May 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt tee up tonight’s Habs/Bruins game on TSN 1050 with Michael Farber, and John Kryk checks in to preview the NFL Draft and discuss where Johnny Manziel could end up.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of The Macko and Cauz. Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated joins. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of the Macko and Cauz Show. Aaron Gordon of Sports on Earth, and National NHL Writer for Bleacher Report Dave Lozo join. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of the Macko and Cauz Show. Andrew Stoeten of DrunkJaysFans.com and Sun Media National NFL columnist John Kryk join. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

9:15 – Michael Farber: Sports Illustrated

Farber believes that it’s justified for Rick Nash to shoulder blame for Rangers, but Martin St. Louis must as well, as there is an expectation to win, and they simply aren’t. He compares it to when Sidney Crosby wasn’t scoring. Luck and percentages play a part in it, but the Rangers no longer have luxury, they need to get it done now. Montreal-Boston has been a wild series. The Habs have done a lot right, but the Bruins haven’t looked like themselves. They seem to be annoyed by Montreal’s “buzzing” forwards. Montreal has been better the 4 line team – shocking, as Boston is a top 2 most complete team in the league – but the Canadiens’ speed has simply countered Boston’s brawn. Claude Julien needs his players to get in touch with their inner Bruin and stop walking on eggshells, but find a balance between their game, and discipline. He also discusses the inability for Maple Leafs fans to cheer for Montreal fans – and brings up how well received the Blue Jays were in Montreal, despite the exhibition series being for Expos fans.

10:00 - Aaron Gordon: Sports on Earth

Gordon notes that the magnitude of the draft is huge, partially because of it being held at Radio City Music Hall. They want it to be like a sporting event where the best way to watch it is live. People derive a lot of enjoyment from discussing what’s going on – more so than just hearing the names of the picks, which shows the importance of social media for nights like the NFL Draft. Gordon goes on to discuss the possibility of the NFL going away. Concussion issues are a large part of the debate, but there are also tons of factoring entities. Pop Warner youth football leagues saw nearly a 10% decrease in numbers ever since the concussion issues arose. These numbers are worrisome to the NFL, because if fewer youth play, less youth will be interested in the game, and eventually, there will be a lesser number of young players to furnish the league’s rosters. Gordon gives his take on where Johnny Manziel will go in the draft, and feels it is largely dependant on where South Carolina Gamecocks DE Jadeveon Clowney gets drafted.

10:30 - Dave Lozo: National NHL Writer Bleacher Report

Lozo initially believed the Rangers would win this series. Pittsburgh’s offense is rolling over New York, and Rick Nash has done absolutely nothing. He simply looks like he’s floating around, and was particularly bad last night. He’s not the only reason, but a large reason the Rangers look to be on their way out. Nash’s struggle is different than Crosby’s was, as Crosby was at least making others around him better and productive. Lozo summarizes by stating that the criticism towards Nash is justified. In the West, Lozo believes Bruce Boudreau deserves some criticism for not making adjustments against the Kings. He doesn’t believe that the Ducks match-up well against the Kings and that Los Angeles is just too good and deep right now.

11:00 - Andrew Stoeten: Drunk Jays Fans

Stoeten believes that if you want to keep Juan Francisco when injuries are settled, you’ve got to keep him on the bench. He also believes it’s time they move back to the 7-man bullpen, enabling the Jays to keep Francisco on the bench. Esmil Rogers is a name who could go down as he is barely getting into games, but would he clear waivers? Chad Jenkins has options, so perhaps he would go down. If the Jays want to actually compete, Jose Reyes needs to step up as he hasn’t quite been himself since the injury. Rotation has looked good lately, but they need to stay consistently good. Stoeten believes that baseball needs to follow a coaching model much like the NBA – worry about being a great mind, not how much of the sport you played. Stoeten maintains that the fan base shouldn’t be too hard on this team: they are still exciting, and the division race is tight. There has been both a bunch of good, and a bunch of bad.

11:30 - John Kryk: Sun Media NFL Columnist

Kryk believes that people in Toronto shouldn’t have hope for an NFL team. The Bills cannot relocate until at least 2020. If a Toronto based owner bought the team, there would be 5 or so seasons of worthless Buffalo football. Manziel won’t be able to do what he does in college in the NFL, because he had a stacked offensive line and a potential top 5 pick at receiver in Mike Evans. Realistically, no one knows where Manziel could go. Kryk believes Buffalo needs to draft skill players and offensive weapons for EJ Manuel, because right now, the Bills are all in on him. Since they want to ensure Manuel succeeds, they could draft to shore up their offensive line and protect their QB. UNC tight end Eric Ebron is going to make a team very happy. He’s a great talent, a fantastic personality, and a quote machine. He (or alternatively, another offensive weapon like Texas A&M WR Mike Evans) could be a solid fit in Buffalo to help out Manuel.





