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


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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Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
April 14, 2013 2:23 pm

Flipped on pts good to see Jon Paul Morosi on, a nice different intelligent view I would imagine BUT, i see a wide shot and shannon is there…FLIP
Why he is on both on radio & tv just boggles my mind.
I believe I am not alone in that opinion?

April 14, 2013 3:25 pm

It was funny to hear Simmons drop John Shannon’s name on Friday on naylor’s show. It was a reference to when he did flames games on tv.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
April 14, 2013 4:09 pm

That was quite a week on 590. Doug MacLean saying it’s, “Hazel Mae’s job to clean the studio.”, to Bob rant about women shoppers at the cashier line, and finally Bob’s ‘hilarious” use of a Chinese accent. God only knows what’s next.

April 14, 2013 4:21 pm

didn’t mention it here, but Brady did a really stupid thing this week.

Every week, they have Colin Murray from the BBC on the morning show to talk futbol and what not.

Brady also appears regularly on Murray’s Saturday morning BBC5 radio show FIghting Talk (which is like Around the Horn).

FIghting talk is having a big promotion in June, where they do a live show and have a big name band play. And they have been teasing it for weeks and were going to announce it this weekend.

Well, Brady was plugging the BBC show and casually mentioned the name of the band right before the end of the segment with Colin.


April 14, 2013 4:58 pm

I don’t think I’ve read a single comment on here by someone who enjoys Shannon on the roundtable or as PTS cohost.

Fine as a hockey/media guy, dreadful as a cohost. Constantly derails interesting conversations about sports he knows little about. And he’s irritating in the ‘shooting the shit’ segments with McCown.

I really don’t know why he’s been left in there so long. Is there a Fan feedback email account?

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
April 14, 2013 7:04 pm

it took a while but TSN finally fired Cybulski. As a result, the show is miles better than it was before. it took a while but Rogers got rid of Krystal, and the station is much stronger as a result.

Shannon has been ruining PTS … for years. The only plausible explanation is that Bob wants him there, and PTS staffing decisions are Bob’s decision to make.

Like others, I simply cannot listen when Shannon is on. I used to grit my teeth if i liked the guest, but at this point with so many other options on my iPod, it’s not worth the pain. Shannon = unlistenable & unlistened.

In other news, when Glen Ordway was fired from WEEI after running the most successful sports talk show in Boston for eons, one of the reason cited was that he constantly hired his buddies as co-hosts, much to the detriment of the audience.

April 14, 2013 9:27 pm

I’d still rather have Shannon than Cox as co-host.

April 15, 2013 8:49 am

There must be a website out there that measures the ratio of the number of words a panelist/host spits out against the relevance of these said words. Shannon would have a very high number.

April 15, 2013 9:50 am

Remember when bob said a few weeks ago that if there was a word quota, shannon would use up his by 5:05.

Blue Jays Devotee
Blue Jays Devotee
April 15, 2013 7:21 pm

I have yet to listen to Naylor and be bored. He always seems to grasp my attention, and Shannon on equals a click for me, the man is unlistenable, and he seems to be on all the time. Unless I get McCown/Brunt on together, as it has been for a long time, I don’t bother. I really do expect the TSN drive ratings to take a nice bump, not hard to do after the Cybulski debacle, and it will be at the expense of McCown.

April 25, 2013 1:41 am

I found this to be one of the worst PTS episodes (with respect to McCown) in, well, ever. Brunt’s dismantling of his Marlins/Mets/Jays statements was a treat to listen to. It was great to hear someone call McCown on his lack of actual sports knowledge (advanced analytics of baseball stats are here to stay Bob, get with the bleeping program!) so thoroughly. You’d think with all the $$$ he gets paid (at least that is what he is always obliquely making reference to), he could at least afford to hire an intern to pull relevant stats that he could refer to when making his ‘grumpy old man’ statements. The act is getting old, quickly.

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