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May 30: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt chat about the Blackhawks Game 7 OT win and the controversial call that preceded it with Jeff O'Neill and Spurs forward Matt Bonner checks in to discuss what it's like playing for Gregg Popovich and a potential NBA Finals matchup with the Heat.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Bob and Matt discuss the NHL playoffs and the blown call late in Game 7 of the Wings and Blackhawks series with Jeff O'Neill. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Michael Landsberg - Host of Off The Record, Craig Button - The NHL on TSN, Matt Bonner - San Antonio Spurs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Macko and Cauz chat with Newsday writer Steve Zipay, talk Torts, and have a spelling bee. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Jeff O'Neill, TSN 1050 Leafs Analyst

We're talking about two of the best teams in the NHL, and the storyline becomes about poor officiating. That's just really unfortunate after a great game and a great series. With regards to Tortorella, his job was gone once he said that Carl Hagelin stinks on the PP and what happened with Brad Richards. He clearly didn't have the respect of the players, and if the coach doesn't physically impose a player or has the respect of the players through his playing career.

Michael Landsberg, Off The Record

The host of Off The Record checked into the program to chat about accountability with referees and Stephen Walkom, whether or not it was a good move for the Rangers to fire John Tortorella, and if Torts will make a return to the media.

Craig Button, NHL on TSN

The Red Wings are a team in transition, they're without Lidstrom and Rafalski, and their new blueline is young and inexperienced. Valteri Filppula is demanding 5M per year, and Craig considers it very unlikely that the Red Wings would ante up for him. You can't fault a player for maximizing their value, and for a guy like Tyler Bozak, with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he's probably worth 5M per year. Craig is a believer that certain situations occur in the game, and there are mistakes that get made. It's all about effort, and he's never seen a ref give a bad effort. The only GM to ever move a 1st overall pick is Rick Dudley, and in certain markets, there's more pressure than in others.

Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs

The "Red Mamba" checked into the program to chat about his friendship with Jeff O'Neill, playing for Gregg Popovich and a potential showdown with the Miami Heat

Steve Zipay, Covers the Rangers for Newsday

Brad Richards should've been benched earlier than he was, he hadn't been playing well in quite some time. But the players took it as an affront, and the reports are that some of the Rangers leaders went to GM Glen Sather and asked for his dismissal. The reality is that this is a results oriented business, and the Rangers were expected to be a Cup Contender. Glen Sather has survived 6 coaches, so his leash is likely long enough for survival going forward.



May 29: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Following the Kings hard fought win over the Sharks, Bob and Matt chat about who has the advantage in the Western Conference's other semi-final between the Red Wings and Blackhawks as they head into tonight's Game 7 on TSN 1050 and are joined by Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated to discuss whether he thinks the Pacers can pull off the upset against the heavily favoured Heat.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Bob & Matt preview the Wings/Hawks Game 7 with Mark Lazerus from the Chicago Sun Times and chat about the Blue Jays' latest injury troubles. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Bob & Matt are joined by Brett MacLean, spokeperson from the Heart & Stroke Foundation, as well as goaltending coach Francois Allaire who discussed his time in Toronto. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Bob & Matt are joined by Mike Halford to talk NHL playoffs and Ian Thomsen to chat Heat/Pacers. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Mark Lazerus, Chicago Sun-Times:

Joel Quenneville has found ways to get Jonathan Toews away from Henrik Zetterberg, and he's really been a thorn in the Captain's side. The top lines have really neutralized each other, and both are getting frustrated. People have always had questions about Corey Crawford's mental makeup, but he's really been good at bouncing back. He's been a different guy this year, consistent throughout the season, and living through the worst case scenario is sometimes the best way to build a guy's character.

Brett MacLean, Former NHLer, Spokesperson w/ the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The former NHLer spoke with Bob and Matt about his heart attack on the ice and his post-NHL career. MacLean suffered an on-ice heart attack, and while he isn't able to return to the NHL or to pro hockey, he campaigns for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, who have a Ride for Heart on June 2nd, 2013.

