July 31: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Steve Simmons and Steve Buffery are joined by Alex Anthopoulos to explain his inactivity on trade deadline day, and Don Meehan checks in to discuss the possibility of an upcoming arbitration case for his client PK Subban.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Steve Simmons and Steve Buffery talk MLB Trade Deadline and P.K. Subban, and are joined by Zig Fracassi to chat NFL traing Camp. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Steve Simmons and Steve Buffery are joined by Gordon Edes and Don Meehan. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Steve Simmons & Steve Buffery are joined by Alex Anthopoulis, Tom Pelissero, Jonah Keri & Scott MacArthur. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Zig Fracassi, Sirius NFL Radio

Zig Fracassi of Sirius NFL Radio joined the program to talk about the Ray Rice suspension and what could be coming for Colts owner Jim Irsay. Rice appeared to be contrite and apologetic in his comments Thursday, but will likely be on a very short leash for any off-field issues going forward. Don't expect a decision until Irsay stands trial for his legal issues from last year, but if the league wanted to send a message they would dock the Colts draft picks or salary cap money. Fracassi also talks about potential Bills owners and why Marshawn Lynch ended his holdout Thursday.

Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes joined the program to talk about how busy Boston was at the trade deadline. The Red Sox have dealt John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy, Jon Lester, Stephen Drew and Andrew Miller. Many people are sad to see Lester leave, but bringing in a potential star in Yoenis Cespedes softens the blow. The Red Sox pitching rotation is a big question mark for the remainder of the season, but the amount of cap space the club will have to spend on free agent pitchers should make this a fast rebuild.

Don Meehan, PK Subban's Agent and founder of Newport Sports

PK Subban's agent and founder of Newport Sports Don Meehan joined the program to talk about the arbitration process between Subban and the Canadiens. The club and Subban are $3 million apart with the case headed to an arbitrator. With the influx in capital the league is seeing since the last CBA, contracts are only going up for players as talented as Subban. Meehan also discusses how many cases that file for arbitration actually end up going to arbitration and discusses the rumours surrounding a Subban and Steven Stamkos return home to Toronto.

Alex Anthopoulos, Blue Jays GM

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos joined the program to talk about the MLB Trade Deadline. Jays were looking to make deals but any potential suitor wanted top talent off the club's roster. Money was not a factor in the inability to make moves, but the asking price for any deal was too high for the club to pay. Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind are close to a return, but there is no timetable for Edwin Encarnacion's rehab assignment. Anthopoulos also addresses Jose Bautista's comments about disappointment in the lack of transactions, and Marcus Stroman's development.

Tom Pelissero, USA Today

USA Today's Tom Pelissero joined the program to talk about all things NFL. Taking away the off-field incident with Ray Rice, his lack of production last season alone would pose questions about his potential for the upcoming season. The running back position across the league has been de-valued with the importance placed on the passing game. Pelissero also talks about a potential move of the Bills to Toronto helping the global ambitions of the NFL.

Jonah Keri, Grantland MLB Writer

Grantland.com MLB Writer Jonah Keri joined the program to talk about all the moves at the trade deadline. The A's made the Jon Lester trade for pitching security. While their staff has performed exceptionally this season, they are largely unproven in the stretch run. While the Tigers and A's added a great deal of talent, that doesn't ensure deep playoff runs. The Jays wanted to bring in pitching help, but any deal would have cost them either Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez.

Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur joined the program to talk about the lack of activity on Trade Deadline day by the Blue Jays. The clubs that the Jays are battling for playoff contention, the Yankees, Orioles and Mariners, all improved while Toronto did not. Martin Prado and Chase Headley, both now Yankees, would not have cost the club Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. MacArthur also discusses potential free agents on the Jays roster who will no longer be with the club next season.





July 30: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes chat with Dan Shulman and Richard Griffin about the lift Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez have given the Jays and how Toronto is unlikely to deal either of the two, and Tim Graham checks in to discuss who he thinks is the frontrunner in the Bills’ ownership bidding war.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes discuss Jake Gardiner, P.K Subban's arbitration case and Tim Graham joins the show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dan Shulman talks about Jon Lester and the Blue Jays. Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes discuss issues in the NFL and the Leafs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Craig Button, Field Yates and Richard Griffin join the show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Tim Graham – The Buffalo News

Tim Graham talks about how Tom Golisano didn’t make a bid for the Buffalo Bills by yesterday’s deadline, but he’s hearing it was a bit of a fuzzy deadline and Golisano is still interested. He says he thought there would be five bidders but there were only three. Graham says as of yesterday the only two horses in the race significant enough to win were Golisano and the Toronto based group, and that is still the case today. He says a lot of bidders from outside of Buffalo were discouraged by the fact the ownership rules asked for the Bills to stay in Buffalo. He says the Fred Jackson contract extension is a one-year deal, and other Bills running back CJ Spiller is now going to be wonder when he gets his extension.

