buy a lot of paper books, much less an e-reader and e-books.

Bob wants another Charles Oakley, to the point he suggested trading DeMar DeRozan to try to get one, but whenever he suggests this, he never names which player he thinks is like Oakley that he’d want to get.  He also seems awfully picky about what the Raptors should try to get for Bargnani given how useless he thinks he is.

I liked the Hughson interview.  He really has a good grasp of the game, and was able to suggest reasons for why the style of the game is changing.  Brunt sounded really disappointed that the game is becoming more physical/violent.

Bob sounded really out of his element talking to Sid about UFC, and insisting that they needed unbeaten champions to be interesting.  Bob is looking at MMA as if it should be like boxing, rather than like sports in general.  We don’t demean champions in other sports for not being undefeated.  Does Bob find football or basketball or baseball uninteresting unless somebody wins the championship with an X-0 record?  And Sid was trying to explain to him why this was unrealistic for MMA, and Bob just insisted they still needed to do it somehow.

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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
February 12, 2013 7:43 am

thanks for saving me some bandwidth Ami. Not a lot worth listening to on there.
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if Bob (the boxing enthusiast) had done one iota of research on the subject he would know that high profile boxers, unlike UFC athletes, fight “tomato cans” on the way up to pad their records. This manipulation of boxers’ records is done so that casual fans — like Bob apparently — will be more likely to buy PPVs to see a guy put his “undefeated record!!!!” on the line.

Ami Angelwings
February 12, 2013 8:32 am

It’s funny because later in the show Bob calls Buster Douglas a “tomato can” when Brunt talks about how Tyson was fighting him to get a guaranteed win. And in the past he and Brunt has talked about this before, so it’s not like he’s unfamiliar with this. Seixeiro brings it up too, about how Mayweather is undefeated because he chose his opponents, but then the discussion got sidetracked into a discussion about whether Mayweather’s record would be seen as incomplete if he doesn’t fight Pacquiao.

Roger
Roger
February 12, 2013 8:48 am

Ami: Did Brunt, the wanker, ask Moon about his infamous domestic abuse incident a few years ago? I didn’t think so.

Ami Angelwings
February 12, 2013 9:00 am

What specific questions about it did you want answered? o:

Ami Angelwings
February 12, 2013 9:01 am

You could email Bob and tell him to ask them next time Moon is on…

Roger
Roger
February 12, 2013 2:01 pm

Well, he could have asked him how his wife was – you know the one he beat the crap out of?

Why would they have him on in the first place? Was OJ not available?

I know you dont work for Rogers but I just think it was wierd to have this creep on.

Another Steve
Another Steve
February 12, 2013 2:38 pm

Moon was on both 1050 and 590 last night.

I don’t understand why the two stations would each book the same person when there’s no obvious reason for it.

Ian
Ian
February 12, 2013 3:59 pm

“Moon was on both 1050 and 590 last night. I don’t understand why the two stations would each book the same person when there’s no obvious reason for it.”

Wouldn’t this have something to do with his opinion on the NFL considering widening their fields like the CFL, as he’s played in both leagues with a high degree of success?

Alex
Alex
February 12, 2013 6:20 pm

The same guest on 1050 and 590 the same night happens all the time, but usually for breaking news and its often one of the GMs or coaches.

I guess Moon is the goto guy when theres a CFL/NFL issue. I guess theres also Bill Polian, who has been on PTS a few times.

Another Steve
Another Steve
February 13, 2013 9:12 am

Hi Ian,

Yes, thanks, I understand that the size of the field was the topic of conversation and I also understand that Moon had a special perspective on the issue.

However, unless the story is about Warren Moon (new coach, Hall of Fame, or the like), it’s really frustrating (for me) to hear the same guest on both stations for the same issue. (Obviously Moon is not the only possible person to speak about this issue).

My frustration stems from the long commute I had on Monday. I usually turn over to 1050 at the end of the 4 o’clock hour (because I am not interested in Cherry and the business report on a sports station). Anyway, I noticed the Moon was coming up on 1050, then again on 590. I bugged me because it took away my listening options: unless it’s a controversial subject, it strikes me as a waste of time to listen to the same fellow be interviewed twice.

Anyway, that’s just my take. Not a big deal, and I have probably made more of it than necessary.

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