March 21: Show In Review
Filling in for Matt, Mike Hogan, along with Bob are joined by Jonas Siegel to discuss how the Leafs dressing room is reacting to the mounting pressure, and Andrew Zimbalist checks in to discuss his new baseball sabermetric book.
Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter
The Leafs do a great job of ignoring the outside noise from the media and fans, they have a quiet internal confidence, and have shrugged it aside as a young and cocky group.
Andrew Zimbalist, Sports Economist, Author of “The Sabermetric Revolution”
Noted sports economist Andrew Zimbalist joined Bob Mackowycz and Mike Hogan to discuss his new book "The Sabermetric Revolution." They chatted about how there a discrepancy about certain advanced statistics in the world of baseball. Certain websites like " Fangraphs" and "Baseball Prospectus" tally up Sabermetrics differently in many respects so it is difficult to come to a consensus as to what means what in MLB.
March 20: Show In Review
Filling in for Matt, Mike Hogan along with Bob dissect the latest Leafs loss last night versus the Lightning with Dave Feschuk and James Mirtle, and Jack Armstrong checks in to break down the key players and teams to watch in March Madness.
Bob Mackowycz and Mike Hogan were joined by James Mirtle to talk Leafs and in studio by Jack Armstrong to discuss March Madness. Hour 3 Audio
Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star:
We’re starting to see the Leafs top line wear down, and you can apply the logic that these guys might be wearing down. Add in the Olympics, and it’s understandable that fatigue could play a part. James Reimer has been nothing but professional in his time with Toronto, but there’s definitely a scenario in which Reimer could return, but he clearly wants to be a #1 and that’s not going to happen in Toronto.
Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com
It’s impossible to completely rule out Esmil Rogers as a member of rotation, considering the struggles of all the members of the rotation. No one has really seized the opportunity for the club, and the team is still waiting for someone to step up. There has to be a little bit of uneasiness with the Blue Jays right now, as this is a team that’s very similar to the one that struggled mightily last year.
Ari Nissim, National Football Post, Former Director of Football Administration with the New York Jets
Nissim joined Macko and Hogan to reflect back on his time with the New York Jets, how negotiations work between a player and an organization, and the relationship between the owners and management types in the NFL.
Jack Armstrong, NBA/NCAA on TSN
Fun in studio chat with The Coach teeing up the NCAA Tournament.
James Mirtle, Globe and Mail
It’s been a long time coming for the Leafs depth forwards, and part of the problem is having a 4th line that can break the drought, and it puts a lot of pressure on the 2nd and 3rd lines. The way the team is built, its not a sustainable way for the Leafs to win, you can’t outscore your problems constantly. You have to wonder if Jake Gardiner will be in a Cody Franson-esque situation come training camp, as it doesn’t appear that they’re big on Gardiner.
March 19: Show In Review
Filling in for Matt, Mike Hogan along with Bob chat with Scott MacArthur about how the Blue Jays rotation is shaping up following a rough start for Ricky Romero and Doug Gottlieb checks in to analyze some of the top seeds in March Madness.
Scotty MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter:
You can’t get hung up on who’s pitching 1 through 5, as they have no defined ace. Can Brandon Morrow produce quality innings over a long stretch? We’ll find out, but the Jays are using the calendar to help him and stretch him out and get him as ready as he can be early on in the season. Romero is trying to maintain a positive mindset, but this was definitely a big step back.
Doug Gottlieb, Host of “The Doug Gottlieb Show” on CBS Sports Radio
Tyler Ennis is a really good player, and it usually takes a kid a few years to establish themselves as a premier point guard, but he’s picked up the college game extremely well. Doesn’t particularly like either Kansas or Wichita St, in spite of their high seeds.
March 18: Show In Review
Filling in for Matt, Mike Hogan joins Bob to break down James Reimer taking the crease tonight versus the Red Wings with Kevin McGran and Chris Osgood, and Dwayne De Rosario checks in to recap Jermaine Defoe’s standout performance in Toronto FC’s opener and the buzz the team is creating around the city leading up to their Saturday home opener.
