December 6: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by Jonas Siegel to break down last night’s standout performance by Jonathan Bernier versus the Stars, Shawn Simpson checks in to discuss the Sens’ struggles and Saturday’s matchup with the Leafs and former NFL receiver Keenan McCardell stops by to talk Week 14 in the NFL.
December 5: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by Dave Feschuk to chat about Phil Kessel’s play so far this season and Masai Ujiri checks in to discuss his plans for the Raptors roster moving forward.
Macko and Cauz were joined by Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star.
Macko and Cauz were joined by Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors GM and Jim Duquette, Former MLB General Manager, MLB Network Radio Host.
Macko and Cauz were joined by Eric Hinske, Longtime MLBer, Former Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, New Chicago Cubs 1st Base Coach and Ted Johnson, 3 x Super Bowl Champion, Co-Host of the Fred and Ted Show on CBS Houston.
9:15 - Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star:
People talk about Kessel as the Leafs ironman, but he plays a very self preserving style. For Kessel, if you’re not playing with a top centre, maybe we’re asking too much of him. We’ve never seen him play with a Mats Sundin type player, and perhaps he would thrive if he was paired with a more prominent player down the middle.
10:00 - Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors GM:
Though the collapse in Golden State was unfortunate for the Raptors, Ujiri knows the barrage the Warriors can throw at a team from his days in Denver. Ujiri had a clear message for Raptors fans - this team will not be caught in "no man's land" and will make moves accordingly. Ujiri described the Raptors' low assist ranking as an "issue" - guys aren't selfish, but the roster's redundancy and style of play may be the chief causes.
10:30 - Jim Duquette, Former MLB General Manager, MLB Network Radio Host:
The Ellsbury contract certainly looks ugly at this point, and might for many years to come, but taking him away from the Red Sox will assuage the concern. Would consider trading one of Aaron Sanchez or Marcus Stroman in a deal for a Jeff Samardzija type. Toronto could reasonably get him, and his stuff has gotten a lot better in the last few seasons. That’d be a significant upgrade for their rotation.
11:00 - Eric Hinske, Longtime MLBer, Former Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, New Chicago Cubs 1st Base Coach:
Hinske discussed the transition of key player to role player, where he had to check his ego in order to prolong his career. A member of three straight World Series teams, the craziest parties he experiences were as a member of the Yankees, with Jay Z's champagne being sprayed everywhere. As the Cubs new first base coach, Hinske is excited for his role - to take the batter's arm guard and congratulate him for a good at bat.
11:30 - Ted Johnson, 3 x Super Bowl Champion, Co-Host of the Fred and Ted Show on CBS Houston
Case Keenum’s first ever NFL start came in the first game in which he was active. Looking back on Tom Brady’s first start, a game that Ted Johnson played in, Keenum’s first start was more impressive. Some believe that Jadaveon Clowney is less of a gamble than a college QB, but even if there is no surefire franchise QB, the Texans desperately need a QB to groom for the future.
December 4: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss the Raptors’ collapse versus the Warriors last night with Josh Lewenberg, Joe Sheehan breaks down the Ellsbury and Navarro signings and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green chats about the struggles of RG III and the Redskins.
10:00 - Darrell Green, Pro Football Hall of Fame DB, 7 x Pro Bowler
Before RGIII ever took a snap, he was so famous and revered, and to his credit, he came out and performed at a high level. You’re talking about being outmanned at certain positions, it’s not all on RGIII. Green has called Roger Goodell on a number of occasions, and doesn’t want to see six figure fines for hits that players can’t really prevent. He also presented an idea about safeties playing closer to the line of scrimmage, which would prevent a lot of crushing hits and promote more man-to-man coverage.
11:15 - Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter
The Raptors have a flawed roster, and looking at the team, it seems like people are waiting for the shoe to drop for the team by Masai Ujiri. As much as Dwane Casey is searching for answers, you have to wonder if the Raptors ever believed last night was a game they could win, in spite of their massive lead in the 3rd Q.