May 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt recap PK Subban’s big performance in the Habs win over the Bruins with Jeff O’Neill, and Dave Feschuk checks in to discuss the Mike Babcock coaching rumours.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of The Macko and Cauz. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of the Macko and Cauz Show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of the Macko and Cauz Show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

9:15 – Jeff O’Neill: Leafs Lunch

Jeff O'Neill joined Macko and Cauz to discuss the atmosphere in the Bell Centre from Game 3 of the Bruins/Habs series. He believes Subban is playing some of the best hockey he's ever played right now. He also stated that the play where Subban knocked the net off should have been called a penalty shot. Jeff weighed in on how the Leafs defense couldn't have been any worse than it was. He stated that no one could have done a worse job coaching the Leafs and that a change needs to be made whether it's in strategy or staff.

10:00 – Dave Feschuk: Toronto Star

Dave Feschuk from the Toronto Star joined Macko and Cauz to discuss a possible new coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs next year. Mike Babcock is a possibility and would be something the Leafs should look into pursuing but he also said there will be a lot of competition with other teams going after him. He believes that with the prices the MLSE charge they have to continue to convince the people and the fans that they are on the right track of having successful teams. He also weighed in on the Raptors having to fill holes they have in their roster yet maintaining under the salary cap. He believes that a contending NBA team needs at least 3 really good players, and the Raptors might have to take a step back in order to move forward down the road.

10:30 – Dirk Hayhurst: TSN Jays Analyst

TSN Jays Analyst joins Macko and Cauz to discuss MLB and the Blue Jays thus far in the season. Dirk thinks that minor line-up changes such as Brett Lawrie playing second base some of the nights where they need a better infield could help them a lot in the season. He believes that as a player, Brett should accept playing a different position in order for the team to succeed. He also spoke about how prospects are never a sure thing in the big league and believes that a team shouldn't bank their hopes on them.

11:00 – Sean Fitz-Gerald: National Post

The level that we see Subban playing right now is hard to match from any player in the league. While he doesn’t play a classical style, he has the game breaking ability that few other players in the world do. But the criticism of him needs to slow down. We used to see players like Tiger William riding their stick down the ice and now we complain when Subban and Price do their “low high five” routine. He plays with emotions which is so rare in sports today, so it is time that we embrace him for who he is and hope that we don’t ruin him.

11:30 – Roland Lazenby: Author “Michael Jordan – The Life”

Jordan may go down as the most competitive athlete of all time, even amongst the most elite players. Other players really got a glimpse of it during the Dream Team years when he would work and work and only sleep a few nights while his teammates were relaxing. His competitiveness has managed to cross over to management and ownership despite the slow process. Jordan’s time with the Wizards was marred by the Kwame Brown pick and the Bobcats time has been questioned due to some draft picks, but he is slowly growing into a formidable executive and owner.





May 6: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt break down the latest rumours that have Randy Carlyle returning to the Leafs bench next season with Adam Proteau, and Field Yates checks in to discuss the NFL Draft’s top stories, including what round Michael Sam may end up going.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz, joined by Adam Proteau, also taking you around MLB. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Bob & Matt. Joined by Field Yates of ESPN and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

9:15 - Adam Proteau - The Hockey News

Marc-Andre Fleury appears to have regained his confidence following back-to-back shutouts, but looking ahead to the Eastern Conference Semis, this could prove unimportant. Should the Boston Bruins move past the Canadiens, they should have no issues with whoever comes out of the Rangers-Penguins series. The Rangers don't seem to have the formula for long-term success under Alain Vigneault, and despite their spending and trades, they lack the game plan necessary for a Stanley Cup run. It seems as though Randy Carlyle will be around for the start of next season, but if the Leafs come out of the gate slow, expect a quick exit.

10:00 - Field Yates - ESPN NFL Insider

It has been several years since we had so many potential draft outcomes, and so many big stories waiting to happen. Nobody really knows how things will play out throughout the first round of this Thursday's NFL Entry Draft. He sees at least one trade taking place in the 1st round, and that the team to keep an eye on is the Oakland Raiders, as they have had the most active off-season of all NFL teams. Michael Sam will be a name to watch later on in the draft, which again speaks to the level of intrigue heading into this draft. With Sam looking to become the first openly gay player in the NFL, this is a story that would normally be dominating the headlines on draft day.

