Seen & Heard – Wednesday, March 13, 2013

by Rob G.

On Prime Time Sports in the 4pm block today, Bob McCown was taking calls while broadcasting from Blue Jays spring training in Dunedin, Florida. One particular caller caught my ear, and in case you didn’t hear it, I thought I’d share the call, my thoughts on it, and a question for you.

You’ll have to listen to the podcast if you want the details, but the caller was calling out McCown out on his numerous shots over the years on the Raptors Andrea Bargnani. The caller intimated that McCown made it personal and he called out McCown for his “vulgarity”.

Tonight’s post won’t dive much more into the details of this, but rather I’m interested in your opinion on it. My opinion (for what it’s worth!) – the answer lies somewhere in between. The caller picked up on McCown’s “sometimes over the top” opinion on Bargnani, while McCown defended himself, stating it isn’t personal, and that he is a host of a show, and as such, isn’t paid to have a vanilla opinion (my words).

I think McCown does get carried away on occasion, and thus it is easy to understand why a listener would form the opinion that the caller had. The question is should we as listeners be more cognizant that a radio host’s opinion can be confrontational and not get sucked into the debate, or should the radio host be more respectful of the subject he or she is opining on, and work on developing good dialogue on the subject rather than deviating to the typical talk radio huff’n’puff diatribe.

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Blue Jays Devotee
Blue Jays Devotee
March 14, 2013 12:08 am

McCown is McCown, and his schtick is his schtick, and for anybody to take seriously what he has to say is beyond me. It is kind of like shock radio in that sense, and if you want serious opinion on the Raptors, McCown is the last person you want to go to. There are so many quality blogs that I have posted before several times on this site for that purpose, don’t use McCown for any real informative insights into basketball and the Raptors, even if he does claim that he follows it closely and it is one of his favourite sports.

From here on in I have left Raptors Devotee in the garbage bin, now replaced by Blue Jays Devotee. Couple of reasons why. Firstly, I reached the breaking point today with Bargnani out for the season i.e. Management shutting him down, and when the Blue Jays hired my favourite Expos player of all time and a player I idolized growing up, Tim Raines, to be a minor league coach, that was good enough for me. Alex also started our with the Expos organization and is a Montreal boy, just like me.

When Colangelo and the rest of his management team is gone and a proper rebuild is done, then I will reconsider. For now, this is my protest to years of futility and not being rewarded for being a fan in any shape or manner. Seeing the Raptors also increase their ticket prices next year 2 1/2% was a further irritant and did not exactly ingratiate me to their cause as well.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
March 14, 2013 2:26 am

We welcome the birth of “Blue Jays Devotee”

itchy butt
itchy butt
March 14, 2013 6:35 am

I give you credit for hanging in so long. I gave up a few weeks back. The last swoon and the sudden invisiblity of Rudy Gay had me throw in the towel.

Plus there has been some damn good baseball in the WBC so far!

March 14, 2013 8:58 am

Bob tried to put forth his opinion (again) that the WBC should be held after the World Series with Brett Lawrie and Brett essentially said “If they did that, no MLB player would go,” and shot it down toot sweet.

I hope I hear the end of that opinion.

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