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The JD Bunkis Podcast

English, Sports, 1 season, 403 episodes, 3 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes
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JD Bunkis breaks down the biggest stories in sports every weekday morning. Honest, direct, and a touch of diablerie. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 9am-11am ET.
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Canada Soccer Guys, the Most Impressive Cup and Leafs Talk w/ Sam McKee

Sam McKee, host and producer at Sportsnet 590 The FAN, discuss their experience watching Canada's men's soccer team take on Leo Messi and Argentina in the Copa America opener (00:00). Then JD and Sam get into the stakes in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the potentially complicated Conn Smythe choice, how the Oilers run is effecting how they view the Maple Leafs, and Mitch Marner thoughts (22:00). The boys finish off by discussing the latest trades in the NHL and the goaltender situation in Toronto (49:00). 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 affiliates.  
6/21/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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Canada Soccer Copa Preview w/ Sid Seixeiro + The Oilers are Beyond Back

JD speaks on why this year's Stanley Cup Final could become the series of a lifetime (00:00). Sid Seixeiro, host of Breakfast Television, discusses the goal of Team Canada's men's soccer team at Copa America,  Alphonso Davies as the new captain, the importance of fixing Jonathan David, Ismaël Koné's growth and the shrinking gap between international powerhouses and emerging countries (10:00).  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 affiliates. 
6/20/202448 minutes, 37 seconds
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What a Bo Trade Could Look Like and NBA Finals Rapid Fire w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD chop it up about the Celtics' title run, Boston's sports riches, plus the parity trend and direction of the NBA. JD and Ben also get into if Bo Bichette may like a change of scenery, how the track record of the Blue Jays front office complicates their feelings towards roster moves and if this bullpen is the worst from this era of the Jays (30:00).  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 affiliates.
6/18/202449 minutes, 53 seconds
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More Likely Comeback: Oilers or Mavs? Kris Versteeg on McDavid vs. Barkov and the Keys to Edmonton’s Win

JD opens with a chat about how the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals have mirrored each other through the first four games. Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup champion and creator of the Klevr app, discusses the psychological advantage from the Oilers scoring eight goals, how the team's role players led the way in Game 4, Connor McDavid and Matthew Tkachuk's series so far, the best runs from defensive centres in NHL history, and if Edmonton can claw back into the series (9:00). The show ends 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.  
6/17/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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Barkov Buries McDavid + Stugotz and Raffi Torres

JD explains how Alexander Barkov is outplaying Connor McDavid in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. Jon 'Stugotz' Weiner, co-host of the Dan La Batard Show with Stugotz, chats with JD about how Canadians might be feeling about the Stanley Cup heading south to Florida, McDavid on the verge of being swept with only having three assists so far, and how fans feel about Jimmy Butler (9:00). Raffi Torres, 12-year NHL veteran, chats about being the glue guy on the 2006 Oilers' Cup finalist team and what worked for him in Edmonton (32:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.   
6/14/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 29 seconds
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Luka Loses It and the Two-Truth Celtics w/ Devin Harris

JD opens with his critiques of Luka Dončić's frustrating composure in Game 3 of the NBA Final. Devin Harris, 15-year NBA veteran and analyst with Bally Sports Southwest, breaks down how the Mavericks can learn from this failure, the distraction that comes when you fixate on the officiating, Dončić's biggest defensive downfall, the Celtics' dominant run, the uniqueness of Jrue Holiday and Kyrie Irving's legacy (8:00). 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 affiliates.  
6/13/202450 minutes, 10 seconds
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Good Hour: Jays, Refs and Losers Would You Rathers

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to get into Teoscar Hernández, if they'd rather watch the 2023 or 2024 Blue Jays, Joey Votto's win, the feeling seeing your team play well but still lose, and a couple interesting results from The Athletic's 2024 MLB Player Poll, before ranking the hardest sports to officiate. 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 affiliates.     
6/12/202449 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dwayne Roloson on How the Oilers Can Get Back in This Series, ‘06 Parallels & Bobrovsky vs. Skinner Pressures

JD opens the show discussing the part momentum plays in the Stanley Cup Final. Dwayne Roloson, 14-year NHL veteran and former Edmonton Oilers goaltender, chats about the feeling of being down 0-2 in a playoff series, the nuances of the 'next man up mentality', what it's like being a red-hot goaltender like Sergei Bobrovsky and pressure on Stuart Skinner (6:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.      
6/11/202448 minutes, 21 seconds
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How the Leafs Might Spend Their Money, Murmurs, and What’s Next for Marner w/ James Mirtle

JD begins the show by discussing his experience attending the Toronto Argonauts’ home opener on Sunday night and the Blue Jays’ significant roster moves over the weekend. Then, James Mirtle, senior managing editor for The Athletic, joins JD to discuss the Panthers’ victory over the Oilers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, potential sources of optimism for Edmonton heading into Game 2, how modern NHL parity complicates teams’ pursuit of the Stanley Cup, how the NHL’s salary cap inflation could impact the Leafs’ off-season plans, potential free agent targets for Toronto, and the latest buzz surrounding Mitch Marner (08:41). Later, JD weighs in on the Celtics taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals and Caitlin Clark being omitted from Team USA’s Olympic roster (41:31). 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 affiliates.
6/10/202449 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Almighty Jumbotron + Are the NBA Finals Already Over? w/ Joe Casciaro

JD opens the show by discussing the Blue Jays’ series split against Baltimore, his experience attending “School Day” at Rogers Centre, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s recent offensive resurgence, and Yusei Kikuchi’s unique narrative arc during his tenure in Toronto. Then, Joseph Casciaro, NBA scribe for theScore, joins JD to discuss the Celtics’ dominant win over Dallas in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Boston’s impressive depth contributions, if the Mavericks’ playoff success has been overstated, the conflicting narratives surrounding Boston’s path to the Finals, Kristaps Porzingis’ impressive performance in his return to the Celtics’ lineup, and how a championship victory would impact the perception of Jayson Tatum. Joe also vents his frustration about the current state of the Blue Jays and the team’s overdependence on “process.” Afterwards, JD wraps up the show by chatting about the Stanley Cup Final and Zach Hyman’s quest to establish a new playoff goal record (45:52). 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 affiliates.
6/7/202449 minutes, 27 seconds
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Good Hour: The Biggest Blue Jays Wake Up Call

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD discuss potential pivots that the Blue Jays should consider, fan feelings at Rogers Centre, if Davis Schneider is the most popular Blue Jay and Armen's questionable jersey decision. In the podcast-only portion, the gents discuss if they always need a rooting interest, what they care about in the NBA and NHL finals and take a quick visit to the conspiracy kitchen (49:30). 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 affiliates. 
6/6/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 51 seconds
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Stanley Cup Preview + Is Marner Brave or Stubborn? w/ Colby Armstrong

JD opens the show by measuring the gap between the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (00:00). Colby Armstrong, NHL analyst for Sportsnet and Spittin' Chiclets, discusses Mitch Marner wanting to stay with the Maple Leafs, how big skaters are catching up to the smaller ones, the pressure of the Stanley Cup Finals, how the Oilers stack up to the Panthers, and which Panther will match up against Connor McDavid (8:00).  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 affiliates.  
6/5/202449 minutes, 31 seconds
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How Deep Could the Jays Cut w/ Robert Murray + Marner Brain Busters

MLB Insider Robert Murray sizes up the trade market for Kevin Gausman, breaks down how the Blue Jays can improve their roster in the short and long-term, plus notes how they can learn from past mistakes (8:00). JD then gets into Elliotte Friedman's reports about Mitch Marner (45:00). 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 affiliates.  
6/4/202449 minutes, 18 seconds
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Are the Oilers Canada's Team? w/ Kris Versteeg

Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup Champion and Creator of the Klevr App, discusses  the Edmonton Oilers winning formula, why the Dallas Stars fell short, Stuart Skinner's turnaround, Connor McDavid greatness, if the Oilers or Panthers will benefit more from the week off before the Stanley Cup Final and the nuances of the biggest stage (8:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.   
6/3/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Luka and Kyrie Jump + Potential Surprise Additions to Canada Basketball’s Olympic Roster w/ Michael Grange

Sportsnet's Michael Grange and JD break down Luka Dončić's greatness and journey to his first NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving's turnaround, and how the Mavericks stack up against the Boston Celtics (7:00). Plus, Grange talks about the players who may be part of Canada's Senior Men's National Team at the Paris Olympics. 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 affiliates.    
5/31/202449 minutes, 22 seconds
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Pivot or Teardown? + Do Feelings Matter in the Blue Jays' Decision Making w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD get into which teams and players left in the NHL's conference finals are easy to root for, how Toronto's professional sports teams are mimicking each other and reasons to trade or not trade Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (00:00). 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 affiliates. 
5/30/202449 minutes, 12 seconds
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The “Best” NBA Playoff Narratives with Justin Termine

Justin Termine, host of NBA Today on NBA Sirius XM, discusses Anthony Edwards' ceiling and marketability, the Timberwolves' future, Boston's hatred for Kyrie Irving, as well as why Luka Dončić and Irving are positioned as the most skilled backcourt of all-time (8:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!"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 affiliates.  
5/29/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 47 seconds
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Are Leafs Fans on the Oilers' Bandwagon? + Andrew Wiggins on Defending Luka

JD discusses the rollercoaster Game 3 between the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars, if most of Canada is behind Connor McDavid and the Oilers and Jason Robertson's coming out party (00:00). Later, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins and JD get into Draymond Green's spot on Inside the NBA and guarding Luka Dončić (25:00). The gents end with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
5/28/202448 minutes, 25 seconds
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Playing Under Craig Berube and Connor McDavid Reverence w/ Jake Allen

JD opens the show with some rapid-fire takes about some of the biggest games from the weekend. New Jersey Devils goaltender, Jake Allen, chats about trying his hand in media, how Connor McDavid is revered by other players, playing for Craig Berube and his tendencies behind the bench (8:00). The show wraps up with another edition of 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
5/27/202448 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Modern Dynamic Between Fans, Athletes and Media

JD discusses the Blue Jays, tension at the Vancouver Canucks end-of-season media conference, how the Edmonton Oilers stack up against the Dallas Stars, Leonel Messi not travelling to Vancouver and technology's role in professional sports. 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 affiliates.
5/24/202449 minutes, 7 seconds
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Good Hour: Jays' Jacket, Underrated Legacy Stakes and the 10 Worst Contracts in Sports

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD banter about the return of the Blue Jays' home run jacket, Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. setting the culture, where George Springer's contract ranks among other athletes, Springer's options for the rest of the season, plus underrated legacy stakes in the NHL and NBA conference finals (00:00). 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 affiliates.
5/23/202449 minutes, 12 seconds
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Henrik Lundqvist and James Mirtle on the Leafs' New Coach, Culture & Off-Season Questions

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins JD to discuss Craig Berube's introductory press conference; how it was overshadowed by the roster construction, what the overall message was and who else could join Berube on the coaching staff (00:00). Plus, Sheldon Keefe's fit with the New Jersey Devils and Steven Stamkos rumors. Henrik Lundqvist, NHL Hall of Famer and analyst with TNT, chats about his new documentary Open Heart, finding peace in retirement, the most important attributes  of a head coach, and the goaltending matchup in the Rangers and Panthers series (30:00). 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 affiliates.
5/22/202448 minutes, 40 seconds
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What the Leafs Can Expect From Berube w/ Kris Versteeg + A Weekend of Game 7's

Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup Champion, joins JD to discuss the Maple Leafs hiring Craig Berube, what kind of change he can instill, his coaching nature, his big challenges, how coaches like Berube can relate to younger players, the Edmonton Oilers moving onto the Western Conference Finals, plus Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes (4:00). Later on, the gents get into the pair of NBA Game 7's over the 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 affiliates.
5/21/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 54 seconds
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Former MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke on What's Ahead for Keith Pelley + Scottie Scheffler's Wild Ride + Do the Oilers Stink? w/ Luke Gazdic

JD chats about breaking news Scottie Scheffler was detained Friday morning (00:00). Luke Gazdic, former NHL forward and Sportsnet NHL analyst, breaks down the frustrating Oilers, the goaltending conundrums and underrated Rangers players (10:00). JD touches on the legacy stakes for Jamal Murray as the Timberwolves and Nuggets head into Game 7. Tim Leiweke, former MLSE CEO and current CEO of the Oak View Group, discusses building modern sports stadiums, new MLSE CEO Keith Pelley and Toronto as a sports market (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.  
5/17/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 14 seconds
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Biggest Blue Jays 'What Ifs' w/ Ben Ennis + Jokic A.K.A The New Shaq w/ Zach Harper

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to chat about the growing sample size of the Blue Jays, if an upcoming winning streak is actually good for the team, reasons to re-tool or re-build, what a win-win move might look like and the biggest 'what if' in recent Toronto sports memory (00:00). Zach Harper, NBA writer with The Bounce and The Athletic, discusses Nikola Jokic's ascension, why high-calibre NBA defences struggle to handle Jokic, if Shaquille O'Neal's most-dominant reputation is at risk, and the Minnesota Timberwolves moment at hand (1:00:00). 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 affiliates. 
5/16/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 55 seconds
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Could the Jays Move Springer and Would Atkins Be the One to Do It? w/ Jeff Blair + Playoff Rats and Heroes w/ DJ Bean + The Layers of Jokic's Brilliance

Jeff Blair of Sportsnet's Blair & Barker, explores Canada Soccer ahead of the 2026 World Cup and George Springer's predicament with the Blue Jays (00:00). Later, JD praises Nikola Jokic's Game 5 masterpiece and wonders where's the love from the rest of the NBA (35:00). DJ Bean, co-host of the Whats Chaos Show, checks-in to discuss the madness in the Bruins-Panthers and Canucks-Oiler series; how NHL fans view' rats', how the Leafs might've faired against the Panthers, the Oilers-Canucks battle, Nikita Zadorov's rising popularity and Elias Pettersson's similarity to Mitch Marner (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
5/15/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 6 seconds
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Canada's Best Athlete + A New Men's Soccer Coach w/ Sid Seixeiro + Blue Jays Timelines w/ Shi Davidi

After a heroic playoff performance, JD emphasizes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's case as Canada's best athlete (00:00). Shi Davidi, Sportsnet's senior MLB columnist, breaks down the big-picture importance of the Blue Jays next two series, the Orioles' interest in Jordan Romano, Erik Swanson's lows, how the Jays are feeling about Alek Manoah and Yariel Rodriguez, why George Springer is still the lead-off hitter and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s recent success (10:00). Later on, the gents briefly discuss their sports-watching habits (42:00). Sid Seixeiro, host on Breakfast Television, chats about Soccer Canada's new men's head coach and where the program is at ahead of the 2026 World Cup, final takeaways from the  Leafs end-of-year presser, and the odds of the Jays, Leafs and Raptors having new management by 2025 (51:00). "What We Missed!" to finish the show (1:28:00). 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.     
5/14/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 30 seconds
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Death of the Shanaplan and Next Steps for the Leafs w/ James Mirtle + Raptors Sliding Doors w/ Blake Murphy

Blake Murphy, Raptors analyst and host of Jays Talk Plus, just JD to discuss the aftermath of the NBA Draft Lottery. Was it a good or bad thing that the Raptors lost their 2024 first-round pick? What are the Raptors prioritizing this off-season? What to expect from the 2024 NBA draft? (00:00).  Plus, JD and Blake chat about the Blue Jays' weekend, the biggest signs of optimism and pessimism, if and when Ross Atkins' time is up, and Alek Manoah's path back to a full-time starter (24:00). James Mirtle, senior managing editor at The Athletic, reviews the Maple Leafs' press conference with Keith Pelley, Brandon Shanahan and Brad Treliving (52:00). James and JD discuss the shifted power dynamic, what the "Shanaplan" will be judged by this season, navigating Mitch Marner's no-movement-clause, the Leafs coaching candidates and the latest on Joel Quenneville. JD ends the show with thoughts on Nikola Jokic and the Edmonton Oilers series with the Vancouver Canucks. 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 affiliates.
5/13/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Most Important Questions For the Leafs' Brass w/ Jeff Marek and Luke Fox

Sportsnet's Jeff Marek joins JD Bunkis to discuss how Sheldon Keefe handled his final media conference and moments with the Maple Leafs, the challenge of striking the right tone, Keith Pelley's unique approach and understanding where the Leafs fan base is at (00:00). Sportsnet's Luke Fox notes the power shift at MLSE, the Leafs' crucial off-season questions and how it was covering Keefe during his tenure (25:00). JD gets into how Sheldon Keefe understood the Toronto market place and his parting message to Leafs nation, plus what he really wants to hear in Friday's management press conference (51:00). 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 affiliates.  
5/10/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 6 seconds
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Keefe's Firing and What's Next w/ Elliotte Friedman + Jim Bowden on Atkins/Schneider Security and Vlad Trade Potential

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD in-studio to get into how the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs makes them feel about the Leafs' exit, current rankings of the Blue Jays' lineup, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his cringe post-game interview shower (00:00). Jim Bowden, MLB insider and analyst, talks about where the Blue Jays are, why it's time to make tough decisions, and the black cloud that still hovering (50:00). Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos join the show to react to breaking news of the Toronto Maple Leafs firing head coach Sheldon Keefe (1:08:00).  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 affiliates.  
5/9/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 47 seconds
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Whit Merrifield on his Time in Toronto + Jays Next Steps w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith + UFC KO Artist Derrick Lewis

Whit Merrifield, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, talks about how his free-agency landed him in Philly, why his time in Toronto concluded, the vibe around the 2023 Blue Jays, how it's like as a player when the team isn't getting results and his love for city (2:00). Later, JD chats about the NHL Draft Lottery and matchups in the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (27:00). Derrick Lewis a.k.a. "The Black Beast" discusses his upcoming heavyweight main event at UFC 301, how his catchphrase came to be, dealing with an ear infection, and catching car thieves (36:00). Ben Nicholson-Smith, Blue Jays writer and co-host of the At The Letters podcast, chats about the slumping Toronto Blue Jays; how close are they to making changes? What will be prioritized? Is it the cook, the ingredients or both? What exactly will push them to decide between buying and selling? And if there are any positives to lean on (50:00).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 affiliates.
5/8/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 29 seconds
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Leafs Exit Grades and What Comes Next w/ James Mirtle

JD details the Maple Leafs' exit interviews; Mitch Marner's "looked upon as Gods" comment, John Tavares thinking the Leafs are "right there", William Nylander's admiration for the core, credit to Sheldon Keefe and criticism about his remarks on the powerplay process (00:00). James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, and JD discuss the what news could come of Friday's Leafs management press conference, the confidence level that Marner will waive his no-move clause and the different ways Marner's tenure with the Leafs could end, the read on Keefe's job security, and a look-ahead at the Leafs' next head coaching options (50:30). The show ends with thoughts on the Timberwolves and Nuggets. 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 affiliates. 
5/7/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 50 seconds
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Another Leafs Autopsy w/ Kris Versteeg and Mike Futa

JD lays out what went wrong, what we learned and what should be next for the Toronto Maple Leafs following another first-round playoff loss (00:00). Mike Futa, former NHL executive and analyst with Sportsnet, discusses Matthew Tkachuk's poke at the Leafs, how a front office goes about trading a player with a no movement clause, what Sheldon Keefe speaking to the media on locker clean-out day could suggest and an observation about the relationship between Brad Treliving and Brendan Shanahan (28:00). Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup champion and creator of the Klevr app, breaks down what locker-room clean out day is like, how the Leafs were sleeping on the series-winning goal, Sheldon Keefe's shortcomings, if Mitch Marner's criticism has been overblown, how the rest of the NHL views the Leafs and if Morgan Rielly should be on the trading block  (50:00). The show ends with Jays thoughts and 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.  
5/6/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 36 seconds
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Teemu Selanne and James Mirtle on the Leafs-Bruins Demon-Off Game 7

JD lays out the stakes and implications of Game 7 between the Leafs and Bruins. James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, discusses the anxiety in Boston, the Leafs playing 'playoff hockey', Brad Treliving's additions, credit to Sheldon Keefe and which Maple Leaf has the most to gain or lose (8:00). Teemu Selanne, Hockey Hall of Famer, talks about the anxiety in Boston, playing Game 7 on the road, the importance of special teams, Jim Montgomery calling out David Pastrňák, the physical toll for older players and starring in his first movie (54:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates. 
5/3/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 52 seconds
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Complicated Leafs Feelings w/ Jackie Redmond + Mike Rupp on the Series' Biggest Questions

Jackie Redmond from the NHL on TNT and NHL Network joins JD in-studio to get into the feelings heading into Game 6 in Toronto; being a Leafs fan, embracing change, what coming back from 3-1 could mean for the rest of the Leafs playoffs and the off-season, how the 'others' on the team might feel, and negativity in the media (00:00). Mike Rupp, former NHL forward and analyst with NHL Network, discusses the dramatic highs and lows of the Maple Leafs, building a culture, how Auston Matthews has matured, how the Leafs can replicate their Game 5 performance, and the thin line Brad Marchand is tip-toeing on (50:00). Later on, JD gives his thoughts on the Blue Jays' offence and Drake's hip-hop beef. 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 affiliates.     
5/2/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Leafs Bounce Back: Matthew Barnaby, Carter Hutton and Luke Fox on Bruins Pressure, Woll's Moment and What's Next

Luke Fox, NHL writer with Sportsnet, discusses the vibes before, during, and after Game 5, Brad Marchand's defensiveness about blowing a 3-1 lead, what the Bruins are starting to question, and the latest health update on Auston Matthews (7:00). JD lays out points of optimism for Leafs fans, but wonders why their effort is so inconsistent. Former NHL goaltender, Carter Hutton, joins JD to breakdown how Joseph Woll impressed, if the Leafs waited too long to bring Woll in, Woll's psychological strength, the hurdle of ankle injuries for goalies, which goalie the Bruins deploy in Game 6 and Game 7 - if necessary (27:00). Matthew Barnaby, former NHL forward and author of Unfiltered, discusses if it's more nerve-racking being up or down in a series, respect for Brad Marchand, how Mitch Marner and the Leafs have responded to criticism and looking ahead to Game 6 (50:00). The gents end with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.
5/1/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 1 second
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Felix Potvin on the Leafs' No-Show Game 4 and What Can Change + Toronto Sports Closure w/ Ben Ennis + Sara Civian

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD discuss Jamal Murray's clutch gene, the exhaustion of the Maple Leafs and their fans, William Nylander being mic'd up in Game 4, plus a big picture Blue Jays questions regarding their stars and manager (00:00). Felix Potvin, former Maple Leafs goaltender, chats about the tactic Sheldon Keefe took by telling the media that the Leafs effort was fine, advice for Joseph Woll, Jeremey Swayman's form, the feeling you have to fight down in a series, and positive signs that belief exists in a team (50:00). Sara Civian, Hockey Writer with Bleacher Report, checks-in from Boston to chat about how Bruins fans feel about the rivalry, how they have taken a choke-hold on the series, if the team's original goaltending strategy is finished, and are we still discrediting what the Bruins are doing (1:00:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates. 
4/30/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 28 seconds
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Culture, Identity and How the Leafs Ended up on the Brink of Another Defeat w/ Kris Versteeg + Joe Siddall on the Jays' Star Struggles

JD relays the temperature of Maple Leafs fans after a porous Game 4 showing. Kris Versteeg, 2x Stanley Cup champion and Creator of the Klevr App, gets into what the Leafs are lacking. How do the Leafs still not have an identity? Plus, organizational and locker-room accountability, betting on talent, taking pride in your role, coaching shortcomings, quantifying effort and the loser psyche (8:00). JD then tells his experience at the ballpark watching Shohei Ohtani dunk on Blue Jays nation (41:00). Joe Siddall, former catcher and Blue Jays Studio Analyst, discusses the struggling top of the order, how far pitching and defence can take a major league team, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette's lack of productivity, how Bichette can get back to his best self, how much coaching plays into hitting and judging the Jays record based on how they've played (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.  
4/29/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 6 seconds
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P.K. Subban on Keefe's Adjustments and Marner's Pressure + Lower Bowl Culture and Confessions w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD Bunkis to chat about the Leafs crowd in Toronto with real feedback from fans at Game 3 (00:00). Later, JD and Ben get into the upcoming Dodgers series, what's kept the Blue Jays afloat, and their level of confidence in the Jays' hitters (25:00). P.K. Subban, former NHL All-Star and current ESPN analyst, breaks down how the Leafs can make their powerplay work, mental games with Brad Marchand, why Toronto isn't getting the most from Mitch Marner and building a locker-room culture (50:00). JD ends the show with thoughts on the NFL draft and 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
4/26/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 22 seconds
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Leafs Star Power Outage, Special Teams Dysfunction and What Now? w/ Craig Simpson and James Mirtle

JD lays out what's not clicking with the Maple Leafs. James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, gets into the Leafs' poor powerplay; potential adjustments and the contrast with the Bruins powerplay. JD and James also discuss Sheldon Keefe's home playoff record and comments about Brad Marchand, William Nylander's top-secret injury, the uncomfortable core four conversation, who TJ Brodie should draw-in for and what the bright side is (8:00). Sportsnet Analyst and Stanley Cup Champion, Craig Simpson, breaks down what the Leafs' powerplay lacks and how it can get better, what penalty killing skills are hampering the Leafs, Mitch Marner's game, if not knowing status of teammate is a distraction, and the Leafs' winning formula (52:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.     
4/25/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Marner Pile On w/ Sid Seixeiro + Luke Fox's Notebook + Is Leafs-Bruins a True Rivalry? w/ Pete Blackburn

Luke Fox, Maple Leafs and NHL Writer with Sportsnet, joins JD to discuss their confidence levels after Game 2, if the Bruins will deviate from their goaltending plan, the latest from William Nylander, if T.J. Brodie will draw back into the lineup, and the contrast between Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner (7:00). Pete Blackburn, Co-host of the What's Chaos Show, checks-in to give the Boston perspective on the Bruins-Leafs rivalry; how are Bruins fans feeling about the series thus far, goaltending strategy, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Max Domi as the villain (35:00). Later on, Breakfast Television's Sid Seixeiro chats with JD about the nature of the Leafs' crowd and fanbase, if Marner's criticism is fair, Sheldon Keefe, the secrecy around Nylander and more (50:00). 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 affiliates.   
4/24/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 59 seconds
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Matthews' Dominance and Who Needs to Step Up for the Leafs w/ Kris Versteeg

JD kicks things off discussing the stakes in the Leafs-Bruins playoff series. Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup champion, analyzes how Auston Matthews looks different in this year's postseason, the coaching chess match in the series, what to do with Mitch Marner, potential changes heading into Game 3 and the William Nylander mystery (8:00). Later on, JD then gives his thoughts on Ilya Samsonov's performance through two games before wrapping up with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.   
4/23/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 35 seconds
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Leafs-Bruins Culture Gaps w/ Claude Julien + Toronto's First Domino w/ Mike Futa

JD starts with his concerns from the Maple Leafs' Game 1 loss. He's joined by Mike Futa, former Stanley Cup-winning executive, to discuss Toronto's need for desperation, Max Domi's passion, Mitch Marner's chance to change his career narrative, and the recipe for the Leafs' stars to have success (8:00).  JD then gives some rapid-fire thoughts about the Blue Jays (40:00). Former NHL head coach Claude Julien explains how the Leafs got away from their identity, game-planning for Game 2, how team culture is manifested, Boston's mental edge, if the Bruins hope Sheldon Keefe will reunite Marner and Auston Matthews, accountability in the locker room, and coaching decisions with fringe injuries (52:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
4/22/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
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Leafs-Bruins Mega-Preview w/ Jason Bukala, Fluto Shinzawa & Kristen Shilton

JD kicks off the show teeing up the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jason Bukala, former NHL Head Scout and Writer at Sportsnet, breaks down round-one for the Maple Leafs; the legacies on the line, how the Leafs are preparing to beat the Bruins, winning the neutral zone battles, how to get the best of William Nylander, the pressure on Sheldon Keefe to make on-the-fly adjustments, and configuring the defensive pairings (7:00). JD lays out why this is a huge series for the relationship between Mitch Marner and the Leafs (31:00). Fluto Shinzawa, Writer with The Athletic, checks-in from Boston to discuss the Bruins' goaltending strategy, the team's weaknesses, and pairing Hampus Lindholm and Charlie McAvoy (36:00). ESPN NHL Reporter, Kristen Shilton, talks about the Leafs' nagging injuries, keys to success for the blue line, which Leaf(s) might find themselves out of the lineup, if Nylander will start on his own line, stacking up against David Pastrnak, and if either team should have done more at the deadline (50:00). JD wraps with his thoughts about the Leafs' core four heading into Game 1 and ranks his interest in the other first-round series. 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 affiliates. 
4/19/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 46 seconds
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Leafs Playoff Preview, Ghosts, X-Factors and Stakes w/ James Mirtle + Blue Jays Bullpen Fumble w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, breaks down how this version of the Maple Leafs stacks up against past iterations heading into the playoffs (8:00). JD and James rank who has the highest stakes in the Leafs brass, the matchup against the Boston Bruins, configuring the blue line in Game 1 and Auston Matthews' legacy. JD then touches on the loss of the Arizona Coyotes (50:00). Ben Nicholson-Smith, Blue Jays Writer and Co-Host of At The Letters, discusses John Schneider's decision to trot out Erik Swanson and Jordan Romano into high leverage situations in their first appearance, if Daulton Varsho's offence is normalizing, Ricky Tiedemann's slow start in AAA, why Alek Manoah is with the team and when his window might be closed (55:00). The show ends with thoughts on Masai Ujiri's exit interview and Jontay Porter's lifetime ban. 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 affiliates. 
4/18/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 56 seconds
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Kris Versteeg on Milestones, Mental Games and Matching Up With Boston

