February 12: Show In Review
Bryan, Jamie and Jeff discuss Team Canada’s decision to start their Olympic tournament with Carey Price with Ray Ferraro, and Scott Niedermayer checks in to discuss the adjustments necessary on big ice and the pressure of leading your country.
Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie preview Team Canada's opening game tomorrow, and are joined by former Team Canada Captain Scott Niedermeyer. Hour 1 Audio
12:15 – Scott Niedermayer, Captain of the 2010 Canadian Hockey Team
Scott Niedermayer joined the show to talk about the pressure of being the captain of the 2010 Olympic team, the transition to international ice and chemistry between the players. Niedermayer said that being Captain of the 2010 team added a bit of extra pressure but the most pressure for the team was performing and winning Gold on home ice in Vancouver. The fact they did win on home ice made the victory that much sweeter. Niedermayer noted that there is an adjustment period for the NHL players not used to the international ice but he expects Mike Babcock to make that transition easier for his players. Niedermayer weighed in on this potentially being the last year for NHLers in the Olympics and rumours of the World Cup being resurrected. He said he understands where the NHL is coming from because they make a lot of sacrifices to allow players to go over and compete, like the potential for players to get hurt going into playoff run. As a player, the Olympics was an amazing experience and had a lot of meaning behind it, more than playing in the World Cup. The Olympics is the pinnacle of sporting competition and thinks players would still want to be part of it even though the trip to Korea won’t be easy.
1:05 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray Ferraro joined Leafs Lunch to talk about Erik Karlsson, Price being named Team Canada's starter on Thursday against Norway and the possbility of the NHL resurrecting the World Cup. Ferraro says that Karlsson might get criticized for his turnovers but Ferraro said he'd prefer to have a guy like Karlsson who takes risks rather than someone who always just makes the safe play. Ferraro thinks Babcock won’t rotate goalies just for the sake of it, the coaching staff has likely already picked who their starter will be for the tournament and that won’t change unless they have a really bad start. The third game of the group stage will likely be the game that will decide who is the starter for the rest of the tournament, the goal tending is the most important part of the team and they need to figure it out quickly to succeed. Ferraro says that he would be shocked if the NHL went to Korea, the Olympics are a viewer magnet and you would lose that with a World Cup. They would need to generate interest for it to make it a possibility.
1:30 – Cammi Granato, Hockey Hall of Famer & Gold Olympic Medalist with the USA Team
Cammi Granato joined the show to talk on the growth of Women's Hockey and the Canada/USA rivalry. The women's game has grown since her playing days and she remembers a game against Canada in the group stage where they came back and beat them and the confidence it gave the team heading into the next round. The rivalry between Canada and USA has always been heated but never to the extent of dropping gloves – it’s a good rivalry and it’s good for the sport. Playing against Canada was always intense, the crowd was always loud and it was fun for the players since they don't get big games like that often. Women's hockey has started to grow, there are more competitive teams and new teams like Japan are playing hard and never give up when they play.
2:15 – Justin Wadsworth, Head Coach of the Canadian Cross-Country Ski team
Justin Wadsworth joined the show to talk on giving Russian Skier Anton Gafarov a new ski to help him finish his race. As a former Olympian, he was stuck in a similar situation as the Russian Skier so he wanted him to finish the race with integrity. He didn't have time to think about it and knew he had to go out and do something to help him. Wadsworth thought it was the right thing to do at the time, and he knew how tough it must have been for the skier to go from being a medal favorite to barely making it across the finish line. Wadsworth noted that their are rules against going out onto the course but he is allowed to help if a skier has issues with his equipment so he knew he wasn't breaking any rules. It is a tough job being a coach as you don't have any control over the results but he enjoys his work and he’s glad to be a part of the program.
2:30 – James Duthie, NHL on TSN Host (in studio)
James Duthie joined the show to talk on the affect of the Olympics on the NHL, the possibility of the NHL going to South Korea, and on Team Canada's goalie situation. Duthie thinks everything points to the NHL not going to the Olympics in 2018,and it does seem the NHL is getting ready to create a World Cup. The NHL's growth has been helped by Olympic exposure. Duthie says that If the Olympic hockey tournament were to take place somewhere in North America and if revenue was shared by the NHL and the Olympics the NHL could stay in the Olympics. It’s unlikely to happen but it could gain more interest if the TV broadcasters pushed for it. Their is a 14-hour time difference in South Korea, which is a major issue for the NHL. On Team Canada, Duthie said Finland is the most interesting game for Canada in the group stage, if Price is good against Finland then he will likely get the job as starter.
3:00 – Jay Onrait, Fox Sports Live Anchor
The interview starts of with Onrait joking about being followed around by his Russian bodyguards pretty much 24-hours a day. Onrait said he had gone to the Speed Skating event to watch Shani Davis and it was great to see Denny Morrison get a medal after his teammate sacrificed his spot for him. Onrait said its been really fun for him and O'Toole as they've been able to see a lot of former colleagues at Sochi. Onrait said that he was worried about what it would be like in Sochi after all the early stories about the hotels but he has been surprised with how great of a city it is and the passion of people.
3:30 – Scott Raab, Esquire
Cleveland native Scott Raab joined the show to talk on the Cleveland Browns recent firings, the Cavs Anthony Bennett and LeBron James comments on being one of the NBA’s “all-time greats”. Raab said people in the league didn't like dealing with Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi was out of the league for five years and no one had wanted to give him a personnel job. Their owner still doesn't know if he will have to defend himself on charges of fraud and right now it’s pretty tough to be a fan of the Browns. Raab said that Cavaliers Anthony Bennet looked great last night, he seems to be getting more comfortable on the court and he hopes that's he continues to get better. Raab thinks it's undeniable that LeBron will be seen as one of the top players in NBA history, Raab said he was the most skilled player he had ever seen when he was in Cleveland and he has continued to get better. Ultimately, it was the right decision for LeBron to go to Miami.
