August 15: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bab and Matt discuss the impact of Edwin Encarnacion’s return, and are joined by Fay Vincent to discuss the challenges ahead for Rob Manfred and what changes he should consider moving forward.

Audio:

Hour 1:

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

Hour 2:

Fay Vincent Former MLB commissioner, and Gregor Chisholm from MLB.com join. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Tomas Rios and Justin Bourne join. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Dave Bidini – Author “Keon And Me”

There are so many legendary players throughout the history of the Leafs – and so many of them have been interesting characters which makes it so difficult to identify who the greatest ones have been. The management and ownership of the Leafs have almost overshadowed the players over the years, and they have received the brunt of the criticism and players have almost gone untouched. The history of the Leafs has been difficult for many fans to deal with – as the recent play has been so poor that some fans will be cynical in their analysis of moves like the legacy bench. If Dave Keon gets a place on the bench, the karma will be righted and it will be the ultimate gesture towards one of the best Leafs of all time.

Fay Vincent – Former MLB Commissioner

The role of commissioner of baseball is a very delicate position – and Manfred has worked under Selig for long enough that he understands the intricacies of the role. Working with the owners and working with the union are almost one in the same as the relationships are difficult to manage and juggle at all times and the commissioner has to juggle relationships very well. Manfred will look into things like speeding the game up – but a lot of people like the game the way that it is. But instant replay has already slowed the game down and players stepping out of the box slow it down as well. PED’s is the biggest threat facing sports around the world today – as the chemists are so far ahead of the testing at this point.

Gregor Chisholm – MLB.com

Just like anyone else, it will take Edwin some time to get his timing back on track after having just a few minor league at bats in the past few months. The Jays have a lot of strong teams that they have to jump over if they are going to get into position for the wild card spot. This is why the series in Seattle was so costly as they entered the trip tied with the Mariners and leave three games back.

Justin Bourne – Hockey Features Writer: TheScore.com

McDavid v. Eichel could become one of the best challenges for the first overall in recent memory. We have known about McDavid for so long that the hype for him has already reached fever pitch. But with the World Jr’s in Canada this year, if Eichel plays better than McDavid in the short tournament, we will surely see people saying that McDavid is no longer worthy of the first overall pick.





August 14: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are joined by Bruce Arthur to chat about whether the Jays are on a dangerous tipping point of falling out of the playoff race, and Bruce discusses the Leafs plans to honour the stars of their past.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star joins the show this hour. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Sean MacDonald of SportsRoadTrips.com joins the show this hour. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Chris Jones of ESPN and Esquire, and Sacramento Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro join this hour. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Bruce Arthur – Toronto Star

No big surprise that Gibbons is starting to get a little fed up with the way in which the team has been performing. It’s not just this go around, but his last stretch with the team was not exactly inspiring either. The team looks dispirited at this point and they just simply aren’t putting anything together at this point. The Canadiens do a very good job of selling their history – which is good in some ways but not always a great thing when they have their own excellence on the ice.

Sean MacDonald – SportsRoadTrips.com

Having gone to all 32 NFL stadiums to experience how fans in each city partake in game-day festivities – he was able to observe that Buffalo Bills fans were the ones that went all out and drank the most whether they were at home at Ralph Wilson or on the road watching the Bills.


Chris Jones – Esquire/ESPN The Magazine

For journalists to say that they don’t cheer for teams is lying to them and lying to the readers. When you can feel the passion about the subject matter – you are drawn closer to the topic matter and it makes for better work. In Toronto you have this incredibly loyal fan base that is continually disappointed by the ownership that takes advantage of the fandom.

Pete D’Alessandro – Sacramento Kings GM

Having worked under Masai Ujiri early in his front office career, he learnt how much hard work really goes into being an elite executive in the league. It is incredibly difficult working for the league and working in front offices, so while it may seem like the league is focusing on these tampering charges with the league – we have to step back and realize that their job is not an easy one. Having come from outside the walls of the league – it has always been his thought that there are a lot of good smart people out there that just simply need a shot to be seen. The rise of information on the internet has also made it so that there are no secrets – so it is a battle for finding out how to use all of the information at their disposal.





August 13: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are joined by Dave Feschuk to discuss the NBA’s fining of the Raptors’ for Drake’s reported tampering of Kevin Durant, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to chat about why it is risky for the Blue Jays to bring back their injured players before they’re ready.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Macko & Cauz. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Macko & Cauz. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

Steve Simmons – Sun Media

Jose Reyes is rounding into form offensively for the Jays – but his defense is still leaving a lot to be desired. His range is limited – and you can notice it even more when Lawrie is missing on the left side of the infield. The Jays have still managed to hang around despite all of the injuries and struggles at the plate. The narrative seems to be changing on a weekly basis – so we are at the point that if the Jays can remain within swinging distance, this is about as much as you could ask for. Baltimore is pretty much out of reach for the Jays at this point- as they are almost in cruise control and they continue to play as they have all season long. The Argos players are focused on their jobs and are doing their best to ignore the attendance issues.

Sean McIndoe “Down Goes Brown” – Grantland

The fear about advanced stats in the NHL has come to an end as so many teams have admitted that there is clearly value in looking at analytics. However we must now determine what the value is and how they are best used. No is out there arguing that we should stop looking at goals and assists – so stats obviously matter a lot in the league. A big reason that it took so long for the online stats community to break through into the mainstream is that the debate has been so adversarial in his approach.

