October 31: Show In Review
Filling in for Dave, Bill Hayes and co-host Jeff O’Neill chat with Ricky Ray about his landmark season and the Argos mindset heading into the playoffs, and Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger join the show to discuss the surprising Steve Downie-Max Talbot deal.
Bill Hayes and Jeff O'Neill talk about the Red Sox World Series win and are joined by Ricky Ray. Hour 1 Audio
RICKY RAY, Argos QB
Argos quaterback Ricky Ray joined the program to talk about his unbelievable numbers and the Argos success this season. With only two interceptions and a 77 percent completion rate, Ray is having one of his best seasons ever. Coach Scott Milanovich preaches protecting the ball so the team has focused on that, also luck has played into things. With the majority of guys returning on Offense this season, the team expected to be more consistent throughout the year on that side of the ball. With the quarterback not playing this week, followed by the bye next week, it will be three weeks between starts, but with all the time off from injuries the past two years, the lay-off doesn't worry Ray at all. As the playoffs approach it doesn't matter to the team who they play, and won't even bother thinking about that until their match-up is decided.
BOB MCKENZIE, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to talk about the Avalanche-Flyers trade which saw Maxime Talbot go to Colorado for Steve Downie. The trade was originally surprising as Downie had been playing very well for the Avalanche, but Talbot is a great veteran and is the type of player the young Avalanche need. Downie became expendable with the performance of PA Parenteau. The Avalanche also likely won't have to make a decision on what to do with Semyon Varlamov in the wake of his arrest, as the NHL will likely make a ruling on his availability once they receive more information on the charges he is facing. With another disappointing start to the season in Edmonton, Craig MacTavish is preaching patience as this current Oilers club is more then one move away from becoming a contender. McKenzie also downplays any James Reimer trade rumours as the Leafs are very happy with the depth at the goaltending position and would have to be blown away to move the netminder.
PJ CARLESIMO, ESPN NBA Analyst
ESPN NBA Analyst PJ Carlesimo joined the program to talk about the start to the NBA season. Philadelphia shocked everyone with how they played last night in beating the Heat. The Heat were likely suffering from a big letdown following the season opening blowout of Chicago, and Michael Carter-Williams had a rookie debut for the ages in leading the Sixers to the upset. Through 17 games of the NBA season, 15 home teams have won, and the comfort level players feel when at home is likely the reason for that more then the fans. Carlesimo also previewed the Raptors season and that they are good enough to make the playoffs and should avoid tanking. After the top five teams, the Eastern Conference is wide open and the Raptors have as good a chance as anybody at grabbing the 6,7, or 8th playoff spot. With all the talk of the loaded draft coming up, it's important to remember that veteran players win games, not young players. The Raptors have some talented players on the roster and need to decide which pieces they have can help them contend for a title.
ANDREW BRANDT, NFL Business Reporter
NFL Business Reporter Andrew Brandt joined the program to discuss the NFL trade deadline. Lots of reasons why there is virtually no movement at the NFL deadline, mostly because football is such a schematic game that makes it hard for players to change organizations and schemes mid-season. A player like Jared Allen in Minnesota was offered to many teams but the fact he makes almost $1 million per game scared most teams off. The Vikings adding Josh Freeman before the deadline was more about moving on from Christian Ponder then adding the future QB of the franchise. Today's NFL operates minute-by-minute and many players, like Ponder or Blaine Gabbert, aren't given the time to develop that they used to get in previous years. A player like Alex Smith of the Chiefs shows what patience can do for a player. Brandt also touches on NFL players' futures as stock options and the NFL in London.
DARREN DREGER, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the John Scott suspension. Seven games feels like the right number for a first-time offender like Scott. The NHLPA and Scott handled this situation well as there was a firestorm that erupted right after the hit, but has subsided now. If Scott was a repeat offender it likely would have been double-digit games. Until players get the message, the NHL will continue with the suspensions and Carter Ashton can expect to receive a few games for his hit last night. Dreger also touches on the Maxime Talbot-Steve Downie trade. Anytime a top-six forward is traded for a bottom-six forward it leads to speculation as to off-the-ice issues, but Downie's problem was his discipline on the ice, and Patrick Roy craved Talbot's veteran leadership. Edmonton would have loved to add a player like Downie but is very hesitant to move one of their top talents as they are more then one move from the playoffs.
