Writers Bloc

Jeff Blair. Stephen Brunt. Richard Deitsch. As long-time journalists they’ve all experienced writer’s block, but they’ve never run out of things to say Opinions, insight and analysis from three of the smartest sports observers in the country. Writers Bloc… sharp takes, not hot takes.

Listen live weekdays from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

Recent Episodes
Nov. 27: A new park for the Blue Jays?
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Nov. 27: A new park for the Blue Jays?

We discuss the report of the Toronto Blue Jays planning to build a new stadium to replace Rogers Centre. The Globe & Mail's Andrew Willis - who broke the story - discusses the Blue Jays' plans (19:13). KDKA & WDVE Pittsburgh's Charlie Batch on the Steelers' season, and their frustration with the repeated re-scheduling of their game against the Baltimore Ravens (40:24). Bousfields Inc.'s Tyler Grinyer discusses the Blue Jays' stadium situation from a city planner's perspective (50:31). ESPN 710's John Clayton on the Baltimore Ravens' COVID outbreak, and the NFL Week 12 slate (1:12:02). ESPN's Jeff Passan on press box wardrobe and MLB free agency (1:40:04). Writers Bloc's Stephen Brunt on the Blue Jays' stadium plans, and the passing of Diego Maradona (2:01:42). We check in with Tim & Sid's Donnovan Bennett to wrap up a busy week!

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.

Nov 26, 2020
Nov. 26: Is Single-Game Sports Betting Coming To Canada?

Canadian National Bobsleigh team member/BC Lions RB Kayden Johnson discusses his transition to bobsledding during the CFL's hiatus (24:15). Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino on the pause to the Canadian World Junior selection camp, and whether there are worries about the postponement of the tournament altogether (38:45). ESPN's Jay Bilas on the start of the NCAA basketball season, and the looming presence of COVID-19 (50:48). TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie with the latest on the NHL's planned return, and the current economic hold-up (1:11:25). Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, The Honourable David Lametti discusses his legislation calling for the decriminilization of single-game sports betting in Canada (1:45:21). Toronto Argonauts WR/"All Ball" Podcast host Natey Adjei discusses the NFL's Thanksgiving doubleheader, and looks ahead to the rest of the Week 12 slate (2:02:07). Tim & Sid's Tim Micallef on the worldwide reaction to the death of soccer great Diego Maradona.

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.

Nov 25, 2020
Nov. 25: Remembering Diego Maradona

We discuss the passing of legendary soccer star Diego Maradona. Former Canadian Men's National Soccer Team defender Bob Iarusci on the time his New York Cosmos team faced a young Maradona in Argentina (25:30). Buffalo Bills LT Deon Dawkins on the team's season thus far, and his enjoyment of playing in Western New York (40:06). ESPN's Jamison Hensley on the postponement of Thursday's scheduled Ravens-Steelers game, and Baltimore's recent on-field struggles (48:50). FOX Sports' Stu Holden on the end of Toronto FC's season, and his memories of Diego Maradona (1:04:23). Toronto Raptors centre Aron Baynes discusses signing with the team, his thoughts on playing in Tampa to start the season, and his bout with COVID-19 (1:40:23). Former Toronto Italia soccer player Louie Fioccola on being subbed in for Diego Maradona in Maradona's only match in Toronto (1:59:39).

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.

Nov 24, 2020
Nov. 24: Betting On Himself

We discuss the Fred VanVleet deal with the Raptors being made official (0:25). Former Buccaneers TE John Gilmore on the team's Monday loss to the Rams, and Tom Brady's first season in Tampa (25:11). Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks on her piece for GQ on life in the NBA bubble (53:32). MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on the MLB off-season, and his report on the Rays being willing to trade Blake Snell (1:13:47). Raptors play-by-play voice Matt Devlin on VanVleet's return, and the team's recent roster changes (1:38:33). Sportsnet's Shi Davidi on the big names being connected to the Blue Jays, including J.T. Realmuto (1:58:49). Tim & Sid guest co-host Donnovan Bennett on VanVleet (2:17:03).

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

Nov 23, 2020
Nov. 23: VanVleet Returns as Ibaka & Gasol Head West

Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Eric Smith assesses how the Raptors have performed in free agency so far (2:17). Clippers reporter Jovan Buha discusses the team signing Serge Ibaka to a two-year deal and if Los Angeles will have more chemistry on and off the court this season (31:40). NHL insider Elliotte Friedman gives his best guess at when he thinks the next NHL season will start and explains players are in shape and ready to go (1:00:38).  NBA host Nate Duncan shares his winners and losers in free agency and his thoughts on the Raptors in the Eastern Conference (1:20:40). Former NBA point guard Jose Calderon talks about his role with the NBPA, his friend Marc Gasol going to the Lakers, and the comparable between himself and Fred VanVleet (1:36:31). Amy Trask of CBS Sports recaps Week 11 in the NFL, notably Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1:55:31).

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