September 12: Show In Review
Dave and Jeff O’Neill chat with Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie about what the Ron Hainsey signing means for Cody Franson and former Toronto mayor David Miller joins the show to discuss the reaction to the letter he wrote to Toronto FC.
4:30 – Ben Volin of the Boston Globe
Joined the program to tee-up tonight's game between the Patriots and the Jets. The Patriots will be missing Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen from tonight's match-up to add to the fact they are missing their top five receivers from last season. What can we expect from the Pats offense with all these options out for the game? The team struggled to move the ball at times last week versus Buffalo, how can Tom Brady put points up against a stout Jets defense? The highly-criticized Jets won their opening game but are big underdogs against New England in the latest edition of this AFC East rivalry. Volin provides updates on all the injured Patriots including when we can expect to see All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and also gives his thoughts on the Buffalo Bills after the Pats narrow victory in Orchard Park last week.
4:45 – Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News Observer
Joined the program to update the Hurricanes interest in Leafs defenseman Cody Franson. Does the Ron Hainsey signing today mean Carolina is no longer interested in Franson? Following the announcement that Jani Pitkanen would miss the season, the Hurricanes had to scramble to fill the void. While Franson would have been a better long-term replacement, Hainsey's contract is more what the club was looking for. Have the off-season moves on the blue line improved the weak Carolina defense from last season? DeCock also discusses the pressure that will be facing Cam Ward, Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal this season following disappointing campaigns in 2012-2013.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
joined the program to discuss the Leafs training camp. The Sabres signing Cody Hodgson to a six-year contract, is that the type of deal that Nazem Kadri wanted prior to signing his bridge contract with Toronto? What is the status of Morgan Rielly and his chances to make the Leafs out of training camp? If Cody Franson stays with the club what do the defense pairing look like for the coming season? McKenzie also discusses goaltending options for the Florida Panthers, including the likelihood of Tim Thomas suiting up for the club in Miami and what to expect with the Alex Pietrangelo contract talks in St Louis.
5:30 – David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto
Joined the program to discuss his decision to return his TFC season tickets to MLSE along with a letter explaining the decision and disappointment in the club. Following the recent firing of TFC President Kevin Payne, Miller decided all the turnover at the club was enough and the lack of stability has ruined the atmosphere at BMO Field. What are Miller's recommendations for the club to return the 'magic' to BMO Field, and stabilize the club? TFC has never made the playoffs in the franchise' existence, but if the club makes some moves before January will that bring the crowds back? Miller also discusses why he doesn't want the Argos to play their home games at BMO Field and why that would further alienate the support from TFC.
6:00 – ESPN NFL Business Analyst Andrew Brandt
Joined the program to discuss all things NFL from a business perspective. Brandt compares the career arcs of Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn as backup quarterbacks who have been paid handsomely for starting positions at new teams. Kolb has made $48 million in his career for a largely underwhelming career which has seen him miss many games due to injury. Will the emergence of young quarterbacks make this practice of offering backups large contracts dead? Would Aaron Rodgers has excelled right out of college or were his three years behind Brett Favre important for his development? Brandt also discusses the Washington Redskins and the call for them to change their name and the suspension to Detroit Lions Ndamnukong Suh.
6:15 – TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger
Joined the program to discuss the Cody Franson contract situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Has the Carolina signing of Ron Hainsey eliminated them from looking at the Leafs defenseman? The Leafs defense struggled mightily in their own zone last year, will Paul Ranger be enough to help those struggles? Franson is looking for a one-year deal while the Leafs are looking for a two-year deal, which is likely to get done? It seems as though a move is coming for the Leafs but will it be a trade or someone getting waived? Dreger also weighs in on the ever present no-touch icing debate.
6:30 – Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated
Joined the program to discuss the New York sports scene. Derek Jeter is injured again and out for the season, is this the last time we will see the Yankee Captain at his usual shortstop position for the club? Will he be forced to change positions or retire? Is Mark Sanchez done as a quarterback in New York with his latest injury? Will we see Sanchez with the Jets next season or elsewhere following the emergence of Geno Smith? Traina also weighs in on former Mets manager Bobby Valentine's comments about 9/11 and how the Yankees were nowhere to be seen following the tragedy.
