January 30: Show In Review
Live from radio row at the Super Bowl, Dave and Tim Graham breakdown some of the key matchups for Sunday’s game with Mike Tirico, Mike Ditka and Matt Hasselbeck, and Dana White stops by to discuss the UFC’s 2014 plans in Canada and the status of Georges St. Pierre.
4:15 – Mike Tirico – ESPN Broadcaster
Mike joins Dave and Tim live on Radio Row in NYC to preview the Super Bowl, and discusses his experience in Toronto and touches on his favorite sporting events to cover. He provides his thoughts on Richard Sherman’s post-game interview with Erin Andrews and how the Super Bowl will be won.
4:30 – Mike Ditka – NFL Hall of Fame Coach
Mike Ditka speaks about player injuries and why he believes the NFL should give back to former players. Mike offers his thoughts on if helmets have become a weapon, and also touches on why he believes great offences have surpassed great defenses and the effect that weather might have on the outcome of the game?
5:00 – Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider
Bob joins the show to discuss Ben Scrivens' unbelievable 59-save shutout against the Sharks last night and whether or not he can become a #1 NHL goaltender. Bob also provides his thoughts on the Montreal Canadiens’ decision to start Peter Budaj over Carey Price tonight in Boston, touches on what the loss of Johan Franzen means to the Swedish Olympic team, as well as the possibility that Carolina could move Cam Ward.
5:15 – Matt Hasselbeck – Colts Quarterback, Former Seahawks QB
Matt joins Dave and Tim live on Radio Row and speaks about Super Bowl Week and his experience with the Seahawks. Matt touches on what the acquisition of Marshawn Lynch has meant to Seattle, how Pete Carroll handles team rules, and recalls the difficulty of leaving the Seahawks and where he views his career moving forward.
5:30 – Andrew Brandt – NFL Business Analyst
Andrew joins the show on Radio Row and speaks about how both the Broncos and Seahawks are able to operate above the NFL salary cap. Andrew also discusses if Knowshon Moreno could benefit if Marshawn Lynch has a big game and which team is more likely to play in more Super Bowls over the next 5 - 7 years. Brandt also provides his thoughts on how successful teams should be built and how much do players earn for playing in the Super Bowl.
5:45 – Brock Huard – Former NFL Quaterback, Host on ESPN 710
Brock joins the show live in NYC and speaks about what the fan base has meant to the Seahawks and how the relationship changed after the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City. Brock also discusses which team he sees the crowd siding with and gives his thoughts on the possibility of an NHL team in Seattle.
6:00 – Eugene Melnyk – Ottawa Senators Owner
Melnyk joins the show after yesterday’s announcement of the Senators’ new 12-year agreement with TSN and RDS. He touches on the impact of having two lockouts in 10 years and what the deal means to the organization financially. He also provides his thoughts on why he is trying to get more activity in the Kanata area and the impact of what a low Canadian dollar could mean to his franchise and the salary cap. Melnyk was particularly candid regarding teams who spend up to the salary cap and how that has affected the trade market because no teams are willing to take on salary.
6:15 – Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider
Darren joins the show after taking in the second outdoor game at Yankee Stadium last night, and offers his thoughts on the weather in New York and how much of a factor it was. Darren also gets into what the Florida Panthers may get done at the trade deadline, and discusses Ryan Miller’s future in Buffalo and whether he be part of their rebuilding process.
6:30 – Dana White – President, Ultimate Fighting Championship
Dana is in New York for the UFC Super Bowl weekend event and discusses the success of hosting UFC events on the same weekend and why it has been successful. He provides his thoughts on what would happen to Floyd Mayweather if he competed in the UFC and is boxing becoming similar to horse racing? He touches on his relationship with Georges St-Pierre and the motivations behind his criticisms of the UFC.
6:45 – Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
Jesse Jackson provides his thoughts on player rights and how football has grown to the point where racism is beginning to disappear from the game. Is football becoming too dangerous and could we see future athletes avoid it and try their hand at other sports? Jesse also discusses why Martin Luther King should continue to be honored, Lovie Smith, and more.
