October 24: Show In Review
Dave and co-host Jeff O’Neill chat with the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson ahead of his team’s game with the Leafs and Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie check in to discuss David Clarkson’s return, Toronto’s decision to keep Morgan Rielly past the 10 game mark and the impending suspension for John Scott.
Dave Naylor and Jeff O'Neill talk about the Leafs and take calls from the listeners for "Ask the O-Dogg". Hour 1 Audio
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob talks about Morgan Rielly staying with the Maple Leafs, and the reason being that he currently is firmly entrenched in the club's top six defenceman. Teams aren't too concerned with burning a year off a player's entry level contract, the big number is the 40th game of the year because then the season counts as a year towards a player's unrestricted free agency. What is going on in Buffalo where the fans and media have turned against GM Darcy Regier? While many are frustrated, ownership supports the long-time GM and a change isn't likely to happen. McKenzie also weighs in on John Scott's pending suspension and Martin Brodeur's recent comments essentially conceding the starting position in New Jersey to Cory Schneider.
5:30 – John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations, Columbus Blue Jackets
John joined the program to talk about the club's season this far ahead of tomorrow night’s matchup against the Leafs. It's a young team that is starting to play better and build off the strong finish they enjoyed to last season. Despite not making the playoffs, the strong finish was important to get everyone associated with the team, including the community, to believe in the direction of the club. Davidson also weighs in on Patrick Kaleta's suspension, the process a team goes through when waiting for a suspension to be handed out, and the steps the NHL has taken for concussion protocol league-wide.
6:00 – Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst, Contributor to MMQB
Andrew joins the show to talk about the St Louis Rams reaching out to Brett Favre. Brandt was formerly an executive with the Green Bay Packers during Favre's time there and regardless of what he stated, the club always planned as though he was coming back. If the call from the Rams came in 2011 then he likely would go play, but at 44 it's unlikely he would return. Brandt also touches on the suspension reduction for Washington's Brandon Meriweather and how this is now a trend for the League which has seen multiple cases of suspension reductions following expedited hearings, the lack of a middle class in the NFL quarterback market and if there is a desire for a minor league system in football.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Darren joined the program to talk about direction the Buffalo Sabres are headed with Patrick Kaleta and John Scott both facing suspensions. There's no way that GM Darcy Regier didn't inform owner Terry Pegula that this would be a trying year, but Pegula can't be happy with the team's image at this point. Dreger also touches on the Leafs decision to keep Morgan Rielly and not return him to junior. The emergence of Rielly gives the club a great deal of flexibility on the back end. The commitment made to Rielly doesn't mean he will be with Toronto for the entire season, and if he struggles could still return to junior. Darren also discusses what to expect from David Clarkson in his first game as a Leaf following his 10-game suspension.
6:30 – Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Reporter at the World Series
Scott joined the show from Boston prior to Game 2 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Red Sox. The performance of the Cardinals in game one made them look more like the lowly Cubs then the pennant-winning Cardinals. Pete Kozma making the mistake on the potential double play ball in the first inning definitely looked like a case of nerves. MacArthur also touches on the blown call that after review, was overturned to the proper call, the Cardinals chances in the series, and the accusations that Jon Lester had some sort of substance in his glove during the game.
6:45 – Mike Hogan & Sandy Annunziata, Toronto Argonauts Broadcast Team live at Rogers Centre
Mike and Sandy join the program ahead of the Argonauts and Blue Bombers live at the Rogers Centre to preview the game, and chat about some of the other issues around the CFL including the disastrous season for Winnipeg, and Chad Kackert’s return to the Argonauts lineup.
October 23: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge chat with David Clarkson about his return to the Leaf lineup and John Lott of the National Post checks in to discuss his new Blue Jays book chronicling the team’s 2013 season.
Dave and Dave Hodge chat with John Lott of the The National Post in studio.
