July 11: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are joined by Greivis Vasquez to chat about his new deal and why he thinks the Raptors will be better in 2014, and Scott MacArthur checks in to tee up the Blue Jays’ series versus the Rays.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz joined by Dan Devine. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko and Cauz joined by David Amber and Greivis Vasquez. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko and Cauz joined by Scott MacArthur. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Dan Devine – Yahoo! Sports Ball Don’t Lie

Dan joins the show to update LeBron-Watch and discusses the pending decision James is facing, as well as why the Heat may not have done enough to woo LeBron back to Miami. Dan also discusses how much the Cavaliers have changed since four years ago and why they’re actually a very attractive destination.


David Amber – CBC Reporter covering 2014 FIFA World Cup

David joins the program live from Brazil to discuss the final weekend of the World Cup, including Sunday’s Final between Argentina-Germany as well as the less popular 3rd place game on Saturday. David discusses the Brazilian team’s approach to the 3rd place game, and how that game will tell us a lot about the support and resolve of the players and fans.


Greivis Vasquez – Toronto Raptors

Greivis calls into the show as he prepares to host the one-year kickoff party for the 2015 Pan Am Games at Nathan Phillips Square. He discusses his still unofficial new contract with the Raptors and how happy he is to be staying in Toronto, as well as his expectations for the team to grow. He also discusses his earlier comments about getting Kevin Durant to come to Toronto in 2016.

Scott MacArthur – TSN Blue Jays Reporter

Scott joins ahead of tonight’s Blue Jays-Rays series opener to discuss some of the struggles the Jays have gone through over the past month. Scott also looks at what the Jays might be looking to do at the Trade Deadline, but isn’t convinced ownership is willing into a player like Martin Prado. Scott also discusses the Jays prospects of making the postseason with the current roster, and the limitations due to Toronto’s self-imposed salary cap.





July 10: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt chat with Steve Simmons about who the Leafs are leaning towards in their search forRandy Carlyle’s new assistants, and Masai Ujiri checks in to discuss the Kyle Lowry signing and his plan for building the team into a contender.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz, joined by Steve Simmons. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko and Cauz picks up the Kyle Lowry press conference and the guys are joined by Jeff Veillette. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko and Cauz, joined by the Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Steve Simmons – Toronto Sun

Steve Simmons discusses the Leafs assistant coaches and their future. He talks about hiring assistants from within the organization, but does not know whether or not the assistant coach will be able to work with Randy Carlyle. He says the Leafs are building the right way, but only because they got fortunate and lucky with their draft picks and trades. Next, Steve examines the salary cap in the NHL and how the Canadian teams strongly affect it due to the Canadian dollar. He says clearing cap space is something that many teams push in order to pursue All-Star players, the Leafs included, but unlike the NBA it is not as effective in the NHL.

Jeff Veillette – TheLeafsNation.com

If the Leafs are in fact going to promote assistant coaches from within – it seems like it will be King and Dineen from the Marlies. The Leafs seem committed to bringing in some players from the Marlies – and Carter Ashton and Sam Carrick seem like good options if the coaching staff continues with this path. Surprisingly there haven’t been any moves that the Leafs have made this off-season that have been really questionable moves – so no one will say they hit a home run in the off-season but no one will criticize them for making major mistakes.

Masai Ujiri – Toronto Raptors GM

The Raptors are looking for winners to build this team around – and Lowry understands what is important at this point in his career. He has a mentality and has reached a maturity level that has allowed him to take the next step. The Raptors have to create a winning culture if they want to be able to compete and grow as an organization. The team has to be patient and let the players grow if they are going to reach an elite level – they are going to reach these levels with proper development rather than with big splashes.





July 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt tee up Tuesday afternoon’s Brazil/Germany matchup with Jason deVos, and are joined by Tom Haberstroh to get the latest on LeBron’s James’ free agency decision and debate whether Cleveland or Miami would be a better fit.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Joined by Dave Feschuk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Joined by Jesse Spector and Tom Haberstroh. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Joined by Justin Bourne and Jason DeVos. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Dave Feschuk – Toronto Star

Feschuk joined the show to chat a little on his experiences in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. If Germany defeats Brazil in the Semi-Finals Feschuk doesn't believe they will riot although there will be depressed emotions flowing throughout the country. The Jays are in a position of weakness due to Anthopoulos not taking action in making any moves when he had the chance to.

