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
Dec. 5: Leafs Still Figuring It Out
Dec 5, 2019
Dec 5, 2019
Dec. 5: Leafs Still Figuring It Out

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Leafs’ loss to the Avalanche, and Sheldon Keefe’s experimentations with line combinations and defensive pairings (0:47); Hockey Central’s Jeff Marek on how the Leafs are being officiated (19:42); NBC LX’s Noah Pransky on the hit taken by the Tampa Bay Rays’ Montreal split-season plan (36:03); The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen on watching James Harden on a nightly basis, and the Rockets’ season thus far (45:40); ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Zack Wheeler’s deal with the Phillies, and the Blue Jays’ off-season thus far (1:02:38); ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski on the St. Louis Blues’ use of a predictive gaming app to prepare for the possible legalization of sports gambling in New Jersey (1:30:51); Sportsnet’s Michael Grange on the Raptors ahead of their matchup with the Rockets (1:50:57).

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.

Dec 4, 2019
Dec. 4: A Double Dose Of Frederik Andersen

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the possibility of Frederik Andersen starting both halves of a back-to-back for the Maple Leafs (0:26); The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith on the Raptors’ home loss to the Heat (23:14); Atlanta Braves SP Mike Soroka on winning the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award as Canadian baseball player of the year, and a pair of major NL East pitching acquisitions (46:25); Postmedia’s Michael Traikos on the Leafs’ goaltending (1:03:10); WIP Philadelphia’s Howard Eskin on the Phillies’ acquisition of free agent SP Zack Wheeler (1:19:26); Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on the Leafs (1:31:12); Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi on the Blue Jays’ off-season thus far (1:50:36); Jeff & Richard discuss the report of Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella receiving calls from Blue Jackets management and the NHL head office in regards to getting ahead of any backlash to his coaching methods (2:04:19).

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.

Dec 3, 2019
Dec. 3: The Heat Is In

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the series of allegations of player abuse against current Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford (9:08); Miami Heat radio voice Mike Inglis on the Heat's impressive campaign thus far (21:40); Newly-retired NHL forward Matt Stajan on his 15-year career (45:33); At The Letters' Ben Nicholson-Smith on the Blue Jays' reported interest in free agent SP Zack Wheeler, and on Kevin Pillar finding himself a free agent (1:03:01); Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on Akim Aliu's meeting with the NHL and the (later confirmed) reports of John Hynes' firing in New Jersey (1:31:39); Matt Devlin on the Raptors' start to the season, and how Kyle Lowry will soon be worked back into the lineup (1:51:22).

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.

Dec 2, 2019
Dec 2: The Raptors Appear To Be Good

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Raptors’ continued hot start (of which ESPN’s finally taking notice), and Chris Chelios’ discussion of Mike Babcock’s treatment of Johan Franzen (1:25); Raptors Radio Analyst Paul Jones on the team’s impressive weekend (27:15); Leafs Nation Pre- & Post-Game Analyst Gord Stellick on the Leafs’ weekend and the latest Babcock allegations (47:49); CBS Sports’ Amy Trask on what to make of the Patriots, and the Ravens’ win over the 49ers (1:11:13); The Roundtable (w/ Stephen Brunt & Scott MacArthur) discusses the NHL coaching culture, the NFL weekend, and the Raptors (1:30:27).

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 29, 2019
November 29: The Flames Part Ways With Bill Peters

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss Bill Peters’ resignation from the Calgary Flames organization ; Sportsnet 650’s Corey Hirsch on the Peters situation ; The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington on this weekend’s Leafs opponents; Leafs Nation Pre- & Post-Game Host Nick Alberga previews Leafs-Sabres ; We listen to Flames GM Brad Treliving’s media availability announcing Bill Peters’ resignation ; Sportsnet’s Michael Grange on the Raptors’ impressive season thus far; Flames play-by-play voice Derek Wills on Peters’ resignation.