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 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 promo.
00:23Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program. The narrator introduces the four commentators before giving a brief overview of the episode which includes: a commentary from Bill Veeck, a visit to King High School in Chicago to talk with their number one seated boys basketball team, and an NFL weekend preview from Gary Fencik.
01:25Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin to talk about the Chicago Bears and their recent bout of team injuries. They go on to talk about Michael Jordan’s rise on the Chicago Bulls. This cuts into a segment on a new sports exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
03:45Copy video clip URL We are first greeted by Exhibit Manager Dale Varga. Dressed as a referee, he quickly explains what the exhibit is all about. Patrons are seen participating in the hands on exhibits and learning about the science behind a number of different sports including baseball, hockey, and cycling. We also watch as a laboratory rat plays basketball in front of a group of children.
05:25Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin to talk about the recent trades on the Cubs and Sox ball clubs. This cuts into a commentary from Bill Veeck.
07:34Copy video clip URL Roger Wallenstein sits down with Bill Veeck at the back bar. Veeck talks about his experience at his “home away from home,” Illinois Masonic Hospital. He goes into detail about some of the turbulence in baseball during the off-season, specifically focusing in on the greed and lack of restraint among team owners.
11:31Copy video clip URL Cut to the “Time Out Sports Almanac” segment.
12:25Copy video clip URL Cut back to a shot of John Schulian and Gary Fencik who talk about the abundance of injuries in the NFL that year. Schulian asks Fencik how he copes with the injuries he receives on a regular basis. Fencik discusses his own experiences with injuries and explains how he and many other athletes turn to a bit of chemical dependency to work through the pain. Fencik truthfully jokes by saying, “Without you know, chemicals, life itself wouldn’t be possible.” He goes on to say that there are “shots” taken, but that they are used very judiciously.
15:11Copy video clip URL Cut to McReynolds who introduces a segment on King High School’s Men’s Basketball team who had been ranked as the number one team in America by USA Today.
15:27Copy video clip URL King High School basketball players are seen hard at work on the court. McReynolds speaks with a number of players and Head Coach Sonny Cox about their number on ranking, talent, and playing style.
17:11Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who go on to talk about DePaul’s recent win against Illinois State. They also talk about some of the other happenings in the Big Ten league. This cuts into a collection of interviews with DePaul basketball fans giving their opinion on Joey Meyer, DePaul’s new head coach.
19:26Copy video clip URL Fans at the Rosemont Horizon weigh in on Meyer’s performance as head coach, frequently making comparisons to his father Ray Meyer.
20:16Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Mengelt and Fencik who talk about the upcoming match ups in the NFL this weekend.
22:48Copy video clip URL Cut to a football quiz question.
23:04Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who talk about the possibility of Wrigley Field being demolished. They then make their sports predictions for the week.
25:28Copy video clip URL The credits roll and are immediately followed by a promo and footage from a 1984 pledge drive.
26:59Copy video clip URL Tape ends.