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July 24: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Steve Simmons along with Jonas Siegel debate whether the Jays should consider trading one of their young arms with Tim Kurkjan and Dirk Hayhurst, and Andrew Brandt joins the show to weigh in on the Ray rice suspension.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Steve Simmons and Jonas Siegel are joined by Dave Hodge, Tim Kurkjian and James Bodanis. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Steve Simmons and Jonas Siegel are joined by Jack Capuano and Andrew Brandt. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Steve Simmons and Jonas Siegel are joined by Dirk Hayhurst and Bill Wennington. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Dave Hodge, TSN

Dave Hodge joined TSN Drive to discuss the passing of Bill Stephenson, and his importance to the broadcasting industry in Canada.



Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB Insider

ESPN MLB Reporter Tim Kurkjian joined the program to talk about the remarkable race in the American League East. With Tampa Bay playing well as of late, everyone except Boston has a legitimate chance to win the division, even the Yankees who are winning despite major injuries. With Tampa improving don't expect David Price to be moved unless an offer is well above market value. Following Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman's dominant performance this week for the Jays, Kurkjian talks about GM's choosing between trading young prospects for established talent, and remembers the greatness of Greg Maddux.

James Bodanis, Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State Spartan Offensive Lineman James Bodanis joined the program to talk about the upcoming season and his unique background story. Growing up in Etobicoke with two autistic brothers, Bodanis didn't play competitive sports until age 14, and only played one game of high school football. Was scouted out of a combine by the University of Toronto, and after two seasons there transferred to Michigan State. Bodanis talks about the charity "Jake's House", started by his parents years ago, and the unique experience he had growing up with his two autistic brothers.

Jack Capuano, New York Islanders Head Coach

New York Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano joined the show to talk about the upcoming season for the club. Following rookie camp, the Isles feel good about their draft picks, and are high on the free agent signings of Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski. Adding those two players to an attack with John Tavares will help the club. Capuano also discusses Tavares return from his knee injury suffered at the Olympics and how much the Islanders base their personnel decisions on modern analytics.

Andrew Brandt, ESPN, Sports Illustrated

Andrew Brandt of TheMMQB.com and ESPN joined the program to talk about the Ray Rice suspension and other NFL issues. There's no template for personal conduct suspensions, which is why they are often confusing. Commissioner Roger Goddell has the final say on those suspensions. Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam were from a coach's perspective, but many people view Dungy as more then a former coach Brandt also talked about potential punishment for Colts owner Jim Irsay after last year's arrest and whether the wheels are in motion for an NFL team return to Los Angeles.

Dirk Hayhurst, TSN 1050 Jays Reporter

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst Dirk Hayhurst joined the program to talk about the debut of Aaron Sanchez and the continued excellence of Marcus Stroman. The Jays fan base has been led to believe that Aaron Sanchez is the Jesus Christ of baseball. His debut was fantastic, but it's only two innings. Sanchez is on an innings count so he will only appear in 30 more this season. Stroman's one-hitter was very impressive today and showed a certain level on dominance. Hayhurst says that Sanchez value will never be higher and if the Jays can get an established starter they shouldn't hesitate to deal the 23-year-old.

Bill Wennington, 3 x NBA Champion, Canadian Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Chicago Bulls Radio Analyst

Former Chicago Bulls forward Bill Wennington joined the program to talk about Canadians in the NBA. ESPN's Jason Whitlock comments that Canadian players are "lazy" and "don't want it as bad" are ridiculous. The amount of Canadians coming into the league now show how hard those players work. So many players coming into the league from a hockey-crazed country like Canada shows the growth of the game in the country. Wennington also discusses whether he would trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, and remembers playing with the greatest player in history, Michael Jordan.