Francois Allaire, Former Goaltending Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Being a goal tending coach is becoming a more important job in the NHL, especially over the past 30 years. All the teams have a goalie coach in pro hockey, and teams in Europe are hiring for the position as well. It's really become a prominent role on a hockey team. With regards to the opening with the Colorado Avalanche, he's more waiting for something to happen, he watched the press conference yesterday with Roy, and says if there is a good opportunity that was good for him and his family, he'd "maybe" consider returning to coach in the NHL. He also spoke about James Reimer, and how he's still in progression, and while he has progressed quickly, there was a lot of rushing within the Maple Leafs organization with regards to goaltending. Having one voice when you have young goaltenders is important, and for the most part while he was with the team, everyone was on the same page.

Mike Halford, Pro Hockey Talk

When a coach actively tries to get a certain player away from another, it creates problems for both sides. Ultimately, Detroit needs to overcome the Toews on Datsyuk matchup. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are the key cogs offensively for the Wings, and they'll need to be in top form if they want to win a game 7 on the road. Joe Thornton was outstanding in the first 2 rounds, but in this series, he was only good at times. This has been his calling card, that he doesn't show up in the biggest of games, and he did nothing to dispel that last night.

Ian Thomsen, Sports Illustrated

The Pacers find themselves in a Game 5 on Miami's home court with a chance to go up 3-2. It's a massive game for the Pacers, and it'll take an extremely impressive performance for them to be close in Game 5. Miami has a penchant for bouncing back very well after tough losses. The Heat need to have their best players be their best players, and considering their experience, would be surprised to see this go to Game 7. Miami should take care of business in the next two games.



May 28: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Looking ahead to the Penguins and Bruins Eastern Conference Final, Bob and Matt chat with Bruce Arthur and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com checks in to preview today's Braves/Blue Jays afternoon tilt and talk Brett Lawrie.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz were joined by Bruce Arthur of the National Post and talked about last night's playoffs and whether it's okay to leave a game early. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Macko and Cauz were joined by Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com and Cam Russell, general manager of the Halifax Mooseheads. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Macko and Cauz were joined by former NHL goaltender Marty Turco and Sharks radio analyst Jamie Barker. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Bruce Arthur, the National Post

Pittsburgh is loaded with depth up front, and it's not dissimilar to Boston. The Pens don't just have Crosby and Malkin and Iginla, they're loaded throughout, and their players are different than Boston in that they can flat out snipe. The Pens D-Men are going to be the focal point of the series, as whether or not they can handle the Bruins forecheck is going to be a big storyline of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com

Gregor wasn't particularly surprised that Lawrie was in the lineup yesterday in spite of his spat with John Gibbons. More worrisome for the Jays is Lawrie's struggles with plate discipline. When he was a highly touted prospect in AAA Las Vegas, and even going back to his days in the Brewers farm system, that's always something Lawrie has struggled with and that has reared it's head once again. 12-8 in their last 20 games is fine, but there's no margin of error for them to go through another stretch like they did early on. They cannot afford to go through an extended losing streak or it'll be a long summer in Toronto.

Cam Russell, Halifax Mooseheads General Manager

The town of Cole Harbour has produced a bunch of talent in the last 10 years, including Sidney Crosby and now, Nathan MacKinnon. He's been a household name in the province for quite some time. To build a team like the one he has, you need to rely on your scouts, and that's something they've put a real emphasis on. It's pretty impressive how guys like Nathan MacKinnon are dealing with all the pressure and media scrutiny. He's accommodating, he gives up his time and he's a delight to talk to and a wonderful kid to work with.

Marty Turco, Longtime NHL Goaltender

Playing at home and on the road in the playoffs doesn't really factor into a goaltender's mindset, but you always relish the opportunity to go into an opposition barn, like the Shark Tank or Joe Louis Arena, and shut down a team in such an intense atmosphere, is truly an amazing feeling. Tomas Vokoun is far from a stud goaltender at this point in his career, but he's been solid, and on a team like the Penguins, solid might just be enough.

