July 25: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Matt, along with Gareth Wheeler are joined by Matt Scianitti to discuss the Argos partnership with MLSE and what the future may hold for the franchise, and Kevin Arnovitz checks in to chat about whether he thinks the Cavs will still end up dealing Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.


Hour 1:

Matthew Cauz and Gareth Wheeler are joined by Steve Simmons. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Matthew Cauz and Gareth Wheeler are joined by Michael Landsberg and Matthew Scianitti. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Matthew Cauz and Gareth Wheeler were joined by Arash Markazi and Kevin Arnovitz. Hour 3 Audio


Steve Simmons – Sun Media

Every union fights for their players – and you must understand that the NFL union is the weakest of the four major sports at this point. Goodell has been the law and order commissioner during his tenure which is what makes the two game suspension so surprising. The Ravens could hypothetically add on to the suspension if they didn’t agree with the severity, but that is unlikely considering how vital Rice is to the Ravens success. We know that Sanchez is not a reliever in the long term with the Jays, but so many stud prospect have broken into the majors as relievers. The Leafs future rest on the development of Rielly, Gardiner and Bernier as they all have the potential to be stars in the league.

Michael Landsberg – Off The Record

It was surprising that Rice got a two game suspension and we still have not heard anything about Jim Irsay. Its not so much a double standard, but more so what the standard is. Goodell has no come out and explained himself just yet so we should reserve judgment a bit until he does so. The NFL had an opportunity to really make a statement and he did worse than anyone could have imagined in dealing with this. The NFL needs to examine what they are trying to do in terms of creating role models for young men throughout America and they are telling us now that hitting a woman is not the worst thing they can do.

Matt Scianitti – TSN CFL Reporter

The partnership between the Argos and MLSE shows a certain level of goodwill between the two parties and that there are still some irons in the fire. The move to Downsview had been in the works for about a year as the coaching staff had gone to inspect it a year ago. Argos players have started to chat about where the future of the team stands in terms of ownership and training facilities. There are legitimate concerns within the Argos marketing department as the turnout for the first few games have been a serious cause for concern.

Arash Markazi – ESPNLosAngeles.com

The problem some owners may have with voting Donald Sterling out if he has something on them, but says at the end of the day will all vote him out. Steve Balmer will then most likely take over ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. He says owners need to be more careful now and live by a certain set of rules to protect themselves. He mentions if Sterling stayed with the Clippers the league would lose a lot of money for the simple fact no one wants to associate themselves with him.

Kevin Arnovitz – NBA Editor ESPN.com

The biggest issue with the current CBA situation is the way in which super stars have to take pay cuts if they want to surround themselves with talented players. The billionaires are forcing their employees to have an artificial cap which is clearly beneficial towards the owners and limits the earnings potential of the players. The Cavaliers will end up with Kevin Love as long as the Warriors don’t step in and offer the likes of Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. The comments about Canadians in basketball were gross generalizations that don’t say much about the country as a whole.

July 24: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are joined by Gabe Kapler to chat about the use of young arms like Aaron Sanchez out of the bullpen, and Field Yates checks in to weigh in on the Ray Rice suspension.


Hour 1:

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News joins to talk Kyle Dubas and Steven Stamkos. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey.com, and ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates join. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Gabe Kapler of FoxSports.com, and Andrew Stoeten of DrunkJaysFans.com join. Hour 3 Audio


Adam Proteau – The Hockey News

Roger Nielson was laughed at back in his day for the “gimmicks” that he employed when working for the Leafs many years back. People looked at him as an outsider for trying to bring in revolutionary things into the league like watching video and dismissing plus/minus as a relevant stat. There is still a bedrock of conservatism in the hockey community just like in much of society – but we have seen much growth on and off the sporting field in recent years. Stamkos coming back to Toronto in 2016 may not be as far fetched as we may think.

Tyler Dellow – mc79hockey.com

There is surely something to be said that some hockey teams have been using analytics for quite some time – but they are not all necessarily using it as well as they could be. We have seen numerous coaches and managers mention analytics in this off-season as it has become the hot word around town – but it will be interesting so see how many of them are actually employing such tactics. Hockey is very much a copycat game so if it starts working for some teams we will surely see others follow suit. No position in sports has evolved more in the past thirty years than goaltending and it has forced teams to reassess how they create goals.

Field Yates – ESPN NFL Reporter

The Ray Rice suspension is going to reignite a serious debate about the way in which the league deals with disciplinary matters and at this point it seems the Ravens will let the two game suspension speak for itself and not go over and above that. Tom Brady needs Gronk more than the other way around at this point in his career.