Kris Versteeg, 2x Stanley Cup Champion and Creator of the Klevr App, discusses how Sheldon Keefe and the Maple Leafs should approach game 82, William Nylander's quiet stretch run, if teams have a mental advantage against certain opponents, looking ahead to the Boston Bruins and the Leafs' psychological challenge (5:00). Sam McKee from The Real Kyper and Bourne chats about the Auston Matthews 70 goal chase coming down to the last game and how they feel about the Bruins matchup (36:00). JD gets into the Jays winning the series against the Yankees, his love for the Yusei Kikuchi, and Jordan Romano's return. The gents end with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.    
4/17/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 25 seconds
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Auston Matthews' Obvious Hart Case w/ Hailey Salvian + Jays Points of Pride and Warning Signs w/ Ben Ennis

JD and Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, banter about the Blue Jays' pitching trust tree, how the bullpen is shaping up, their confidence in the lineup, why Aaron Judge isn't booed more and which number one professional athlete has the widest gap between them and the rest of the athletes in their sport (00:00). Hailey Salvian, NHL and Women's Hockey Writer with The Athletic, discusses her thought process when voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy; where does Auston Matthews' case rank? (53:00)  Plus, at this point, how important is it for Matthews to get goal 70 and what nuanced criteria goes into the Frank J. Selke award? 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 affiliates.
4/16/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 27 seconds
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Raptors Culture Focus w/ Will Lou + Michael Collins on Scottie Scheffler's Dominant Masters Win

William Lou of The Raptors Show wraps up the Raptors' losing season; How did they get to this point? Do they have an identity? How do they develop a culture moving forward? What's the next jump for Scottie look like? How was Darko Rajaković's first season as head coach? How do they compare to past bad Raptors teams? What's Masai Ujiri's future with MLSE? Next up, Michael Collins, Senior Golf Analyst with ESPN and former PGA caddie, discusses Scottie Scheffler's dominance, how Scheffler compares to Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and the biggest losers from the weekend (50:00).  The show ends with JD's thoughts on UFC 300, and Sheldon Keefe's interesting answer to fans 70-goal excitement. 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 affiliates.  
4/15/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why Max Domi Means so Much to Leafs Fans w/ Jackie Redmond + The NBA's Succession Problem, Awards and Playoff Matchups w/ Zach Harper

Jackie Redmond joins JD to get into the Maple Leafs; love for Max Domi, what 70 goals really means for Auston Matthews, the notion to rest him, the recent lack of pop in the powerplay, and what's the most nerve-racking aspect heading into the playoffs (5:00). Plus, Jackie and JD give their Hart Trophy rankings! Aljamain Sterling, Mixed Martial Artist, touches on the meaning of being in UFC 300, preparing during fight week, fighting a weight class up, and how authenticity shines through in combat sports (39:00). Zach Harper, NBA Writer and Podcaster, discusses the success and drama of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Western Conference power struggle, the NBA's changing of the guard, why Nikola Jokic isn't embraced more, and NBA awards (52:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.   
4/12/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chris Webber's Battles On and Off the Court + Goalie Duels w/ Cory Schneider + The Jays' New Rival

JD says the Jays have found a new primary rival (00:00). Former NHL All-Star, Cory Schneider, discusses the NHL playoff format, trying to manufacture rivalries, challenges of being a backup goaltender in the playoffs, politics of the goaltending pecking order, the lack of mental leeway for goalies, starting your career in a Canadian market and dealing with social media as a professional athlete (10:00). Hall of Famer Chris Webber talks about the process of writing his book "By God's Grace", if being left out of the Fab Five documentary motivated him to tell his own story, his journey and relationship with Jalen Rose, the state of collegiate athletics and memories of Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals (50:00). The gents end with 'What We Missed!'   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 affiliates.
4/11/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 24 seconds
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Should the Leafs Reunite Matthews and Marner? w/ James Mirtle + Masters Storylines That Matter w/ Brent Gunning

Brent Gunning, Co-Host of The FAN Morning and Golf Show, chats about The Masters (5:00). What would a Masters win mean to Rory McIlroy's legacy? What if McIlroy joined LIV? What's the post LIV vs. PGA reality? Plus, the tail end of Tiger Woods' career, bets for the weekend, and the other big stories at The Masters. James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor at The Athletic, breaks down the Maple Leafs' recent tinkering; what have we seen with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner on different lines? How else can the Leafs experiment with the centre spot? How can Max Domi and the Leafs find a suitable deal in the off-season? What has Nick Robertson proved this season? And does home-ice matter to the Leafs? (50:00).  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 affiliates. 
4/10/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jays Home Opener Takeaways w/ Ben Ennis + Masters Preview w/ Joe House

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD banter about the Blue Jays' home-opener, utilizing Daulton Varsho, the pressure on the team's starting rotation, Zach Edey's college run and the solar eclipse (00:00). The Ringer's Joe House drops-in to discuss the biggest stories at The Masters; LIV versus PGA, Jon Rahm's responsibility, hope in Rory Mcllroy, if he could end up joining LIV, Tiger Woods feelings, which golfer the PGA wants to win and Bronny James' case at the upcoming NBA Draft (52:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed'!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 affiliates. 
4/9/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dubas vs. Toronto w/ Colby Armstrong + Home Opener Pressure w/ Ricky Romero

JD starts things off trying to keep the vibes high for the Blue Jays home opener tonight. Colby Armstrong, Sportsnet NHL Analyst and Host on Spittin' Chiclets, discusses what makes the Pittsburgh Penguins dangerous, tonight's matchup versus the Maple Leafs, and Sheldon Keefe's approach for spreading talent around the lineup (5:00). Former Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero explains how special home openers are in Toronto, the Ángel Hernández problem, José Berríos comfort zone, mental hurdles Alek Manoah is facing and the injury problems in baseball (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed'! 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 affiliates.  
4/8/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds
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Matthews' Minutes, Carter Jersey Retirement and Diggs' Legacy w/ Sid Seixeiro + Kris Versteeg on What's up With the Leafs Power-Play

Kris Versteeg, 2x Stanley Cup Champion and Creator of the Klevr App, foreshadows the Maple Leafs' playoff run with JD (10:00). Kris and JD get into Mitch Marner's importance to the powerplay, how important milestones are for teammates, what will help with post-season success, and the complicated Selke criteria. Sid Seixeiro, Breakfast Television Host, airs out his grievances; Why was Marner so mad at the media? Should the Leafs rest Auston Matthews down the stretch? How will Stefon Diggs be remembered in Buffalo? And should Vince Carter's jersey be retired in Toronto? (55:00). 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 affiliates. 
4/4/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 9 seconds
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Matthews' Selke Candidacy w/ Jeff Marek + Jays Pressure Carryover w/ Caleb Joseph

Jeff Marek, Host of The Jeff Marek Show and 32 Thoughts: The Podcast, chats about the place 'hating' has in sports and what individual NHL awards Auston Matthews could win this season (7:00). JD then discusses the misguided notion of resting players when they're healthy (35:00).  Caleb Joseph, Blue Jays Studio Analyst, breaks down the weight from the frustration of last season, the 'big screen effect' on batters, what we've seen from José Berríos and what's next for Bowden Francis' after his first career big league start (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed'!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 affiliates.   
4/3/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 17 seconds
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Is Matthews Under-Appreciated w/ James Mirtle, How March Affects the NBA Draft w/ Bobby Marks & The Already Frustrating Blue Jays

JD starts with his disgust following the Blue Jays no-hit performance five games into the season (00:00). James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, discusses how Auston Matthews is perceived among Leafs' fans, how much the 70 goal milestone matters,  line experiments in the stretch run of the season, if the starting goaltender should be a question heading into the playoffs and Simon Benoit's contract extension (8:00). Bobby Marks, ESPN NBA Front Office Insider, breaks down the rise of women's college basketball, what went wrong with the G-League Ignite, Zach Edey's rising draft stock, where a gem could land in the 2024 NBA draft and the biggest threat to Denver in the West (50:00).  The gents then hit 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
4/2/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
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Blue Jays Snap Reactions w/ Ben Ennis + Leafs Unquantifiables w/ Luke Gazdic

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to go over their snap judgements from the first weekend of the Blue Jays season; Sunday's must-win, Davis Schneider's case to be an everyday player, Ernie Clement's upside over Isiah Kiner-Falefa at third base, Cavan Biggio's rising stock, mixed reactions on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Daniel Vogelbach's future,  Randy Arozarena's continued Jays torment, the Rays' pitching carousel finally being diminished, Toronto's biggest x-factor, ongoing bullpen questions, and a Joey Votto theory (00:00). Luke Gadzic, Sportsnet's NHL Analyst, discusses Leafs nation embracing their blue collar players, the corporate crowd in Toronto, Auston Matthews' chase for 70 goals, being teammates with the newly extended Simon Benoit, Tyler Bertuzzi's long-term fit with the Leafs, and if Ilya Samsonov has run away with the starting job (52:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates. 
4/1/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 35 seconds
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Brandon Belt Looks Back on 2023 Blue Jays + Looking Forward to 2024 w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith joins JD to discuss the Blue Jays’ Opening Day win in Tampa, José Berríos’ impressive outing on the mound, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s majestic homer and encouraging swing decisions, which Blue Jays players bear the most pressure in 2024, and why he’s bullish on Toronto's offence this season. Then, JD shares his thoughts on the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 win over the Capitals, Joseph Woll’s strong performance, and the response from the “Core 4” after Sheldon Keefe’s public criticism earlier this week (42:54). Later, JD is joined by Brandon Belt, former Blue Jays DH/first baseman, to chat about his future, the lack of offers/interest that materialized in free agency, his level of dialogue with the Blue Jays’ front office during the winter, the team’s offensive struggles last season, his relationship with the Jays’ young stars, and why the team’s offence hit a snag at Rogers Centre in 2023 (50:11). JD closes the show by weighing in on Simon Benoit’s three-year contract extension and the fallout from Thursday’s Sweet 16 games in the NCAA Tournament (01:25:55). 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 affiliates.
3/29/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 18 seconds
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Opening Day w/ Dan Shulman, Joe Siddall and J.P. Ricciardi + Which Five Jays Have the Highest Stakes?

Dan Shulman, voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, opens the show talking about Opening Day hopes, the outlook on the Jays' season, the importance of a strong start, how Daulton Varsho has prepared for a bounce-back year, the translation of energy in the clubhouse and one standout player to watch as March Madness continues (6:00). Joe Siddall, Sportsnet's Blue Jays Analyst, discusses the Jays' batting order, the pressure on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the intricacies of hitting a fastball, which Blue Jay made a positive adjustment at the plate, and starting the season without Jordan Romano and Erik Swanson (34:00). J.P. Ricciardi, former Blue Jays General Manager and Host of The Brushback with JP, chats about why he's optimistic about the Jays, if Vlad is the Jayson Tatum of baseball, what's behind the rise of pitcher injuries, the place for analytics in the MLB and expectations on a GM (50:00).  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 affiliates. 
3/28/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 4 seconds
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Blue Jays by the Numbers w/ Blake Murphy + Stretch Run Focal Points and What a Bertuzzi Deal Looks Like w/ Luke Fox

Blake Murphy, Host of Jays Talk Plus, joins JD in-studio to dive into the numbers that project positive or negative regressions for the bats in the Blue Jays' lineup (00:00). Luke Fox, Sportsnet's Maple Leafs and NHL writer, chats about Sheldon Keefe's potent post-game comments, the Leafs' defensive pairings, how the team is using load management, Ilya Samsonov's injury, and the chances Tyler Bertuzzi wears the Blue and White next season (52:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.
3/27/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 26 seconds
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Underrated Jays Stories and Missing Ohtani Answers w/ Arden Zwelling + Playoff Matchups and Pick Your Poison w/ Jackie Redmond

Arden Zwelling, Sportsnet Writer and Co-Host of At the Letters Podcast, discusses Shohei Ohtani's comments regarding the gambling and theft investigation into his interpreter, Kevin Gausman ramping up, updates on Jordan Romano and Erik Swanson, Alek Manoah's status, the most overlooked thing of Spring Training, how the offence can be more productive, what the batting order might look like, and potential surprise stories of the season (5:00). Jackie Redmond chats about notification messes, picking playoff matchups, Leafs' hopes, travel and sports venue tribulations (50:00). 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 affiliates.  
3/26/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 49 seconds
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What Happened with Hyman and Where to Put Marner w/ James Mirtle + Ohtani and the Jays' Biggest Question w/ Ben Ennis

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, discusses his takeaways from the Leafs' weekend, the impact of having three goaltenders on the roster, how Zach Hyman will be remembered in Toronto, if the Edmonton Oilers are legit, the Leafs' blue-line since the trade deadline, and what Mitch Marner's line might look like upon his return (8:00). Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, chats about March Madness, the investigation into Shohei Ohtani's interpreter, his predictions for the biggest stories of the Blue Jays' season, and which player they are looking forward to watching and buying stock in (50:00). 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 affiliates.
3/25/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sports Pride Power Rankings, Steelers QB Dreams & Doubting Dubas w/ Dave Dameshek + Mike Bibby

JD starts today's show weighing in on the current state of the Maple Leafs (00:00). David "Funny Dave" Dameshek joins the program to discuss sports fandom and the differences between cities, before sharing his take on the new-look new Steelers era and Kyle Dubas' Penguins (06:00). Mike Bibby, former NBA point guard and Sacramento Kings analyst, talks about the state of college athletics, getting drafted to the Vancouver Grizzlies, advice for the lottery-bound Raptors, and playing against LeBron James (50:00). JD ends the show with his thoughts on the Blue Jays trading Santiago Espinal. 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 affiliates.   
3/21/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Leafs Dog-Day Problem w/ James Mirtle + Craig Berube

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor of The Athletic, chats with JD about the Leafs being stuck in the standings (again), potentially changing the NHL playoff format, topics at the NHL GM Meetings, the Leafs' lack of cohesive lines and their defensive core, plus the continued decision-making between Ilya Samsonov and Joseph Woll (8:00). Craig Berube, NHL veteran and Stanley Cup Champion Head Coach, discusses John Tortorella's thought process benching the Flyers' captain,  what he's seen from the Leafs, and what he instilled in his Stanley Cup winning teams, before sharing some memories of his former teammate Chris Simon (50:00). Senior Producer at The FAN 590, Daniele Franceschi, joins the show to breakdown some March Madness prospects that Raptors fans should know about (1:20:00). 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 affiliates.
3/20/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 56 seconds
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Leafs Special Teams Breakdown w/ Justin Bourne + Former Flyers Enforcer Riley Cote

Riley Cote, former Flyers Forward, Co-Host of the Nasty Knuckles Podcast and Co-Founder of BodyCheck Health, joins JD Bunkis to discuss the Flyers' identity, Philly fandom, reinventing himself after retirement, championing mindfulness and sports psychology (7:00). Justin Bourne, Co-Host of The Real Kyper & Bourne, stops by to chat about the challenge of over-information, the Maple Leafs' powerplay and penalty kill problems, Toronto's injury bug, and the direction of youth hockey (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
3/19/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 54 seconds
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Encouraging Leafs Signals + Can the Jays Re-Sign Danny Jansen? w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD Bunkis to discuss getting older than the current generation of professional athletes, Danny Jansen's injury, positioning the Blue Jays' defence, and the future of pro golf (00:00). JD then goes over the positive angles around the Maple Leafs; Mitch Marner's health, a notable Timothy Liljegren stat, balanced scoring, and Ilya Samsonov's sustained performance (55:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
3/18/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 51 seconds
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Jays Spring Storylines w/ Keegan Matheson + Scott Hartnell

JD opens chatting about the Raptors' ugly loss to the Pistons, before MLB.com's Keegan Matheson checks-in from Blue Jays Spring Training to get into Bowden Francis' spot on the starting rotation, the process of getting Alek Manoah back in the rotation, why Yariel Rodriguez is his favourite off-season signing, the word on Jordan Romano, and other optimism in the Jays' bullpen (9:00). Scott Hartnell, 17 year NHL veteran and Flyers Analyst, talks about John Tortorella's suspension and his culture setting ways, refereeing gripes, and playing in Toronto (55:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
3/14/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Leafs Crease Battle w/ Goalie Guru Kevin Woodley + Ailish Forfar In-Studio

Kevin Woodley, Editor of InGoal Magazine, discusses what he's seen in Ilya Samsonov's since his comeback, plus which Maple Leafs netminder has the higher ceiling and better chance of commanding the crease (8:00). Ailish Forfar, Co-Host of The FAN Pre Game, joins JD in-studio to continue the Leafs goalie conversation, before getting into Nick Robertson's fit, the PWHL's injection of talent and room for expansion, and 'What We Missed'!                                                                             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 affiliates.  
3/13/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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A.J. Pierzynski on the Jays' Big Bet + The Dumbest Leafs Narrative and Votto’s Value w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, and JD touch on the Maple Leafs and Gerrit Cole, before getting into the Blue Jays signing Joey Votto (00:00). A.J. Pierzynski, World Series Champion, 2x All-Star and Co-Host of Foul Territory, discusses the evolving voice of MLB players, the MLB's slow free agency and Scott Boras' impact, how Whit Merrifield feels about the Blue Jays, current Jays that have to bounce back, and the elusive Mark Buehrle (50:00). JD  gives his thoughts on NFL free agency (1:23:00). 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 affiliates. 
3/12/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds
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Deadline Disagreements w/ James Mirtle + The NBA's New Pippen w/ Adam Mares

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, debates JD about the moves, or lack thereof, that the Leafs made at the trade deadline, plus JD and James discuss which of Toronto's defencemen might be on the outside looking in (5:00). JD then weighs in on Joey Votto, Jamal Murray, and Russell Wilson (50:00). Adam Mares, Host of the All NBA Podcast with Tim Legler & Head of Content for DNVR Sports, evaluates Jamal Murray's standing in the NBA and among Nuggets fans, before debating if the Nuggets are better than last season (1:15:00). 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 affiliates. 
3/11/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 46 seconds
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Leafs, Bruins Frustrations & Trade Deadline Day w/ Kris Vertseeg, Mike Futa, Brad May, Derek Roy and Jason Bukala

JD gets into his pet peeves from the Maple Leafs' latest loss to the Boston Bruins (00:00). Kris Versteeg, Stanley Cup Champion and Creator of the KLEVR app,  discusses Kyle Dubas trading away Jake Guentzel, how the Leafs' core four reacted to the Bruins' toughness, team dynamics that lead to playoff success and the locker-room feelings near the trade deadline (23:30). Mike Futa, former NHL Executive, breaks down front office nuances heading into the trade deadline, the Leafs' roster build and his favourite trade so far (50:00). Brad May, Stanley Cup Champion, chats about the importance of playing different roles on the ice, character development and the overlooked intangibles  (1:07:00). Former NHL Forward, Derek Roy, discusses the dynamics of playing against Toronto and other Canadian teams, thriving in playoff intensity, plus the mental battles of getting traded  (1:40:00). Jason Bukala, former NHL Scout and Sportsnet Analyst, weighs in on Tyler Toffoli heading to Winnipeg, counteracting the hard salary cap in trades, Guentzel to Carolina, and what he looks for when scouting players (2:04:00). 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 affiliates.
3/8/20242 hours, 26 minutes
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Trade Winners and Futures w/ Jeff Marek + Treliving's Clean-Up w/ Nick Kypreos

Jeff Marek, Host of The Jeff Marek Show and 32 Thoughts: The Podcast, gets into his favourite trade of the week so far, the NHL's salary cap and weaponizing the LTIR, plus who the Leafs could be shopping for (5:00). Nick Kypreos, Co-Host of Real Kyper and Bourne, breaks down how Kyle Dubas' transactions handcuffed the Leafs and the legitimacy of the latest rumours in Toronto (52:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.    
3/7/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 57 seconds
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NHL Trade Deadline Primer w/ Frank Seravalli and Best Leafs' Fits w/ Luke Fox

Frank Seravalli, Hockey Insider and President of Hockey Content with Daily Faceoff, discusses the current prices in the trade market, the Vancouver Canucks' push for Jake Guentzel, what route the Pittsburgh Penguins can or should take, odds the Leafs' add a defensemen and who it might be, the value of Nick Robertson and Timothy Liljegren, and what else Brad Treliving is keeping tabs on (5:00). Luke Fox, Sportsnet's  Senior NHL Writer, discusses the Maple Leafs: the best blue line targets, the impact of parody on the NHL trade deadline, the odd-man out on the blue line, the goaltender battle, and Mark Giordano on the LTIR (52:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates. 
3/6/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 19 seconds
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Elliotte Friedman on the Leafs' Deadline Whispers + Andrew Raycroft & Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to chat about how Josh Donaldson's Toronto legacy and how the team should honour him, plus how Jason Kelce's speech is relevant to the Leafs (00:00). Sportsnet's NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman on the Leafs' trade targets, front office deadline pressure, Nick Robertson, the goaltending battle, plus the latest buzz around Sidney Crosby and the Penguins (50:00) . Andrew Raycroft, former NHL goaltender and current analyst for NESN, breaks down the goaltending dynamics on the Leafs and Bruins (1:25:00).  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 affiliates.
3/5/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 45 seconds
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Shanaplan Deadline Pressure w/ James Mirtle + Jays Spring Story Updates w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins the show to get into the pressure on the Maple Leafs' front office and the urgency to make a deal before the trade deadline (7:30). Plus, JD and James discuss Morgan Rielly's subpar return and the Leafs' goaltending situation. Next, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith checks-in from Blue Jays Spring Training to get into the team's health, pitching depth, why Matt Chapman didn't return, and Daniel Vogelbach (50:00). JD then touches on Scottie Barnes' hand fracture and what it means for the rest of the Raptors season. 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 affiliates. 
3/4/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Two Leafs' Debates, Steph & LeBron Crystal Ball Questions w/ Ramona Shelburne + Don La Greca + Thomas Drance

JD starts with Ilya Lyubushkin's return to the Maple Leafs (00:00). Don Le Greca, Co-Host of the Michael Kay Show on ESPN radio and the YES Network, checks-in from New York ahead of the Leafs heavyweight battle against the NY Rangers on Hockey Night in Canada (6:00). JD and Don discuss the trade deadline, Matt Rempe's potential tilt with Ryan Reaves, and America's relationship with Auston Matthews. JD then touches on his current choice between Ilya Samsonov and Joseph Woll (35:00). Next, Ramona Shelburne, Senior Writer with ESPN, checks-in from the west coast to illustrate the latter stage of the Golden State Warriors dynasty and their attempt to lure LeBron James (49:00). To wrap up the week, Thomas Drance, co-host of Canucks Talk on Sportsnet 650 and Senior Writer with The Athletic, taps in to talk about the Vancouver Canucks' recent push to extend Elias Pettersson (1:21:00).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 affiliates. 
3/1/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 58 seconds
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What the Leafs Still Need to Find Out w/ Kris Versteeg + Jackie Redmond's Toronto Untouchables

Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup Champion and creator of the KLEVR app, joins JD to debate if and how the Leafs are getting better coaching of late, John Tavares' new reality, Patrick Kane vs. Auston Matthews, and being teammates with Jaromír Jágr (5:00). Next, Jackie Redmond, WWE reporter and host of The Jackie Redmond Show, checks-in to chat about the different emotions in sports, travel quarrels, and big picture feelings on the Leafs (50:00). 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 affiliates.    
2/29/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 24 seconds
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Leafs Prospect Pile and Asset Assessments w/ Jason Bukala + Ryan Callahan and Dwight Powell

Ryan Callahan, 13-year NHL veteran and ESPN Analyst, joins JD to discuss how it is returning home after a road trip, thoughts on this version of the Maple Leafs, how U.S. hockey alumni are feeling about the return of best-on-best, and memories of being teammates with Jaromír Jágr (8:00). Next, Jason Bukala, Sportsnet's prospect and hockey analyst, comes on the show to discuss Easton Cowan's growth, strengths, and what pick he'd be in this year's draft (50:00). Jason and JD also discuss how NHL teams strategize around their draft and prospect assets. To end the show, Dallas Maverick and Canadian forward, Dwight Powell chats about Team Canada heading into the Olympics, Canadians joining the Raptors, and a running joke that went viral (1:12:00). 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 affiliates. 
2/28/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 30 seconds
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Raptors Development Keys w/ Steve Jones Jr. + Brian Boyle on the Leafs' Leadership Leap

Former NBA assistant and video coach Steve Jones Jr. joins JD to analyze the Raptors' young core, what they can mold into, Darko Rajaković's imprint, Scottie Barnes' next steps, Immanuel Quickley's ceiling and more (6:00). After the break, the gents continue the conversation around Gradey Dick and the Raptors' future. Next, Brian Boyle, former Maple Leaf forward and NHL Network analyst, checks-in with JD to describe the locker-room feeling of a team on a win streak, the mentality of depth players trying to find roles, how it's like being named in the NHL rumour mill, and rampaging Matt Rempe (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.  
2/27/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why the Jays Didn't Make a Splash w/ Robert Murray + Most Meaningful Takeaways From the Leafs Streak w/ Justin Bourne

JD starts the week with thoughts on the Maple Leafs' seven game winning streak. Justin Bourne, co-host of The Real Kyper and Bourne, joins JD to discuss  the Leafs' potent powerplay, Mitch Marner's recent juice, where Bobby McMann fits, Sheldon Keefe's mindset, John Tavares' new role and Tyler Bertuzzi's importance (11:00).  Next, MLB Insider with FanSided, Robert Murry checks-in to breakdown Cody Bellinger's frugal contract, why the Blue Jays didn't beat the offer, if there will be repercussions for Bellinger's agent Scott Boras and free-agents left on the market (51:00).  The show ends with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.  
2/26/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 8 seconds
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Piecing Together the Leafs' Playoff Blueline w/ Anthony Petrielli + Real vs. Fake Jays Spring Training Storylines w/ Arden Zwelling

Anthony Petrielli, writer with Maple Leafs Hot Stove, joins JD to discuss if the Leafs have found something during Morgan Rielly's absence, if TJ Brodie should stay on a line with Timothy Liljegren, and penalty kill problems (00:02). JD then tees-up the return of the Raptors and comments on JJ Redick's media criticism. Next, Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling, comes in-studio to get into the Blue Jays' start to Spring Training (50:00).  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 affiliates.  
2/22/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 50 seconds
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Leafs Deadline Plans and Rielly Theories w/ James Mirtle + Frank Isola on the NBA’s No-Care Era

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins JD to get into Morgan Rielly's unsuccessful appeal, potential trades for the Leafs, the success of Simon Benoit and Bobby McMann, and Auston Matthews' case for the Hart trophy (8:00). Next, ESPN's Frank Isola, coming off a trending interview with Doc Rivers, checks-in to analyze Rivers' comments, the dysfunctional Milwaukee Bucks, the fallout from an uncompetitive All-Star game and the next face of the league (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
2/21/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 9 seconds
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Matthews' Evolution w/ Craig Simpson + Jays Spring Narrative Buy and Sell w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD in-studio to get into Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, plus what Blue Jays narratives they are buying or selling (00:00). Craig Simpson, Sportsnet's Colour Commentator and Stanley Cup Champion, checks-in to analyze what's behind the Leafs' recent strong play, Ilya Samsonov's resurgence and the evolution of Auston Matthews. (50:00) The show ends with debate about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Steve Nash. 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 affiliates. 
2/20/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 40 seconds
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Dan Bylsma on Sid, USA Hockey & Bertuzzi + Should the Leafs Push for Hanifin w/ Hailey Salvian

JD starts the show with thoughts on the NBA's underwhelming All-Star Weekend (00:00). Hailey Salvian of The Athletic joins JD to contrast the popularity of the PWHL to past professional women's hockey league's and apply Brad Treliving's trade history to predict his current situation with the Maple Leafs (15:00). Next, Dan Bylsma, Stanley Cup Champion and current Head Coach of the Coachella Valley Firebirds of the AHL, speaks on the hockey market in southern California, coaching the younger generation, how top-end talent has poised U.S Hockey to challenge Team Canada and tips to coaching Tyler Bertuzzi (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.  
2/19/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 27 seconds
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Which Leafs Goalie Has the Highest Ceiling w/ Kelly Hrudey + Siakam Reflections w/ Vivek Jacob

JD opens the show with his thoughts on Pascal Siakam's tenure and reception Wednesday night in Toronto (00:00). Kelly Hrudey, Sportsnet Hockey Analyst, checks-in to break down Ilya Samsonov's rollercoaster ride, mental health training for athletes, which Leafs goalie has a higher ceiling, and  the value of Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin (10:00). Raptors reporter Vivek Jacob spends the second hour with JD getting into Siakam's return, his fit with the Pacers, the Raptors' outlook heading into the All-Star break, Scottie Barnes' up and down season, and the LeBron-Warriors conspiracy (50:00).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 affiliates. 
2/15/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 18 seconds
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What the Leafs Might Learn Without Rielly w/ James Mirtle + McGregor Holdup and UFC 298 w/ Ariel Helwani

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, discusses why the Leafs are upset about Morgan Rielly's 5-game suspension and why it's a good time for Brendan Shanahan to speak, before sharing more about the Leafs' depth and trade whispers (07:00). JD then gives his thoughts on Pascal Siakam's return and Scottie Barnes' accountability. Ariel Helwani, host of MMA Hour, checks-in to get into the latest happenings and upcoming fights in the UFC (1:00:00).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 affiliates. 
2/14/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Wemby Experience & Sulky Scottie w/ Ben Ennis + Cam Janssen on NHL Controversies

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD in-studio to discuss the most exciting athletes to watch live, Scottie Barnes' body language, and mentality for the rest of the season (00:00). Cam Janssen, former NHL forward and co-host of the Cam & Strick Podcast, checks-in to share his take on the Rielly-Ridly incident, the suspension process with the NHL's Department of Safety, and how Craig Berube fits with the Maple Leafs (52:00). 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 affiliates.  
2/13/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 41 seconds
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Rielly vs. Ridly w/ Matthew Barnaby + Super Bowl Swing Moments & Mahomes' Cemented Legacy w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts the show with his initial Super Bowl thoughts (00:00). Matthew Barnaby, former NHL forward and author of Unfiltered, joins JD to discuss the Morgan Rielly-Ridly Greig incident, before zooming out to determine just how good the Leafs are (10:00). Next, Brady Quinn, former NFL quarterback and Monday Morning Insider, analyzes what effected the outcome of the Super Bowl, the future of the 49ers and Chiefs, and Patrick Mahomes' G.O.A.T. case (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.    
2/12/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds
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Raptors Deadline Grades w/ Blake Murphy + Super Bowl Preview w/ Brady Quinn

Blake Murphy, Co-Host of The Raptors Show, joins JD in-studio to get into the Raptors' roster management and their identity moving forward (00:00). Next, Brady Quinn, former quarterback turned NFL Insider, comes on the show to tee-up the Super Bowl and give his final score prediction (50:00). The show ends with debate about the best way to watch the big game Sunday night.  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 affiliates.  
2/9/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 48 seconds
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Leafs Trade Aggression Level w/ Frank Seravalli + Super Bowl Champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on Playing w/ Mahomes & Kelce

Frank Seravalli, Daily Faceoff's President of Hockey Content, joins JD Bunkis to break down what trade(s) would move the needle for the Maple Leafs, and if John Tavares' battle with the Canada Revenue Agency will affect future athletes coming to Toronto (00:00). Later, JD touches on his frustrations with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s arbitration (40:00). Next, Super Bowl Champion with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, joins the show to chat about the winning recipe for the Chiefs, the pressures of the Super Bowl, Travis Kelce stories, Kansas City tidbits, Andy Reid's tendencies (50:00). The gents closes the show reacting to breaking Raptors-Jazz trade.  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 affiliates. 
2/8/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 35 seconds
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Raptors Rumor Round-Up w/ Michael Grange + Vlad's Hinge Point w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, Co-Host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD for a classic good hour as they get into the Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s arbitration process and a big birthday dinner question (00:00).  Next, Sportsnet's Raptors Reporter Michael Grange, comes on to breaks down the Raptors' involvement in the NBA's trade market as the deadline approaches (50:00).  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 affiliates. 
2/7/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 16 seconds
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Alternate Leafs Reality w/ James Mirtle + NBA Deadline Pressure Points w/ Justin Termine

JD brings on James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, to get into the Maple Leafs' lack of depth, their potential trade strategies, Sheldon Keefe's urgency, Patrick Roy's resurgence, and the bar for tribute videos (10:00). Justin Termine, Host of NBA Today on Sirius XM, joins the show to discuss the NBA's player participation rules, if the league would change rules to help defences, LeBron James' passive-aggressiveness, and what teams have the most pressure heading into the trade deadline (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed'. 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 affiliates.
2/6/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 3 seconds
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All-Star Weekend Winners and Losers w/ Justin Bourne + How the Jays' Farm System Fell Apart w/ BA’s Geoff Pontes

JD starts with his thoughts on the NHL All-Star festivities in Toronto before bringing on Justin Bourne, co-host of Real Kyper and Bourne, to break down the winners and losers from the star-studded weekend (10:00). Geoff Pontes, prospect writer with Baseball America, joins the show to get into the details of BA's 2024 MLB prospect rankings and why the Blue Jays' farm system dropped nine spots from last season (50:00). JD and the gents finish the show with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates. 
2/5/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Justin Turner Debate w/ Jared Carrabis + Chris Pronger and Will Lou!

