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July 11: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl and Todd Hlushko are joined by Tim Reynolds to chat about the latest rumours surrounding LeBron James, and Dab Shulman checks in to discuss the controversy surrounding Adam Lind’s foot injury.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike/Todd chat World Cup, & the Raptors re-introduce Kyle Lowry after re-signing him to a four year contract extension. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike/Todd break down the latest on the LeBron James saga, & Argonauts linebacker Shea Emry previews Saturday's game vs. the Stampeders. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning joined by Dan Shulman and Rich Peverley. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:45 Shea Emry – Toronto Argonauts Linebacker

Obviously it’s a great thrill to be returning to the Argos after getting injured last Saturday vs. Saskatchewan. The most important thing for a player is to be open/honest with the trainers/medical staff because “head injuries are no laughing matter.” Defensive coordinator Tim Burke has been a welcome addition to the Argonauts & has brought an entirely new defensive scheme to the organization. Burke & the players are still in the “feeling out process” however there is a sense of familiarity from their time together in Montreal. Dwight Anderson has been a welcome addition & has brought a heightened sense of accountability to the locker room. Toronto now needs to make sure they don’t get too overconfident vs. Calgary on Saturday despite injuries to key players Jon Cornish/Nik Lewis.

8:15 Dan Shulman – Voice Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN/TSN MLB Analyst

Unfortunately the lawsuit is still pending however the clips are online “therefore everyone can make their own judgment.” Adam Lind getting medical advice from his mom was interesting however this story has been grossly blown out of proportion. The only strange thing is “if Lind had reoccurring pain why didn’t the medical staff decide to take an MRI sooner?” Clayton Kershaw continues to amaze & has superseded Justin Verlander as “the best pitcher in baseball.” Adam Wainright is another talented pitcher however Kershaw has been able to sustain this pace from year to year & is only twenty six years old. The strange thing is that Kershaw can walk around pretty much anywhere outside of Los Angeles & not be recognized, is baseball to blame for their inability to promote their stars?

8:30 Tim Reynolds – Covers Miami Heat for Associated Press

No one has any idea where LeBron will end up. The coverage of the “LeBron Watch 2014” has been absolutely embarrassing from a media perspective because we are basically “feeding the bear.” Mr. Reynolds spoke with Dwyane Wade yesterday & gave no inclination as to what LeBron’s decision might be. As of 10PM last night the Miami Heat are still waiting…. & the end result is that the entire league has come to a standstill. Mr. Reynolds also feels that “Pat Riley was able to sell LeBron on Miami the same way he did four years ago.” Perhaps Riley was summoned to simply show LeBron the numbers & say “this is the best we can do, does this work for you?” It’s also difficult to asses how signings of Josh McRoberts & Danny Granger will end up working out.

8:45 Rich Peverley – Dallas Stars Forward

The road to recovery has been a long/ongoing process however the main focus is getting healthy. Jim Nill’s shrew off-season acquisitions (Spezza/Hemsky) should provide an enormous amount of depth which is essential for the success of any franchise. UFA Ray Whitney was an absolute treat to play with & truly seems like he could play “forever.” Obviously Ray took a step back this season however he would still be a welcome boon for any organization. At this point Rich doesn’t know if he will be able to play next season. Mr. Peverley had an ablation (procedure where they create a new electrical pathway to your heart) & will have more answers once he completes his medication. Obviously Rich would love to play again “however it has to be under the right circumstances.”





July 10: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl and Todd Hlushko tee up Saturday’s Argos-Bombers game on TSN 1050 with Mike O’Shea and Swayze Waters, and Josh Lewenberg checks in to discuss Masai Ujir’s success in re-signing his free agents including starting point guard Kyle Lowry.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike/Todd recap Argentina's win, Jays fall to the Angels, & David Ortiz speaks out! Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike O'Shea discusses the Blue Bombers 2-0 record, & Argos kicker Swayze Watters previews Saturday's game vs. the Stampeders. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning discussing the Leafs roster, the Jays' injury problems, and the Raptors future. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:00 Mike O’Shea – Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coach

Beating the Argonauts in week one didn’t really mean anything aside from the fact that Winnipeg was able to walk away with the victory. Obviously there are some major differences between being a CFL head coach in Toronto vs. Winnipeg. The CFL is a completely different animal in Winnipeg where the entire community has embraced the Bombers as “their team.” There are quite a lot of similarities between Winnipeg/Saskatchewan because both are immensely passionate fan bases. Third year QB Drew Willy has been a solid addition to the Bombers & shares many similar characteristics to hall of famer Ricky Ray.