Gabe Kapler – Fox Sports MLB Analyst

So many athletes today are looking for easy ways to get into the excellent shape by taking shortcuts – but they need to really focus on fresh vegetables and meat if they are looking to get into the type of shape that he is in. The idea that pitchers are getting injured so much because of the strength is a bit irresponsible – as the number of pitches that these kids are throwing around the year is simply wearing these kids arms down. By the time they get to the professional level they have used up a lot of their bullets. Many teams bring in their young stud pitchers in the bullpen as it takes some pressure off of them and allows them to get some extra velocity on their fastball.

Andrew Stoeten – DrunkJaysFans.com

Aaron Sanchez is still very much a work in progress despite his great debut last night. There are some issues with his fastball command and secondary pitches as well. His walk rate has been high in the minors as well this year so it may be too soon to see him discussed as a star just yet. If he is being discussed as part of a David Price package that is one thing, but the hope is that the Jays don’t trade anyone off the major league roster in an attempt to improve the team right now. The Jays seem to be keenly interested in what is happening with the Phillies at this point – but it is not clear that they have the money to pick anyone up from the Phillies at this point.

July 23: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt discuss the Kyle Dubas hiring and David Booth signing with Bob McKenzie, and Scott MacArthur checks in to discuss how the Jays are looking to bolster their struggling bullpen.


Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Macko & Cauz joined by Jonas Siegel. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Macko & Cauz joined by Steven Stamkos and Cabral Richards. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko & Cauz joined by Bob McKenzie and Scott MacArthur. Hour 3 Audio


Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos joins the show live on location at the Share a Coke event. He weighs in on some of the transactions that have happened in the off season thus far and how he plays close attention to what’s happening. Stamkos talks about how consistency matters and no matter where your team seeds in the playoffs there’s always a chance. With St. Louis traded, Steven explains what it was like having to take on the leadership role that comes with wearing the C on the jersey as well as what Ryan Callahan brings to his team.

Cabral Richards – TSN Personality

Cabbie joins the show to chat about being between the pipes and taking shots from Steven Stamkos. He also shared some of his experiences from the recent ESPY’s awards ceremony.

Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider

With the hiring of Kyle Dubas and the talk of “analytics” Bob joined the show to share his insight on the Leafs situation and what it means for them moving forward. He believes with Shanahan now in his position these changes are natural and is obvious that the team is looking to approach next season in a different perspective. He states that if David Booth can stay healthy next season he can make a difference with a very affordable price tag for the Leafs. Bob also weighs in on the signing of Ryan O’Reilly in Colorado and how the signing will add to the building of their young talented team.

Scott MacArthur – TSN Jays Reporter

After bouncing back from a blow out loss to the Red Sox, Scott joins the show to chat on how J.A Happ finds way to win games. He believes that Happ is a perfect number 5 starter in the MLB. He weighs in on Dickey’s knuckleball and how it can make or break his performance night in and night out. It’s a tricky pitch and you never know what might come out of it. Balls leave the Rogers Centre at a very high rate and Dickey’s mistakes will not be forgotten due to the rate at which they come. Scott also shares a little on Janssen’s sickness and that he does plan to return healthy and it should not affect his play. He closes off with stating that the Jays need relief pitchers now more than any time due to injuries.

July 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt react to the hiring of Kyle Dubas, along with the firings of Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin with Jonas Siege, and Craig Button checks in to discuss what type of impact the move will have on Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle.


Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Macko & Cauz joined by James Mirtle. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Macko & Cauz joined by Mike George and Jonas Siegel. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Macko & Cauz joined by Craig Button and Gregor Chisholm. Hour 3 Audio


James Mirtle – Globe & Mail

If the Leafs do in fact want to turn around and deal Franson now that they have given him a one year deal – his value is not what it could have been had he signed a longer deal. There are better chances of seeing Reimer go to arbitration that there ever was with Franson – and there is probably some bitterness between Reimer and the Leafs. You can look at the deal that Ben Scrivens got in Edmonton, and you can easily argue that Reimer has proven more than Scrivens. The Leafs should be a better team this year as they say they want to have four lines that can play and let some of the kids play.

Mike George – Excel Sports Management (agent for Anthony Bennett & Tyler Ennis)

Waiting at the draft with Tyler was a stressful process – as there was a feeling that the Suns would draft him, but it would have been awesome so see him play for the Raptors. The Cavaliers did not want any of their players playing for the national team this season – so that is why Anthony Bennett and Wiggins are not on the national team. With Ennis there is some insurance issues as he hasn’t signed his contract with the Suns yet. All of the NBA teams have communicated with Basketball Canada – and there is a full assumption that they will all be there next season.