February 11: Show In Review
Bryan, Jamie and Jeff tee up the men’s Olympic hockey tournament with Ray Ferraro, discuss Team USA’s chances with James van Riemsdyk, and Bryan is joined by Tessa Bonhomme to preview tomorrow’s Canada/USA women’s matchup on TSN 1050.
Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan, Jeff and Jamie talk Olympic Hockey and are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio
12:10 – JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK, TEAM USA
Toronto Maple Leafs and Team USA forward James van Riemsdyk joins Leafs Lunch to talk about his experience arriving in Sochi, specifically jetlag and the Olympic village. Since he’ll be alongside his linemate Phil Kessel, JVR explains his chemistry with him and how they expect to play with a new centre in Joe Pavelski. He compares Pavelski to Tyler Bozak - both are strong too-way players, very smart and good in the face-off circle. He also talks about how Canada is Team USA’s biggest rival in this year’s games and what other Olympic sports he would like to try out.
1:00 – RAY FERRARO, TSN HOCKEY ANALYST
TSN’s Ray Ferraro comes on to talk about refereeing in the Olympics and what the NHLers can expect at the international level. He explains how guys have to be careful on making big hits that will be called even if they’re deemed clean. Ray also looks at the lines from Canada’s practices and discusses how we can expect them to be completely overhauled by their second game. He also talks about what to expect from the Americans, how to not take Sweden lightly and the pressures that the Russians have on them.
2:35 – SEAN FITZGERALD, NATIONAL POST
Live from Sochi, the National Post’s Sean Fitzgerald joins Bryan to talk about the amount of Quebec athletes winning medals for Canada at these Olympics. He explains how it’s not that big of a deal but it is still coming up as a topic of conversation. Sean then looks at the benefits of these athletes winning medals for Canada, and how they can profit from it financially, as they’ve captivated an entire nation. Finally, him and Bryan chat about how people only watch the Olympics for the few weeks that it happens and then seem to pretty much forget about these athletes afterwards.
3:05 – KEVIN HARLAN, NBA ON TNT
Kevin Harlan from the NBA on TNT comes on to talk about the upcoming All Star Weekend in the NBA. He talks about how the entire weekend has transformed into an entire event rather than just a lead-up to a game. Harlan also discusses the dunk contest and mainly how the league’s big stars in LeBron James and Kevin Durant have yet to participate, mentioning how all the greats have actually done so.
3:30 – TESSA BONHOMME, 2010 TEAM CANADA HOCKEY GOLD MEDALIST (in-studio)
Vancouver 2010 Gold Medalist with Team Canada, Tessa Bonhomme, joins the Bryan Hayes Show to talk about the women’s team in Sochi. She explains how the game seems to have gotten much more chippy and how it keeps the rivalries and games very entertaining. Tessa also discusses how some teams, especially Sweden, will grow into contenders. Finally, she talks to Bryan about USA superstar Amanda Kessel, Phil’s sister, who is the big up & coming prodigy.
February 10: Show In Review
Bryan, Jamie and Jeff break down the unveiling of Canada’s opening practice lines with Mike Johnson and Jonas Siegel live from Sochi, and Bryan is joined by Dave Zirin and Chris Kluwe to discuss the impact of Michael Sams’ big announcement.
12:45 – Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Sochi Reporter
Jonas joins Leafs Lunch live from Sochi to give an update on the men’s Canadian Olympic hockey team practice and what the lines looked like. As much as we want to look in to the lines as they were today, things can change very quickly and often. St. Louis is one of 14 forwards and he will have to come in and earn his opportunity. Jonas doesn’t think you would bring Chris Kunitz to Sochi if he doesn't play with Sidney Crosby. Canada has so much talent that coming home with anything but GOLD is a let down. Canada and Russia have the most pressure to win this tournament - Canada because of the talent on paper, and Russia because they’re on home soil.
1:00 – Mike Johnson, TSN Hockey Analyst
Mike Johnson joins Leafs Lunch to discuss the Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team and who he thinks will start in goal. Mike believes Carey Price will get the start over Roberto Luongo because he’s playing better and Luongo’s numbers aren't helping, although he doesn’t think either goalie will play themselves in or out of a starting job against Norway. The real challenge is against Finland. Johnson picks Tavares to be his dark horse MVP. He says Team Canada is the best team with the best lineup on paper and, as long as they get good goaltending, they’ll be the favourites to win Gold.
2:30 – Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports
Dave Zirin from Edge of Sports and The Nation joins Bryan to chat about Michael Sam “coming out” this weekend and how it may impact his draft to the NFL. He believes NFL GM's adopt this posture of being tough guys and leaders of men and they could be scared of what Michael Sam’s presence would be in their locker rooms. Almost every single player is a "distraction" in some way and some NFL GM's may look for excuses not to draft Michael Sam instead of looking to make it work. If Sam doesn't get drafted this story will grow. He is an excellent player and he deserves a home in the NFL. Zirin then compares Sam to the NBA’s Jason Collins. He says if David Stern wanted a roster spot for Jason Collins, he could have worked that out.
3:34 – Chris Kluwe, former Vikings Punter
Former Vikings Punter and outspoken gay rights activist Chris Kluwe comes on with Bryan to give his take on Michael Sam revealing he is gay. He thinks the NFL locker rooms are ready to handle a gay athlete and doesn’t think Sam will have a problem with the players because everyone’s focus should be on football and winning the next game. He thinks Sam’s issues will be with the GM's, the men in the front offices and the older “white” men running the teams . Kluwe believes a person’s sexuality is not the business of his teammates and if someone has an issue with it they are the ones with the problem.
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