The Joey Vendetta Show

Joined by compelling guests from the sports and entertainment worlds, Joey Vendetta tackles Canada’s top stories of the week, tees-off on hot-button topics and throws in some sports-business discussion for good measure.

Listen live Saturdays from noon to 3:00 PM ET on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN and Sportsnet 650.

Recent Episodes
June 12: Friendly Bets, Jays Bullpen Mess, Habs Face Knights Next
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
June 12: Friendly Bets, Jays Bullpen Mess, Habs Face Knights Next

Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off The Tee discuss the reopening of the province of Ontario, how are golf clubs handling the abundance of tee time requests and Jon Rahm being forced to withdraw at the Memorial Tournament following a positive COVID-19 test (3:41). Former NBA head coach and general manager Stu Jackson weighs in on Kevin Durant's scuffle with P.J. Tucker, if the Bucks can make a comeback in their series against the Nets, and the rejuvenation of Chris Paul on the Suns team (28:13). Former NHL head coach and hockey analyst for NHL Network Bruce Boudreau chats about how he helps star players grow, how the Golden Knights were able to get past the Avalanche, and Canadiens expectations for their semi-final match against Vegas (49:00). TFC Republic's John Molinaro gives his thoughts on who are the favourites to win the Euro Cup, if England's Harry Kane is an underrated player, and the positive cases in the Copa América championship (1:17:02). Former NHLer and co-host on 91.9 Sports Georges Laraque chats about how well Carey Price performs under pressure, Canadiens' road to the semi-finals, and his prediction on the Vegas vs. Montreal series (1:36:22). Plus, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs and President of UBS Arena, home of the Islanders Tom Pistore stop by to discuss their time working together at MLSE, the progress of the Islanders' new home and the reopening of the arenas allowing fans in the stands (1:50:00). Former Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero chimes in on Toronto's bullpen performances, if it's time to make a move for another reliever, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reaction to the comeback loss and the accusation of Gerrit Cole using sticky substances on baseballs (2:04:41).

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.

Jun 5, 2021
June 5: Leafs Got the Yips, The Tragically Hip, Ryu One-Game Blip

Former Canadian pro golfer Graham DeLaet joined Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off the Tee to discuss the Memorial Tournament and the wave of great Canadian golfers in the PGA and LPGA Tour [7:31]. Former NHLer Sean Avery chats the Toronto Maple Leafs disappointing postseason, their lack of strength in the bottom six and his life after hockey [28:21]. Joey catches up with The Tragically Hip's Robbie Baker to talk about their upcoming performance at the Junos and The Hip's use of Canadian references and geography in their music [49:42]. Freelance writer for the New York Times and host of "No Challenges Remaining" podcast Ben Rothenberg discusses the fallout from Naomi Osaka's decision to not speak to the media at Roland-Garros, her withdrawal from the tournament and how her words could impact the sports media landscape [1:11:07]. Former NHLer Chris Kontos looks back on his playoff success and shares his thoughts on the differences about playoff hockey and the Maple Leafs' disappointing end to their season [1:34:21]. Ben Verlander, FOX Sports analyst and host of "Flippin' Bats with Ben Verlander", chats Hyun Jin Ryu's rare tough game against the Astros, foreign substances used in MLB and where the Blue Jays stack up in the AL East [1:59:13].

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 affiliate.