Dan Shulman – Voice of the MLB on ESPN

Dan Shulman doesn’t believe the Blue Jays will get Jon Lester, and says if they get anyone it will probably be a right handed reliever. Shulman is convinced more small names are going to be traded at the deadline, but doubts there will be a blockbuster deal. He says there isn't a lot on the market right now, because everyone’s waiting on the big names. He says the offers on Jon Lester shouldn’t be very high because you’re essentially going out and getting him for 2 months. Shulman says he wouldn't be surprised if Jon Lester was a Dodger before the deadline is over, but they will have to deal young prospects to get him. He thinks the Jays have to be really careful about considering dealing Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. Shulman finishes saying he understands the A’s going all in because they have a great team, but the Jays only have a good team so he understands hesitating.

Craig Button – TSN Resident Scout and GM

Craig Button says he doesn’t understand what the Montreal Canadiens are doing with PK Subban. He thinks the Canadiens should be celebrating Subban, yet for some reason they’re coming up with reasons to not pay him. Button thinks they need to find a way to get Subban signed long-term, because if they don’t this could end up looking like a low moment in Canadiens history. He thinks the Jake Gardiner contract is great because if it pans out and he keeps playing the way he has been it’s a steal, but if he fails to produce in Toronto it’s still a movable contract. Button also thinks Cody Franson is on his way out the door.

Field Yates – ESPN NFL Reporter

Field Yates thinks every season people count out Tom Brady but he continues to have success each year. He talks about Rob Gronkowski and how he won’t play a game until he knows he is one hundred percent ready to hit the field after consistent injuries. Yates suggests the Philadelphia Eagles have all bought into Chip Kelly’s schemes. He talks about Armond Armstead’s retirement as most likely a health issue, but it hasn't been confirmed. Yates quickly touches on the Eagles back-up quarterback competition and thinks Mark Sanchez would start over Matt Barkley if Nick Foles goes down.

Richard Griffin – Toronto Star Columnist

Richard Griffin says if the Blue Jays are looking for a strong arm set-up man they will have to go to a mid-level prospect. He says the Blue Jays have a lot of players in their bullpen that could sweeten a deal including Steve Delabar. Griffin wouldn’t count the Dodgers out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes yet. He thinks Blue Jays fan reaction would have been stronger negatively if Stroman and Sanchez weren’t distracting them from the rotation that looked spotty earlier in the season.





July 29: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan, along with Jonas Siegel are joined by Dirk Hayhurst to debate what Alex Anthopoulos is likely to do prior to the trade deadline, and Ray Petkau checks in to discuss James Reimer’s mindset heading into camp and the relationship the goaltender has with Randy Carlyle.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Michael McCann and Scott Ferguson join the show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

James Reimer's agent, Ray Petkau, and Blue Jays analyst Dirk Hayhurst joined the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Richard Justice and Matt Williamson joined the show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Michael McCann – Sports Illustrated Legal Analyst

Michael McCann talks about how he was surprised the judge did not allow Donald Sterling to appeal the transaction, but was not surprised he lost. He doesn't believe Sterling looked credible on the stand, and thinks he came off looking angry. McCann explains there are two types of appeal; one denied by the judge yesterday that he can appeal the injunction. He says Sterling has to find a court that will give him an injunction to have any opportunity at stopping the transaction from occurring. McCann thinks the NBA would have voted Sterling out far before a Doc Rivers or Clippers player boycott occurred.

Scott Ferguson – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst

Scott Ferguson says the Blue Jays should only go after Jon Lester if they can sign him because there’s only two months of certainty with Lester. He says the Blue Jays might even need more pitchers if they have to shut Drew Hutchison or Marcus Stroman down due to innings count limits. Ferguson doesn't see Edwin Encarnacion or Adam Lind returning within the coming days. He doesn't see the Rays sending David Price to a team within the division in any circumstance.

Ray Petkau – James Reimer’s Agent

Ray Petkau says James Reimer wasn't happy with a few situations last season, but it’s not unlike a regular player/ coach situation that occurs every year with every team. He thinks Reimer is going to have to outperform Jonathan Bernier, but says they’ve been told it’s still an open competition at camp for the starting goaltender role. He says he thinks Reimer is better than a lot of people give him credit for, but admits he is clearly biased on the situation. Petkau says Reimer was more disappointed about the team not making the playoffs than anything else, and the summers progression (including his stink with Canada at the World Championship) helped him realize he wants to be with the Maple Leafs.

Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst

Dirk Hayhurst says Rogers operates in a different way than other MLB owners do because they can’t simply write off expenses. Hayhurst says he doesn't see the Blue Jays making a move to push them over the top, but sees the Jays making small moves and hoping it carries them long enough for their injured players to get back to push them over the top. He goes into his article today with Sportsonearth.com about his personal account of the way professional baseball players treated women when he played. He says players would video tape women without the women’s consent and it became a huge chest beating competition between the men involved.

