Time Out, episode 136

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 award winning sports columnist John Schulian, WBMX Sportscaster and Assistant Coach for DePaul University's Men's Basketball team Kenny McReynolds, WIND reporter Fran Spielman, and former NBA star John Mengelt.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a black screen and promos.

00:22Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.

00:45Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators in the back room of the “Time Out” set. The narrator gives a brief overview of the episode which includes: an interview with Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, a look at Gordon Tech High School’s undefeated boys football team, and a preview of this week’s upcoming NFL games with Gary Fencik.

01:27Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin to talk about Chicago Bears Running Back Walter Payton and his great start to the football season. This cuts into a collection of interviews from Cubs fans venting their frustrations about the team’s loss in the playoffs.

03:25Copy video clip URL Cubs fans in and around the Daley Center vent about the Cubs losing the first round playoff series to the San Diego Padres, squashing any hopes of the team making it to the World Series that year. Most fans seem disappointed and upset. T-shirt vendors talk about the money they lost because of the Cubs losing in the playoffs.

04:54Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who are sitting down with Jack Brickhouse in the back room. Brickhouse talks about his distaste for the word “choke” and its usage after the Cubs’ loss in the playoffs. “I’ve had an awful lot of experience with losers so you know, this one didn’t throw me as much as maybe it did some other people because I’m used to it. It did hurt, there’s no question about that. And I’m generally a go along guy. If somebody comes up to me and criticizes the Cubs or the White Sox or the Bears or any of it or me or anybody else, alright fine. It’s your opinion. You know you’re a listener. You’re entitled to your opinion except when a guy uses the word ‘choke’ with me trying to explain the Chicago Cubs’ experience at San Diego. He gets my dander. I absolutely resent the word ‘choke.'” Brickhouse also talks about the possible changes the Cubs will make in the post season and analyzes First Baseman Leon Durham’s error in the final game of the series. The group cites the fact that Durham had made some amazing catches in the two previous games and indicates the irrationality of fans placing the weight of the loss on that one error. Brickhouse also talks about the effect that the playoff loss has had on the Chicago fans and compares and contrasts this past season to the Cubs 1969 season. This is then followed by the “Time Out Sports Almanac” segment.

12:05Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who introduce a collection of clips of Leon Durham making some fabulous catches over the past season.

13:30Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who introduce a commentary from Brickhouse, Schulian, and “Time Out” correspondent Roger Wallenstein. The three talk about some of the more memorable Bill Veeck moments in sports. Veeck was in the hospital at the time.

18:05Copy video clip URL Cut to an interview with Chicago Blackhawks player and Olympian Ed Olczyk, who talks about his excitement at playing for the team. Footage from the first Blackhawks game of the season rolls in the background as Olczyk describes the scene of his first goal made in the NHL.

19:14Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin to talk about the Blackhawks up coming season and Michael Jordan’s commendable debut with the Chicago Bulls. They also talk about some of the recent college football happenings in and around the Big Ten League. This cuts into a profile on Gordon Tech High School’s undefeated boys football team.

22:01Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Coach Tom Winiecki on the practice field. Winiecki talks about his past at Gorden Tech and reflects on the team’s winning season.

23:54Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Mengelt and the Chicago Bears’ Gary Fencik. The two talk about the upcoming NFL games over the weekend. Fencik gives his opinion on what teams will win and why.

26:26Copy video clip URL Cut to a football quiz question.

26:42Copy video clip URL Cut back to the three commentators who continue to talk about the Bears’ team. They go on to make their sports predictions for the week. The credits roll shortly afterwards and are followed by a promo.

30:32Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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