SCOTT MACARTHUR, TSN 1050 Baseball Reporter
TSN 1050 Baseball Reporter Scott MacArthur joined the show to talk about the Boston Red Sox World Series run. The atmosphere at Fenway Park last night was unbelievable and on par with the best sporting experiences MacArthur has experienced. It was a really special time in Boston for a city that is still healing from the tragedy of the marathon. John Farrell did a great job wiping the slate clean from the disappointment of last season and the veterans on the club bought in immediately. The health and performance of the pitching staff was a major reason for the club's success, and with this postseason run David Ortiz has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest Red Sox of all-time. For the Jays to succeed next season they need the health and performance of the pitching staff to rival what the Sox got this year. The club expected Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow to deliver over 30 combined wins and due to injuries and poor performance they only got four combined wins. If the Jays can improve on defense and get the performance they expect from their pitchers then they can contend.
October 30: Show In Review
Dave and co-host Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie to discuss Nazem Kadri’s first-line centre role and R.A. Dickey checks in to chat about his Gold Glove award and the Jays 2014 expectations.
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Indianapolis Star and BUTLER University Beat reporter Zachary Keefer.
4:30 – Zachary Keefer, Indianapolis Star, BUTLER University Beat
Zachary Keefer said that when the news broke about Brad Stevens leaving Butler it was only his third day on the job, he described it as a stunning day and that the city of Indianapolis froze. Keefer said that a lot of the people he talked to to get information about the story didn't really know what was going on. Keefer said that Butler and Stevens handled the news very well. Keefer doesn't think there will be another coach like Brad Stevens and also added he wasn't surprised they hired his assistant in Brandon Miller because that's what the organization does traditionally.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie feels the Oilers need to work through this current slump with Yakupov and says they need to ride things out and develop him. McKenzie says that Kadri is a young player who experiences high high's and low low's and went on to call him the most skilled player on the Leafs who can be stubborn at times. McKenzie thinks that Jay Feaster and Brian Burke can work out long term. McKenzie doesn't think Alex Steen can keep this scoring pace up but says Steen is a good hockey player who does everything his coach asks.
5:15 – RA Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher
RA Dickey said that he had to do every thing right before he got to the big leagues because he knew that the little things would get him there. Dickey said that he's not watching the World Series because it's painful to watch. Dickey thinks having the pitcher hit makes the game more pure and feels it makes for quicker games. Dickey said that having the dome open or close doesn't matter and that he needs to be better.
6:00 – Dan Shulman, ESPN, Calling World Series Game 6 Tonight
Shulman doesn't think that this series is over yet but and thinks the Cardinals have a pitching advantage in these last two games. Shulman thinks that the Cardinals need to get more out of Matt Carpenter in order to have success. Shulman expects tonight to be another tense low scoring game and feels like somebody is going to make a mistake tonight and somebody is going to get a big hit. Shulman said that the Cardinals didn't expect this much this soon from Michael Wacha. Shulman talked about possible playoff MVP saying that if the Red Sox win he can see Ortiz and Lester splitting the award.
6:30 – Jay Feaster, Calgary Flames GM
Jay Feaster said that his team had a good start but says they haven't been quit as good this past road trip. Feaster said that there still trying to find what they have in Ramo and feels Joey McDonald can be a very good backup in the NHL but doesn't think he's a starter, he also added that they would like to see what they have in Rito Berra. Jay Feaster spoke very highly of Brian Burke's involvement with the Flames and says that he's somebody they can go to to get advice on players. Feaster also talked about Joel Colborne saying that he's been very good and the coaches have been very pleased with him.
Tomorrow: 4:00pm – Ask the ODog with Jeff O’Neill, 5:00pm – Bob McKenzie, 5:30pm – Ricky Ray, Argos QB, 6:00pm – Andrew Brandt, ESPN, 6:15pm – Darren Dreger
October 29: Show In Review
Dave and co-host Dave Hodge are joined by Raptors head coach Dwane Casey to talk about his team heading into the 2013-14 NBA season and Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie check in to shed some light on the details of the Thomas Vanek deal.
4:30 – Jerrell Freeman, Indianapolis Colts LB
Talked about how the CFL helped him get a starting job in the NFL for the Colts. Freeman said that the coaches in the CFL made him do a lot of different things that improved his game. Freeman said he didn't even know Canada had a football league but he had a great time playing there. Freeman says there are no concerns with his past concussion and says he definitely understand the NFL protocols when it comes to concussion.
4:45 – Keith Law, ESPN MLB Analyst
Says the Cardinals need to stop throwing David Ortiz fastballs and says that Ortiz is just all around a great hitter not just an October hitter. Law says that fans want to believe in clutch but Law says it's just statistical blips that inflate their stats. Law says that Wacha's command for a young guy is unbelievably good. Law says that Lesters ability to locate his fastball was on point last night and puts him second to David Ortiz for playoff MVP.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie broke down the financial aspects of the Vanek trade saying that the Sabers needed to retain some salary in order to make the trade. Bob also talked about the possibility of Ryan Miller getting traded and where he might end. Bob talked about the Rangers struggles saying that injuries has a big part of it but everything seems to be going wrong with them. McKenzie said that Sam Gagner might be the kind of player to have an impact for the Oilers because he's one of the more well rounded players on that team.