JD brings on Will Lou, co-host  of The Raptors Show, to discuss Scottie Barnes' development, the Raptors' challenge of building around him, and NBA scoring reaching higher and higher levels (10:00). Next up, 11-time All-Star and Hockey Hall of Famer, Chris Pronger joins the show to chat about his new career, All-Star weekend in Toronto, hitting Justin Bieber, and how to build team toughness (50:00). Finally, Boston's baseball pulse Jared Carrabis checks-in to give his thoughts about former Red Sox, now Blue Jay, Justin Turner (1:20:00).  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 affiliates.  
1/31/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 33 seconds
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Justin Turner to the Blue Jays w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith + Could the Pens Trade Sid?

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to react to the Blue Jays signing Justin Turner to a 1-year deal (00:00). JD and Ben also debate if analytics have made sports more entertaining (40:00). Next, JD brings in Colby Armstrong, Sportsnet and Penguins analyst, to banter about NHL All-Star weekend, Toronto's media environment and if should Pittsburgh trade Sidney Crosby? (50:00) Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportsnet and MLB Insider, checks-in with JD to breakdown Turner's fit with the Jays (1:20:00). 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 affiliates. 
1/30/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 36 seconds
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Can the Leafs Stand Pat? w/ James Mirtle + Lamar's Legacy & Lions' Heartbreak w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts the week with his burning NFL Championship weekend thoughts (00:00). Then, James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins the show to get into the biggest Maple Leafs' stories going into the All-Star break (11:00). Next, former NFL quarterback and Monday Morning Insider, Brady Quinn breaks down how the Ravens and Lions watched their Super Bowl hopes slip away, as well as Patrick Mahomes' case to be the G.O.A.T. (50:00). 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 affiliates.
1/29/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Raptors and Kawhi Inflection Point w/ Seerat Sohi + Championship Weekend Preview w/ Ty Dunne

JD brings on Seerat Sohi from The Ringer to chat about the Raptors and their state of flux, if Masai Ujiri was too emotionally invested, and building around Scottie Barnes, plus Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers (4:00). Next, Tyler Dunne, NFL Columnist and Creator of GoLongTD.com, joins JD to tee up Championship weekend in the NFL (50:00). JD wraps up the week with his NFL playoff thoughts! 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 affiliates.
1/26/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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Samsonov’s Surprise and Luke Fox’s Leafs Notebook + Judy Battista on the NFL Coaching Carousel and Ref Transparency

JD starts by unpacking the Maple Leafs' 1-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Luke Fox, Sportsnet's Senior NHL Writer, joins JD to parse through Ilya Samsonov's resurrection, Joseph Woll's timeline, Mark Giordano's situation and a different Sheldon Keefe (7:00). Judy Battista, Columnist for NFL.com and Insider for NFL Network, comes on to chat the NFL's head coaching carousel, Jim Harbaugh to the Chargers, Taylor Swift's inevitable impact and officiating transparency (50:00). 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 affiliates.    
1/25/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 17 seconds
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Leafs and Bills Anguish w/ Sid Seixeiro + Is It Samsonov's Net Again? w/ Carter Hutton + Jackie Redmond!

JD starts the show with an opening monologue about the Maple Leafs' goaltending situation (00:00). Next, Jackie Redmond, Host of the Jackie Redmond Show on YouTube and NHL on TNT reporter, checks-in with JD to discuss Taylor Swift's NFL impact and underrated sports (25:00). Next, former NHL goaltender Carter Hutton comes on the show to chat about pros versus joes, balancing three goaltenders on the team, the media component when you're struggling in net, and Ilya Samsonov's tell-tale signs (50:00). Sid Seixeiro, Host on Breakfast Television, joins JD in studio! JD and Sid chat Gen Z's, whether the Bills or Leafs have given fans more pain, tailgating shenanigans and complicated Leafs feelings (1:20:00). 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 affiliates. 
1/24/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Death of Dynasties w/ Ben Ennis + Tomáš Kaberle on the Maple Leafs' Blue Line

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD in-studio! JD and Ben contextualize modern statistical feats in the NBA, before getting into Anthony Rendon's suggestion for Major League Baseball, and if sports dynasties are going extinct (00:00). Next, former Maple Leaf defenceman and Stanley Cup champion, Tomáš Kaberle chats about about NHL All-Star weekend in Toronto, his team-first mentality on the ice, and what he's seeing from the Leafs' defensive group this season (50:00). The gents end the show reacting to the breaking news that Kyle Lowry has been traded to the Charlotte Hornets. 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 affiliates.    
1/23/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 39 seconds
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West Coast Lessons w/ James Mirtle + Brady Quinn's NFL Divisional Round Rewind

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins the show to discuss how Maple Leafs feel about Sheldon Keefe internally, the urgency for change, and what's left to be seen (8:00). Next, Brady Quinn, Monday Morning Insider and Former NFL quarterback, hops on with JD to breakdown the Bills-Chiefs classic, the Packers' fumbled opportunity, Dan Campbell's roaring Lions, and the environment in Baltimore (50:00). JD wraps up today's show with his thoughts on 'What We Missed', including UFC 297 and Jason Kelce's viral moment. 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 affiliates. 
1/22/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 18 seconds
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UFC 297 w/ Chael Sonnen & Dricus Du Plessis + Allen vs. Mahomes Legacy Stakes w/ Jeff Saturday

Chael Sonnen, MMA Legend and Host of You're Welcome with Chael Sonnen, discusses how different fighters promote, who the UFC hopes wins at 297, the funniest personalities in the UFC, why fighting is tough in January and looking ahead to UFC 300 (8:00). Jeff Saturday, former NFL Centre, Super Bowl Champion and ESPN NFL Analyst, comes on to break down the most impressive Wild Card team, the nuances of an offensive line, Packers-Love and matchups in the Divisional Round (52:00). Dricus De Plessis, Mixed Martial Artist and challenger at UFC 297, joins JD to get into his opponent Sean Strickland, his unwavering mentality and taking cold plunges in Lake Ontario (1:25:00). 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 affiliates
1/19/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 33 seconds
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Evaluating Siakam's Trade and Legacy w/ Bobby Marks + Ben Ennis on the Media vs. the Leafs

JD dives into the Pascal Siakam trade and is joined by Bobby Marks, ESPN NBA Front Office Insider, to detail the move and weigh what the Raptors got in return from the Pacers  (7:00). JD then takes a moment to reflect on Pascal Siakam's time with the Raptors (28:00). Next, Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to banter about Siakam's departure, faith in Masai Ujiri, the idea of recording behind-the-scenes negotiations, and if the media is the 'bad guy' in Toronto (50:00). 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 affiliates.
1/18/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why the Leafs Need a New Head Coach w/ Kris Versteeg + Ariel Helwani on the Bills, Raptors/Knicks Trade and UFC 297

A heated JD Bunkis starts the show with his disgust about the Maple Leafs' lack of accountability. Kris Versteeg, two-time Stanley Cup champion and creator of the KLEVR app, joins JD to help diagnose the Leafs' issues, before focusing on Sheldon Keefe's oversights and how a new head coach might help (10:00). JD then touches on the latest reports about a seemingly inevitable Pascal Siakam trade (50:00). Next, friend of the show Ariel Helwani stops by to chat about the Bills, Knicks, Raptors and UFC 297 (1:00:00).   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 affiliates. 
1/17/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 57 seconds
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Leafs Mid-Season Markers w/ James Mirtle + Bills vs. Ghosts and Elements w/ Eric Wood

JD opens today's show looking back on Monday's NFL Wild Card slate with his thoughts on the Bills and Eagles. James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins JD to discuss the ebbs and flows of the Leafs' season so far, before diagnosing the team's biggest issues at the halfway mark (8:00). Later on, Eric Wood, former Bills Pro-Bowler and host of the Centered on Buffalo podcast, stops by to break down the weather's impact in Buffalo this weekend, how the Bills' offence has diversified in the conditions, if the team can compensate for an injured defence, and how they stack up against the Chiefs, before sharing a thought on fellow center Jason Kelce's career (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates. 
1/16/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 20 seconds
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Raptors' Future w/ Brian Scalabrine + NFL Wild Card Weekend Takeaways w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts the show with his thoughts on the Maple Leafs' disappointing weekend. Soon after, our Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, Brady Quinn, stops by to recap the NFL's Super Wild Card Weekend and discuss what's next for the winners and losers (7:00). Next, Brian Scalabrine, former NBA forward and current Celtics NBC analyst, joins the show ahead of tonight's Raptors-Celtics matchup to chat about building a successful NBA roster, where he'd like to see Pascal Siakam end up, and what's behind the C's success (50:00). The fellas end today's show with 'What we Missed'! 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 affiliates.
1/15/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bills, Blizzards and Belichick w/ Chris Berman and Jason McCourty + All-Time Auston

JD starts off the show with some big-picture Maple Leafs thoughts following last night's overtime loss on Long Island. Jason McCourty, NFL veteran, Super Bowl champ and host on Good Morning Football, joins the show to get into Bill Belichick's legacy and stories from his time with the Patriots (10:00). JD then touches on the NFL's Wild Card matchups (30:00). Next, Hailey Salvian from The Athletic stops by to debate if Auston Matthews can become the greatest scorer of all-time and where the Leafs rank among the Canadian teams in the NHL (50:00). Finally, legendary host of NFL Primetime, Chris 'Boomer' Berman, joins JD to discuss the big-time head coaches moving on from their teams of late and what's next for them, before sharing his outlook on the Bills heading into the playoffs (1:14:00).  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 affiliates.
1/12/20241 hour, 39 minutes, 5 seconds
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Raptors' Honeymoon and Siakam's Future w/ Blake Murphy + Perry's Potential Fit in Toronto

JD kicks off today's show alongside Blake Murphy, co-host of The Raptors Show, talking about the new-look Raptors, Darko Rajaković's improvement, Immanuel Quickley's early returns, and Pascal Siakam's fit and trade value. Plus, where's Gradey Dick? (00:00). Next, Sportsnet's Luke Fox joins the show to discuss the Maple Leafs' reluctance to start Dennis Hildeby, Ilya Samsonov's return to the team, Matthew Knies' progress, Nick Robertson's near future, and the idea of Corey Perry as a Leaf (55:00). JD and Armen end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
1/11/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ref Rants and Raptors Rumours w/ Jake Fischer + Aaron Bronsteter

JD starts the show with his thoughts on the officiating in last night's Raptors vs. Lakers game, capped off by head coach Darko Rajaković's fiery comments post-game (00:00). Jake Fischer, NBA Insider with Yahoo Sports, joins JD to break down if the Raptors maximized OG Anunoby's value and why facilitating a Pascal Siakam trade is like threading a needle. Plus, what's Gary Trent Jr.'s market like and what moves the Lakers could potentially muster? (15:00). Next, Aaron Bronsteter, Sportsnet's Lead MMA reporter, comes in-studio to chat about the UFC's new partnership with Sportsnet, Canadian fighters taking the torch, Mike Malott's influence, Sean Stickland against Dricus Du Plessis and future fights (50:00). JD and Armen end the show with more ref debate and thoughts on Aaron Rodgers.   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 affiliates.
1/10/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why the Leafs Didn't Wait + The End of Toronto's Mystique w/ Nick Kypreos & Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins the first hour of the show. JD and Ben go over the aftershock of William Nylander's contract extension, before touching on the Blue Jays' disappointing off-season (5:00). Next, Nick Kypreos, co-host of The Real Kyper and Bourne, hops on with JD to discuss the nuances of Nylander's new deal, including the factors of advertising money, legacy and much more (50:00)! The gents end today's show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
1/9/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 17 seconds
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Nylander's New Deal w/ James Mirtle + NFL Regular Season Wrap w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts the new year giving his thoughts on the trade that sent OG Anunoby to the Knicks and William Nylander's contract negotiations (00:00). James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins JD to get into the details and consequences of Nylander's contract extension and the Leafs' dire goaltending situation (15:00).  Our Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, Brady Quinn hops aboard to tee up tonight's National College Football Championship. Later, Brady and JD put a bow on the final week of the NFL season and discuss the surging Bills, the potential end of the Bill Belichick era in New England, Jordan Love's ceiling, the broken Eagles, CJ Stroud's season, and Trevor Lawrence's future (50:00). JD ends the show with a rapid-fire version of 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
1/8/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 31 seconds
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Leafs Red Flags w/ Jackie Redmond + QB Focus w/ Chris Simms

JD starts the show with some quick thoughts on Ilya Samsonov following a rough outing Thursday night in Buffalo (00:00). Chris Simms, former NFL quarterback turned NBC analyst, goes around the NFL with JD to break down some teams and quarterbacks on different trajectories, before getting into what defines an NFL MVP (5:00). Next, Jackie Redmond, NHL on TNT and WWE reporter, joins JD to talk about going home for the holidays, the Maple Leafs frustrating habits, and the most annoying fan bases across North America (50:00). JD signs off for one last time in 2023!  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 affiliates.
12/22/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 1 second
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'PreHistoric' w/ Alex Wong + Holiday Sports Wishlist w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD in-studio to banter about their holiday sports wish-list, pressure on the Blue Jays and the Raptors' direction (00:00). Next, Alex Wong, co-host and producer of The Raptors Show, takes Ben's spot in-studio to chat about some Raptors history lessons and 'what if's' from Alex's book, 'PreHistoric.'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 affiliates.
12/21/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 21 seconds
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Quiet Leafs' Stats and the Clutch Gene w/ Justin Williams + Jays Rumour Mill w/ Robert Murray

Three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams a.k.a. 'Mr.Game 7' joins the show to discuss honing the clutch factors, Alex Ovechkin's career, comparisons to Auston Matthews and the tail end of his own NHL career (5:00). Next, JD gives some thoughts on the Raptors and NBA trade market (35:00). Robert Murray, MLB Insider with FanSided, joins the show to detail the Blue Jays' next targets and MLB's free-agency market (50:00). JD and the gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.  
12/20/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Most Unwatchable Toronto Sports Teams + Alex Ovechkin's Stumble to History w/ Shayna Goldman

Shayna Goldman, NHL writer and co-host of the Too Many Men podcast, joins the show to break down Alex Ovechkin's scoring drought (10:00). JD then offers his Toronto Raptors and Seattle Seahawks thoughts, before ranking the most unwatchable Toronto sports teams of the past decade (50:00). JD and the fellas get into the most beloved athletes to end the show.  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 affiliates.
12/19/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 16 seconds
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Moving on From Dubas w/ James Mirtle + NFL Contenders and Pretenders w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts the week with some positive thoughts about the Maple Leafs before being joined by James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, to discuss this season's turning point(s), Sidney Crosby's final seasons, Kyle Dubas' return and the waning patience with Ilya Samsonov (6:00). JD touches on the most recent off-season reports concerning the Blue Jays (40:00). Next, Brady Quinn, our Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, joins the show to get into the NFL MVP race, Kyle Shanahan, and the Bills-Cowboys showdown (50:00).  JD offers his NFL contenders opinions and recaps the UFC weekend to close the show.  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 affiliates.  
12/18/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 57 seconds
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Are the Leafs Underrated? w/ Justin Bourne + Did Shohei Turn Heel? w/ Ben Lindbergh + McDermott Skeletons w/ Ty Dunne

JD starts the show with a couple quick Raptors thoughts (00:00).  Justin Bourne, co-host of The Real Kyper and Bourne, joins JD to discuss what they like about the Maple Leafs, what needs to be corrected and the defensive pairings moving forward (7:00).  Ben Lindbergh, Senior Editor at The Ringer and Host of FanGraphs Effectively Wild Podcast, joins JD to discuss his article outlining Shohei Ohtani's unprecedented contract (32:00). Next, Ty Dunne from GoLongTD.com, checks-in to discuss his breaking report about Head Coach Sean McDermott's outlandish 9/11 speech to the Buffalo Bills, where the Bills go from here and if there needs to be another chapter for Bill Belichick (55:00). The fellas end the week with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.
12/14/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dad's Trip Stories + Is Tavares a Hall of Famer? w/ Kris Versteeg

JD is joined by Stanley Cup Champion Kris Versteeg to discuss playing back-to-back's, dad trip stories, if John Tavares is destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Connor bowl (3:00). JD and the fellas then get into a report that the New England Patriots are moving on from Bill Belichick, before discussing Draymond Green's temper and Zion Williamson's conditioning (50:00).  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 affiliates. 
12/13/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Most Heartbreaking Toronto Sports Moments + Tavares' Leafs Legacy w/ James Mirtle

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, and Sam McKee from The Real Kyper & Bourne, join JD in-studio to go through the biggest 21st century heartbreaks in Toronto sports (00:00). Next, James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, comes on the show to discuss John Tavares' 1000th point moment and reflect on his past, present and future (54:00). JD and the gents end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
12/12/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 16 seconds
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No Sho for Toronto w/ Jim Bowden + Brady Quinn

JD starts the show discussing a heartbreaking weekend for Toronto sports fans  (00:00). MLB Insider and former MLB General Manager, Jim Bowden joins the show to discuss how Shohei Ohtani ended up signing with the Dodgers, if the Blue Jays were ever serious contenders and where Toronto goes from here (10:00). Brady Quinn, our Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, drops-in to discuss the upset Chiefs, where the Bills stack up, what's different about the Cowboys, what's wrong with the Eagles and debating pro sports schedules (50:00).  JD ends the show with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.
12/11/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 36 seconds
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What Arden Zwelling Learned in Japan About Shohei Ohtani + The Woll Hole w/ Matthew Barnaby

JD starts the show addressing the latest Shohei Ohtani news (00:00). Next, former NHL forward Matthew Barnaby talks with JD about playing without your starting goaltender and the lack of buzz in the battle of Ontario (10:00). Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling joins JD in-studio to break down Ohtani's past and look at his present decision (53:00).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 affiliates.
12/8/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 28 seconds
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What the Cap Jump Means for the Leafs w/ James Mirtle + Bob Nightengale and Bobby Ryan!

JD starts the show with news of Juan Soto landing with the New York Yankees (00:00). James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins JD to discuss what to look for as the Maple Leafs start a busy stretch of games and who Brad Treliving can target to strengthen the blue line (10:00). Insider Bob Nightengale checks-in from the MLB winter meetings to discuss the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes (50:00).Finally, former Ottawa Senator and host of the Comin' in Hot podcast, Bobby Ryan, hops on with JD to chat about the battle of Ontario - the past, present and future (1:00:00). 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 affiliates.
12/7/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 15 seconds
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What if the Jays Don't Sign Shohei? w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to gauge the Shohei Ohtani hope-o-meter, before breaking down their quarrels with Ohtani's discreet decision process, Dave Roberts leaking the Dodgers' meeting details, and what's ahead if the Jays miss out on a deal (00:00). JD then gets into the Raptors, NBA In-Season Tournament, and 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
12/6/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Secret Shohei Meeting w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith + Leafs' Blue Line Budget w/ Frank Seravalli

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith checks-in from MLB's winter meetings in Nashville to discuss Shohei Ohtani's visit to the Blue Jays facilities in Dunedin (00:00). Frank Seravalli, NHL Insider with Daily Faceoff, joins the show to discuss the Leafs' pursuit of Chris Tanev, the salary cap bump and the potential for expansion (50:00). Later on, JD then gets into Ross Atkins' explanation of what differentiates Toronto in free agency, before ending the show with 'What We Missed'!  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 affiliates.  
12/5/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 59 seconds
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Shohei and Soto? w/ Shi Davidi + 49ers' Statement and College Committee Controversy w/ Brady Quinn

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi checks-in from the MLB's winter meetings in Nashville to detail the Jays' pursuit of Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto (00:00). Next, JD touches on the Maple Leafs weekend, before Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, Brady Quinn joins the show to discuss the NCAA's playoff selection controversy, if the 49ers have a weakness, Brock Purdy's MVP case, Big Dom DiSandro and the Chiefs' offense (50:00). JD and the fellas end the show with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.  
12/4/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 37 seconds
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Red Hot Redzone w/ Scott Hanson + Blue Jays Catcher Danny Jansen

JD starts the show with his thoughts on the Maple Leafs and Nikita Zadorov (00:00).  Next, host of NFL Redzone, Scott Hanson, joins JD to discuss his show and the infamous fire alarm in the studio (9:00). Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen comes on the show to discuss rehab, getting hit by pitches, the clutch factor and free agency rumours (50:00). JD then shares what he wants to see on NFL Sunday before finishing the week with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.
12/1/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 22 seconds
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What if Shohei Ohtani Signed with the Blue Jays? w/ Ben Ennis + Could the Raptors Lose O.G. w/ Michael Grange

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to chat about the Blue Jays' hopes for Shohei Ohtani and hopeless franchise rankings (00:00). Next, Sportsnet's Michael Grange comes on the show to detail Scottie Barnes and his fit with Pascal Siakam, the Raptors bench unit,  Gradey Dick's shooting mechanics and O.G. Anunoby's looming free-agency (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.
11/30/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 55 seconds
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Are the Leafs Mid? w/ James Mirtle and Jackie Redmond + The Evolution of Sports Stakes w/ Bomani Jones

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, checks-in with JD to discuss why their patience is running thin with the Maple Leafs (00:00). Next, Bomani Jones, Host of The Right Time with Bomani Jones presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment,  joins the show to chat stakes in sports, past success versus current performance, the professionalization of youth sports and beef in sport media (15:00). Later, NHL and WWE reporter Jackie Redmond stops by to chat about the Maple Leafs (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.
11/29/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 58 seconds
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Jays Farm System Report w/ Kiley McDaniel + Leafs Homestand Pressure Points w/ Mike Futa

JD opens the show deconstructing Brad Treliving's surprise presser (00:00). Next, 2x Stanley Cup Winning Assistant General Manager Michael Futa  joins the conversation and gets into Mitch Marner's early-season display and potential strategies for both Treliving and Sheldon Keefe (10:00). ESPN Baseball Insider Kiley McDaniel joins JD to estimate the Blue Jays chances of landing Shohei Ohtani, evaluating the farm system and other dominoes in the trade and free agency market (50:00). The gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.
11/28/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 27 seconds
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Making Sense of the Matthews-Marner Slump w/ Kris Versteeg + Bad Break Bills w/ Brady Quinn

JD returns from the weekend and welcomes Kris Versteeg on the show to discuss the latest on the Maple Leafs following their two losses to Chicago and Pittsburgh. JD and Kris go over Mitch Marner’s play to this point in the season, Toronto playing too risky in their own zone, Tyler Bertuzzi fitting-in on the second line, and Alex Ovechkin’s comments that he and Sidney Crosby “saved the NHL”. NFL insider Brady Quinn reacts to breaking news that the Carolina Panthers have fired Head Coach Frank Reich, before dissecting NFL Sunday; notably the Bills' overtime loss to the Eagles, CJ Stroud continuing to impress, and Trevor Lawrence playing his best football now that he’s healthy (50:56). 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 affiliates.
11/27/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jays Rumour Mill w/ MLB Insider Robert Murray + Dubas Duel w/ Colby Armstrong

NHL analyst Colby Armstrong joins JD to get into the lowly Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid, and Kyle Dubas' Penguins (5:00). Next, MLB Insider Robert Murray stops in to discuss the Blue Jays' role in the MLB free agency and trade market (50:00). The show ends with discussion of Gregg Popovich's weirdest moment. 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 affiliates.
11/23/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 43 seconds
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Leafs Sweden Stories w/ Luke Fox + Good Hour w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to discuss the Blue Jays off-season questions and sport media beef (00:00). Next, Sportsnet's Luke Fox connects from overseas to detail the takeaway's from the Maple Leafs trip to Sweden (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
11/22/20231 hour, 38 minutes
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Kawhi Legacy Stakes w/ Howard Beck + Jays Pending Catching Questions and the Chiefs Pass Catcher Panic

JD starts the show with concerns about the Kansas City Chiefs (00:00). Next, JD discusses the Jays free agency issues and Max Scherzer's obsession with the pitch clock  (25:00). Howard Beck, Senior NBA Writer with The Ringer, drops in to talk about the contradiction with ejecting NBA stars, Kawhi Leonard's legacy and the Raptors being in limbo (50:00). The show ends with 'What We Missed'!  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 affiliates. 
11/21/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Manoah Problem, Nylander by the Numbers w/ Mike Kelly + Week 11 w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts the show with his takeaways from the Maple Leafs trip to Sweden and reports of Alek Manoah in the trade market  (00:00). Mike Kelly, NHL Network Analyst, stops by to discuss what's driving William Nylander's success and if it's sustainable (35:00). Next, Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, joins JD to breakdown hip tackles, the Buffalo Bills, Kenny Pickett as a starting quarterback, the MVP race, Kyler Murray's return, Jared Goff's confidence, Russell Wilson's comeback, the Chiefs-Eagles Monday night matchup and if there should be a trade deadline (48:00). JD finishes the show with the Grey Cup and 'What We Missed!'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 affiliates.
11/20/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 4 seconds
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Raptors Stats You Should Know w/ Blake Murphy + Manoah and Ohtani Updates w/ Jon Morosi

JD is joined by Blake Murphy, co-host of The Raptors Show, to talk about Zach Lavine's fit with the Raptors, the "stats you should know" about this team, and Toronto's first In-Season Tournament game tipping off tonight (00:00).  JD then gives his thoughts on Joe Burrow's injury and Dillon Brooks' ascent (50:00). To close the week, Jon Morosi, MLB Network insider, joins JD to delve into Alek Manoah and Shohei Ohtani's future (1:25:00).  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 affiliation. 
11/17/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 51 seconds
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Shohei Jays Dreams w/ Ben Ennis + Klingberg, Kane and Potential Leafs Moves w/ James Mirtle

JD is joined by Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Morning Show. JD and Ben dive into reports of the Blue Jays being a "sleeper" to sign Shohei Ohtani, active athletes they'd give organizational control to and a new solution to punish load management (00:00). Next, James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor with The Athletic, joins JD to discuss John Klingberg's absence from practice and the complications of  navigating a Leafs trade with the Calgary Flames (50:00). The show ends with debate on NBA expansion in Canada. 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 affiliates.
11/16/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Few Leafs Thoughts w/ Jeff Marek + NBA Early Season Winners & Losers w/ Bobby Marks

JD is joined by Jeff Marek, host of the Jeff Marek Show and 32 Thoughts Podcast, to discuss the face of Swedish hockey, yearning for blue-collar players, the Maple Leafs' interest in Nikita Zadorov, and the proposed changes to overtime (5:00). JD then gets into some NBA news and rumors before Bobby Marks, NBA ESPN Front Office Insider, joins the show to discuss the mounting pressure on the Clippers, the NBA's officiating problem, Zach Lavine's trade market, and the most surprising team early on (50:00). JD ends the show with "What We Missed!" (1:25:00) The views and opinions expressed in this podcast arje those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
11/15/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 2 seconds
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Toronto Sports Insecurities w/ Sid Seixeiro + Charles Jourdain & Mike Malott In-Studio

 William Lou, host of The Raptors Show, joins JD to discuss the Raptors' 23-point comeback, Toronto's rivalry with the Boston Celtics, and how Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes coexist (5:00). Next, mixed martial artists Mike Malott and Charles Jourdain, join JD in-studio to discuss their nicknames, becoming friends, the difference venues make in fights, improving MMA coverage and GSP as a trailblazer (34:00). Sid Seixeiro, host of Breakfast Television, comes on to discuss the Buffalo Bills, the Jays looking to do "something big", if TFC can bounce-back and Toronto sports insecurities (58:00).   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 affiliates. 
11/14/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 31 seconds
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Leafs' Discovery Weekend w/ Justin Bourne + NFL Week 10 w/ Brady Quinn

Justin Bourne, co-host of Real Kyper and Bourne, joins JD to debate if the Maple Leafs can repeat their strong performance against the Canucks and the biggest stories of the young season (5:00). JD then laments on the Argos' collapse in the CFL East Finals (25:00). Next, Brady Quinn, our Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, jumps on to tackle the latest: sympathy for Zach Wilson? Aaron Rodgers returning? Where the Chargers go next? Why is Josh Dobbs is the best story of the season? C.J. Stroud for MVP? And his updated thoughts on the 49ers, Ravens and Bill Belichick (50:00). JD and the gents end the show with 'What We Missed!'  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 affiliates.
11/13/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 10 seconds
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Leafs Deep Dive w/ Joe Nieuwendyk, Jackie Redmond & Jason Bukala + Chad Kelly!

Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk joins JD to chat about the Hockey Hall of Fame's upcoming Legends Classic game, Joe's time with the Maple Leafs, playing in Toronto and effective communication between a front office and coaching staff (5:00). Jackie Redmond, NHL and WWE reporter, stops by to chat about the Maple Leafs' roster flaws (25:00). Next, JD continues the Leafs conversation with Jason Bukala, professional hockey scout and Sportsnet analyst; what are the issues and who is to blame (50:00)? Chad Kelly, Toronto Argo's quarterback and MVP, joins the show ahead of the Argos' Conference Final matchup to discuss his mental fortitude, ending up in the CFL, and calling Toronto home (1:15:00). JD ends this show with some NFL Sunday thoughts.  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 affiliates.
11/10/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 38 seconds
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Leafs Concern Meter w/ James Mirtle + Encouraging Raptors Signs w/ Vivek Jacob

James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor at The Athletic, joins JD to discuss potential solutions for John Klingberg and Ryan Reaves, the Leafs' poor penalty kill, options to incite change, and some positive takeaways from last night's loss (10:00). Next, NBA writer Vivek Jacob joins JD to chat about the Toronto Raptors; optimistic signs, roster hierarchy, locker room vibes, and grading Gradey Dick (50:00). JD ends the show with his thoughts on the Greek Freak's egregious ejection and the UFC coming to Sportsnet.  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 affiliates.
11/9/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jays Off-Season Primer w/ Jim Bowden + Scandal of Senators w/ Ian Mendes

Jim Bowden, MLB Analyst, Insider and former Executive of the Year, joins JD to discuss the biggest off-season dominoes, the looming decisions for the Blue Jays, and major league expansion in Montreal (5:00). Next, Ian Mendes, Senior Writer with The Athletic, stops by to contextualize the uneasy Ottawa Senators and the battle of Ontario (50:00). JD and the gents end the show with "What We Missed!" 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 affiliates.
11/8/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pressure vs. Patience w/ Kris Versteeg + Early NBA Convictions w/ Seerat Sohi

JD is joined by Stanley Cup Champion, Kris Versteeg, to get an inside feel on playing in a big hockey market. JD and Kris then get into Sheldon Keefe, the Maple Leafs' lines and slow starts,  getting Tyler Bertuzzi going, Toronto's boo birds, the faulty defense, what poor goaltending does to a team, and the leaking Oilers (10:00). Next up, Seerat Sohi, NBA writer with The Ringer, joins JD to discuss the James Harden trade, the power struggle in the Western Conference, Shaedon Sharpe, year three Scottie Barnes, where the Raptors go from here, and the In-Season Tournament (50:00).  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 affiliates.
11/7/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 16 seconds
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Fake Contenders w/ Ben Ennis + Brady Quinn on the NFL's QB Development Problem

JD is joined by Ben Ennis, co-host of The Fan Morning Show,  to get into Scottie Barnes' team, Victor Wembanyama's spectacle, Shohei Ohtani's sweepstakes, Daulton Varsho's gold glove snub, if this was the worst World Series ever, and if it means anything for baseball (00:01). Next, our Monday Morning Insider and former NFL quarterback, Brady Quinn, joins JD to analyze the NFL's tipping point between physicality and skill, the  lack of quarterback talent, Bryce Young's season, the bruised Bills, if Kansas City are still the Chiefs of the NFL, and the Dolphins' chances to go deep (50:00). JD ends the show reacting to Nicholas Robertson being called up.  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 affiliates.
11/6/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jays Off-Season Options w/ BNS, Trade Reflections w/ Erik Kratz & Nickeil Alexander-Walker on Canada's Basketball Moment

JD starts the show with his takeaways from the Leafs' convincing win over the Stars (00:00). Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins JD to discuss the Blue Jays off-season hypotheticals  and Alek Manoah's future (9:00). Next, Team Canada and Minnesota Timbewolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, joins JD to discuss Canada's FIBA World Cup run, his off-season routine, getting traded and playing for different franchises (49:00). Next, Erik Kratz, co-host of Foul Territory and former MLB player, joins JD to chat about living at the Rogers Centre, the Gabriel Moreno-Daulton Varsho trade, and selling the World Series (1:15:00). 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 affiliates.
10/27/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 46 seconds
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Good Hour: Raptors First Impressions + Nate Geary's Bills Diagnosis

JD and Ben Ennis are reunited for this week's 'Good Hour'!  How badly does Ben want to see Joey Votto in a Blue Jays uniform? What takeaways did the guys have from the Raptors' home opener? Have their expectations for this team changed? Next, the guys share their thoughts on Chris Russo's 'retirement' promise and how they would handle a similar situation. Finally, the pair look back on the Blue Jays' trade with the Diamondbacks over the offseason and question what Daulton Varsho would have to do to justify the deal. Later on, WGR Bills pre & post game host Nate Geary stops by to help tee up Buffalo's Thursday night battle with the Buccaneers. The guys close out the day with  'What We Missed.'  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.
10/26/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 50 seconds
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What's Working for the Leafs w/ James Mirtle + Raptors Big Questions w/ Blake Murphy

The World Series is set and JD Bunkis shares how the Philadelphia Phillies have broken his brain. He then goes into his thoughts on the action from opening night in the NBA (00:01). Senior managing editor at The Athletic James Mirtle joins JD then to go over the Leafs' 4-1 victory over the Capitals (11:23). Do we have a goaltending controversy on our hands? Should we still be anxious about the blue line? And how does James like the new additions? JD then welcomes on Blake Murphy, co-host of The Raptors Show, to preview the start of a new season of basketball in Toronto (50:01)! What are Blake and JD most excited to see? What is the current ceiling for this team? And do we finally have a better idea of the direction of the franchise?  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.
10/25/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds
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Keefe's Exploration + NBA's Most Exciting Team w/ Evan Turner

JD Bunkis kicks off show sharing his excitement for the start of the NBA season. He then welcomes on 10-year NBA veteran and host of the new Point Forward podcast, Evan Turner, to get set for tonight's opening tip-off. Who is he most looking forward to seeing take the court this year? What are his thoughts on the Raptors? JD then offers his thoughts on the NLCS as the Phillies-Diamondbacks head to a decisive Game 7, before circling back to the Blue Jays' trade with Arizona over the offseason. Later on, Nick Kypreos, host of Real Kyper and Bourne, stops by to talk through the Maple Leafs' goalie troubles to start the season and why Sheldon Keefe has been quick to make changes between the pipes. The guys close things out with 'What We Missed!' 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 affiliates.
10/24/20231 hour, 38 minutes
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Do the Leafs Own the Lightning? w/ Sean Avery + Week 7 w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts with his thoughts on the Maple Leafs' weekend before being joined by 10-year NHL veteran Sean Avery. JD and Sean get into the Leafs big comeback win against the Lightning, Ryan Reaves' value, the thin blue line, plus Sean's relations with Brendan Shanahan and Sheldon Keefe (10:00). Next, our NFL insider Brady Quinn joins the show to discuss Sunday's upsets, the shaky Bills, middling Chargers, Deshaun Watson, and trying to buy in on flag football (49:00). JD ends the show with "What We Missed!" (1:25:00).  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 affiliates.
10/23/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Leafs' Flat Circle Start w/ Brian Boyle + Ariel Helwani

JD Bunkis offers his thoughts on the Maple Leafs' 2-1 loss last night to the Florida Panthers, and why it all feels so familiar. 14-year NHL veteran and NHL Network analyst, Brian Boyle joins the program to give his thoughts on Toronto's early season performance (00:08). Why does this team continue to start slow, and is there anything that they can do in the room to change it? Later on, Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour and The Ringer MMA Show, joins JD to go over his experience at the Logan Paul - Dillon Danis fight in Manchester. He then previews UFC 294 coming up this weekend and what we should expect (50:12)! JD closes out the week previewing Week 7 of the NFL season and shares his most anticipated matchups (1:14:32).   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 affiliates. 
10/20/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 5 seconds
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Solving the Leafs' Puzzle w/ James Mirtle & Ed Jovanovski

JD Bunkis kicks off the show with his thoughts on the MLB playoffs, before preparing for the Maple Leafs' matchup against the Florida Panthers tonight. Ed Jovanovski, Panthers Pre & Postgame analyst for Bally Sports Florida and Olympic Gold Medalist, joins JD to go over what to expect from the Panthers tonight, how last year's playoff run carried over into this season, and shares his thoughts on the Leafs' line shuffling (22:34). Later on, Senior Managing Editor of the Athletic James Mirtle joins JD to share his thoughts on Toronto's first three games of the season and previews how important tonight's contest is (50:01). The guys close out the day with 'What We Missed' (1:23:42). 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.
10/19/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 29 seconds
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Good Hour: Best Highlight Reel Athletes + The Slow Start Leafs w/ Jackie Redmond

Ben Ennis, co-host of The Fan Morning Show, joins JD. They debate, who are the most box-office athletes in sports today? How many Bryce Harper's are left in sports? Does baseball have to tinker with the playoff format? (00:00). Next, Jackie Redmond, NHL and Monday Night RAW reporter, and JD try to hypothesize why the Maple Leafs start periods slow, then get into fun takes and airplane stories (50:00). JD closes out the day with 'What We Missed'! (1:12:34).  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 affiliates.
10/18/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 7 seconds
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Leafs Red Flags w/ Kris Versteeg + Brady Quinn's Four Biggest NFL Storylines

JD is joined by Kris Versteeg, 14-year NHL veteran and 2x Stanley Cup champion, to break down how Sheldon Keefe is handling ice time, maximizing William Nylander, and Connor Bedard's allure (10:00). Next, our NFL Insider Brady Quinn joins JD fresh off a parent-teacher conference to breakdown the Monday Night football game between the Chargers and Cowboys. Are we over rating Justin Herbert? Does Dak Prescott deserve more respect?  Plus, more on Bill Belichick's decline and the Detroit Lions' uproar (50:12). The guys close out the day with 'What We Missed'!   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 affiliates.
10/17/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bedard vs. Matthews w/ Colby Armstrong + QB Narratives vs. Tape w/ Chase Daniel

JD is joined by Colby Armstrong, Sportsnet NHL analyst and colour commentator for the Pittsburgh Penguins, to discuss John Klingburg's powerplay prowess, Connor Bedard's start and importance to the NHL, and "The Chiclets Cup" (9:00). Next, 14-year NFL quarterback and current NFL Network analyst, Chase Daniel joins JD to break down quarterbacks around the league including Brocky Purdy, Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson, CJ Stroud, and Jared Goff, before crowning his favourite QB to watch (50:00). Later on, JD and the team get into Dillon Danis' fight with Logan Paul, cheering for the tank, some current top QB's, Wemby's breakout, Tyreek Hill's celebration, and more (1:30:00)! 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 affiliates.
10/16/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 39 seconds
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Good Hour: Shapiro & Atkins are Staying, What Now?

JD Bunkis is joined by FAN Morning Show host Ben Ennis for this week's edition of 'Good Hour'! They review Mark Shapiro's press conference from yesterday and how it left them feeling, before getting into where the front office goes from here (00:01). JD then offers his final thoughts on a pivotal Blue Jays off-season, before sorting through the NFL's 3-2 teams to determine who has the most to prove this week (50:01). The guys close out the week with the biggest stories we missed!  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
10/13/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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Leafs First Impressions w/ Kris Versteeg

JD Bunkis starts the show with his thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs' comeback victory in last night's home opener, capped off with a hat-trick by Auston Matthews (00:00). Kris Versteeg, 14-year NHL veteran and former Maple Leaf, joins the show to discuss the Leafs' defensive miscues, what this year's new additions bring, Fraser Minten's first game jitters, Auston Matthews' greatness, and his first impressions of Connor Bedard (10:00). JD ends this episode with his thoughts on MLB's postseason and Whit Merrifield's comments regarding José Berríos being pulled prematurely (49:00).   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 affiliates.
10/12/20231 hour, 13 minutes
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Leafs Over/Underrated Narratives

JD sets the stage for the 2023-24 Maple Leafs season (00:00). Justin Bourne, co-host of The Real Kyper & Bourne,  joins JD to categorize Maple Leafs storylines into underrated, overrated or properly rated. JD and Justin get into Fraser Minten, Nylander's contract distraction and driving his own line, how the d-line might shape up, Liljegren's expectations, the importance of Matthews' season, and the goaltending question mark (12:00). Next, Hailey Salvian, Senior NHL Writer with The Athletic, stops by to discuss this year's most intriguing divisions, must-watch teams, and what she's curious about with the Leafs (50:00). JD and the gents end the show talking about which Leaf could become first to blame, and the embarrassing postseason for the AL East, (1:20:00) 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. 
10/11/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 21 seconds
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John Tavares + Leafs Season Preview w/ James Mirtle

JD starts Monday's show recalling Ross Atkins' press conference over the weekend (00:00). Soon after, Maple Leafs captain John Tavares joins JD to discuss the upcoming season! He zeroes in on coming to training camp healthy, off-season improvement, reflection as a veteran, getting past the first-round and the excitement of playing in Toronto (9:00). Next, NFL Insider Brady Quinn stops by to discuss the crop of legit Superbowl competitors, the Ravens' limitations, what the Chiefs are missing, if a Kirk Cousins trade make sense, the preliminary tank wars, and where the Patriots and Bill Belichick go from here (26:00). Later on, James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor at The Athletic, joins JD to preview the Leafs season including the selling point for the fans, Nylander's situation, the biggest roster questions, Fraser Minten, and more (49:00)! 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 affiliates.
10/10/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 34 seconds
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Blue Jays' Biggest Questions w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

JD starts off with some love for Fraser Minten after his preseason showing last night. Soon after, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins JD to attribute the Blue Jays' shortcomings and discuss Toronto's free agency turnover, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., routes to improve the roster, impact of the hitting coach, and other potential changes (6:00). Then, Conor Orr, Senior Writer with Sports Illustrated, joins JD to talk about the Bears season, if it's time for the Bengals to shut down Joe Burrow, a pivotal week ahead for the Cowboys, and how to gauge the Jaguars' potential (49:00). The gents join JD to chat about the juiciest Week 5 matchups,  Joel Embiid joining Team USA,  Brock Purdy having a roommate, and Chase Claypool being traded  (1:20:31). 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 affiliates.
10/6/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bad Hour: Blue Jays Lose Game 2 w/ Ben Ennis + Franchise Tipping Point?

JD is joined by Ben Ennis, co-host of The Fan Morning Show, for this week's debut of 'The Bad Hour'. The pair start off discussing the Blue Jays' embarrassing playoff elimination at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, before dissecting the corpse of the 2023 season (00:00). Later, JD is joined by David Samson, former Miami Marlins President and host of Nothing Personal with David Samson, to talk about who made the decision to pull José Berríos, analytics in the modern game, how other markets view Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the decision to tweak or overhaul  the roster, and the growth of Major League Baseball this season (49:03) To end the show, JD ponders if the Blue Jays have reached their tipping point (1:12:34). 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 affiliates.
10/5/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 12 seconds
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Game 1 Nightmare & Game 2 Hope w/ Dallas Braden, Joe Siddall & Jon Morosi

JD Bunkis recaps a disappointing Game 1 for the Toronto Blue Jays. Where do they go from here? How hopeful is he about Game 2 today (00:01)? Sportsnet's own Joe Siddall then joins JD to offer his thoughts on Game 1 highlighted by Toronto's lack of offence, the team's composition, Bo Bichette's decision to run through the stop sign at third base, and how short José Berríos' leash will be today (07:34). Next up, Co-host of the Baseball is Dead podcast and former MLB pitcher, Dallas Braden joins JD to share what he saw from Kevin Gausman yesterday, before getting into the Jays' chance to claw back into the series, the secret to Sonny Gray's success, the keys for Berríos' return to Minnesota, and his confidence in Chris Bassitt in a potential Game 3 (50:21). Finally, Jon Morosi of MLB Network joins JD to talk about what is at stake today for the Blue Jays today and the size of the ramifications that come with a sweep (1:12:34)?  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 affiliates.
10/4/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 49 seconds
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What It Means to be Clutch w/ Marco Estrada + Arden Zwelling's Big Blue Jays Questions

JD Bunkis gets you set for the start of the Blue Jays' Wild Card series against the Minnesota Twins with Sportsnet's own Arden Zwelling! They go over the projected starters for the series, the decision to go with José Berríos in Game 2, the Jays' success on the road this season, and if people are sleeping on the Twins. Do you think the Blue Jays are better-suited for the postseason this year then last (04:32)? JD Bunkis then welcomes on former Blue Jay starter and 12 year MLB veteran, Marco Estrada! The pair chat about his experience in the playoffs, what it means to be "clutch", and why the postseason brought the best out of him (50:32). JD wraps things up with a recap of Raptors media day and the feelings it left him with (1:21:34).  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 affiliates. 
10/3/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 37 seconds
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Blue Jays Signature Moments & Week 4 Recap w/ Brady Quinn

JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis kick off the show trying to find a signature moment from the Jays season (02:32). They question if this team's lack of "magic" bodes well for the postseason, what to expect heading into this week's Wild Card series, and who should be closing out the ninth inning. Later on, former NFL QB and current Fox Sports Host Brady Quinn joins JD to recap Week 4 in the NFL! They discuss what the Bills' win over the Dolphins means for the AFC East hierarchy, the Chargers continuing to "Charger", why Trevor Lawrence still leaves more to be desired, and just how good USC's Caleb Williams is (24:32). In the podcast-only section, the guys recap the rest of the Week 4 action, before closing out the show with some Ryder Cup talk and thoughts on Jrue Holiday going to the Celtics (50:01). 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.
10/2/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bassitt's Moment + Fred Jackson's Bills-Dolphins Preview

JD Bunkis kicks off the show giving praise to the Toronto Blue Jays for avoiding a sweep against the New York Yankees, and to Chris Bassitt after reaching the 200 innings after throwing 7.2 frames of shutout baseball (00:01). JD then looks at Andrei Vasilevskiy's injury and what it means for the Tampa Bay Lightning's upcoming season (11:23). Later on, nine-year NFL veteran and Buffalo Bills' number three all-time rushing leader, Fred Jackson joins JD to go over Thursday's NFL and if we should buy stock in the Detroit Lions, before previewing this weekend's pivotal Bills-Dolphins matchup including what makes the Dolphins running game so dynamic and the magnitude of this moment for the Bills (19:21). 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.
9/29/202348 minutes, 58 seconds
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Good Hour: No Dame, Now What? + Jays Tinfoil Hat Takes w/ Ben Ennis

JD Bunkis is joined by Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Morning Show, for this week's edition of Good Hour! The pair share their thoughts on Damian Lillard's move to Milwaukee, if there's more Toronto could have done to acquire him, how much blame should be put on Masai Ujiri, and the next steps for the Raptors (00:01)?  Next, Ben and JD get into the Blue Jays' dispiriting loss to the New York Yankees last night and gauge their level of concern heading into the final four games. Is the humidor at Rogers Centre playing a role in this offensive lull (26:20)? In the podcast-only section, the guys go over where they think Jrue Holiday will be headed, Damian Lillard's goodbye message to Portland, which athlete they would pick to represent the city of Toronto, and Ben becoming a hockey dad (50:01)! 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.
9/28/20231 hour, 47 minutes, 6 seconds
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Romano Fear Index, A Rough Night at the Park & Leafs Pre-Season Takes w/ Sam McKee

JD Bunkis is joined by his Leafs Talk Co-Host Sam McKee to recap how they are feeling after the Blue Jays' 2-0 loss to the Yankees yesterday. How confident are the boys feeling headed into the final five games of the season?  Are you still confident in Jordan Romano? And how concerning is the lack of offence at home? The guys then get into the Leafs pre-seaon thus far, how impressed they have been with Easton Cowan, and how worried should Leafs fans be about the d-core.  In the podcast-only section, the guys give their thoughts on the Raptors continued trade rumors,  server's role in society, and Rowdy Tellez and Josh Donaldson's locker room intros.   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.
9/27/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 42 seconds
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Should the Raptors Trade for Damian Lillard? w/ Will Lou

JD starts the show focusing on Joe Burrow playing  through a calf injury to secure the Bengals' first win on Monday night (00:00). William Lou, Co-Host of The Raptors Show, then joins JD to discuss the Raptors' interest in Damian Lillard, if the move would make the team into a contender, what a potential trade package might look like, and if they'd rather lose O.G. Anunoby or Scottie Barnes in a deal (12:00) In the podcast-only portion, the guys get into show reboots, if Oregon got help to beat Colorado, and rollercoaster rides (49:30).  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 affiliates.
9/26/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 21 seconds
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Are We Buying the Blue Jays? + NFL Week 3 Heartbreak w/ Brady Quinn

JD starts with his impressions of an optimistic Blue Jays weekend, before getting into the dominant Argos' season so far and Coach Prime's Buffaloes (00:00). Brady Quinn, former NFL quarterback and our Monday morning insider, joins JD to discuss Notre Dame's loss to Ohio State, before diving into the Broncos' disaster, the Dolphins'  surge, Justin Fields, the flexing Bills, and the Cowboys' offence (25:00). In the podcast-only portion, JD and the buds get into the Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce buzz, rapid football takes, and more (49:00). 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 affiliates.  
9/25/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 53 seconds
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Centre of Attention, Nylander and other Leafs Camp Questions w/ Justin Bourne

JD starts the show discussing the AL wild card race and the meddling NY Giants (00:00). Justin Bourne, co-host of The Real Kyper and Bourne,  joins JD to talk about the Maple Leafs upcoming season; fan apathy, measuring the newness, JD's theory about why Nylander is playing centre, and rating the blue line (12:00). 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 affiliates.
9/22/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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Do the Jays Deserve an Apology? Good Hour w/ Ben Ennis

JD is joined by Ben Ennis, new host of The FAN Morning Show, to discuss Yusei Kikuchi's beauty sleep, picking a franchise to be perpetually bad, Alek Manoah's arm injections, and an update on the Jays' rollercoaster ride (00:00). In the podcast-only portion, JD, Ben and the boys talk about recent comments by Justin Fields, Steven Stamkos future in Tampa Bay, cruise complications, and the "X" paywall (49:00).  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 affiliates.
9/21/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 5 seconds
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Leafs Media Day Truth Serum w/ James Mirtle

JD starts with Yusei Kikcuhi's sleeping schedule (00:00). James Mirtle, Senior managing editor at The Athletic, joins JD to discuss the start of Maple Leafs training camp; why the season doesn't feel novel, fan feelings, predicting Nylander's situation, the core four dynamics, stories to watch for, the d-line, Treliving's autonomy, and more (6:00). 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 affiliates.
9/20/202349 minutes, 35 seconds
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Coaching a Cursed Franchise and Quarterback Warning Signs w/ Herm Edwards

Herm Edwards, ESPN analyst, 10-year NFL veteran and former Division I Head Coach, joins JD to break down the NFL's early season injuries, slow starts, how the Browns can improve, if Deshaun Watson can bounce back, the Steelers struggles, and his first impressions on Bryce Young (6:00). JD and the guys continue with their takeaways from two weeks of NFL football and list their five current worst quarterbacks (46:00). The gents carry the quarterback talk into the podcast-only portion, before getting into some recent news and some funny stories (50:00).  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 affiliates. 
9/19/20231 hour, 54 minutes, 20 seconds
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Babcock, Blue Jays and Brady Quinn on Week 2 in the NFL

JD explains how it feels riding the never-ending Blue Jays rollercoaster (00:00). Then, he gets into the emerging details of the investigation that led to Mike Babcock's resignation (6:00). Brady Quinn, former NFL quarterback and our Monday morning insider, joins JD to breakdown the NFL's latest action; where the Cowboys stand, updates on the 2021 quarterback draft class, if the Patriots have adapted post-Tom Brady (22:00).  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 affiliates.
9/18/202347 minutes, 48 seconds
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The 2023 Blue Jays: What Do You Want Me to Say?

JD starts by describing the mood after the Blue Jays were swept by the Rangers (00:00). Jared Carrabis, host of the Baseball is Dead and Name Redacted podcasts, joins JD to compare rival AL East teams, discuss how free agents view the Jays, what to do with Vladdy Jr., the Red Sox firing Chaim Bloom, and the upcoming Red Sox vs. Jays series (8:00). In the podcast-only portion JD lists the intriguing week 2 NFL matchups, then the fella's discuss what qualifies as a bandwagon fan and Giannis' recent comments  (49:00).  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 affiliates.
9/15/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 20 seconds
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Good Hour: Blue Jays' Nightmare Continues w/ Ben Ennis

JD is joined by Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, to alleviate the bitter feelings from Wednesday's 10-0 Blue Jays loss (00:00). JD and Ben break down the most disappointing Blue Jays season they've seen; the offensive struggles, off-season changes,  looming staff decisions, Vladdy Jr.'s woes, and a furious fan base.  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 affiliates.
9/14/202348 minutes, 33 seconds
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Blue Jays' Biggest Problems w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith + Is Mike Babcock at It Again?

