November 21: Show In Review
Live from the Grey Cup, Dave and Steve Simmons chat about Sunday’s matchup with Brendan Tammen and Brian Williams and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis checks in to discuss how his team is fortunate to be where they are in the standings.
4:15 – BRENDAN TAMAN, Roughriders GM
Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman joined the program to talk about the team in advance of Sunday's Grey Cup. To get to the Grey Cup, especially when hosting the game, is a relief for Taman with the passionate fan base the Riders enjoy. When the Riders hired Corey Chamblin as coach, they first contacted former coach, and current Ti-Cats coach Kent Austin to gauge his interest. The timing wasn't right for Austin, and Taman remembered how impressed he was with how Chamblin had run a free agent camp previously. A ringing endorsement from Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who had coached Chamblin in Tampa, certainly didn't hurt either. Taman also discusses what it will be like to face former Rider stars Andy Fantuz and Henry Burris in Sunday's game, and discusses how working in the financially-thriving CFL today is greatly different from years past when the league was struggling.
5:00 – BOB MCKENZIE, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to talk about the Ottawa Senators struggles so far this season. It's tough to pinpoint exactly what the Senators issues have been, but can likely be attributed to cracking under the pressure and the burden of expectation. Last year due to all the injuries, the team fa ced zero expectations and thrived with the underdog role. That success led to great expectations this season. Everything about the team has seemed tight and tense this year including head coach Paul MacLean. Defenseman like Jared Cowen and Eric Gryba have really struggled this season after impressing last season. Unfortunately for the club, with the financial handcuffs placed on GM Bryan Murray, the possibility of a trade seems non-existent right now. McKenzie also delves into the struggles of Nashville forward Filip Forsberg and what can be expected of him going forward.
5:15 – DAVE NONIS, Maple Leafs General Manager
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis joined the program to talk about the Leafs season thus far. With all the injuries and suspensions, it's been tough to judge the team's performance so far. While the club is very pleased with the point total on the season, there's still room for improvement across the board. The goaltending duo of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer has been great so far. Both have high-end potential and if they continue performing at this level the club probably won't be able to keep both of them for financial reasons. Nonis had experience with both players when they played for Canada at the World Championships, so he knew the character of both individuals. Nonis also discusses the move to bring in Peter Holland and where he fits in the team's long-term plans as well as the return of Nazem Kadri.
5:30 – DONALD NARCISSE, Legendary Roughriders WR
CFL Hall-of-Famer and former Rider great Donald Narcisee joined the program to talk about playing for Saskatchewan. Narcisse won the 1989 Grey Cup with the club, which is widely thought of as the Greatest Grey Cup ever. A veteran of playing in frigid temperatures, the legendary receiver used to put vaseline on his hands to close the pores and help catch the ball. The Port Arthur, Texas native moved back to Saskatchewan three years ago and says it's a move a lot of former of Riders are making. The economy is great and 'Rider Nation' treats former players great. Narcisse runs a football camp for the youth of Regina and loves giving back to the community that accepted him. Narcisse also gives his keys to the game for the Riders to beat his former roommate Kent Austin's Ti-Cats.
6:00 – BRIAN WILLIAMS, Grey Cup on TSN Host
Host of the Grey Cup on TSN Brian Williams joined the program to talk about the big game this Sunday in Regina. The atmosphere in Saskatchewan is as close to an SEC Football atmosphere as you can get anywhere. The Riders mean something to everyone in the province and Mosaic Stadium (formerly Taylor Field) is the heart and soul of Saskatchewan. Living in Toronto we often don't appreciate the CFL despite the fact the league is thriving like never before. The new stadium in Hamilton will create a great game-day atmosphere for Ti-Cats games and the new stadium in downtown Ottawa for the expansion Red Black's will be unbeatable. Ottawa will quickly become a desired destination for players to be. Williams also discusses whether the Grey Cup should continue to be played outdoors in the cold, and shares a few stories about the late Ron Lancaster.
6:15 – DARREN DREGER, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to give his daily Leafs update. Dreger and Steve Simmons rehash their argument from earlier this morning on the 'Mike Richards Show' as to whether the Nashville Predators present a formidable opponent for the Leafs. With Nazem Kadri returning tonight, he will immediately be placed on the first line with James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel. After that trio, the lines are a question for tonight's game, including where newly acquired center Peter Holland fits. Holland was not happy in Anaheim with his constant shuffling between the Ducks and their AHL affiliate, but this is a problem he will likely deal with in Toronto once everyone is healthy. Dreger also relives his childhood growing up on the prairies of Saskatchewan in advance of Sunday's 101st Grey Cup in Regina.