5:30 – Adam Grossman, Boston Red Sox VP of Marketing
Grossman talked about how Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli started growing beards in spring training and since then hasn't stopped and from then it caught on with other players. Grossman talked about the possibility of turning these beards in to something charitable with the shaving of the beards but says they need to win the World Series first.
6:00 – Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors Head Coach
Casey said that last year his team learned how to fight through adversity going through that tough start. Casey said that in order to win a championship in this league you need super stars and feels the Raptors are growing and have a little bit of everything at this point. Casey said that last year he stressed a lot of offense in training camp but this year it was 65-70 percent defense. Casey said that Masi did an excellent job bringing in three-point shooters and says that Rudy and Demar really worked on their three pointers through pre-season.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger said that the Leafs had some interest in Thomas Vanek but it included a roster player and he doesn't really fit the Leafs need or cap space. Dreger says that he's not buying Carlyle's comments on Kadri and says that Kadri's play has just been okay so far. Dreger talked about the goalie market and the possibility of the Oilers making a deal with the Ducks for one of their goalies.
6:30 – Brian Kopp, STATS Inc Sr VP of Sports Solutions
Brian Kopp said that they were originally only going to have these cameras in place in twenty arenas this year but the NBA pushed them to do all thirty. Kopp said that these new cameras will let us know more in depth information on things like rebounds and players speed. Kopp says that they are starting to track secondary assist and free throw assist. Kopp says that they are going to start measuring more defensive stats with this information and says it will benefit teams a lot. Kopp says it's to early to tell how this will change the NBA but indicated we are going to be able to measure the value of players that don't show up on the score sheet.
Tomorrow: Dan Shulman, Sam Mitchell
October 28: Show In Review
Dave and co-host Bruce Arthur are joined by Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger to discuss the Thomas Vanek/Matt Moulson deal and whether Ryan Miller is the next Sabre to go.
Dave and Bruce are joined by Dave Feschuk to recap the weekend in sports. Hour 1 Audio
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Discussed the reasons why Vanek was traded to the Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson. If the Islanders don't make the playoffs, Vanek would probably be traded again to another team prior to the trade deadline. Garth Snow believes that they have a lot of young players and prospects and that rolling the dice on this deal was the right thing to do. Buffalo used to be an organization that used to watch their cap, but now they have made moves and threw money at players that weren't Sabres. The salary cap will be going up next year and any team that can afford to pay Vanek the same money that Kessel makes will find a way to pay him.
5:15 – TSN CFL Analyst Duane Forde
Ranked the number two team in the CFL as the Toronto Argonauts after the Calgary Stampeders. Calgary has been consistent all year and the Toronto defense is not the same as last year. Ricky Ray has looked better than he was last year and the depth of their receiving core proves the team to be second after Calgary. The third team would be the Saskatchewan Roughriders, although they have been far less consistent during the second half of the season. Drew Tate at the end of last year got the chance to get the ball at the end of the year after battling an injury. Without Chris Williams Hamilton has lacked in speed. Montreal has found their answer in Troy Smith at the quarterback position.
6:00 – Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star
Discussed access to the umpires in the MLB from the media after call were reversed during the World Series. The union realizes that the DH players make a lot more money than the other players on the bench. Part of the appeal for fans is to be able to think along with the manager and strategize without the DH. The Cardinals can stretch out a few runs that they weren't able to in game one. The Red Sox won't be able to win two in a row at Fenway. The Blue Jays have a long way to go in terms of being able to handle the media during the World Series.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Discussed the reasoning for bringing up John-Michael Liles for the road trip out west. There should be seven defense just in case someone gets hurt or the flu. The Leafs want to showcase him because he has a heavy contract that they want to get rid of. Edmonton is on a list that Ryan Miller doesn't want to go to. Miller wants to go west, he would prefer to go to San Jose, Los Angeles, or Anaheim, but they all have solid goaltenders.
6:30 – ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton
Believes that Russell Wilson will have to run around a lot and avoid getting hits. The Seawhawks are a deep football team, Wilson has the best instincts when it comes to getting rid of the ball when he is in trouble. It will be doubtful to see any big name trades at the NFL deadline tomorrow. There are a few injuries this week but there aren't many deep receivers to be dealing and the big names' salaries are too high. Chip Kelly hasn't adjusted his offense since coming to the NFL. It still works but he is trying to use too much of a running style, Vick ran 33% of his plays with the read option; it is more geared to run than passing.
Tomorrow: Keith Law, ESPN, Dwayne Casey, Toronto Raptors Head Coach
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