January 29: Show In Review
Live from radio row at Super Bowl XLVIII, Dave and Tim Graham are joined by Richard Deitsch and Mitch Berger to discuss all the hype leading up to Sunday’s kickoff, and Bob McKenzie checks in to discuss the impact the Senators’ new regional TV and radio deals will have on the team’s payroll.
Dave Naylor & Tim Graham from The Buffalo News are live from Radio Row in New York for Super Bowl XLVIII. Hour 1 Audio
4:30 – 5:00 PM – Richard Deitsch – Sports Illustrated
Richard joins the show live on Radio Row to chat about the media frenzy in New York City this week leading up to the Super Bowl, and discusses some of the proceedings from Media Day and how being in New York for the Super Bowl has a different feel than past years. Deitsch also talks about the impact Jay Onrait & Dan O’Toole since their move to Fox Sports 1, and how Americans have received them. Richard also discusses the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi and some of the concerns about terrorism threats surrounding the Games.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider
Bob joins Dave and Tim to discuss tonight’s second of two games at Yankee Stadium for the NHL Stadium Series, and guesses there will be as many as four outdoor games next year. Bob also spoke about the deal between Bell Media & Ottawa Senators and how Eugene Melnyk will go over budget if Bryan Murray were to present a deal that may help the Sens in the playoffs.
5:15 – Mark Messier – Former NHL Great
The former Rangers captain is in New York and joins the show live on Radio Row to discuss the outdoor games including the Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium tonight, and the future of outdoor games, which he says transcends hockey. Messier also talks about being able to play in one of the first Heritage Classics and dealing with the weather conditions, and reflects on his career and his famous Guarantee, which will be 20 years ago this summer.
5:30 – Mitch Berger – Former NFL Punter
The former punter is in New York for the Super Bowl this week and joins the guys live to chat about his own time as a player during Super Bowl week and the days leading up to the game. Mitch previews the game this Sunday, thinking it will be a battle of the running backs due to the weather. Mitch also talks about the possibility of one player becoming a goat, and the unfortunate possibility of one player’s mistake losing the Super Bowl for his team.
5:45 – Darryl Strawberry – Former Mets Outfielder
The former Met joins the show to talk about his involvement in his new rehab facility, the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Centre, and how his goal was to create a place where both athletes and non-athletes could get treatment and be in a comfortable environment. Darryl recounts his own story of being written off by critics, and also talks about his other foundation, The Darryl Strawberry Foundation for Autism Awareness.
6:15 – Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider
Darren joins the show live from Yankee Stadium in preparation of the second game in the NHL Stadium Series. Darren talks about the interest in Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan, which would include many teams, and feels Dan Girardi is more likely to get an extension from the Rangers. Darren also talks about the Islanders and believes GM Garth Snow doesn’t want to be a seller at the trade deadline and would like to re-sign Thomas Vanek to an extension.
6:30 – Leigh Steinberg – Longtime Sports Agent
The long-time player representative joins the show live in NYC to discuss his new book, “The Agent”, and talks about his connection with Toronto Argonauts back in the 1977, and more recently with Ricky Williams. Leigh discusses how he was inspired to write the book, and also talked about some of his darker days and his struggles with alcohol, and his work to become sober and return to his work. Leigh also talks about how sports agencies have evolved over the years and is more geared towards marketing, corporations, and sports content like movies and video games.
6:45 – Paul Bessire – PredictionMachine.com
Paul created the ‘Predictalator’ on PredictionMachine.com, which has been predicting and analyzing sports for the past nine years. Paul explains the odds on Super Bowl 48 and how each factor is worked into the formula, which is then run 50,000 times to determine the most likely outcome of the game. Paul went 8-1-1 in this year’s NFL playoffs, and says this is the best time of year to wager because the bettor now has the entire season of information to factor in. According to PredictionMachine.com, Final score has Seahawks winning 24-21, despit the fact that 75% of the action is actually going Denver’s way right now.
January 28: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie to discuss whether Martin St. Louis is the leading candidate to replace Steven Stamkos if he’s unable to suit up for Canada, and Dwane Casey checks in to chat about the Raptors compete-level against the league’s top teams.
