October 25: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined Blue Jackets analyst Jody Shelley to discuss the role of enforcers, ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh checks in to chat about why he thinks the Raptors are ready to surprise and former NFL QB Mark Malone joins the guys and says he disagrees with those who think Tom Brady is regressing.
10:00 - Jody Shelley, Longtime NHLer, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Jackets Analyst:
Shelley was adamant that there is still a role for the enforcer in the NHL. The media is over-thinking it when it says that because the average player is so much stronger than previous decades that the enforcer has no place in the league. The enforcer role has evolved, with several players, like Colton Orr and even John Scott who's "got some game", moving up and down the lines, contributing much more than just fighting.
10:15 - Tom Haberstroh, ESPN NBA Analyst
The power struggle between Lowry and Calderon muddled the Raptors season last year, and the current starting 5, as ordained this season, outscored the opposition by 12 points a game per 48 minutes last season. He also has Dwane Casey as the Coach of the Year, and expects the Raptors to make the playoffs. Kyle Lowry is in a contract season and is coming into the year in the best shape of his career.
11:00 - Mark Malone, Former NFL QB, Host of Under Centre on NBC Sports Radio with Donovan McNabb
When you look at Cam Newton, he has all the tools to be one of the best QB’s in the NFL. It’s more about the intangibles with him. His weapons around him, between LaFell, Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams, are pretty solid, but it’s on him to develop into the potential player that he can be, especially from a maturity standpoint. There’s no regression with Tom Brady, it’s more about the trust, or lackthereof, that he has with his receiving options.
October 24: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss John Scott’s hot and his impending punishment with Adam Proteau, Craig Button checks in to break down the Leafs decision to keep Morgan Reilly and former NFL running back Jamal Lewis joins the boys to talk about his days playing with Peyton Manning.
Adam Proteau, The Hockey News
David Clarkson is a good player and he’ll make a difference for the Leafs, but this is a team that’s been very successful in his absence. John Scott is a one-dimensional player, and if the NHL is serious about getting the nonsense out of the game, John Scott doesn’t belong. The best way to get the kind of stuff that we saw from Scott last night is to hit them in the pocketbook, and that’s exactly what should happen in this instance.
Jamal Lewis, Former 2000 Yard Rusher with the Baltimore Ravens, Longtime NFL RB
Told a great story about Peyton Manning in his time at Tennessee, and how he demonstrated leadership by admitting that he went out on a night on the town that wasn’t mandated by the team in front of the entire team, and the others who joined him quickly admitted to it as well. He also chatted about how fantasy football is perceived in NFL locker rooms, and how they’re not a big deal to most players.
Craig Button, NHL on TSN
Morgan Rielly has shown no indication that he’s not capable of being a real contributor to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the entire season. It’s a continuous evaluation, and it’s the same with Sean Monahan in Calgary. It’s a possibility that both Toronto and Calgary could send their young stars to the World Juniors. David Clarkson adds an element of grit and toughness that’s so valuable and key to winning in the National Hockey League.
October 23: Show In Review
Bob and Matt recap last night’shat trick performance by Phil Kessel with James Mirtle and preview the World Series with longtime MLB closer Brad Lidge.
Bob and Matt are joined by James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail. Hour 1 Audio
Bob and Matt are joined by Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star and Greg Bedard of Sports Illustated/MMQB.com. Hour 2 Audio
Bob and Matt are joined by Brad Lidge, Longtime MLB Closer and Sirius XM MLB Radio Analyst and Lorenzo Neal, Longtime NFL Fullback, Comcast Bay Area NFL Analyst. Hour 3 Audio
9:15 - James Mirtle, Globe and Mail
Phil Kessel is a streaky player, and that is inherent with goal scorers like Kessel is, that’s just how it is. What you don’t want to see is the disappearing act, you want to see pucks at the net every game. The Leafs defence definitely has room to improve; all of the blueliners can play better than they have throughout the season.
10:00 - Cathal Kelly, Toronto Star
The Raptors have the best fan experience in the city, partially due to the cost efficiency, so to say that the fans don’t care or are a problem is a mistake. Kyle Lowry wants to call his own number on the court, so if you look elsewhere for a guy who can help his team succeed, you look at DeRozan. He’s really come into his own in terms of his conditioning, and has flipped the switch in his mind and could be ready to come into his own on the court. Julyan Stone is a guy who might end up being the backup point guard, and he’s really impressed early on.
10:30 - Greg Bedard, Sports Illustated/MMQB.com
The rash of injuries around the NFL is very disconcerting, particularly because of the quality of players that are being lost for the season. The reality is, there’s lots of luck involved in the situation, and in a sport like football, and players are going to blow out their ACLs or get concussions.
11:00 - Brad Lidge, Longtime MLB Closer, Sirius XM MLB Radio Analyst
The man who closed out the 2008 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies joined the show to discuss the feelings and energy that come from an experience like shutting the door and winning a championship for your team. He also chatted about why closers have difficulty getting more than 3 outs with a save, and what Shane Victorino brings to the Red Sox. The Red Sox are deeper with starting pitching, but the Cardinals bullpen might be the difference. They have the best middle relief, as they have 3 guys throwing 100 MPH there in St. Louis.
11:30 - Lorenzo Neal, Longtime NFL Fullback, Comcast Bay Area NFL Analyst
Considers Arian Foster to be the 2nd best running back in the NFL, but Frank Gore is a guy who can do everything, and when he has a push from his offensive line, he’s as good as anyone. Marshawn Lynch is also in the conversation. Life after football can be very difficult for some, but the importance of staying active cannot be overstated.
October 21: Show In Review
Bob and Matt chat with ESPN football insider Phil Savage about how Andrew Luck and the Colts ruined Peyton Manning’s return to Indy, Rob Pizzo of HNIC Radio talks about how the Leafs poor plat has finally caught up to them and MLB.com analyst Frank Catalanotto previews the World Series and discusses the Jim Leyland retirement news.
Frank Catalanotto, Longtime MLBer, MLB.com Analyst
Leyland is a great manager and he’s going to be missed, but bringing in a new voice is not necessarily a bad thing. They need someone to hold guys accountable, and someone that runs a tighter ship, would make more sense for that group of guys. The playoffs define players a lot of the time, but it’s not always fair. Player do go through slumps, and the advantage definitely goes to the pitchers in colder weather, so that factors in as well.
Rob Pizzo, HNIC Radio
It was obvious through their 6-1 start the Leafs were not playing nearly as well as their record; Randy Carlyle alluded to it by mentioning the hockey gods. The Buffalo Sabres are a mess - making their two UFAs in Vanek and Ott co-captains was bizarre. Pizzo also discussed what's made the Ducks so tough this year, and that the Panthers should look to trade their whole team before the deadline.
Phil Savage, Former GM of the Cleveland Browns, ESPN NFL Insider
Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis was great theatre. When Manning was hit for a safety, he was rattled, and the ball was not coming out with a lot of velocity from that point on. Savage also addressed whether he'd trade Adrian Peterson, given the Vikings' irrelevance. While it sounds sensible, it's very unlikely given the uncertainty at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.
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