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May 30: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt recap the Habs Game 6 loss to the Rangers and chat about the possibility of PK Subban assuming the Habs captaincy with Craig Button, and Tim Kurkjan checks in to put Edwin Encarnacion’s record month of May in historical perspective.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz joined by Craig Button. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko and Cauz joined by Tim Kurkjian and Mike Spry. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko and Cauz joined by Michael Landsberg. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Craig Button – TSN Resident Scout

The maturation of PK Subban has been quite quick considering that he has only played about three hundred games in the league. We expect so much from young players, but at the same time they are trying to find their own voice in a game that everyone wants to hear the voice. He has matured into a leader and is growing more comfortable with his role on the Habs and in the city of Montreal. What we are seeing now is someone who can speak to the team and take more of a leadership role in the room. Now we must ask whether PK is a future captain of the Habs with Gionta up for free agency this offseason. The Habs grew a lot this year after a disappointing showing in the post season last year. With players like Price and Subban you are going to be successful, but they still need to integrate some of their young D into their core next year and that will help them take the next step.

Tim Kurkjian – ESPN Baseball Tonight

The Jays are really crushing other teams when they are playing at home, and this is where they are separating themselves a bit at a time around the league when pitching is so dominant, the Jays bats have been running over other teams. It is crazy to think that Encarnacion is closing in on some of Barry Bonds monthly HR records, and Edwin has an even more solid and compact stroke than Bautista. We have reached a point with the amount of unwritten rules in baseball that every player has become vanilla and the same. Players like Puig and Carlos Gomez have had their personalities suppressed to the point every player acts the same for fear of the backlash.

Mike Spry – BarDown.com Columnist

Within Montreal there is a perception that there is an anti-Montreal bias against the Habs. It may be a bit of an inferiority complex that they have developed for themselves – but the success of the Habs in recent years is undeniable. You need size to be successful in the NHL, but not necessarily at the expense of skill. Modern scouts often have a template of the type of players that they have in their mind for the perfect player, but they think that you can teach the skill as long as you have the size. But the skill is often overlooked and you see teams like the Wings and Habs with so much success from smaller players.

Michael Landsberg – Off The Record

The Jays would be wise to understate their success at this point in the season. We are not quite at the point in the season that they should be demanding everyone’s attention, as last season was such a colossal failure after the level of investment that we saw and the prospect being mortgaged. It was a bit cringe worthy when AA said he would have to go to ownership to get the purse strings loosened, and it furthers the “small market” mentality that teams in this city try to sell us on. We must accept the fact that not everyone gets treated equally, and that owners will continue to be treated differently than players whether it be good or bad. Sterling made the mistake of speaking ill of the group that makes of the majority of players in the league – as if he would have spoken ill of another group, the punishment possibly would have no been as severe.





May 29: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are joined by Adam Proiteau to chat about the possibility of Mike Richards or Martin Brodeur ending up with the Leafs next season, and Scott MacArthur checks in to discuss how the mood in the Blue Jays locker room is different this season and the impact Anthony Gose has had early in the season.

Audio:

Hour 1:

The first hour of Macko & Cauz on TSN Radio 1050. Adam Proteau joins the show this morning to discuss the NHL playoffs, and Martin Brodeur. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

The second hour of Macko & Cauz. Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins this hour to discuss the Atlanta Braves' new stadium plans. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

The final hour of Macko & Cauz on TSN Radio. TSN 1050 Blue Jays reporter Scott MacArthur joins the show in-studio to discuss the surging Blue Jays. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Adam Proteau – The Hockey News

Proteau addresses a tweet he wrote about the possibility of Martin Brodeur coming to Toronto next season as Jonathan Bernier’s backup and states that, while he isn’t the goalie he once was, Brodeur certainly fits the mold of a veteran leader to replace James Reimer. He continues to address the idea of Mike Richards ending up in Toronto, and notes that if Los Angeles wants to keep Marian Gaborik, they may need to get rid of Richards. Proteau speaks to the strength of the two remaining Western Conference teams, and says that their continued success is a result of smart drafting, and hanging onto core players. For his best possible matchup, Proteau picks the Blackhawks and Canadiens, getting the trap door question wrong – the answer of course being Los Angeles and the Habs.