10:30 - Kyle Dubas - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds GM

Players are entering the NHL at an increasingly young age, and part of this can be attributed to the salary cap, and how younger players can be had for less money than those who have already made their mark. Not to mention, more is expected of younger players in today's NHL, putting more pressure on kids to mature at a younger age. Teams and organizations in the minor and junior ranks need to continue to grow and adapt as the game of hockey grows and adapts - this is a never ending battle. The Maple Leafs showed this season that they have the pieces to succeed, but relied too much on their goaltending, something that Brendan Shanahan & Co. will need to change.





May 5: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob, along with Gareth Wheeler are joined by Kyle Lowry to discuss the Raptors’ Game 7 disappointment and if he plans on re-signing in Toronto, and Steve Simmons checks in to discuss how he thinks the Leafs are leaning on bringing Randy Carlyle back as the team’s head coach.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko & Cauz with Bob Mackowycz and Gareth Wheeler. Recapping a disappointing Raptors loss and talking Toronto Maple Leafs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko & Cauz with Bob Mackowycz and Gareth Wheeler. Talking NBA and NHL Playoffs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko & Cauz with Bob Mackowycz and Gareth Wheeler. Talking Blue Jays, NHL Playoffs, and Toronto Raptors. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

9:15 - Steve Simmons, Sun Media & TSN's The Reporters

The atmosphere at the Air Canada Centre for the Raptors/Nets series is the most wild fandom Toronto has seen in it's sporting history, according to Simmons. A lot of it is thanks to the great play of Kyle Lowry, someone that the Toronto Raptors have to re-sign. Many feel that Tim Leiweke has to make sure this happens, but Simmons says it's all up to Masai and what he would do. Steve also discusses the Toronto Maple Leafs situation with Randy Carlyle. While he doesn't expect a lot of change with Shanahan at the helm, he wouldn't be surprised if Carlyle's assistants get canned.

9:30 - Charles Oakley, Former Toronto Raptors Power Forward

The former fan favorite, Charles Oakley, says he loved the fan support that the Raptors got. He feels that this city can easily get behind this team for a long period of time if this success continues, but it will take some work. The core of the Raptors is very young, Oakley feels that adding a little leadership wouldn't hurt and that you need that experience to go far in the playoffs. He's not sure what the future holds in store for the Raptors, but likes what he sees now.

10:00 - Amin Elhassan, NBA Analyst for ESPN Insider

The market for Kyle Lowry will be pretty big but not a lot of teams will be willing to overpay for him. Amin explains that paying him around $10M would be fair, and would have to be careful spending anything over that. The Raptors are already spending a lot on DeRozan so they have to tread carefully. They have to make sure it wasn't just a fluke year for Lowry and have to be confident that he'll get better. The fans have put the team back on the map and they've earned some respect around the league, which is crucial if they hope to attract free agents.

10:30 - James Duthie, NHL on TSN Host

In a shortened interview, James Duthie delved into the second round of the playoffs. He feels that Chicago has been playing awful so far and is perhaps just toying with the Minnesota Wild. There also seems to be a growing trend of super-teams with the Blackhawks, Kings, Bruins and Penguins constantly showing up in the Quarter Finals.


10:40 - Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors Point Guard

After a tough series loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Kyle Lowry explains how he'll be thinking about that shot that he missed all season long. He would have done anything to be in the next round right now. Lowry explained that his relationship with Dwane Casey has drastically improved over the last few months, saying they grew together in terms of maturity and respect. He also said that his relationship with the city has grown. Lowry's only regret with the Nets/Raptors playoff series was that he let them be the aggressor more often than not. He also modestly explains how he hasn't let the celebrity get to him and intends to have the same relationship with fans, especially now that they've garnered so much respect around the league.

11:00 - Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

Brandon Morrow has been a disappointment lately for the Toronto Blue Jays. Scott MacArthur hasn't liked what he's seen from him in the last little while. He also finds it ironic how Stroman was called up for Morrow going to the Disabled List, saying how Stroman is seen by the fans and teams now the way Morrow was 3 years ago. MacArthur thinks that the Blue Jays have to watch out for the bullpen as well to not overwork them like they did last year, which seems to be happening early on now.



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