7:30 Swayze Waters – Toronto Argonauts Kicker

Last week’s 45-18 win over the Roughriders was essential because “the last thing you want to do is start the season 0-2.” Now it’s about making sure that momentum carries over to Saturday’s game vs. the Calgary Stampeders. Waters decided to change numbers prior to this season based on an emotional moment regarding one of his best friends. It should be another fascinating season for the Argos some come out & support your team!

7:45 Jonas Siegel – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Analyst

The most interesting part of Brendan Shanahan message was that “there are plenty of jobs to be had.” Expect lots of internal competition among the bottom six forwards, which is a stark contrast to the previous regime that chose to fill these roles with veterans. Expect Carter Ashton & Peter Holland to “get a longer look” & perhaps play a much larger role with the team next season. Petter Granberg is a highly touted prospect & Maple Leafs brass feels that he can be a legitimate #6-#7 defenseman with the big club next season. Granberg is the type of player who blocks shots & kills penalties & could be a solid addition to the team. This is a completely different approach compared to last year where Carlyle & company went with the same defensive pairings for the bulk of the season. No one is exactly sure why Toronto let defenseman TJ Brennan sign with the Islanders, perhaps management didn’t see him fitting into a long-term role with the Maple Leafs?

8:15 Scott Ferguson – TSN MLB Analyst

The Adam Lind broken foot injury was quite embarrassing for all parties involved & now management has to deal with a player on the shelf for the next 6-8 weeks. Initially the medical staff thought it was a deep bone bruise, but clearly this wasn’t the case. Now Toronto finds themselves approaching the trade deadline without one of their best hitters in the lineup. This injury will be extremely difficult for the Jays to overcome & a trade isn’t likely because the asking price is far too outrageous. It’s probably best for general manager Alex Anthopoulos to stand pat because the American League East is a rather weak division. The Tampa Bay Rays also find themselves with an interesting decision regarding David Price because if they keep winning over the next two weeks “they could be back in it.”

8:30 Josh Lewenberg – Toronto Raptors NBA Beat Reporter

Greivis Vaquez’s thinly veiled tweet indicated that something was in the works therefore we shouldn’t be too surprised to see him re-sign with the Raptors. Ujiri has lived up to his word “re-signing his own free agents in a quick/efficient manner.” The Raptors now have something they haven’t had in a while…depth. This should go a long way helping this once moribund franchise finally “take the next step.” Ujiri did a great job of signing both Lowry/Vasquez to efficient contracts that won’t handicap the long-term future of this team. There is no question that this is now “Lowry’s team.” NBA free agency continues to be a major storyline with players such as LeBron, Carmelo, etc… looking for that big payday.

8:45 Steve Kolbe – Host of “Penguins Live” on Penguins Radio 24/7

Many people figured that something was wrong with Sidney Crosby based on his poor post-season performance & now medical reports indicate that he will need surgery on his right wrist. The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed a lot of free agents to one year deals which indicates that there could be a lot of turnover at the end of next season. Steve Downie should be a welcome addition because he knows his role & has played with high profile characters such as Stamkos/Duchene.





July 10: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl and Todd Hlushko tee up Saturday’s Argos-Bombers game on TSN 1050 with Mike O’Shea and Swayze Waters, and Josh Lewenberg checks in to discuss Masai Ujir’s success in re-signing his free agents including starting point guard Kyle Lowry.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike/Todd recap Argentina's win, Jays fall to the Angels, & David Ortiz speaks out! Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike O'Shea discusses the Blue Bombers 2-0 record, & Argos kicker Swayze Watters previews Saturday's game vs. the Stampeders. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning discussing the Leafs roster, the Jays' injury problems, and the Raptors future. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:00 Mike O’Shea – Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coach

Beating the Argonauts in week one didn’t really mean anything aside from the fact that Winnipeg was able to walk away with the victory. Obviously there are some major differences between being a CFL head coach in Toronto vs. Winnipeg. The CFL is a completely different animal in Winnipeg where the entire community has embraced the Bombers as “their team.” There are quite a lot of similarities between Winnipeg/Saskatchewan because both are immensely passionate fan bases. Third year QB Drew Willy has been a solid addition to the Bombers & shares many similar characteristics to hall of famer Ricky Ray.

