July 25: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Mark Zecchino to break down round one of the Canadian Open, and Dan Shulman checks in to discuss the impact Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez can have on the Blue Jays’ playoff chances.


Hour 1:

Jays defeat the Red Sox, round two of the Canadian Open kicks off, & the Cleveland Cavaliers officially sign Andrew Wiggins. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mark Zecchino previews round two of the Canadian Open, & Cavs.com beat writer Joe Gabriele discusses the signing of Andrew Wiggins. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour three of Mike Richards in the Morning. Hour 3 Audio

July 23: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl discuss the Leafs’ surprise hiring of Kyle Dubas, and Jeff Keeping joins the guys to chat about how the Argos are preparing for their tough road test versus the Roughriders.


Hour 1:

Lincoln Louttit discusses the hiring of Kyle Dubas, & the Blue Jays strike back vs. the Red Sox. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Royal Montreal Golf club associate pro Jason Moxam previews the Canadian Open, & Argos Jeff Keeping discusses Saturday's game vs. the Roughriders. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike Brophy discusses the hiring of Kyle Dubas, & Tony Massarotti from "98.5 The Sports Hub" chats Red Sox/Patriots. Hour 3 Audio


6:30 Lincoln Louttit – CTV Sports Reporter in Sault Ste. Marie

Kyle Dubas is a bit of an unknown however he has been with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds & broken several records along the way. This decision comes as a complete shock because “no one had any idea that this hiring was imminent.” Dubas did make one mistake as GM (trading for Jack Campbell) however this trade should be viewed as a learning experience during his tenure with the Maple Leafs.

7:15 Jason Moxam – Associate Pro “Royal Montreal Golf Club”

Royal Montreal Golf Club is a very difficult course & with a par of 70 “it’s one of the longer courses on the tour.” This is a “second shot golf course” meaning your first shot needs to be on the fairway in order to have success. The whole “60 year Canadian drought angle” might be a bit overblown because every golfer has pressure heading into this event.”

7:30 Jeff Keeping – Toronto Argonauts Offensive Lineman

Obviously when you have Ricky Ray as your quarterback there is always a chance to win a Grey Cup. The Argos aren’t very happy with their 1-3 record but there is still plenty of time to “turn this ship around.” The Ottawa Redblacks are a very good football team “despite their expansion status” & ultimately walked away with a win after a late field goal sealed the Argos fate. Toronto picked up their lone victory of the season vs. the Roughriders & need to get back to that identity/mentality in order to get things back on track.

8:15 Mike Brophy – CBC.CA Columnist

The Maple Leafs are coming off a year filled with disappointments so perhaps there’s no direction to go but up? Toronto definitely benefits from the fact that they are in a wide open Eastern Conference (aside from Boston/Pittsburgh) Perhaps more concerning is that fact that Toronto has had a nasty habit of rewarding failure (see Kessel/Phaneuf) Brendan Shanahan’s hiring of Kyle Dubas shows that he “is slowly starting to put his stamp on this team.” However you have to wonder if there is simply “too many cooks in the kitchen?”

8:45 Tony Massarotti – Host “The Felger & Mazz Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub”

The Red Sox are entering a critical junction of the season & would be best to trade Jake Peavy as soon as possible in order to maximize his value. The last three years have been wildly inconsistent for Boston therefore “fans aren’t exactly sure what to expect.” The biggest difference between this year vs. last year has been the shocking regression of Dustin Pedroia. It’s also quite possible that the Red Sox miss Jacoby Ellsbury more than they would like to admit. The New England Patriots are gearing up for another season however their pass defense has been a major achilles heel. The Patriots got completely picked apart in last years playoffs vs. the Broncos however many feel that they have shored up their weaknesses ‘for at least a year.”

July 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Richard Griffin to discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos and the Jays could go into “sell mode” if the team continues to struggle, and Paul Hendrick checks in to chat about Cody Franson’s future with the Leafs.


