This tape features a 1984 episode of "Time Out," a weekly sports program that was hosted by a number of Chicago area journalists and sportscasters. This week's commentators include Sports Illustrated writer Rick Telander, Chicago Tribune Sports Writer Phil Hersh, WIND reporter Fran Spielman, and former NBA star John Mengelt.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with a number of commercials and promos.
01:22Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.
01:45Copy video clip URL The narrator gives a brief overview of the episode which includes: an interview with University of Chicago Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Bruce Reider, an interview with Bears Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan, and a visit with the Deerfield Warriors High School Football team.
02:05Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators as they are introduced to the viewing audience. They begin the night by talking about Michael Jordan’s effect on the Chicago Bulls and the rest of the NBA. Telander comments on the fact that Jordan lets his tongue hang out of his mouth while playing, which would go on to become one of his trademarks. The four also talk about the other recent happenings in Chicago sports.
05:07Copy video clip URL Cut to a slow motion look at the Chicago Bears at play against the Oakland Raiders, who were located in Los Angeles at the time.
06:15Copy video clip URL Cut back to the commentators who continue to talk about the Chicago Bears’ defense, their upcoming schedule, and Quarterback Jim McMahon’s recent injury. This cuts into an interview with Bears Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan. Ryan cites what he believes to be the reason that the Bears have been performing so well defensively this year. “Defensively, we figure three things are important. Number one, you win the game. Number two, you keep points off the board, and number three is third down efficiency. … We’re doing pretty well in all three of those categories and if we keep doing it, we’ll be alright.” Bears Defensive End Richard Dent also comments on the Bears’ defensive play. Immediately after the interview segment, a football quiz question is presented to the viewing audience.
10:17Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of Mengelt and Hersh who are sitting down with Dr. Bruce Reider. The three debate over the violent aspect of football and the injuries that can come along with it. This is followed by a collection of clips from Chicagoans weighing in on whether football is too violent of a sport.
16:44Copy video clip URL Spielman and Telander sit down with Gary Fencik to talk about the violent aspect of football. The three focus on the debate over whether astroturf is more of a danger to the players than grass and whether the sport of football should be banned. This cuts into an interview with Julian High School Football Coach J.W. Smith discussing the controversy over his team being ruled out of the playoffs. “Time Out” correspondent Roger Wallenstein asks Smith about the possible racial discrimination in the IHSA.
22:11Copy video clip URL Cut to a segment on the Deefield Warriors high school football team. Head Coach Paul Adams talks about the team’s preparation for an upcoming tournament. Adams also sizes up the team’s competition in Warren High School.
23:48Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Mengelt and Fencik who give an NFL weekend preview.
26:23Copy video clip URL Cut to the “Time Out Sports Almanac” segment.
23:37Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators who go on to make their predictions for the week. The credits rolls shortly afterward and are followed by a promo and commercial.
30:05Copy video clip URL Tape ends.