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The Jeff Blair Show
Italy's failure didn't come out of the blue
Originally aired November 14 2017
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The Jeff Blair Show
Feb. 16: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Marcus Stroman
February 16 2018
Ashley Docking co-hosts: Breaking down Marcus Stroman’s public reaction to his arbitration loss (0:34); At The Letters' Ben Nicholson-Smith from Dunedin on Stroman’s arbitration, his ever-evolving on-mound approach, and the Blue Jays’ signing of Jaime Garcia (8:59); Canadian Olympic luge medalists Sam Edney (30:30) & Alex Gough (39:13) discuss their successful competition in PyeongChang; Leafs Nation's Todd Hlushko on the Nikita Soshnikov trade, tomorrow’s match-up vs. Penguins, and the Canadian Olympic teams thus far (49:39); Sportsnet Olympics reporter Kristina Rutherford on Rachel Homan & Patrick Chan’s days in PyeongChang (76:19); Sportsnet NBA analyst Alvin Williams from NBA All-Star Weekend (92:17); More on Stroman’s latest controversy (115:10).
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The Raptors have never looked better
February 16 2018
76ers' scout Alvin Williams discusses what he looks for when watching an All-Star Game, his favourite part of the weekend festivities, if the Raptors have ever been in a better spot to be the #1 seed in the East than right now, why he doesn't put much stock in the Warriors' recent losses, if Dwane Casey should stick with a long bench for the postseason, and Fred VanVleet's breakout season.
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Who saw an 0-3 start for Canada in women's curling? Nobody
February 16 2018
Sportsnet.ca's Kristina Rutherford joins Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking to converse on Rachel Homan's poor showing thus far at the Winter Games, the background of the Canadian skip, and Patrick Chan's approach to what's likely his final Olympics.
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Alex Gough on adding silver to her bronze in Pyeongchang
February 16 2018
Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking talk with the luger about the final moments of her team's silver medal run in the luge relay, when she realized she had what it took to compete with the elites, and battling nerves as she waited for her competitors to finish their runs in the relay & the women's singles.
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Edney & Co. didn't let Sochi disappointment weigh them down
February 16 2018
Sam Edney joins Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking the day after capturing silver in luge team relay with Alex Gough, Tristan Walker & Justin Snith. The Olympian touches on the team's history together, the importance of the podium finish, the celebration after, and controversially losing a Sochi medal to a Russian team under suspicion for doping.
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Jeff Blair: Stroman needs to take a breath
February 16 2018
Maybe Marcus Stroman's representatives should do a better job of helping their client handle his public profile.
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February 15: Canadian lugers on their silver medal win
February 15 2018
Ashley Docking co-hosts: Sportsnet Senior Hockey Writer/Insider Chris Johnston on the Leafs’ 5th straight win (9:32); Own The Podium CEO Anne Merklinger on Canada’s performance at the PyeongChang Olympics thus far (31:34); SN590 Raptors analyst Paul Jones on the team’s 7th straight win into the All-Star break (46:21); Arkells vocalist/guitarist Max Kerman on his love of the NBA, and on their June 23rd show at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton (w/ special guests Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, and Ellevator) (58:21); Sportsnet Olympics insider Shi Davidi on Canada’s men’s hockey team and Canadian figure skating success (72:44); Canadian doubles lugers Tristan Walker & Justin Snith on their silver in the Team Relay competition in PyeongChang (11AM); MLB Network baseball insider Jon Paul Morosi on the start of Spring Training (90:08).
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Tristan Walker: "It's a win for Canada, a win for clean sport"
February 15 2018
Tristan Walker & Justin Snith joins Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking moments after capturing silver in the luge team relay with Alex Gough & Sam Edney. The duo share their thoughts on whether the podium finish means more after the Russian doping scandal, when they were first paired up, and the strategy required in the discipline.
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Men's Olympic hockey proving to be difficult to handicap
February 15 2018
Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking reach Sportsnet's Shi Davidi in Pyeongchang to discuss Canada's 5-1 win over Switzerland in men's hockey, the motivation for the non-NHLers at the tournament, the upsets on Wednesday, Eric Radford's inspirational story, and expectations for Patrick Chan.
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Max Kerman's first email address was an homage to VC
February 15 2018
The Arkells' vocalist/guitarist chats with Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking about the bands' passion for sports, the decision to hold a concert at Tim Horton's Field, what made him fall in love with basketball, and the plan for the group this year.
