The Lede

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt tackle impactful stories by leaning on their expansive Rolodexes and a combined 70 or so years covering the biggest events and most interesting names in sports.

Recent Episodes
May 8, 2019
Episode 34: That Night In Sweden
Andre Deveaux played 13 pro hockey seasons in eight leagues across the globe. But he is perhaps most famous for an ugly on-ice incident in Sweden during the 2015 playoffs. However, that event does not define him as a person or a player. This is the story of a journeyman tough guy seeing the world on his skates. And one night in Sweden. This episode was produced by Ryan Walsh, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt. Audio Credits: AM900 CHML, CBC, Dagbladet, MSG, NHL Network, Post Media and 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.
Apr 5, 2019
Episode 33: What The CFL Will Look Like In 10 Years

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has big plans for his small league to grab a piece of the international football pie. He joins Jeff and Stephen to discuss how he'll go about that with a league that hasn't changed much over the years and has a loyal, but steeped-in-tradition fan base.

"We will have somewhere between 50 and 70 million people around the world watching Grey Cup. And maybe a 100 million by the time we're done. We won't have one international broadcast deal, we'll have 10." - CFL Commissioner, Randy Ambrosie

This episode is produced by Ryan Walsh and Amil Delic, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt.

Audio Credits: BNN Bloomberg, Canadian Football League, CBC, Edmonton Journal, Global TV and 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Mar 20, 2019
Episode 32: The Disruptor

Tom Dundon is an entrepreneur, billionaire, majority owner of the "bunch of jerks" Carolina Hurricanes and chairman of the upstart Alliance of American Football. The 47-year-old has been condemned by some as a meddler and hailed by others as a maverick since he took over the Canes. Dundon joins Stephen and Jeff for a candid conversation about his approach to sports ownership, what led him to the NHL, his vision for the AAF and more.

This episode is produced by Ryan Walsh and Amil Delic, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt.

Audio Credits: ABC - Channel 11 News WTVD, NFL Network, NHL Network, CBS, ESPN, NBC and 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Mar 7, 2019
Episode 31: The Life And Times Of Frank Robinson

The world lost a role model when Frank Robinson died February 7. A 14-time All-Star. A Triple Crown winner. A Hall of Famer. Two World Series rings. The only player to win MVP in both the American National Leagues. The first African-American manager in MLB. And so much more. Robinson's resume is one of the best sports has ever seen. But he represented more than just his baseball achievements.

Jeff and Stephen discuss Robinson's life on and off the field, recalling what it was like to cover him as a manager and how he was a pivotal personality in America during an era of social upheaval. They are also joined by film producer and former sports columnist David Israel, who offers his own stories of Robinson off the field.

This episode is produced by Ryan Walsh and Amil Delic, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt. Archival Digitization by CBC Archives. [Archival Assistance by Adrian Cheddie from Sportsnet Media Operations]

Audio Credits: C-Span, ESPN, MLB Network, NBC, Sportsnet, The FAN 590, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, WFNY, WJZ-TV and WWWE.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Feb 20, 2019
Episode 30: Bill Belichick, Human Being

He's the last true head coach in sports - every player on a Bill Belichick team buys into his system because it's one that wins. But Belichick is also famously robotic, when it comes to his football persona and how little we know about him away from the field of play.

Michael Lombardi spent three decades in the NFL as a team executive. He now writes for The Ringer and The Athletic, and is the author of Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL. Lombardi joined Jeff and Stephen to discuss his time with the New England Patriots under Belichick. He shines a light on the man who cuts the sleeves off his hoodies, famously offers the shortest answers possible to reporters' questions and is arguably the greatest coach in football history.

This episode is hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt, produced by Ryan Walsh and sound engineered by Amil Delic.

Audio Credits: CBS, Fox News, NBC Sports, NESN, NFL Films and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.