Bob Mackowycz and Mike Hogan, talk Leafs/Wings, Raptors, Jim Irsay, and are joined by Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. Hour 1 Audio
Kevin McGran, Toronto Star
The more a goalie plays, the better a goalie gets, and that’s particularly true with both Bernier and Reimer. The Leafs are going to continue to ride their top dogs, you can’t expect a reduction in ice time for guys like Kessel, Bozak and JVR. Troy Bodie has really won the confidence of the coaches and players, and he’s really improved as the season has gone on.
Chris Osgood, Longtime NHL Goaltender, 3 x Stanley Cup Champion, FOX Sports Detroit NHL Analyst
Recovering from a groin injury as a goaltender is very challenging, and it’s something you have to give time so as not to re-aggravate, especially considering his importance to the Leafs. Osgood also reflected back on fighting Patrick Roy more than 15 years ago, and watching Patrick Roy’s final game in Montreal from the bench as a Red Wing.
Eric Macramalla, TSN Legal Analyst
Jeffrey Kessler says that the NCAA makes billions of dollars in revenue each year, and everyone is enjoying the success is except for the athletes. He believes it constitutes an antitrust law violation.
Michael Landsberg, Host of Off The Record
The host of OTR joined the show to chat about his appearance on “The Social” yesterday, and how the Leafs stack up.
Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC
It was a perfect start for both the team and Jermaine Defoe on Saturday against Seattle, especially considering how tough it is to play in Seattle. The feel and energy is palpable in the fanbase, and there really is a fresh buzz around the club.
Doug Glanville, Longtime MLBer, ESPN MLB Analyst
To get back to what he once was, Ricky Romero really needs to take baby steps, and do what he can to remind himself of what he once had. There’s no doubt he’s lost his mental game, but he can be a tremendous influence on some of the younger pitchers with the Blue Jays. Center Field is a very important position, unlike left or right field. You really need to have a knowledge of the game, and have the range that’s necessary.
March 17: Show In Review
Filling in for Matt, Dave Feschuk joins Bob to break down the Leafs Sunday afternoon loss to the Capitals with James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel and touch on the possibility of a Toronto-Montreal playoff series with James Duthie.
Bob Mackowycz and Dave Feschuk were joined by James Mirtle. Hour 1 Audio
Bob Mackowycz and Dave Feschuk were joined by Matt Devlin, Kristian Jack and James Duthie to discuss Raptors, TFC, and NHL playoff picture. Hour 2 Audio
Bob Mackowycz and Dave Feschuk were joined by Gregor Chisholm and Jonas Siegel. Hour 3 Audio
James Mirtle, Globe and Mail:
The Caps PP was very effective last night, and the Leafs really made it a focus to shadow Alex Ovechkin and not let him rip one-timers, and that really didn’t yield benefits yesterday. There are a lot of inconsistencies with the plus/minus stat, so Ovechkin’s poor showing in that stat doesn’t necessarily mean all that much.
Matt Devlin, Raptors Play-by-Play Voice:
The concussion protocols in basketball are obviously a lot more lenient in the NBA as opposed to the NHL and NFL. If Kyle Lowry were to miss time, Greivis Vasquez could step in and do a solid job in his stead if need be. Brooklyn is a serious threat to the Raptors, and if they were to meet in the playoffs, it’d be a hell of a matchup.
Kristian Jack, TSN Soccer Analyst:
It really was the perfect start for Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon, and while they know there is a long way to go here, it certainly was a very remarkable start to what was a remarkable offseason for the franchise.
James Duthie, NHL on TSN:
The Leafs aren’t wearing out their top line too much, and while they’re playing a lot of minutes, they’ll get back on track. The potential series between Toronto and Montreal really would be a pick ‘em series. The Leafs have played a similar style all season, while Montreal has been all over the place.
Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com:
The Morrow situation is a little bizarre, and injury concerns certainly seem like the most plausible explanation for pushing him back in the rotation. It likely has more to do with giving him more time to get ready for the start of the season. J.A Happ has been the Jays biggest mystery so far at Spring Training, as he came into camp with a guaranteed job, and lost it, and yesterday, Gibbons asserted that he would be in the rotation again.
Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter:
Phil Kessel has gone pointless in 5 of his last 7 games, and it’s apparent that they’ll need to get their secondary scoring going. We even saw Randy Carlyle split up the dynamic top line for a few shifts, so the Leafs are looking for answers. It appears that the confidence is slagging with the powerplay, but they did show some progress last night.
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