July 16: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes are joined by Jason Logan who says it would be a surprise if Tiger Woods makes the cut at the British Open, and Scott MacArthur checks in to discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos will look into dealing the likes of Colby Rasmus and Sergio Santos as the trade deadline approaches.


Hour 1:

Mike Hogan & Bill Hayes reflect on Derek Jeter's last All-Star game, plus the latest on Sidney Crosby's wrist injury. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Jason Logan editor at SCOREGolf breaks down the British Open, & NBA on TSN analyst Jack Armstrong recaps all the action from Free Agency. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter and Dwight Anderson – Toronto Argonauts Defensive Back join the show. Hour 3 Audio


7:30 Jason Logan – Editor SCOREGolf

Royal Liverpool is one of those “under the radar courses” that is widely respected by the players. It would be extremely surprising to see Tiger Woods make the cut this weekend because “his putting hasn’t been the same since 2008.” Woods relied heavily on his short game during his heyday; therefore it will be interesting to see what kind of adjustments he has made. The bottom line is that “there is a completely new wave of golfers that the public is waiting to embrace.” Expect a player to “come out of nowhere” & win this event on Sunday afternoon however if you had to pick a favourite “Adam Scott would probably be the safest bet.”

7:45 Jack Armstrong – NBA on TSN Analyst

Bruno Caboclo will face an entirely different level of competition in the NBA compared to what he’s used to in Brazil therefore these “frustrations are simply part of the learning process.” The Raptors are quite aware that Bruno remains a “work in progress” however there is still plenty of potential with this young man. The Raptors had a relatively quite free agency (aside from re-signing their own players) & might look to improve at the #3/4 positions in order to take the next step. It will also be interesting to see how James Johnson meshes with Dwane Casey during their second tenure together. The Raptors will also need Jonas Valancius/Terrence Ross to continue their development in order to surpass last years 48 game win total. The Raptors are definitely a “playoff team” however even the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference have made significant improvements over the offseason.

8:00 Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

The Blue Jays aren’t healthy right now which could cause major problems as we approach the second half of the regular season. In 2013 the Jays were bombarded with injuries at the start of the year until July/August rolled around however “they were already out of the race by that point.” The same thing seems to be happening this year with Encarnacion/Lawrie/Lind on the shelf putting the club in a very precarious position. The starting pitching has held up fairly well thus far, but the bullpen has had its ups & downs. General manager Alex Anthopoulos “appears to have his hands tied” & has probably already engaged in trade talks since the start of July. It will also be interesting to see if the team decides to move Sergio Santos/Colby Rasums as we approach the trade deadline. Toronto must also finally solve the Brett Lawrie conundrum & decide if he is a better fit at third or second base.

8:45 Dwight Anderson – Toronto Argonauts Defensive Back

Obviously there was an initial shock when the trade to the Argos first broke however this is a first class organization & Jim Barker/Scott Milanovich have welcomed Mr. Anderson with open arms. Now it’s all about soaking in the culture & getting ready for Friday’s pivotal game vs. the Ottawa RedBlacks.

July 15: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes are joined by Mark Zecchino to chat about Tiger Woods’ chances at the British Open, and Shane Horton checks in to discuss what the Argos have to do to get back on track in their upcoming matchup versus the Redblacks.


Hour 1:

Mike Hogan & Bill Hayes recap the MLB home run derby, & take a closer look at sabremetrics in the NHL Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Steve Milton of the Hamilton Spectator discusses the latest on Ivor Wynne Stadium. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mark Zecchino – Host Golf Talk Canada, Warren Sawkiw – TSN MLB Analyst and Shane Horton – Toronto Argonauts Linebacker join the show. Hour 3 Audio


7:30 Steve Milton – Columnist Hamilton Spectator

There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the Ivor Wyne fiasco however the latest reports indicate that the stadium will be ready for August 16th vs. the Calgary Stampeders. The more realistic opening date for Ivor Wyne might be the Labour Day classic on September 1st vs. the Argonauts. Hamilton will play their next two games at McMaster which could actually help the team because there will be less distractions “off the field.” People in Hamilton were actually quite disgusted/repulsed that this stadium wasn’t ready for the start of the 2014 campaign. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats haven’t gotten of to a very good start (0-2) & now have to overcome the loss of “character players” such as Zach Collaros & Andy Fantuz.

8:15 Mark Zecchino – Host Golf Talk Canada

It would be absolutely shocking to see Tiger Woods play at the British Open this weekend. Woods has essentially been out of action since the Congressional & his performance at that event left much to be desired. Unless “Tiger has another miracle in the bag” we shouldn’t expect him too much from him at this tournament. Some people such as Curtis Strange & Hank Haney have even publicly hinted that “Tiger simply doesn’t care anymore.”