6:30 – RICKY RAY and JEFF KEEPING, Toronto Argonauts
Ricky Ray and Jeff Keeping joined the program in advance of the CFL Awards show. Ray is up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player against Jon Cornish and Keeping is nominated for Lineman of the Year. The loss to Hamilton in the East Final still stings and will for the whole off-season. Ray expects Cornish to win the Most Outstanding Player due to the games Ray missed because of injuries. Being a veteran of cold weather Grey Cups, Ray gives his experience with playing in frigid temperature and how the wind is the most important factor, not necessarily the cold temperatures. The thirty-four year-old Ray also answers questions as to how long he thinks he will be able to continue to play at the high level he currently is operating at, and where he sees the future of the quarterback position going.
November 20: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie who says the Penguins and Evgeni Malkin could be ready to take off with the return of James Neal, and David Poile checks in to discuss the Predators' play this season and Seth Jones' Olympic chances.
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by TSN Leafs Reporter Jonas Siegel.
4:30 Jonas Siegel - TSN Leafs Reporter
Jonas thinks that Randy Carlyle sheltered Peter Holland in his first couple games and feels that he is a solid young player with first round talent. Jonas believes the Leafs checking line did a very good job defending John Tavares and keeping him off the score sheet. Siegel finds the love and hate divide in the city of Dion Phaneuf very interesting because in the past most Leaf captains were universally loved like Clark, Glimour and Sundin. Siegel says that this summer will be a very tricky off season for the Maple Leafs because they have a lot of key players to sign with not a lot of money.
5:00 - Bob McKenzie - TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie thinks that the absence of Neal could of been the reason for Malkin's slow start. McKenzie says that as great as Crosby and Ovechkin are they haven't showed enough sustainability to put up Lemuiex or Gretzky numbers. McKenzie talked about Grigorenko and the Sabres saying that he feels like a failure going back to junior hockey but doesn't feel like his career is a bust.
5:15 - David Poile - Predators GM
David Poile doesn't know when Pekka Rinne will be back but till then he plans on rotating his backup goalies and credits his goal tending coach for having them prepared. Poile says that Seth Jones is definitely in the mix for the US Olympic team and says the only thing he doesn't have is experience. Poile says that he has way harder decisions to make then he did last time around for the 2010 games and thinks that's great for USA hockey. Poile admitted that Jonathon Quick is one of team USA's goalies and doesn't see his current injury affecting his Olympic status.
5:30 - Darren Rovell - ESPN Business Reporter
Darren Rovell thinks that Jay-Z made a huge mistake when he came out and said that Robinson Cano wanted a $300million contract and feels he's already failed. Rovell doesn't see Cano's worth over $16 Million a year and says he doesn't see anybody giving him more then 7-years. Rovell feels that the MLS has done a good job staying relevant in North America and thinks its a nice little property that will survive. Darren Rovell thinks that less kids are going to college football games because there are stricter rules on tailgating and drinking around stadiums.
6:00 - Ross Greenburg - Executive Producer of “NHL Revealed”
Ross Greenburg says that fans can't get enough of going behind the scenes of their favorite professional athletes. Ross says that hockey players do reveal themselves during these TV specials and added that NHL players are the best group of athletes he ever covered. Ross says he tells his camera men and producers to be flies on the wall when recoding these TV segments. Ross says that his team of producers know there limits when it comes to shooting certain things behind the scenes.
6:15 - Darren Dreger - TSN Hockey Insider
Darren Dreger thought that last night was a horrible hockey game and really didn't think the Leafs played that well. Dreger also said that he thought last night was one of the worst games John Tavares ever played at the Air Canada Centre. Dreger talked about what the NHL might do to improve the NHL net cams. Dreger also suggested the idea of making the goal line smaller. Dreger also talked about the possibility of Del Zotto getting traded but said that it's still relatively early.
