September 4: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by the Torono Star’s Cathal Kelly to discuss the breaking news of Toronto FC parting ways with Kevin Payne, and Darren Dreger checks in to discuss the Kadri and Franson contract negotiations.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Dan Shulman, the voice of MLB on ESPN. Hour 1 Audio
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Darren Dreger, Argos president Chris Rudge, and the Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly. Hour 2 Audio
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by ESPN NFL writer John Clayton and quarterback coach Steve Clarkson. Hour 3 Audio
4:30 – Dan Shulman- The Voice of MLB on ESPN
Touches on the fact that more needs to be done to benefit small market teams. Toronto is not considered a "small market team"... it does however have a big payroll revenue at times and the complete opposite at other times. He also spoke about scouting in baseball and how it is just as much a science as it is an art. If you make a mistake in hitting the ball, it could be the difference of a line drive or ground out. He then moves on to the topic of pitching in baseball right now...He says that you can never have enough pitching. Really good pitching will outdo really good offense any day. Shulman believes that the Dodgers have the best pitchers in the league right now. Their #1 and #2 pitchers are better than any teams, #1 and #2 pitcher. They have become a likeable team, and a lot of other people are choosing them as possible contenders for this years World Series. However, if they don't make it past the first round in the playoffs, their manager Don Mattingly could lose his job. Finally, they talk about pitching injuries in baseball, and how there is still no clear answer as to why they occur so often. Shulman's theories on this topic are that, pitching is an "unnatural" motion, and if you are going to break, you are going to break. He also believes that pitchers shouldn't lift as many weights as they do. Muscles get bigger, but ligaments and tendons don't; so if you get too big, it won't be able to support your frame.
5:00 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger talks about the fact that Kadri’s negotiation is tougher than Franson’s. He says it’s because you are dealing with an inexperienced personality, in Kadri. Franson fit in last year, and had a great year with the Leafs. There is no reason to think they don’t value that…His only downfall was his agent forgetting to file for salary arbitration. Franson could get signed for a 1-2 year deal and maybe that will lead him to UFA. Kadri, hasn't even played 100 games yet so, he should stop talking about the contract. He should continue to train, and get ready for the upcoming NHL season. Take the two year bridge for under 3 million and then earn a bigger paycheck down the road. Kadri is just as much an AHL player has he is an NHL player. He was asking for very high amounts of money, and he can say what he wants VIA Twitter, but the facts are known, he wanted a big chunk of change, on a multi-year deal, that just won’t happen.
5:30 – Chris Rudge: Toronto Argonauts President and CEO
It's an unfortunate set of circumstances, we were limited to the RC, between events and the MLB... So the Argos were unable to play labour day Monday. However, the future in that stadium for the Argo's is alright, because we have reached an agreement the lease just needs to be signed and a few insurance and technical issues need to be resolved, but the lease gives us hope for a home for possibly the next 5 years.
The decision of staying there for the next 5 years, is what it is, because there is no other place for the Argos to play.
MLSE "buying" the Argos: it has been an option.. in the sports world we work together on a lot of projects. We share information on ticketing, and we work with MLSE on a number of things.
5:45 – Cathal Kelly, The Toronto Star
Discusses TFC parting ways with Kevin Payne...if Tim Leiweke comes in and doesn't see what he wants to see then he is forced to make a change. Tim Leiweke gave him 25 million dollars, said go out and buy players to make the best team, but it just didn't happen. They want/need a young guy, and numbers guy that is going to pay mind to all the details, and help the team win. Also, someone that can go out and convince players to come and play for Toronto. Payne's downfall is that he went out and tried to find players with "big names" but once they got on the team they did not deliver.
6:00 – John Clayton- Senior Writer ESPN
Speaks out about why teams are not wanting to keep more insurance in terms of veteran QB's. He says its a gamble, but there will be times when the team will get burned without it. At some point there must be another QB even if it's just a practice squad player, but right now only 14 teams right now have 2 QB's on the active roster. He touches upon the Jet's and says that they are a very interesting team to talk about...Also, with the addition of Rex Ryan, they are going down the toilet very quickly, and it's interesting to see it happen. Clayton talks about RG3 and his expectations during the season... "he is going to have a slow start, because any QB who is not played in the preseason, always has a slow start. From a safety standpoint, hopefully they don't put him in to many running positions, because it can cause further injury."
