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

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After a tough 2-3-1 start to the NHL season we bring on Mike Zeisberger from NHL.com & Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun to talk about the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs.

We spend the entire show trying to dissect the unexpected (?) slow start from The Leafs and their star players.

We question whether Mitch Marner looks any better than he did in last years playoffs, the lack of production from their top payed players and wonder if the problems are stemming from the organizations management.

We talk about the structure of the Maple Leafs, whether Kyle Dubas' "vision" will pay off or if it's finally time to scrap it and ask the question - Who will be the first to go if Toronto can't turn things around in the near future?

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The Hockey pucks are back - KEVIN DUPONT from the Boston Globe & ERIC DUHATSCHEK of The Athletic join the podcast to talk hockey.

The four address as many situations in the NHL as possible starting with what teams poor start has surprised them more - The Montreal Canadiens or the Chicago Blackhawks?

We dissect the two teams and try to figure out what is going wrong for them both before we transition on to another surprising team - The Buffalo Sabres.

Is their hot start just a fluke? What's happening with Jack Eichel & how much longer can they last before they start looking like the Sabres we expected to see from the start?

To end the show, we wonder if the Edmonton Oilers are finally the real deal and question whether or not the Colorado Avalanche ever were.

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ROD BLACK - former TSN broadcaster and familiar voice to Canadians everywhere joins the podcast to talk to Bob and John about his exit from the network.

On todays show, Rod remembers his fondest memories from his time working with John at CTV,  how he became close friends with Charles Barkley and many other stories he has collected over the countless years of calling games and events all over the world.

We also learn what sport Rod enjoyed working the most as well as some of the sports Rod wish he had an opportunity to call before it was over.

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General Manager of the Ottawa Senators, PIERRE DORION, joins the show to check in with Bob and John.

The three discuss the details of the Brady Tkachuk signing, why it took so long and how exactly it happened. With that, we get a deeper look into the nuances of negotiating a contract, who's directly involved in the conversations and what Pierre's relationship is like with his players agents.

We also discuss the importance of consistence leadership within an organization, the future of the Ottawa Senators, their vacant captaincy and why Pierre thinks having a captain on a Canadian NHL team is so important.

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As the NBA kicks off their 2021/2022 regular season, who better to preview it with us than BOB RYAN, from the Boston Globe. 

It would be unfair, however, to restrict a man like Mr.Ryan to simply one sport as we dedicate the first half of the show to the red hot Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball's playoffs and some NFL talk.

We end the show with a lengthy chat on the NBA. We go over who we think some of the title contenders could be or rather - has anything changed from last year?

The three discuss the LA Lakers new team, Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns, the Ben Simmons situation in Philadelphia, Kyrie Irving's impact on the Brooklyn Nets and the intriguing Chicago Bulls & Miami Heat.

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Former CEO of MLSE and current CEO of the Oak View Group, responsible for the construction of two of the newest arena's in the NHL - TIM LEIWEKE - joins todays podcast to chat with Bob and John.

The three discuss the process of acquiring and building Climate Pledge Arena - home of the Seattle Kraken - as we get an inside look at the logistics of how to build a stadium not only for an NHL team but various other live entertainment opportunities as well.

We get into some of the other plans Tim and OVG have for the future as he is set to begin the redevelopment of FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton and complete the New York Islanders new home, UBS Arena.

To end the show we chat about Tim's time in Toronto and the experience he gained working as the CEO of MLSE and we find out just how ready Seattle is to have an NBA team return to their city.

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KEVIN WEEKES, member of TNT's NHL panel and former goaltender stops by for a conversation with his pals Bob and John.

The three discuss the start of the NHL Season as the gents share the first impressions of the games played so far.

Naturally, as we have two former targets with us the conversation steers towards goaltending as Kevin gives us some insight as to what might be going on in the head of an NHL net-minder.

To end the show, we spend some time talking about the importance of diversity in sports and the trend that it is going in.