JD starts the show talking about the Blue Jays finding themselves out of a playoff spot again (00:00).  Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins JD to discuss the Jays' record versus playoff teams, the ripple effects of the new dimensions at Rogers Centre, Cavan Biggio’s hot streak at third base, Matt Chapman’s looming return, Davis Schneider’s influence on the offence, John Schneider’s level of control, the trust level with Trevor Richards, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s future, and Alek Manoah’s stand-off with the organization (8:00). In today’s podcast-only portion, JD and the fellas chat about the photo allegations about Mike Babcock, the NHL’s expansion interest, a cool sports bar promotion, and Apple’s iPhone 15 launch.  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.
9/13/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 56 seconds
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How Much Is the Jays' Manager to Blame? + Jets-Bills Nightmare Night

JD starts the show breaking down the Blue Jays' 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night (00:00). Trey Wingo, senior NFL analyst, joins JD to discuss who could replace Aaron Rodgers as the New York Jets' starting quarterback,  before pondering Rodgers' potential return, the Buffalo Bills' rocky start, and Week 1's most disappointing losses  (16:50). Where do the Jets go from here? (41:20) In today's podcast-only portion, JD's friend Shawn, a die-hard Jets fan, joins the show to talk about the historic and current woes in New York (48:50). 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 affiliates.
9/12/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 54 seconds
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Canada Basketball Comes Together + NFL Week 1 Takeaways

JD starts the show tying a bow on Canada's bronze-medal run in the FIBA World Cup (00:00). JD then categorizes his overreactions from Week 1 of the NFL (18:50). In the podcast-only portion, JD and the gents continue with their takeaways from Week 1 in the NFL, before ranking the best cottage activities (48:50). 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 affiliates.
9/11/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 23 seconds
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Storylines to Watch in Week 1 of the NFL Season

JD Bunkis kicks off Friday's episode with his thoughts on Canada's early morning semi-final loss to Serbia in the FIBA World Cup What does the team need to improve on headed into the 2024 Paris Olympics? Later on, JD shares his take on Thursday night's NFL season opener between the Lions and Chiefs, before going over the major storylines ahead of the first Sunday slate of the year! He highlights the must-watch games on the schedule this week, who has the edge in the Packers-Bears rivalry, if the Bills are due to regress this season, and the most interesting quarterback situations around the league.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.
9/8/202348 minutes, 8 seconds
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Jordi Fernández + Dan Shulman on Canada Basketball

JD Bunkis kicks things off sharing why the Blue Jays' latest road trip left a bad taste in his mouth following yesterday's loss to the Athletics. If they manage to make the playoffs, do they still pose a threat to other contenders (00:01)? Soon after, voice of the FIBA World Cup, Dan Shulman joins JD to discuss Canada's performance thus far in the tournament, what it means to qualify for the Olympics, and how the team stacks up against semi-final opponent Serbia. Later on, the pair offer their thoughts on the Blue Jays' September stretch and the state of the Green Bay Packers (07:43). Next up, Head Coach of the Canadian men's national basketball team, Jordi Fernández stops by to reflect on the tournament for his team so far, before diving into his knowledge of the program and what we can expect against Serbia in the semis (35:32). Then the boys close out the day with what we missed, highlighted by the return of NFL football! (48:23) 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.
9/7/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 21 seconds
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Going Against NFL Groupthink w/ Ty Dunne

JD Bunkis opens the show discussing the Blue Jays’ big win over the Athletics last night, and the less-than happy couple spotted during the broadcast. Tyler Dunne of GoLong.com joins the show to sort through some of the groupthink narratives from the NFL pre-season. They discuss who's for real in the AFC East, if the Jets are getting to much hype, if the Bills' championship window has closed, which position groups they believe in, and if there's any doubt Patrick Mahomes can start strong despite the Chiefs' injury concerns. In today's podcast-only portion, JD covers the Lyon fans holding the team accountable!  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.
9/6/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 12 seconds
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Good Hour: Bulletproof Brooks + The Bad News Blue Jays w/ Ben Ennis

JD welcomes back Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, for this week's edition of the Good Hour! They open with a discussion on Canada basketball qualifying for the Olympics for the first time since 2000, if there's still interest in the remaining World Cup schedule, Dillon Brooks' redemption tour this tournament, and the ceiling for this Canadian team. Later on, JD and Ben touch on the Blue Jays' nail-biting weekend, if fans should leave the series in Colorado feeling disappointed, and share their expectations for this week's schedule against the Athletics and Royals. On today's podcast-only portion of the show, the guys get into the scenes at Burning Man and some Labour Day CFL action.  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.
9/5/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 38 seconds
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NFL's Overrated & Underrated w/ Charles Davis

JD Bunkis is fired up as the NFL season starts to close in! How excited are you for your fantasy draft this weekend (00:32)? Soon after, CBS NFL analyst Charles Davis stops by to sift through the stories of the pre-season! He discusses how the Bills stack up in the crowded AFC East division, if Kenny Pickett and the Steelers can surprise the AFC North, and if Deshaun Watson can lead the Browns in a positive direction this season. Later on, the pair debate is fans should be worried about the longevity of this year's crop of rookie QBs, if the Jets are being overhyped after their busy off-season, and who will emerge from the NFC this season (07:34). In the podcast-only section, JD and the boys go over some of the storylines they missed with Charles (49:54).   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.
9/1/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 40 seconds
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Sid Seixeiro on Canada Soccer, Blue Jays' Season & Keefe's Extension

JD Bunkis is joined by Sid Seixeiro, Host of Breakfast Television and Sportsnet Alumni, to look back on John Herdman's departure from Canadian Men's National Team to coach Toronto FC. The pair dig into what's gone wrong within Canada Soccer to squash the optimism of last year's World Cup, how TFC fans are feeling about the hire, and what's next for the national program (00:01). Next up, JD and Sid give their thoughts on the Blue Jays' season so far, John Schneider’s management of the team, and the consequences on missing the playoffs (26:32). Finally, JD and Sid share their thoughts on Sheldon Keefe’s contract extension with the Maple Leafs, if the new deal was deserved, and who's really calling the shots within Toronto's front office (32:45). JD closes out the show with some extended thoughts on Keefe's new contract, before forecasting what lies ahead in Leafland (45:23). 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.
8/31/202348 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Bummer Blue Jays + Canada Basketball w/ Blake Murphy

JD Bunkis welcomes in Blake Murphy, host of Jays Talk Plus, to go over yesterday's dispiriting Blue Jays loss to the Nationals. Why has this season felt so much more disappointing then expected? The pair get into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s season as a whole, John Schneider's managerial decisions, and if there's still time to turn things around and make the playoffs. Later, JD and Blake switch gears to the FIBA World Cup and Canada's perfect 3-0 start! They discuss Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's evolution into the best player on the court, who from Canada's star-studded roster has impressed them the most, and Jordi Fernandez' strong start behind the bench (45:35). In today's podcast-only portion, JD and the guys go over everything we missed!  (50:01)  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. 
8/30/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 32 seconds
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Money Matthews w/ Frank Seravalli & Sam McKee

JD kicks things off alongside his Leafs Talk co-host, Sam McKee, in-studio to break down Auston Matthews' extension with the Maple Leafs! They debate whether the contract should be viewed as a positive or rather a new precedent set, before chatting about the expectations that come with being the highest paid player in the league (00:01). Next up, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli adds to the conversation to discuss the term of the deal, what it means for William Nylander’s negotiations, and how it could impact the rest of Toronto's roster construction (11:32). Later on, JD and Sam forecast what's on the horizon for Mitch Marner next season and if Nylander would consider taking a haircut on his next contract, before JD shares why Willy's comments bothered him yesterday. (44:32) 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.
8/24/202348 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bo, Belt, Bullpen & Bombs w/ Joe Siddall

JD Bunkis recaps an important win for the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles last night, highlighted by Brandon Belt's big blast to put the team ahead in extra innings! Does this team give you the confidence that they can win a World Series? Next up, Sportsnet Blue Jays colour commentator Joe Siddall hops aboard to discuss Brandon Belt and Daulton Varsho's resurgence, the keys to the Blue Jays' defence, the strides Bo Bichette has made defensively, and what in the world is going on with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. right now (09:11). To wrap up, JD goes over Richard Sherman and Pete Carroll reliving one of the worst moments of his sporting life (44:11). 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.
8/23/202348 minutes, 49 seconds
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Jays-Orioles Preview w/ Chris "Mad Dog" Russo

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s show previewing this week's pivotal series between the Blue Jays and Orioles. Is this the most important series this season? (00:01) Later on, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo join to chat about the tightly contested American League Wild Card race, which teams they project to make the cut, and if Jays fans should be concerned about their playoff hopes. Later, they delve into Orioles Owner John Angelos' comments yesterday surrounding the young core in Baltimore, the feeling in New York with both the Yankees and Mets struggling, and if the Jets can help change the tune in the Big Apple when the NFL kicks off (08:23). JD then recaps an embarrassing moment from new Guardians owner Josh Harris and Joe Buck, before sorting through everything that we missed in today's podcast-only portion! (49:54).  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.
8/22/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bo's Back + Off-Season Scenarios w/ Jon Morosi

JD Bunkis kicks off the week with his thoughts on the Blue Jays' series win the over the Reds and the importance of Bo Bichette's return on both sides of the ball. What does he mean when he says he wants to see a fearless approach (00:01)? Soon after, MLB insider Jon Morosi discusses Bichette’s true value to the Jays, what's going on with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., if this season could change his long-term projections, what his next contract might look like in this scenario, and why Alek Manoah is still in Toronto after being sent down to Triple-A Buffalo. Does this indicate a spot start for the Jays could be incoming? (12:34) In today's podcast-only portion, JD shares his thoughts on all the stories he missed from the weekend including his updated cereal rankings and a recap of UFC 292 (49:32)!  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.
8/21/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 3 seconds
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Good Hour: Should the Jays Trade Vladdy?

JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis are reunited before Ben heads to Texas to chat about everything Blue Jays! They discuss their takeaways from Kevin Gausman's latest start, Bo Bichette's rising price tag, the importance of bullpen depth, and their confidence level that Alek Manoah can bounce back (00:01). Later on, the guys focus in on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to discuss if this version of Vlad is his true form, if he can recapture the magic of his 2021 season, and if the Blue Jays would ever entertain a trade offer for him (20:32). Finally, the guys get into what they are watching for here down the stretch run. (38:43) 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.
8/17/202348 minutes, 27 seconds
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Michael Bunting's Time in Toronto + Blue Jays No. 2 Starter

JD Bunkis kicks off the show by recapping an electric start from Yusei Kikuchi and why he is now the definitive Blue Jays number two starter, without a doubt. JD then welcomes on new Carolina Hurricane forward and former Maple Leaf, Michael Bunting! (00:07) They go over his time in Toronto, what type of negotiation he had with the Maple Leafs, how his relationship was with Sheldon Keefe, his suspension in the playoffs, and what his favourite memories playing with the Maple Leafs were. Did he have any regrets about his time here? Later on, JD goes over Jamal Murray opting out of the World Cup of Basketball and what it means for team Canada’s World Cup chances going forward (43:23). Then in the podcast-only portion, JD looks at Lionel Messi's success in MLS and if it is good for the league as a whole. 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.
8/16/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 20 seconds
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Leafs Off-Season Check Up w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis kicks things off discussing why Blue Jays fans are hating on the vibes at Rogers Centre and if there needs to be a change with how stadium operators hype up the crowd (00:01). Next up, JD welcomes back James Mirtle, Managing Editor at The Athletic, to share an update on the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs in mid-August. The pair focus in on the contracts of both Auston Matthews and William Nylander, how the final roster will shape up on opening night, if there are still more moves to come, and Matt Murray's LTIR status (00:06). In today's pod-only section, JD then offers his thoughts on the new running backs in the AFC East and fans who get a championship tattoo (49:24).  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.
8/15/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 33 seconds
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Underrated Elements of Bautista's Legacy + Blue Jays What-Ifs w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

JD Bunkis kicks off today's show recapping the Blue Jays' festivities honouring Jose Bautista this weekend and reminisces about Jose's time in Toronto. Sportsnet's own Ben Nicholson-Smith joins JD to share his thoughts on the ceremony and some of his favourite memories of Jose, before the guys break down the Jays' weekend series with the Cubs (10:12). They discuss if Sunday's offensive surge will continue this week against the Phillies, the state of the rotation going forward into the postseason, and what's behind Jays fans' frustrations this year. Later on, JD recaps his trip to Sunday's Argos game at BMO Field and dives into why he's all in on the Boatmen this year! (36:32). In today's podcast-only portion, JD looks into James Harden's recent comments about Philadelphia 76ers President Daryl Morey! (50:01) 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.
8/14/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 33 seconds
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Toronto's Most Loveable Teams, Bautista Memories + Chris Colabello

JD Bunkis kicks off the show with his thoughts on how people maintain their spots at Blue Jays games, and friends who are late paying you back. JD then goes over his thoughts on Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez, and why he is suffering so much backlash online, is it his fault? (00:01) Then, former Blue Jay first basemen Chris Colabello joins JD to talk about the role of a hitting coach on the team. JD and Chris then go over some of his favourite memories of playing with Bautista, and who he is as a person. Does the 2015 season seem as special to him as it is to the Blue Jays fans? What quality stands out to him most about Bautista? (11:23) JD then shares his thoughts on the 2015 Blue Jays and why he will always fondly remember them (32:45). In the podcast only part JD then goes over Martin Jones signing with the Leafs! (50:01)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.
8/10/20231 hour, 36 seconds
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Siakam Scenarios w/ Vivek Jacob + Jays Good, Bad, & Ugly

JD Bunkis kicks off the show today with the good, the bad, and the ugly of a 1-0 Blue Jays loss last night. How impressive has Kikuchi been this year? Why was Biggio in there and what is Varsho doing hitting 5th? (00:01) CBC.ca and Sportsnet.ca writer Vivek Jacob joins JD to then go over the rumors surrounding the Toronto Raptors and Pascal Siakam. How have they still not budged off their asking price for Pascal? Do the guys like the rumored package to be on the table? What should the market be for Siakam too? The guys then look at the National Bank Open and why a casual sports fan should care. What has happened to the momentum behind Canadian Tennis? (11:23) JD closes out the day with his thoughts on Kyle Dubas comments that the Leafs were in for Erik Karlsson (45:32). 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.
8/9/202348 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Good Hour: Babe, Brawls & Brown

JD Bunkis kicks off the week with the host of FAN Drive Time Ben Ennis! They take a deep dive into the weekend series after getting a sweep against the Boston Red Sox and why the Jays struggle against the Orioles, is the division still in play, the idea of Davis Schneider being ‘for real’, and if the Jays should do a 6-man rotation. The guys then look at the drama surrounding the Orioles suspending their broadcaster (00:01), and the fight between Jose Rameriz and Tim Anderson. Finally, JD and the guys then recap the weekend in what we missed! including the Karlsson trade, a brawl in Alabama, and the Jake Paul - Nate Diaz fight!  (50:01). 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.
8/8/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 32 seconds
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Georges St-Pierre + Tom Caron's Red Sox-Jays Preview

JD Bunkis kicks off Friday's show with his thoughts on the Blue Jays' disappointing series loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto's dismal offensive performance, and how to get the bats back on track (00:01). Then, legendary Canadian MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre joins JD to preview his upcoming grappling contest in December, his training regimen, who he wants to face off against in the octagon, and his ultimate goal in coming back to compete. Later, the pair chat about which fighters he likes to watch out of the current UFC crop, before getting into his love of dinosaurs (12:23)! Next, NESN's Tom Caron helps previews this weekend's pivotal matchup between the Red Sox and Blue Jays! He weighs on the "Jekyll and Hyde" Red Sox this season, why Boston has found so much success against Toronto this season, if Justin Turner will return in this series, and if the Red Sox' timeline has changed at all (36:32). 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.
8/4/202347 minutes, 45 seconds
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Good Hour w/ Ben Ennis: State of the Blue Jays Post-Deadline

JD Bunkis kicks off today's show praising the atmosphere of the Rogers Centre and shares why Toronto should be proud of their home field (00:01). Soon after, Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, reunites with JD for a post-trade deadline edition of the ‘Good Hour’! The pair discuss what's left to be desired by the Blue Jays, what level of improvement can come from within the organization, and if the addition of Jordan Hicks will be enough to bolster the pitching staff. Later, Ben and JD weigh in on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s struggles, if the front office overpaid for Daulton Varsho, and if the Jays' winning window is closing (00:06). JD wraps up today's show talking about Mikhail Sergachev's comments to the media! (45:43)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. 
8/3/202349 minutes, 1 second
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MLB Trade Deadline Wrap Up w/ Jim Bowden

JD Bunkis kicks off the show reviewing what the Jays did (and didn’t) do during yesterday's MLB Trade Deadline and gets into why any more improvements this year may need to come from within (00:01). Soon after, we get a front office perspective from 16-Year MLB GM, former Executive of the Year and current analyst for CBS Sports, SiriusXM and The Athletic, Jim Bowden! He and JD break down the positives from Toronto's deadline deals, why this year's market proved more difficult, the pressure on the Blue Jays' front office this season, and if the team can still compete for the American League East title (05:23). JD wraps things up today with a look back at Hyun-jin Ryu's return to the mound yesterday and shares why he thinks the lefty deserves a role in the rotation going forward (36:11).  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.
8/2/202348 minutes, 38 seconds
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Blue Jays Deadline Needs w/ Shi Davidi

JD Bunkis is back! He kicks off today's show discussing the Blue Jays ahead of today's trade deadline and how the addition of Jordan Hicks could help solidify the bullpen (00:02). Sportsnet Blue Jays insider Shi Davidi hops aboard to share the latest on Bo Bichette's injury suffered during Monday night's game, before zooming out to discuss if the team should address his absence at the deadline. Later on, the pair chat about what's behind the Blue Jays' struggles at the plate, Toronto's winning window, and what to expect ahead of 6 pm ET (10:32). On today's podcast-only portion, JD and the guys catch up on his vacation and share some thoughts on Sean Payton (50:01). 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.
8/1/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 55 seconds
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Approaching the Deadline w/ J.P. Ricciardi

JD Bunkis recaps last night's uneventful Blue Jays loss against the Padres and breaks down why the team can't consistently produce offence (00:01).  Then, former Blue Jays GM and current special advisor to the San  Francisco Giants, J.P. Ricciardi  joins the show to offer a front office perspective to the trade deadline! He discussing the internal and external pressures to make trades and how to balance the present and future of a franchise, before sharing some memories of the deadline in Toronto. To wrap up, the guys further the conversation to discuss why we view the Blue Jays' upcoming deadline differently from the Leafs and Raptors (40:02). 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.
7/20/202348 minutes, 42 seconds
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Leafs Contract Dominoes w/ Nick Kypreos + Tim Kurkjian's A.L. East Review

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s episode recapping last night's disastrous start from Alek Manoah and where it leaves the Jays' rotation heading down the stretch. Afterwards, Nick Kypreos of Real Kyper and Bourne joins JD to sift through the latest news out of Leafs Land! The pair discuss what Auston Matthews' next contract might look like, if any progress has been made in William Nylander's negotiations, and if the Blue and White are better positioned now than when the season ended (01:34 ). Later on, ESPN's Tim Kurkjian takes us on a trip around the A.L. East to discuss if the Red Sox for real, how the Yankees might approach the trade deadline, and offers an outside perspective on the Blue Jays (31:21). JD wraps up today's show with the biggest stories we missed! (50:21) 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. 
7/19/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 25 seconds
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Most Compelling Open Championship Stories w/ The Golf Guys

JD Bunkis is joined by "The Golf Guys" Brent Gunning and Sam McKee! They start things off discussing why Steph Curry's win at the American Century Championship had more attention than Rory McIlroy's win at the Genesis Scottish Open over the weekend, and if that attention is good for golf. The guys then preview The Open Championship starting this weekend and highlight the best storylines heading into the tournament and their best bets to bring home the hardware (00:34). Later on, JD offers his thoughts on Netflix's new show "Quarterback" and how it compares to the similarly styled "Drive to Survive" series (40:21). To wrap things up, the guys chat about the biggest stories they missed in today's podcast-only portion! (50:01).  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.
7/18/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 25 seconds
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Blue Jays 14 Day Forecast w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

JD Bunkis welcomes on Sportsnet Blue Jays reporter Ben Nicholson-Smith to recap the team's sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend. The pair re-evaluate the Jays' stance in the A.L. East, the team's top trade deadline priorities, if the "clutch gene" actually exists, and if they would reverse the trade for Daulton Varsho in hindsight (03:45). JD closes out the day with the biggest stories we missed over the weekend including Steph Curry winning a golf tournament and DeAndre Hopkins signing with the Titans!  (50:00)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.
7/17/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 13 seconds
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Catching Up with Ariel Helwani

Ariel Helwani, host of the MMA Hour, joins JD to chat about the Knicks and Damian Lillard, the changed feeling around Canada Soccer, the hopeful come-up of Canada Basketball, and Francis Ngannou versus Tyson Fury (09:30). 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 affiliates.
7/14/202349 minutes
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Good Hour: Jays Splash Pressure

Ben Ennis, Host of Sportsnet's The Fan Drive Time, joins JD to discuss filling the void of the slow summer sports season, before sifting through the Blue Jays first half, how the American League standings may shape out, optimism about Hyun-jin Ryu, likely trade scenarios, and a couple "what if's" heading down the stretch. Later on, JD and Ben chat about the fast-growing Threads app and proper golfing etiquette (37:30). 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 affiliates.
7/13/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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Blue Jays Big 2nd Half Questions w/ Dan Shulman

On the heels of yesterday's All-Star showdown, JD likes the direction baseball is heading in! Blue Jays television voice, Dan Shulman, joins JD to discuss Shohei Ohtani's looming free agency, the keys to a strong second half of the season for the Blue Jays, Daulton Varsho's impact, Toronto's urgency heading towards the trade deadline, if a six-man rotation is ideal, and a potential reunion with Teoscar Hernández (07:00).   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 affiliates. 
7/12/202348 minutes, 37 seconds
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Siakam Status Update w/ Michael Grange + Canada Soccer's House Fire w/ James Sharman

JD starts with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s home-run derby victory. Then, Sportsnet's Raptors reporter Michael Grange joins JD to give his first impressions on Victor Wembanyama, before diving into the Raptors relationship dynamics, what's looming with Pascal Siakam, and what he's seen  from the Raptors rookies at Summer League (06:00). Later, James Sharman, Head of Content and Senior Producer at Room 442, joins JD to discuss the state of Canada's senior men's national program,  if John Herdman should still be manager heading into the 2026 World Cup,  and the importance of the women's national team having a strong performance in the upcoming World Cup (33:30). In the podcast-only portion of the show, the gents rank the home-run derby among all-star events from other sports, before adding to the conversations on how the Raptors reached this fork in the road. 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 affiliates.
7/11/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 54 seconds
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Jays First Half Rewind w/ Jon Morosi + Nylander & FVV

JD Bunkis kicks off the week offering his thoughts on the Alex DeBrincat trade and extension and what it means for the Leafs and William Nylander going forward? He then gets into Fred VanVleet's comments this weekend on the Raptors chemistry, before debating if Saturday's win cemented Alex Volkanovski as the greatest featherweight of all time. Later on, MLB Network insider Jon Morosi joins JD to go over the Blue Jays first half of the season. They pair discuss if fans should be left with the feeling of disappointment despite them having the same record as last year, where the roster needs to improve the most, and if the organization has the prospect capital to take a big swing (23:30). 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 affiliates.
7/10/202349 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Good Hour: Threads, Vladdy Stock & Pick a Trade

JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis are back together for another edition of the 'Good Hour'! They go over the premature demise of Twitter and emergence of Threads. Is this the new thing? The guys then go over Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s hot streak and whether or not Ben is walking back any of his criticisms of him? Does he expect it to continue? JD and Ben then go over the situation both the Leafs and Raptors find themselves in currently. Who would you rather be? The pair wrap up debating if William Nylander or Pascal Siakam would be more likely to be traded. 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.
7/6/202348 minutes, 47 seconds
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Manoah's Road Back + Missing Jays Links w/ Arden Zwelling

JD Bunkis is joined off the top by Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling! The pair chat about how underrated and underappreciated Shohei Ohtani is, before getting into the Blue Jays' decision to call Alek Manoah back up to the Majors (00:01). Later on, the guys dig in on the Jays' offence and what might be stifling it so far this season, if there's an issue with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s pitch selection, and what's lead to his recent renaissance (26:04). JD closes out the day with what we missed (50:01)! 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.
7/5/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Nylander Dilemma + Have the Leafs Improved? w/ Kris Versteeg

JD Bunkis kicks off the show celebrating the Argos' huge win over the B.C. Lions last night and highlights the excitement that Chad Kelly is bringing under centre (01:32). Later on, two-time Stanley Cup Champion and founder of the Klevr app, Kris Versteeg joins JD to weigh on how the Leafs' should approach William Nylander's contract situation. The pair also sort through Toronto's latest free agent acquisitions over the weekend and question if the team's roster has improved compared to last season (12:32). The guys wrap up the day with what we missed (50:01). 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 affiliates.
7/4/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 21 seconds
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Leafs Off-Season Grades & What's Next w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis is joined by his Leafs Talk co-host Sam McKee to go over all the moves the Leafs made in free agency this weekend! James Mirtle, Senior Managing Editor at The Athletic, joins the guys to share his thoughts on new additions Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi, the key players lost from last year's roster, and question if this group has another move left in them. JD and Sammy then weigh in on the Raptors losing Fred VanVleet and what it could mean for the franchise as they heading forward, before wrapping up the show with thoughts on a tough Blue Jays weekend against the Red Sox.   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 affiliates.
7/3/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 59 seconds
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NHL Free Agency Preview w/ Frank Seravalli

JD Bunkis kicks off the show chatting about the news surrounding Fred VanVleet's looming free agency decision and what it means for the Raptors' off-season (00:01). Later on, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli sorts through the lack of moves coming out of the NHL Draft and if this trend will continue as we head into free agency (09:23). JD and Frank then try to understand the Mape Leafs' front office dynamic right now, what's on the horizon for the team's pending free agents, and whether or not William Nylander will still be a  Leaf come Monday. JD closes out the week with his best bet, presented by Betano! (48:12) 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 affiliates.
6/30/202350 minutes, 3 seconds
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Oh My! Leafs Draft, Signings & Fantasies w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis is back! He kicks things off with his thoughts on the Blue Jays at the midway mark of the season and ponders if the fanbase's frustrations with the Jays might extend beyond baseball to the Toronto sports scene as a whole (00:01). Later on, Senior Managing Editor at The Athletic James Mirtle joins JD on the heels of last night's NHL Draft! He explain why we saw no trades during the first round, why the Leafs chose to select Easton Cowan, and what the pick says about Brad Treliving's approach to team building. The pair also discuss William Nylander and Auston Matthews' contract progress, how the Leafs arrived at David Kampf's extension, and they believe it's of fair value (11:34). JD closes out the day with his best bet of the day, presented by Betano! (47:34). 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 affiliates.
6/29/202350 minutes, 8 seconds
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Jake Fischer's NBA Rumour Roundup

JD Bunkis opens up discussing last night's NHL Awards and why he was left disappointed overall, but hopeful for the future. JD then dives into the Leafs' contract numbers to anticipate what William Nylander and Auston Matthews might receive (00:02). Later on, Senior NBA writer for Yahoo Sports Jake Fischer stops by to take a look at the latest Raptors rumours! He discusses O.G. Anunoby parting ways with Klutch Sports, Fred VanVleet's price in the free agent market, what Jakob Poeltl's next contract might look like, and how John Collins' trade could impact Pascal Siakam's future (13:45). JD closes out the day with his best bet, presented by Betano, (47:23) before heading over to the podcast-only section to chat about everything we missed! (50:01) 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.
6/27/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 54 seconds
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Leafs Big Question Time w/ Justin Bourne

JD Bunkis starts the week chatting about what posters bring back the most nostalgia, before getting into the Jays' weekend series victory over the Athletics, the fan base's seemingly negative mindset, and if this series renewed his faith in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (00:01) Next up, JD is joined by Justin Bourne, co-host of Real Kyper and Bourne, to chat about the latest news for the Maple Leafs! The pair discuss if the team would consider trading their first round pick, the latest on Auston Matthews' extension, their biggest concerns with Brad Treliving, the state of the bottom-six, and how the defensive core will shape up for next season (20:34). JD then shares his best bet of the day, presented by Betano, (47:54) before wrapping things up with today's podcast-only section including the biggest lie you've been caught in and the impact of Joe Rogan (50:01). 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.
6/26/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Dick Pick w/ Blake Murphy

JD Bunkis is joined by Blake Murphy, host of Jays Talk Plus, to break down the Raptors' selection of Gradey Dick with the 13th pick in the NBA Draft! (00:01) The pair discuss the freshman's skillset, how he can fit with the current roster, and what to make of his social media presence. JD and Blake also weigh in on Chris Haynes' report about Pascal Siakam wanting to stay in Toronto and how Fred VanVleet's free agency decision factors in, before looking back on Chris Paul's trade to the Warriors. JD closes out the week with best bets, presented by Betano! (45:34). 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.
6/23/202349 minutes, 38 seconds
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Raptors Rumours w/ Marc Stein + HOF Snubs & Bad Math

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s show sharing his surprise about the rumors surrounding Larry Tanenbaum selling a share of MLSE holding, and what the evaluation of the organization is in total. He then dives into the 2023 Hockey Hall of Fame class and why Curtis Joseph and Alexander Mogilny did not make the cut (02:23). Later on, NBA insider Marc Stein joins JD to sift through the Raptors' rumour mill including Fred VanVleet's future, the impact of Gary Trent Jr. opting back in, and if Jakob Poeltl will return to Toronto. He also previews tonight's NBA Draft with a look at Scoot Henderson's projected pick, if Zion Williamson could get moved, and what's next for Draymond Green (14:34). JD then offers his best bet of the day, presented by Betano, (42:34) before discussing what we missed on today's podcast-only portion! (50:01) 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.
6/22/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 34 seconds
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Are the Raptors "Difficult" to Deal With? + NBA Trade Rumours w/ Matt Moore

JD Bunkis kicks things off breaking down a big-time win for the Blue Jays over the Marlins, why these games in June have a high leverage feel, and if last night's win alleviated some of the pressure on John Schneider (00:02). Later on, Matt Moore of The Action Network joins JD to go over all the burning questions facing the Toronto Raptors. The pair discuss Gary Trent Jr. opting into the final year of his deal, if Masai Ujiri misread the market at the trade deadline, what's next for Fred VanVleet, and if Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson could be on the move (20:21). JD closes out the day with his best bets of the day, presented by Betano! (44:49). On today's podcast-only portion, the guys go over a missing submarine and Woj no longer spoiling the draft! (50:01)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.
6/21/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 38 seconds
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Toronto Sports Mediocrity Crisis w/ Ben Ennis

JD Bunkis is back from vacation alongside Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, for this edition of the 'Good Hour'! They start off chatting about some of the finer points of house ownership and indoor plumbing, before taking a step back for a wide angle view of the Toronto sports scene. The pair discuss which team is creating the most hope right now, the Maple Leafs' plan to run it back, and if the Raptors will make a move before Thursday's NBA Draft. (32:09) Ben and JD also dig into what's gone wrong for the Blue Jays lately, who's to blame and what needs to change moving forward. JD closes out the show with his best bets of the day, presented by Betano, (47:34) before jumping over to the podcast-only portion to catch up on some of the things we missed! (50:02). 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 affiliates.  
6/20/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 31 seconds
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2016 Walk-Off + Jays-Orioles IT Factors w/ Adam Jones + Stanley Cup Takeaways

JD Bunkis opens with his thoughts on the Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup last night, what the rest of the league can take away from this, and what lessons the Leafs learn from how Vegas built their roster. (00:37)  Then, former Orioles centre fielder and 4x Gold Glover Adam Jones joins JD to reminisce about the chaos of the 2016 American League Wild Card game, before taking a look at the state of the Jays-Orioles rivalry today and the pros and cons on the wave. (16:12) JD closes out the show with his best bets, presented by Betano! (46:36) In today's podcast-only portion, the guys go over Jason Spezza’s hiring in Pittsburgh, and how they feel about Kyle Dubas two weeks after the breakup (47:47). 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.
6/14/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 33 seconds
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Jokic Coronation, The Next Great Team & Raptors Truth Serum w/ Blake Murphy

JD Bunkis is joined by Blake Murphy, host of Jays Talk Plus, to break down all the action from the Denver Nuggets NBA Championship! They go over how impressed they were by Nikola Jokic's play, if it's still too early to debate where he ranks all time, and if Jamal Murray’s performance in the Finals could elevate him above Steve Nash as Canada's best basketball player. (02:34) Later on, JD asks Blake what question he would want to ask Darko Rajakovic if he had the "truth serum", before weighing in on Fred VanVleet declining his player option for the 2023-24 season (45:02). We wrap up with today's best bet, presented by Betano! (48:00) 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 affiliates.
6/13/202349 minutes, 49 seconds
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Raptors New Coach & FVV's Future w/ Michael Grange + Reliving the Putt w/ Sam McKee

