Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, June 17, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

First segment: Interview with Paul Jones, Toronto Raptors radio commentator

  • Jones talks about Alvin Williams’ role with the Raptors and his firing today
  • Bob asks what Williams’ impact on the younger players was, Jones says he was very well respected among the players
  • Jones talks about the NBA Finals

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

  • Perkins talks about the US Open

Third segment: Interview with Jeff Blair, Globe and Mail baseball reporter, host of the Jeff Blair Show, Sportsnet590

  • Bob talks about how the Jays have to play over .600 baseball to reach 90 wins
  • Blair says they have to reach at least 90 wins to be in the mix for the playoffs
  • Blair talks about Morrow returning, says that he’d rather see Morrow stay in single A than come up and be injured again when he doesn’t feel 100%

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about the US Open and their preference for watching tougher golf courses

Second segment: Interview with Mike Sunnicks, Phoenix Business Journal

  • Sunnicks talks about the possibilities of the Coyotes staying in Glendale, says the city council vote may come down to the new mayor
  • Brunt thinks that the new mayor will roll over to the demands of the NHL and the new ownership group rather than risk having an empty arena being his legacy

Third segment: Interview with Charlie Johnstone, Hondy Indy Toronto president

  • Johnstone talks about the upcoming Hondy Indy Toronto in July, what to expect, and how they’re promoting it

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

First segment: Interview with Doug MacLean, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • MacLean talks about the Rangers hiring Alain Vigneault and how he doesn’t think Vignuealt is a coach that can win you the Stanley Cup
  • MacLean talks about the Stanley Cup playoffs and how Chicago has not used their speed against Boston

Second segment: Interview with Bob Ryan, The Boston Globe

  • Ryan talks about the rumored trade between the Clippers and the Celtics that might involve Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers
  • Ryan talks about the US Open

Third segment: Interview with Dirk Hayhurst, Sportsnet baseball analyst

  • Hayhurst talks about the Jays recent hot streak, says that April did a lot of damage to them and they’d have to play exceedingly well now to make the playoffs
  • Brunt asks Hayhurst what he expects from Josh Johnson tonight, Hayhurst says 6 innings and not dominant innings because the Rockies are such a good offensive team
  • Bob makes fun of Brunt’s optimism


This new “clock system” that Bob’s on (where he actually pays attention to the time now and cuts off the segment after 12-14 minutes) actually makes a noticible difference.  For one, in the 4pm hour, he actually fit in 3 guests rather than just 2, and his talk segment with Brunt was a lot shorter than usual, as was the first segment of the 6pm hour, but it allowed for the third segment of both hours to be much longer than the 5 minutes they tend to get.  The downside is that sometimes the extra time leads to really excellent interviews, but the upside is that usually they don’t, and it allows the guest at the end of the hour a fair amount of time.

Bob has gone from optimistic about the Jays even when they were doing poorly, to cynical about them even when they’re doing well.  Probably because it’s a small sample size, and they’re so far out of a playoff spot that it’d take a lot for them to make it, so he doesn’t feel hopeful.  That, and like it took a while to beat down his optimism, it’ll take a while for him to get back to it (if the Jays get to that point.)  I wish he’d have Wilner on sometimes because I often wonder how he’d react to Wilner’s “don’t think about how many games it’d take, just enjoy each game for itself” speech that he does on Jays Talk. xD  Maybe that’s why Wilner’s softbanned because he talked like that to Bob before and Bob threw something at him.

Surprisingly little hockey talk given that it’s the Stanley Cup final.  Even the Doug MacLean segment was mostly about the coaching stuff (though, that wasn’t planned, that was just what MacLean wanted to talk about.)

Glad Brunt’s back for another week in June.  I’m hoping that he gets to be on the final week of June too before he heads out to Newfoundland, and that this isn’t his last week.  I wonder if Cox will be the regular co-host with Bob (and whoever replaces him during the weeks he’s on summer vacation) during the summer, since it seems like Cox spends so little time on PTS.  Even when it’s “his” week, Shannon is usually replacing him for 2-3 days, and I just wonder if the powers-that-be might want Cox to fulfill his commitment, and there’s no hockey for him to cover in the summer (though, there is tennis.)

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