4:30 – John Lott, The National Post, IN STUDIO, Author: Great Expectations, The Lost Blue Jays Season
John Lott talked about his book Great Expectations the Lost Blue Jays Season. John said he knew things weren't going to go as planned by mid April. John said that one of the things that struck him through this season is that so much was new, he also added that a lot of the new pieces weren't from winning environments. John said that when they went in to a slump after the 11 game win streak is when the season went in to tank and ladled the streak as false hope. John touched on Ricky Romero saying that he put too much pressure on himself at the start of pre-season. John says the obvious priority is the pitching staff but they also need to work on fundamentals and need an everyday catcher. John talked about Brett Lawrie's popularity in the club house saying that he did reach a tipping point this season.
5:15 – Bobby Valentine, Former Red Sox Manager
Bobby Valentine said that health is the major factor why the Red Sox are back in the world series. Valentine said the Farrell's managing this year has been absolutely phenomenal. Valentine said that there was nothing really unique about managing the Red Sox but the fans and the ball park was great. Bobby went back in forth with Dave Hodge with the line about Valantine saying he could of taken the Red Sox to the World Series, this lead the interview to a very awkward ending.
5:30 – David Clarkson, Toronto Maple Leafs
David Clarkson very excited to get back and says the Leafs have an unbelievable staff that have kept him in shape in the gym. Dave said that he's happy the Leafs have got off to a good start because it takes a lot of pressure of his back. Clarkson said he will still go out and play the style of game he has been playing all his career. Clarkson said that he's not here to be Phil Kessel he's just here to play his style of hockey.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Darren Dreger talked about Alfredsson playing the Sense tonight for the first time tonight. Dreger said that the Red Wings could be a huge factor why the Senators wont might not make the playoffs. Dreger also talked about the possible change of NHL refs stepping in as soon as helmets come off during a fight. Dreger also talked about the Leafs lack of fights this season saying that winning teams like Chicago bring more toughness then fights.
6:30 – Dan Shulman, ESPN, Live from The World Series in Boston
Shulman thinks the Cardinals have an advantage on paper and thinks the two bes pitchers in the series are Wainwright and Wacha. Dan says that there will be a lot of one run game in this series and thinks it will come down to clutch hitting. Shulman said that if Molina can throw out base runners early in this series it will set the tone and visa versa if the Red Sox can steal of Molina.
6:45 – Simon Whitfield, Recently Retired Canadian Olympian
Simon said after he spent a year away from the competition he realized he wanted to pursue other adventurers. Simon said he loved hockey growing up in Kingston Ontario. Simon also talked about his experience winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Australia. Simon said despite retiring he still plans to be involved with Triathlon and went on to list some of the things he has been doing.
Tomorrow: John Davidson, Blue Jackets, Andrew Brandt, ESPN, Scott MacArthur
October 22: Show In Review
Dave and co-host Dave Hodge are joined by Richard Peddie to discuss his time as the president and CEO of MLSE, including the hiring of two rookie GM’s, Vince Carter and his mom and the new man in charge, Tim Leiweke.
Dave and Dave Hodge chat with Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider and Troy Smith, Als QB and Former Heisman Trophy Winner.
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined in studio by Richard Peddie, former President and CEO of MLSE.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie thinks that Sam Gagner is the most important young guy on the Oilers. Bob says that we're off to a roaring start when it comes to hearings to start the year. Bob also talked the physicality and emotions when players make hits in the NHL. Bob McKenzie talked about the decline of Danny Heatly and still thinks he can be great again.
5:30 – Troy Smith, Als QB and Former Heisman Trophy Winner (2006)
Troy Smith talks about what he was doing before the CFL and a phone call from Cody Hawkins that convinced him to go play in the CFL, he then said a call from Jim Popp it was motivated him to start getting in shape and pursue it. Troy says that the CFL has been a blast for him and commented on the CFL style of play.
6:00 – IN STUDIO: Richard Peddie, Fmr President and CEO of MLSE
Peddie talked about a number of things during his lengthy interview with TSN Drive. Peddie touched upon some decisions he made with the Raptors and Leafs such as the hiring of past GMs like Burke and Colangelo. Peddie also told us that he wasn't a hockey guy and admitted that hiring rookie GMs in Toronto is a mistake. Peddie also went on to talk about the Vince Carter trade saying that they definitely could've got more, he also brought up that Vince's mom was to involved with Carter's career and didn't see him as a good leader for the organization. Peddie also discussed Toronto FC and what he thinks is the causes for there lack of success. Richard Peddie promoted his book called Dream Job and discussed why he named it that.