6:30 – Steve Clarkson, QB Guru and Tim Tebow's former coach
If he wants to continue his career as a QB, he needs to get over the inital shock. The worst thing he can do is wait around for this to all fall back in place next year. He may have to go somewhere in which he can continue to hone his craft, and get into a competitive environment.
If his best possible shot is to play in the CFL and then go back to the NFL, he would most probably do it. Once he got in the environment and saw the passion for the game that people have, he would enjoy it in Canada. It would also be a way for him to continue his career, and not just sit around. His best QB skill is the ability to asses information, while going back to pass...There tends to be a lot of "hurry-up offense", and he tends to thrive off that. In the CFL, he would bring a lot to the table; the bigger, fast-paced, open field would really fit his skills. However, if he realizes that he wants to play football, but can't make it as a QB, then he should just not play at all; any other position would not be natural.
September 3: Show In Review
Live from the Toronto Maple Leafs golf tournament at Rattlesnake Point golf club in Milton, Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Mark Fraser, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul to discuss their excitement for the upcoming season and Leafs GM Dave Nonis checks in to update the contract negotiations involving Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge host TSN Drive live from Rattlesnake point golf course in Milton. Hour 1 Audio
4:45 – Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser
Described the healing process during his injury. Precautions were taken because there was worry that there would be brain damage. The team has a lot to prove on and a lot to grow on. After the loss to Boston, it was nice to see that the fans were grateful to see playoff hockey but it wasn’t good enough for the players. The players set their own expectations and they weren’t satisfied with the game 7 loss to the Bruins. Dallas Eakins will be great in the NHL because he has high expectations of his team and takes fitness very seriously of his team.
5:00 – TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie
Discussed the return of Anaheim Duck Teemu Selanne. Hockey is a forgiving game and it won’t be shocking to hear that Daniel Alfredsson ends up back in Ottawa. His choice caused a lot of hard feelings amongst the fans and the Senators but it was about the money and he wanted a chance to win. The going rates for number one goaltenders on competing teams are around $7 million. There aren’t many goaltenders that stay at the top of their position for six years straight. The Devils knew that the best thing for them regarding Ilya Kovalchuk was to wash their hands and start fresh. It was rare for the team and he player to agree on the lack of payment.
5:15 – Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak
Number one priority was to sign with the Leafs during the offseason. Looking back to the game seven loss to the Bruins, the locker room was quiet and everyone is trying to block out the memory. The goal this season is to go further in the playoffs. It is always hard to take scrutiny from the media but it is known that Toronto is a hockey market and expects the team to make a run for the cup year in and year out.
6:00 –TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger
Believes that the Nazem Kadri contract story will become a bigger deal if he doesn’t show up to camp. There is a level of confidence that they will get the negotiations done, however, if it doesn’t, it will be similar to the PK Subban situation after the lockout last season. There are a lot of story lines right now surrounding the Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo.
6:15 – Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis
Described the back and forth push that each goalie will challenge each other in order to determine the starter. The Leafs were the second youngest team in the league last year and it showed in the first game of the playoffs as many of the players had never participated in an NHL playoff game. Revisiting game seven too often doesn’t help anyone. Things are “on-going” regarding the contracts for Franson and Kadri. Management expects him to be signed at the start of camp. It never helps a player to miss training camp or a part of the season. The Winter Classic is exciting and the players will embrace it. This year feels different from last season and there have been changes both on and off the ice and it feels more like it should starting the season.
6:30 – Voice of the Argonauts Mike Hogan
Described tonight’s Argonauts game against the Alouettes the “battle of the backups”. Zach Collaros is there to make plays and that’s what they have to do. The Argos have a lot of bigger plays than the Alouettes.
6:40 – Maple Leaf forward Joffrey Lupul
Explained that expectations are higher this year coming into the season when compared to last year. The moves made this offseason are exciting for both the players and the fans. There is a lot of work that goes into an 82 game season. Boston has been through playoffs series before and they didn’t quit. Over a seven game series, the best team is going to win, and Boston won. The team has brought in some grit and experience, where experience was lacking last season.
September 2: Show In Review
Dave and Bruce Arthur are joined by Jonas Siegel to discuss the Leafs plans for Morgan Rielly and Duane Ford checks in to preview the Argos/Als game on TSN 1050 Tuesday night.
Dave and Bruce chat with TSN 1050 Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel.
