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A sports podcast hosted by Bob McCown with co-host John Shannon. We talk about the biggest stories with the biggest names in professional sports. New every weekday.

A sports podcast hosted by Bob McCown with co-host John Shannon. We talk about the biggest stories with the biggest names in professional sports. New every weekday.




A sports podcast hosted by Bob McCown with co-host John Shannon. We talk about the biggest stories with the biggest names in professional sports. New every weekday.






EP 202 - DOUG SMITH on NBA Free Agency, Kyle Lowry & the Toronto Raptors.

Before we get DOUG SMITH's expert analysis on the Raptors off-season so far, we quickly discuss the Mens 200 Metre final and Andre De Grasse's performance in Tokyo. We then discuss the recent deal made between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors that sent Kyle Lowry to the Heat on a sign & trade. Doug sheds some light on the details of the deal and how the Raptors look after losing the face of their franchise. The gentlemen then get into the "Greatest Raptor of All Time" debate - Is Kyle...


EP 201 - STEVE SIMMONS & ROB LONGLEY on Kyle Lowry's Departure & The Toronto Blue Jays Playoff Hopes.

ROB LONGLEY & STEVE SIMMONS join Bob and John to talk about Kyle Lowry's very recent departure from Toronto after 9 years as a Raptor. The four discuss the impact Lowry had on the Toronto fan base - but is he really the greatest Raptor of all time? We also discuss the Blue Jays chances of making the playoffs this year. Do they have what it takes to get to 90 wins? The gentlemen discuss the likelihood of seeing playoff baseball in Toronto this year.


EP 200 - ALLEN ABEL on the Olympic Games, The Cleveland Guardians and the history of team name changes.

ALLEN ABEL, esteemed sports and political writer, joins us from Washington, DC to chat with Bob and John. The three begin the show talking about the Olympic Games. They share personal experiences of their time working at The Games, whether the "Allure" of the five rings is still the same as it once was and what the introduction of new events does for the popularity for the overall product. We also discuss the Cleveland Guardians name change. Allen, Bob and John have a conversation on some...


EP 199 - The Commissioner of the National Hockey League, GARY BETTMAN

Who better to talk about the NHL with Bob and John than the Commissioner himself, GARY BETTMAN. Bob and John spend time picking the brain of the man in charge of the National Hockey League as we get Gary's opinion on some of the issues surrounding the league. We learn Gary's perspective on the officiating standards in the playoffs vs. regular season, the business behind adding expansion teams and his opinion on the salary cap - would he ever consider losing the hard cap in general? Gary...


EP 198 - NHL Free Agency Roundtable w/ MIKE ZEISBERGER & KEVIN DUPONT.

NHL Free Agency is in full effect, so we brought two of our hockey experts in MIKE ZEISBERGER from & KEVIN DUPONT from the Boston Globe to break down everything that has happened so far. We look at some of the big signings around the league, wonder why New Jersey paid Dougie Hamilton so much money and figure out who has done the best job so far. We also get into the Jack Eichel trade rumours and speculations. The four begin to wonder how good he actually is, and who will pay the...


EP 197 - DAVE HODGE & DAVE PERKINS on the Blue Jays' young talent and their future in Toronto.

DAVE HODGE & DAVE PERKINS stop by the podcast today to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays, and their future with Bob and John. We begin by addressing what the Blue Jays front office should do heading into the deadline as they try for the last Wild Card spot. Do they fill holes now or hope their roster is good enough as is? The foursome also discuss the Blue Jays' young talent and whether it's possible to keep them all. With many guys ready for big contracts, Toronto may have to let go of...


EP 196 - MATT DEVLIN & ERIC SMITH on Kyle Lowry's future in Toronto, the Raptors off-season plans & Ben Simmons

Reoccurring guests MATT DEVLIN and ERIC SMITH join the podcast to talk about the Toronto Raptors, their plans for the NBA Draft, Kyle Lowry's future in red, white & black and the allure of trading for Ben Simmons. We begin by addressing the elephant in the room - what are the Toronto Raptors going to do with Kyle Lowry? The four discuss the point guards worth on the market and his value to a playoff contending team. With the UFA looking for ~30 million a year for 3 years, would it be worth...


EP 195 - Bob & John on the Jack Eichel rumours, Montreal Canadiens Controversy & the Toronto Blue Jays.

Just Bob and John for todays episode as the two review everything that happened in the sports world over the weekend. They quickly discuss how Canada has done in the Olympics so far before addressing the recent Jack Eichel trade rumours. Are the Buffalo Sabres asking for too much? and who would you trade to get him? Bob and John also address the controversy over the Montreal Canadiens and their 31st overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Logan Mailloux. To end the show, Bob and John...


EP 194 - JON MOROSI on the Cleveland Guardians, Major League Baseball & the Seattle Kraken.

Our good friend, JON MOROSI, comes back to the podcast today for some baseball talk and a little bit of hockey as well. Mr. Morosi joins Bob and John right in time to discuss the Cleveland's name change to the Guardians. Forget baseball, have we ever seen a professional team announce a rebranding in the middle of a season? The three talk about the new name and wonder if this will spur other ball clubs to do the same. We then transition to the everlasting topic of how baseball can grow the...


