August 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz recap Milos Raonic’s tight win last night with Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale, and James Mirtle joins the guys to discuss the dawning of the analytics age in the NHL.


Hour 1:

The Jays win, go around the NHL, Tiger playing the PGA Championship and Milos' scare. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Shane Horton, Toronto Argos LB, joins Macko & Cauz. The boys talk about a good outing for Hutchinson & the hometown crowd being a factor for Milos. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Ed Encina, Orioles beat reporter - Baltimore Sun, James Mirtle - Globe & Mail & Karl Hale, Rogers Cup Tournament Director, joins Macko & Cauz. Hour 3 Audio


Shane Horton – Toronto Argos LB

Football is an incredibly emotional game and especially in camp you see players get after each other. Players have such short professional careers and it can get extremely tough in the trenches – especially when players are out there trying to put food on the table. Fights on the practice field show how much you care about the sport and the game. Even when the Argos aren’t playing – there is still a lot of football being played and the players are all paying attention during the bye week.

Ed Encina – Baltimore Sun

The Orioles do not have the top end, front line starters, but the guys that they do have are getting it done. Showalter has been playing to the matchups very well – and he has a big choice coming soon about how to deal with Ubaldo as he comes off of the disabled list.

James Mirtle – Globe & Mail

A lot of NHL teams have been using analytics for some time, but they are doing their best to keep their information proprietary at this point. Teams that have hired people such as Dellow and Mehta have essentially gagged them as soon as they are hired – and that is a negative thing for the general public but it makes sense for the teams to do this. We are essentially at the infancy of this type of information becoming mainstream – despite teams like the Kings and the Blues using such information for some time.

Karl Hale – Rogers Cup Tournament Director

Milos was clearly a little bit nervous to start the match yesterday – and he got close to losing it on the tie break in the third set, but he managed to pull it off. The fans are encouraged to be vocal at Rexall Centre, and the environment has turned into a very vocal and engaged environment. The passion of Torontonians is very apparent – with the multicultural city coming together and it creates a very exciting environment for spectators.

August 6: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz recap last night’s disappointing effort by Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays in the opener of their three game series versus the Orioles with Scott MacArthur, and former Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield joins the guys to discuss the fond memories he has of his playing career and Toronto’s playoff chances this season.


Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz discuss: The Jays, Eugenie Bouchard's loss and Bon Jovi's bid for the Bills. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Jesse Barfield, joins Macko and Cauz to look back on his career with the Blue Jays. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Scott MacArthur, TSN Jays Reporter and Ed Stefanski, Memphis Grizzlies Exec. Vice President Player Personnel join Macko and Cauz. Hour 3 Audio


Jesse Barfield – Former Blue Jays All-Star OF

One of the best parts of patrolling right field for the Jays for so many years was throwing out guys trying to stretch plays to third base. Playing for Bobby Cox was quite the experience – as he had a temper and would just rip players apart every time they made a mistake. Only ever got ejected from a game once in his career, but it was a memorable experience even though he didn’t quite get his money’s worth with the umpire. With the Jays current struggles, you can see that certain players are pressing a bit. Bautista is following the ball a bit more than he usually does and some players are clutching the bat a bit too tight.

Scott MacArthur – TSN Jays Reporter

Lawrie is hopeful that his back injury isn’t too serious – and Gibbons reiterated the same thing. The fact that Lawrie is having an MRI today is fairly routine these days just to make sure it isn’t more serious that initially thought. The players are doing their best at this point in the season so keep their distance from the media – but Buehrle had some comments after the game last night saying the season is far from over. But some concern about the next week makes sense as they are facing some of the best arms in the league when they match up with Seattle and Detroit.

Ed Stefanski – Memphis Grizzlies Exec. VP Player Personnel

He always said that the city of Toronto would rally around the team if they ever made it to the playoffs, and that is exactly what happened. His relationship with Colangelo is still positive – and if you look at the Raptors current roster, Bryan’s finger prints are all over it. There was much discussion in the boardroom about Steve Nash – and it never made much sense that his nationality played such a large role. The front office was so supportive of Lowry when they acquired him – especially the analytics guys in the room. Never imagined that Vince would play this late into his career, and he’s looking forward to being part of the Grizzlies organization while he is there.

August 5: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz are joined by Gregor Chisholm to tee up the Jays/Orioles series and discuss whether the team is rushing back Brett Lawrie from his thumb injury, and Stephania Bell checks in to chat about the chances that Tiger Woods ends up playing in this week’s PGA Championship.


Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz discuss World Jr. Hockey camp opening, tricky Tennis names, Dan Snyder defending the Redskins name and Jays talk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Macko and Cauz chat with Elliot Harrison, and Gregor Chisholm, Blue Jays reporter for Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Macko & Cauz chat with Dan Graziano, ESPN NFL Nation reporter, Stephania Bell, ESPN's injury analyst & Evander Holyfield, Former Heavyweight Champion. Hour 3 Audio


Elliot Harrison –

The Giants could turn into a run-heavy team this year if they want to protect Eli from himself. Their offensive line is completely rebuilt – but rookie running back Andre Williams alongside Rashad Jennings could provide them with a potent attack. The Cowboys defense is going to somehow be worse than it was last year. They lost Ware and Sean Lee is already out for the season. If they can go .500 it will be because Tony Romo did it on his own. RGIII will likely be somewhere in between his rookie and sophomore seasons. No one is ever fully healthy in the league – so he needs to be more consistent and accurate.

