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The FAN Drive Time

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Ben Ennis and Stephen Brunt run down the biggest stories of the day in sports. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN weekdays from 5pm-7pm ET.

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Tampa Still A Dynasty If They Lose?
3d ago
Tampa Still A Dynasty If They Lose?
We start in Denver where Greg Wyshynski of ESPN (2:00) is covering Game #5 between the Lightning and Avalanche and whether or not the Bolts have enough to extend the series. He says not to underestimate MacKinnon's obsession with matching Crosby as a Cup winner. Then a little walk down memory lane with Tampa and why 3 straight trips to the Cup might not be seen for a long while. Later why Barry Trotz did the right thing to turn down the Jets and wait for a better opportunity. Then (20:00) the European Golf Tour slaps back at LIV with some aggressive punishments for players who try to join. Finally (30:00) we welcome Ben Nicholson Smith to discuss how desperate the Jays are and how aggressive they SHOULD be when you consider it takes other teams to agree to a deal. Then the hesitation of the Jays to invest big money on relief pitching. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Tampa Still A Dynasty If They Lose?
3d ago
Tampa Still A Dynasty If They Lose?
We start in Denver where Greg Wyshynski of ESPN (2:00) is covering Game #5 between the Lightning and Avalanche and whether or not the Bolts have enough to extend the series. He says not to underestimate MacKinnon's obsession with matching Crosby as a Cup winner. Then a little walk down memory lane with Tampa and why 3 straight trips to the Cup might not be seen for a long while. Later why Barry Trotz did the right thing to turn down the Jets and wait for a better opportunity. Then (20:00) the European Golf Tour slaps back at LIV with some aggressive punishments for players who try to join. Finally (30:00) we welcome Ben Nicholson Smith to discuss how desperate the Jays are and how aggressive they SHOULD be when you consider it takes other teams to agree to a deal. Then the hesitation of the Jays to invest big money on relief pitching. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Blue Jays Pitcher Kevin Gausman Joins The Show
3d ago
Blue Jays Pitcher Kevin Gausman Joins The Show
We start the show reacting to a wild 5-game suspension of Jays Guillermo Martinez. Then (5:00) we head right to Milwaukee where Kevin Gausman calls into the show. He discusses the Jays ups and downs this season. Why he's rather give up a hit over a walk. Dealing with the shift. Plus, how he battles the potential of tipping pitches and how he uses a larger glove in order to help him. He closes with his take on the Jays star catchers and what it's been like with Kirk and Moreno. Next up (30:00) we are joined by Jon Morosi of MLB and NHL Network. He gives his take on the Martinez 5-game suspension. He then looks ahead at the MLB trade deadline and outlines teams like Kansas City and Arizona as places where the Jays can upgrade pitching / bullpen. Then, it looks like the Angels might not be able to afford Ohtani financially but they also can't afford to trade him either. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Pierre McGuire Defends Kadri Goal
4d ago
Pierre McGuire Defends Kadri Goal
We welcome the newest member of the SN hockey family as Pierre McGuire (1:00) joins us for a chat about why the Avs winning goal should not be tainted and where he thinks the series goes from here. He still thinks that Tampa has the players who have the ability to pull off a comeback. Then some insight into line changes and the art of getting an edge without cheating. All of which he learned from Scotty Bowman while with the Penguins during the 1992 Cup win. Later (34:00) we catch up with Arash Madani who declares his hate for the state of Wisconsin as a Vikings fans who despises the Packers. With the Yankees out of reach the Jays are looking at the wild card and history repeats itself as the most crucial part of the team is the bullpen. He closes with the fact that the Jays might be willing to trade either Moreno or Kirk. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Joe Carter's Advice for the 2022 Blue Jays
4d ago
Joe Carter's Advice for the 2022 Blue Jays
