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 episodes Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
General Manager of the St.Louis Blues & would be General Manager of the Team Canada's Men's Olympic Hockey team had the NHL gone to Beijing - DOUG ARMSTRONG stops by the podcast to talk with Bob and John. The three discuss Dougs role with the Canadian Men's Olympic program, how close they were to completing the team before the NHL pulled out of the games and what his outlook was when it came to choosing the final roster spots for the team. We then talk about the club that pays him, the St.Louis Blues. We discuss his experience at the most recent outdoor game in Minnesota, his teams recent success and how he has dealt with his star player Vladimir Tarasenko, who publicly asked for a trade before the season.
Just Bob and John today as the two discuss some of the headlines to hit the sports news world. The two discuss Gary Bettman's request for hockey to be moved to the Summer Olympics and throw some ideas of their own out there to make it work. We discuss Bruce Boudreau and the Vancouver Canucks, the NHL's scheduling problem after being hit hard by COVID-19, the Washington Football team's plan to rebrand, the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and more.
We're back! After a 2 week break, Bob and John ring in the New Year with a good ol' fashion NHL Roundtable featuring two of our favourite reoccurring hockey pucks - Mike Zeisberger and Kevin Paul Dupont. The four talk at length about the cash grab that is the NHL's outdoor games. We discuss the significance of the now oversaturated event and question the importance an outdoor game has within a fanbase. We talk about the decision for the NHL players to not attend the 2022 Olympic games, COVID's effect on professional sports' game scheduling and what the solution, if there is one, could be.
Episode 3 of our 10 part “Best of” Series. Today we bring out the big guns as we talk to the greatest male and female hockey players to ever live and throw in the best coach of all time while we're at it. Wickenheiser, Gretzky, Bowman all in one episode. Right here.
The Best of The Bob McCown Podcast : COACHES Episode 2 of 10 holiday bonus episodes we give you some of our favourite interviews with some of our favourite coaches. Bruce Boudreau, Nick Nurse & Rod Brind'amor on the docket for today!
Episode 1 of our 10 episode "Best of" series, We look back at some of our favourite moments from our Roundtable Talks. We hear from Cammi Granato and her husband Ray Farraro, re-live the fight of the century with Paul Jones and Teddy Atlas & talk some hockey with Darren Pang and Martin Brodeur.
Keith Olbermann, one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting, joins the show to catch up with Bob and John for our last "live" episode before the holidays. The three talk first about Keith's love for sports, his affinity to Montreal and the Expo's and the unwritten "rules" of being a sports fan in New York City. We then discuss the details of Major League Baseball's strike, how long Keith thinks it is going to last and we get an idea of where both the Owners & the players union's heads are in negotiations during the labour strike. To end the show we talk about the possibility of seeing league wide shut downs to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the current state of pro sports in North America.
On todays edition of our roundtable, we bring on two of our podcast regulars and resident hockey pucks - Eric Duhatschek & Mike Harrington to talk some NHL news with Bob and John. We first address our guests respective teams, the Calgary Flames & Buffalo Sabres. We talk about the large amount of COVID-19 cases in Calgary and the state the league is in overall before we bounce around various topics amongst the Canadian NHL teams focusing on the resurgence of the Vancouver Canucks under Bruce Boudreau and the struggling Montreal Canadiens.
Before we speak to author, Journalist and friend of the show - Damien Cox - John surprises Bob with a quick visit from the hottest coach in the National Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau. The three spend the first ten minutes of the show discussing Bruce's first five games (all wins) as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. We talk about the adjustments he has made already, his coaching staff and his popularity in the city before we let the coach go and bring in Damien. We then discuss the grey cup and the CFL with Damien as we try to figure out ways that could make the Canadian Football League relevant once more. To end the show, we talk about Steph Curry's record breaking game & the evolution of how the game of basketball is played.
Special Assistant to the NHLPA Executive Director, Mathieu Schneider joins the show to chat with Bob and John. The three talk, in length, about the prospect of the NHL players participating in the Winter Olympics hosted in Beijing, where his priorities lie on the matter and just how different the Olympic experience will be if the players do decide to attend. We also talk about the potential of there being another World Cup of Hockey in the near future as well as get an update from the NHLPA on the Kyle Beach investigation.