JD Bunkis is joined by Sam McKee, host of The Golf Show, to recap Nick Taylor’s historic performance at the RBC Canadian Open (02:34)! The pair chat about where it ranks among the greatest Canadian sports moments, how will this effect golf in the long run, and if the hype will this carry over to next week's US Open. Later on, Sportsnet's Michael Grange hops aboard to discuss the Raptors' head coaching hire Darko Rajakovic, what's still ahead this off-season, and if there's any legitimacy to the rumors of Fred VanVleet leaving in free agency (24:22). JD then offers his best bet of the day, presented by Betano (48:21)! Sam McKee rejoins the guys for today's podcast-only portion to try to make sense of Conor McGregor laying out a mascot (49:13). 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 affiliates.
6/12/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 52 seconds
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Courts & Cages w/ Ariel Helwani

Ariel Helwani joins JD to chat about pick-up hoops, the Heat's comeback chances, a key question mark around Canada's men's basketball program, remembering the 2019 NBA Finals, the new season of The Ultimate Fighter and Conor McGregor. (06:45)  JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano! (49:15) 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 affiliates.
6/9/202350 minutes, 17 seconds
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Miami's Moment w/ Stugotz

JD starts the show emphasizing the Nuggets' stellar performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals before being joined by co-host of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Jon Weiner! The pair discuss the Heat being written off again, the psyche of the team's fans, Miami as a sports city, the looming reception for Messi in South Florida, and subtle differences between the 305 and 416 (4:30). JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano (45:00)! Plus, today's podcast-only portion with JD and the gang (49:50). 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 affiliates. 
6/8/202357 minutes, 7 seconds
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PGA Shocker + Manoah's Plan w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

JD starts the show processing the meddling PGA-LIV marriage. Then, JD is joined by Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith to discuss the Blue Jays sending Alek Manoah down to the Florida Complex League, if Manoah was part of the decision, what aspects Manoah will look to improve, the mental and physical steps back to success, the odds he can return this season and positively contribute, the Jays' chances without him, and the team's outlook heading into the trade deadline (12:30). JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano (49:46)! In today's podcast-only portion  JD offers more Betano bets, before the gents banter about the terrible air-quality in Toronto, thoughts on superhero movies, and the best looking bros (50:32). 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 affiliates.
6/7/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 52 seconds
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Good Hour w/ Ben Ennis + PGA-LIV Merger Reaction

JD is joined by the host of The Fan Drive Time, Ben Ennis, to dive into Alek Manoah going from a Cy Young candidate to one of the worst starting pitchers in the MLB, the boo birds at Rogers Centre, why the Blue Jays - who some favored to win the World Series - feel stuck in the middle, and if Manoah should get demoted to Triple-A (00:01). Later, JD and Ben talk about CBS Miami reporter Samantha Rivera stiff-arming a belligerent Golden Knights fan while keeping eye contact and finishing her on-camera report, before giving their ratings on Netflix show "Chimp Empire" (35:22). JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano! In the podcast-only portion, the gents get into the Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality goggles, if Mark Zuckerberg got choked unconscious, and immediate reactions to breaking news of the PGA Tour merging with LIV Golf (49:50).  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 affiliates. 
6/6/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 9 seconds
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Leafs Coaching Questions w/ Kris Versteeg

JD starts show discussing the bravado head coaches have during press conferences and offers his takeaways from the Blue Jays' sweep of the New York Mets (00:01). Then, Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg joins JD to break down the Brad Treliving hire; his body of work in Calgary, the difference being a General Manager in Toronto, and how he can fill holes in the Maple Leafs. After, JD and Kris consider if the Leafs' bench boss should return, a Patrick Roy suggestion, if Mike Babcock can turn it around for Columbus, how 11 days of rest threw the Panthers off track and why the Stanley Cup Final could be a short series (11:32). JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano! (47:52). In today's podcast-only portion, the guys chat about the NBA finals, why the Nuggets are more concerning that we originally thought, and what's happened to goalie masks in the NHL (50:05). 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.
6/5/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 28 seconds
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Treliving's Tasks, The Shanaplan & What's Next? w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis starts the show spewing his boredom around the Blue Jays right now, and what they can do to change it. (00:01). Senior managing editor at The Athletic, James Mirtle, joins JD to discuss the Maple Leafs new hire Brad Treliving, if the early feelings with Treliving are all too familiar, Shanahan still being the Geppetto in the front office, what other candidates Toronto may have missed out on, the real chance that the Leafs will run it back with Sheldon Keefe and the core four, and Auston Matthews' looming free-agency (06:43). JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano (50:00). 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 affiliates.
6/1/202350 minutes, 58 seconds
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Leafs Next GM w/ Elliotte Friedman

JD Bunkis starts the show giving his initial thoughts on the news that Brad Treliving will be the next GM of the Leafs. He is then joined by Sportsnet Insider and co-host of the 32 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman, to discuss reports that Brad Treliving is in the final stages of contract negotiations to become the next General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (08:43). JD and Elliotte discuss the current beat in Leafs land, what the Leafs like in Treliving, who else the organization interviewed, the potential timeline constraints in the candidate search, what’s next for Sheldon Keefe, what the next moves may be for the Leafs roster, and the latest on Kyle Dubas. JD then offers today's best bets, presented by Betano (47:54). 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 affiliates.
5/31/202349 minutes, 54 seconds
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Boston's Blow Up, Lowry Feelings & Nurse to Philly w/ Israel Gutierrez

JD Bunkis starts the show recapping the Celtics' heartbreaking Game 7 loss at TD Garden to the Miami Heat. JD is joined by ESPN NBA reporter Israel Gutierrez to discuss his unexpected prediction of the Heat and Nuggets meeting in the NBA Finals, Caleb Martin’s spectacular play,  playoff Jimmy saving his legacy, what’s potentially next for Jaylen Brown, Kyle Lowry’s stature in Miami, and initial reactions to the Sixers hiring Nick Nurse (11:34). JD closes out the day with his best bets, presented by Betano! (44:16) On today's podcast-only portion the gents discuss Latvia’s World Championship victory, the most passionate hockey countries, Scottie Pippen’s bitter feelings, LeBron’s attention-seeking IG story, and airplane etiquette (49:30). 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 affiliates.
5/30/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 24 seconds
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Good Hour w/ Ben Ennis + Succession Finale Recap w/ Ailish Forfar

JD Bunkis is joined by Ben Ennis, co-host of The Fan Drive Time, for this week's edition of 'Good Hour'! They dive into the Miami Heat on the verge of the worst playoff collapse in NBA playoff history, and touch on the Sunday vibes at the horse-racing track. Later, JD and Ben dive into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s approach at the plate and his troubles when being down in the count, before taking a step back to discuss the Blue Jays' so-so weekend. JD poses two burning questions: How do we rank the Daulton Varsho trade two months into the season? And what leverage do the Jays have to improve their roster before the trade deadline (27:21)? JD closes out the day with his best bets, presented by Betano! On today's podcast-only portion, JD then welcomes back Ben Ennis and Ailish Forfar to recap the finale of succession (49:59). 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 affiliates.
5/29/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 21 seconds
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Blue Jays' Big Problem + Raptors Necessities w/ Bobby Marks

JD Bunkis is joined by the co-host of The FAN Morning Show, Ailish Forfar, to start the show chatting about "one of the greatest shows of all-time",  Succession (00:01). After, JD gets into the poor play and bad vibes surrounding the drowning Blue Jays. Later on, JD is joined by ESPN NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks, who helps break down the Celtics chances of becoming the first team to overcome a 0-3 deficit in a NBA playoff series, and some hypotheticals for the Raptors heading into a pivotal off-season (13:23). JD also offers today's best bets, presented by Betano, before the gents end off the show with a little bit of what we missed! (50:08) 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 affiliates.
5/26/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 26 seconds
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Good Hour w/ Ben Ennis: Is Matthew Tkachuk the Star the NHL Needs?

JD Bunkis is joined by the host of The FAN Drive Time, Ben Ennis, for this week's edition of 'Good Hour'! The gents begin the show by chatting about reality television, before getting into the Blue Jays' familiar bullpen troubles and the offensive prowess of the team (00:02). JD and Ben set their sights on the NHL to discuss the Panthers making the Stanley Cup Final, Matthew Tkachuk's swagger and star status in Florida, and the formula for building a playoff team in the NHL. Later on, the pair delve into a report that suggests Giannis Antetokounmpo wants Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin as the Milwaukee Bucks next head coach, and where that potentially leaves Nick Nurse going forward (23:18).  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 affiliates.
5/25/202349 minutes, 24 seconds
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Jays Stock Watch + The Criminally Underrated Jamal Murray w/ Blake Murphy

JD Bunkis welcomes back Blake Murphy, host of Jays Talk Plus, to talk about last night's offensive explosion for the Toronto Blue Jays and what it could mean going forward for the team. They then get into the team's bullpen concerns, what changes could lie ahead, and if George Springer is still the player the Jays signed. The pair then switch gears to the hardcourt to break down the Nuggets' sweep of the Lakers, where to rank Jamal Murray's 4th quarter scoring outburst among the best NBA performances by a Canadian, and how he stacks up against the league's best guards. JD offers today's best bets, presented by Betano (47:47), before closing out the day with a like at how younger people are budgeting, and the dynamics of Snapchat with the youth today (49:51). 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 affiliates.
5/24/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dubas-Shanahan Fallout w/James Mirtle

JD Bunks recaps an eventful weekend for the Blue Jays and shares where his current concerns lie with this team amid their five-game losing streak. JD welcomes on James Mirtle, Managing Editor at The Athletic, who helps answer some of the bigger questions around the Maple Leafs' decision to part ways with Kyle Dubas including Brendan Shanahan's plan, what's next, and how it could affect the long-term futures of the "Core 4" (16:32). JD then offer his best bet of the day, presented by Betano! (48:18) The guys wrap things up by sorting through the latest NBA playoff news in the podcast-only section. (49:56) 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 affiliates.
5/23/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 56 seconds
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BONUS: Leafs Part Ways with Kyle Dubas

JD Bunkis and Sam McKee are back for an emergency Leafs Talk podcast with the news today that the Maple Leafs will not be bringing Kyle Dubas back as general manager. They react to the events leading up to the decision, Dubas' negotiation, Brandon Shanahan's press conference and what comes next for the Leafs.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 affiliates.
5/19/202337 minutes, 14 seconds
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What's Next for the Leafs and Kyle Dubas w/ Frank Seravalli

Its Friday and we’re still awaiting news on Kyle Dubas' future with the Maple Leafs. JD Bunkis starts the show looking at the NBA’s Western Conference Final and Jamal Murray’s performance in Game 2 to extend the Nuggets' series lead. He then turns his attention back to the Leafs' upcoming off-season with the help of Daily Faceoff NHL Insider, Frank Seravalli! They pair chat about the state of the franchise, the decisions that need to be made and who should be making them, and what's next for the "Core 4" (14:32). To wrap the show, and in search of the perfect week, JD offers his best bet, sponsored by Betano (49:34). 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 affiliates.
5/19/202350 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Good Hour is Back! w/ Ben Ennis

The 'Good Hour' returns today! JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis of The FAN Drive Time dive into the Blue Jays' latest series against the Yankees and discuss the strengths of Toronto's roster across the board (00:01). After that, they turn their attention to the Maple Leafs to chat about the precarious situation surrounding the General Manager's chair next season, their takeaways from the team's end-of-season media availability, and some possible moves the franchise could make this summer (31:06). Somewhere sandwiched within is JD’s daily best bet of the night, sponsored by Betano! 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 affiliates.
5/18/202350 minutes, 5 seconds
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Blue Jays-Yankees Rivalry Renewed w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

JD Bunkis starts off sharing how much he loves seeing the Blue Jays and Yankees rivalry heat up! Before diving into it, JD offers some quick thoughts on the NBA draft lottery and Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final. Later on, he enlists the help of Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith to discuss everything that's transpired so far between Toronto and New York, what to expect in the last two games and how concerning Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s injury is, before dissecting the Jays' lineup and bullpen (12:34). As always, we wrap things up with JD’s best bet, sponsored by Betano (49:12). 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 affiliates.
5/17/202350 minutes, 31 seconds
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What’s Next for the Maple Leafs w/ James Mirtle

Tis the season. With the Leafs’ season done, JD Bunkis is getting back down to the Rogers Centre to watch the Jays. He went last night and it did seem like the Yankees were cheating but what is even more concerning is Alek Manoah. He gives a few thoughts on why he’s worried about the Jays supposed number one pitcher. JD, then, turns his attention back to the Leafs: After hearing players, coach & GM speak yesterday, he gives some of his takeaways from what he heard. Most notably on the status of Kyle Dubas. He brings in The Athletic’s senior managing editor James Mirtle to discuss where this all goes next for the Maple Leafs: from if the general manager will return to who are viable replacements if he doesn’t. Next they turn their attention to the coach, Sheldon Keefe and the odds of him being back. Lastly, they look at the players, who should be back and re-upped; who could be shopped and what might be available on the market for them to go after. It will be an intriguing offseason for Toronto’s NHL team. A quick NBA draft lottery conspiracy before JD gives his daily BEST BET sponsored by BETANO. In the pod only portion, JD, Simo & Jo talk some Blink-182, concerts and tee up the NBA conference finals. 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. 
5/16/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 44 seconds
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Accountability Day for the Toronto Maple Leafs

With the Maple Leafs set to address the media Monday, JD Bunkis gives his thoughts on their season ending over the weekend and what he expects to hear from them today. Where can and will the organization go from here this offseason, and what realistic moves can be made? JD welcomes his Leafs Talk co-host Justin Bourne to weigh on what he thinks we’ll hear from the group today and what happens next in Leaf-land. On this extended episode of the show, JD sticks around while we hear from Mark Giordano, Ryan O’Reilly, John Tavares and Michael Bunting, and breaks down if Leafs Nation should be satisfied with the responses given. JD Bunkis still manages to sneak in his best bets of the day, sponsored by Betano. 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 affiliates. 
5/15/20232 hours, 19 minutes, 38 seconds
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It's The Hope That Kills You w/ Jeff Marek + Felix Potvin

JD Bunkis recaps his Blink-182 concert experience and what nostalgia feels like up close and personal. Do they still slap all these years later? JD is then joined by Jeff Marek of 32 Thoughts to preview the stakes for Maple Leafs heading into Game 5, if elimination could spell the end of the core four, and if we could see a change behind the bench this summer (06:23). Later on, former Leafs goaltender Felix Potvin goes over what it's like to be a rookie in the playoffs in Toronto, what advice he would offer to Joseph Woll, what the city expected for him and how got on such a heater as a 21-year-old (40:21). JD closes out the day with his best bet, presented by Betano! (52:34). 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 affiliates.
5/12/202350 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are the Leafs Back? w/ Kris Versteeg

JD Bunkis is back and so are the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to him! Fresh off the Game 4 victory over Florida Panthers, JD goes over why this could be the start of something for the Leafs and why the Panthers seem a lot more vulnerable all of a sudden. Two-time Stanley Cup champion and inventor of the Klever App, Kris Versteeg joins the conversation to discuss his takeaways, if Radko Gudas should be suspended for his hit, and if Game 4 could be a turning point for Toronto (11:23). We then celebrate young Jo-Bo's birthday, and offer the best bet of the day presented by Betano (38:13)! 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 affiliates.
5/11/202350 minutes, 2 seconds
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How the Leafs Comeback With a Guy Who's Been There: Mike Futa

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s episode discussing Mitch Marner’s comments to the media yesterday, how much the team should listen to outside noise and how fans should react. Two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Futa joins JD to talk about how his Kings were able to come back from 3-0 in 2014, if the Leafs can summon the same moxy, and the key factors behind Toronto's poor series so far (11:23). JD closes with his thoughts on Alek Manoah’s recent performance, before offering his best bet, presented by Betano! (43:26) 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 affiliates.
5/10/202350 minutes, 1 second
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Sweep Patrol with Jovo-Cop

As we wait for Game 4 for the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, JD Bunkis starts the show focusing on the battle between the Lakers and Warriors and why he has expected more from the LeBron-Steph showdown. Turning his attention back to hockey, he welcomes longtime NHL defenceman and now Panthers analyst, Ed Jovanovski to get his thoughts on the series and if he’s surprised Toronto hasn’t shown more. The 2002 Olympic gold medalist tells some stories from his playoffs experience and gives some insight on what players on both teams are feeling heading into what could be potentially the last game. "Jovo-Cop" also talks what the excitement in Florida is like around the Panthers, the energy in the building with traveling Toronto fans. Ed was also the 1994 first overall pick in the NHL draft, so he also offers some thoughts on what Connor Bedard faces coming in as the consensus top player (11:23). Today's show ends as always with JD’s best bets, sponsored by Betano (47:23) . In the podcast-only portion of the show, JD breaks down Jo’s new social media profile picture, the playoff action around the NBA, and more (50:12)! 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 affiliates. 
5/9/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 22 seconds
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Leafs Pre-Post-Mortem w/ James Mirtle

There’s a reason “Marner and Matthews” is still trending on Twitter this morning. JD Bunkis reacts to last night’s Leafs loss to fall behind 0-3 in the series, and hear from Auston Matthews post-game who doesn’t seem too perturbed by it all. He looks at the “Shana-plan”, Kyle Dubas’ “core four” and if this will be their last ride. To figure out what can be done to try to save this series (and jobs), he brings on the Senior Managing Editor at The Athletic, James Mirtle! They look at this team, the core, the players that were brought in at the deadline, and where this franchise goes next. Every and anything should be on the table for the Leafs organization, especially if they do get swept in the second round. They then dive into if Kyle Dubas’ has faltered in attaching Sheldon Keefe to this team and if it could be the downfall for both (11:23). Later on, JD serves up his best bets of the day, sponsored by Betano to help brighten the day for Leafs fans (47:34)!  On the podcast-only portion for today, JD, Simon and Jo take a look around the NBA playoffs (50:02). 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 affiliates.
5/8/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 7 seconds
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What Happened and What Now for the Leafs w/ Kris Versteeg

JD Bunkis recaps a disappointing Game 2 for the Maple Leafs with two-time Stanley Cup Champion and inventor of the Klever app, Kris Versteeg! They go over what went so wrong after Toronto's great start, how the Leafs can put together a full 60 minutes, what it means to be "goalied", and how to bounce back in Florida. The guys then get into Sam Bennett's hit, how to extract a more consistent performance from William Nylander, and what the absence of Mathew Knies could mean going forward. The guys then go over some of the worst questions Kris has ever been asked post game. (03:45). JD looks to stay hot with today's best bet, brought to you by Betano! (47:07). 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 affiliates.
5/5/202350 minutes, 29 seconds
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Urgency. Leafs-Panthers Game 2 Preview w/ Luke Fox

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s show sharing his thoughts on a dispiriting Blue Jays loss to the Red Sox and what is concerning him most heading into today's game (00:01). Sportsnet's Luke Fox hops aboard to set up everything ahead of Game 2 between the Maple Leafs and Panthers! He discusses Toronto's lackluster Game 1 performance, what changes we can expect to see from Sheldon Keefe tonight, and if there is cause for concern surrounding Ilya Samsonov's health (07:34). JD wraps things up offering his best bets of the day, brought to you by Betano! Can he stay red hot? Let's find out! 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 affiliates.
5/4/202349 minutes, 59 seconds
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Leafs Lay an Egg w/ Anthony Stewart

The Leafs lose Game 1 of Round 2 to the Florida Panthers and JD Bunkis is disappointed to say the least. He examines what led to the loss, before bringing former NHLer and current analyst for Sportsnet Anthony Stewart into the conversation. They dive into who showed up and who needs to step up as the series goes on, before shifting attention West to chat about the fun-to-watch Kraken despite their loss to the Stars (12:34). Later on, JD comments on the Game 1 that lived up to the hype in the NBA between the Lakers and Warriors, or better yet, LeBron James versus Steph Curry. As always, JD ends the show with his best bets of the day, sponsored by Betano (34:01).   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 affiliates. 
5/3/202349 minutes, 17 seconds
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Leafs-Panthers Round 2 Preview w/ Anthony Petrielli

To start today’s show, JD Bunkis has to address Jacob Trouba's huge hit on Timo Meier in Game 7 between the Rangers and Devils, before turning his attention back to Leafs fans! His shares his pep talk ahead of Game 1, telling fans to keep their confidence up against the Florida Panthers because there is good reason the Leafs are now the odds-on favourite to win the Stanley Cup (00:01). To help break down this series, JD brings on Anthony Petrielli of Yahoo! Sports Canada & Maple Leafs Hotstove to discuss Toronto's strengths on the ice, where they can take advantage of the Panthers, and the biggest keys to moving on (12:32). As always, JD’s offers his best bets of the day, sponsored by Betano. On the podcast-only portion of the show, JD gives his thoughts on the Blue Jays following a tough loss to the Red Sox, and Darryl Sutter being let go as head coach of the Flames. (50:12) 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 affiliates.
5/2/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Leafs Finally Do It! w/ James Mirtle + Jackie Redmond

What a weekend for Leafs fans! JD Bunkis is in a great mood this Monday morning after a wild weekend of NHL action and the cards falling into place for the Maple Leafs - moving on to second round while avoiding the Bruins! (00:01) JD welcomes on The Athletic’s James Mirtle to break down how the Leafs managed to break their 19 year curse over the weekend, the key players who stepped up, and Toronto's case to come out of the Eastern Conference. On a bit of a hot streak, JD closes the first hour with his best bets, sponsored by Betano (46:07). In the podcast-only portion of the show, the guys discuss if Toronto fans should make the trip down to Florida to cheer on the Leafs or pony up to do it here in Toronto. NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond, fresh off a plane, checks in to talk about the crazy first round of the NHL playoffs and what Saturday's win meant to her being a longtime Leafs fan. JD and the crew wrap things up with some rapid fire through what we missed including Steph Curry's masterpiece, the NBA playoffs, and going to a Taylor Swift concert (50:14). 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 affiliates.
5/1/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 1 second
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Leafs Flat Circle w/ Brian Boyle & Kris Versteeg

HERE WE GO AGAIN! What happened last night, Leafs fans?! Who’s to blame? JD Bunkis isn’t sure. Two-time Stanley Cup champ and inventor of the KLEVR app Kris Versteeg, who was in attendance at Scotiabank Arena last night, demands some air time from the host to give get some things off his chest, specifically telling Leafs fans they need to STAND UP to support the team right now (hint: he does think Toronto wins in Game 6). Then, another Stanley Cup champion, Brian Boyle, jumps aboard to give his thoughts on the Leafs-Lightning series, the key players on both sides of the ice, and the feeling is heading back to Tampa (11:23). JD offers some quick NFL Draft thoughts, before giving his best bets for the weekend, sponsored by Betano (44:05). He’s had a good week with his picks, so be sure to check it out!   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 affiliates.
4/28/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 55 seconds
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Toronto's New King + The Bunting Decision w/ Craig Simpson

JD Bunkis kicks off the show discussing another masterful outing by Yusei Kikuchi in his redemption season (00:01). Later on, he turns his attention to Leafs-Lightning Game 5 with the possibility of Toronto closing the series out at home and tries to talk through how and when Michael Bunting should be re-inserted into the lineup. He then welcomes on a man who will be on the Sportsnet call tonight and has won multiple Stanley Cups, Craig Simpson (11:21). Having done it all in the league, Simmer gives his thoughts on what Bunting himself, his teammates and Sheldon Keefe are all contemplating in terms of re-adding the winger. They look at the projected Leafs lines, specifically splitting up Matthews and Marner, as well as the mental aspect (and maybe hurdle) both the team and fans have to get over in tonight’s game to wrap up the series. Will tonight be the night?! As always, JD closes the radio hour with his best bets sponsored by Betano. In today's podcast-only portion, JD gives his thoughts on Ime Udoka’s intro press comments specifically relating to the Raptors, and oh yeah… the NFL Draft is tonight (50:32)! 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 affiliates.  
4/27/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 43 seconds
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How the Leafs Get Better and Close Out w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis starts today’s show talking about the Blue Jays' crushing shutout victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night, highlighted by another strong José Berríos start (00:01). The Athletic's James Mirtle brings attention back to Maple Leafs to chat about both the fears and positives of holding a 3-1 series lead and the biggest question marks surrounding the goaltending in this series. They also dive into the factors behind Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner hitting their stride and what the best way to re-insert Michael Bunting into the Game 5 would be, before taking a look around at the other NHL playoff action (12:34). As always, JD closes the show with his best bets, sponsored by Betano (49:14). 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 affiliates.
4/26/202349 minutes, 59 seconds
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Leafs Star Powered Comeback w/ Kris Versteeg + Toronto's Favourite Whipping Boys

While still recovering from the emotion of last night’s big Leafs comeback win, JD Bunkis looks back on the big third period that changed the narrative and what a 4-1 lead means in the city of Toronto. Auston Matthews can take over a game. Sheldon Keefe can make the right lineup changes. The Leafs stars can show up when they need to. And the hero is…. Alexander Kerfoot! Or is it Brandon Hagel?!  JD welcomes two-time Stanley Cup champion and inventor of the KLVER app, Kris Versteeg, to discuss all the action, before sharing his biggest change in the Leafs between the first two periods and that amazing third (00:07). JD closes the hour with the best bet of the day, sponsored by Betano. In the podcast-only portion of today’ show, the guys dig into Toronto sports' all-time “whipping boys”, Dillon Brooks, the Aaron Rodgers trade, and Nate Pearson!  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 affiliates.
4/25/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 27 seconds
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Unfamiliar Territory for the Leafs + Series Keys w/ Mike Futa

JD Bunkis opens the pod sharing his confidence level in the Maple Leafs coming off a Game 3 win (that they stole), before getting into what he liked from Kyle Dubas and Sheldon Keefe, and what concerns him heading into Game 4 (00:01). JD then brings on 14-year NHL executive, two-time Stanley Cup champion and Sportsnet analyst Mike Futa to discuss how exceptional Luke Schenn has been in his role, positive impact Matthew Knies has had so far, and if Auston Matthews still has more left in the tank. JD brings up the "Tampa trap”, but Futes believes Toronto just took Tampa’s best shot and can "out-skill" them in this series (11:34). JD ends the first hour sharing his thoughts on Kawhi Leonard's latest injury, despite being load-managed all season. On the podcast-only portion of the show, JD, Simon and Jo dig into some of the marquee NHL and NBA playoff series taking place, and looks back on the Jays winning their weekend series in the Bronx (50:06). 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 affiliates.  
4/24/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 26 seconds
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Huge Sigh of Relief For the Leafs; Coaching Change for the Raptors

Happy Friday! Back on the up swing of the rollercoaster ride that is being a Maple Leafs supporter, JD Bunkis is joined by Colby Armstrong of Chiclets Game Notes to talk about Toronto’s dominating Game 2 win to send the series back to Tampa tied. They discuss where the confidence of the Leafs and their fanbase is at right now, why you can’t count out the resiliency of a back-to-back-to-back Stanley Cup finalist, and their expectations for the rest of the series. Then, breaking news drops as Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse has been fired! Later on, JD shares his best bet, presented by Betano, before giving his thoughts on the breakup between team and coach. To wrap up, he welcomes on Sportsnet's Michael Grange to break down where he thinks the relationship soured (45:43).  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 affiliates.
4/21/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds
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Game 2 Leafs Legacy Stakes w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s episode going over the Maple Leafs' lines ahead of a pivotal Game 2 against the Lightning. James Mirtle of The Athletic joins the conversation to the recap Toronto's tumultuous Game 1 and what areas the team needs to improve upon (00:02). They also discuss the legacies on the line within the organization, if Ilya Samsonov’s future depends on this game, and if Micheal Bunting has played his last game in the blue and white. JD closes out the show with some thoughts about the Bruins' Game 2 loss to the Panthers, before wrapping things up with his best bets, presented by Betano! (36:34). 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 affiliates.
4/20/202350 minutes
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What Went Wrong for the Leafs? w/ Kris Versteeg

JD Bunkis recaps a disappointing series-opening effort from the Maple Leafs last night and questions what went wrong during Game 1. Two-time Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg offer his thoughts on Toronto's loss and focuses in on the team's reliance on cycling the puck, and what, if anything, Jon Cooper is doing better then Sheldon Keefe (07:43). The pair then discuss how a goalie having an off night can affect the rest of the team, why the Leafs need to change their zone entries, what to make of the officiating last night, and if we could see Mathew Knies in the Game 2 lineup. JD closes out the day with his best bets, presented by Betano! (46:52). 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 affiliates.
4/19/202349 minutes, 26 seconds
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Leafs-Lightning Series Preview

JD Bunkis is amped for the start of the Maple Leafs' playoff run! He shares why this year has a different feel compared to last year's series against the Lightning, and looks at the stakes surrounding the core four heading into another postseason (00:01). Next up, Justin Bourne of Real Kyper and Bourne joins JD to preview the series and discuss the level of confidence in Leafland, the biggest matchups to keep an eye on, and more! (16:45) JD closes out the day with his best bets, presented by Betano, before a podcast-only version of ‘What we Missed’! (50:01) 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 affiliates.
4/18/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 43 seconds
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Good Hour: Jays' Important Weekend + Good Omens for the Leafs

JD Bunkis kicks off a new week with Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, for another edition of 'Good Hour'! They recap the Blue Jays' series against the Rays and question just how big it was in the race for the American League East, before sharing their biggest takeaways from the weekend and Toronto's young season so far (00:02). JD and Ben then preview the Maple Leafs' upcoming playoff series against the Lightning, their emotional and realistic expectations for what's to come, and if Kyle Dubas has earned a contract extension (34:43). The boys close out the day with their best bets, presented by Betano, before a podcast-only version of 'What we Missed' (49:34). 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 affiliates.
4/17/20231 hour, 42 minutes, 8 seconds
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Meaningful Takeaways from a Meaningless Leafs Season w/ James Mirtle