Stephen and Ben look back at the controversial Game 4 win by Colorado with 6 players on the ice for the Kadri goal. That blown call could cost Tampa a 3-peat and then a discussion about which goals should be reviewed and whether or not we will see rule changes. (27:00) We catch up with Joe Carter who is promoting his annual golf tournament which is being played here in town next week. Joe looks back at the year before the World Series in 1991 and the bitter feeling of losing to the Twins and why they returned the next year with simply 1 goal - win the World Series. Looking back, Joe admits he had no business playing 1B in the NL parks. He gives his take on this years team and then a bit on the mystery behind Pat Borders and how after baseball he has really gone under the radar. Finally we close with Doug Smith (43:00) on the NBA Draft that goes tonight, why he doesn't believe the OG rumours and why any team should trade their entire farm for someone like Kevin Durant if he came up on the market. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Jays Above All Need The Robots to Take Over
5d ago
Jays Above All Need The Robots to Take Over
Stephen joins Ben again from NFLD today and it was revealed through some analytic that the 2 worst called games by MLB umpires were against the Jays - including - last night @ The White Sox. A little more talk about the incredible hitting from Kirk, meanwhile, Moreno looks like a perfect fit for the team. While the bullpen has bene shaky at times, Stripling has bene able to replace the injured Ryu so well. Later, Kadri sets to return soon and is it possible that all the pressure is on Colorado in Game #4. Finally our weekly visit with Adnan Virk (27:00) explores robo umps, all the Jays love in All-Star voting, Kirk does not look the part but he's absolutely legit. We then wrap with the Stanley Cup and the quick return of Kadri to the lineup for the Avs. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
We Can't Get Enough of This LIV Golf Story
6d ago
We Can't Get Enough of This LIV Golf Story
We start with Iain MacIntyre (1:00) from the SN Vancouver bureau who was in Ottawa yesterday covering the Hockey Canada hearings. He helps navigate where this story has gone, why Hockey Canada did not handle things perfectly and 4 years after the incident there was not a clear and proper investigation. Later (16:00) we catch up with Damien Cox who weighs in on Hockey Canada, the historical significance of Matthews winning the heart and why he spent so much time today arguing with people on twitter about LIV Golf. Finally we head to Tampa where Frank Seravallli is attending the NHL Awards (32:00) where it's expected that Auston Matthews wins the Hart tonight. Then back to The Stanley Cup and how the Avs are already talking like they have a goalie controversy. Frank then goes on a rant about why he hates video review so much. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Matthews Preps His Hart Trophy Speech
6d ago
Matthews Preps His Hart Trophy Speech
Ben opens the show with Stephen who debates him on the pros and cons of black licorice which made waves on twitter ahead of the show. Then, it's a night for Leafs history as Auston Matthews is likely to win The Hart Trophy. Later, the Bolts are back and then in baseball the Jays catcher shuffle continues. Meanwhile the bullpen was hit hard all night by the White Sox and there is a need for help there as well. Next up (23:00) we head to Chicago where Dan Shulman is calling the game tonight against The White Sox and how would thought we would be asking 'What's wrong with the starting pitching?" Finally, back to Stephen Brunt on the LIV golf story as today Brooks Koepka has also agreed to sign on.  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Dynasty Denied? Tampa Fights to Stay Alive
1w ago
Dynasty Denied? Tampa Fights to Stay Alive
Hour #2 of the show takes us to Tampa where Ren Lavoie is covering The Stanley Cup. Colorado is just so fresh and fast that it's nearly impossible to stop them. Then we go from anointing Vasileyskiy one of the all-time greats right before a 7-0 loss. Then a quick look ahead to the NHL Draft in his hometown of Montreal where the Canadiens ae picking first. Later a chat on the recent coaching hires and why John Tortorella seems like the perfect fit for the Flyers. Ren talks about Sergei Bobrovsky being shopped by the Panthers but does anyone want that contract? What about the Leafs? After a quick chat about F1 Montreal and LIV Golf we head over to Chicago where Rob Longley joins us (28:00) Today Danny Jansen played catch, hit off a tee and is closer to returning which begs the question: do Moreno and Kirk stay put as well?The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Are Catchers Contributing To Tipping Pitches?
1w ago
Are Catchers Contributing To Tipping Pitches?