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Winter Games check-in with the Own The Podium CEO
February 15 2018
Anne Merklinger talks to Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking about things going as projected thus far for Canada when it comes to podium finishes, the atmosphere in Pyeongchang, the threats Kim Boutin received after her bronze in the 500-metre speed skate, and the development of Canada's sliding programs.
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Can Andersen lead these Maple Leafs to loftier heights in the East?
February 15 2018
Jeff Blair & Ashley Docking ring up SN's Sr. hockey writer Chris Johnston to gather his thoughts on Frederik Andersen stopping 54 shots in the Leafs win over the Blue Jackets, Patrick Marleau's role in getting Mitch Marner & Nazem Kadri going, and the possibility of the Leafs getting the #2 seed in the East.
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Feb 14: Alexei Yashin on start of Olympic Men's Hockey
February 14 2018
Joey Vendetta hosts: It's Vendetta Valentine's Day! (0:38); Sportsnet's Paul Romanuk ahead of Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets (11:52); CBC Hockey Analyst & ex-Senator Alexei Yashin on the start of the men's Olympic tournament, Sens trading Dion Phaneuf to the Kings (52:33); Sportsnet's Michael Grange on Raptors after a tight win vs. the Heat (74:55); SN 590's Mike Wilner on the retirement of legendary Blue Jays voice Jerry Howarth, Jays camp getting underway (89:54); KING-5's Chris Daniels on Seattle officially submitting their NHL expansion application (117:03).
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Seattle another step closer in being the NHL's 32nd franchise
February 14 2018
KING-5 TV's Chris Daniels chats with Joey Vendetta about the progress of Seattle's bid for an NHL team, former MLSE head Tim Leiweke's role in advancing the process, the potential owners of the team, and the popularity of hockey in the state of Washington.
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Yes, the Blue Jays can contend in the tough AL East
February 14 2018
Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner talks to Joey Vendetta about Jerry Howarth retiring as the Blue Jays' radio voice, the offseason moves made by Ross Atkins, prospects who may make an appearance with the big club, the chances of John Axford being a Jay for Opening Day, and how Toronto stacks up to the Red Sox & Yankees.
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Alexei Yashin shares his first impressions of Olympic hockey at Pyeongchang
February 14 2018
The ex-NHLer serving as an Olympic hockey analyst for CBC, joins Joey Vendetta to discuss his transition to the broadcast booth, the Senators trading Dion Phaneuf to the Kings, the quality of hockey after the first games at the 2018 Winter Games, if the Olympic Athletes from Russia are still the favourites despite their loss to Slovakia, and the NHL not participating in the event.
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If the window is already open, why trade Bozak or JVR?
February 14 2018
NHL on Sportsnet play-by-play voice Paul Romanuk talks to Joey Vendetta about what Dion Phaneuf adds to the Kings, the odds of Tyler Bozak and/or James van Riemsdyk being moved before trade deadline, the plan for Matt Martin, the depth Lou Lamoriello assembled, and to preview tonight's Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets game.
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Feb. 13: Thank You, Jerry
February 13 2018
The Voice of the Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth, joins Jeff to announce his retirement after 36 seasons of Blue Jays baseball (0:25); Jerry reminisces with the fans, and hears from Maple Leafs voice Joe Bowen (17:43), Sportsnet President Scott Moore (26:42), Shirley Cheek (widow of the late Tom Cheek) (35:18), Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (45:34), Blue Jays great Tom Henke (61:28), Raptors voice Eric Smith (77:20), Blue Jays/MLB Play-by-Play voice Dan Shulman (81:37), and former FAN program director Nelson Millman (84:49); Stephen Brunt on Jerry’s career and legacy (91:15); Raptors voice Matt Devlin on Jerry, and looking ahead to tonight’s Raptors-Heat matchup (112:37).
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Tom Henke talks to Jerry Howarth about stepping away from the game
February 13 2018
The "Terminator" joins Jerry Howarth & Jeff Blair to discuss retiring from baseball, coaching hockey, how he got his nickname, and his friendship with the play-by-play man.
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John Gibbons on a friendship "deeper than baseball" with Jerry Howarth
February 13 2018
The manager of the Toronto Blue Jays chats with the voice of the Blue Jays about their relationship which extends beyond the sport.
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Shirley Cheek on her & her late husband's relationship with Jerry Howarth
February 13 2018
The widow of legendary Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek joins Jerry Howarth & Jeff Blair to share memories of the "Tom & Jerry Show" that served as the soundtrack to baseball in Canada for so many years.
