This tape features a 1984 episode of "Time Out," a weekly sports program that is hosted by a number of Chicago area journalists and sportscasters. This week's commentators are Ray Sons of the Chicago Sun-Times, Kenny McReynolds, a WBMX Sportscaster and Assistant Coach for DePaul University's Men's Basketball team, WIND reporter Fran Spielman, and former NBA star John Mengelt. Bill Veeck appears on the show as well.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a countdown and promos.
00:39Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.
01:01Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators. The narrator does a quick summary of the program which includes: a commentary from Bill Veeck on the scheduling of sporting events, an interview with former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Baffone about his intent to purchase the Chicago Blitz franchise, and an interview with basketball coach Dorothy Gaters.
01:44Copy video clip URL The four commentators talk about the NCAA Basketball Tournament, focusing on DePaul’s performance. During their discussion, the tape gets a little rough and grainy. However, the audio can be heard clearly. This eventually cuts into commentary from Bill Veeck.
06:24Copy video clip URL Veeck begins to talk about the need for a computerized system for sporting event scheduling. He emphasizes the amount of money lost from bad scheduling and calls for a more fair and practical way of going about it.
08:46Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who go on to discuss spring training in baseball, focusing on the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. This eventually cuts to a number of clips from Chicago Blitz fans commenting on the team’s poor play.
10:45Copy video clip URL A slew of fans give their opinions on the Chicago Blitz and the USFL. Many of the fans think that the team should develop a better defense. One fan even states that the defense looks like “tissue paper.” Some of the Blitz players also weigh in on the front office turmoil that had been plaguing the team at the time.
13:19Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Spielman and Veeck sitting down with Chicago Bears line backer Doug Baffone. Spielman asks Baffone why he wants to purchase the unpopular Blitz team. Baffone goes on to discuss his thoughts on how the team can prosper and sheds light on the amount of work that goes into purchasing a team.
18:09Copy video clip URL Cut to the Sports Almanac segment.
19:07Copy video clip URL Cut back to Sons, Mengelt, and McReynolds at the back bar table. They discuss the High School Basketball Class A Quarterfinals and some of the players involved in the tournament. This eventually cuts into an interview with Marshall High School Women’s Basketball Coach Dorothy Gaters.
20:36Copy video clip URL McReynolds interviews Dorothy Gaters at the Marshall High School gymnasium. He asks her about her winning years at Marshall and how she managed to coach the team to championship victory nine times. Gaters emphasizes the caliber of player that was prevalent on the team in the last decade and how that played a large role in their many championship years. She goes on to talk about her background in sports. Clips of the basketball team are intercut with the interview. Gaters goes on to talk about the team’s state title win in 1982 and beating the number one ranked East St. Louis team the following year. Gaters also talks about the lack of monetary funds coming from the board of education. The women’s team receives no funding whatsoever. The team raises whatever money they need completely by themselves.
24:34Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators at the back bar table. Sons mourns the loss of Chicago White Sox Hitting Coach Charley Lau, who had just past away after a long bout with cancer. The four go on to make their sports predictions for the week. Mengelt also answers a question sent in by a viewer. The credits roll shortly afterwards. This is followed by a promo.
28:20Copy video clip URL Tape ends.