Ben is joined by Stephen Brunt all week from NFLD and they open with Fathers Day weekend and how all of our dad's really get into the weather the older they get. Then over to the Blue Jays and how thy salvaged their series with the Yankees after their comeback win. Tamps tries to get back into the Cup after a 7-0 loss and they discuss how foolish it would be to count out the Lightning. Later (31:00) we speak with Joe Siddall who would like to see he catchers that will be more aggressive when Kakuchi pitches. Why young catchers set up too early and plays a part in tipping pitches and teams like the Yankees will burn you. On the weekend they didn't do Manoah any favours.  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Why F1 Montreal Produces Dramatic Races
17-06-2022
Why F1 Montreal Produces Dramatic Races
We start in Denver where Craig Simpson is calling The Stanley Cup Finals (2:00) He look back at an entertaining Game 1, what makes Jon Cooper such an incredible coach and why the Avs were desperate to win that game since Vasileyskiy does not give up multiple goals that often. Later (17:00) a visit with Andrew Raycroft who tries to put Vasileyskiy into perspective and how goalies react to a few days off vs many. Next we head to Montreal (27:00) where Nate Saunders is covering the Canadian Grand Prix for ESPN. It's the first race since 2019 and he helps detail what makes the track so interesting, especially the amount of opportunities to overtake. The grandstands were full today for all the practices and that's very rare. The Canadian fans have really supported this race well. He looks at the most popular drivers this season and why despite being Canadian, not everyone pulls for Canadian racers like Lance Stroll. Finally (40:00) we catch up with Ailish Forfar from TheFAN Morning Show who is in Montreal for the race, taking in some bad weather but enjoying her stay at the home of Marie-Philp Poulin.   The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Wiggins HS Coach on Proving Everyone Wrong
17-06-2022
Wiggins HS Coach on Proving Everyone Wrong
On the day after the Warriors won another NBA Title we speak with NBA Agent Bernie Lee (5:00) who knows Andrew Wiggins especially when in Minnesota with his client Jimmy Butler. He speaks about how people like Jimmy felt he was one of the most physical players in the NBA. The Bernie tries to place Steph Curry among the greats and where he belongs. He shares some awesome stories that help explain the character of Andrew Wiggins. Next up (26:00) Gus Gymnopoulos, the high school coach of Andrew Wiggins talks about seeing Championship potential in Wiggins back in high school and does not believe the narrative about him before heading to Golden State. Now, he proved everyone wrong. Later we speak with Keegan Matheson (33:00) from Rogers Centre just ahead of the Yankees series and the most crucial part of the New York team is their health. Later, Gausman's worst start as a Jay and the case for 3 catchers on the roster when Jansen returns. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Surprise Pick For #1 Fan Base in North America
15-06-2022
Surprise Pick For #1 Fan Base in North America
Adnan Virk joins Ben to discuss the greatest fan bases in North America. This was motivated by Chris Russo's list today selecting Cleveland, Detroit and New York as the top 3. We compare US audiences to American and what goes into defining what makes a good set of fans. Later a look at the Jays and his thought on Gabriel Moreno. Then to Game 1 of The Stanley Cup and contrasting that matchup with the NBA Finals. Later Arash Madani joins the show to look at the impact of Moreno being called up and why a young catcher is the greatest trade chip in all of baseball. He then weighs in on the discussion about greatest fans base and why Toronto needs to get more love.  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Stanley Cup Game 1 with Elliotte Friedman
15-06-2022
Stanley Cup Game 1 with Elliotte Friedman
Ben opens the show with Stephen Brunt (1:00) as we look ahead to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the dominant story continues to be the Lighting and that this says about their place in history. Then a comparison to the Leafs roster who are very similar with being "top heavy." Later, over to the Jays and the impressive home debut of Moreno. We finish our visit with Stephen with the news of Terry Jones Post Media being laid off after 40+ years of sports writing. Next up we head to Denver where Elliotte Friedman joins us from The Stanley Cup Finals (30:00) They jump into the playoff format and why Elliotte believes there should be 20 teams in the tournament with a play-in round. The Commissioner maintains that 16 is the max and it makes the regular season count even more. Then the topic of honesty with coaches in the gambling era. As of the afternoon of Game 1 there is no starting goalie declared by the Avs and this is a missed opportunity. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Andrew Wiggins; Rise and Redemption
14-06-2022
Andrew Wiggins; Rise and Redemption
Kristian Jack kicks off this hour after posting a video where he called out fans and media for their lack of support of the National team this week.  Michael Grange (13:00) is up next to discuss the performance of Andrew Wiggins in the NBA Finals and how it has become the most recent success story for Canada and Basketball. Finally we speak with Justin Bourne (26:00) ahead of The Stanley Cup Finals and the dominant story is the legacy of the Lightning and whether or not the playoffs need a tweak in format that is similar to 1 vs 16 instead of the current format which eliminated good teams in the first round. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Ryu Out For The Season - We React
14-06-2022
Ryu Out For The Season - We React