Dave and Bruce are joined by CBS national columnist Gregg Doyel and Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.
4:30 - Jonas Siegel (Leafs Beat Reporter)
Maple Leafs beat reporter Jonas Siegel joins the guys to chat about the upcoming NHL season and some of the interesting problems the Leafs may have to deal with. Jonas said that if he’s Carlyle he’s starting training camp and the season with the mentality that Morgan Rielly is spending another year in junior so he can develop more. Siegel mentioned that one of the Leafs biggest issues now is that the defense is so unsettled and the team really has no idea who their 6 are going to be and who they are paired with. I think Nonis is very smart about the way he’s approaching the Kadri contract situation by taking the same approach that Bergevin did with Subban last year, I get the sense Nonis is going to just wait the negotiations with Franson and Kadri out because these two players don’t really have a lot of other options.
5:00 - Duane Ford (TSN CFL Analyst)
TSN CFL Analyst Duane Forde joined the guys to chat about the Argos and other teams he see’s possibly rising in the standings. Zach Collaros definitely has the ability to be a very successful QBin the CFL because he prepares very well for games and that’s what allowed him to have success thus far. With all of the injuries to QB’s in the league Ottawa has to be loving it because when the expansion draft opens for them next year they now have a book on every back up QB in the league that they may want to take a look at. Forde said he still feels very good about the Argos as a favorite for the Grey Cup this year but the concern about a team like the Hamilton Tigercats is the consistency. When the topic of Tim Tebow came up, Forde said simply that the thing with Tebow is that you’ve got to convince him he’s not an NFL QB and he still hasn’t realized that yet. The chances of Tebow signing with a team in the CFL are very slim to none and if he did it would be a media extravaganza.
5:15 – Luke Wileman (TSN Soccer Analyst & Voice of MLS)
Luke Wileman the voice of MLS and TSN Soccer Analyst who said that the record setting transfer fee for Gareth Bale just makes his story and rise to fame even more incredible. Wileman also said that with this transfer it will give Real Madrid someone that can play next to Ronaldo on attack and that can help compete with Barcelona and Lionel Messi. They have a player who can come in and score goals and help them win the Spanish League but also the Champions League as well. The deal is very good for Tottenham and Real Madrid because it gives Madrid a very talented player who they can make money off of for years through various endorsement deals and other sorts of deals. For Tottenham it helps to give them more money to spend on players to make their team even better. Wileman noted that some teams that are not as rich as others have to resort to transferring players to help generate income for their team that other team’s would make through attendance in larger stadiums.
5:30 – Bob Weeks (TSN Golf Analyst)
Bob Weeks, TSN’s Golf Analyst joined the guys to talk about the Deutsche Bank Championship and Graham DeLaet. Week said that Graham has always been very good off of the tee and that recently he’d starting working with a coach for his putting and that it’s really starting to show off because everything was rolling in for him yesterday. Weeks said it’s becoming more and more common for players to employ coaches for long game and short game and both some times because the game has gotten to the point where it is broken down more and more these days
6:00 – Gregg Doyel (CBS National Columnist)
CBS National Columnist Gregg Doyel joined the guys to chat about Johnny Manziel and his return to football for this season. Doyel said that despite Manziel playing just one quarter and throwing three TD’s he looked pretty good. Doyel said that if Texas A & M isn’t allowing Manziel to talk to the media because they’re trying to protect him that it’s a bad idea because he has to learn to face the media when he screws up. There’s no evidence to say that Manziel was any different a person last year than he is this year; he was very cocky and strutting around all the time. Doyel said to think that this guy is anything but out of control is ridiculous because that’s exactly what he is, and Manziel out of control is not like anyone else out of control, it could really extend off the field and be a sight to behold. Doyel also added that many people like Manziel because he’s an outlaw but they don’t take the time to think about what he represents and the kind of person that he actually is.
Tim Graham (Buffalo News)
Tim Graham of Buffalo News joined the guys to chat about the Buffalo Bills upcoming NFL season. Graham said that if Jeff Tuel were to start against the Patriots in the season opener that it would be the first time in NFL history that an undrafted QB starts a season opening game. Graham said that while the team has the 3rd youngest roster in the NFL that this may be the season that C.J. Spiller really breaks out and sets the league on fire. Graham added that most fans in Buffalo are at the point where they are in a “prove it to me” kind of state about the Bills.
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