7:30 Swayze Waters – Toronto Argonauts Kicker

Last week’s 45-18 win over the Roughriders was essential because “the last thing you want to do is start the season 0-2.” Now it’s about making sure that momentum carries over to Saturday’s game vs. the Calgary Stampeders. Waters decided to change numbers prior to this season based on an emotional moment regarding one of his best friends. It should be another fascinating season for the Argos some come out & support your team!

7:45 Jonas Siegel – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Analyst

The most interesting part of Brendan Shanahan message was that “there are plenty of jobs to be had.” Expect lots of internal competition among the bottom six forwards, which is a stark contrast to the previous regime that chose to fill these roles with veterans. Expect Carter Ashton & Peter Holland to “get a longer look” & perhaps play a much larger role with the team next season. Petter Granberg is a highly touted prospect & Maple Leafs brass feels that he can be a legitimate #6-#7 defenseman with the big club next season. Granberg is the type of player who blocks shots & kills penalties & could be a solid addition to the team. This is a completely different approach compared to last year where Carlyle & company went with the same defensive pairings for the bulk of the season. No one is exactly sure why Toronto let defenseman TJ Brennan sign with the Islanders, perhaps management didn’t see him fitting into a long-term role with the Maple Leafs?

8:15 Scott Ferguson – TSN MLB Analyst

The Adam Lind broken foot injury was quite embarrassing for all parties involved & now management has to deal with a player on the shelf for the next 6-8 weeks. Initially the medical staff thought it was a deep bone bruise, but clearly this wasn’t the case. Now Toronto finds themselves approaching the trade deadline without one of their best hitters in the lineup. This injury will be extremely difficult for the Jays to overcome & a trade isn’t likely because the asking price is far too outrageous. It’s probably best for general manager Alex Anthopoulos to stand pat because the American League East is a rather weak division. The Tampa Bay Rays also find themselves with an interesting decision regarding David Price because if they keep winning over the next two weeks “they could be back in it.”

8:30 Josh Lewenberg – Toronto Raptors NBA Beat Reporter

Greivis Vaquez’s thinly veiled tweet indicated that something was in the works therefore we shouldn’t be too surprised to see him re-sign with the Raptors. Ujiri has lived up to his word “re-signing his own free agents in a quick/efficient manner.” The Raptors now have something they haven’t had in a while…depth. This should go a long way helping this once moribund franchise finally “take the next step.” Ujiri did a great job of signing both Lowry/Vasquez to efficient contracts that won’t handicap the long-term future of this team. There is no question that this is now “Lowry’s team.” NBA free agency continues to be a major storyline with players such as LeBron, Carmelo, etc… looking for that big payday.

8:45 Steve Kolbe – Host of “Penguins Live” on Penguins Radio 24/7

Many people figured that something was wrong with Sidney Crosby based on his poor post-season performance & now medical reports indicate that he will need surgery on his right wrist. The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed a lot of free agents to one year deals which indicates that there could be a lot of turnover at the end of next season. Steve Downie should be a welcome addition because he knows his role & has played with high profile characters such as Stamkos/Duchene.





July 9: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl and Todd Hlushko recap Brazil’s stunning World Cup semi-final loss, and are joined by Paul Hendrick to chat about James Reimer’s future with the Leafs and the positive impact Stephane Robidas will have on a young Toronto defence.

