Prime Time Sports Review for Thursday, May 2, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Listener phone calls with Bob McCown

  • Calls are about Jays, Gibbons, and Don Cherry’s comments on Wednesday, one of the callers is a female former CBC reporter

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about the Jays

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos talks about the Leafs losing to the Bruins in game 1 and that the Leafs lack the playoff experience and depth the Bruins have

Third segment: Interview with Brian Cooper, Prime Time Sports business editor

  • Cooper talks about the chairman of the Chicago Cubs talking about wanting to put advertising and a video board in Wrigley Stadium and threatening to leave if they can’t
  • Bob is against changing or tearing down Wrigley Field, he and Cooper argue about whether the Cubs should add advertising, Bob likes the tradition and history, Cooper points out how the Cubs lack the ability to generate revenue that other clubs get from their stadia

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

First segment: Interview with Jon Paul Morosi, FOX Sports baseball reporter

  • Morosi talks about the Jays struggles, and the potential problems with the Jays bringing up Ricky Romero if he doesn’t work out
  • Morosi thinks that Alex Anthopolous may have trouble convincing borderline major league pitchers to come to Toronto and wait in AAA if he keeps bringing waiver claim pitchers in to fill rotation holes instead of bringing up AAA pitchers

Second segment: Interview with Gregg Zaun, Sportsnet baseball analyst

  • Bob asks Zaun about Clay Buckholz doctoring the ball with rosin, Zaun says there’s no doubt that he was cheating, but everybody does it and it’s not a big deal
  • Brunt asks Zaun what the Jays should do with Ricky Romero if he melts down in his start against the Mariners, Zaun says he’d send him back down to the minors if he struggles
  • Bob asks Zaun if a veteran front-line catcher would help the Jays’ pitching staff, Zaun says that Arencibia can’t throw the pitches for them but he could give them better targets
  • Brunt asks how Zaun evaluates Arencibia’s defense behind the plate, Zaun says he’s improved but he needs to be better at controlling the pitchers and getting the best out of every pitcher

Third segment: Interview with John Shannon, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Shannon talks about Andrew Ference being suspended for hitting Mikael Grabovski, Shannon thinks that’s fair

Fourth segment: Interview with John Shannon and Doug MacLean, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Shannon and MacLean talk about the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose sharks
  • Bob asks if Montreal vs Ottawa is a toss-up, Shannon and MacLean agree it is and discuss the series
  • Shannon predicts Montreal will win, MacLean and Brunt choose Ottawa


There were 4 segments in the 6pm hour because the segment before the first 6pm ad break had both Morosi and Zaun in it and the Shannon only segment was really short.

For those that care about Bob’s mental mistakes, he called Antonio Davis Anthony Davis during the call segment when naming former Raptors who chose to play in Toronto.

Bob may be getting more panicky than before, but he still thinks Gibbons should stay on as manager, and doesn’t expect for him to be fired this season.  He seems calm when talking to callers, but more anxious/angry when talking to Brunt.

Bob and Cooper seemed to really get into it about Wrigley Field, and Bob seemed almost offended that Cooper kept trying to explain the business aspect of putting ads in Wrigley to him.  He kept telling Cooper that he knows all about the business side and that he understands business, like he felt talked down to.  I think Cooper did a good job of explaining the Cubs’ side of things, and that they lose potential revenue because people want them to keep things “traditional” while most of the other teams have no such pressure and can get as much ad revenue as they want from their stadia.  I was surprised by how animated Bob sounded.

I think both the Morosi and Zaun interviews were very interesting.  Morosi had an interesting point that Alex’s waiver wire games (and perhaps even bringing up Romero) might offend the pitchers they have in AAA, and future borderline major league pitchers may not want to sign with the Jays because they don’t trust AA to bring them up and not instead go with a waiver wire pitcher.

I didn’t write a review for yesterday’s show because it was my birthday and I was doing birthday stuff. 🙂

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