Tomorrow: Bobby Valentine, Former Red Sox Manager, Dan Shulman live from the World Series, John Lott, The National Post, Andrew Brandt, ESPN
October 21: Show In Review
Coming off a loss to the Stanley Cup champs, things won’t get much easier for the Leafs as they get set to take on the Anaheim Ducks at the ACC on TSN 1050 Tuesday night. Dave and co-host Bruce Arthur are joined by Bob McKenzie to discuss how Toronto’s shortcomings once again surfaced versus the Blackhawks and Darren Dreger checks in to talk about how Ryan Getzlaf has re-established himself as one of the NHL's best.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie isn't surprised the Leafs got dominated against the Blackhawks over the weekend saying that there's a gap between the Blackhawks and the Leafs and a lot of other teams. Bob believes the Leafs are in a vast middle ground with about 20 other teams in the league but will be competitive more nights then not. Bob also updated us on Patrick Keleta's on going suspension appeal. McKenzie reported that the Oilers talked to a lot of teams about goal tending but the talks have cooled down as of late because of how early it is in the season.
5:15 – Herm Edwards, ESPN NFL Analyst
Herm Edwards says that the rule is in the rule book and thinks that the call is just part of the game when asked about the Jets/Patriots outcome yesterday. Herm believes that Rex Ryan is a good football coach and is dealing with a lot of rebuilding right now offensively, Herm thinks that Rex does a good job from week to week coaching this Jets team and doesn't get enough credit. Herm believes you can still be a good football team with out an all-star quality QB using the Chiefs as an example, pointing out how they play a specific type of small ball game to win games. Herm things the Steelers are back in the top 5 defence but still doesn't see them overtaking Cincinnati in there division but maybe a wild card spot.
5:30 – Duane Forde, TSN CFL Analyst
Duane Forde thinks that Troy Smith's performance over the weekend with the Alouettes could be an indication of the future of the team at quarterback, mobility and arm strength were the two key things that Forde noticed about Troy Smith. Duane Forde believes that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats can be the best team in the league on there good days but says it's been a bizarre year for that squad. Duane Forde doesn't think Anthony Calvillo is a top skilled quarterback but described him as one of the most effective QBs of his time.
6:00 – Pete Ward, Indianapolis Colts COO
Pete Ward said that the honouring of Peyton Manning was very deep because he's done so much for the community and the State. Pete says that they did it during the pre game because they didn't know how long the ovation was going to last. Pete says that last night was a revisiting of the emotions that everybody went though the day he left the organization and even called him the ultimate professional. Pete Ward says that the Colts are very fortunate to have a similar guy in Andrew Luck to step in right after Payton. Pete Ward says that the Colts will definitely honour Manning when he retires and doesn't think Jim Irsay and Payton have any more hard feelings.
6:15 – DARREN DREGER, TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger called the Anaheim Ducks a team on the move and says that resurgence of Perry and Getzlaf is there key to success this year. Dreger said that Getzlaf is very hard to over look for team Canada. Dreger said that everyone knows Liles is on the trading block but his cap hit is what concerns most teams. Dreger thinks that Morgan Riley is a lock to stay with the team.
6:30 – Steve Simmons, Sun Media / The Reporters / Canadian Media Award Winner
Steve Simmons called his award winning humbling and is shocked at the standing ovation. Simmons says that his father instilled passion in to him and says that his father was the biggest and most passionate sports nut he knew. Steve says that the Maple Leafs can't play the sloppy hockey they play and win games. Steve Simmons thinks Kessel is playing the perimeter to much and wants to see him go to the net and get rebounds.
Tomorrow: Richard Peddie, In Studio, Troy Smith, QB, Als and former Ohio Buckeye
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