JD Bunkis is joined by James Mirtle, Managing Editor at The Athletic, to share his takeaways from the Maple Leafs' regular season, his points of interest heading into the playoffs, how big has the addition of Jake McCabe been to Toronto's blue line, what happened to Nick Robertson this year, and his confidence level heading into another first round matchup against the Lightning (00:01). JD then comments on the Raptors' end of season media availability yesterday, and looks ahead to what the future holds for Fred VanVleet and Nick Nurse (34:19). We close out the week with this weekend's best bets, presented by Betano, before a podcast-only version of 'What we Missed! (49:56). 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 affiliates.
4/14/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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Rogers Centre Review + Raptors' Nightmare Is Over (Or Just Beginning?) w/ Blake Murphy

JD Bunkis is joined by Blake Murphy, co-host of The FAN Drive Time, who offers his review of the new and improved Rogers Centre from the “dome opener”, which of the new changes resonates the most with him, and how having the roof open changes a fan's viewing experience. (00:01) Later on, JD and Blake get into the Raptors' loss last night against the Bulls, bringing their season to a close. The pair look back on what's happened to the championship core that won in 2019, before discussing how much blame can be placed on the front office and what lies ahead this summer (24:41). JD closes out the day with his best bet, presented by Betano, before a podcast-only version of ‘What we Missed’! (49:54) 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 affiliates.
4/13/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 18 seconds
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Good Hour: Villains Who Became Heroes

JD Bunkis is joined by the host of The FAN Drive Time, Ben Ennis, for this week's edition of 'Good Hour'! They discuss Ben’s time at the ballpark and what he likes from the new and improved Rogers Centre, how confident they are in the new bullpen, and the level of concern surrounding Alek Manoah. The guys then go over whether or not Kevin Kiermaier has the chance to go from zero to hero in the city, before sorting through the biggest stories of redemption in Toronto sports history (12:34). Ben and JD wrap things up previewing the Raptors' Play-In game against Chicago Bulls tonight and the potential poetic justice to DeMar DeRozan ending Toronto season. JD closes out the day with his best bets, presented by Betano (35:12)!   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 affiliates.
4/12/202350 minutes, 4 seconds
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Leafs-Lightning Goaltending Focus w/ Curtis McElhinney

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s pod by reminiscing about his past experiences at Blue Jays home openers and shares why it's so difficult for him to miss this year's festivities (00:01). Two-time Stanley Cup champion and the host of The Walls Within podcast, Curtis McElhinney looks back on his time playing for both Tampa Bay and Toronto and shares where the organizations vary, what it was like to backup Andrei Vasilevskiy, and how he feels about Ilya Samsonov long term (08:34). Later on, JD shares his thoughts on Matthew Knies' Maple Leafs debut and breaks down what impressed him during his first NHL game (40:23). The boys close with the day with best bets, presented by Betano, before wrapping up with a podcast-only version of ‘What we Missed’! 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 affiliates.
4/11/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 50 seconds
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Alex Wong's Raptors Review + Blue Jays' Weekend, The Masters & UFC 287

JD Bunkis recaps a wild weekend for the Blue Jays and shares his level of concern surrounding José Berríos after another troubling start (00:01). Alex Wong of The Raptors Show offers his take on the etiquette of spoilers, before looking back on a tumultuous season for the Toronto Raptors. The pair get into their expectations ahead of the team's Play-In test against the Bulls, their biggest takeaways from the season as a whole, and what positives the group can take into next year and beyond (12:21). Then JD gives us his best bet of the night, presented by Betano! The boys close out the day with ‘What we Missed’, recapping everything from Augusta with Sam McKee and UFC 287 (48:23)! 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 affiliates.
4/10/20232 hours, 3 minutes, 34 seconds
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James Mirtle's Leafs Pressing Questions + Masters First Round Reactions

JD Bunkis shares his thoughts on the start of The Masters and Rory McIlroy's slow start at Augusta National, begging the question if Rory will ever complete his career grand slam? Managing editor at The Athletic James Mirtle joins JD then to review the Maple Leafs' overtime loss to the Bruins last night, what the Buds can take away from the game, Sheldon Keefe's continued line shuffling, and how he feels about Toronto's goaltending heading into the playoffs (11:23). JD closes out the week with his best bets of the day, presented by Betano (50:06). 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 affiliates.
4/7/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 21 seconds
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Good Hour with Ben Ennis

JD Bunkis is joined by Ben Ennis, the host of The FAN Drive Time, for another edition of the ‘Good Hour’! The duo opens the show discussing how they use sports as a reference for time, before diving into the brand-new Rogers Centre renovations (00:01). The guys follow that up by discussing Daulton Varsho’s positive start, Brandon Belt’s struggles, and revisiting the Teoscar Hernandez trade (20:00). JD and Ben wrap up the show debating the impact of LIV Golf players at The Masters, and offer today’s best bets presented by Betano (41:25). 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 affiliates.
4/6/202350 minutes, 29 seconds
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Full Masters Preview with Joe House + The Golf Guys

It’s Masters week! JD Bunkis is joined by Joe House of the Fairway Rollin Podcast to discuss the presence of LIV Golf at Augusta and the potential favourites to don the green jacket in 2023. Later on, The Golf Guys a.k.a. Sam McKee and Brent Gunning join the show to share their thoughts on how LIV players will stack up against PGA talent and Tiger Woods’ legacy at Augusta (25:45). We wrap things up with a podcast-only version of 'What we Missed' (50:18)!  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 affiliates.
4/5/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 50 seconds
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Berríos Woes + How the New NBA CBA Impacts the Raptors with Blake Murphy

JD Bunkis is joined by Blake Murphy in-studio! They discuss UConn's NCAA men’s basketball championship, before breaking down the concern level surrounding José Berríos and the potential lack of depth in the Blue Jays' batting order. Later, JD and Blake share their thoughts on Nick Nurse’s future in Toronto and how the new NBA CBA will impact the league (46:20). We wrap things up with a podcast-only version of 'What we Missed' (50:10)!  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 affiliates.
4/4/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 5 seconds
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Nick Nurse’s Self-Sabotage + Chris Bassitt’s Nightmare Debut with Shi Davidi

JD Bunkis kicks off this week sharing his thoughts on the latest drama surrounding Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors. Next up, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi joins the show to break down Chris Bassitt’s Blue Jays debut, his key takeaways from the first series of the season, a potential Kevin Gausman curse, and what the team needs to see from Yusei Kikuchi and José Berríos against the Kansas City Royals (13:48). Later on, JD discusses last night's NCAA women’s basketball championship, how LSU Tigers forward Angel Reese has helped grow the game, and the impact of Matt Murray's injury (35:11). We wrap things up with a podcast-only version of 'What we Missed' (50:16)! 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 affiliates.
4/3/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 34 seconds
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Joe Siddall + Tyler O'Neill + Unapologetic Blue Jays First Impressions

JD Bunkis starts off the show offering some unapologetic first impressions of the Blue Jays first game of the season. (00:01) Sportsnet Blue Jays studio analyst Joe Siddall joins the conversation to discuss the early returns of Toronto's offseason changes, the key role baserunning played in the win, and his level of concern surrounding the team's bullpen (07:23). Later on, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and member of Team Canada Tyler O’Neill shares his review of yesterday's game, before chatting about his time at the World Baseball Classic, how Canada's showing could serve as a catalyst for future tournaments, and the state of Canadian baseball as a whole (29:33). We wrap up the week with a podcast-only version of 'What we Missed'! (48:43) 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 affiliates.
3/31/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Good Hour: 2023 Blue Jays Preview

JD Bunkis is joined by Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive time, to breakdown everything ahead of the 2023 Toronto Blue Jays season! The pair discuss their biggest storylines this year, if Alek Manoah is receiving too much criticism early on, the expectations for Bo Bichette, which addition they're most looking forward to see, and an X-factor to keep an eye on (00:01). JD and Ben wrap things up previewing the enticing Blue Jays futures bets in today's segment presented by Betano (45:29)!  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 affiliates.
3/30/202350 minutes, 3 seconds
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Canada's Number One Soccer Fan Returns + Pat Hentgen!

JD Bunkis recaps his trip to BMO Field to take in Team Canada's 4-1 win over Honduras in Nations League action, and shares how he feels about the Canadian side after their impressive performance (00:01). Next up, 1996 Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen joins JD to talk about his experience down at Blue Jays camp, his expectations for Toronto this year, the strength of the team's pitching staff, why Alek Manoah has impressed him, and his thoughts on MLB's new rules (11:23). Later on, the guys look back on Kyle Lowry’s return to Toronto last night and try to figure out how the Raptors' season might wrap up (41:21). JD then brings us tonight's best bet, presented by Betano, before the fellas share their first-ever podcast-only edition for the real ones! 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 affiliates.
3/29/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 18 seconds
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Canada Soccer and Kyle Lowry Return w/ Sid Seixeiro

Co-host of The FAN Morning Show Ailish Forfar joins JD off the top to give her verdict on the Blue Jays' new "Poutine Hot Dog", before sorting through all the new offerings available at Rogers Centre this season (00:01). Next up, TheScore's Joseph Casciaro chats about Kyle Lowry’s return to Toronto, how his tenure in Miami has gone thus far, and how much of the blame Luka Doncic should shoulder for the Mavericks' mess this year (12:32). Later on, JD offers his best bet for tonight's Canada-Honduras game, brought to you by Betano. Host of Breakfast TV Sid Seixeiro then shares his thoughts on the Lamar Jackson contract saga, the current state of Canadian soccer, and the key pieces on Canada's Nations League roster (52:07). The boys wrap up the day with 'What we Missed'! (1:31:58) 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 affiliates.
3/28/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 41 seconds
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Brian Boyle's Time in Toronto + Dan Shulman's Stories of Spring

JD Bunkis recaps the Maple Leafs' weekend of action and discusses what Matt Murray still has to prove as the season winds down. Voice of the Blue Jays Dan Shulman joins JD to give his final thoughts on 2023 MLB rule changes, how he sees the Opening Day roster shaping up, and his biggest story of the spring (10:32). JD then brings us his best bet of the night, brought to you by Betano! (49:08) 16-year NHLer and former Leaf Brian Boyle chats about his transition into broadcasting and what it was like being one of the first people on the 24/7 HBO series, before sharing his thoughts on the current Maple Leafs team (53:31). The guys close out the day with 'What we Missed'! (1:29:11). 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 affiliates. 
3/27/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 4 seconds
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Life in the Big Leagues w/ John Gibbons + James Mirtle

JD opens the show reviewing last night’s action between the Maple Leafs and Panthers, kicked off with arguably one of the worst renditions of "O Canada" of all time. Managing Editor at The Athletic James Mirtle joins the fray to discuss the Leafs' play over the last two weeks, how Toronto's top-six forwards might shake out come playoff time, if Auston Mathews has rediscovered his mojo, and what to make of Connor McDavid’s comments on international competition (12:34). Next up, JD brings us today's best bet of the day, presented by Betano! (47:32) Later on, former Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons chats about his new book “Tales of a Baseball Lifer”, before looking back on how his time in Toronto came to a close and how has the game changed from when he started managing to now (55:19). The guys close out the week with a Friday edition of 'What we Missed'! (1:36:32). 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 affiliates.
3/24/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 19 seconds
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McDavid's Off-Ice Importance w/ Craig Simpson + Baseball's Shining Moment w/ Ben Ennis

JD Bunkis welcomes back co-host of The FAN Drive Time Ben Ennis for this week's edition of the 'Good Hour' (00:01)! The pair chat about baseball's momentum coming off of the World Baseball Classic, what lessons other professional sports leagues can learn from this, and if Mike Trout will ever have a bigger moment than the final at-bat of the tournament. The guys then recap all the major stories (or lack thereof) coming out of Blue Jays spring training this year (39:39), before JD offers his best bet of the night, presented by Betano! Next up, Craig Simpson of Hockey Night in Canada hops aboard to discuss Connor McDavid’s comments about hockey's need for best-on-best international competition, before sharing his takeaways on the Maple Leafs post-trade deadline and how the team's blue line should ideally shape up (53:32). JD closes out the day with 'What we Missed', featuring his thoughts on the Raptors' loss last night and what's in store for the final stretch of the season (1:23:03). 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 affiliates.
3/23/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Fall Of Mercedes w/ Will Buxton + Maple Leafs Warning Signs

JD Bunkis starts things off chatting about the local "coffee dictator" we all know, before Sky Sports Formula 1 analyst Will Buxton joins the show! (00:06) He looks back at the opening two races of the 2023 season to discuss the issues within Mercedes, the new era of dominance at Red Bull, if the new regulations can help tighten up the grid, and Fernando Alonso channeling his inner Tom Brady with back-to-back podiums. Later on, JD breaks down last night's ugly performance by the Maple Leafs and weighs his level of concern for the team heading down the stretch (39:40). Jackie Redmond of the NHL Network joins the fray to determine how to pronounce Calle Jarnkrok's name, before sharing her takeaways from the game in Long Island (55:53). The guys close out the day with 'What we Missed" (1:30:43). 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 affiliates.
3/22/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tom Haberstroh on the NBA-Ref Dynamic + Leafs Troubling Trends w/ Ian Tulloch

JD Bunkis looks back on last night's electrifying World Baseball Classic semi-final and discusses how the sport can capitalize on this momentum (00:01). Host of the Basketball Illuminati podcast Tom Haberstroh chats about the ongoing feud between the Raptors and NBA referees, how the NBA should hold officials accountable, and O.G. Anunoby's chances to win Defensive Player of the Year (11:23). JD then shares his best bet of the night, presented by Betano! (54:29) Later on, NHL Data Analyst Ian Tulloch looks into the Maple Leafs' numbers post-trade deadline, Toronto's ideal defensive pairings, how the bottom-six could shake out, and what pieces this team is still missing (57:28). The gang close out the day with 'What we Missed' featuring the rumours linking Joey Votto to the Blue Jays (1:22:41). 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 affiliates.
3/21/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 20 seconds
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Can the Battle of Ontario Make A Comeback?

JD Bunkis starts off recapping the madness from this weekend's NCAA tournament and evaluate the damage to our brackets already, before looking back on the Raptors' up and down weekend (00:01). Later on, Luke Thomas of CBS Sports chats about the aftermath of UFC 268 and reflects on how Kamara Usman’s latest loss impacts his legacy in the welterweight division (32:34). Next up, JD shares his best bet of the night, brought to you by Betano! Afterwards, co-host of Real Kyper and Bourne Nick Kypreos discusses on if the Battle of Ontario can be saved after laying dormant for years, Matt Murray's play since returning from injury, and Auston Matthews' ideal line mates come playoff time (52:21). The boys close out the day with 'What we Missed', featuring the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (1:22:34)!  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 affiliates.
3/20/20231 hour, 39 minutes
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Canadian Cross-Sport Excellence w/ Ernie Whitt & Michael Grange

JD Bunkis closes out the week with Ben Ennis of The FAN Drive Time on the "Good Hour"! The pair discuss the World Baseball Classic to this point and Canada's growth within the tournament (00:01). Later on, JD and Ben determine the biggest Toronto sports villains, their favourite Canadian athletes across the sporting landscape, and share their thoughts on the fifth season of Netflix's Drive to Survive Formula 1 docuseries (33:23). Next up, Ernie Whitt, Manager of Canada at the WBC and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, joins JD to chat about his team's performance at the tournament, his view on the future of Canadian baseball, and if he plans to remain with the program moving forward (53:04). Sportsnet's Michael Grange wraps things up discussing his latest article on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, how high his ceiling can be, and shares his takeaways from the Raptors' season so far (1:14:23). 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 affiliates.
3/17/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 38 seconds
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Pro and Cons of 11-and-7 w/ Kris Versteeg + Dan Hanzus on Rodgers to the Jets

JD Bunkis celebrates the return of the March Madness tournament kicking off today! (00:02) He welcomes in two-time Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg to breakdown the Maple Leafs' shoutout loss to the Avalanche, before discussing if Toronto's 11-and-7 system here to stay, if Morgan Rielly receives too much criticism, and Auston Matthews' season so far (11:23). Daniele Franceschi, Producer of The FAN Morning Show, joins JD to offer his thoughts on the Madness and share his best bet, brought to you by Betano! (59:32) Later on, JD recaps Canada’s performance at the WBC and looks ahead to the program's promising future, before sharing his excitement for Conor McGregor to return to the octagon (1:17:24). Dan Hanzus, host of Around The NFL, wraps things up with his thoughts on Aaron Rodgers' announcement that he wants in the Meadowlands, how Jets fans are reacting to the news, and if this announcement will turn into a contract (1:17:23). 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 affiliates.
3/16/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ariel Helwani, Keith Law & Blake Murphy In-Studio!

JD Bunkis is joined by The FAN Drive Time's Blake Murphy to break down Canada’s win over Columbia at the World Baseball Classic and how that sets up their final group stage match against Mexico (00:01). The guys then sort through the biggest Blue Jays storylines out of spring training, the plan at second base this season, and if the Raptors' victory over the Nuggets could change the vision and direction of this team (16:39). Next up, baseball writer for The Athletic Keith Law joins JD to share if he is onboard the Ricky Tiedemann "hype train", before taking a step back to view the Jays' prospect development pipeline this year (52:55). Later on, host of The MMA Hour Ariel Helwani discusses his Buffalo Bills sending Tremaine Edmunds to Chicago, his surging New York Knicks, and the fast-approaching UFC 286 card! (1:13:34) 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 affiliates.
3/15/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 23 seconds
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Leafs Best Option in Net w/ Kevin Woodley + Berrios Scaries w/ Ben Nicholson-Smith

JD kicks off today’s episode recapping last night's action including the Maple Leafs' loss to the Sabres and Canada’s disappointing showing against the States in the World Baseball Classic (00:01). Co-host of At The Letters Ben Nicholson-Smith joins the fray to look back on Canada's loss and share his expectations for the team going forward. He and JD then measure their concerns for Jose Berrios following his rough start for Puerto Rico, before getting into their biggest takeaways from Blue Jays spring training (11:23). Later on, JD previews tonight's matchup between the Raptors and Nuggets and shares his best bets, brought to you by Betano! (38:12) Next up, Kevin Woodley of InGoal Magazine and NHL.com weighs in on Matt Murray’s play since returning from injury, what's behind his recent struggles, and who he believes Toronto should start in net for the postseason (53:21). The boys close out the show today with 'What we Missed'! (1:25:34). 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 affiliates.
3/14/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 17 seconds
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Leafs Stretch Run Questions w/ Justin Bourne + Robert Mays on the Bears' Big Win

JD Bunkis opens up discussing the pros and cons of daylight savings time, before recapping Canada’s dominant win over Great Britain in their opening match in the World Baseball Classic (00:01). Co-host of Real Kyper and Bourne Justin Bourne breaks down his takeaways from the Leafs' statement win over the Oilers, what we learned about Michael Bunting and Sheldon Keefe, and his level of concern surrounding Matt Murray (12:23). Next up, JD brings you his best bet of the night, brought you by Betano! (47:23) Later on, host of The Athletic Football Podcast Robert Mays weighs in on the Chicago Bears' trade for D.J. Moore and multiple draft picks in exchange for the first overall pick in 2023, before offering his thoughts on the latest quarterback news surrounding Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers (52:23). The boys close out the day with 'What we Missed', including a recap of the Oscars, sleep habits, and Patrick Mahomes' skills outside of football (1:11:48)!  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 affiliates.
3/13/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 30 seconds
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Raptors vs. Refs, Leafs Prospect Report & Lamar Jackson's Future

JD Bunkis opens the show with his thoughts on the Raptors' loss to the Clippers, capped off with Fred VanVleet explosive post-game comments directed at referee Ben Taylor. Host of The Raptors Show Will Lou joins the conversation to share how it feels watching Kawhi Leonard play well against Toronto, Los Angeles' NBA title chances, and what an ideal offseason would look like for the Raptors (11:02). Next up, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio recaps the latest news around the NFL including: how he sees Lamar Jackson's contract situation playing out, if the Commanders could be in the mix for him, what's next for Aaron Rodgers, and if Tom Brady is *really* retired this time (52:02). Finally, Sportsnet's Jason Bukala joins JD to discuss his recent piece on Matthew Knies and what he can bring to the Maple Leafs this season, before looking back on Toronto's trade deadline and if the team addressed their most pressing needs (1:20:34).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 affiliates.
3/9/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 18 seconds
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Leafs Roster Battles w/ James Mirtle + Arden Zwelling on Jays Pitching Depth

JD kicks off today’s episode discussing the frivolous spending habits of today’s youth, before shifting focus to the Maple Leafs' victory over the Devils and Ilya Samsonov's security as the team's number one goalie. James Mirtle, Managing Editor at The Athletic, joins the conversation to discuss Samsonov’s play of late, what Micheal Bunting’s next contract might look like, the ideal role for Timothy Liljegren, and the biggest problem surrounding the Leafs currently (11:23). JD then weighs in on the Lamar Jackson saga after the Baltimore Ravens utilized their franchise tag on the QB, and questions if something fishy is going on (48:50). Later on, Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling checks in from Dunedin, Florida to discuss the biggest Blue Jays stories including: Yusei Kikuchi's resurgence, the level of concern for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s injury, and how the pitch clock has been received early on (54:18). Finally, the boys close out the day with ‘What we Missed’ (1:30:03)! 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 affiliates.
3/8/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Good Hour, Righteous Ref Rage + Bautista's Underrated Career

JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Drive Time, kick off the 'Good Hour' discussing the Raptors' narrow loss to the Nuggets and how much blame can be assigned to the Scott Foster and the officiating crew (00:02). Later on, the boys reflect on Jose Bautista being honoured by the Blue Jays with a spot on the Level of Excellence, before weighing in on Joey Votto's stance on not playing for Team Canada at the WBC (32:20). Next up, The Athletic's Shayna Goldman stops by to chat about last week's trade frenzy in the NHL, her perspective on evaluating players joining new teams, and how big of a sample size is required to arrive at those decisions (51:01). The fellas close out the day with 'What we Missed'! (1:15:27). 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 affiliates.
3/7/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 8 seconds
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Leafs Rollercoaster, F1 Returns & Jon Jones Cements His Legacy

JD Bunkis kicks off the week recapping a busy sports weekend featuring the Maple Leafs' letdown, drama between the Suns and Mavericks, and the 2023 Formula One season starting in Bahrain (00:01)! Sportsnet's Luke Fox joins JD to go over the Toronto's weekend on the ice, the team's defensive pairings, Timothy Liljegren's role going forward, and the vibes around the team following the trade deadline (11:32). JD then focuses on the octagon to recap UFC 285, and offers his thoughts on if Jon Jones has cemented himself as the greatest of all time (34:02). Next up, NBA writer Howard Beck looks back about an exciting weekend in the Association, before discussing the latest on Ja Morant and how both he and the Grizzlies will proceed from here (52:13). The guys close out the day with 'What we Missed'! 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 affiliates.
3/6/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 8 seconds
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Trade Deadline Day w/ Paul Bissonnette, Ryan Getzlaf & Mike Futa

JD Bunkis kicks off the podcast recapping the Maple Leafs' victory over the Flames last night and shares what he loved about Luke Schenn’s return to the Blue and White. Sportsnet's front office analyst Mike Futa joins JD in-studio to look back on a crazy week for the Leafs, if the team is better positioned now then when they started the week, and if Kyle Dubas' legacy has changed with these moves (00:06). Next up, Paul Bissonnette from Spittin’ Chiclets joins JD in-studio to share his NHL trade deadline expectations, before reflecting on his post-playing career and why he thinks other former players haven’t taken his approach to retirement and media (40:57). Later on, former Ducks centre and new Sportsnet analyst Ryan Getzlaf discusses his standouts from the trades made this week and looks ahead to the path way forward for the Leafs to succeed this season (1:19:08). JD closes out the show giving you his thoughts on what's to come ahead of today's fast-approaching deadline. 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 affiliates.
3/3/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 5 seconds
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Canadian Trade Deadline Rankings w/ Hailey Salvian + Bismack Biyombo!

JD Bunkis recaps the Maple Leafs' stinker last night against the Oilers and shares why he isn’t reading to much into the loss. Hailey Salvian, host of Hockey Central on Sportsnet 960, takes a look from coast to coast to determine which Canadian team has had the best deadline, before breaking down Bruins' trade for Tyler Bertuzzi and what it means for the Eastern Conference (00:07). Next up, Phoenix Suns centre and former Raptor Bismack Biyombo joins JD to chat about how Kevin Durant’s addition has energized the team, and finds the similarities between Chris Paul and his former point guard Kyle Lowry (38:28). Finally, Managing Editor at The Athletic James Mirtle goes over how the new-look Leafs could arrange their lines, and speculates if General Manager Kyle Dubas is done or if there are still more moves to come (1:00:34). 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 affiliates.
3/2/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 18 seconds
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Leafs Total Makeover & What's Next w/ Frank Seravalli + Kris Versteeg

JD Bunkis kicks things off by breaking down Kyle Dubas' list of moves made Tuesday afternoon, why he is a fan of the Maple Leafs' new approach, and which addition stands out to him (00:01). Daily Faceoff Insider Frank Seravalli joins the conversation to discuss the inner workings of these trades and if Dubas and the Leafs are done, before taking a look around the league ahead of Friday's trade deadline (11:23). Next up, two-time Stanley Cup champion and former Leaf Kris Versteeg looks into what Toronto's new additions could add to the roster, how the shakeup will impact the locker room, and shares his memories of playing alongside Luke Schenn (50:34).  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 affiliates.
3/1/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 41 seconds
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Leafs Make Another Splash w/ Jeff Marek + Colby Armstrong

JD Bunkis breaks down the Maple Leafs' acquisition of Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty from the Blackhawks, and discusses how the pair will impact the team moving forward. Jeff Marek, co-host of 32 Thoughts, joins the fray to add if Kyle Dubas and the Leafs have more trades to come, and what this move means for Matthew Knies' future with the Blue and White (10:00). Later on, JD reviews Kyle Dubas' press conference yesterday and analyzes his reasoning behind the trade (37:48). Next up, host of Chiclets Game Notes Colby Armstrong offers a player's perspective on the deal and chats about how going all-in can energize a team (51:35). 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 affiliates.
2/28/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 13 seconds
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Trade Winners & Losers w/ Mike Futa + Raptors & Jays Stock Watch

JD Bunkis kicks off the show recapping a wild weekend in Toronto including a pair of Maple Leafs' wins, and the new players entering the NHL's Eastern Conference arms race. We then turn our attention to the hardcourt to discuss how Jakob Poeltl has impacted the Raptors, if the trade could mark a turning point for the season, and if we reacted too harshly to Toronto's quiet trade deadline (00:01). Later on, JD looks back on the first two games of Grapefruit League action for the Blue Jays and shares his first impressions of the pitch clock, before weighing in on Jake Paul's first professional boxing loss to Tommy Furry (41:34). Two-time Stanley Cup Champion and current Sportsnet analyst Mike Futa breaks down Timo Meier's trade to New Jersey, how the Leafs could replace Jake Muzzin, and who's buying and selling ahead of the March 3rd trade deadline (53:49). 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 affiliates.
2/27/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 21 seconds
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Richie Laryea on Canada's World Cup Run + Good Hour

JD Bunkis is joined by Ben Ennis, co-host of The FAN Drive Time, to breakdown what a modern snow day looks like after the recent snowfall in southern Ontario (00:02). Then, JD and Ben take a step back to view the Blue Jays' offseason and ask if this team has improved on last year's roster, if Toronto's front office prioritized run prevention too much, and what the future holds for Matt Chapman (34:38). JD then weighs in on Jake Muzzin after the Maple Leafs announced he will miss the rest of the season, and questions if the team should add another defenceman. Later on, Toronto F.C. and Canadian men's national team fullback Richie Laryea joins the show to preview TFC's season getting underway on Sunday, before looking back on his experience at the 2022 World Cup (54:15). 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 affiliates.
2/23/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 38 seconds
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NHL Intensity w/ Jeremy Roenick + Justin Termine's NBA 2nd Half Preview

JD Bunkis starts off sorting through the Maple Leafs' 6-3 win over the Sabres last night, capped off with a Ryan O'Reilly hat trick, and shares his takeaways. Host of NBA Today on Sirius XM, Justin Termine previews the second half of the NBA season including which teams are facing the most pressure, the importance of this stretch for LeBron James, and his thoughts on the Raptors' trade deadline (11:34). Later on, author and former NHLer Jeremy Roenick joins JD to chat about how the game has changed since the end of his career and his Hall of Fame case, before focusing in on Toronto to share his thoughts on the Blue and White (52:04). The boys wrap up the day with 'What we Missed'. (1:28:35) 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 affiliates.
2/22/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 27 seconds
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Leafs' Next Rival w/ Rob Ray + Matthew Barnaby

JD Bunkis opens up the show talking about the renewed rivalry between the Sabres and Maple Leafs on display tonight in Buffalo and gets into why it’s a positive for the sport. Later on, former Sabre and author of Unfiltered, Matthew Barnaby chats about his experience at the WWE Elimination Chamber in Montreal, before sharing his thoughts on the resurgence of his former team and Ryan O’Reilly's trade to Toronto (11:34). JD then weighs in on Matt Chapman’s comments about wanting to stay in Toronto and looks ahead to discuss the possibility of that long-term(37:18). Next up, former NHLer and Sabres broadcaster Rob Ray offers his perspective on Buffalo's needs at the deadline and where he sees the team finishing out the season (50:32). Finally, the guys close out the day with ‘What we Missed’ featuring hair cut talk and flight horror stories (1:17:28). 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 affiliates.
2/21/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dubas' Big Swing, O'Reilly's Fit and What's Next w/ James Mirtle + Cam Janssen

JD brings the whole podcast family together to share his thoughts on Ryan O’Reilly's arrival in Toronto and the high price Kyle Dubas paid. NHL veteran and the host of the Cam and Strick podcast, Cam Janssen looks back on O’Reilly time in St. Louis and discusses the type of player the Leafs are getting, while also weighing in on what Noel Acciari can bring to the team (10:24). Later on, JD and the boys recap NBA All-Star Weekend and share why they were left disappointed (36:32). Next up, The Athletic's James Mirtle chats about Toronto's acquisition of O’Reilly and looks ahead to the Leafs' next potential move (53:40). Finally, the guys close out the day with the biggest stories we missed from the weekend (1:26:01).  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 affiliates.
2/20/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 58 seconds
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Spring Things w/ Jon Morosi + Good Hour!