Jeff Schultz – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Schultz mentions that he is in favour of someone building their own business, stadium, etc., and not requesting funds from outlying sources. In Cobb County, Schultz states that there was absolutely no public referendum for a stadium, it just happened, and felt rushed. He says there is nothing wrong with Turner Field, despite the 150+ million dollar upgrades that the stadium “apparently” needs. He talks about how politicians don’t necessarily become corrupt, they just make stupid decisions. He talks about how, despite the millionaires in Los Angeles, it’s crazy that there is no NFL team in Los Angeles, but it’s because the right funding just isn’t there.

Scott MacArthur – TSN Jays Reporter

The Jays locker room has been much different this season, as the winning has clearly changed the way the players interact with each other. It would be a surprise to see the Jays re-sign Rasmus regardless of what happens with Gose. There are some in the organization that simply still don’t trust Rasmus and he has been seen to be not the most coachable player. The pitching has been impressive to say the least – but it is likely that they will need some reinforcements if this team stays on track as good as they have been.





May 28: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt chat about the streaking Blue Jays with Bob Nightengale and Bruce Arthur and debate whether Alex Anthopoulos should go into “win now” mode considering ages of star sluggers, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.

Audio:

Hour 1:

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

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko & Cauz joined by Bob Nightengale and Scott Cullen. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko & Cauz joined by Bruce Arthur. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

James Mirtle – Globe & Mail

Mirtle described the Bell Centre as "weird" when it was 4-4, and found it odd that the building was surprisingly quiet leading up to the game. Habs have seemingly had the ability to urge the Rangers to play stupid and undisciplined hockey, something that New York is generally not known for. In the NHL, a 3-1 series lead used to seem insurmountable these days however, teams are far more competitive and a 3-1 series lead needs to be looked at totally different then it used to be. Hockey Related Revenue is finally booming again thanks to such big market teams being in the final 4, and it could lead to a big increase on the salary cap next season.

Bob Nightengale – USA Today

Bob says the Jays do not need to rush to make any trades and give away prospects at this point. It’s important for General Managers to tune out what they hear from fans in terms of pressure for change. He thinks that the All-Star Game should be made up of 1 particular player from each team around the league who is a favorite with the fan base, such as Jeter this year. Nightengale also thinks that regardless of Nelson Cruz being associated with Biogenesis, he should still be voted as an All-Star for this season. Colby Rasmus appears to be at the "he is what he is" stage of his career and teams need to accept that he may not reach a "next level".

Scott Cullen – TSN Numbers Guy

Cullen says that it’s likely that a team will overpay for Andrei Markov this offseason, but that is inevitable. What GM’s really have to be careful of is not to overpay for intangibles in the way that we saw Burke do so frequently with the Leafs. The Kings made some great additions to increase their offense for the playoffs; they are notorious for making the right moves. Alex Galchenyuk has the ability to play a lot more minutes and feels that he should be given the minutes in order for him to tap into his full potential, which is tremendous.

Bruce Arthur – Toronto Star

Bruce says you can't look at a 3-1 series deficit as winning 3 in a row, but rather winning a single game, 3 times. Bruce thinks this series deserves to be a 7 game series. A lot of the things that Michel Therien has done has been bold, but seemed to pay off. Switching gears to the Blue Jays, Arthur feels that Anthopoulos has to make a move for better pitching because that’s the only weak point right now with that team. They have that shot to do something big right now. If they can hold just an average pitching staff, they have the offense that can carry them.





May 27: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt discuss the streaking Blue Jays and whether they have the talent to remain atop the AL East with Dave Feschuk, Rob Neyer and Gregor Chisholm.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz joined by Dave Feschuk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko and Cauz joined by Rob Neyer and Neil Greenberg. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko and Cauz joined by Matt Moore and Gregor Chisholm. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

9:15 – Dave Feschuk: Toronto Star

With the great run the Jays have been having as of late, Feschuk discuses how maybe being this hot in the month of May isn't the greatest thing in MLB, but it is still something great for the city to look forward to in sports. He also spoke on how Jeff Carter of the LA Kings really stepped his game up and found his place this year on the roster. Carter has been a dominate force for the Kings and is a main reason they are where they are right now as front runners for the Stanley Cup.

10:00 – Neil Greenberg: Washington Post

The Washington Capitals have been far from great for awhile now, the addition of new coaching staff give the team something to look forward to. Neil weighed in on how he believes Ovechkin is not a good defensive player and should be coached towards what he is good at, which is scoring goals. The teams that are left in the NHL playoffs are a result of some of the top puck possession leaders in the league. Neil states that teams such as the Leafs and Capitals need to start watching more tape in conjunction with analytics in the hopes of getting more puck possession and working towards increased shots on net.