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JAMES SHARMAN - friend of the show and football aficionado - joins the podcast to discuss the big 4-1 win our Mens national team had over Panama in yesterdays FIFA qualifying match.

We discuss the events of the game and marvel at Alphonso Davies performance and controversial goal.

James gives us some perspective at just how good Davies is, what that means for the future of soccer in Canada as well as the success of the mens team.

We discuss the rising popularity of the sport in Canada and the direction we could see it go as Canada is set to host a portion of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. 

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Former Blue Jays Manager and friend of the Podcast - JOHN GIBBONS - joins Bob and John on todays show.

The three discuss the recent happenings in Major League Baseball with some opening series coming to an end and others heading to the deciding game 5.

We also take some time to chat about the Blue Jays and get the former Manager's opinion on their roster and contract issues heading into the offseason.

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General Manager of the Calgary Flames - BRAD TRELIVING - joins the podcast to chat with Bob and John.

The three reflect on the Flames disappointing season last year, and discuss the roster moves Brad has made in the off-season to ensure it doesn't happen again. We talk about losing their captain to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft, their Goalie situation and more just in time for the beginning of the 2021/2022 NHL Season.

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We bring on SCOTT BURNSIDE from The Daily Face-off & MIKE HARRINGTON from Buffalo News to preview the 2021/2022 NHL season.

On todays roundtable, Bob, John, Mike & Scott discuss Tampa Bays chances at a three peat, their "Dynasty" Status and wonder if there are any other teams out there who have a serious chance at winning the Stanley Cup.

We talk about the Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers & a few other teams we think are primed to give the Lightning a run for their money and get an update on Jack Eichel's situation in Buffalo from Mike.

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Voice of the Blue Jays - BUCK MARTINEZ - joins the podcast to talk bout the start of the playoffs as well as discuss some of the roster moves the Toronto Blue Jays should make this off-season.

Before diving into the Jays talk the three talk about the start of the divisional series, the Giants/Dodgers rivalry and the Tampa Bay Boston Series.

Moving on the the Blue Jays, the three talk about who the team should prioritize between Semien, Ray & Matz. We also discuss the changing tide in Toronto with Buck saying free agents actually want to play in Canada now, and speculate on how big their player payroll will get if they want to keep their core together longterm.

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With baseball over in Toronto, the guys bring in SHI DAVIDI to answer the question - What do the Toronto Blue Jays do now?

The three speculate on what off season moves the Jays need to make to close the gap between them and the division winning Tampa Bay Rays and ensure a playoff spot next year, not just compete for the Wild Card.

What positions need to be improved first? Who should the Blue Jays trade and can they bring back both Semien and Ray? Bob, John and Shi look for answers on todays episode of the Bob McCown Podcast

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Some of our favourite hockey pucks, STEVE SIMMONS & MIKE ZEISBERGER come back to the podcast after a brief offseason to talk some hockey.

The foursome look into the improvements the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Jets made this season and compare - out of those three, who is ready to make the leap to become a championship contending team?

We talk about the importance of a star goaltender vs. player, the Montreal's chances of making the playoffs let alone making the Cup Final again and we end the show by discussing some of the top teams in the league. Is Tampa Bay the odds-on favourite for the three-peat or is there another team in line for the Cup?

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Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee & Edmonton Oilers GM, KEN HOLLAND, joins the show to talk about his team prior to the start of the NHL season.

Ken gives us some great insight on why he thinks the pre-season is important and what his thought process is leading up to the beginning of a new NHL season.

The three discuss the likelihood of a player making a team based off of performance in pre-season games, why he thinks these 8 games before the season is necessary & how it has helped players like Brendan Perlini shine.

We also get into Josh Archibald's status with the Oilers as well as his health status after recent reports have come out about his current condition. To end the show, the three cover everything from how Duncan Keith has looked in the sample size that he has been with the team, Zach Hyman and how the Oilers are going to approach the season with two # goaltenders.

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