July 23: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan and Dave Feschuk are joined by Bruce Arthur to discuss the Kyle Dubas hiring and how the NHL could be impacted significantly by the increased use of analytics, and Ricky Ray checks in to chat about the atmosphere in Ottawa and the Argos’ upcoming matchup in Saskatchewan.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Fred Fleming and Josh Thole joined the show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Bruce Arthur from TSN's The Reporters and Longtime NFL Offensive Lineman Ross Tucker join the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dan Shulman, Ricky Ray and Natalie Nakase joined the show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Fred Fleming - Denver Broncos Director of Special Services

Fred Fleming talks about his friend and coworker Pat Bowlen giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease. Fleming says he noticed repetition of conversation etc. with Bowlen. He explains how Bowlen's mother had the disease and he obviously received those genes. He mentions how Bowlen has no enemies and it has a lot to do with how great of a guy he is. He touches on John Elway turning the Denver Broncos around and compares it to what Brendan Shanahan will look to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Josh Thole - Toronto Blue Jays Catcher

Josh Thole began talking about how humbling his visit to Sick Kids Hospital was earlier in the day. He talks about how tough winning is when you lose the entire middle of your lineup. Thole says beating the Red Sox last night after the 14-1 loss was huge for the team to get back on the right track quickly and create some momentum. He says he keeps things positive and encourages R.A. Dickey he's been pitching well even though he hasn't been getting the run support.

Bruce Arthur - Toronto Star

Bruce Arthur talks about how beneficial analytics have become for the sport of hockey due to how quickly the game moves. He speaks of the Sport-Vu data they have in basketball and how drastically it's changed the game, and sees a similar change coming in hockey. Arthur thinks Kyle Dubas being hired for his understanding of analytics shows you where hockey is on the topic of changing the way the game is understood.

Ross Tucker - Longtime NFL Offensive Lineman, Sirius XM NFL Radio Host

Ross Tucker talked about how Jamaal Charles deserved his new contract and he means more to the Kansas City Chiefs offense than any other player. He says Andy Reid's track record is very impressive and you can tell by the depth of the quarterback's he's won with. Tucker thinks Tony Dungy is getting too much flak for his comments about Michael Sam. He thinks Dungy's comments were directed at media that come along with Sam, not about his sexual orientation. Tucker says Dungy probably wouldn't have signed Michael Vick because of his distraction, but his goal with Vick was trying to help someone as a human being get back on the right track. He quickly touches on Pat Bowlen and how most people recognize his greatness.

Dan Shulman - Voice of MLB on ESPN

Dan Shulman thinks David Price will stay in Tampa Bay until the offseason and says Tampa has a serious chance to win the division. He understands why baseball is protecting their pitchers, but says the more they try to protect them, the more they get hurt. He thinks the pressure on youth pitchers, the radar gun and players being too muscular have something to do with all the pitching injuries. He says if he's the Phillies he would blow everything up and start from scratch. Shulman doesn't see a pitcher being moved unless the Rays go on a huge losing streak and Price is traded. He says he doesn't want to comment on what Whitlock said because it has been proven in hockey Canadian athletes have drive, but questions Andrew Wiggins consistency.

Ricky Ray - Toronto Argonauts Quarterback

Ricky Ray talks about the atmosphere in Ottawa last week and how the only thing missing from the experience was an Argonauts win. He touches on a specific non-call in Friday's game where he thought he got roughed up but says he leaves it up to the league to dictate those things. Ray says his favourite stadium is the new Winnipeg stadium, but he's looking forward to a new stadium in Hamilton because last time he was at Ivor Wynne the air condition wasn't working and he was sweating to death before the game even began.

Natalie Nakase - Los Angeles Clippers Summer League Assistant Coach

Natalie Nakase says her goal is to be a head coach someday in the NBA, and was glad to have Doc Rivers approach her about an opportunity to coach for the Los Angeles Clippers Summer League team. She says the shock value the players have is probably the hardest part, but once she proved she knew her stuff and was a valuable asset in the teams success they moved forward quickly. Nakase says she wants to coach because that's what she loves to do, but it is up to the upper management to decide when she is ready. She says she is always ready to go to the next level and will continue to learn and prepare for that moment. She talks about working through the Donald Sterling situation and how the entire organization was focused on the playoffs and used the controversy to bond.





