October 11: Show In Review
Following Joe Thornton’s controversial dressing room comments, Dave and Jeff O’Neill chat with Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Sun about why he decided to print the comments, and TSN Hockey Insider’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger weigh in on whether they would have done the same.
4:30 – JONAS SIEGEL, TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Reporter
Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Reporter, joined the program to discuss the Joe Thornton quotes coming out of Vancouver. If reporters think something is 'on the record' they will often double check with the player before publishing the story. When covering a team as a beat reporter it's about relationship building, so if the player says something that may get them in trouble, a reporter will always double check. Siegel also previews tonight's Leafs game versus Nashville which will see Bernier get the start again in net. Is there any truth to the Jake Gardiner trade rumours? What do the Leafs have to improve upon after the loss to Colorado to get the win in Nashville tonight? Morgan Rielly has looked impressive so far this season, what are the chances he stays with the Leafs for the season?
4:55 – JASON BOTCHFORD, Vancouver Province
Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province joined the program to discuss his story with Joe Thornton's quote involved that has turned into a firestorm. Botchford lays out the situation which saw Joe Thornton's quote about how he would celebrate scoring four goals in a game, and how it was delivered. Did Thornton know that the quote would be on the record? Thornton was likely trying to deflect the attention from Tomas Hertl, who is a young player that doesn't speak English very well and was clearly overwhelmed. It was a veteran move by Thornton and helped to take the attention off Hertl. Botchford explains that it was simply a crude joke and there were 20 reporters on hand to hear it. If he didn't report it first, someone else would and that would reflect poorly upon Botchford.
5:00 – BOB MCKENZIE, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to give his take on the Joe Thornton locker room quote that has blown up into a big story. Thornton yelled across the room while Patrick Marleau was being interviewed so he should have known it was not off the record, but reporters should likely have reported it differently and not given specifics as to the language used. This is a much different situation then Sean Avery seeking out reporters to say something controversial. The Twitter world we live in now has turned dressing room humour gone awry into a major news story. McKenzie also gave his take on Adam Oates' comments about Tomas Hertl's between-the-legs goal; that move should no longer be considered show-boating, as it has become an effective move for changing the angle on a goaltender, and outlines the Leafs defensive plans going forward.
5:30 – CONNOR MCDAVID, Erie Otters
Connor McDavid, Erie Otters forward, joined the program to talk about life as a 16-year-old in the Ontario Hockey League. McDavid is currently in his second season in Erie after being granted exceptional player status last year. It was fun and nerve-wracking at the same time coming into the league at a young age. Playing in Erie helps because off-the-ice a player can just be a normal teenager. It's a definite possibility to make the World Junior team this season but it's a very difficult line-up to crack, especially as a 16-year-old. McDavid also discloses what players he models his game after, what current NHL'ers have been most helpful in learning to deal with scrutiny at such a young age, and what areas of his game he needs to sharpen up in the build-up to his NHL Draft year for 2015.
6:00 – SAM MITCHELL, TSN NBA Analyst
TSN NBA Analyst Sam Mitchell joined the program to preview the Raptors season. With all the talk of tanking surrounding the club, how will the club respond? Coach Dwane Casey is in a tough place because he has to win to keep his job but the club is rebuilding. The proper way of tanking is to play the young players but the Raptors have too much talent for that. They are too good to finish at the bottom of the league but not good enough to challenge at the top. The best thing for the Raptors would be to move players like Rudy Gay for younger pieces. Mitchell also weighs in on what can be done to make Toronto a more attractive landing spot for free agents and gives his thoughts on locker room code for reporters.
6:15 – DARREN DREGER, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about all things NHL. What can we expect from the Leafs against Nashville tonight? We shouldn't be surprised at Nazem Kadri's lack of playing time so far this season, as Randy Carlyle doesn't see him as a good enough defensive player to be a top-6 NHL forward at this point. Bolland is much more responsible defensively and Carlyle respects that. Tonight will be a good chance to take a look at rookie Seth Jones for Nashville who should compete for the Calder Trophy. Dreger also weighs in on Joe Thornton's locker room quote from earlier Thursday that has brought heavy media attention and that this is a story about a reporter trying to attract attention, and what NHL team might be next to make a coaching change.
6:30 – DARREL DAVIS, Author of Fire on Ice
Darrel Davis, author of Fire on Ice: Why Saskatchewan Rules the NHL, joined the program to discuss the book. The province produces an average of 48 NHL players per year out of a population of 1.1 million people, which is the most per capita of anywhere in the world. A large portion of this number is the community support and access to ice for players growing up. There is always ice available for young players, which is very different from places across Southern Ontario. The stories were supposed to be for the Globe and Mail but eventually turned into a book. Jordan Eberle contributed the foreward for the piece. Davis also discloses why the Montreal Canadiens have a strong following in Regina, but that the majority of the province roots for the Leafs.
Tomorrow: Football Friday: Chris Schultz, Jesse Palmer and SB Champ Patrick Johnson, Chris Nowinski, CTE Expert and Former Wrestler. Richard Griffin, The Toronto Star
October 7: Show In Review
Dave and Bruce Arthur chat about the Flyers decision to pull the trigger and fire Peter Laviolette just three games into the season with Bob McKenzie and Herm Edwards checks in to discuss Tony Romo’s performance versus the Broncos and whether the Jaguars should consider signing Tim Tebow.
Dave and Bruce were joined by TSN CFL analyst Duane Forde.
Dave and Bruce were joined by TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie.
4:30 – Duane Forde, TSN CFL Analyst
Looks back at the controversy behind Edmonton starting Mike Reilly at QB after suffering a concussion. Some say they took his life in their hands … The Argos blow another big game at home to Hamilton and Henry Burris tries to rebound.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Looks at the Flyers situation and it felt like they wanted to make this move last year but it was a tough to do it after a short season. Didn’t want to give Holmgren and the Flyers the benefit of the doubt but that seems to be the case. He mentioned after Darren Dreger attended the Leafs/Flyers last week that there was a feeling this could happen. The mood of the club had got that bad. He also discussed the spin-o-rama in the shootout and how he can live without it.
6:00 – Mitch Williams, Fmr MLB Pitcher / Analyst on MLB Network
Takes a look at all the series left and the 4-pack of games today. Discusses the Dodgers using Kershaw on 3 days rest. They want to end the series as fast as they can and it’s a good time to rush your ace back into the series. On the brawl in Detroit today he says that A’s reliever Grant Balfour always talks to HIMSELF on the mound but his opponents always mistake that as being directed at them.
6:30 – Herm Edwards – ESPN NFL Analyst
Tony Romo is a record breaker and heart breaker … the Jags should seriously look at bringing in Tim Tebow … the Bengals are one of the toughest teams to read in the NFL and nobody saw Peyton Manning managing to get better now at the tail end of his career.
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