Prime Time Sports Review for Friday, April 12, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Dave Perkins, Toronto Star sports reporter

  • Perkins is at Augusta National, talks about the 14 year old Chinese player who was penalized for slow play, says that he was indeed playing very slowly, but the penalty is rarely called
  • Bob makes a joke in a bad fake-Chinese accent
  • Perkins and Bob talk about the rest of the tournament

Second segment: Interview with Jamie Campbell, Sportsnet baseball analyst

  • Bob and Campbell talk about a bar in Regina that Campbell says Bob will like
  • Bob talks about how a Gretzky rookie card is more valuable without a signature than with
  • Campbell talks about the Jays slow start, Bob points out that the Marlins and Mets didn’t make the playoffs last year

5pm hour – Roundtable discussion with Bob McCown, Stephen Brunt, John Shannon and Jon Paul Morosi

First segment: Discussion about the Maple Leafs

  • Roundtable talks about the Leafs making the playoffs
  • Bob thinks that the Leafs could beat Washington despite the fact that they’re hot right now because they could cool off

Second segment: Concussions in the NFL

  • The roundtable talks about the issue of concussions in the NFL, and that while players know the risks of playing football, they didn’t know they’d be lied to about their health by team doctors

Third segment: What can MLB do about Jeffery Loria?

  • Bob talks about whether Selig could have vetoed the Marlins/Jays trade, Brunt says it wasn’t a straight cash trade so he couldn’t have
  • Morosi says that there might be action on Loria because the owners are giving him money in revenue sharing now

6pm hour – Roundtable continues

First segment: The Blue Jays’ slow start

  • Bob points out that the Marlins and Mets did badly last year with the players the Jays have now, Brunt says that they played well and it’s not their fault
  • Bob complains that the Jays are bad at stealing bases, Brunt points out they’re 8 for 8 this season
  • Bob and Brunt argue about the relief pitching, Brunt thinks it’s been good this season, Bob says it’s easy to pitch when you’re behind by a lot

Second segment: Should Augusta have penalized the 14 year old Chinese golfer for slow play?

  • Shannon thinks the rules are the rules and you can’t make an exception for anybody
  • Bob points out that it’s rarely called, even on slow adult players
  • Morosi says that it seems unfair to punish him

Third segment: Prime Time Bullets

  • First bullet is about the Maloof brothers approaching the NHL about the possibility of a team in Las Vegas
  • Shannon thinks the Coyotes will end up in Seattle
  • Second bullet is about the Dodgers/Padres fight, there isn’t enough time to get opinions

Thoughts:

I really could have done without Crude Bob in the 4pm hour.  He did the bad Chinese accent joke with Perkins, and he and Campbell’s discussion about the girls at the Regina Bar and Bob wondering if they were “loose”, had wet t-shirt contests, and etc was a bit creepy, especially since Campbell had already told him how much younger they were than him.

It was really bizarre for Bob to ask Campbell how the Mets did last year with R.A. Dickey, since, even if you take the “pitcher win” stat as being meaningful, he “won” 20 games, and Bob should know better than to act as if a single pitcher can will his team into the playoffs.  It’s not like he thought Roy Halladay was a bad pitcher because the Jays never made the playoffs with him.

I liked Morosi’s inclusion in the roundtable this week, and Rosenthal’s last week because it mixes things up and it’s not just Sportsnet guys as the 4th.  I still wish Shannon wasn’t a staple on every roundtable.  I’d like to see more variety, like the old roundtables.

Bob got really negative about the Jays today, which was a little odd because the day before he was complaining about how negative Jays fans were and that it’s early in the season.  Maybe it was just to stir talk on the roundtable.  That, or he was in a grumpy mood.  I was amused by Brunt’s “are you saying it’s in his genetic coding to play on high payroll teams that don’t make the playoffs?” response to Bob pointing out that the players the Jays got hadn’t made the playoffs the year before.

I wish the roundtable had discussed the Dodgers/Padres fight instead of the NFL concussion segment because that segment wasn’t anything I hadn’t already heard before on PTS, and especially Bob and Brunt’s opinions on it.

I’m surprised Bob didn’t bring up the NHL’s partnership with You Can Play, or the possibility of a gay player coming out because it usually is something he likes to talk about.

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