Audio:

Hour 1:

David/Todd recap Germany's 7-1 rout over Brazil, Jays shut out the Angels, & another edition of "Bastl's Bytes." Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV joins David/Todd to discuss a busy off-season in the NHL. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Actress Nikki Benz joins David Bastl & Todd Hlushko in-studio to discuss a variety of topics. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:45 Paul Hendrick – Leafs TV Sideline Reporter

At this point the two million dollar question is whether or not backup goaltender James Reimer returns to the Maple Leafs next season. Reimer is scheduled for arbitration later this summer however Toronto doesn’t exactly have a contingency plan in case Jonathan Bernier gets injured next season. Management doesn’t want to simply “give away Reimer” therefore it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. Goaltenders are generally quite difficult to move therefore we should anticipate Reimer at camp in September. Unfortunately former Marlies starting goaltender Drew MacIntyre elected to sign with Hurricanes essentially removing “another insurance policy for the Maple Leafs.” Expect defenseman Stephane Robidas to bring a much needed stability to the blue line. Robidas isn’t a flashy player however his veteran presence should be a welcome boon for Gardiner/Rielly/Granberg. We should also expect Petter Grannberg to legitimately challenge for a spot on the Leafs roster in September.





July 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave along with Todd Hlushko are joined by Sean Fitz-Gerald to chat about where Mike Santorelli will fit in with the Leafs and what the team may do with James Reimer, and Kristian Jack checks in to tee up Tuesday afternoon’s Germany/Brazil matchup on TSN 1050.

Audio:

Hour 1:

David/Todd preview today's semifinal between Germany/Brazil, Jays fall to the Angels, & Rockets offer Chris Bosh a max contract. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Steve Simmons chats Blue Jays, & Sean Fitzgerald of the National Post discusses the Maple Leafs off-season. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Joined by Kristian Jack, Chuck Gormley and the Argos cheerleaders. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

It’s safe to say that the “sky is falling” for the Toronto Blue Jays who are now sport a disturbing 10-20 record over the past thirty games. The saddest part is that 2014 started out with so much promise…. The bottom line is that health & lack of organizational depth have played a major role in this collapse (see Lawrie/Bautista/Encarnacion) Sergio Santos was initially brought in to be a closer until Casey Janssen stepped up & seized the role. Jose Reyes has to be the most disappointing player on the Blue Jays because he has made several poor defensive plays in recent weeks (see last night vs. Anaheim) If the Jays can remain within 2-3 games of the Orioles at the beginning of August “they may still have a shot” at winning the division/making the playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs probably shouldn’t be too interested in free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto who has really “fallen off the map over the last year & a half.”

7:45 Sean Fitzgerald – Sports Reporter National Post

Mike Santorelli has played for a few teams (Florida/Vancouver) that Maple Leaf fans might not be that familiar with. 10 goals in 49 games with the Canucks last season indicate that Santorelli does indeed have some offensive flair to his game. Perhaps Santorelli fits in as the Leafs second line winger next season? Toronto will still have some wiggle room after signing all of their RFA’s therefore “it will be interesting to see what the bigger picture is.” The NHL tends to shut down during the month of August therefore we should expect the Leafs assistant coaches to be named sometime over the next week. Would the Leafs have interest in free agent Peter Mueller (a once highly touted prospect?) The goaltending market has dried up & you have to wonder what will become of James Reimer? Reimer is a very competitive individual but he isn’t the type of player who “rocks the boat.”

8:15 Kristian Jack – TSN Soccer Analyst

Today’s Brazil vs. Germany game should be an absolute treat to watch. The question is how Brazil/Germany will respond to the Neymar injury which really seems to have taken over as a major headline. Brazil definitely has the ability to win without Neymar however Germany is the clear cut favourite heading into this match. The bottom line is that Brazil can’t use the Neymar injury as an excuse & could receive an emotional boost from the home crowd. Germany has to continue their midfield dominance in order to walk away with the win.

8:30 Chuck Gormley – Capitals Insider for CSNwashington.com

The Washington Capitals made some interesting decisions by signing free agent defenseman Brooks Orpik/Matt Niskanen. Now the question remains “what becomes of the long-term future of Mike Green?” The Capitals would love to acquire a second line centre however newly minted head coach Barry Trotz has indicated that he is “very happy with the current lineup.” Washington will definitely need a bounce back season from goaltender Braden Holtby (who is on the last of a two year deal) Former Capitals head coach Adam Oates made some adjustments to the goaltending (encouraging them to play deeper in the net) which really seemed to affect Holtby’s confidence. It will be interesting to see how Holtby responds with a new head/goalie coach at the helm. Barry Trotz has already proved his worth as a head coach (players wanted to sign here because of him) however the million dollar question is “how Ovechkin will respond to Trotz?” Oates would probably be better served as an assistant coach with another NHL team next season based on his body of work over the past two seasons.