Jose Cruz Jr. – Former Blue Jay + MLBPA Player Services Special Assistant

With a new commissioner taking over tomorrow – it will be interesting to see takes over for Selig as he has been in his role for so long. Speeding up the game would be good to an extent, as the fans want to see a quicker game – but the purists still enjoy the game within the game. It is incredibly difficult for Latin players coming into the league to understand the full extend of their rights within the union. Roy Halladay was one of the hardest working players he had ever seen – and managed to reinvent him once he got into the majors.

Sonny Vacarro – Former Basketball Shoe Executive

The nature of the NCAA has changed incredibly from a business perspective over the years – but what has remained the absolute same has been the way in which the players have been treated. The players are marketed similarly to the professional athletes at this point. This didn’t even start with the way in which NCAA athletes are used in video games – but it started with the way in which NCAA Classics profits off of the likeness of these athletes long after they are done playing collegiate sports. The entire concept of amateurism in the NCAA is a farce now that players have the right to be played – and we will see the unionization of “student-athletes” take a step forward.





August 12: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are joined by Dave Feschuk to discuss the NBA’s fining of the Raptors’ for Drake’s reported tampering of Kevin Durant, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to chat about why it is risky for the Blue Jays to bring back their injured players before they’re ready.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Macko & Cauz joined by Dave Feschuk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Macko & Cauz joined by Dirk Hayhurst. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Macko & Cauz joined by Leigh Steinberg and Rod Smith. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Dave Feschuk – Toronto Star

When Drake was brought in as the “Global Ambassador” of the Raptors, many thought that this was just a way for Leiweke to get around the leagues tampering rules, but Drake managed to get into the bad books of a few around the league with the way he has conducted his business. The Jays are obviously in a tough situation with their playoff race – but Verlander and Machado going down is obviously favorable for them.

Dirk Hayhurst – TSN Jays Analyst

The worst part about being part of such a long game is the guys in the back of the bullpen who get sent down for roster space as soon as the game is over. Brad Mills got the promotion yesterday – but DFA’d after another ugly appearance. Hutchison was never expected to be a front of the line starter – so we shouldn’t be expecting him to be a superstar. Every young pitcher faces similar issues when working their way around the majors, but the number should hopefully stabilize in coming years. The Jays may be trying to rush their injured players back, but it is a gamble to put them in the lineup before they are completely ready and risk having them lose games.

Leigh Steinberg – Sports Agent

Agents are not doing everything that they can to ensure that the players safety is dealt with properly in the best interest of the players long term health. Steinberg had a crisis on consciousness to ensure that the players are taken care of in every way possible and step back to see the entire player’s life. Agents have a significant role to play in the role of labor peace – as the battle wages on for discretionary dollars from fans pockets.

Rod Smith – CFL on TSN

At first no one could really believe that the Als were bringing Jeff Garcia in as a consultant to help with the QB’s, and it got even more bizarre when it was revealed that he had a locker in the locker room and was on the field in cleats everyday. Now that he has been named the actual QB coach it seems like only a formality that he could be under centre for the Als before the season is done. The East is ugly in the CFL right now – and there is an idea that there should be no divisions in the league but rather just a nine team league.





August 11: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz discuss the Blue Jays 19 inning win over the Tigers and talk about the team’s hitting with roving hitting instructor Steve Springer, and Eric Macramalla joins the guys to break down the legal ramifications Tony Stewart could potentially face.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Macko & Cauz joined by Eric Macramalla. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Macko & Cauz joined by Steve Springer and Ari Nissim. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Macko & Cauz joined by Patric Hruby and Fred Smoot. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Eric Macramalla – TSN Legal Analyst

It is unclear at this point if Tony Stewart will be charged - and that is up to the District Attorney to determine at this point. They will try to determine if Stewart’s temper and bad boy image will play a role into this investigation – but that does not at all mean that he meant to do anything to Kevin Ward Jr. It will however have an impact in the court of public opinion. A civil suit is likely to come – but criminal charges are not guaranteed at this point. If Stewart intentionally hit his throttle to try to scare Ward, criminal charges could come.

Steve Springer – Blue Jays Roving Hitting Instructor

With Encarnacion returning to the line-up, Bautista will find some protection in the batting line up. Springer speaks on how young prospects and kids coming up in the system need to find confidence in their game and that batting average is a trap due to it being a confidence destroyer. A player’s batting average doesn't gauge how good someone might be playing.

Ari Nissim – Former NY Jets Dir. Football Admin.

The Seahawks are in a unique position to be able to put a couple of championships in a row together due to the affordability of Russell Wilson’s contract. The way in which football contracts gets reported in a bit of a fallacy as the total amount is reported. A player contract is essentially a stock option contract – where the team is given the option to pay a certain rate for a certain amount of years, but the team has the right to back out as long as they pay the guaranteed money.

Patrick Hruby – SportsOnEarth.com

The injunction that was handed down in the O’Bannon case will prevent schools from colluding to prevent from paying players. There is a bit of a loophole where schools can put money into a trust for these players but still maintain that they have amateur status as they would not be paid while they are in school. The schools might reach the point where they actually want the players to unionize so they can essentially control the athletes/employees. The distribution of the money will be more “fair” in the future – but the question is who will get how much.

Fred Smoot – Former NFL Cornerback

Outsiders think that talking trash on the football field is all fun and games – but they really are doing their best to get under each others skin. The truest sign that you have got under another players skin is if they try to fight you. Quarterbacks sometimes need to take a step back and focus on the game – as you see someone like RGIII get a bit wrapped up in his own fame and it takes away from his play on the field. This can create issues in the locker room as RGIII alienated himself from his teammates a bit last year with the amount of things he was doing away from the field.



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