Tomorrow: Football Friday w Chris Schultz, Rod Smith & Jesse Palmer, Darren Rovell, ESPN Business Reporter, Matt Sekeres, TEAM 1040 Vancouver
September 11: Show In Review
With the Leafs training camp underway, Dave and Dave Hodge chat with Jonas Siegel, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie about the Nazem Kadri contract and whether the Leafs may be vulnerable to an offer sheet with Cody Franson remaining unsigned.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge talk about the top stories surrounding the opening of Leafs camp with Jonas Siegel and discuss Chip Kelly's new offence with ESPN's Phil Sheridan. Hour 1 Audio
4:30 – Jonas Siegel, Leafs TSN 1050 Reporter
Broke down the new Kadri contract. Jonas then told us that his favorite part of training camp is seeing what type of chemistry and line combinations the coach is contemplating with. The Leafs believe that they have a lot of depth on defense but Jonas still thinks they need to sign Franson.
4:45 – Phil Sheridan, ESPN Philly
Thinks there's still a lot of skepticism around Chip Kelly and thinks the question still looms weather or not he can sustain this type of offense. Sheridan feels that it's not just about Kelly’s offense, it's about building a program and that's why the Eagles organization trust him so much. Phil also told us that the players seem really excited and act like they have a secret to tell when they come out of practice.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Reported to us that the Hurricanes are interested in Cody Franson. Bob thinks the Sabers are in a rebuilding faze and thinks Thomas Vanek may be traded between now and trade deadline day. Bob also talked about the Sedins who are entering the final year of their contracts, Bob thinks that the only way they can get them signed together is if they sign them to similar deals as there last ones.
5:15 – Brian McDonald, Agent for Nazem Kadri
Said that the negations process with Kadri was very emotional with not only the player but the family. McDonald also stated clearly that him and Kadri are happy with the terms of the contract. Brian did admit that finding a common ground with the comparable's they found was difficult and feels that if Kadri had more games under his belt it would have definitely been easier.
5:30 – Fred Gaudelli, Producer of Sunday Night Football on NBC
Doesn't think there is a need to glorify ugly hits in football. Fred told us that you can't talk about betting during football broadcast. Fred told us that told us that Sunday night football really doesn't give him any rules towards what he can or can not do. Fred told us that the NBC crew has a great sense of judgement they usually are on the same page when it comes to the ugly hits.
6:15 – Darren Dreger
Doesn't think any other team is likely to sign Franson but believes the Leafs would be in a bit of a pickle if he did leave. Dreger also told us that Franson is seeking a one year deal but the Leafs want to give him two. Dreger also gave us the latest in the Dan Cleary contract saying that Cleary and the wings would really like to come to an agreement if the Red wings could come close to what Philly is offering.
6:30 – Paul Finebaum, ESPN Radio
Talked this weekends action in college football action. Finebaum talked about Johnny, he particular pointed out how Manziel wasn't able to speak to the media relating it to when Cam Newton was getting investigated and when he was in media lock down. He finished off his thought's on Manziel calling him the biggest athlete in american right now and says this weekend is the biggest game of his career so far.
6:45 – Scott MacArthur
Doesn't feel Rajai Davis is an everyday MLB player and is just a solid depth guy at the end of the day which is the opposite to what Dan Shulman said on the show yesterday. MacArthur also reported the latest injuries with the Jays saying that Encarnacion may be done for the season.
