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Leafs Lunch and The Bryan Hayes Show: Week 15 NFL Picks

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Bryan and Leafs Lunch and Hayes Show producer John Horn go head-to-head with their Week 15 NFL picks.

NFL Picks

Hayes' Picks (Record: 22-34): Horns' Picks (Record: 22-34):
Bears Pick Bears Pick
Colts -5.5 Jaguars +2
Cardinals -2.5 Eagles -5
Ravens +6 Bengals -2




December 12: Show In Review

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Bryan and Jamie break down Brian Burke’s decision to fire Jay Feaster and discuss the potential candidates for the Flames GM position with Ray Ferraro and Pierre LeBrun, and Bryan is joined by Pete Rose to talk about MLB’s new rule banning home plate collisions.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan and Jamie discuss the Leafs loss to the Kings and preview tonight's match up against the Blues. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan and Jamie are joined by Ray Ferraro and Patrick Sharp. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by Pierre LeBrun and Danny Briere Sam Mitchell. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, and MLB's all-time leader in hits Pete Rose. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

1:05pm Ray Ferraro - TSN Radio Analyst

Ferraro thinks that Brian Burke's life right now is not a GM's life, his kids live in Toronto and it doesn't make sense for him to live in Calgary full time. The next GM will presumably be someone close to Brian, someone he's worked with like Dave Poulin. If Burke wants to shape the team he needs to build from the draft and needs patience. The Flames will likely have a high pick, they need to decide on someone to be their trade chip, but Ferraro says he doesn't see a fast track that Burke would be able to pull off. If you want the type of players that can change your franchise you need to hit rock bottom Ferraro said and the Flames should have already looked to start over a year or two earlier. The Leafs played really well last night, but Ferraro said he would be really surprised if the Leafs were to win tonight in St.Louis on a back to back. If the Leafs play like they did against the Kings they'll be fine but if not they'll be in trouble.

1:35pm Patrick Sharp - Blackhawks Forward

Sharp said he always looks forward to playing on HNIC and a lot of the guys from Ontario always look forward to playing close to home. Doug Gilmour was his favorite player growing up and it was cool for him to meet him and spend some time with him at his golf tournament. Sharp said it's easy to try and improve despite being champions, most of the team has returned and the they look forward to defending their title. Brandon Saad and Nick Leddy are two players on his team that he believes are underrated and deserves more credit than they receive. Sharp said the Blackhawks are able to play a lot of different styles because of the depth of their team and you have to be able to play every style to be successful.

2:05pm Pierre LeBrun - ESPN/TSN/RDS Hockey Insider

Lebrun thought the Flames would have waited until near the end of the season to make a move with Feaster but you knew Burke wasn't going to bring him back and they needed a change of direction. At the end of the day it was inevitable that Feaster was gonna leave the team. Joe Nieuwendyk is definitely a possibility for the Flames but you have to wonder if he's ready to take a GM position again after his time in Dallas, Dave Poulin could also be in the mix for the Flames job. LeBrun noted that Buffalo is also looking for a GM and that could have been part of the reason why Feaster was fired now rather than later, Burke might have wanted to be sure to get the guy he wanted. LeBrun said he didn't think anything of MLSE abstaining their vote as there is a conflict of interest with Rogers being involved with the deal and their lawyers told them they weren't allowed to vote.

2:35pm Sam Mitchell - TSN NBA Analyst / Former NBA Coach of the Year

Mitchell was in studio and said teams need to decide weather they are a playoff team or not, you don't want to pretend to be a playoff team and end up with the 17th pick in the draft, which is why GM's are adjusting. Mitchell noted that Tom Thibodeau is tank proof, he's going to try and win every single game and the Bulls should still try and remain competitive. Mitchell said that realistically coaches understand the directions teams are heading in and Casey right now is in a tough spot because of being under a new GM. Ujiri isn't trying to be horrible, he took some time to look at the team and he's adjusting the team to be successful in the future. Mitchell thinks Lowry isn't a star, he's a good player maybe not a starter, and Lowry does have value and can fit in the rotation of a good team like OKC or the Spurs. Mitchell then had an interesting discussion about Pete Rose, MLB's new rule about collisions at the plate and how football players concussions have affected their lives post football.

