Prime Time Sports Review for Wednesday, April 3, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Phone Calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are about the Blue Jays and J.P. Arencebia not being able to catch R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball

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

First segment: Trade deadline roundtable with Neil Smith and Mike Keenan

  • Smith and Keenan share their general manager experiences and thoughts about today’s trade deadline

Second segment: Trade deadline roundtable with Neil Smith, Mike Keenan and Pat Quinn

  • Pat Quinn joins the panel and talks about today’s trades, the Flames’ handcuffing themselves with no-trade contracts
  • Neil Smith tells a story about his days as a GM
  • The roundtable discusses the various deals the Blue Jackets did

Third segment: Interview with John Davidson, Columbus Blue Jackets’ president

  • John Shannon joins as an extra co-host for the interview
  • Davidson discusses the trades the Blue Jackets made today and why they did it

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

First segment: Interview with Brian Lawton, former Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager

  • Bob complains about the NHL trade deadline media coverage, and how boring the deadline is
  • Lawton says that some NHL general managers want to hold the GM meetings after the trade deadline, while others think it should be held on the trade deadline to spur on more trades
  • Bob wonders if you can do something like the NHL draft where all of the GMs are in the same room and trades are announced from a podium and the GMs are all available for interviews afterwards
  • Shannon says that the NHL does have conversations among itself about how to make the trade deadline more of a show and more entertaining
  • Shannon thinks that it should be held in Montreal every year, Bob thinks it should be in Toronto, Shannon and Lawton says that Toronto is a bad place to hold these things because people wouldn’t get excited
  • Brunt asks what Mike Gillis is going to do in the summer to move Roberto Luongo, Lawton says that he might buy him out

Second segment: Interview with Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports baseball reporter

  • Rosenthal talks about Robinson Cano leaving Scott Boras as his agent in favor of Jay-Z’s agency, explains that it is a collaboration between another agency and Jay-Z and they will be handling the negotiations
  • Rosenthal notes that Jay-Z is applying to become a certified agent however, and that there might be a possible conflict of interest because of Jay-Z’s ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets and that the Nets are on the Yankee’s YES network
  • Rosenthal says this might mean Cano wants to stay in New York because of Jay-Z being a fan of the Yankees and that Boras is known for moving his clients to other teams to get the most money
  • Brunt asks if Boras is unassailable as the best baseball player agent, Rosenthal says he has been slipping a bit lately and has had some failures, but is still the best choice if you want to leverage the most money for yourself
  • Rosenthal talks about Yu Darvish’s perfect game and that statistically, he got better in the second half of last season and expects him to continue to improve as he gets more MLB experience

Third segment: Interview with Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun baseball reporter

  • Elliott talks about the Jays losing their home opener
  • Brunt thinks that J.P. Arencebia being unable to catch R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball rattled Dickey and affected his performance

Thoughts:

Sorry for the spotty reviewing lately.  I haven’t had a lot of time to listen to the podcasts and write the reviews.

I wasn’t really interested in the trade deadline discussion, and I didn’t remember the details about all of the ex-GM stories being shared, so I just briefly summarized the segments.

It’s weird to me that it’s important to make the trade deadline exciting and Bob et al were discussing making it like the draft, having everybody in one room, hosting it in one city every year, etc, like it’s an All Star game or something.  I guess if there’s demand in Canada, anything to drum up more interest. xD

Apparently the trade deadline is the one thing that can trump the Jays on Sportsnet because I expected more Jays talk from PTS since it’s been SO Jays heavy lately, and Bob loves talking baseball, but it was almost all trade deadline.

The calls weren’t as panicked as the ones that called into Wilner on Tuesday, if Bob takes calls tomorrow, I wonder if they’re going to be more doom and gloom.

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