Tomorrow: Former Toronto Mayor David Miller, Andrew Brandt, ESPN, Ben Volin, The Boston Globe
September 10: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge chat with Bob McKenzie about the latest news involving free agents Dan Cleary and Tim Thomas and the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin joins the show to discuss why he thinks the Blue Jays are continuing to mishandle Ricky Romero.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge recap Rafael Nadal's US Open win and Chip Kelly's regular season debut for the Eagles. Hour 1 Audio
4:30 – Neil deMause, Author: Field of Schemes
Doesn't believe that sports teams don't have a big of an impact as people may think on there city's economy, the same goes for the Olympics and even super Bowls. Neil doesn't think that building new stadiums really benefits city's or even teams themselves in revenue. Neil also talked about Las Angels and there situation on getting an NFL stadium.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie
Talked about Tim Thomas saying that Thomas feels he is still fully capable of being a number one goalie still, McKenzie made it very clear that the Calgary Flames aren't interested in Tim Thomas. Bob thinks that the Flyers will sign clearly as soon as they put Pronger on the long term injury list. Bob called the situation in Vancouver fascinating because we don't know if it's on the cusp of a positive direction or a blow up. McKenzie feels that the culture has changed in Edmonton with the hiring of Dallas Eakins and it's time we see results with the Oilers
5:30 – Dan Shulman
Thinks that players stealing signs on the field during games is fine. Dan Shulman would like to see the MLB keep 25 man rosters all throughout the season and not have them expand in September. Shulman would like to see Rajai Davis hit in the 7th spot so he can steal more basses. Shulman also got in to something that saber metrics can't measure.
6:00 – Richard Griffin
Thinks the Jays have demolished Ricky Romero's confidence and feels like it's a mystery why they brought him back up. Griffin feels that Romero was mistreated and thinks the Jays have messed him up completely earlier in the season. Mike Trout is making a case for the best player in baseball and does a lot of things well offensively and defensively. Griffin told us that it was John Gibbons was the one who decided to try out Brett Lawrie at second base.
6:30 – Christine Brennan, USA Today
Says there was no surprise that Tokyo was going to win the Olympic bid. Christine feels that it's time the IOC considers and Olympic president and feels there should be a mandate on women candidates. Christine feels they did huge harm to the Olympics when they go rid of soft ball because it was developing around the world. Christine feels the IOC should be a 12 person executive board instead of a bunch of old geezers.
Tomorrow: Fred Gaudelli, Producer of Sunday Night Football, Phil Sheridan, ESPN Philly / Comcast
September 9: Show In Review
Dave along with guest co-host Bruce Arthur chat with Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger about the Leafs addition of Mason Raymond and the latest in the Nazem Kadri negotiations, and ESPN’s Herm Edwards and the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham check in to recap Week 1 of the NFL season.
Dave and Bruce chat with Brian Cazeneuve from Sports Illustrated, Darren Dreger from the NHL on TSN, former IOC member Paul Henderson and the newest Lion Buck Pierce. Hour 3 Audio
4:30 – Howard Bryant (ESPN The Magazine, Author, & Journalist)
Howard Bryant of ESPN the Magazine joined Dave Naylor and Bruce Arthur to chat about Serena Williams most recent victory and said that you could see all the pressure that she puts on herself to compete and to win. Bryant also mentioned that it seems like Serena is at a point where she begins to panic if she doesn’t win a set 6-0 or 6-; her celebration at the end of the match just shows me how important it is to her to win. I think Serena is definitely counting down the number of years and chances that she has left to win based on her age. Bryant also commented on the Djokovic and Nadal rivalry saying that it’s the best that you could possibly ask for as far as a one on one rivalry in tennis goes. Howard added that these two play each other so much harder and more aggressively than they play any other opponent and that when they play each other they play to rip each other’s head’s off.