3:05pm Mike Florio - Pro Football Talk / NBC Sports

Florio thinks the Broncos will give Manning some time off as they get closer to the playoffs, the more time he has to fully recover from his ankle injury the better for the Broncos. Manning is aware of history and how close he is to the records, but overall he is more concerned about the post season and his success than records. Florio said he doesn't know what to make of Cutler long term, Trestman might be outsmarting himself sitting a hot quarterback in McCown. McCown has the hot hand and the Bears are in a do or die situation right now, Trestman is taking a short term chance on Cutler now in hopes of having long term success with him later. Florio noted that it's strange that Aaron Rodgers has yet to be cleared, there could be a medical issue that we don't know of, it could be worse than first expected and unless it gets to a life threatening position Rodgers should go out their, play, and help his team get to the playoffs.

3:33pm Pete Rose - MLB All-Time Hits Leader

On the recent decision by Major League Baseball to ban home plate collisions, Rose said he understands trying to avoid concussions but he cant think of very many concussions caused by collisions. Home plate collisions are part of the game of baseball and most of the time the catchers have the advantage during these collisions. He doesn't want to see the game of baseball without some contact and if catchers dont want the contact then they should get away from the plate. Rose said he doesn't now of many catchers who have had concussions in the past or baseball players in general. Everything is going against the base runner now with this decision and he cant wait to see the first time a situation like this comes up in a game. Rose thinks the game of baseball is in a good position right now and he thinks it doesn't make sense to make changes to this now. Rose thinks it would be good for the game if a team were to return to Montreal, he sees a lot of Canadian fans of the game at his autograph signings in Vegas and it would be good to see a team return to Montreal. He also spoke passionately about Marvin Miller and how he should be in the Hall of Fame and how owners are perhaps against him because Miller did so much for the Players Association over the years especially in the 60's and 70's.

Friday's Show: Dave Harmon (Coordinating Producer 24/7), Warren Moon (NFL HOF'er) Ray Ferraro





December 11: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jeff and Jamie are joined by Jonas Siegel and Ray Ferraro to talk Kings/Leafs and the surprising news that Ben Scrivens won’t be starting against his former team, and Bryan is joined by Dwane Casey to discuss the impact of the Rudy Gay trade.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie are joined by TSN 1050 Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro, and Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by ESPN NFL Analyst Trent Dilfer, and Jayson Stark from ESPN baseball. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey, and NHL on TSN host James Duthie. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:35pm Jonas Siegel - Leafs Beat Reporter

Siegel spoke about covering 3 different Leafs coaches, Maurice, Wilson & Carlyle. He said Wilson got a bit of a bad rap during his time in Toronto, he was an engaging speaker and he learned a lot from listening to him speak. Siegel thinks Lupul is one of the Leafs better offensive players and he needs to be paired with the Leafs better offensive talent, he's an emotional gauge for the team. Siegel said there's a good chance Rielly could be released to the World Juniors, he would take Rielly over Ranger or Fraser but Carlyle seems to have more trust in those guys right now. Siegel noted that Coaches talk about how the game has become faster and you want speed yet Carlyle is still in his old ways and wants that toughness on his team.

1:05pm Ray Ferraro - TSN Hockey Analyst

Ferraro thinks Martin Jones played well for the Kings last night and they're a deep team and they have speed even on their 4th line. Ferraro said that it would be interesting to see if HBO records Phaneuf's call with the league on his suspension, it would be an interesting dynamic to see, but hes not sure if it will be allowed. It's access that's not available anywhere else and he hopes that HBO is allowed to record and show it. On tonight's game, Ferraro said the Leafs need to make sure they don't get into 1 on 1 battles vs the Kings tonight. The stretch pass won't be of any use for the Leafs and they need to keep the Kings on their toes. Ferraro noted that the Eastern Conference used to be a much harder conference to play in, the West used to only have 3 good teams. The West is deep with young talent and he thinks its going to take a while until the Eastern Conference balances out its talent.

1:35pm Bill Ranford - LA Kings Goaltending Coach

Ranford said that Darryl Sutter is the one who makes the decision on which goalie starts, its usually discussed as a staff before the game, last night against the Canadiens Sutter really liked the way Jones had come in for Scrivens the game before and it turned out to be a good decision. Ranford noted that Scrivens has been outstanding for them so far, they are still working on him being a #1 and being able to see the entire ice. Goalies usually tend to be very good or very bad against their former teams. Ranford said that the team is looking forward to their outdoor game at Dodger Stadium but they don't want to look to far ahead on their schedule.

2:05pm Trent Dilfer - ESPN NFL Analyst

Dilfer spoke about RGIII being shut down for the season and the best thing for him to do is be humble, watch the upcoming games and support Cousins. This is was done in the best interest of RGIII and he needs to learn to play within the system. Not everyone is going to like this decision from Shanahan but its the right decision for the team and Shanahan will stick by it even if he gets fired. Dilfer thinks the Cowboys and Lions have flash over substance, they make the highlight plays but they lack the stuff like good coaching to make them a successful team overall. Dilfer thinks Jay Cutler is the QB for the future for Chicago, he needs to understand the situation hes in and take a pay cut, he has a chance to be a great QB for Chicago but needs to be patient. He also said Peyton Manning is the run away winner of the MVP, Yes there are some guys who have had good seasons but no one is close to Manning.

