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

May 8, 2021
May 8: NHL Fights, Gretzky TV Rights, Rockers Dirty Honey Take Flight
2-Time PGA Tour Canada Champion Taylor Pendrith joins Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off the Tee to discuss the pause on playing golf in Ontario, Canada, his advancement to the PGA Tour, and the rise of professional Canadian golfers (23:32). NHL Network's Brian Lawton weighs in on why the NHL chose not to suspend Tom Wilson, evolution of fights in hockey, and what's next for the Rangers (48:39). Lead Singer of Dirty Honey Marc Labelle chats about his love for the sport of hockey, playing music with Henrik Lundqvist, and what it took for the band to go full-time in music (1:17:36). Line Movement's Nick Kypreos gives his thoughts on the potential for Wayne Gretzky becoming a hockey analyst for TNT, the entertainment value versus the concerns with fighting in the NHL, and if the Maple Leafs are primed for the Stanley Cup Final (1:36:26). Plus, Postmedia's Rob Longley chimes in on how the changes in scenery has affected the Blue Jays' season in the past two years, injuries plaguing the roster, and if George Springer returned to the lineup too soon (2:02:32). 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 1, 2021
May 1: NHL Playoff Race, Alomar Fall from Grace

Canadian music icon Tom Cochrane joins Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off the Tee to discuss the importance of the golf course from a mental health perspective (9:59). Former Toronto Blue Jays closer Duane Ward discusses the Blue Jays pitching staff, Vladimir Guerrero Jr's maturity and discipline at the plate, and both the Blue Jays and MLB severing ties with Roberto Alomar following a sexual misconduct investigation (27:39). Teddy Purcell joins the show to talk about his unlikely road to the NHL, dynamic duos in the league, and Marner and Matthews being the heartbeat of the Maple Leafs (50:11). NBA.com's Gilbert McGregor on the rising confidence of Malachi Flynn and the Raptors fight for a spot in the Eastern Conference play-in round (1:17:50). Former NHL defenceman John-Michael Liles talks about the likelihood of the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final, the depth and success of their team this season, and the Bruins since they've acquired Taylor Hall (1:36:51).

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.

Apr 24, 2021
April 24: Golf on pause, CFL sees a light, a special Hockey Night

Rick Young of Golf Journalists Association of Canada and Dr. Mahin Baqi, Infection Control and Infectious Disease Expert joins Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off the Tee to talk about Ontario as the only place in North America to put golf on pause, if it's safe to play during a pandemic, and the restrictions on outdoor activities (4:37). Randip Janda of Sportsnet 650 & Hockey Night Punjabi previews the special broadcast in seven additional languages, if hockey has been diminished as Canada's top sport by basketball, and if the Calgary Flames have a shot for a playoff spot (23:03). Ben Verlander of FOX Sports and “Flippin Bats with Ben Verlander” chats about how hard it is to be a minor league player and the expectations for George Springer when he makes his Blue Jays debut, Bo Bichette changing positions (46:51). Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 gives his thoughts on the new CFL plans for a 2021 season, if the league would partner with a gambling company to increase revenue with Bill C-218 coming to the fold, and potential partnership with the XFL (1:24:08). ESPN's John Buccigross chimes in on Golden Knights' Robin Lehner's comments on mental health and NHL's handling of COVID, the Canucks' performance since the team's return from an outbreak, and how the Carolina Hurricanes continue to stay first in the Central Division (1:35:03). National Post's Scott Stinson discusses the reading of Bill C-218 which would legalize single-sports betting in Canada and what will that mean for the country (1:59:25).

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.

Apr 17, 2021
April 17: RBC Heritage, Leafs buy a Jacket, Blue Jays make a racket

Steve Wilmot, RBC Heritage Tournament Director, joins Joey Vendetta and Ian Leggatt on RBC Off the Tee to talk about conducting a safe event, this year's field (notably Canadian Corey Conners) and how the golf industry has thrived during the pandemic (12:46). Randip Janda of Sportsnet 650 & Hockey Night Punjabi discusses the Vancouver Canucks COVID-19 recovery, mental health, and return to play which has been postponed after concerns from the players (31:20). Jody Shelley, Blue Jackets Analyst and Former NHLer describes what Nick Foligno will bring to the Maple Leafs (51:17). Toronto Blue Jays writer Nick Ashbourne discusses the amount of injuries piling up for the team and Charlie Montoyo’s managerial style ahead of today's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals (1:14:13).

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.