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
Oct. 21: Kershaw's Redemption
Oct 21, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Oct. 21: Kershaw's Redemption

We discuss the Dodgers' Game 1 win at the World Series, and Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro's comments from his end-of-season media availability. Hockey Central's Brian Burke on Ilya Mikheyev's new deal with the Leafs, the NHL's arbitration process, and the Chicago Blackhawks' rebuild (20:17). Sportsnet's Shi Davidi on Shapiro's remarks about his future in Toronto, and Charlie Montoyo's current outlook with the Blue Jays (39:17). Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Tyler Clutts on the team's 2-4 start (still good for 1st in the NFC East!), potential discord with new head coach Mike McCarthy, and how different the circumstances surrounding this season have been for players (48:21). Former Dodgers and Blue Jays outfielder Shawn Green on the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw's Game 1 performance (1:10:18). We discuss Marcus Stroman's latest thoughts on the Yankees' rotation.

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.

Oct 20, 2020
Oct. 20: World Series Game 1

The Athletic's Bob Kravitz on the Indiana Pacers' hiring of Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as their new head coach (8:01). Abbotsford (BC) Senior Secondary School head football coach Jay Fujimura on his former WR, Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers (19:11).  The Athletic's Andy McCullough on the Dodgers ahead of the World Series, and what's at stake for Clayton Kershaw (36:13). The "Nothing Personal with David Samson" Podcast's David Samson on the World Series matchup, the Marlins' firing of GM Mike Hill, and former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow's return to the public eye (49:57). CBS Sports' Amy Trask on the Bills' loss to the Chiefs, Tua Tagovailoa being named the Dolphins' starting QB, and reports of player discord with Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy (1:13:24).

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

Oct 19, 2020
Oct. 19 : Rays vs. Dodgers

We discuss a weekend in which we got a World Series matchup, and Joe Thornton signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giants coordinator Tim Leiper on the Rays-Dodgers matchup (16:47). WGR 550 Sports Radio's Howard Simon on the Buffalo Bills' season thus far, and ahead of Monday's meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs (35:43). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on Joe Thornton joining the Leafs, and Patrik Laine's future in Winnipeg (4PM).  Jeff's got thoughts on the number of veterans being brought in by the Leafs (48:16). ESPN's Frank Isola on reports surrounding Kawhi Leonard's relationship with his Clippers teammates, and the NBA coaching carousel (72:03). We discuss the retirement of legendary NHL play-by-play voice Mike "Doc" Emrick (1:27:24).

Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host.

Oct 16, 2020
Oct. 16 : A Tampa Bay-Atlanta World Series?

We discuss Clayton Kershaw's struggles in the Dodgers' Game 4 loss to Atlanta, and what Kershaw's October difficulties mean to his legacy. ESPN's John Clayton on what the Super Bowl might look like in 2021, and on the events that led Le'Veon Bell to the Kansas City Chiefs (20:59). Hockey Central's Jeff Marek on the difficult situation currently facing the Canadian Hockey League (38:32). SportsNet LA's Ned Colletti on the Dodgers being on the brink of elimination, and Dave Roberts' managing (48:22). We discuss the reports of members of the Clippers being disenchanted with special treatment being given to Kawhi Leonard (1:11:46). ESPN's Ariel Helwani on Conor McGregor's planned January fight with Dustin Poirier, next weekend's match up between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje, and the possibility of future intriguing opponents for both McGregor (Manny Pacquiao) and Khabib (Georges St-Pierre?!?) (1:18:21).

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host.

Oct 15, 2020
October 15: A Canadian Division?

We discuss the Dodgers' impressive Game 3 win over Atlanta, and what to make of this Tampa Bay Rays run. Sportsnet's Eric Engels on the Canadiens' off-season, including their signing of Brendan Gallagher to a 6-year extension (13:55). MLB.com's Richard Justice on the Astros' Game 4 win over the Rays, Dusty Baker's managerial performance this season, George Springer's looming free agency, and Jose Altuve's struggles (30:31). Blue Jays Play-by-Play Voice Buck Martinez on the League Championship Series thus far (47:50). NHL on Sportsnet's Cassie Campbell-Pascall on what we've seen from the Western Canadian teams this off-season, the possibility of a Canadian division for 2021, and what it would mean for the teams' AHL affiliates, as well (1:11:11).

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host.