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
Sept. 17: Is the Jays' Defense the Key to the Playoffs?
Sep 17, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Sept. 17: Is the Jays' Defense the Key to the Playoffs?

Ben and Richard chat with Buck Martinez about lineup decisions and why defense will be important for the Jays down the stretch (18:57). Cabbie Richards stops by the studio to talk about his new gig with Sportsnet (48:41). Former NFL Executive Jim Monos looks back at the Thursday Nighter and if this week is a get-right game for the Bills offense (1:12:41). Arash Madani discusses Charlie Montoyo’s Manager of the Year candidacy and the young core taking on a leadership role (1:37:41).

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 affiliate.

Sep 16, 2021
Sept. 16: The Best Team in Baseball? Could Be!

Ben and Richard recap the Jays' series win over the Rays with Ben Nicholson-Smith (22:27). Justin Bourne stops by to talk about the pressure on Sheldon Keefe and what the goaltending tandem of Campbell and Mrazek might bring (47:45). Former MLB executive David Samson clears the air on an accusation made about him by Mets owner Steve Cohen and doubles down on his Vladdy Guerrero Jr. for MVP take (1:11:14). Newly minted Carolina Hurricanes senior consultant Mike Futa talks about his new job and why he’s so excited to join the team (1:34:28). Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask offers up her opinion on her former team and why this is a big year for Daniel Jones (1:56:58).

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.

Sep 14, 2021
Sept. 14: The Jays Just Can’t Stop Winning!

Ben and Richard chat with Dan Shulman about the Jays’ incredible run and Vladdy’s MVP chances (21:41). Sportsnet’s William Lou looks at the potential of Scottie Barnes on the Raptors and where Goran Dragic fits into their plans (48:21). The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones recaps the Monday Nighter and what to make of the Raiders and Ravens (1:10:51). ESPN’s Joon Lee weighs in on the Jays chances as a World Series contender and how front offices now evaluate players (1:36:13). Postmedia’s Michael Traikos gives his take on the Leafs’ chances in the Atlantic and the pressure facing the organization this year (1:58:24).

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.

Sep 13, 2021
Sept. 13: A Memorable Weekend for the Blue Jays

Ben and Richard recap the Jays’ weekend series with Shi Davidi (22:59). Bills radio voice John Murphy reacts to the Bills opening game loss and why fans shouldn’t be worried just yet (47:34). SiriusXM’s Bruce Murray weighs in on the NFC West and why there shouldn’t be concern about Aaron Rodgers’ after his brutal weekend (1:06:03). Former Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero discusses how the great it is for a pitcher to have an offense like Toronto’s and the importance of having a catcher you trust (1:34:40). ESPN and Tennis Channel analyst Jimmy Arias stops by to talk about the Canadian success at the US Open (1:54:13).

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.

Sep 10, 2021
Sept. 10: Do the Jays Control Their Destiny?

Ben and Richard chat with Pat Tabler about the sweep of the Yankees and have everything has come together at the right time (21:40). Former ESPN host Bob Ley looks back on 9/11 and how it affected the sports landscape (47:50). Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong talks about the process of picking the team and how much he’s looking forward to the Olympics (1:12:04). ESPN Tennis analyst Pam Shriver looks at the success of Leylah Annie Fernandez at the US Open and what she needs to do to sustain this kind of play (1:34:51)). Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling chats about the Jays’ improbable run and how they might handle Julian Merryweather down the stretch (1:57:34).