Just Bob and John today as the two discuss some of the latest news in the world of sports. The two discuss the Winnipeg Blue Bombers overtime win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win their second straight Grey Cup. We also touch on the NFL, the disaster that is the Jacksonville Jaguars and some more NHL news. We also get into the decision the NHL's players will have to make as the 2022 Olympics in Beijing get closer.
General Manager of the Dallas stars joins the podcast in the middle of a road trip to talk some hockey with Bob and John. The three discuss the teams slow start to the NHL season and how they've managed to turn things around. We talk about Jim's relationship with head coach Rick Bowness, as well as the difficulties that come with managing a team isolated in Texas. We learn about the different ways a GM has to approach scouting players and teams based off of the geographical location of their hockey club. To end the show, the three talk about the Olympics and the NHL's participation in the games, the Stars goalie issues and his wife Rebecca's involvement and inspiration in cancer awareness & research.
Voice of the Toronto Raptors, Matty D, joins the podcast to talk some hoops. The three cover everything you need to know about the team, from their roster makeup right now, lack of consistency in a starting line up and the holes that some people think they need to desperately fix. All that & more on todays episode.
Brian Williams, one of Canada's most respected broadcasters, joins the podcast to look back at his career which spanned over 50 years covering 14 Olympic games and countless major events around the world for CTV, CBC and TSN. Brian shows off his memory as we get into some of his most memorable moments as a broadcaster. We discuss the wide range of events he had the privilege of covering, why the Olympics were his favourite and if there was something he didn't get to do that he would have enjoyed. We talk about his inspiration in the field growing up, why he never took an opportunity south of the boarder and much more on todays episode with the legend himself, Brian Williams.
The voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, Buck Martinez, stops by today to talk some Baseball on todays episode. The three talk about the current roster the Toronto Blue Jays are working with, the players they have signed so far and the guys they have failed to sign. We talk to Buck about why losing Robbie Ray shouldn't hurt as much as we think and we get a few names that Buck wants the Jays to target at 3rd Base. We also tap into Buck's long history of dealing with Lockouts & work stoppages. We get to hear the perspective of both the players and owners and learn about what could happen with the league as we get ready for an extended lockout in Major League Baseball.
We bring in broadcasting legend Dave Hodge & Toronto Sun reporter Steve Simmons to talk some hockey and a little bit of Canadian Football. The four discuss the coaching change in Vancouver, whether getting rid of the head coach was the right idea and what new bench boss, Bruce Boudreau has to offer the struggling Vancouver Canucks. We question whether Vancouver has the star power we once thought they had, compare their situation to the one in Montreal and discuss the Philadelphia Flyers decision to let go of head coach Alain Vigneault. To end the show we talk about the CFL's eastern semifinal matchup between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts.
Two of the NHL's most esteemed agents, Judd Moldaver & Jeff Jackson of the Wasserman Hockey group join the show to give Bob and John their unique perspectives on what it's like being an agent for some of the games best players & the unique dynamic created over at Wasserman. The four discuss the collaborative vs competitive environment between agents at the firm, their relationship with their clients and how to manage a client list with a wide range of players & skill levels. We find out if playing in a specific market helps brings a player more endorsement opportunities, how big of a role Jeff and Judd's clients have in the contract negotiations and much more on todays Roundtable Talk.
With today marking the first lockout in Major League Baseball since 1994 we bring in our friend Shi Davidi to tell us everything we need to know about this labour stoppage. From player's reactions to the league's, Shi gives us some insight on the overall feel for the stoppage around the league while letting fans know what to expect from this lockout and how long it could actually take. We discuss the massive amounts of money spent on free agents in the days leading up to the labour stoppage and if there is a correlation between the two. We also spend some time on the Toronto Blue Jays, their moves made so far and where they stand heading into the work stoppage. We go over some players who might be able to fill Marcus Semien's position at 2B and whether or not they should pay Cavan Biggio big money or just let him walk.
After 47 years doing play by play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Bob Irving is calling his last game on Sunday & joins the podcast to talk some Canadian football with Bob and John. The three go over his career and discuss the how much the league has changed over the course of Bob's career and talk about the state the league is in right now. With a weening popularity & pressure to change we talk with Bob about what the CFL should or could do to stay relevant in the country. Ideas are tossed around as the three struggle to find solutions for a league that wants to stay unique with a growing dis-interest from the national fanbase.
