August 26: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan and Josh Lewenberg chat with Ti-Cats owner Bob Young about the readiness of Tim Hortons Field for Monday’s Labour Day Classic, and Mark Masters checks in to discuss Genie Bouchard’s impressive US Open first round win and the favourable draw ahead for Milos Raonic.


Hour 1:

On the first hour of TSN Drive with Mike Hogan and Josh Lewenberg: Jose Bautista vs. Rogers, and Howard Megdal of VICE Sports joins the show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

On the second hour of TSN Drive with Mike Hogan and Josh Lewenberg: Kevin Clark and Zach Harper joined the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

On the third hour of TSN Drive with Mike Hogan and Josh Lewenberg: Bob Young, Mark Masters and Scott MacArthur joined the show. Hour 3 Audio

August 25: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Mike Hogan and Steve Buffery chat with Rich Griffin about why he thinks Jose Bautista and Paul Beeston could both be jettisoned this off-season, and Duane Ford checks in to discuss whether Tim Horton’s Field will be ready for the Labour Day Classic.


Hour 1:

Mike Hogan and Steve Buffery are joined by Will Leitch to talk about the NFL, and also chat Blue Jays and the Love-Wiggins deal. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike Hogan and Steve Buffery are joined Graeme Townshend to chat hockey, and Duane Forde to talk CFL during the second hour of TSN Drive. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike Hogan and Steve Buffery host the final hour of TSN Drive. Hour 3 Audio


Will Leitch – / Founder of Deadspin

Leitch says that the growth of football has been huge, and that everyone knows when the start of the season is. He says that the NFL is keeping the American cable market afloat. Fantasy football has been massive towards the growth of the sport, as has the fact that you can also enjoy a game without even knowing what is going on. The NFL is so perfect for television, that by comparison, it seems like watching a game live is almost disappointing. Leitch says that paying players in the NCAA has become a big deal because of how much money is coming into the league. Lastly, he discusses Sam Bradford’s injury, and says that his legacy in college will last a long time, but injuries did lead to him severely underachieving in the NFL.

Graeme Townshend – Head Coach Jamaican Hockey Team / Former Leafs Skating Coach

Townshend discusses the beginnings of the Jamaican Hockey Federation. He says the goal is to go as high as possible, but they must take it one step of a time. They are trying to build a team that could travel around, gain exposure, and attract some funding. The priority is building awareness, building a rink in Jamaica, and starting a grassroots program. From there, they’ll take their time qualifying from division to division. He states that, while there is no rink in Jamaica right now, there are facilities they can convert for use. Townshend says that the Jamaican government has been very supportive, and has been on board with the Jamaican Hockey Federation since the get go. He believes that this will be a great avenue for kids in Jamaica to even advance their education, and perhaps give them an opportunity to play, and study, and a top school in the United States.

Duane Forde – CFL on TSN

Ford provides an update on Tim Horton’s Field, and says the plan right now is to play there Labour Day, and while not all seats may be open, some semblance of the field will be ready to go. Ford touches on CFL disparity, and says that the gap has widened a ton this year – noting injuries to Toronto, and life after Calvillo for Montreal as large contributing factors in how weak the East is. There is no real sense of urgency in the East right now, as no one is taking advantage of the division. The potential of a move to BMO Field for the Argonauts, noting that it is plan A for most involved, but the longer it goes without happening, the bigger question mark it becomes. He says once that gets wrapped up, the Argonauts situation will become a lot more appealing to a potential buyer.

Rich Griffin – Toronto Star

Griffin says that the Jays are pretty much toast this season. On the note of Bautista’s ejection, he says that when teams are winning, passion is regarded as leadership, but when they’re losing, it’s viewed as selfish. Griffin isn’t convinced that the trio of Beeston, Anthopoulos, and Bautista are together next year, and says that Beeston is the most likely fall guy. He also notes that, in similar fashion to Vernon Wells wanting out years back, he wouldn’t be shocked if, in the event the Jays miss the playoffs, the same could be orchestrated for Bautista. He believes the team may be looking at the numbers, sensing the end was near, and that the realization is setting in that the playoffs are out of reach. He doesn’t believe that the fan-base will be sold on a rebuild, but he’d transition to the mold of the 2013 Oakland A’s (one veteran starter, youthful supplementary pitchers).

Jesse Sanchez –

Chavez says that it’s hard to gauge whether or not Bautista will be back with Toronto next season. He touches on Rusney Castillo, and says that his signing is somewhere between a gamble and a coup, as it always is with Cuban players. He believes that while the signing came down to money, having David Ortiz and Yoenis Cespedes on the roster contributed to Castillo choosing Boston. Chavez questions how all the current Red Sox pieces will work moving forward, and anticipates a busy offseason for Boston. On the topic of the Dodgers, Chavez believes that their success is a combination of talent, and a weak division. Chavez says that the Jays have bonafide stars, and their early surge wasn't much of a surprise, but he wonders what is happening to prevent success on a consistent basis.

Amin El-Hassan – ESPN NBA Insider

El-Hassan says that Wiggins was the most complete two way player in the draft. He says Anthony Bennett slowly got adjusted last year, and while he may not be a perennial all-star type player, he can still be a good 3-4 for Minnesota. He believes that offensively, the Cavaliers are well put together, and will thrive with LeBron in space due to effective long range shooting, but defense is their real concern. They will need certain pieces to do things they aren't accustomed to doing. Even with all the hype surrounding the new Cavaliers, El-Hassan believes Chicago is the best team in the East (with Rose healthy), because they know what they are going to do. On the topic of the Raptors, El-Hassan says that while he questions some of the commitments they made contractually, Toronto will benefit from their team chemistry - which he ranks at the top of the league.

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