6:30 - Herm Edwards - ESPN NFL Analyst
Herm Edwards says that the New England Patriots players and there coach handled the loss on Monday very well. Herm Edwards feels that the Atlanta Falcons are the most disappointing team in the NFL. Edwards thinks that Colin Kaepernick hasn't been very accurate and that's why his play has suffered. Edwards also gave a lot of credit to the Carolina Panthers defense for their recent success.
November 19: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Darren Dreger to break down David Clarkson's struggles and Alex Anthopoulos checks in to discuss the Jays' free agent options.
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Als GM and Head Coach Jim Popp.
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by NFL Business Analyst Andrew Brandt.
4:30 – Jim Popp, Als GM and Head Coach
Popp says that after he won the Grey Cup with the Baltimore Stallions he never really celebrated. Popp explained the feeling he felt during that Grey Cup game saying it felt like Canada vs the USA. Popp told us that the weather that day was so bad they were considering cancelling the game. Popp said that the Baltimore Stallions were one of the teams to save the league and says that team is right up there with some of the best CFL teams of all time.
5:00 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger thinks it's too early to say that David Clarkson isn't working in Toronto yet. Dreger says that no doubt the lack of offense is definitely weighing over his head. Dreger told us that John Tavares is a lock to make team Canada and also reported that Rick Nash will return to the Rangers lineup tonight. Dreger broke down the goalies that are in the running for team Canada to end of his segment.
5:15 – Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada President and CEO
Nicholson talked about how to make the game safer for kids playing hockey. Bob broke down fighting in all levels of hockey and for the most part hinted at harsher penalties for fighting in minor hockey. Bob says that Steven Stamkos is still on the list for team Canada and said that they will evaluate the situation as we get closer to the Olympics. Bob Nicholson is a big supporter of NHLers going to the Olympics saying that it helps grow the game.
5:30 – Alex Anthopoulos, Blue Jays Sr VP and General Manager
Anthopoulos says that the Bautista trade rumors were completely made up. Alex says that the Blue Jays reached out to almost every free agent including Tim Hudson. Anthopoulos says they are looking to improve there team from all angles and says the free agent market is very slow right now. Anthopoulos says that this time of year can be fun sometimes but also very important. Alex believes that with a new downtown open aired stadium in Montreal a new baseball team can definitely work.
6:00 – Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst / TheMMQB.com / Former GB Packer Executive
Brandt feels that we there should of been more of an exploitation on the field after that bizarre play at the end of last nights Patriots Panthers game. Brandt did add that if the ball was thrown closer to Gronkowski it would have been an easier call. Brandt feels that the Sunday night prime time game is definitely the best prime time game all week but says last night may have been the game of the year. Brandt also discussed the latest news report in the Richie Incognito story.
Tomorrow: Herm Edwards, David Poile. Darren Rovell
November 18: Show In Review
Dave and Bruce Arthur break down the Leafs acquisition of Peter Holland and Ilya Bryzgalov’s arrival in Edmonton with Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, and Duane Ford and Henry Burris check in to recap the Ti-Cats surprise win in the East Final.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Ilya Bryzgalov made the mistake of creating a persona for himself that people now expect. What Bryzgalov needs to do is focus on stopping pucks, not what’s going on in the universe. The Oilers are shopping a significant piece of currency in their first round pick this year. Bob suggests the Oilers are targeting a defenseman but there are numerous issues that could be addressed on that team. Peter Holland is a solid acquisition for depth purposes on the Leafs. Most of his issues occur when playing in traffic and being physical at the NHL level. He’s going to need some time and should still be considered a prospect. It’s especially fortuitous short-term for the Leafs with their current crunch at the centre position. Some people felt the New York Islanders would have been better served spending their 1st round pick on a goalie than on Thomas Vanek. Even with Nabokov, the general consensus around the Islanders was they needed a goalie anyway. Now that he’s out…they’re in dire need. However, the Islanders are able to look to their farm team for filler between the pipes. In Buffalo it won’t be very long before you see some of their young players being sent back to their minor league teams. They’ll likely replace those guys with players from their AHL affiliate.