2:35pm Jayson Stark - ESPN Baseball

Stark discussed the news that the Dodgers do not plan on trading Matt Kemp and said the trade rumors were overblown and it didn't make sense for them to trade him at his current value. He also talked about the Phillies and said that before the trade deadline they were talking to the Red Sox about Cliff Lee. The Phillies are looking to get younger and open up some cap space yet still remain competitive but it doesn't look doable. On the Jays, Stark said the free agent pitching market isn't very good, the Jays have depth at center field and it makes sense for Anthopoulos to trade Rasmus if the right player is available. Stark hopes this is a wake up call for Arencibia, he has to change his approach and he needs to make to most out of his opportunity in Texas.

3:05pm Dwane Casey - Raptors Head Coach

Casey joined the show in the radio booth at the ACC and said it's a busy week with the new players coming in, they have to slow things down in practice and teach the new players their system, terminology,etc. They want to slowly mix in the new players in with their current roster, they need to get something off the bench and he hopes the cohesion with this group of players coming in will help them with that. On Vasquez, Casey said he is a great ball handler and hes a good option on the pick and roll, Salmons and Vasquez will help with the teams ball movement and will especially help the younger players like Terrence Ross. He said that it's difficult to see people wanting the team to be unsuccessful, you cant tell your players that you want to lose and you need to go in every game wanting to win. Casey spoke about Drake and how he is a big help for the franchise for recruiting players, you can introduce players to him, and hes a major recruiting asset. The Players identify with Drake and he is a representative of Toronto. Casey thinks that Valanciunas has the potential to be a star, he still needs to get used to the speed of the game but he also has a good feel of the game and needs to continue growing.

3:35pm James Duthie - NHL On TSN Host

Duthie said it looked like a bad hire for LA at first when they hired Sutter, but hes a good coach and the players respect him. It's strange that Sutter isn't starting Scrivens tonight but coaches do try and play toward the players. Jones has played really well and it does make sense to play with the hot goalie. Duthie noted the Kings would be the perfect type of team for Carlyle, they are a big physical team that still have speed and skill. Duthie spoke about Phaneuf and how his numbers are skewed, the cap will continue to go up and $7 million dollars for Phaneuf isn't that bad of a contract 3 years later assuming he continues to play well. Duthie noted that Stamkos' contract is coming up at the perfect time that he has the potential to be the first $15 million dollar a year player in the league.

Thursday's Show: Patrick Sharp (Hawks), Sam Mitchell (in Studio), Mike Florio





December 10: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jeff and Jamie discuss how the Leafs plan to cope with the loss of their captain with Claude Loiselle and Ray Ferraro checks in to chat about whether the Leafs should allow Morgan Rielly to play in the upcoming World Jr.’s.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie are joined by Leafs Assistant GM Claude Loiselle. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie are joined by NHL on TSN Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by NFL Insider Clark Judge. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan Hayes is joined by ESPN MLB writer Jerry Crasnick and NHL on TSN Analyst Paul Maurice. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:35pm Claude Loiselle – Leafs Assistant General Manager

Loiselle spoke about the Phaneuf suspension and how the defence will have to step it up without their captain. He also addressed whether they would keep Morgan Rielly or send him to the World Junior tourney. It will be based on his play and the coaching staff will decide what happens. Loiselle added he likes Liles in the lineup as a veteran presence because he and he will help the team on the back end. Loiselle praised JVR stating that he is the best LW in the league right now and that his ceiling is much higher for player growth. When commenting on the Olympics Loiselle said that he’s scared to death that his players don’t get injured but added it’s great they play for their country but our main focus is the Maple Leafs.

1:05pm Ray Ferraro – TSN Hockey Analyst

Ferraro said based on his lack of playing time, it looks like Morgan Rielly is going to the World Junior Championships. It would be better to play some games than practice repeatedly. He commented on the Leafs back end saying they have to take a look at using some smaller, faster players who can move the puck quicker. At some point the Leafs have to realize that what they are doing defensively isn’t working and make changes. Ferraro said he doesn’t think PK Subban should sign a 1 year deal, it’s too much risk and he could get hurt and lower his chances of getting higher pay day. He said he should sign a 5 year deal for job stability and security with a good contract. The guys then debated who was a better d-man Drew Doughty or Subban.