Gregor Chisholm –

If the Jays weren’t in the situation that they are in right now with the divisional race, they would have liked to have given Lawrie a little longer in rehab. He has rushed back from injuries before, so it might take a little while for him to get back to 100% at the plate. Either Kawasaki or Goins will be the one going back to Buffalo as they both have options remaining. The Orioles have been getting by with a lot of one run wins lately, so there is a hope that they will come back down to earth. Baltimore has a lot of the same issues that the Jays do – and it was a bit surprising that they didn’t pick up a starting arm for the stretch.

Dan Graziano – ESPN NFL Reporter

The Bengals did not have much choice in terms of locking up Andy Dalton long term. They have made the playoffs every year since Dalton and AJ Green have been on the team – so while he hasn’t won a playoff game, he has been able to consistently get them into the postseason which is better than what they had in place before that. Goodell showed with the Rice ruling that he does not have control of the personal conduct policy and the outcry has been significant enough to show that he is not using the policy for its intended purpose. The league holds their athletes to a different standard – which is the whole reason for the policy to be in place. Goodell doesn’t use the policy as severely as he used to – and that shows a bit of a gradual change. But it is not clear what he will become down the road.

Stephanie Bell – ESPN Injury Analyst

All we know about Tiger’s back injury at this point is that there have been spasms. It is not clear if it is related to his recent back surgery – but we don’t know that for sure. It is too soon to say that he is done, as this could be something that settles down on its own in the next couple of days. We will find out quickly just how healthy he is – as the PGA Championship gets started on Thursday. Paul George has great prospects for recovery – as he is young and fit and it is a bone injury that is predictable and easy to predict the recovery process.

Evander Holyfield – Former Undisputed Boxing Champ

His relationship with Tyson has evolved over years, and he has learnt how to forgive over the years. In many ways the Holyfield-Tyson relationship and rivalry saved the sport of boxing for many years. Both of them are very tough individuals, and it could have gone either way. Holyfield went through a lot of the same issues that Tyson did growing up – and sometimes things get out of control.

August 4: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz are joined by Bruce Arthur to chat about the Habs finally giving PK Subban his extension, and Tony Rasmus checks in to discuss what’s behind his son’s struggles this season.


Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz discuss NBA offseason movement, P.K. Subban's value, NFL preseason action & the Jays losing to the Astros. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Macko and Cauz chat with Mike Spry, contributor and Tony Rasmus, Colby Rasmus' dad. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Macko & Cauz chat with Jared Zwerling, NBA Analyst for Bleacher Report, Dick Hayhurst, TSN Jays Analyst & Bruce Arthur, Toronto Star sports columnist. Hour 3 Audio


Mike Spry –

There wasn’t much of a sense of panic in Montreal until after the arbitration hearing actually took place, but there were a few moments when Habs fans had to hold their breath for a few minutes. The Habs did not give Subban such a rich contract just to appease fans – as they clearly believe in everything that he brings to the table and they want him there for the rest of his career.

Tony Rasmus – Father of Colby Rasmus

Colby has the kind of ability to be an All-Star player every year – but he just hasn’t been able to put it all together. He always thought he would back off a bit once Colby made it to the majors – but he has not been able to step back. His time in St. Louis changed who he was as La Russa crushed his personality and made him quiet, more reserved player that he is now. Colby’s distrust of hitting coaches started all the way back in single A ball when they started changing his approach at the plate – and it seems to have never really helped him.

Jared Zwerling – NBA Writer: Bleacher Report

Kyle Lowry – just like Carmelo and Bosh – was one of the dominos in line behind LeBron in this summer’s free agency. There is a possibility that if LeBron had made up his mind earlier in free agency, Lowry could have walked and would have been an ideal candidate to go to Miami had LeBron decided to return. Lowry’s agent Andy Miller pushed Lowry to make a decision early in the process rather than sit around and wait for the other pieces to fall into place.

Dirk Hayhurst – TSN Jays Analyst

Because the Jays didn’t go out and add another arm to the rotation, we are going to run up to the point when the young pitchers are hitting their innings limit pretty soon. Stroman, Sanchez and Hutchison could all be on innings counts and without much in the way of reinforcements coming – the innings counts could get pushed back a bit. The biggest concern with Hutchison is that he will push himself too hard after undergoing surgery just one year ago.

Bruce Arthur – Toronto Star

The Paul George injury should not have any impact on NBA players participating at international tournaments – as this is the first significant injury to happen in the history of NBA participation. George became a much better player from putting in the hours, and this injury could have happened anywhere. Mark Cuban’s response in saying that others were exploiting their players was a bit rich though. The Habs have been slow playing Subban for the past few years – and maybe they took him to arbitration just so they could get everything out in the open before finally signing him to a long-term deal.

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