All around sports expert Bob Ryan, from the Boston Globe, joins the show to bounce around the sports world and go over some recent headlines with Bob and John. The three talk about the recent signings in Major League Baseball. With Both Marcus Semien & Robbie Ray heading elsewhere, we discuss the other options the Toronto Blue Jays will now have to look at. We discuss the matchup between the Phoenix Suns & the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night and wonder if both of these teams are the real deal and if so - how are they playing so well? To end the show we discuss Tiger Woods, his impact on golf and what we should expect from him as he gets set to return after injury as well as the surprisingly solid play from the New England Patriots.
A Monday Roundtable for you as we get Scott Burnside and Mike Zeisberger to chat some hockey with Bob and John. The three analyze the personnel changes made by the Montreal Canadiens, what the new Executive VP of Hockey Operations, Jeff Gorton's first move should be and who should be the next General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens. The foursome then move on to the Vancouver Canucks and ask why they haven't fired anyone yet. Many opinions are thrown out and the four can't seem to decide who's at fault for their poor play - the players, coaches or management? In the second block of the roundtable, the four get into the Toronto Maple Leafs, what they have changed in terms of on ice play from last year and wonder if this is the year that Leafs fans can finally be confident in their team heading into the playoffs.
The captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, John Tavares, joins the podcast to chat with Bob and John. The three get John to try and explain the "Offensive Explosion" the Maple Leafs have had recently and why it took the team so long to get there from the start of the season. We talk to John about what's impressed him from some of his teammates like Jack Campbell, Auston Matthews & William Nylander and we ask John to give us a little bit of insight on his head coach, Sheldon Keefe. We also get to talk about the New York Islanders and John's feelings towards being booed every time he goes back to the Island & what the new arena means for not only the team but their fanbase.
Eric Smith & Paul Jones from Sportnet's "Smith & Jones" podcast join today's show for an NBA edition of our Roundtable. The four speak in length about the Toronto Raptors. From Chris Boucher's struggling play to Gary Trent Jr's surprising production level we analyze the Raptors roster. We also discuss Pascal Siakam and his fit within the team - would he be better off somewhere else? We also get into the LeBron James/ Isaiah Stewert conflict and discuss their respective punishments. Why did Lebron get suspended & why didn't Stewart get more than just two games? To end the show the four talk about the Surprising Golden State Warriors, the young Memphis Grizzlies squad and take a few punches at Eric Smith and his beloved Buffalo Bills.
Former player and Coach in the National Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau, joins the podcast to catch up with Bob and John. Bruce expresses his interest in returning to the NHL as a head coach and gives us insight on some of the jobs he has interviewed for and others he is keeping his eye on. We talk about what it's like for Bruce, watching the game, knowing a call from a team can come at any second. What are things he focuses and what teams does he watch in order to prepare for an interview that may never come? To end the show we talk a bit about whats going on in the NHL and why some teams - and coaches - are finding success early in the season.
On todays roundtable, Bob and John bring in former NHLers Brian Lawton and Darren Pang to discuss a variety of hockey news including the Evander Kane situation in San Jose, the red hot Calgary Flames, the Struggling Montreal Canadiens and more.
Our friend and MLB expert, Jon Morosi, joins the podcast to catch up with Bob & John and talk some baseball on todays episode. The three go over some of the recent signings around the league and discuss some of the players who have yet to sign a contract so far in Major League Baseball's off-season. We also dive into the Toronto Blue Jays, what the Jose Berrios extension means for their future roster moves and what the payroll may look like for Toronto in the very near future. With the idea of being able to afford to keep this young Jays roster intact becoming more and more unrealistic, the gentlemen discuss the idea of trading away some big name players and the benefits that may come from it.
Matt Sekeres, host of the Sekeres & Price Podcast, and Postmedia hockey columnist Bruce Garrioch join the show to talk hockey. With Matt in Vancouver and Bruce in Ottawa, we get a chance to take a look into two struggling teams from the guys who cover them. We start with the surprising slow start from Vancouver, whether it's time to hit the panic button and get into why they have been unable to perform at the level fans and management have expected them to play at. We also discuss the COVID situation in Ottawa, their new captain and their goaltending issues to start the season. We look at their shaky defensive core as well as get some info on their plans to build a new arena. To end the show we briefly discuss what other teams in the league have surprised us for the better unlike Vancouver and Ottawa.