Richard Justice – MLB.com

Richard Justice talks about the Jon Lester situation and whether the Blue Jays should make a move at him. He says if the team has a chance to win, you have to put all your chips in and make a run at it. He recalls talking to Billy Bean about making a move before the trade deadline, and Bean told him they would never be in a better position to win, so they had to put themselves over the hill. Justice says baseball is just like playing poker, and if you think there’s an opportunity to win you put all your chips on the table.

Matt Williamson - NFL Scout for ESPN, Co-Host of ESPN’s Football Today Podcast

Matt Williamson is excited to see how Robert Griffin III performs in the season opener this year because it will quickly become known if he’s healthy or not. He says DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed will open the field up for the Washington team. He believes Chip Kelly knows what he’s doing with the Eagles, and getting Jackson out of the locker room will solve some of his problems. Williamson doesn't think Eli Manning will complete 70% of his passes, but the new offense will allow him to complete more than last season.





July 28: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan, along with Bruce Arthur chat with newest Leaf Daniel Winnik about his decision to sign with his hometown team, and Scott MacArthur joins the guys to discuss how the Jays plan to manage the workload of Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman down the stretch.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour one of the TSN Drive with Mike Hogan & Bruce Arthur. TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead, and newly signed Maple Leaf Daniel Winnik join. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

The second hour of the TSN Drive with Mike Hogan & Bruce Arthur. Deadspin founder Will Leitch, and seven-time MLB All-Star Tim Raines join. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

The final hour of the TSN Drive with Mike Hogan & Bruce Arthur. ESPN Reporter Bob Holtzmann, and TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur join. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Rick Westhead - TSN Correspondent

Rick Westhead talks about how hard it was to leave the Toronto Star, and how great it is they look after their people when in dangerous situations abroad. He says he's going to be covering business related sports stories for TSN and relating them to the average fan. Westhead goes on to talk about the unionization of junior hockey and how most junior players don't go on to the NHL, so they look at benefits as a positive. He thinks the idea has traction because the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, has voiced interest in learning more and taking it up.

Daniel Winnik – Toronto Maple Leafs

Daniel Winnik says he hasn’t spent much time in Toronto in many years so it will be an exciting homecoming. He says the Maple Leafs want him to be a penalty killer and another team was in the running for him (but doesn't want to mention what team it was). He says he went to the World Cup and enjoyed the atmosphere. Winnik talks about the West Division as really tough and the Kings overpowered them in Game 7. He says all the teams in California are so deep and so big. Winnik says he’s ready for the additional attention in Toronto and doesn't think it will negatively affect him.

Will Leitch - Senior Writer for SportsOnEarth.com, Contributing Editor for New York Magazine, Founder of Deadspin

Will Leitch says we have more access to players with social media in today's sports world, but we know the players themselves less. There is a disconnect between fans and players today, and it seems like fans have more invested in the games than even the players do. Leitch talks about what Stephen A. Smith said and how Michelle Beadle did the courageous thing by pointing it out. Beadle speaking against Smith opened up the story and made us think about how horrible his comments were.

Tim Raines – Former Montreal Expo

Tim Raines says he thinks what happens is when you put new guys on the Hall of Fame ballot, players from former years get buried in everything. He says if it was meant to be, then it’s meant to be. Raines hopes one year they will come to their senses and get him in. He says he played the game the way he thought it was supposed to be played, he helped his team win, and his statistics speak for themselves. Raines says the writers look at baseball in their individual way and he can’t say anything to influence them to put him in. He hopes Montreal will get a team back because it wasn't the cities fault they lost it, and he hopes he can be a part of it when and if it happens.

Bob Holtzmann – ESPN Reporter

Bob Holtzmann talks about Johnny Manziel saying he’s excited to get back to football, and he’s made rookie mistakes and wants to move forward. He says if Manziel turns the Browns around he becomes a hero, but if he gets an opportunity and falters there’s going to be ridicule. He thinks if the Browns do what the Colts did, and reform their team around a young quarterback they’ll be celebrated. Holtzmann says the biggest story in Indianapolis is the running back situation, all the injuries and whether they are going to start Trent Richardson. He talks about Jim Irsay passing out one-hundred dollar bills to fans at training camp and says Irsay has always done crazy things and he’s never understood it. Holtzmann checked out a Montreal Alouettes game and quickly touches on Chad Johnson wanting to rewrite the last chapter in his career.

Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

Scott MacArthur talks about how Jose Reyes needed a little time to re-energize and Melky Cabrera has been playing well all season for the squad. MacArthur says the Toronto Blue Jays are being cautious with Aaron Sanchez and that’s why he’s in the bullpen. He says he thinks the Blue Jays can ride Marcus Stroman with how well he’s pitched and believes the fans are hoping they don’t pull the plug on him either. MacArthur’s opinion is Jose Bautista has one guaranteed year left on his contract, and if the team doesn't improve itself, Bautista will have every reason to ask out.



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