August 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl along with Todd Hlushko chat with Peter Holland about his off-season and what role he’s looking to fill heading into camp, and Warren Sawkiw checks in to tee up Marcus Stroman’s start versus the Rays tonight in what is the start of a key homestand for the Blue Jays.


Hour 1:

Tim Leiweke announces his decision to leave MLSE, Blue Jays prepare to face the Rays, & the Eagles defeat the Steelers in pre-season football. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Tournament director Brent McLaughlin breaks down the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, & Marlies forward Peter Holland chats off-season. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Warren Sawkiw talks Blue Jays, & Alex Marvez breaks down week three of the NFL pre-season. Hour 3 Audio


7:15 Brent McLaughlin –Tournament Director Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

It was solid first round at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open; hopefully the weather continues to cooperate heading into the weekend. The fans really seem to have rallied behind this event & the entire city of London has reaped the benefits. Jennifer Kirby, Rebecca Lee Bentham, & Sue Kim are young Canadian women that are quickly raising the profile of this sport throughout our country.

7:45 Peter Holland – Toronto Marlies Forward

The summer has gone really quickly & now we are just three weeks away from NHL training camp. Now it’s all about making the necessary improvements in order to “take the next step in his development.” One of the major goals heading into this year includes sticking with the big club & playing all eighty two regular season games. Steve Spott should be a welcome addition to the Maple Leafs because he is a “players coach.” It will also be interesting to see how Spott adjusts to the assistant coach vs. head coaching role. Obviously there has been quite a few changes over the offseason however these things are simply part of the business. Furthermore the Leafs offseason signings should increase the competition heading into training camp in September.

8:15 Warren Sawkiw – TSN 1050 MLB/Blue Jays Analyst

This is the time of the year where players usually prefer a few “extra days off” however this probably isn’t the case for the Jays who now enter a critical stretch of the season. The problem for Toronto is that there is simply too much ground to make up, therefore a wildcard berth is highly unlikely at this junction of the season. Let’s not read too much into Marcus Stroman’s last outing vs. the White Sox because young players are prone to having highs & lows. The good news for the Jays is that both Stroman/Sanchez are good young prospects with strong arms.

8:30 – Alex Marvez Fox Sports 1 NFL Reporter

Not too much is known regarding the LeSean McCoy however the X-rays came back negative therefore the thinking is that “he should be ok for the regular season.” The Eagles looked pretty good last night & the Steelers really struggled, perhaps Le’Veon Bell & LeGarrette Blount’s “extra curricular activities” played a factor in Pittsburgh’s demise? The Minnesota Vikings are another team worth keeping an eye on because they still haven’t named their starting quarterback. The Jacksonville Jaguars have also have some tough decisions because Blake Bortles has really turned heads during training camp. Could this be the year where we don’t see a rookie QB start week one?

August 20: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl along with Todd Hlushko discuss the implications of a settlement in the Moore/Bertuzzi case with Eric Macramalla, and Scott Ferguson joins the guys to debate what the Jays can do to get back on track.


Hour 1:

Jays fall to the Brewers & the Bertuzzi/Moore lawsuit finally reaches a conclusion. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Eric Macramalla breaks down the aftermath of the Bertuzzi/Moore settlement, & Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg discusses the upcoming season. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Scott Ferguson chats about the Jays chances of making the playoffs, & Dave and Todd discuss their favourite "guilty pleasure" TV shows. Hour 3 Audio


7:30 Eric Macramalla – TSN Legal Analyst

Whenever parties are involved in a civil lawsuit “settlements are always on the brain.” Although there was clear evidence that Bertuzzi broke Moore’s neck there still was still plenty of uncertainty regarding exactly how much money Moore would receive. The bottom line is that out of court settlements are often preferred instead of actually going to trial. The exact terms of the settlement aren’t known however Moore was rumoured to be asking for roughly 68$ million dollars. Tim Danson (Moore’s lawyer) felt that Bertuzzi should compensate Moore for the money he would’ve made in the NHL. Futher complicating matters is the fact that Moore is unable to use his Harvard education in order to pursue his dream job of working in finance because of the incident in question. Expect this settlement to be “closer to the high side” of the initial request. The bottom line is that the NHL is the biggest winner of yesterday’s settlement by dodging a major bullet.

7:45 Dennis Seidenberg – Boston Bruins Defenseman

The 2014-15 season can’t start soon enough however the next month should help strengthen Mr. Seidenberg’s knee for the upcoming season. Seidenberg was trying very hard to come back during last years playoffs before falling just short of accomplishing his goal. Obviously the Bruins lost a strong locker room voice in Shawn Thornton however there is still plenty of leadership in the room. The Bruins are one of the few teams with a healthy mix of youth & veterans, which is why this team still expects to be a Stanley Cup contender. Now it’s about “getting back to the grind” & getting into the best possible shape for next season.

8:15 Scott Ferguson – TSN 1050 MLB/Blue Jays Reporter

The Blue Jays have a woeful 4-12 record since August 1st which can best be described as a total collapse. If the Jays miss the playoffs again ownership is probably to blame. It will be interesting to see if Toronto tries to inject a bit more youth into the lineup in a last ditch effort to “spice things up.” The Baltimore Orioles starting rotation had all kinds of questions heading into the season however the signing of Nelson Cruz has paid instant dividends. Baltimore has a very solid lineup 1-9 & an excellent manager in Buck Showalter, the question now is whether they have the required starting pitching in order to make some noise.