Pat Leonard from the New York Daily News stops by the podcast for a rare NFL edition of the podcast. We discuss the poor play coming out of New York City from both the Jets & the Giants, their Quarterback issues and what it's like to be a fan of either team right now. We talk about Aaron Rogers and the NFL's decision not to suspend the Packers QB for misleading pretty much everyone about his vaccination status and end the show talking about Odell Beckham Jr.'s relationship with the Browns, arrival in LA and a few other topics around the NFL
Meat Pie connoisseur & our resident footy expert, James Sharman, joins the podcast to talk some Canada soccer. We discuss Canada's win over Mexico in Tuesday night's FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament, the weather conditions in Edmonton and evaluate their chances for a spot in Qatar. We also get into Head coach John Herdman's goal of growing the fame in Canada, what needs to be done to make that happen and more.
No guest today as Bob and John spend most of the podcast discussing the Toronto Blue Jays. The two analyze the $131M Contract extension the Blue Jays gave Jose Berrios, what this means when it comes to signing Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray and all of the other holes still left in the Jays roster. To end the podcast, we do a speed round of various topics in the sports world ranging from Canada's pursuit for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Los Angeles Rams, Dion Phaneuf's retirement announcement & the Toronto Raptors.
Some basketball talk with Michael Grange and Doug Smith, both reporting from Portland ahead of tonights game Between the Toronto Raptors & the Portland Trail Blazers. The four discuss Toronto's inconsistent play and we dissect the Raptors lineup pre & post Pascal injury. Despite his improved defence, we wonder if Gary Trent Jr. would be better off coming off the bench. We also talk about what plans Masai and Bobby may have for Goran Tragic, the underwhelming performances from Chris Boucher, Yuta Watanabe's timetable, Delano Banton's potential and why Malachi Flynn hasn't seen much playing time.
Friend of the podcast, Glenn Healy, joins us for todays episode. A day after Remembrance Day, we take the opportunity to pay our respect to our Nations veterans and dedicate some time discussing the importance of November 11th in Canada. Glenn takes us all over the map on todays episode as we get some of his old stories from his time working in TV as Bob and Glenn compete to see who can drop the biggest name. We end the podcast by discussing Glenn's involvement in the Players Association and his reaction to the Associations response to the Kyle Beach Investigation.
Arguably one of the most sucessful player agents in NHL history, Pat Brisson, joins the podcast to discuss one of his newest clients in Jack Eichel, his upcoming surgery and the idea of representing his son Brendan. The three spend most of the podcast getting into the details of his client, Jack Eichel's, deal from Buffalo to Vegas, his surgery and some behind the scenes insight on how the whole Eichel vs. Buffalo saga unfolded. Pat gives us information on Jack's relationship with the Sabres, how he was able to get the trade negotiations moving in the right direction and why the surgery Jack and his camp have been pushing for was so important to him.
The legendary Oilers defensemen and soon to be inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame - Kevin Lowe - joins the podcast to spend some time with Bob and John. The three talk about Kevin's days as an Oiler & Ranger and learn about the time he was almost a Calgary Flame. Kevin shares some memorable stories from times in his playing days as well as in the front office, his relationship with Glen Sather, the story behind #4 and much more on todays episode.
Head coach of Canada's Men's Soccer team, John Herdman, joins the podcast for a rare soccer podcast with Bob and John. We talk about his experience coaching Canada's women's program and how he is going to translate his success with them to the men's side. We get some insight on the differences & the similarities he has noticed between the men and the women and his overall appreciation for our Canadian athletes. With the MNT currently vying for a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, we talk to John about his team, their line up and the advantage his team has hosting games in Canada.
Atlanta Braves General Manager & 2021 World Series Champion - Alex Anthopoulos - joins the podcast to catch up with Bob and John. The three discuss the ins and outs of the Braves World Series run and get some info on how Alex was able to still manage the team while under COVID-19 Protocols. Alex talks about his growth of a GM, his mid-season moves and his philosophy on how to build a positive culture within the organization - all helping him and the team reach success this year. It wouldn't be a baseball show if Bob didn't ask for his guests opinion on the evolution of how teams are using pitchers, as we get into that and some more baseball chatter before the end of the show.