4:45 – Duane Forde, TSN CFL Analyst
TSN CFL analyst Duane Forde joined Dave Naylor to talk about the CFL action over the weekend. Forde started out by saying that Collaros had a very impressive performance against Montreal especially when you consider the way he rebounded from a very rough first half. Forde went on to say that Collaros makes mistakes that are typical of very young players but that he has a strong arm, mobility, and very strong ability as a playmaker and all these factors combined are a good recipe for him to be a very good QB in this league. Duane commented on both the Tiger Cats and the B.C. Lions and said that both teams when they are at their best are as good as any team in the league but they need more consistency in their play. Forde also commented on Ed Hervey calling out one of his players publicly the day after a game and said that Hervey deserves to be punished because he broke a rule for which there’s a punishable offense and that there were other forums Hervey could have used to air his problems with the player.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the guys on TSN Drive to chat about his experience at the Big House on the weekend and said it was a really unique feeling being so close to the on-field action and the players on the bench while following the play on the sidelines. Bog said that Kiprusoff’s retirement officially signals a change in direction for the Flames but added that there was some confusion initially with how he retired because it seemed the Flames didn’t weren’t very sure if he was retiring or not. Bob said that Kadri has been looking for Duchene or Tavares money and that both of those guys were invited to team Canada camp and that he wasn’t so the Leafs have basically said lets not discuss those players. As far as Mason Raymond being on the Leafs goes; Bob said that it does and doesn’t make sense. It makes sense because it gives the Leafs an insurance policy in case Kadri has an extended holdout and that it doesn’t really make sense because the Leafs have just 5 million to play with.
5:15 – Tim Graham, The Buffalo News
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News joined TSN Drive to chat about the Bills last second loss to the New England Patriots yesterday. Graham said that his instincts were wrong and that he thought the Bills were going to win the game because he’d seen enough of both teams throughout the game to change his mind about the outcome. Tom Brady just didn’t look like THE Tom Brady of the past but there’s a certain confidence with him in the huddle that even with so many new names it doesn’t seem to matter who else is in the huddle with Brady. Bills fan’s should be very happy with Manuel’s performance because he completed a lot of his passes and threw for 2 TD’s with no interceptions. Manuel was very calm and cool while in the Pats red zone and easily completed his passes to open receivers to make sure he got the TD’s when he had his chances.
5:45 – Herm Edwards, ESPN
ESPN NFL Analyst Herm Edwards joined the guys to talk about some of the games over the weekend. Herm said that fumbles have been a problem of David Wilson’s since last season and that the Giants need to find someone else to help him out because he’s not an every down back. With regards to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints game Herm said that he knew this was going to be a tough win for Atlanta to get but that he thought it was going to be a more high scoring affair. Herm commented on Colin Kaepernick’s play in his first game of the season and said that thus far in the season he already looks like a complete player at least so far. Herm said that what makes Kaepernick’s resume very impressive is that he’s beaten Aaron Rodgers twice and that’s something that a lot of people can’t say.
6:00 – Brian Cazeneuve, SI
Sports Illustrated’s Brian Cazenueve joined TSN Drive to chat about the 2020 Olympics headed to Tokyo. Brian said that right now Tokyo is the safe id and even though it’s not breaking any ground but he thinks that safety definitely played a factor in the IOC’s decision to let Tokyo have the games. Cazenueve also said that wrestling is back for sure now and that it was just a slap on the wrist that they were voted out because the IOC wanted the wrestling federation to modernize a few of it’s rules. Initially the wrestling federation was resistant to making changes to make the sport more viewer friendly but now they’ve changed they scoring system, added women’s weight classes and they also have a new president.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined TSN Drive to chat about Mason Raymond having a training camp tryout with the Maple Leafs. Dreger said that because of Dave Nonis being the GM there is definitely a chance that Raymond could become a part of the Leafs and not just because of Kadri. Mason Raymond is here because Toronto has been looking for more depth at forward and if Nonis has to shuffle guys around to make Raymond a part of this team that will be done.
6:30 – Paul Henderson, Fmr Member of the IOC
Former President of the IOC Paul Henderson joined TSN Drive to chat about the 2020 Summer Olympics being hosted by Tokyo. Henderson said that this vote was a strange one in that he didn’t think the cities in contention for the Olympics were as powerful as the last time when they had Paris, Moscow, New York & London beating each other up to get the votes. Henderson added that he wanted Madrid to win because they didn’t use any high powered lobbyists for their bid to gain votes and that he never liked that. Henderson finally added that he’s not surprised at all to see wrestling back in the Olympics and he never thought for a minute that it wouldn’t be back because it was a mistake to remove it in the first place.
Christine Brennan, USA Today, Dan Shulman, ESPN, Richard Griffin, The Toronto Star, Author Neil deMause
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