November 1: Show In Review
Bob and Matt chat with Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher about whether Kyle Lowry can be the Raptors point guard of the future and the NFL Network's Rich Eisen checks in to discuss why he thinks the Carolina Panthers will be the NFL’s second half surprise team.
Rich Eisen, NFL Network:
Eisen discussed colleague Deion Sanders's giving nature and ridiculous interior of his home. He also considers the Carolina Panthers to be a sleeper team and how they've continually impressed him this year. It'll be a big test when the Falcons visit on Sunday. Finally, he chatted about his new app "Free Agent", which acts as a matchmaker site. He met his wife in the ESPN newsroom and believes others who works in sports could benefit from it too.
Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report NBA Columnist:
Believes Kyle Lowry can be a long-term solution at point guard for the Raptors, as last year, there was a conflict with Calderon and he definitely has a renewed commitment to his craft right now. He has the ability to be the modern day scoring point guard. Ujiri and the new regime have the patience of the fanbase now, and Ric would advise not to attempt to squeeze out a playoff spot, but rather, put building blocks in place that helps you build for the longterm
October 31: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss the Raptors opener and John Farrell getting his redemption with Bruce Arthur and Darren Pang joins the show to break down another ugly Leafs win.
Bob and Matt chat with NHL on TSN analyst Darren Pang.
Bob and Matt chat with Hockey Night in Canada's P.J Stock and Pro Football Hall of Famer and Westwood One NFL Analyst Rod Woodson.
9:30 - Darren Pang, NHL on TSN:
Randy Carlyle can’t be happy with the chances that are being given up right now, and goaltending is definitely part of the Leafs equation with regards to their success. They’re not playing outstanding defensively, and there are times when as a goaltender, you face a lot of shots and you build your confidence. All that being said, they beat EDM and CAL, not legitimate playoff teams, so they’ll need to be better against stronger teams like Vancouver and Detroit.
10:00 - Mark Brunell, Longtime NFL QB, ESPN NFL Analyst:
Drew Brees is the most professional athlete he’s been around. His preparation is so impressive, and he’s a great player, he’s competitive and the way he approaches his job sets the tone for the rest of his team. Every QB would love to have a WR that’s passionate and wants the ball when the game is on the line. Keenan McCardell always wanted the ball, and while he was demonstrative, he never created any distractions.
10:30 - Bruce Arthur, National Post:
John Farrell screwed up at multiple points during the World Series. He's not the greatest in-game manager, but that doesn't mean he's a bad overall manager. Bruce made some early projections on the Blue Jays in 2014, including an assessment of the best fans should hope for from the starting rotation. In the Raptors opening video montage at the ACC, Drake appeared before Coach Dwane Casey, which was odd. It's unknown if he'll be successful, but Drake will try to recruit the NBA's best to TO.
11:00 - P.J Stock, Hockey Night in Canada:
It’s odd to see that Maple Leafs making the mistakes in their own zone that they do, considering the talent that the team has. Comparing Toronto and Vancouver, the Leafs are deeper offensively than the Canucks, and that’s something that was almost unimaginable just a few short years ago.
11:30 - Rod Woodson, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Westwood One NFL Analyst:
No player is intentionally trying to strike another player in the helmet. Most times the target is lower, but often times, it’s the ball carrier that drops down to take on the hit from the helmet on. Meriweather’s comment was stupid, and he’s just a frustrated player, He also discussed coming into the NFL, and how the most important word to learn as a young player is “no”, because friends and family are always after you for money and other things.
October 30: Show In Review
Matt and Dave Feschuk recap the Leafs shutout win in Edmonton with The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell who says Nazem Kadri is looking like he could be Phil Kessel’s first-line centre and Josh Lewenberg checks in to discuss whether the Raptors can avoid the disastrous start that sunk them last season.
Tim Leiweke rips the previous Raptors regime, Ken Campbell breaks down the rise of Nazem Kadri & another edition of "What They Said, What They Meant." Hour 1 Audio
Ian Rapoport talks NFL, Josh Lewenberg previews the Raptors home opener vs. the Celtics & Will Leitch founder/editor of Deadspin. Hour 2 Audio
Ken Campbell, The Hockey News:
The Oilers really lack grit and leadership, and guys like Ryan Smyth and Andrew Ference can only do so much. This is a team that has a lot of holes, and they’re not necessarily purely on-ice issues. Phil Kessel is developing into a guy who is one of the more dangerous guys in the league, but it almost goes without saying that Kadri is a better fit on the top line as opposed to Bozak.
Ian Rapoport, NFL Network:
Brandon Meriweather has lost all the benefit of the doubt with his comments on Brandon Marshall, and when it comes to the NFL and NFLPA, this isn’t a league that forgets quickly. It’s really not that hard to hit below someone’s head and above their knees, the real problem is, that some have become trained to gun for the head. Now, players are trained to tackle properly, and that’ll reflect in the coming years.
Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter:
This team will have challenges out of the gate with a tough schedule, and they can’t come out and go 4-19 like they did last year. Dwane Casey wouldn’t survive that, nor would some of the players. But if this team does come out slow, some moves could be made in terms of dismantling. We haven’t seen the best out of Rudy Gay, this could be his real coming out party.
Will Leitch, Sports on Earth
The fans in Boston have this sense about them that they have this thing won, but tonight is going to be far from a lock going up against Michael Wacha, who’s been as good as anyone in the postseason. In the wake of the Bargnani trade, the GM was fired and there’s been lots of turmoil. But for Knicks fans, the most frustrating part is that they traded a 1st rounder to get Bargnani, and could’ve probably gotten him for a lot less.
Chris Jericho, Former WWE Superstar
Fun in studio chat with the former WWE Superstar about his career in wrestling, music and his web series.
October 28: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss Nazem Kadri's opportunity and Dion Phaneuf's impending free agency with Dave Feschuk and James Duthie, former Pro Bowl receiver Rod Smith chats about Dez Bryant's outburst and Jim Leyritz of MLB Network checks in to recap Game 4 of the World Series.
Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star:
Every time Kadri has some success, he seems to placate and take a step back. Carlyle can’t let Kadri get too comfortable, but the question is can he be consistent in the 1st line centre role? Reimer has had a lot of success against the Penguins historically, so his strong play wasn’t a total surprise, but he looks like a guy who could be poised for a few starts in a row.
James Duthie, Host of the NHL on TSN:
Would be shocking if Matt Moulson is a Buffalo Sabre at the end of the season, and he’ll be trade deadline fodder. Nonetheless, the Sabres did very to secure all of those assets for an expiring contract in Vanek. It’s hard to say what the Maple Leafs really are, they’re very Jekyll and Hyde. Because Phaneuf is the #1 man and because of the market he plays in, he’s always under scrutiny. But as a #2 or #3, he’s a hugely valuable player for the Leafs.
Jim Leyritz, 2 x World Series Champion w/ NYY
David Ortiz is as locked in as anyone has been in a long time, perhaps since Barry Bonds. To do what Ortiz has done in Boston, being part of what could be part of 3 World Series championship team, that definitely will put him in the mix for a place in the Hall-of-Fame.
Rod Smith, 3 x Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, 2 x Super Bowl Champion with the Denver Broncos
You have to do whatever it takes to get your team fired up, and that’s something Dez Bryant was trying to do. That being said, it’s never ok to call out your teammates, but the reality is, the media tries to compare him and Calvin Johnson, and they are not comparable. RGIII and Mike Shanahan have a very good working relationship, but it seems as if the media is constantly trying to strike a gap between the coach and QB.
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