11:30 - Joe Sheehan, Sports Illustrated
Dioner Navarro is a solid catcher, he’s not going to light up the league, but he’s a serviceable guy who’s a decent defender. Sure, the Yankees took Ellsbury from the Red Sox, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good signing. It’s a lot of money and a lot of term for an injury prone speed guy, and it didn’t work out so well with Carl Crawford.
December 3: Show In Review
Live from the ACC, Bob and Matt are joined by Craig Button to discuss Team Canada’s World Jr. selection roster, and James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel check in to chat about David Clarkson’s inability to get comfortable in Randy Carlyle’s system.
9:15 - Craig Button - TSN Resident Scout
Craig chats about the Leafs defensive problems with a large drop off in talent on the back end after Dion Phaneuf, and also looks ahead to the World Juniors, and discusses Canada's camp-roster announcement yesterday. Connor McDavid is more than capable of playing at the Under-18 level. If there were 38 players invited, Max Domi would be there, but there are lots of players who deserve to be there who ultimately won't be.
10:15 - Jonas Siegel - TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter
Jonas stops by the show live from the ACC to talk about the Leafs struggles of late, and the criticism of a lack of leadership in the dressing room. Jonas also discusses criticism of Phil Kessel and his reluctance to buy into the system, which only seems to be an issue when Kessel is struggling and the Leafs are losing. Jonathan Bernier seems to be getting frustrated with the amount of shots the Leafs are allowing.
10:30 - James Mirtle - The Globe and Mail
James joins the guys live at the ACC to discuss a number of issues facing the Leafs right now, including David Clarkson's struggles to find his game, having never really been a defensive player in New Jersey. James also wonders if Carlyle's system doesn't seem to fit with this Leafs team, and some of the issues Carlyle has had with the likes of Jake Gardiner and his earlier issues with young players like Bobby Ryan in Anaheim.
11:00 - Jamie Baker - Former NHLer, now
The former Shark, joins the show to discuss some of the issues that plague teams in Western time zones, and the tendency for coaches and GMs to build big, strong teams to help deal with the tough travel schedule. Jamie also talks about Brent Burns and his ability to play the forward position naturally, and how the range of different ages on the Sharks have found a way to gel effectively.
11:30 - Jon Kitna - Long-time NFL Quarterback
Jon joins the show and begins talking about his charity efforts with the high school he grew up in, which he is now a math teacher at. Jon also addresses parents who are reluctant to let their children play football, and despite the fact that there are definite safety issues, it's a great game for kids to learn and play. Jon also discusses coming up as a backup quarterback and getting to see what it takes to be a starter in the NFL.
December 2: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss Dion Phaneuf and Jason Spezza with Jeff O’Neill and James Duthie, and the boys recap Week 13 in the NFL and tee up tonight’s pivotal Monday Night Football matchup on TSN 1050 with Seth Wickersham and Tim Brown.
9:15 - Jeff O’Neill, TSN 1050 NHL Analyst
Dion Phaneuf really picks his spots when it comes to fighting, and that was disappointing. This is one of the reasons he’s not endeared to the fan base as much as a guy like Wendel Clark.
10:00 - James Duthie, NHL on TSN
Jason Spezza has not embraced the captaincy in Ottawa, and it appears as perhaps the Sens should have given the C to someone like Chris Phillips. Duthie expects the Leafs to make the playoffs in spite of their recent struggles.
10:30 - Seth Wickersham, ESPN the Magazine
Peyton Manning is a lot wiser handling his body this year and he’s been looking as healthy as he’s looked all season. For both the Saints and Seahawks tonight, it’s really a statement game. Both teams are top contenders, and are looking to solidify their standing.
11:00 - Tim Brown, 9 x Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, 5th All-Time in NFL Receiving Yards
One of the greatest WR’s in NFL history joined Bob and Matt to discuss some of the amazing performances we saw from wideouts yesterday. Between Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffrey and Eric Decker’s 4 TD’s, Sunday was full of incredible performances from some of the NFL’s bright young stars.
11:30 - Michael Landsberg, Host of Off The Record
OTR’s Host joined Macko and Cauz to chat about the struggling Leafs, the possibility of a Jake Gardiner trade and if the NFL could work in Toronto.
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