July 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave along with Todd Hlushko are joined by Josh Lewenberg to recap the Raptors’ recent signings and deals and discusses the latest news surrounding LeBron James, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to chat about whether the Blue Jays can stay afloat minus Edwin Encarnacion.

Audio:

Hour 1:

David/Todd recap all the World Cup action, Helene St.James talks Red Wings, & Josh Lewenberg breaks down the Raptors' signings over the weekend. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Jon Montgomery previews the second season of "Amazing Race Canada" & the Blue Jays fall to the Athletics. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave and Todd are joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Dirk Hayhurst. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:30 Helene St. James – Journalist Detroit Free Press

At this point the gut feeling is the Daniel Alfredsson will return to Detroit next season however is back injury has slowed down the recovery process. The Red Wings “swung & missed” on free agent defenseman such as Dan Boyle/Matt Niskanen but were able to re-sign Kyle Quincey to a two year deal. The Red Wings desperately need to retool a defense that simply hasn’t got it done in the playoffs would have interest in Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers? The asking price for Myers would probably have to include one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, or Anthony Mantha (who will get a good chance to make the team this year) Despite the lack of activity in free agency Detroit still remains a popular free agent destination because you get a chance to play with Datsyuk/Zetterberg. Second line centre Stephen Weiss had a difficult first season with Detroit & both parties seem to have hit the “reset button.”

6:45 Josh Lewenberg – Toronto Raptors Beat Reporter

There was always the possibility that Kyle Lowry would leave Toronto especially with “championship caliber teams” such as Los Angeles/Miami chasing the highly sought after free agent. Lowry was the best available point guard on the market however the teams that were bidding for his services ultimately couldn’t offer the same amount of money as Toronto. Patrick Patterson’s decision to re-sign with the Raptors was a byproduct of the Kyle Lowry signing & the Steve Novak trade. It’s difficult to determine if Patterson will continue to come off the bench thanks to the nagging injuries/contract uncertainty surrounding Amir Johnson. Three years at eighteen million dollars might be a little bit too much for a “reserve forward” however Raptors management feels that Patterson is capable of much more than that. The focus now shifts towards locking up Greivis Vasquez & whether or not the team decides to sign Vince Carter. Expect these players to sign with the following teams: Vince Carter (Dallas) Carmelo Anthony (New York) & LeBron/Wade/Bosh (Miami)

8:00 Kartik Krishnaiyer – World Soccer Talk Senior Writer

Of the four remaining teams in World Cup (Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands) the Dutch team is probably the most surprising. This was supposed to be a rebuild year for the Dutch team that wasn’t supposed to make it out of the group based on their collapse at Euro 2012. It’s actually been quite refreshing to see “how this team has come together at just the right moment.” Argentina hasn’t played very well up to this point & the Netherlands will need a spirited performance from Arjen Robben. Tomorrows match up between Germany/Brazil should be fascinating to watch, because you have to wonder how the host nation will overcome the loss of Thiago Silva & Neymar Jr. This injury should give Germany a major advantage tomorrow afternoon. Mr. Krishnaiyer predicted that Germany/Argetina will advance to the World Cup finals.

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst

The Blue Jays ended up facing the pitcher they were trying to acquire (Jeff Samardzija) & now how to deal with the loss of Edwin Encarnacion. The timing of this injury is tricky for the Blue Jays because this team is still undecided when it comes to “going all in” for this season. Nolan Reimold is more of a depth transaction however you are dealing with a once highly touted prospect who has battled injuries throughout his career. Expect Encarnacion to return in the next 15-20 days, & he should benefit from some much needed time off during the All-Star break. If Encarnacion comes back a little earlier he should be expected to fill the role of designated hitter. The Blue Jays offense is almost like a crustacean (hard outer shell & soft interior) & now the team seems destined for a below .500 record by the time we hit the All-Star break. We’ve already started to see some escalation in baseball (see Jeff Samardzija) therefore it will be interesting to see how the rest of the marketplace reacts.



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