January 17: Show In Review
9:15 - Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter
It’s puzzling to see how the media and general public are reacting to Kadri’s struggles. He’s in his second full season and is going through a rough stretch. To give up on him at this point is very premature. The Leafs top line has been as hot as anyone, but their second line with Kadri and Lupul really needs to get going.
10:00 - Brock Huard, Former NFL QB w/ SEA and IND, ESPN NFL Analyst
The players on the field don’t want to make it about Jim Harbaugh v. Pete Carroll. No young QB has a better resume than Russell Wilson, and that’s a big checkmark in his favour for Sunday night. Peyton Manning is one of the 5 smartest people he’s met in his entire life, and he’ll be beyond prepared for Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots.
10:30 – Mitch Melnick, TSN 690 Montreal
No one was happy with the 2nd period last night, but Carey Price isn’t a guy who’s going to go into the locker room and rant and rave. Most goalies want to face quality shots, but last night, it was as if the ice was tilted. It’s insane to be critical of P.K Subban’s celebration last night, he was grabbed the crest and pointing at the “Subbanators” in the crowd.
11:00 – Michael Landsberg, Host of Off the Record
The host of OTR joined the guys to chat about who was the better guest on his show this week, whether or not the Leafs should trade Nazem Kadri and they chime in on a tweet that asserts that Bob and Matt are uneducated about sports.
January 16: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss the Nazem Kadri rumours and discuss Randy Carlyle’s use of James Reimer with Jamie McLennan, Darren Pang and Dave Feschuk.
Macko and Cauz were joined by Jamie McLennan to talk Leafs, went around the NBA, and "What they Said, What they Meant." Hour 1 Audio
Macko and Cauz were joined by Hub Arkush to tee up NFL playoffs this Sunday and talk Leafs with Dave Feschuk. Hour 2 Audio
Macko and Cauz were joined by Darren Pang and spoke to Alge Crumpler about the NFL playoffs. Hour 3 Audio
9:15 - Jamie McLennan, NHL on TSN, Leafs Lunch
When there is a long break in between starts, it’s very tough to get a flow going. That’s a huge challenge for James Reimer, and the minute that the puck drops, the fans, media and team expect him to be at the top of his game. It’s a big mental challenge for Reimer. Also, in honour of Nazem Kadri, McLennan chatted about the best divers he ever played with.
10:00 - Hub Arkush, NFL on Westwood One, HubArkush.com
Kaepernick gets a slight edge because of his playoff history over Russell Wilson. Each team has the ability to win even if their QB's don't play well. The 49ers linebackers have an advantage over Seattle's defense because all of them are Pro Bowlers. Home field advantage will help the Seattle defense stand their ground.
10:30 - Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star
It’s been well documented that this team isn’t very good when they’re playing with a lead, and when they are trailing, they seem to play a lot better. It’s no secret that Dave Nonis is looking to make a deal, and you have to think that he’s shopping around and looking for certain assets. Kadri is perilously close to wearing out his welcome here, if he hasn’t already.
11:00 – Darren Pang, NHL on TSN
The Canucks giving up 9 goals last night reminded Pang of when he gave up 8 in the Boston Garden many years ago. For James Reimer, it’s a very difficult position to be in. He doesn’t know when he’ll suit up next, and he can’t feel very comfortable with the way things are going this year.
11:30 – Alge Crumpler, 4 x Pro Bowl Tight End w/ the Falcons, Titans and Patriots
Teams fear Rob Gronkowski, and he really does outwork almost every player on the football field. Alge saw it firsthand in 2010, and was always impressed with his work ethic; he’s been mainly afflicted with bad luck. The Patriots secondary has a lot of Broncos weapons to deal with on the Denver side, and we’re not sure who Talib will match up with. Anquan Boldin defines the toughness for the 49ers offence, and as important as Crabtree is, Boldin has consistently been the top option for Kaepernick all year.
January 14: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss the streaking Raptors’ with Zach Lowe and discuss whether the team will now abandon the thought of tanking, and Woody Paige joins the guys to break down the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady matchup in this weekend’s AFC Championship.
10:00 - Woody Paige, ESPN’s “Around the Horn” Panelist
If you go through your career as Peyton Manning, and go up against Tom Brady as many times as he has, and be so unsuccessful against him, it will be bothersome. Manning wants and needs to beat Brady, as he’s lost 11 of 14 career meetings between the two. This is a legacy game for Manning, obviously the Super Bowl is of the utmost importance for him, but a matchup against Brady in the AFC Title Game is must see TV.
11:00 - Zach Lowe, Grantland
You have to love Kyle Lowry’s game, but it’s hard to see how he’d take a mid-career leap into All-Stardom. Barring some sort of collapse, the city of Toronto is starved for good basketball, and the reality is, you won’t get anything too crazy in the market as it is. The Raptors will let it ride, keep the flexibility and enjoy this group. Tanking is one way to get a superstar, but it’s not a no-lose proposition. The Raptors got rid of a big piece who was clogging up their payroll and who was clogging up the floor as well.
January 13: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss the recurring issues that continue to hurt the Leafs despite last night’s win over the Devils with Bruce Arthur, Jeff O’Neill and James Duthie, and recap the NFL’s Divisional playoff round with Michael Landsberg.
Macko and Cauz were joined by Jeff O'Neill and another segment of "What they Said, What they Meant." Hour 1 Audio
Macko and Cauz were joined by Michael Landsberg and the show covers the TFC press conference to introduce Defoe and Bradley. Hour 3 Audio
9:15 – Jeff O’Neill, TSN 1050 Leafs Analyst
Jeff talked about to Bob and Matt how the Leafs must play with more intensity. The only way they can win is if they work hard every night. They give up too many opportunities. Jeff wonders if Dion Phaneuf is the kind of defenceman who can carry the load in a 7 game series. The Leafs needs to play with more fear…fear of missing the playoffs.
10:05 – Bruce Arthur, National Post Columnist & TSN The Reporters Panelist
Bruce apologized to Bob and Matt for missing his guest appearance with them last week. Bruce talked about how this season’s Leafs team is little less lucky than last year’s team and simply not as good. Bruce also gave the guys a quick course in hockey analytics.
10:33 – James Duthie, Host of NHL on TSN
James is a diehard 49ers fan. He attempted to defend Colin Kaepernick’s touchdown celebration antics and Jim Harbaugh’s late-game play calling. James gave the guys a history lesson on all the former NHL coaches who have been part of the NHL on TSN panels. James also warned gamblers, suggesting hockey is the hardest sport to predict.
11:33 – Michael Landsberg, Host of OTR
Michael believes nothing would change if the Leafs fired Randy Carlyle today. He also believes Drew Brees is on the downside. Michael predicted San Francisco will win the NFC title game on Sunday and thinks the team with the ball last will win the AFC Championship game. Michael feels A-Rod has been victimized by Major League Baseball.
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