Jamie Baker, Longtime NHLer, San Jose Sharks Radio Analyst

The emergence of guys like Logan Couture has taken the pressure of Thornton and Marleau. There's more depth up front now and that's made it easier for the top dogs to take their game to the next level. Tonight is going to be a defining game for this iteration of the Sharks franchise. Advancing to the Conference Finals would be a huge step for this club.



May 27: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Despite an impressive comeback win led by Munenori Kawasaki, the bigger news from yesterday's Blue Jays win over the Orioles was the incident involving Brett Lawrie. Bob and Matt chat with Scott MacArthur about what happened and whether the Jays should punish their 23-year-old third baseman.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz talk Blue Jays walk off win with Scott MacArthur, NBA & NHL Playoffs and more in honour of Brett Lawrie on the "Bro edition" of Macko and Cauz. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

The "Bro edition" of Macko and Cauz continues with the NHL on TSN's Darren Pang, PGA Golfer David Hearn and former Raptors GM Rob Babcock. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

In the final hour of Macko and Cauz, NHL on NBC analyst Brian Engblom and OTR's Michael Landsberg joins the "Bro edition" of Macko and Cauz. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Scotty MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

What we saw from Brett Lawrie yesterday isn't acceptable. You can't let that behavior go unpunished. Given the fact that he was ejected on Friday night, and then the events of yesterday, something needs to be done to curb the way he's acting. Scott would be surprised if Lawrie is in the lineup today, and he's not completely sure if Lawrie can be taught or if the stuff he does can be coached out of him. He's a Canadian and Canada's only team, and it's definitely worth the effort to try to get him in order, but is Lawrie the type of guy that will be able to realize his full potential? Not if he continues to act the way he's currently acting.

Darren Pang, NHL on TSN

Game 6 between the Sharks and Kings was lackluster, and it's apparent that both teams are exhausted. Pang has been very impressed with San Jose, as he never expected they could make it to Game 7 against the Kings. This is a chance to redeem the past for the Sharks, and rekindle their reputation. Quick has been spectacular for the Kings, as the Sharks can't get anything past him. Re: Dallas Eakins.

David Hearn, Canadian PGA Tour Pro

The 97th ranked PGA Tour Pro checked into the program where he and other CDN golfer Nick Taylor are helping raise money for underprivileged youth. Hearn had a very interesting weekend, where he shot a 64 on Thursday, and followed it with a 78 on Friday, to miss the cut. He chatted about the difficulties in golf, where players can be so good one day and so bad the next. He also chatted about the rise of CDN golfers, including he and Graham DeLaet.

Rob Babcock, Former Raptors GM, Current Asst. GM with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Rob looked back on the 2001 season, where the Raptors came within a Vince Carter shot of making it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Vince Carter came out and demanded to be traded, and when a player of his ilk does that, you are left without much choice. You have to develop a culture where players want to be there. You have to do things with equality, and you can't cater to any one player in particular. Jose Calderon isn't as physically gifted as some point guards out there, but he has good size at PG, he has the smarts and basketball know-how, and he's a true PG who makes players around him better. Building through the draft is particularly important, especially in the NBA, but the reality is, that there is some luck involved. You have to build a winning culture, and teams like San Antonio and Miami have just done that.

Brian Engblom, Longtime NHLer, NHL on NBC Analyst

The 3-time Stanley Cup champion checked into the program to chat about the future of the New York Rangers, and who deserves to shoulder the most blame in the situation. The blame has to be spread around between Sather, Tortorellaand the players. You have to give your players a little bit more freedom, a little bit more want to score some goals. Torts wants his players to be playing playoff type hockey in October, and their players tend to wear down as the season goes on. Disagreed with the Richards long-term deal, the long-term deals were poor ideas for both management and the players. There's too much pressure, and Richards doesn't play at the same tempo as he used to, and that really showed.

Michael Landsberg, Host of Off The Record

Michael chatted about an incident at Bagel World this morning, the condescension of Darryl Sutter towards LA reporters and how Brett Lawrie is disrespecting the game of baseball.



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