4:15pm Luke & Stephanie Richardson
Luke & Stephanie Richardson spoke on Bell Let’s Talk Day about the loss of their daughter Daron, who took her own life at 14-years old. They talked about the Sportscentre piece that was produced about their daughter and their daughter’s hockey friends.
4:30pm Richard Peddie – Former CEO of MLSE
Richard Peddie joined Dave and Dave to talk about Dave Naylor’s breaking story of MLSE looking at buying the Argos. Peddie told the guys, when he was MLSE CEO, he recommended MLSE against purchasing the Toronto Argos.
5:00pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie spoke today about Steven Stamkos and the possibility of his missing the Olympics if he doesn’t play any games prior to the Olympic break. Bob talked about how Martin St. Louis could be a favourite to replace Stamkos on the Olympic team roster.
5:15pm Dwane Casey – Raptors Head Coach
Dwane Casey spoke about the Raptors ability to raise their compete level against the top teams in the NBA. He touched on how the Rudy Gay trade has affected the team and why others have been able to elevate their game.
5:30pm Tim Graham – Buffalo News football writer
Tim Graham joined the guys from New York and talked about Media Day. Marshawn Lynch left early and Richard Sherman was in good spirits. He also talked his experience with media week in New York and why hosting the Super Bowl has not affected the city.
6:15pm Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider
Darren Dreger spoke about the outdoor games and why there were too many of them this season. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman might be in a difficult spot with Steve Stamkos.
January 27: Show In Review
Dave and Bruce Arthur are joined by Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger to discuss Steven Stamkos’ recovery ahead of the Lightning’s game versus the Leafs, and Herm Edwards checks in to talk weather conditions at the Super Bowl and Tuesday’s media day.
Dave Naylor and Bruce Arthur are joined by Dave Feschuk and chat Leafs, outdoor games, Super Bowl and Terrence Ross's 51 point game. Hour 1 Audio
Bob McKenzie – TSN Insider
Bob McKenzie speaks about the Montreal Canadiens recent struggles and why he believes head coach Michel Therrien’s job is safe for now. Yzerman doesn’t have time to be concerned right now about the play of Team Canada’s goalies. McKenzie touches on the potential return of Tampa Bay Lighting forward Steven Stamkos and whether he should play if he doesn't get any NHL games in prior to the Olympics.
Tim Brown – Former Oakland Raiders WR
Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown speaks about a recent poll where 85 percent of the players said they would play in the Super Bowl if they had a concussion. He touches on why players are not as afraid of receiving head shots compared to when he played. He discusses why comparing players from different eras isn't always accurate and touches on the Super Bowl matchup.
Herm Edwards – ESPN NFL Analyst
Herm Edwards speaks about what poor weather could mean at the Super Bowl and if the Bronco’s high powered offence has an advantage against the Seahawk’s stingy defense. Herm touched on how he would handle Richard Sherman during Super Bowl media week and why all the attention he has received will not serve as a distraction to the team. He provides his thoughts on the recent poll conducted where 85 percent of players said they would play in the Super Bowl if they had a concussion and more.
Darren Dreger – TSN Insider
Darren Dreger speaks about James Reimers’ struggles and why Randy Carlyle will continue to give Jonathan Bernier the bulk of games. He touches on Dave Bolland and David Clarkson’s injuries and the potential return of Steven Stamkos. He discusses why he believes Montreal Canadien’s GM Marc Bergevin will be patient with Michel Therrien and what Paul Maurice has brought to the Winnipeg Jets to help with their turnaround.
Jack Armstrong – TSN Raptors Analyst
Jack Armstrong speaks about Terrence Ross’ 51 point night against the Los Angeles Clippers and why his work ethic is beginning to pay off. He discusses where he sees Ross as a player moving forward and if the Raptors would consider moving Kyle Lowry despite being in a playoff position. Will Toronto be as competitive next season with the likely improvements of the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics? Are the Brooklyn Nets contenders in the East and are the Raptors more likely to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?
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