We welcome back Stephen Brunt who joined us from NFLD. They begin with the Jays and breaking news that Ryu is out for the year. Then over to Manoah and how his start with the Jays is on par or ahead of any Jays pitcher in history. Later how Andrew Wiggins shook the rep of not being tough enough and has been a star in the NBA Finals. Then we wrap with Stephen while discussing Canada Soccer and fans being called out for little attendance in recent games. Plus the media coverage of the team has been called out for cherry picking certain events while ignoring others. Next up, Dan Shulman (28:00) from Rogers Centre discusses the Ryu news, the incredible Jays offence and how Vladdy Guerrero has returned to form. Finally we hear from Ross Atkins about today's news. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Tampa the Greatest Team Ever? The Case is Made
13-06-2022
Tampa the Greatest Team Ever? The Case is Made
We start the hour with former Blue Jays catcher - JP Arencibia (1:00) - who has an eye on Gabriel Moreno and he took us back to his MLB debut which included hitting 2 HRs and a double in his first game. He talks about the pressure a catcher is under based on which pitcher he is catching and why that relationship is so crucial. Later (20:00) Ben recaps a wild weekend of golf between the debut of LIV at the same time as the RBC Canadian Open. We hear from Phil Mickleson today who is in Boston and will play in the US Open this weekend. Finally (27:00) we head to Denver where Frank Seravalli is covering The Stanley Cup. He feels a Tampa win would make them the greatest team in NHL History. Then, Andrei Vasilevskiy, if he wins a 3rd in a row should also enter the discussion for the greatest goalie ever. He points to a team winning in a bubble season, a shortened season with realignment and then a full 82-game season in 2021-22. We close out with the NHL off-season, the Leafs goalie situation and why Matt Murray has been so awful lately he's surprised to see the Leafs linked to him. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Why The Yankees Aren't Out of Reach
13-06-2022
Why The Yankees Aren't Out of Reach
We kick off the show with JD Bunkis (1:00)  from TheFAN Morning Show. They discuss how the bat of Kirk but me more trustworthy today that Guerrero Jr. How the Jays finally get to feast on the Baltimore Orioles. Later a chat about the NBA Finals and whether or not Steph Curry has redeemed himself and finally might win a playoff MVP. JD even suggests Curry might go down as a better player than Kobe and KD. Finally, we head to the Rogers Centre where we catch up with Pat Tabler  (23:00) They discuss how players might not want to obsess with the standings - but - when you consider the schedules for the Jays and Yankees it would not take a miracle to catch New York. We close (35:00) with a look back at the Raptors winning the NBA Finals on this day 3 years ago and The Stanley Cup is set with the #1 story being the Lightning going for 3 in a row and where that would place them all time. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Mayor Responds to Letter from Mark Shapiro
10-06-2022
Mayor Responds to Letter from Mark Shapiro
We head to Detroit where the Jays are preparing for a series with the Tigers. Moreno is catching Gausman tomorrow. With he Yankees so far ahead it is time to already starting to look at the playoff standings with 1st in the AL East out of reach. Next we check in with Adam Stanley who is at The RBC Canadian Open. Bryson officially joins LIV. Is it unfair to ask who from the current crop of Canadian golfers is the next Mike Weir? Next, Momin Qureshi from CityNews 680 who spoke to Mayor John Tory today about Active TO after Mark Shapiro of the Blue Jays wrote the City a letter about his displeasure with the program. Finally, a chat with John Molinaro from TFC Republic as Canada Soccer remains at odds with both the men and women. Today, the Toronto was officially named as one of the host cites for World Cup 2026. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
What Moreno Call Up Says About Jays Path
10-06-2022
What Moreno Call Up Says About Jays Path
Ben kicks off the final show of the week with Arden Zwelling who is co-hosting the TV coverage of Jays/Tiger tonight and we have just learned that Moreno will join the team tomorrow and catch Kevin Gausman. The guys discuss other big debuts like when Vladdy Jr joined the team and it's a different feeling this time since the expectations on him and the team are much higher in the past. Then some time on Jordan Groshans and where his development is. Next up we head to Tampa, FL where David Amber joins us ahead of Game 6 between the Lightning and Rangers. It is fact and not rumour that Andrei Vasilevskiy is in the head of his opponents, especially the Rangers at the moment. David goes onto say that a Tampa 3-peat would put them right in line with teams like the Oilers and other dynasties. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.
Sports Washing 101 - LIV Tournament Begins
09-06-2022
Sports Washing 101 - LIV Tournament Begins
The hour begins with award winning journalist - Christine Brennan from USA Today - to discuss the LIV tournament and how the PGA suspended players for heading over to London this week (2:00) Then a discussion about whether or not sports washing can work and is Saudi Arabia using sports to distract from human rights violations. Tiger Woods has already turned down nearly a billion dollars but how long could leagues like LIV last? Next we catch up with Jesse Rubinoff from Tim and Friends (20:00) who is working at the RBC Canadian Open. Sadly the tournament was overshadowed with all the controversy with LIV. Finally, we speak with Jim Callis (30:00) from MLB.com who is an expert on MLB prospects and he helps us tee up the arrival of Gabriel Moreno the Blue Jays this weekend. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.