July 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan, along with Dave Feschuk are joined by Darren Dreger, Jonas Siegel and Jamie McLennan to break down the Leafs’ front office shake-up, and Sheldon Keefe checks in to discuss his experience working with Kyle Dubas in Soo St. Marie.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike Hogan and Dave Feschuk were joined by Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel and GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Andy Milovich. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

On the second hour of TSN Drive, Mike Hogan speaks to Jason Whitlock and head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Sheldon Keefe. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

On the third hour of TSN Drive, Mike Hogan and Dave Feschuk were joined by Jamie McLennan, Brendan Kennedy and Darren Dreger. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Jonas Siegel - TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter

Jonas Siegel began saying how the Leafs look to be transitioning to a fresher, younger group. Kyle Dubas isn't the analytics guru everyone talks him up as, he is simply more open to understanding it. Brendan Shanahan was looking for the potential for a different voice in the organization. Siegel says Shanahan was looking for someone to open his eyes to different views. He explains how the David Booth signing is a low risk one, because it's only a one year deal, but he has upside to score goals.

Andy Milovich - GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Andy Milovich began explaining how cancer has affected his life and his team in many ways, and that's how the cancer related promotion ideas came about (to both raise money and raise awareness). He says after talking about the idea of having a prostate exam during a game, he offered to not only have a prostate exam in front of the entire stadium, but to have one while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" if the Facebook page of a 10-year-old cancer patient got 10,000 likes.

Jason Whitlock - ESPN

Jason Whitlock began explaining how he's a critic of American culture being too bottom line driven, but understands why Canadians may see what he said as being critical of their work ethic. Whitlock uses the example of Canadian writers and analysts saying other countries don't have the same drive to win as Canadian hockey players have to what he said. Whitlock thinks America’s obsession with basketball is overdone, and he thinks young Americans put too many eggs in the NBA basket. He says Americans take sports far too seriously and it ends up being unhealthy for their athletes. He touches on questions he has with Andrew Wiggins consistency, and has reason for concern from what Wiggins accomplished at Kansas.

Sheldon Keefe - Head Coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Sheldon Keefe began explaining how Kyle Dubas' fast track to the NHL is due to his passion for learning and relentlessness in his approach to the game of hockey. He says Dubas has incredible people skills and after speaking with him it is clear he knows what he's talking about. As the coach of the Greyhounds Keefe explains he was open to learning analytics and Dubas helped him understand and make the team better. He says Dubas used specific software and brought in some people to the Greyhounds organization to help produce valuable information.

Jamie McLennan - TSN Hockey Analyst

Jamie McLennan thinks people are shaken by Kyle Dubas being a young guy. He talks about how the days of a single General Manager calling all the shots are over, and an NHL franchise needs a management team. McLennan says the Maple Leafs need more than yes men in the room and thinks Dubas will eventually be able to give great analytic thought. He touches on James Reimer not being a proven number one goaltender and durability has not proven to be his strong suit.

Brendan Kennedy - Toronto Star

Brendan Kennedy begins speaking about the Aaron Sanchez call up and how it's not strange to have him making his debut out of the bullpen because that's how most pitchers premier these days. He touched on the Yankees trading for Chase Headley and how he has had a rough season and might not be an upgrade in the Yankee line-up.


Darren Dreger - TSN Hockey Insider

Darren Dreger says it's not surprising there were changes in the Maple Leafs organization but it was surprising the team went out and identified a Kyle Dubas as their man. Dreger says there isn't any doubt Brendan Shanahan wants to put his stamp on this team. He says Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle are covered contractually, and will be able to find another job quickly in the hockey world. Dreger thinks David Booth still believes he has upside in the NHL and thinks the Leafs are using Booth as a project to try to squeeze production out of.