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Joe Bowen to Jerry Howarth: We're going to miss you
February 13 2018
The radio voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs calls in to share some memories with the man who called Toronto Blue Jays action for 36 seasons.
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Jerry Howarth: It's been a wonderful ride
February 13 2018
The longtime voice of summer in Canada, who called Toronto Blue Jays games since 1981, joins Jeff Blair to discuss his decision to retire and to reflect on a career full of highlights.
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Feb. 12: Pyeongchang report from Shi Davidi
February 12 2018
George Rusic & Brian Dunstan guest host: Postmedia News’ Michael Traikos on Leafs & trade deadline (6:45); Lightning analyst Bobby Taylor on club ahead of clash vs. Leafs (32:03); At The Letters' Ben Nicholson-Smith on Yu Darvish signing with the Cubs, Blue Jays heading into camp (44:05); Ex-Blue Jays SP Esteban Loaiza gets in trouble with the law (63:21); Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi from PyeongChang on Canada’s big weekend at the Olympics (67:51); SN 590’s Paul Jones on Jonas Valanciunas' successful season (89:21); Where was Ray Allen during the Celtics’ Paul Pierce number retirement ceremony? (111:00); Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan on Brendan Gallagher-P.K. Subban comments about each another (115:34).
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Subban's tenure in Montreal would make for a good book
February 12 2018
Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan discusses the comments P.K. Subban & Brendan Gallagher made about each other after the Predators defeated the Canadiens Saturday night, the reasons why Subban was traded, and why Serge Savard should rejoin the Habs' front office.
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Remember when people were saying the game passed Valanciunas by?
February 12 2018
Raptors radio analyst Paul Jones weighs in on Jonas Valanciunas' unexpected success with three-point shooting, how JV's defensive game improved, the importance of Dwane Casey's side to be the conference's #1 seed, if the Cavaliers are still the team to beat in the East, how OG Anunoby's injury provides Norm Powell an opportunity to regain his game, and Dwane Casey's candidacy for coach of the year.
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Canada gets significant hardware at Day 3 of the Olympics
February 12 2018
George Rusic & Brian Dunstan place a call to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, who's in Pyeongchang, to talk about Mikael Kingsbury adding Olympic gold to his trophy case, Canada topping the podium in team figure skating, and the concerns with the conditions at the slopestyle final.
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Could Karlsson be fighting alongside Hedman in Tampa?
February 12 2018
Lightning radio analyst Bobby Taylor chats with George Rusic & Brian Dunstan about the team's lethal powerplay, the talent that is Victor Hedman, reports of the team's interest in Erik Karlsson, concerns about significant salary raises, and tonight's contest vs. the Leafs.
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The iron is hot, so why wouldn't Lou Lamoriello strike?
February 12 2018
Postmedia's Michael Traikos weighs in on the lack of competition in international women's hockey, Mitch Marner leading the Leafs over the Senators, if Lou Lamoriello should deal some of his prospects to make a Stanley Cup run this season, and if the Patrick Marleau signing was a mistake.
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Feb. 9: Stu Jackson on a crazy NBA Trade Deadline
February 09 2018
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi on Pyeongchang Olympics getting underway (5:40); So, who’s excited about the Winter Games? (19:18); SN NBA columnist Michael Grange on the Raptors trading Bruno Caboclo, possibility of a Vince Carter-Raptors reunion (52:21); Leafs Nation's Gord Stellick on Rangers becoming sellers (67:32); NBA TV’s Stu Jackson on Trade Deadline (80:07); MLB Network’s Jon Morosi on his report that Blue Jays have interest in free agent SP Andrew Cashner (102:13); Cleveland.com’s Bud Shaw on the Cavs’ wild Deadline Day (131:08).
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Why would Cashner be a good fit with the Blue Jays?
February 09 2018
MLB Network's Jon Morosi talks with Jeff Blair about his report that the Blue Jays are interested in Andrew Cashner, what Josh Donaldson may want financially for an extension, the Rays stadium situation, and if he sees any cracks in the MLBPA under Tony Clark.
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It was a win-win trade deadline for the Cavaliers
February 09 2018
NBA TV's Stu Jackson provides his insights on how the Cavaliers remake may have affected LeBron James' plans for 2018-19, how Cleveland is set up should James exit the club, if Isaiah Thomas' market value took a significant hit, the Celtics standing pat, and the difficulty of moving off of a player that was a gamble.
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Vince Carter could help these Raptors. Really.