5:15 – Norm Roberts, Kansas University Assistant Basketball Coach
With Wiggins it’s not so much about his performance and ability as it is about who he is as a person. He’s been a pleasure to be around and a lot of fun to coach. He’s a very humble kid, not looking for attention at all. He wants to be a part of something that’s bigger than him. He’s also a great team player. He's able to deal with all the attention he’s getting by leaning on his family. He knows what all the hype is about but doesn't let it consume him. At Kansas no one is bigger than the program and he knew that when he chose to go there. A couple advantages Wiggins has that can’t be taught are his reach and his 2nd jump. He also has an innate ability to get to the net. One problem he may come across is that there’s such a substantial increase in the level of competition when you get to college that he may not be able to jump over every guy on the court. Every player in college is incredibly athletic. He has to learn to pick out his spots and pay attention to the details on both sides of the ball. Coach feels the level of basketball across the nation has really improved. He went to a couple games in St. Johns and was really surprised by the talent level there.
5:30 – Duane Forde, TSN CFL Analyst
The Argos appeared overaggressive at a time when they perhaps didn’t need to and it was almost uncharacteristic of Ricky Ray. For the first time all season Ray looked rattled and “out of sorts” in terms of his decision making. Hamilton was effective at getting more pressure on Ray in the 2nd half, and they were better at staying tight to his receivers. It’s not until you talk to Kent Austin in person to realize how smart he really is. Ford praises Austin for getting the most out of this Ti-cats roster. He thinks the 2nd half of yesterday’s game was the best football Hamilton has played all year. Ford was teammates with Henry Burris and feels he is the definition of a competitor. He’s the type of guy who always wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. Perhaps Ricky Ray was better in the first half, but Burris blew him away in the 2nd half. Of the players and personnel who left the Roughriders for Hamilton, Ford suggests Henry Burris might be the most hated in Saskatchewan right now. Ultimately he feels for Hamilton to have any chance at winning the Grey Cup, their defence REALLY needs to step up.
6:00 – Henry Burris, Hamilton Ticats QB
It’s going to be a tough Grey Cup match up against his former team. He looks forward to getting in to the most difficult situations that will help propel them to “immortality status”. They’ve been on an incredible run the past couple games and he’s honored to be a part of it. For him, winning that game against Toronto was like burying all his demons. It didn’t leave a good taste in his mouth with how he left Calgary so for him to come and compete for a Grey Cup now is truly special. With the way his body is currently feeling, he plans to play until he’s 40(three more years). He doesn’t want to over-extend his stay so as long as his body is feeling good and his family is happy then he’s going to keep playing. The thing you don’t want to do is hang it up too early and wonder “what if?” In reference to Anthony Calvillo’s season, Burris says you can never know when the perfect time to quit is. But once the quickness is gone from his first couple steps…that’s when he thinks he’ll know it’s time to call it quits.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
For the short term the Leafs’ hands are tied in taking a good hard look at Peter Holland. They were able to afford moving Jesse Blacker as he was seemingly falling lower and lower on the blue line depth chart. This was the type of deal Nonis was looking for. If Toronto had endured the injuries when Joe Colborne was still on the team then he likely wouldn’t have been traded in the first place. Holland’s time in the NHL is entirely dependant on Bozak’s health. Nonis suggested Holland could be a third line centre and potential 2nd line centre in the future. When you look at Toronto’s line up when everyone is healthy however, there’s not really room for Holland to reach that status. For the most part Nonis has stopped actively looking for trades. Although Nonis used one of his assets in Jesse Blacker, teams know the Leafs have an abundance of defense. Dreger suggests Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford hasn’t found the right puck-moving defenseman and that there may be a deal there involving John-Michael Liles. Rutherford may have interest in taking some of the heat off of Ryan Murphy by acquiring another more seasoned puck-moving defenseman. The signing of Ilya Bryzgalov creates a goaltending battle in Edmonton. There’s been a noticeable increase in the level of play of Devan Dubnyk since. Bryzgalov can be used to take some of the pressure off of Dubnyk. Edmonton’s most pressing need is a top defenseman. The teams that have those players need those players, so they’re hard to acquire. Since Craig MacTavish has been floating around the idea of trading Edmonton’s 2014 1st round pick, any deal teams try to make with Edmonton will likely now automatically include that draft pick. Toronto is going to have a hard time hanging on to Mason Raymond if he keeps up the pace he’s currently on. The pay increase is likely too rich for the Leafs blood, but Dreger suggests Nonis would certainly want to try to hang on to him. A number of factors including Kessel’s contract and a Phaneuf extension impact Toronto’s cap wiggle room.
Tomorrow: Andrew Brandt, Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada, Herm Edwards
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