July 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan along with Bruce Arthur are joined by Jay Triano to chat about Basketball Canada’s future, and James Mirtle checks in to discuss whether Cody Franson could be on the move out of Toronto.

Audio:

Hour 1:

The first hour of the TSN Drive with Mike Hogan & Bruce Arthur. Jay Triano, head coach of the Canadian men's national basketball team. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

The second hour of the TSN Drive with Mike Hogan & Bruce Arthur. Bob Wischusen, and Ryan Russillo, both of ESPN Radio join. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

The final hour of the TSN Drive with Mike Hogan & Bruce Arthur. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, and TSN Blue Jays reporter Scott MacArthur join. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Jay Triano - Head Coach of Canada's National Basketball Team

Jay Triano begins by saying he thinks international play will help the young Canadian players. He mentions the international game being a more physical game than the North American style. He says the older international players know what they can get away with, and will use that to have their way with younger players. Triano says he believes his players need to be introduced to the physical game and need to learn from it from a young age. He talks about wanting to get Tyler Ennis, Andrew Wiggins, Nic Stauskas and Anthony Bennett involved as soon as possible. The players need to be motivated for the Pan American Games and the Olympic qualifier next summer. Triano understands Tristan Thompson is in a strange situation contractually, but is comfortable with his international experience already. He says Bennett looked great physically and has clearly worked hard transforming himself, and Wiggins transition to Summer League went smoothly and he is learning the nuances of the NBA game. He thinks the rankings are a product of what you do so he's more worried about the number one goal of qualifying for the Olympic games with this young team. He thinks the 2020 Olympics are the games when the team will be in their peak and attempting to upset teams.

Bob Wischusen - Play-by-Play Voice of The Open Championship on ESPN Radio

Bob Wischusen began saying how Rory McIlroy's game is tailor made for The Masters, but is not for the British Open because he hits the ball so high and the wind can get a hold of it. He thinks McIlroy is going to win multiple more majors and will probably win The Masters multiple times. The Open Championship is a tournament highly effected by the weather, but the weather didn't come into play and that's why scores were so low. Wischusen says Sergio Garcia always has a "Sergio" moment in major championships where he falls short (this weekends bunker shot), but doesn't think he would have come close to McIlroy anyways. Wischusen thinks saying Tiger Woods career is coming to an end is closed sighted and believes Tiger will win again at Augusta, and could make a push at next years Masters.

Ryen Russillo - Host of SVP and Russillo on ESPN Radio

Ryen Russillo says the Cleveland Cavaliers are now married to what LeBron James wants to do and they need to realize that. He mentions if Kevin Love was really a franchise changing guy, he would have at least been able to get his team to the playoffs by himself. Russillo thinks Andrew Wiggins needs to have a more assertive personality to become a franchise changer in the NBA, and he has yet to see that from Wiggins.

James Mirtle - Globe and Mail

James Mirtle thinks Cody Franson avoiding arbitration was a positive for both him and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He says Franson will be looking for a huge contract next season and the Leafs will be looking to move him before the year is over. Mirtle knows the Leafs want to move James Reimer, but want to get the right return for him. He says if they traded Reimer before last season they could have probably gotten a first round pick, but now they're having trouble getting anything of significance for him. He says the talent level of the team is going to be equivalent of what they had last year.

Scott MacArthur - TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

Scott MacArthur confirmed the Blue Jays want to go after players, but doesn't know if they want to spend significant money to acquire someone. MacArthur says the state of the American League East is the major difference between this year and last year. The way the Jays have played this year isn't totally dissimilar to the way they played last year, but the AL East is simply that much weaker. He mentions the one thing the Jays have done better this season is pitching. MacArthur says David Price will get moved no later than this offseason, but the offseason is the time to do it. He calls the AL East race a five team race right now, and doesn't think any of the five teams are out yet.



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