Jonas Siegel – TSN Leafs Reporter

Jonas joined the program to chat on the newly hired Kyle Dubas as the Assistant General Manager of the Leafs. Jonas believed that Shanahan was going to bring his own people in from the beginning. He stated how this is a new age for the franchise and that they're adapting to a new age "money ball" analytic point of view when approaching their game plan. This is a new way of looking at the game and Jonas says this is a direction that the Leafs haven't moved into quick enough.

Craig Button – TSN Resident GM

Button weighs in on the newly hired Kyle Dubas as the Leafs new Assistant General Manager. He believes that although Kyle Dubas doesn't have any NHL experience, teamed up with Nonis this is a major culture change for the team. Button also defended Nonis as someone who does know and use analytics' and that many jump to put labels on people before really understanding their view points. He also stated that just because Dubas was hired doesn't mean that everything will be drastically changed right away. Button doesn't really buy the idea of a "Culture Change" and that possession of the puck is not a new concept to the game, at the end of the day productivity is what they need and hope to come out with.

Gregor Chisholm – MLB.com

The holes on the Jays are starting to mount as the season goes on as they not only need help in the rotation – but also throughout the infield right now as well. They don’t have much money to spend and it will apparently be money in-money out and they will have to pay a premium in terms of prospects if they are expecting other teams to eat money. Baltimore will likely make a big move at some point and it will be hard for the Jays to match that if the arms don’t keep up what they have been doing.

July 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Bob, Gareth Wheeler and Matt are joined by Scott MacArthur to chat about Alex Anthopoulos’s options with the trade deadline approaching, and Farrell Evans checks in to discuss how good Rory McIlroy can be.


Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Macko & Cauz joined by Jonas Siegel and Farrell Evans. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Macko & Cauz joined by John Kryk and Joe Fletcher. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Macko & Cauz joined by Scott MacArthur and Ethan Strauss. Hour 3 Audio


Jonas Siegel – TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter

Jonas sets the scene ahead of what would have been Cody Franson’s arbitration hearing, and describes the strange relationship Franson has had with Leafs management since coming to Toronto. Despite the two sides reaching a deal shortly after the interview, Jonas says Franson is likely going to be moved, perhaps even before the season begins.

Farrell Evans – ESPN.com Golf Writer

Farrell joins the show to recap Rory McIlroy’s win at the British Open and discusses what it could mean for the future of golf. Farrell also discusses how much of an impact McIlroy can have on the sport in comparison to what Tiger brought to the table, and compares Tiger’s era to Wayne Gretzky’s pedigree in hockey during the 80’s.

John Kryk – NFL Columnist, Sun Media

John checks in with the latest on the Buffalo Bills and a potential move to Toronto – but calls the latest developments in the Bills talks a big blow to the possibility of the team moving to Toronto. The lease agreement preventing the Bills from moving until 2022 is the main hurdle (let alone having an NFL stadium ready by then), and now Bon Jovi and the Toronto-based group are saying they will not try to move the team to Toronto – something Bills fans haven’t bought at this point.

Joe Fletcher – Canadian Assistant Referee

Joe joins the show fresh off returning from the World Cup, where he was able to officiate three games during the 2014 World Cup. Joe discusses his experience in Brazil and the process of being selected for each game, as well as his infamous handshake snub which went viral early on in the tournament, and also gives his thoughts on topics concerning the current state of officiating, such as diving and the use of instant replay.

Scott MacArthur – TSN Blue Jays Reporter

Scott joins the program to recap a series win over Texas for the Blue Jays, as well as discuss Alex Anthopoulos’ conversation with members of the media yesterday. Scott discusses the MLB Trade Deadline and what options the Jays have heading in, as well as the possibility of making a move after the non-waiver deadline.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss – ESPN NBA Analyst

Ethan joins the show to discuss the latest on the Andrew Wiggins-Kevin Love rumors, and the balance between Cleveland trading for Love to win now, or hanging on to Wiggins for the future. Strauss says that by the time Wiggins comes into his own, LeBron James will be in his 30s, whereas a team with LeBron and Kevin Love would be built to win right now. Strauss also discusses the potential for the LeBron story to go horribly wrong in Cleveland under a first-year coach, and points out LeBron’s opt-out clause which he can exercise the second something goes wrong.

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