2:35pm Clark Judge – NFL Insider

Judge said that at this point in his career, Romo’s reputation is at stake. He added that Romo has the reputation of not being able to win big games, can’t close out seasons, and as a guy that will find a way to screw things up. Judge said if the Cowboys can’t beat the Bears backup QB than how are they going to stop Foles and the Eagles in the season finale. On the Redskins situation with RGIII Judge said he’s unsure of the motivation behind possibly benching Griffin; his health or sticking it to Snyder?

3:05pm Jerry Cranick – ESPN Baseball

Crasnick remarked that there are still a lot of big name pitchers that are available through trade or free agency. He also commented on the Phillies looking to move Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee saying that it seems to be counter productive to everything else the team is doing. Crasnick said it ooks like the Phillies are trying to dump contracts and get younger while making one last run at things. He also noted that Alex Anthopoulos is looking for pitching and that Jimenez and Santana are guys that the Blue Jays might be in the mix for.

3:40pm Paul Maurice – TSN Hockey Analyst / Former NHL Head Coach

Maurice talked about the Leafs and said that he thinks they are where they should be right now. He added that he’s been really impressed with Dion Phaneuf’s play this season because his game has been very controlled and steady. On Iginla returning to Calgary, Maurice said the players enjoy being part of tributes like this for a player of Iginla’s stature and the Flames and their fans will get a good boost from it too.

Wednesday’s show: Trent Dilfer, Jayson Stark, James Duthie, Bill Ranford (Kings goalie coach)





December 9: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jamie and Jeff break down the Leafs’ weekend split and discuss the fallout from the Pens/Bruins matchup, and Bryan is joined by J.P. Ricciardi to reminisce about Roy Halladay’s time in Toronto.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jamie and Jeff discuss the Leafs' weekend performance and the aftermath of Pens/Bruins. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jamie and Jeff are joined by NHL on TSN Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1.

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy and Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi and Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com.


Recap:

1:05pm Ray Ferraro – TSN Hockey Analyst

Ferraro said he had been knocked out on a play similar to the Orpik hit on Eriksson. Hitting is part of the game but if you don’t want to fight then you shouldn’t have to and Orpik had that right. He said there is no way to defend what Thornton did and he deserves a lengthy suspension. Ferraro said James Neal’s hit was sneaky, dirty and malicious. He should get 10 games and Thornton should get at least 15. He also said he didn’t like the Phaneuf hit.

2:35pm Alex Marvez – Fox Sports 1

Marvez addressed Peyton Manning’s play in the cold weather on Sunday and he also said if the Super Bowl is affected by snow it will be a black mark on Roger Goodell as the weather affects the integrity of the game. Marvez also spoke about Rob Gronkowski’s latest injuries and how big a blow it will be to the Patriots as he is their biggest weapon. He also spoke about the disaster in Washington and how RGIII is more and more like “RG-ME”

3:05pm Steve Conroy - Boston Herald

Conroy spoke about Shawn Thornton’s hit on Loui Eriksson and how he originally thought the hit was clean but the puck wasn’t in the area. He believes Thornton will get disciplined by the league in a big way.



3:10pm Josh Yohe – Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Yohe said you can’t treat another human being the way Thornton did to Orpik. Orpik plays on the edge and is physical but he isn’t a dirty player. He also mentioned that James Neal can be a dirty player and he got off lucky getting just a 5 game suspension. Yohe also said Orpik isn’t a fan of fighting and was one of just 15 players polled who wanted fighting out of the game.

3:15pm J.P. Riccardi – Fomrer Blue Jays Manager / Current mets Special Assistant to GM

Riccardi said everyone knows that Roy Halladay is a Blue Jay and this was a great move by the team to have him retire in a Blue Jays uniform. He said “Doc” was one of the most prepared baseball players he has ever seen. He is truly a throwback type of guy who cares about winning and pulling his weight. Riccardi said the team always kept Halladay in the loop for any trades or signings, that’s the kind of respect they had for him.

3:35pm Chris Sheridan – Sheridan Hoops

Sheridan said that Kyle Lowry is expendable now they have acquired Greivis Vasquez from the Kings. As for Rudy Gay, Sheridan said he is a one man show and is a good player for the right team but not worth $19 million per season. He said Masai Ujiri should be applauded for making the deal. He also thinks the Raptors would love Andrew Wiggins but it will be tough. He doesn’t think they are bad enough to get a Top 5 pick.

Tuesday’s Show: Dave Poulin (Leafs VP of Hockey Operations), Pierre LeBrun, Rick Welts (President of Golden State Warriors), Alex Marvez (Fox Sports 1)



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