10:30 – Rob Neyer: FoxSports.com

The Blue Jays are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now with some cushion over the Yankees in the AL East. Everyone said that coming into the season the Jays had to stay healthy if they were going to be successful, and they have just done that – especially with the heart of the order. Neyer believes the Jays are the best team in the AL East right now with a little room for improvement. Samardzija might be on Anthopoulos' radar despite only having one win this year, he is pitching great for the Cubs. The cost might be prohibitive though.

11:00 – Matt Moore: CBSSports.com

Is LeBron comparable to Michael Jordan? Matt Moore joins the program to weigh in on the NBA playoffs/conference finals. Moore states that LeBron is an incredible defender and has what it takes to lead a team all the way; he's done it two years in a row. Moore's against the trash talking that has been going around from Pacer's Lance Stephenson. He isn't the type of player who should be bashing a player of LeBron's and/or Wade's caliber. The Pacers are clearly at the point of mental exhaustion – as they are seemingly incapable of accomplishing the most basic of hockey plays.

11:30 – Gregor Chisholm: MLB.com

Chisholm joins the program to discuss the success of the Blue Jays as of late. The locker room has been night and day from last year. The morale of the clubhouse has boosted tremendously and it's paying off on the field. Chisholm talks about how nice it is to see competitive baseball at the Rogers Centre finally and we can only hope for a playoff appearance.






May 26: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt look back at the Jays weekend sweep of the Athletics with Scott MacArthur, and Sean Fitz-Gerald and James Duthie check in to debate whether the Rangers are destined for the Cup finals after their Game 4 win, and what the Blackhawks have to do to even up their series with the Kings tonight on TSN 1050.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz, joined by Sean Fitz-Gerald. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko and Cauz, joined by Tom Haberstroh, Scott MacArthur and James Duthie. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko and Cauz joined by Michael Landsberg and Kevin Van Valkenberg. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

9:15 - Sean Fitz-Gerald: National Post

Sean talks about the relationship both head coaches have and how that changes for the duration of the playoffs series. He also speaks about how tough of a series it has been for Tokarski who is playing great but lacks support from his defense. With so much time between games, it is almost inevitable that other stories would start to take over the narrative of the series, as there is quite simply only so much one can talk about in a series.

10:00 – Tom Haberstroh: ESPN.com

Tom joins the show to discuss the NBA playoffs and the continued dominance of the Heat. He elaborates as to why he grades LeBron so tough due to how much skill he has after having a mediocre game. He believes that if the Spurs end up going to the finals this year and take on the Heat they have the ability to get over their hump and take the NBA championship title. Although the Spurs still need to beat the Thunder who have been playing great as of late, the Spurs have the experience and should be able to prevail in six or seven games.

10:15 – Scott MacArthur: TSN Jays Reporter

A lot of talk as been going around saying what the Jays were expected to do last year is finally happening this year. Jose Reyes is finally healthy and playing well. Health was a problem for the Jays last year and this year the team is playing well together and showing the elite offence they are capable of not only on paper but on the field. Things have been going great for the Jays and they have been showing great chemistry with one another in this great stretch.

10:30 – James Duthie: NHL on TSN

The Habs are now facing elimination heading back to the Bell Centre, and Duthie believes they need everything they can get out of Subban in order to have a chance to comeback in this series. He also weighs in on how Michel Therrien was upset after the Rangers assistant coaching staff had been watching the Habs practicing in between games on an off day. He believes it was unnecessary and could have been avoided. Between the Kings and Blackhawks, Duthie believes the Kings are far deeper at centre ice than the Blackhawks and states they will win the series to go on and win the Stanley cup.

11:00 – Michael Landsberg: Off The Record

Landsberg checks in for his bi-weekly look at the world of sports, including the resurgent Blue Jays and the unwritten code of hockey.



11:30 – Kevin Van Valkenburg: Sr. Writer – ESPN.com

Kevin describes the curious case of Adam Muema after the left the NFL Combine and went largely unheard of for days. It was a curious case as soon as Muema said that God had told him that Seattle would draft him and that he did not need to attend the event and it spiraled further with a series of curious social media posts that have left those around Muema concerned for his well being. The pressure of playing any sport at such a high level can get to anyone, and it apparently got to Muema.



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