8:30 Warren Sawkiw – TSN MLB Analyst

The Blue Jays find themselves in a precarious position as we head into the All-Star break. Toronto just came off a difficult west coast road trip & are facing injuries to key players therefore “a little rest might not be such a bad thing.” The bottom line is that the American League East Division is still up for grabs therefore Toronto can take some solace in the fact that “they are still in it.” It’s actually quite surprising that general manager Alex Anthopoulos hasn’t made a move yet because “the window is gradually shrinking.”

8:45 Shane Horton – Toronto Argonauts Linebacker

The Argonauts have made some mistakes (as indicated by their 1-2 record) however the good news is these problems are correctable. The Argos need to do a complete reset & focus on what should be a very hostile environment in Ottawa.

July 14: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes are joined by Jonas Siegel to chat about the impact the Leafs new assistant coaches will have, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to discuss why the Jays’ post-All-Star break strategy may be to simply wait until their lineup returns to health.


Hour 1:

Mike Hogan & Bill Hayes recap Germany's World Cup victory, Argos fall to the Stampeders, & Jays get shut out by the Rays. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Jonas Siegel joins Mike Hogan & Bill Hayes to discuss the Maple Leafs decision to hire Steve Spott & Peter Horachek as assistant coaches. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dirk Hayhurst and Joe Gabriele join Mike Richards in the Morning. Hour 3 Audio


7:45 Jonas Siegel – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Reporter

The Maple Leafs decision to name Peter Horachek/Steve Spott assistant coaches shouldn’t come as a major surprise because the Marlies had a very successful season last year. Spott does have a familiarity with a lot of the players on the Marlies, therefore “he might be able to get the most out of these young players.” Spott is viewed as a “future NHL head coach” therefore it will be interesting to see if he eventually takes the reigns in Toronto…..or elsewhere? Also just how long is Randy Carlyle’s leash? Horachek is another coach that comes with a decorated resume & should be able to benefit from his previous experiences in Nashville/Florida. Horachek is described as a “no nonsense guy” & it will be interesting to see how Randy Carlyle meshes with his new staff. Cody Franson’s arbitration is roughly two weeks away, & there is the potential of the Leafs trading Franson “however it’s difficult to assess his worth at this point in time.” The Leafs also have an internal replacement (Petter Granberg) which could increase the pressure to finally move Franson.

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst

This is the perfect time for the Jays hit the All-Star break because “the wind has pretty much been taken out of their sales.” At this point it seems that the Jays “biggest move” at this point is simply getting healthy (Bautista, Encarnacion, Lawrie, Lind) & further complicating matters is the fact that the Jays replacements are starting to get hurt. The bottom line is that the Jays fans need to “cool their jets” while they wait for everyone to get healthy. The biggest question now becomes “do the Jays go for it this year or start to unload marquee players while these assets still have value?” At this point we shouldn’t expect Alex Anthopoulos to “make a big splash” because he is the type of GM that likes to get fair return on his investments.

8:30 Kartik Krishnaiyer – Senior Writer World Soccer Talk

It was a spirited World Cup final between Germany/Argentina until “the German's won the tactical battle” near the end of extra time. Unfortunately the Argentinean defense made one mental lapse which ultimately cost them the match however Mario Goetze’s goal was spearheaded by Andre Schurrle. Gotze wasn’t exactly a household name prior to World Cup but also wasn’t an unknown either. Lionel Messi winning the Golden Ball was quite surprising when other options such as James Rodriguez/Bastian Schweinsteiger/Philipp Lam seemed to be “virtual locks.” It will also be interesting to see how this loss/missed opportunity affect Messi’s legacy moving forward. We shouldn’t be too surprised by Spain’s untimely exit because skipper Vicente del Bosque might have stuck with an aging roster for a little longer than anticipated. England/Italy are two other nations that vastly underachieved & might elect to “blow it up & rebuild once again.”

8:45 Joe Gabriele – Cavaliers/Cavs.com Beat Writer

It’s been four years in the wasteland for the Cleveland Cavaliers however the sports world completely turned upside down on Friday at 12:30PM ET. The funny thing is that “the bulk of the population wasn’t that upset with LeBron’s decision to leave for Miami in the first place.” Many people felt that LeBron would eventually return to Cleveland “at some point in the near future.” Perhaps the bigger story was the stellar performance by Andrew Wiggins & Anthony Bennett in their summer league debut. Bennett appears to be much slimmer/focused/confident/prepared for the rigours of an NBA season, & Wiggins has shown glimpses of being a “special player.” It will also be interesting to see how the city of Cleveland embraces the arrival of QB Johnny Manziel even though “he hasn’t done anything yet.”

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