Hour 1:

Maple Leafs re-sign Cody Franson, Blue Jays fall to the Red Sox, & Mike Weir/Graham DeLaet/David Hearn preview the Canadian Open. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Leafs TV reporter Paul Hendrick joins Mike Richards & David Bastl to discuss the latest on the Maple Leafs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Richard Griffin – Toronto Star MLB Columnist and John Murphy – Host “The John Murphy Show” on WGR 550 join. Hour 3 Audio


7:45 Paul Hendrick – Leafs TV Sideline Reporter

Cody Franson’s “third one year deal” creates quite a bit of flexibility for both parties & Toronto feels that they have a solid prospect (Petter Granberg) that will be able to crack the lineup as a 6th-7th defenseman heading into this season. The Maple Leafs had a small taste of play-off atmosphere two years ago drawing comparisons to the early 2000’s vs. Ottawa. Leaf fans are searching for a degree of consistency/success in order to adopt that “all in mentality.” Perhaps the Leafs can benefit from the raucous atmosphere created by the Raptors during last years play-off series. William Nylander should be a welcome boon after coming off a solid season with Modo, therefore this could be the perfect opportunity for him to “ferment until appropriate.”

8:15 Richard Griffin – Toronto Star MLB Columnist

The Blue Jays are about to embark on a ten game road swing & their record on road trips indicate that “fans might be in for a tight roller coaster ride.” If management decided to “sell off their marquee assets” the Jays would probably be 2-3 years away from being competitive. At this point common logic would indicate that we have finally seen the untimely end of Sergio Santos. This move would allow the Jays to free up some salary & perhaps use this money to acquire another asset. Toronto can take solace in the fact that they play in a mediocre division where “the top spot is up for grabs.” Other teams to focus on over the next few weeks include the Angels/A’s/Tigers/Mariners.

8:45 John Murphy – Host “The John Murphy Show” on WGR 550

The Buffalo Bills are definitely “trending upward” & could be one of the surprise teams heading into the 2014 campaign. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been a “breath of fresh air” & is already turning heads after a few days at training camp. It will also be interesting to see how the chemistry continues to develop between Manuel/Watkins. Defensive end Mario Williams has had a difficult time living up to lofty expectations since his arrival in Buffalo, however the defense is solid & he should be good for at least 22 sacks this season. Williams was a former #1 overall pick & is viewed as a solid locker room presence who “pretty much keeps to himself.” It will also be interesting to see how Jim Schwartz adjusts to his new role as defensive coordinator. Other areas of intrigue include how the Bills will overcome the loss of Kiko Alonso/Jairus Byrd. The bottom line is that 9-10 wins is a very realistic goal for the upcoming season.

July 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Mark Zecchino to recap Rory McIlroy’s British Open win, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to discuss how Alex Anthopoulos and the Jays are reaching a critical point in their schedule.


Hour 1:

Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, Jays defeat the Rangers, & Argos fall to the Redblacks. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Kevin James joins Mike Richards & David Bastl in-studio & Steve Simmons discusses the latest on Cody Franson & James Reimer. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst and Mark Zecchino – Host “Golf Talk Canada” join. Hour 3 Audio


7:45 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

It’s not surprising to see backup goaltender James Reimer still on the Maple Leafs roster even though his arbitration hearing is only seven days away. Arbitration can be a very difficult/delicate process for the players “therefore it would be better for Franson/Reimer to be represented by their agents instead of attending the hearing themselves.” Franson’s camp is believed to be asking for roughly 4.2 million & Leafs management has allegedly countered with an offer in the 2 million dollar range. It’s quite conceivable that both parties meet in the middle (just around the three million dollar mark).

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst

Alex Anthopoulos is approaching a critical junction in his tenure as GM of the Blue Jays. The problem is that Anthopoulos can’t convince investors to just “go out & make a trade just for the fun of it” which makes finding another trading partner a difficult endeavor. Another team that has adopted this “price conscious micro upgrades in order to stay in contention” blueprint is (shockingly enough) the New York Yankees. It’s painfully obvious that the Jays don’t have the horses to “win it all” leaving management in quite the conundrum.

8:45 Mark Zecchino – Host “Golf Talk Canada”

Rory McIlroy held of a late fourth round charge from Sergio Garcia & Rickie Fowler to capture his third major in a wire-to-wire victory at Royal Liverpool. When McIlroy is at his best he draws comparisons to legends such as Woods/Nicklaus however his biggest challenge remains consistency. Sergio Garcia continues to be a golfer that hasn’t been able to live up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon him. Garcia has a habit of only bringing his “A game” during the Ryder Cup despite a relatively strong finish at yesterday’s British Open. As the old saying goes “positive thoughts producer positive shots.” Perhaps Garcia needs to adjust his mental approach & “loosen up a bit” in order to finally secure his first major title? Keep your eye on J.B. Holmes (a man who has overcome two brain surgeries) & has quickly emerged as the favourite for the “2014 comeback player of the year.”

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