Jesse Spector – National Baseball Writer: Sporting News

Spector joins the show to chat Jays and other news regarding the MLB. He believes that Baltimore is a team that has the ability to stay on top of the AL East. He weighed in on Mike Trout and other players of this "celebrity" status on how their popularity has an impact on baseball and how the MLB markets them.


Tom Haberstroh – ESPN.com

With a lot of speculation as to where LeBron might end up next season, Tom Haberstroh joins the show to discuss the issue. He states that he doesn't see LeBron going to Cleveland, Lebron wants to win championships and he will not be able to do so right away if he goes to Cleveland. "The entire world of sports is waiting for LeBron's decision" Haberstroh says, and he could be waiting this out because he enjoys the power. Haberstroh truly believes that Miami is the best place for a chance at another title for LeBron next season.

Justin Bourne – TheScore.com

Justin joins the show to chat on the NHL free agency. He weighs in on how many great European players don't get looked at like some of the Canadian players that are severely overpaid. Teams such as Chicago might hope for the salary cap to sky rocket in order to be able to resign their stars Toews and Kane to the big contracts they're worth. Justin also weighs in on if Subban is captain material and if the C on the jersey even reflects the leadership in the dressing room and on the ice.

Jason deVos – TSN Soccer Analyst

DeVos joins the show to discuss the World Cup and states right off the bat that he believes the final four teams deserve to be there. He also stated that the gap between the elite and non-elite countries is narrowing and proving to be very entertaining for the sport. With Brazil missing some key players, DeVos says that they do have their work cut out for them today against Germany. DeVos thinks it’s hard to believe that these World Cup games are fixed and that the officials are bribed in any way despite the visible shady dives.





July 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob along with Jonas Siegel are joined by Kevin Pelton to discuss the solid value of Kyle Lowry’s new deal and the possibility of LeBron heading back to Cleveland, and James Mirtle checks in to chat about the Leafs prospect camp and the forward depth the team added this summer.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Joined by James Mirtle. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Joined by Hatem McDadi and Michael Landsberg. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Joined by Kevin Pelton and Gregor Chisholm. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

James Mirtle – The Globe and Mail

James join the show to discuss the beginning of the Leafs prospect camp, and expects the team to have healthy competition throughout the bottom two lines which should look much different this year. Mirtle also talks about how the Kings and Blackhawks are on another level in the Western Conference and that the Leafs need to just focus on competing in the East right now.

Hatem McDadi – Tennis Canada Vice President, Tennis Development

McDadi joins the show to chat on the development of Tennis Canada and the effect this weekend’s success at Wimbledon could have on Canadian tennis. Hatem also discusses his expectations for both Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard to win a Grand Slam, and how despite their success, there is still a sense of another level to reach the truly elite in the sport.

Michael Landsberg – Host, Off the Record

The fastest half-hour of sports radio brings discussion on a variety of topics including where LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony may end up, uncomfortable interviews from past OTR shows, and whether Vince Carter would be welcomed if he decided to return to Toronto as a bench player.


Kevin Pelton – ESPN NBA Insider

Pelton joins the show to discuss the chances and odds of LeBron James actually going back to the Cavaliers, and believes that if LeBron does go to Cleveland a lot of changes will need to occur and the Cavs might actually become a prime destination for stars around the league. Pelton also weighed in on how Kyle Lowry's new contract with the Raptors, and feels the deal has good value for Toronto.

Gregor Chisolm – Blue Jays Reporter, MLB.com

Gregor joins the show to discuss the recent rough patch the Blue Jays have hit, compounded by injuried to the likes of Edwin Encarnacion. Gregor also discusses Jose Bautista's rant towards the instant replay, and believes that Bautista will be fined heavily for expressing his opinion on the Umpires ‘working together’. Gregor also weighs in on the trade deadline and the Jays dependency on the long ball, which they’ll need to continue to rely on.



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