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.

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Recent Episodes
April 13: Leafs Move On From The Deadline; Blue Jays Bats Get Cole'd
Apr 13, 2021
Apr 13, 2021
April 13: Leafs Move On From The Deadline; Blue Jays Bats Get Cole'd

We discuss the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays' respective losses to the Montreal Canadiens and New York Yankees. Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino on the Memorial Cup being cancelled for the second consecutive year, and what it means for the OHL and CHL as a whole (13:12). Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's Trade Deadline - including the trade of Nick Foligno to the Maple Leafs (22:55). YES' Jack Curry on the Yankees' season thus far (38:32). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on the Trade Deadline, and the Maple Leafs' moves (49:36). The "Nothing Personal with David Samson" Podcast's David Samson on the Erie County CEO statement that fans will need to show proof of vaccination to attend Buffalo Bills and Sabres games in the fall, and on MLB umpire Joe West's defamation lawsuit against former catcher Paul Lo Duca (1:10:06). We discuss an impressive win for the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team (1:26:13).

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 affiliates.

Apr 12, 2021
April 12: A Busy Deadline For The Leafs

We discuss the Maple Leafs' Sunday trades, and look ahead to the 3PM NHL Trade Deadline (0:08). Hockey Central's Mike Futa discusses the Leafs' acquisitions of Nick Foligno and David Rittich, and the trade activity thus far (20:45). Blue Jackets studio analyst Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre on what Foligno brings to the Leafs (37:37). Hockey Central's Anthony Stewart on the day's activity thus far, and the Leafs' acquisition of Ben Hutton (51:06). Hockey Night In Canada's Kelly Hrudey on what the Leafs are getting in Rittich, and more on the day's activity (1:08:25). NHL Network's Ryan Callahan on the day's moves, the Leafs' acquisitions, and what the Trade Deadline's like for a player who gets moved (1:36:50). We listen in to Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas' post-Deadline media availability (1:58:39).

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

Apr 9, 2021
April 9: Blue Jays Drop The Home Opener

We discuss the Blue Jays' loss to the Angels in their Dunedin opener. The Athletic's Evan Drellich on the MLB investigation of baseballs used by the Dodgers' Trevor Bauer, and on his interview with MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark (20:28). Blue Jays TV voice Buck Martinez on the home opener, the team's planned use of an opener in tonight's game, and Danny Jansen's early struggles (36:48). Toronto Blue Jays Executive VP of Business Operations Marnie Starkman on the work done by the organization to make the stadiums in Dunedin and Buffalo Major League-ready (47:55). Sportsnet's Kevin Bieksa on Alex Galchenyuk's strong showing for the Maple Leafs thus far, expectations for Monday's Trade Deadline, and the Canucks' COVID outbreak (1:04:08). We discuss David Price's announcement that he'll be auctioning off his Dodgers World Series ring to benefit The Players Alliance.

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.

Apr 8, 2021
April 8: The Blue Jays Are Back "Home", Felix Potvin on Jack Campbell's Streak

We discuss the Blue Jays getting set to play their first home game in Dunedin, and the Maple Leafs' win over the Canadiens. TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Leafs' win, Jack Campbell's franchise-record win streak, Alex Galchenyuk's time in Toronto thus far, and the state of the Canadiens (18:36). ESPN and DKTV's Daniel Kim sets the scene from Dunedin, and discusses Hyun-Jin Ryu's season thus far (37:55). The "Nothing Personal with David Samson" Podcast's David Samson on Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game, and the season thus far (46:58). Former Maple Leafs goalie Felix Potvin discusses Jack Campbell breaking the franchise win streak record (of which Felix was one of the previous record holders), his memories of playing on the 90s Leafs, and coaching young players in a pandemic (1:12:18).

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.

Apr 6, 2021
April 6: Welcome, Matz

We discuss the report that Toronto is among the options being considered for a future MLB All-Star Game, and look back at the Blue Jays' Monday win at a full Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Texas Rangers TV analyst C.J. Nitkowski on the team's plan to use a pair of pitching tandems as part of their rotation, and on how games have played at their new stadium since its 2020 opening (24:30). Hockey Night In Canada's Kelly Hrudey on the Maple Leafs off of their win over the Calgary Flames (40:12). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on the potential impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHL, the possibility of another Stanley Cup Playoffs bubble, the Vancouver Canucks' outbreak, and what we can expect (from the Leafs and others) at Monday's Trade Deadline (50:56). Sportsnet Blue Jays play-by-play voice Dan Shulman on the team's start to the season (1:11:47).


Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host.

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.