EP 193 - Reviewing the NHL Expansion Draft w/ ERIC DUHATSCHEK & BILLY JAFFE

ERIC DUHATSCHEK from The Athletic and NESN's BILLY JAFFE join the a day after the NHL Expansion Draft to analyze the Seattle Kraken roster. The four break down this years draft and talk about who they are surprised to see left on the board by the Kraken - What was Ron Francis' approach? Can we expect to see the Kraken mirror the instant success that George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights saw? We question some of the player choices as well as speculate on whether the Kraken will be...


EP 192 - GEORGE MCPHEE on his experience with The NHL Expansion Draft.

It's draft day... or Expansion Draft Day for that matter and who better than former GM and current President of Hockey Operations of the Vegas Golden Knights, GEORGE MCPHEE, to talk about it with Bob and John. George brings his unique perspective on being a GM of an expansion team. Having gone through the process four years ago he gives us some incredible insight on what the front office of the Seattle Kraken would have looked like in the days leading up to the draft. George also gives us...


EP 191 - DOUG SMITH & BOB RYAN on NBA Free Agency, Kyle Lowry, USA Basketball & The NBA Finals.

BOB RYAN and DOUG SMITH hop back on the show to talk some hoops with Bob and John. The group discuss the rather underwhelming free agent pool this year, and who will end up where when it's all said and done. We also talk about potential Kyle Lowry landing spots, where he would fit best and potential sign and trade options for the Raptors, and then other potential trades to be made this off-season. To end the show, the foursome break down the NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the...


EP190 - IAN LEGGATT & RICHARD ZOKOL on The Open Championship and the future of Canadian Golfers.

Two former pro's and recurring guests, IAN LEGGATT and RICHARD ZOKOL join the show for a Monday Golf round table. The four discuss the Open Championship, the course and the performances from Colin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm. We also talk about the possibility of big name players not attending this years Olympics and the importance of international golf to growing the game. The gentleman also discuss the performance of some of our Canadian golfers this weekend and who we think...


EP 189 - SCOTT RUSSELL on the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Host of CBC'S Road to the Olympic Games, SCOTT RUSSELL, joins the podcast to give us a preview on this summers Olympic Games in Tokyo. Scott talks about how different this years games will be, how the lack of fans will affect the athletes and what our Canadian Olympic hopefuls had to do to qualify for the games in the meddle of a pandemic. We also discuss how different the games will look on television with CBC being forced to do their broadcast from home due to the safety measure put in...


EP 188 - KEN HOLLAND on Playoff Officiating, the Duncan Keith Trade and the NHL Expansion & Entry Drafts.

President and General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers, KEN HOLLAND, joins the show to talk Oilers hockey and the recent GM meetings that have been taken place. To begin, Bob is looking for answers on the lack of calls being made in the playoffs. We wonder if that's been a focus for the General Managers over the course of their meetings and if there is anything they can do to fix it. Moving on, the gentlemen get into the Duncan Keith trade and what he will bring to the teams in terms of...


EP 187 - BUCK MARTINEZ on the All Star Game, the Toronto Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. & the teams bright future.

Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays & friend of the podcast, BUCK MARTINEZ joins the show to talk about Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, and the Toronto Blue Jays. The three start the show with some gripes over what the MLB All-Star Game has become compared to the glory days of the past. We discuss Vladimir Guerrero JR.'s MVP performance in last nights game, as the three agree - The sky is the limit for this young star. Bob and John ask Buck if the July 30th goal to have the team back in...


EP 186 - RAY RATTO on how to fix Major League Baseball, Pascal Siakam trade rumours, Chris Paul & the Phoenix Suns.

RAY RATTO, writer for Defector and Radio host on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, joins the podcast to discuss some Major League Baseball and a little bit of NBA as well. Bob, John and Ray begin the show addressing MLB's All-star festivities and Pete Alonso's second straight Home Run Derby win. Is he really the leagues best home run hitter like he says he is? The three also have a lengthy conversation on what Major League Baseball needs to do to "fix" the game - with Ray saying the league...


EP 185 - The Toronto Blue Jays All-Star Break Check in with SHI DAVIDI.

SHI DAVIDI joins the show from Denver, as the three evaluate the Toronto Blue Jays season so far, heading into the All-Star Break. Shi updates us on who the Jays may be targeting as we near the trade deadline, gives us some analysis on Austin Martin & we discuss what we have seen from Alek Manoah since he got called up to the big leagues. Before we let Shi go, the three talk about the AL MVP race and whether Vladimir Guerrero JR. has any chance at catching Shohei Ohtani - and wonder when...


EP 184 - BILL SHAIKIN on the MLB All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani, the Dodgers &Trevor Bauer.

BILL SHAIKIN of the LA times comes back to the show to talk some baseball right in time for the All-Star Game. They talk about the significance of the game and whether or not the players actually do enjoy playing in it. The three also discuss different incentive ideas the league could use in order to make the game more enjoyable for everyone. The conversation shifts to Shohei Ohtani and his historic season so far. Bob and John wonder if this will create an "Ohtani effect", and when we will...


EP 183 - JAMES SHARMAN the Euro Cup Semi Finals & an Italy vs. England Final Preview.

JAMES SHARMAN joins the show to talk some soccer but first, Bob and John needed to discuss the Stanley Cup Final. With the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row, Bob and John discuss how good the organization has been from all directions. Not just the players have been good as the two note the stability in the front office and coaching has been key to their success. The two also wonder what's next for the Montreal Canadiens, and whether this success can...