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
July 27: Rich Eisen and Olympic Champ Maggie Mac Neil
Jul 27, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
July 27: Rich Eisen and Olympic Champ Maggie Mac Neil

Ben Ennis and Richard Deitsch host! Rich Eisen (21:48), host of Tokyo Gold on Peacock TV, discusses Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the gymnastics team final on Tuesday due to mental health concerns. Mike Futa (47:59), former L.A. Kings assistant GM, weighs in on the Blackhawks acquiring Marc-Andre Fleury from Vegas and how front offices typically navigate free agency. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Maggie Mac Neil (1:09:16) checks in from Tokyo to discuss her gold medal victory in the 100m butterfly and how her training was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Grange (1:35:39) stops by to chat about the market for Kyle Lowry in free agency, the Raptors’ options with the No. 4 pick, and Masai Ujiri’s status with the organization. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport (1:57:35) chimes in on Aaron Rodgers’ restructured contract with the Packers, Deshaun Watson’s status for this season, and the NFL’s revised COVID-19 protocols. 

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

Jul 26, 2021
July 26: Elliotte Friedman, Tokyo 2020, & Jays Trade Market

Ben Ennis and Richard Deitsch host! ESPN NHL reporter Emily Kaplan (23:21) discusses the Montreal Canadiens’ selection of Logan Mailloux and the Maple Leafs’ priorities in free agency. Buck Martinez (48:11), former MLB catcher and current Blue Jays broadcaster, checks in to chat about Toronto’s position heading into Friday’s trade deadline and George Springer being reinserted into the team’s leadoff spot. Brittany MacLean (1:08:55), 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and current swimming analyst for CBC, discusses Canada’s strong start in the pool at Tokyo 2020, the impressive depth of Canada’s women’s team, and the emergence of teenage sensation Summer McIntosh. Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman (1:35:57) weighs in on the Leafs’ desire to address their goaltending depth, the Oilers’ long-term deal with Zach Hyman, and Morgan Reilly’s future in Toronto beyond next season. Shi Davidi (1:58:40) stops by to chat about the Blue Jays’ impending return to Rogers Centre this Friday and MLB’s current trade market.

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.

Jul 23, 2021
July 23: Tim Leiweke & NHL Draft Day Deals!

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host and open the show discussing Cleveland’s name change to the Guardians. Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oak View Group and former President & CEO of MLSE discusses the excitement surrounding the Seattle Kraken and provides his thoughts on Masai Ujiri’s future (16:23). Kevin Goldstein of Fangraphs assesses MLB’s trade market one week away from the trade deadline and what they Blue Jays need to do (35:48). Canada Soccer’s Men's National Team Head Coach John Herdman looks back on his club’s match against the USA and looks ahead to this weekend’s Gold Cup match against Costa Rica (47:48). NHL analyst and former Los Angeles Kings executive Mike Futa shares his thoughts on the NHL rumour mill ahead of the draft including his thoughts on the breaking Coyotes & Canucks trade that would send Oliver Ekman Larsson and Conor Garland to Vancouver (1:11:45).

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.

Jul 22, 2021
July 22: Hyman heads West

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. Sports journalist Ed Odeven joins the show from Tokyo ahead of the Olympics to discuss the various challenges surrounding these games amidst COVID-19 (20:00). Sportsnet’s Mark Spector breaks down the Oilers interest in Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman who seems all but destined to be Edmonton’s newest addition (32:09). MLB insider Jeff Passan checks-in just over a week away from the trade deadline (47:12).  Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli talks about the Seattle Kraken’s roster, Zach Hyman’s impending pay day, and what will happen with Jack Eichel during the off-season (1:13:45).

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.

Jul 21, 2021
July 21: Seattle’s Night to get Kraken

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi discusses the latest surrounding the Blue Jays, notably Nate Pearson being used out of the bullpen and Corey Dickerson’s return (20:10). CBC Olympic Soccer analyst and former national team member Diana Matheson recaps Canada’s 1-1 draw against Japan and talks about the squad’s chances to improve on the Bronze medal four years ago (35:55). NHL insider Renaud Lavoie checks-in from Seattle where the Kraken will pick their team in the expansion draft and explains why Carey Price will likely remain a Montreal Canadien (49:59). Former Marlins President and Host of ‘Nothing Personal” David Samson shares his thoughts on building expansion teams, building a roster using analytics, and the affect adding at the trade deadline has on the clubhouse (1:11:05).