Time Out, episode 146

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 Sports Illustrated correspondent Rick Telander, 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, countdown, and promos.

00:40Copy video clip URL Opening sequence for the program.

01:03Copy video clip URL Dissolve into a shot of the four commentators in the back room on the “Time Out” set. The narrator gives a brief overview of the program which includes: a year end review and commentary from Bill Veeck, a look at the Chicago Cubs’ dazzling 1984 season, a recap of Gary Fencik’s football predictions, and a look at a number of interviews from sports personalities over the past year.

01:48Copy video clip URL The four commentators begin to talk about the events that have taken place in the sports world throughout the past year. Each commentator highlights what her or she believes to be some of the bigger moments of the year. This cuts into a segment on the Cubs’ entire 1984 season.

02:57Copy video clip URL John Schulian narrates as we watch the Cubs rise up from bleak season outlook during Spring training to becoming the NL East Division Champions. This segment lasts for several minutes and includes interviews with a number of Cubs fans weighing in on the team’s winning season.

07:05Copy video clip URL Mengelt introduces a recap of the year’s Cubs predictions made by the four commentators and various guests. Funnily enough, most of the predictions are rather grim. Actor Bill Murray also gives his opinion on the Cubs team and expresses his desire to sing the National Anthem at a Cubs World Series game. There is a compilation of memorable plays that is included in the segment as well.

11:41Copy video clip URL Cut back to the commentators who go on to look back on some of the more memorable guest interviews and predictions over the past year. Ray Meyer, Reggie Jackson, Jim Finks, Steve Garvey, Orlando Woolridge, and Bill Lee are all seen talking sports with various “Time Out” correspondents. This is followed by a fast forward look at Michael Jordan on the basketball court.

17:39Copy video clip URL Cut to a summary of Gary Fencik’s football predictions over the past season.

20:04Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Roger Wallenstein and Bill Veeck at the back bar. Veeck showcases the many highs and lows in Chicago sports throughout the year. Veeck expresses his excitement over the end of 1984 before talking about the upcoming year. The two also mull over the possibility of another Cubs playoff run in ’85 and the improvements that can be made on the Sox ball club. This segment closes with a shot of a snow covered Wrigley Field during the off-season. Cubs announcers Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray can be heard celebrating over some of the more memorable moments that took place throughout the season.

25:05Copy video clip URL Cut back to the four commentators who go on to make their sports predictions for 1985. The credits roll shortly afterward and are followed by a promo.

29:58Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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