May 29, 2021
May 29: Tough Guy & Killer, MLB's Best Hitter, Tragic Hip's Top Stringer

Chief Sport Officer of Golf Canada Kevin Blue joins Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt for RBC Off The Tee to discuss the path for Canada's national golf team in the upcoming Summer Olympics, difference in training between U.S.'s program and Canada's, and the rise of Canadian golfers across all PGA Tours (5:48). Quentin Richardson Former NBA player and co-host of "Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles" weighs in on the recent incidents between NBA players and fans including Russell Westbrook and Trae Young, the repercussions if Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers lose in the playoffs again, and the outlook of Brooklyn's super team (26:14). Former NHLer and co-host on 91.9 Sports Georges Laraque gives his thoughts on how Habs fans are feeling heading into Game 6, Carey Price's performance in Round 1, and how do the Canadiens get their offence going (48:13). Hockey Hall of Famer and former Maple Leaf and Canadien Doug Gilmour gives his perspective on a player's mindset in an playoff elimination game, if goaltenders can get into opposing team's heads, and his time playing in Montreal and Toronto (1:14:45). Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith share his thoughts on Alek Manoah's MLB debut and how it affects the Blue Jays' starting rotation, Vlad Jr.'s outbreak season, and potential trades the team might look at (1:34:55). Plus, guitarist of the award winning Tragically Hip Paul Langlois joins to chat about why the band and himself flew to other parts of the world for inspiration, when they realized the band was woven into Canadian culture including hockey, performing in the upcoming 2021 Junos and Paul's love for the Canadiens (1:52:32). 

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.

May 22, 2021
May 22: Dirty Hockey Plays, Better Mental Days, Front Page Cover Blaze

Copetown Woods Golf Club's Barry Forth joins Joey Vendetta on RBC Off the Tee to discuss how they were creating ways to stay open without golf, the reopening courses in Ontario, and the best advice for new golfers (9:04). NHL reporter and co-host of "DFO Rundown Podcast" Frank Seravalli weighs in on if the league has gotten dirtier, Nick Foligno fighting Corey Perry following hit on John Tavares, and if he'll work with ESPN or TNT Sports in the future (26:26). 2x Stanley Cup Champion Dave Bolland chimes in on the eight game suspension for Nazem Kadri, hurting players versus changing their game on the ice, how will the Leafs respond in Game 2 and their chase for the Stanley Cup (47:42). Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment's Scott O'Neil stops by to chat about businesses opening up in the U.S. and in Philadelphia, the process of allowing fans in the arenas for the playoffs, and his new book "Be Where Your Feet Are" (1:13:17). Plus, Co-Host of "Missin' Curfew" Scottie Upshall discuss reaching a hurdle in his hockey career on and off the ice, the challenges John Tavares may encounter when he returns to play, and Carey Price's performances in the playoffs (1:33:49). 2013 World Series Champion and host of "Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster" gives his perspective on being on the mound with a large crowd, the rise in no-hitters in the 2021 season, and the early tight race between the AL East teams (1:57:12). 

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.

May 15, 2021
May 15: Stanley Cup Playoffs, Roenick off the Cuff, Kevin Weekes ain’t no fluff

CEO of the PGA of Canada Kevin Thistle joins Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off the Tee to discuss Ontario Premier Doug Ford's recent comments on golf courses during the extended stay-at-home order and the growing diversity in the sport of golf (8:14). Raptors super fan Nav Bhatia chats about being the first fan honouree in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the moment he received the news (27:07). Toronto Star's Doug Smith chimes in on the Raptors' focus to next year, their continuation to develop their younger players and President Masai Ujiri and Kyle Lowry's future with the team (39:57). Former NHLer and host of "Hits Hard" show Jeremy Roenick weighs in on the importance of team chemistry heading into the playoffs and the pressure on Leafs' Jack Campbell in his first potential playoff start (1:03:06). Blue Jays Colour Analyst Pat Tabler gives his thoughts on Toronto's pitchers not playing deep into a game and MLB players' concerns about playing a full 162 game season following a shorten year (1:22:05). Plus, Former NHLer and Montreal Canadiens scout Reid Simpson gives his perspective on playing professional hockey in Russia and the Habs' first round matchup against the Leafs (1:36:02). NHL Network's Kevin Weekes stops by to discuss a player's mindset heading into the post season, Zdeno Chára facing his former team in the first round and Taylor Hall's impact on the Bruins (2:01:30).

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.