Prime Time Sports Review for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting

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

  • Bob (McCown) and Elliott talk about wine
  • Elliott talks about the Toronto Blue Jays

Second segment: Interview with Doug Smith, Toronto Star basketball reporter

  • Bob and Smith talk about airplane seating
  • Smith talks about the NBA Final, thinks the Heat will win game 6, Bob thinks the Spurs will close it out
  • Bob asks Smith what he thinks about the now dead rumors that the Celtics and Clippers were working on a big trade involving the Celtics’ coach, Smith says that he thinks the talks were real and that the trade is not dead

Third segment: Interview with Dave Mahler, Seattle Sports Radio KJR host

  • Mahler talks about the possibility of the NHL moving the Coyotes to Seattle
  • Mahler says the Seattle arena deal is still in play and the preference is an NBA team first, and an NHL team second, but if there is an NHL owner, the arena plans could be changed to be hockey first with the possibility of basketball later
  • Mahler thinks that the NHL could draw fans in Seattle if the team does well, but the question is whether or not fans will come out if the team is bad

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

First segment: Talk segment

  • Bob and Brunt talk about Bob’s vacation plans and his new wine business
  • Bob and Brunt talk about the Toronto Blue Jays, Brunt thinks they will send Kawasaki down when Reyes comes back, Bob thinks they shoudl keep Kawasaki and send down a pitcher

Second segment: Interview with Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet hockey analyst

  • Kypreos talk about the Stanley Cup Final, Bob thinks Boston might steamroll Chicago now
  • Brunt says that if the Bruins win another cup, the Chara signing might be the best free agent signing of all time

Third segment: Interview with Rob Becker, Sportsnet legal analyst

  • Becker talks about San Jose suing Major League Baseball for dragging their feet in allowing the Oakland As to move to San Jose
  • Becker talks about MLB’s anti-trust exemption and whether MLB wants to risk having it challenged in front of the supreme court

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

First segment: Interview with Jonah Keri, baseball writer

  • Keri talks about the Toronto Blue Jays and whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, says it doesn’t have to be so black and white, that they can trade some veteran talent while continuing to be competitive with younger replacement players
  • Keri has to cut the interview short as he has a sick child to tend to
  • Bob and Brunt continue to talk about the Jays, Bob suggests trading Lawrie now and putting Encarnacion at third, Brunt doesn’t think that’s a good idea

Second segment: Interview with Ken Holland, General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings

  • Holland talks briefly about the Staney Cup final
  • Holland talks about the state of the Detroit Red Wings and their continued success and effectiveness of their scouting

Third segment: Interview with Jonah Keri, baseball writer

  • Keri returns and talks about the possibility of pitchers wearing helmets to protect themselves from head injury


People who don’t like Bob talking about his life and business interests will probably not like this show, because not only does he talk about his wine business and vacation with Brunt, he talks wine with Elliott for most of that interview, and he spends a lot of his time in the Doug Smith interview talking with Smith about where to sit on airplanes.  So, there’s a lot of Bob’s rich and famous lifestyle, and it cut into some of the interviews.  (And yes, the palm trees came up again.)

I wish they had more time to talk with Becker because I thought he was doing a good job explaining things today, and I was curious about the legalities of the CHL keeping out European goalies which Bob wanted to get to, but ran out of time for.

I also wish they had had more time with Jonah Keri, but because he had to go take care of his child, it was basically a second talk segment where Bob and Brunt talked Jays.  Bob is extremely finicky about the Jays lately.  He’s like a caller into Jays talk, now he wants Lawrie traded and Encarnacion to play third full time.

I think Bob has his eye on his upcoming holidays.  It seems like all he wanted to talk about today was about travelling and his extracurricular activities.  He made 2 extra segments (the interviews with Elliott and Doug Smith) about it, as well as his talk segment with Brunt.

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Paul Dedler
Paul Dedler
June 19, 2013 11:09 am

wow, i got tired of this one pretty quickly. i wish bob would focus a bit more on sports, or at least a bit less on himself and his awesome lifestyle, even if its all in fun. i like bob’s show a lot but i get turned off big time when he starts to gloat about his money.

June 19, 2013 12:16 pm

Agreed, Paul. I get very tired of the life and times of baby boomer idol, Bob McCown. I do agree with his wanting to trade Lawrie though. Is it any coincidence the Jays went on this great run after he got injured? Addition by subtraction I’d say.

June 19, 2013 4:59 pm

Bob is successful part of that radio station. I could be wrong and call me crazy, but if you were to put Bob on TSN Radio from 4-6 – his ratings would be cut in half and whoever were to replace Bob wouldn’t fall on his face. Just my opinion. He needs the Fan590 as much as they need him…

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
June 20, 2013 2:25 am

last week Bob had someone on as a guest to talk about endorsements and spent the entire interview talking about himself and his endorsements. The amount of contempt for the audience was astounding. We all know people like that in our own lives … they’re the people everyone can’t stand being around.

In some other segment he said that his favourite topic is himself …

There is a reason why i’m down to only listening to a handful of segments of PTS each week. Life’s too short to waste on people who embrace mediocrity and laziness.

June 20, 2013 8:26 am

Mike, agree 100%.

The problem is that he continues to get the numbers with his drivel. TSN is getting better but they’re still behind and until they catch up, Bob will continue to do what he does best – that’s talk about himself.

Steve Clark
June 20, 2013 12:51 pm

Said the same thing about Tim and Sid. Too much irrelevent discussion and not enough sports on some topics. Generally McCown can make the mundane seem interesting, but not if it takes out 3/4 of the segment.

Guys like Blair/ Hayhurst and even Brady/Lang get to the sports a talk a little faster…

June 20, 2013 3:59 pm

Mike, you’ve summed up my thoughts perfectly – particularly with the contempt that Bob constantly shows for his audience. And yet, people still tune in. #ageofstupid.

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