Coming in to discuss the trade that the Hockey world has been waiting so patiently for, Billy Jaffe & Mike Harrington break down the details of the trade that sent Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights. With Buffalo receiving a first & second round pick, Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, the four debate on if there is a clear "winner" of the trade and question if the Sabres could have gotten more for their 2015 2nd overall pick & former captain. We also discuss his health and timetable for Jack Eichel's return. The boys talk about how big of an impact Eichel will have for the Golden Knights, their potential cap issues before getting into general NHL talk to end the week.
The voice's of Raptors past & present, Matt Devlin & Chuck Swirsky, join Bob and John for an impromptu analysis into who they think the greatest Toronto Raptor of all time actually is. With front row seats to pretty much every game in Raptors history shared between the two of them, Chuck & Matt share their unique perspective with Bob and John and make a case for a few players that could be considered as the "G.R.O.A.T.". With team success, cultural impact and overall talent level making strong arguments for everyone as the four spend most of the show on the highly discussed subject. At the end of the show we briefly give our first thoughts on the two broadcasters respective NBA teams so far into the season and we give our way too early NBA Champion prediction.
President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brian Burke, Joins the podcast to catch up with Bob and John. The three talk about Pittsburgh hot start to the season and their recent struggles with injury and COVID-19. Brian gives us some insight on Malkin's time table to return. After hearing Bob & John's yesterday we have a lengthy discussion on Brian Burke's reaction to Gary Bettman's press conference regarding the report on the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault investigation. We debate on what punishments were fair and those that weren't harsh enough and we get Brian's assessment on how well the NHL did in terms of dealing with the issue at hand.
Just Bob and John today as the two share their reactions to Gary Bettman's press conference about the Chicago Blackhawks investigation held on Monday. Bob and John discuss the details of Gary Bettman's presser and come to the conclusion - Gary and the NHL have not done enough. We get into the inconsistent punishment given to members involved - With Joel Quennville and Stan Bowman being forced to retire we question as to why Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff got off scott free and why the Blackhawks - a billion dollar organization - were only fined $2 Million. We speculate on whether there will be any further punishments handed down by the league, what else Gary should be doing for Kyle Beac and whether Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association, Don Fehr, is complicit in this as well.
Friend of the podcast JON PAUL MOROSI from MLB.com joins the show to talk some Baseball with Bob and John. The three discuss game five of the World Series between the Braves and Astros, compare performances and struggle to predict a winner due to the unpredictability the series has shown so far. We get some Blue Jays talk in there as Bob wonders what the they should do with Steven Matz and Robbie Ray this offseason. This leads us to one of Bob's favourite baseball topics - Pitching. Bob, JP and John analyze the "re-engineering" of pitching in baseball as teams try to utilize their pitching more efficiently, begging the question - Has the evolution of pitching had a negative impact on the game?
Two voices of two of the NHL's newest franchises - DARRREN MILLARD & JOHN FORSLUND stop by to talk about their respective teams. Before we get into it, the four discuss the results of Gary Bettman's meeting with Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville & Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Darren & John share their experiences in a market where they have had to build hockey fans from scratch and the difficulties they face as announcers when it comes to educating new hockey fans. We learn about how important the Golden Knights being the first pro team back in sports was to the growth of the franchise and wonder how Seattle can re create their popularity.
On todays episode, Bob and John talk to player agent, Allan Walsh, about the independent report on the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault investigation. The three discuss the details found in the report released on Tuesday, and talk about the ramifications this will have on the Chicago Blackhawks organization as well as the National Hockey League. Bob, John and Allan also discuss the TSN's interview with Kyle Beach, the player identified as "John Doe" in the investigation, what the next steps for Gary Bettman and the NHL are and how to make sure this never happens again.
Voice of the Blue Jays and the World Series, DAN SHULMAN, joins the podcast to talk about game one of MLB's World Series between the Houston Astros & the Atlanta Braves. The three discuss Charlie Morton's leg injury and what that will mean for the Atlanta Braves moving forward. We also discuss the use of relief pitchers and how it changes in the playoffs - Why aren't the starting pitchers playing more? We also discuss potential lineup changes that Dusty Baker may have to make when the Astro's play in Atlanta as well as what Alex Anthopolis has been able to do to make the Braves one of the best teams in baseball on todays episode as we preview the rest of The World Series.