Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown: Monday, November 16, 2009 (5:00-7:00)

Host: Bob McCown
Co-Host: John Shannon
Guests:'s Stewart Mandel; Dr. Charles Tator, sports medicine expert; USA Today sports writer, Jarrett Bell; Matt Stairs, MLB free agent; Don Meehan from Newport Sports Management.

David Branch should be nominated into the Hockey Hall of Fame, regardless what he does with the rest of his career. Wikipedia doesn't have a lot of information to back this up, but Branch's impact on the game of hockey, particularly in the OHL has been significant. Regardless what you think of Branch, you know that he comes down hard on hitting from behind and "cheap hits". While this doesn't sound difficult to do, Branch does something that Bettman and the NHL can't do - protect the players at all costs.

It would be easy to prove in a court of law that the NHL hasn't done a thing to protect their players from the game or each other. If someone in the OHL passes away due to a hockey related hit or fight, it won't fall on the head of Branch. If this happens in the NHL, there is only one person that can be held liable - Bettman.

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