August 19: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl along with Todd Hlushko chat with Martin St. Louis about the highs and lows of his 2013-14 season, and Mark Bishop joins the guys to recap Johnny Manziel’s Monday Night Football debut.


Hour 1:

Boston Red Sox prospect Jordan Procyshen chats baseball & another edition of "Bastl's Bytes" Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

New York Rangers forward Martin St.Louis discusses his offseason, & Mark Bishop of ESPN Cleveland chats Johnny Manziel. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Sabres great Danny Gare joins David Bastl & Todd Hlushko to shed some light on the 2015/16 NHL Combine in Buffalo. Hour 3 Audio


6:45 Jordan Procyshen – Boston Red Sox Prospect

It’s been a very exciting past few months (signing a professional contract with the Red Sox organization) Mr. Procyshen got the good news when manager Joe Oliver said he would be moving from the Lowell Spinners to the Greenville Drive. Obviously there will be a bit of an adjustment period however at this point “the sky is the limit.”

7:30 Martin St. Louis – New York Rangers Forward

It was a busy year for Marty after an Olympic goal medal & loss in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers locker room really seemed to “come together at the right time” however the overall success of the team wasn’t that surprising. The Rangers did lose some quality players over the off-season however these departures provide plenty of opportunities for new players that are trying to crack the lineup. Since St. Louis was a “late bloomer” he feels that there is still plenty of mileage left in the tank & looking forward to playing into his 40’s. In terms of the “Tampa Bay fallout” it was simply time to move on & experience something new, the only regret is that there was no “official goodbye from the Lightning faithful.”

7:45 Mark Bishop – Host ESPN 850 WKNR Cleveland

Everyone thought that the Browns would have a “clear cut quarterback” by Tuesday morning; perhaps if Brian Hoyer completes one more pass, we aren’t even having this discussion. Manziel’s “middle finger antics” better come to an abrupt conclusion very shortly otherwise he won’t be in the league too much longer. Even some of Manziel’s fellow teammates were visibly disgusted with some of his antics last night.

8:45 Danny Gare – Buffalo Sabres Colour Commentator

General Manager Tim Murray really wanted to put his stamp on Buffalo “being a hockey destination.” Hopefully the acquisition of the NHL combine for 2015/16 will show the rest of the world just how great a city Buffalo really is. It will also be interesting to see what head coach Ted Nolan can do behind the bench for a full season. Nolan is a very demanding coach & should be buoyed by the acquisitions of Bryan Trottier, Brian Gionta, & Josh Gorges should really help change the culture of the dressing room. Furthermore prospects Sam Reinhart & Rasmus Ristolainen have really turned heads so far & their skill set/compete level is “through the roof.” Expect the Sabres to be better this year, the question is how much better?

August 18: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Dave Bastl along with Todd Hlushko discuss the reports that Alex Anthopoulos’s job may be safe despite the team’s inconsistent play following the All-Star break, and Tomas Kaberle joins to chat about his time with the Leafs and his NHL job prospects for next season.


Hour 1:

Jays fall to the White Sox, Argos get mauled by the Lions, & all the action from week two of the NFL pre-season. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Golf Talk Canada host Mark Zecchino breaks down Camilo Villegas' win at the Wyndham Classic. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dirk Hayhurst breaks down the Blue Jays latest loss, & Tomas Kaberle discusses his future in the NHL. Hour 3 Audio


7:30 Mark Zecchino – Host “Golf Talk Canada”

Camilo Villegas basically “came out of nowhere” to win the Wyndham Classic. More importantly yesterday’s victory ensures that Villegas will remain inside the top 125. The last time we saw Villegas at the top of the leader board was during at the 2013 Barclays. Canadian Brad Fritsch ultimately faded down the stretch & will now have to play the tour event in order to get back his card for next year. Fristch needs to grab one of the remaining twenty five cards, could he replicate last years magic? Now the focus shifts towards the Barclays & the Ryder Cup where Rory McIlroy could be poised to do something special.

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB/Blue Jays Analyst

If you want to make the post-season you can’t lose to one of the worst teams in baseball (Chicago White Sox) Now is the time you need to get hot (see Kansas City, Seattle, New York Yankees) The Jays can’t keep up this rollercoaster style season because their margin of error is rapidly shrinking. Reports indicate the GM Alex Anthopoulos is set to return for another season however if the Jays continue to struggle John Gibbons could pay the price. Anthopoulos has done some good (Sanchez, Stroman, Reyes) however the sad reality is that “Anthopoulos has been a great yes man for the organization & management has been very happy with his low-key approach.” If Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, & Brett Lawrie are healthy around the trade deadline there probably wouldn’t have been as much pressure from the fans to “make a blockbuster deal.” If the Jays want to retain the services of Melky Cabrera next season they might have to double/triple his salary.

8:30 Tomas Kaberle – Former Maple Leafs Defenseman

The goal of the BioSteel hockey camp is to have some fun & get in the best shape possible for the upcoming season. Mr. Kaberle made the decision to attempt a comeback earlier this summer & will be signing with a new team in the very near future. The Maple Leafs decision to unveil “Legends Row” outside the ACC is a wonderful idea & former captain Mats Sundin would definitely deserve a statue at this event. Sundin was a first class player who earned respect on/off the ice & was Toronto’s best player every season. The 2014 Maple Leafs defense corps definitely has enough talent/toughness/skill however you don’t really know how the entire unit will mesh until the regular season begins.

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