JD Bunkis is joined by Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, for this week's edition of 'Good Hour' starting off with a game of 'Who’s the Bad Guy?' (00:02). Later on, the pair get into their review of Netflix's PGA docuseries Full Swing and why it left JD wanting more, before going over the Blue Jays' most intriguing spring training storylines (12:34). MLB Network Insider Jon Morosi joins the fray live from spring training in Dunedin to share what he expects from the Jays this year and how will the 2023 rule changes will affect the team, specifically Kevin Gausman (50:34). The boys close out the week with 'What we Missed', featuring the Yankees losing a starting pitcher and a sink hole in Toronto! (1:26:34) 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 affiliates.
2/17/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 40 seconds
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Matthew Knies + Leafs Trade Trouble w/ James Mirtle

JD revisits his take on Patrick Mahomes' Super Bowl showing and whether or not it should be on the Mount Rushmore of injured performances. Then, Managing Editor at The Athletic James Mirtle joins the show to discuss if Patrick Kane would be a fit with the Maple Leafs, the price of moving Petr Mrazek last offseason, and the team's biggest needs heading into the trade deadline (10:32). Later on, University of Minnesota forward and Maple Leafs prospect Matthew Knies chats about where he sees himself in Toronto's lineup and how he balances being a student with the hype surrounding him (55:34). JD wraps things up with 'What we Missed', featuring MLB's new bases for the 2023 season. 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 affiliates.
2/16/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 25 seconds
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Elliotte Friedman on the Latest Leafs Rumours + Joe House

JD and the guys recap their Valentine's Days before getting down to business on the Raptors' 123-113 win last night and the culture war that is surrounding this team. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman helps get us ready for the NHL trade deadline by sharing Patrick Kane's potential landing spots, if he thinks Kyle Dubas will make a big swing, and what to make of Justin Holl being scratched (11:23). Later on, host of Fairway Rollin' Joe House previews the PGA’s new Netflix docuseries Full Swing and the impact it could have for growing the game of golf worldwide, before going over the similarities between the Raptors and Wizards currently (50:03). The boys close out the show with 'What we Missed', featuring Juju Smith-Schuster talking smack (1:32:16)!  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 affiliates.
2/15/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 12 seconds
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UFC 284 Review w/ Ariel Helwani + Justin Bourne

JD starts off breaking down the 2023 MLB rule changes and makes the case that change is a good thing which more sports should be open to. Ariel Helwani, host of The MMA Hour, joins JD to recap everything from UFC 284, before looking ahead to where the promotion heads next and what's on the horizon for former Heavyweight Champion Francois Ngannou (00:02). Later on, co-host of Real Kyper and Bourne and author of Down and Back, Justin Bourne joins to discuss his new book focusing on his journey through addiction (50:12). 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 affiliates.
2/14/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mahomes Magic Fuels Chiefs Comeback w/ Greg Jennings

JD kicks off this week with Ailish Forfar, co-host of The FAN Morning Show, who recaps her Super Bowl bets and Rihanna's halftime show (00:01). Afterwards, JD and the gang dive into how Kansas City's title affects Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes' legacies, and if the late pass interference call against the Eagles overshadowed the game. Later on, JD focuses in on the Maple Leafs' loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, the lingering issues surrounding the team, and if they should inquire about Patrick Kane ahead of the trade deadline (40:15). Next up, NFL Insider and Super Bowl champion Greg Jennings joins us to discuss his Super Bowl takeaways and Patrick Mahomes' special performance on virtually one leg (50:12). The boys wrap up the day with 'What we Missed', featuring a recap of UFC 284 and a discussion on why owners get to hold championship trophies first (1:19:43).  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 affiliates.
2/13/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 56 seconds
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Raptors Deadline Dud + What's Next w/ Blake Murphy

Sportsnet’s Blake Murphy joins JD in-studio for a full breakdown of the Toronto Raptors' trade deadline, and focuses in on why the organization ultimately decided to keep O.G. Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet. JD and Blake discuss the rumoured offers that were on the table for the Raptors and look back on the Jakob Poeltl trade after no other subsequent moves were made (00:04). To end the show, JD reflects on Kyle Dubas’ media availability as the Maple Leafs look ahead to the NHL’s trade deadline (48:22), before the guys share their best bets for Super Bowl LVII in 'Time for Action', presented by DraftKings (1:13:28). 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 affiliates.
2/10/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds
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Poeltl Power + Raptors Next Steps with Michael Grange and Pat Garrity

While you were sleeping, the NBA took over Twitter timelines with Jakob Poeltl being dealt to the Raptors and Kevin Durant being sent to the Suns in a blockbuster deal. JD welcomes Sportsnet’s Michael Grange to discuss the price the Raptors paid for Poeltl and what else the Raptors are looking to accomplish before the 3pm trade deadline. Stadium Front Office insider and former NBA executive Pat Garrity assesses the trades made so far, notably Durant and the Lakers-Timberwolves-Jazz three-team deal, and reflects on what it’s like to deal with the Raptors & Masai Ujiri in trade negotiations.   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 affiliates. 
2/9/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 1 second
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LeBron’s Concrete Legacy (But Unstable Future) + Raptors Deadline Questions with Will Lou

JD opens today’s show with his thoughts on LeBron James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Will Lou of ‘The Raptors Show’ joins JD to discuss Pascal Siakam’s comments ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and what Bobby Webster & Masai Ujiri might have up their sleeves (11:01). NFL insider Greg Jennings reflects on winning the Super Bowl with the Packers, in-game matchups to watch for this Sunday, and Andy Reid’s legacy (52:32). In ‘What We Missed’ JD & the guys cover stories about Tony Romo, tiered pricing in movie theatres, and Mason McTavish (1:20:09). 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 affiliates.
2/8/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds
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Is Toronto Overrated? + Raptors Rumours with Bobby Marks

JD is joined by ESPN’s Front Office Insider Bobby Marks with his latest intel on the Raptors and what could be done ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline (11:34). In ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD discusses which Travis Kelce prop he likes for the big game (45:30). With the 2024 NHL All-Star game officially coming to Toronto, Sam McKee joins JD and the guys to share their thoughts on the announcement and this past weekend’s festivities in Florida (49:54). In an extended edition of ‘What We Missed’ the guys discuss Conor McGregor, LeBron James, and potential destinations for Patrick Kane (1:27:36). 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 affiliates.
2/7/20231 hour, 38 minutes
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Raptors Big Picture Questions w/ Seerat Sohi + Ian Tulloch on Leafs Data at the Break

JD is joined by The Ringer’s Seerat Sohi to discuss her recent column on Scottie Barnes, O.G. Anunoby’s name constantly being in the rumour mill, and if Fred VanVleet will still be Toronto’s point guard after next week’s trade deadline (15:23). In ’Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD examines the Super Bowl MVP odds and where he sees value (53:58) Leafs analyst Ian Tulloch breaks down the Maple Leafs' season at the All-Star break while taking a deeper-dive into the numbers and analytics that matter (57:04). 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 affiliates.
2/3/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Art of Trash Talking w/ Matthew Barnaby + James Mirtle's Big Picture NHL Questions

JD is joined by The Athletic’s James Mirtle to discuss a variety of NHL topics following Leafs-Bruins, before pondering if Brad Marchand may be the NHL’s second-most important player (12:34). JD welcomes 15-Year NHL veteran and author of "Unflitered" Matthew Barnaby on the podcast to break down the art of trash talking on the ice (54:22). John Herdman will be back to coach the Canadian men’s national team after rumours surfaced that he would be going to New Zealand; soccer analyst James Sharman discusses Herdman’s re-commitment to the program (1:18:22). 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 affiliates.
2/2/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ray Bourque + Ric Bucher & Blake Murphy on Raptors Deadline

JD opens with his thoughts on Tom Brady’s (second) retirement announcement. Blake Murphy joins the show in-studio to discuss the Blue Jays signing Chad Green to bolster their bullpen, and shares his view on the Raptors with the trade deadline just over a week away (03:00). Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque looks back at his legendary career, why he looked forward to All-Star weekend, and shares his thoughts on this iteration of the Boston Bruins (50:12). We wrap with FOX Sports NBA analyst Ric Bucher, who shares a national perspective on what he’s hearing ahead of the NBA trade deadline (1:21:07).   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 affiliates.
2/1/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 42 seconds
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Good Hour w/ Rink Rat Ben Ennis + All-Star Game Meaning w/ Jeff Marek

Jeff Marek joins JD with his thoughts on the Bo Horvat trade, how it affects the market, the price the Islanders paid, and the All-Star game format (13:45). In ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD and the guys examine the early lines for the Eagles-Chiefs Super Bowl (49:34). In ‘Good Hour’ JD and Ben Ennis discuss Ben’s backyard rink (and all that comes with it), the Rory McIlroy-Patrick Reed feud, and more (52:20). Later, Ennis sticks around for ‘What We Missed’ where they examine the story of a 29-year old suiting up to play high school basketball (1:25:47)! 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 affiliates.
1/31/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is Tavares Under Appreciated? + Another Mahomes Miracle w/ Greg Jennings

The Super Bowl is set with the Eagles and Chiefs picking up wins on Championship Sunday. JD and the guys recap the weekend with their thoughts on the results, Joe Burrow’s play in the championship game, and what the 49ers might do at quarterback after falling short (02:25). Sportsnet’s Luke Fox joins the show after the Maple Leafs' win over the Capitals to discuss John Tavares playing in his 1000th NHL game, if he’s properly celebrated in the city, and Matt Murray being out until after the All-Star break (31:21). NFL insider Greg Jennings breaks down Championship weekend, notably dealing with tough losses in the heat of the moment and the officiating in Bengals-Chiefs (52:22). In ‘What we Missed’, JD and the crew tap in to the recent NBA buzz including the Clippers reportedly having interest in Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry, and the missed foul call on LeBron James at the end of Lakers-Celtics (1:27:37). 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 affiliates.
1/30/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 58 seconds
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Football Fiesta Championship Weekend w/ Dan Hanzus + Ty Dunne

It’s Championship weekend in the NFL! Tyler Dunne joins JD to preview Niners-Eagles & Bengals-49ers and also weighs-in on the Jets hiring Nathaniel Hackett and if Aaron Rodgers could follow his old offensive coordinator to New York (09:34). In ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD and the guys discuss the weekend’s matchups from betting perspective and reveal what is making their card (38:34). Dan Hanzus of ‘Around the NFL’ looks back to last weekend and the teams who were eliminated. What are the next steps for the Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, and Giants (53:24)? To end the show, JD and they guys react to the news that Auston Matthews will be absent from the Maple Leafs lineup for at least three weeks (1:20:31). 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 affiliates.
1/27/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 59 seconds
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Jason Blake on Playing in Toronto + Jake Fischer on Pivotal Raptors Moment

JD opens the show discussing Timothy Liljegren’s value to Toronto's blueline before being joined by former Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake. Blake opens up about his time with the Maple Leafs, why he’s proud of his stint, his cancer diagnosis after signing with the team, and returning to Canada for the World Juniors to cheer on his son Jackson with Team USA (10:43). Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports talks about what he’s hearing in regards to the Raptors in the rumour mill, if Gary Trent Jr. will be re-signed or dealt, and the clubs keeping an eye on Toronto (51:03).  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 affiliates.
1/26/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Good Hour + Does the NHL Have a Tanking Problem?

Ben Ennis joins JD for 'Good Hour' where they go over a variety of topics including: the Clippers' reported interest in Fred VanVleet, airplane etiquette, and the new outfield dimensions for the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (00:24). Nick Kypreos joins JD to break down Gary Bettman’s latest comments and how Sheldon Keefe is handling the Leafs' goalies (50:30). In ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, we focuses in on A.J. Brown ahead of the NFC Championship. JD ends the show with his thoughts on the NBA trade market, and how the Raptors will handle the likes of Gary Trent Jr., Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby (1:13:32).   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 affiliates.  
1/25/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 45 seconds
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Leafs Trade Bait and Targets w/Frank Seravalli + What's Next for the Bills?

Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli joins JD following the Leafs win to discuss Ilya Samsonov’s recent stretch in-goal, Toronto’s interest in various players around the league like Chicago’s Jake McCabe, and if the Blackhawks could deal Jonathan Toews before the deadline (11:34). Afterwards in ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings JD and the guys go over the fishy lines for Championship weekend in the NFL (41:34). Aaron Quinn, host of the Cover 1 Buffalo podcast joins the show in the aftermath of the Bills’ loss to the Bengals to discuss what went wrong, if there will be any changes to Sean McDermott’s, and if the team will re-sign Jordan Poyer & Tremaine Edmunds (49:34). In 'What We Missed' the guys discuss some Raptors rumours and Eli Apple (1:17:23). 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 affiliates.
1/24/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 37 seconds
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Bad Bills Loss + The Divisional Round with Greg Jennings

JD and the guys react to the weekend, notably the NFL playoffs and Joe Burrow and the Bengals taking care of business in Buffalo. Rick Tocchet is in as Canucks Head Coach replacing Bruce Boudreau; Thomas Drance of Sportsnet 650 & The Athletic breaks down the decision, Vancouver’s difficult season, and the direction of the team (28:56). Monday Morning NFL Insider Greg Jennings shares his thoughts on the divisional round, who he likes in the Championship Round, and if rookie QB Brock Purdy can continue the Niners’ run (56:11). In 'Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD and the guys recap the divisional round from a betting perspective and cover Shannon Sharpe’s appearance at the Lakers game in 'What We Missed'. (1:20:18) 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 affiliates.
1/23/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 6 seconds
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Raptors Teardown Time? w/ Zach Harper + Divisional Round Preview with Joe Thomas

JD opens the show with his most recent thoughts on the Raptors after a tough loss in Minnesota. Future Hall of Famer & NFL Network analyst Joe Thomas weighs-in on the divisional round of the playoffs and what he’s looking for in each matchup (10:23). In today’s first ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD and the guys go over Saturday’s NFL games and which way they’re leaning with their picks (34:54). The Athletic’s Zach Harper comments on the Timberwolves-Raptors game before discussing the trade market ahead of the deadline and the perceived value of the Raptors’ players (50:04). Following Zach, JD and the guys look ahead to Bills-Bengals and Cowboys-Niners in another edition of ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings (1:25:34).  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 affiliates.
1/20/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 5 seconds
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Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch + Darcy Tucker and Jackie Redmond

Maple Leafs legend Darcy Tucker joins JD ahead of this weekend’s Hockey Day in Canada with his thoughts on the current Maple Leafs squad and the NHL’s current playoff format (05:00). NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond and JD get a lesson in current slang, before discussing what’s on the horizon for Canucks and Bruce Boudreau being on the hot seat (24:02). Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch discusses his brief tenure with the Raptors and his friendship/rivalry with Raptors’ Head Coach Nick Nurse (54:22). Then, it’s ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings where the guys share more of their prop picks for the NFL’s divisional round, before ending the show with the latest edition of ‘What We Missed’ (1:28:11). 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 affiliates. 
1/19/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 13 seconds
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Talking Trash with Kris Versteeg & Shawn Thornton + Amy Trask

JD addresses the trade speculation surrounding the Raptors after their loss against the Bucks. Former NHLer Kris Versteeg joins the podcast to discuss the latest on the Leafs, what he’s seeing from Morgan Rielly, playing alongside Mark Giordano, and sticking up for his teammates (05:00). In 'Time for Action' presented by DraftKings, JD shares which prop bets he likes for the weekend with his eyes on a few Eagles (44:01). Florida Panthers Chief Revenue Officer and former forward Shawn Thornton talks about growing the game in Florida, trash-talking on the ice, who he enjoyed chirping the most, and the work he’s doing with his foundation (50:09). CBS Sports NFL analyst and former Raiders CEO Amy Trask and JD break down where Tom Brady and Lamar Jackson could end up, the Chargers bringing back Brandon Staley, and potential Sean Payton landing spots (1:11:35). 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 affiliates.
1/18/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 30 seconds
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Good Hour + Scottie’s Re-Emergence and Brady’s Future

Ben Ennis joins JD for “Good Hour” where the two discuss Bo Bichette’s arbitration status, Scott Boras suggesting that the Blue Jays were interested in Xander Bogaerts, Al Michaels call of Chargers-Jaguars, and how they grade the Blue Jays offseason (00:00-53:45). JD talks up Scottie Barnes and his improved play in January coming off the Raptors’ afternoon win at Madison Square Garden (53:24). Then, it’s time for action presented by DraftKings where JD and the guys examine the fishy lines for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. To end off the show, JD and the guys discuss and debate Tom Brady’s future: which teams could be interested in the future Hall-of-Famer if he doesn’t retire (1:21:31)?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 affiliates.
1/17/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 52 seconds
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Leafs Measuring Stick Weekend with James Mirtle + Super Wild Card Weekend with Greg Jennings

JD and the guys discuss an intense Super Wild Card Weekend in the NFL before shifting focus to the Maple Leafs and inviting The Athletic’s James Mirtle on the show. JD and James break down the Maple Leafs’ loss to the Bruins, Auston Matthews’ return to the lineup, his injury status, and Morgan Rielly’s play since coming off the injured reserve (10:34). Following Mirtle, it’s 'Time for Action' presented by DraftKings where JD and the guys share their best bets for Monday Night Football between the Buccaneers and Cowboys (40:57). NFL insider and Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Greg Jennings reveals what stood out to him over the weekend including the standout performances from Brock Purdy and Daniel Jones, Trevor Lawrence’s game in his NFL playoff debut, and if Brandon Staley should be fired by the Chargers (50:48). In ‘What We Missed’ JD and the guys discuss the state of the Raptors after CJ McCollum’s comments on his podcast and the Blue Jays and Bo Bichette heading for salary arbitration (1:37:54).  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 affiliates.
1/16/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds
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End of the Lamar Era in Baltimore with Jason La Canfora + Anthony Stewart!

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s show like Grandpa Simpson shaking his fist at a cloud, chatting about the growing generational gap in sports and their fans. Washington Post NFL writer Jason La Canfora joins to share his insight into the Lamar Jackson situation in Baltimore, how Roquan Smith factors in, potential landing sports around the league, and what's next for Tom Brady (10:34). JD then reviews Twitter's new features with the guys, and once again falls into the Abe Simpson mold (47:34). Later on, former NHLer and current Sportsnet analyst Anthony Stewart reflects on being honoured by Kingston Frontenacs and what his time in Kingston was like for him and his brother Chris, before sharing his takeaways from the Maple Leafs' loss to Detroit (52:10). To wrap up, JD and the guys preview this weekend's loaded NFL slate in 'Time for Action', presented by DraftKings! (1:20:34). 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 affiliates.
1/13/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fake Raptors Trades with Blake Murphy + Colby Armstrong

JD welcomes Colby Armstrong to the podcast to discuss his impressions of Team Canada and Team USA at the World Juniors, Connor Bedard’s impact at the next level, and his thoughts on the Maple Leafs & Penguins (10:00). In ‘Time for Action’ presented by DraftKings, JD shares his best bets for Saturday’s NFL playoff games. Sportsnet’s Blake Murphy joins JD in-studio to go in-depth on the Raptors and who could be moved before the deadline, before discussing the state of WWE and the McMahon family (52:00).  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 affiliates.
1/12/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 32 seconds
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Blue Jays Offseason Grades with Jim Bowden + Hal Gill + Tom Pelissero

JD Bunkis kicks off the show breaking down the injuries to both the Maple Leafs and Raptors with Otto Potter Jr. and T.J. Brodie sidelined. Then, former GM and current CBS analyst Jim Bowden discusses how Carlos Correa ended up back in Minnesota, before sorting through the Blue Jays' offseason moves including adding Brandon Belt and Chris Bassitt, and saying goodbye to Gabriel Moreno (11:23). Later, we take an early look at the betting lines for NFL Super Wild Card Weekend, presented by DraftKings! Next up, former Leafs defenseman and current Predators analyst, Hal Gill joins the show to shares some memories from his time in Toronto, how tough it can be to play in this city, and how it stacks up against the hockey market in Nashville (48:31). Finally, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero chats about his relationship with Toronto punk rock band "Pkew, Pkew, Pkew". Tom and JD wrap things up by getting into the specifics of a neutral site AFC Championship game, before taking a step back to determine which NFL head coaching vacancy is most attractive (1:12:40).  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 affiliates. 
1/11/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tough Raptors Questions with Alex Wong + Andrew Raycroft

JD opens up the show with his thoughts on Georgia’s national championship win and Brandon Belt inking a one-year contract with the Blue Jays. Former Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft joins the show with his opinion on the Murray-Samsonov tandem, the pressure of playing in the Toronto market as a goalie, and the Bruins’ impressive season led by Linus Ullmark (11:26). Afterwards, JD reacts to Fred VanVleet’s comments on the “Old Man and the Three” podcast on his role with the Raptors (38:03). Alex Wong of "The Raptors Show” joins the conversation with his read on VanVleet’s season, the direction of the team, and if there is still trust in the front-office to make the right moves (01:32:13). 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 affiliates.
1/10/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 14 seconds
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Leafs Mid-Season Awards + Greg Jennings is Back!

JD Bunkis kicks off the week with "Real Kyper and Bourne" Producer Sam McKee and new addition to the crew, Simon Daugulis! They break down the Raptors' matinee win over the Trail blazers and why that might not actually be for the best in the long run. Later on, JD and Sam give awards for the first half of the Maple Leafs' season including: the biggest over reaction, the best story line, the biggest surprise, and the most valuable Leaf (00:00-50:29). Next up, Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings helps breakdown everything from Week 18 in the NFL! He goes over what's next for Aaron Rodgers, how the Bills stack up in the AFC, and if Kenny Pickett is the answer in Pittsburgh (50:29). Afterwards, JD takes a look at the early NFL Super Wild Card Weekend lines in "Time for Action", presented by DraftKings! We wrap up with show with the biggest stories we missed today featuring Fred VanVleet’s comments about his contract (1:32:11). 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 affiliates.
1/9/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ariel Helwani + Bedard & Babs with Mike Commodore

Stanley Cup Champion Mike Commodore joins the show to discuss Canada’s Gold medal win at the World Junior Championship, how he views the Maple Leafs going forward, Connor Bedard, and what he did when he found out Mike Babcock got fired. Then, it’s time for action presented by DraftKings, where JD asks the guys for their best bets for Titans-Jaguars & Chiefs-Raiders this Saturday (42:00). Later on, Host of "The MMA Hour" and notorious Bills/Knicks fan Ariel Helwani talks about the Knicks’ unsuccessful pursuit of Donnovan Mitchell in the offseason, Buffalo’s emotional week (and season), and if MMA betting will return to Ontario anytime soon (51:20). We head into the weekend with another edition of Time for Action presented by DraftKings, where JD and the guys share their best bets for the Week 18 NFL Sunday slate (01:34:50)! 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 affiliates.
1/6/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 59 seconds
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Josh Palmer's Life in the NFL + Raptors Decisions w/ Michael Grange

JD opens the show explaining how much he enjoys seeing Canada defeat the United States in international hockey, before welcoming Mike Futa to the show with his thoughts on the tournament, which prospects have impressed him, and Connor Bedard taking the hockey world by storm (10:00). In Time For Action presented by DraftKings, JD shares his best bets for the NFL’s two-game Saturday slate (50:26). Later on, Sportsnet’s Michael Grange discusses his latest reporting on the Raptors, the vibes around the team, and if core players could be on the move (52:30). We wrap up with Los Angeles Chargers WR and Brampton native Joshua Palmer, who talks about the team returning to the playoffs and making the transition from Canada to the States to play pro football (01:25:44). 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 affiliates.
1/5/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 27 seconds
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More Interesting Trade Deadline: Leafs or Raptors?

JD is joined by James Mirtle of The Athletic following the Maple Leafs' loss to the Blues to discuss William Nylander, Michael Bunting’s contract status, and what he’s seeing from Ilya Samsonov recently in-goal (10:00). Then, it’s time for action where JD, Jo and Pete examine the latest Super Bowl odds, presented by DraftKings (44:00)! Ben Ennis arrives in-studio for 'Good Hour' to debate whose upcoming trade deadline is more intriguing: the Maple Leafs or Raptors, and weigh in on if the Raps should be aggressive in a re-build and trade away members of their core (51:00). We wrap up with the biggest stories we missed today featuring the Brian Daboll-Daniel Jones connection, Nerf football grenades, and Dana White (01:31:00). 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 affiliates.
1/4/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 15 seconds
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Leafs' Next Steps with Chris Pronger

We’re back! JD Bunkis and the boys recap their holidays before getting into the magic of Connor Bedard at the WJHC. Meanwhile, the Raptors holiday period indicates it may be time to blow it up. JD then discusses the scary scenes coming out of Cincinnati on MNF and what comes next. Next, Jeff Marek joins the show to talk about Bedard, just how good he can be and Jeff’s thoughts on the latest Winter Classic in Boston (28:33). Hall of Famer Chris Pronger then joins the show talk about the NHL today, his opinion on the current Toronto Maple Leafs, and about the time he almost joined the Blue & White (51:49)… 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 affiliates.
1/3/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 15 seconds
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Best Fan Experiences on the Good Hour + Holiday Wish List

The Good Hour kicks off with JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis forecasting the epic winter storm bearing down on southern Ontario. They then get into the play of Pascal Siakam following his 52-point performance in Madison Square Garden and how it drastically contrasts with Scottie Barnes' ongoing struggles (00:02). Later on, the fellas focus in on the Big Apple to discuss the Mets' busy offseason, if there's anything better as a fan than when your team's owner spends like crazy, and how they feel about the back end of the Blue Jays' rotation (20:15). JD then gets into his projections around the Toronto sports market, before previewing tonight's NFL matchup between the Jets and Jaguars, presented by DraftKings (55:43).  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 affiliates.
12/22/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 8 seconds
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How Have the Leafs Changed? w/ Nick Kypreos + Brady-Belichick Crystal Ball w/ Michael Lombardi

JD Bunkis kicks off today’s pod recapping the Maple Leafs' win over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night (00:02). Co-host of "Real Kyper and Bourne" Nick Kypreos joins the conversation to discuss what this win says about the team, what changes he's noticed in this year's squad, and his thoughts on linesmen Dan Kelly pushing around Micheal Bunting (14:34). Later on, JD and the gang preview tonight's battle between the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, presented by DraftKings! (37:57) Next up, host of the "GM Shuffle" podcast, Michael Lombardi catches us up on the latest news around the NFL including: if there's smoke around the New England Patriots, what Jalen Hurts' absence means for the MVP race, and if tonight is Zach Wilson’s last shot under centre (49:48). JD and Josiah wrap things up with what the biggest stories we missed today featuring the Raptors' trade rumors and Carlos Correa's surprise contract with the New York Mets (1:18:34)!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 affiliates.
12/21/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 8 seconds
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Raptors Big Picture with David Thorpe + Pat Maroon and Sid Seixeiro

JD Bunkis goes over the Maple Leafs' trade sending Denis Malgin to Colorado for Dryden Hunt, and questions why the team would give up on Malgin so early and if this shows a different vision from Toronto's front office. (00:01) Next up, TrueHoop's David Thorpe focuses in on the Raptors' struggles, how the team can turn around their six-game losing streak, and if it's time for the front office to start making some changes to the roster (11:23). Later on, JD and the gang take a look at this week's intriguing betting lines, presented by DraftKings! (43:53) Afterwards, three-time Stanley Cup champion Pat Maroon joins JD to chat about what makes this Tampa Bay Lightning team so special, last year's playoff series against the Leafs, and just how well Team USA would fair in international competition (53:14). We wrap up with Sid Seixeiro, host of Breakfast Television, who offers his closing thoughts on the 2022 World cup and weighs in on Lionel Messi's case as the G.O.A.T. (1:19:06). 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 affiliates.
12/20/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 5 seconds
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Who Is the Greatest Athlete of All Time?

JD Bunkis recaps an electric World cup final between Argentina and France! He focuses in on the officiating to question some of the decisions made throughout the match and if the referees overshadowed the game (00:05). Josiah Bosch joins him to go over some of the unsung storylines from the World Cup final and ponders if this result seals Lionel Messi as the greatest athlete of all time. Later on, Tyler Dunne of GoLongTD.com hops aboard to sort through everything from Week 15 in the NFL including: if the Bills should be worried, how high the Lions' ceiling is, and why we should stop sleeping on the Bengals (00:36). Next up, host of "Going Deep", Donnovan Bennett weighs in on the greatest athlete of all time debate and takes a look back on Messi's long list of career accomplishments (51:34). JD and the boys wrap things up with the biggest stories they missed this weekend including Michael Brantley's new deal and more! 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 affiliates.
12/19/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 43 seconds
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Why Matt Barnes Never Joined the Raptors + Rating Michael Bunting with Justin Bourne

JD welcomes Justin Bourne to the show following the Maple Leafs’ loss to the New York Rangers and asks him if Michael Bunting is overrated, underrated or properly rated? Next, it’s Argentina and France in the World Cup Final! JD, JoBo, and Pete preview the match and discuss Messi’s legacy if he wins the elusive trophy (44:45). All The Smoke’s Matt Barnes talks about why ne never joined the Raptors when he was a free agent, his thoughts on the current Raptors direction, and why he wouldn’t panic if he were the L.A. Lakers (54:04). To end the show, the guys go over the weekend slate in the NFL and share their best bets, presented by DraftKings (01:14:58)! 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 affiliates.