February 09 2018
SN NBA columnist Michael Grange gives his thoughts on whether the Cavaliers became a tougher opponent for the Raptors, if Koby Altman remade Cleveland in an attempt to keep LeBron James for next year, why the Celtics stayed quiet, the Raptors being done with the Bruno Caboclo experiment, and why Vince Carter makes sense for Toronto.
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Setting the scene in South Korea on the opening day of the Olympics
February 09 2018
Shi Davidi joins Jeff Blair from Pyeongchang to provide his initial impressions of the atmosphere on Day 1 of the Winter Games, how the locals view the event, athletes not hiding their displeasure with Russian athletes being allowed to participate, expectations for the non-NHL hockey tournament, and curling's popularity during the Olympics.
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Jeff Blair: Olympics have officially started . . . if you care
February 09 2018
The 2018 Winter Games are underway but there doesn't seem to be much interest in Canada.
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Being from Canada gave me an edge
February 08 2018
The Kentucky Wildcat talks to Jeff Blair about his season thus far, what made him choose Kentucky, and if his Canadian background has helped him.
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Feb. 8: Fred VanVleet on Raptors at Trade Deadline
February 08 2018
TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Leafs and the NHL heading towards the Trade Deadline (5:40); NBA.com's John Schuhmann on NBA Trade Deadline Day (48:57); Raptors PG Fred VanVleet on his and the team's season (82:15); Sportsnet Blue Jays voice Buck Martinez on the team's off-season and the slow free agency market (104:30); Kentucky Wildcats PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on his freshman year playing for John Calipari (126:43); SN590's Eric Smith on the Raptors at the Deadline (134:46).
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Fred VanVleet: We have guys on the bench who can start on other teams
February 08 2018
The Raptors PG discusses the praise given to Toronto's second unit by opposing coaches & players, the flexibility of who can play alongside Kyle Lowry & DeMar DeRozan, adapting to increased playing minutes while also being a new father, lessons from 2016-17, his passing game, and the mood on trade deadline day.
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Plenty of unknowns for Celtics & Cavs on trade deadline day
February 08 2018
NBA.com's John Schuhmann shares his thoughts on how active trade deadline day will be, why the Clippers signed Lou Williams to an extension, the difficulty the Celtics & Cavaliers have with adjusting their rosters, if LeBron James already knows if he's leaving or staying, how the economics this summer impacts what will happen today, and if the Raptors as currently constituted can win the East.
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There's a clear blueline trade target for Leafs
February 08 2018
Jeff Blair places a call to TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie for his takes on whether the Leafs should stay pat come trade deadline, what the Oilers' down year taught the rest of the NHL, the Phil Kessel lesson, and Patrice Bergeron's MVP-calibre season.
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Feb. 7: Paul Jones on Raptors (kinda) statement win
February 07 2018
SN 590 Raptors analyst Paul Jones on the big Raptors win over the Celtics (05:34); Can the Raptors win the East? (22:28); SN 590 Leafs analyst Jim Ralph ahead of Leafs-Predators (49:55); Sportsnet insider Scott Morrison on the 67th annual Conn Smythe Dinner (68:34); University of Indiana Business Law Professor Nathaniel Grow on where the MLBPA goes from here (83:20); Predators radio voice Pete Weber ahead of the Nashville-Toronto match-up (101:06); 1070 The Fan (Indianapolis) host John Michael Vincent on Josh McDaniels spurning the Colts after being named their head coach (122:52).
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Jets & Knights getting attention, but don't overlook Predators . . . again
February 07 2018
Predators radio voice Pete Weber chats about what's fuelled the team to fighting for the #1 seed in the West, how they're different from the Campbell Bowl winners last season, what the club may add at the trade deadline, the expectations for Mike Fisher, and what separates the Preds from the Jets & Golden Knights.
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Spring Training will be interesting for the wrong reason
February 07 2018
Nathaniel Grow, Associate Professor of Business Law & Ethics at Indiana University, provides his insights on how players can respond to how MLB clubs have dealt with free agents this offseason, and how the labour situation degenerated to the current state.
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Predators present a 'redemption shot' for Maple Leafs
February 07 2018
Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph touches on the quality of the Predators, Auston Matthews' physicality, how the Bruins managed to contain the Maple Leafs, Jake Gardiner's improved play of late, and what Lou Lamoriello should look at adding to his club.
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Jeff Blair: Another sign that this isn't last year's Raptors
February 07 2018
The Toronto Raptors 111-91 beat down of the Boston Celtics was impressive on so many levels and another display of the type of play Dwane Casey wants to see in April.
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