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
Mar 3: Are You In On The North Division?
Mar 3, 2021
Mar 3, 2021
Mar 3: Are You In On The North Division?

We discuss the Maple Leafs' play in the North Division, and whether we should already be tired of it. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on the Leafs and Oilers ahead of the two teams' series finale tonight, and on the all-Canadian division (20:03). MLB Network's Greg Amsinger on his excitement surrounding the Blue Jays and their hopes in the AL East, and on other potential breakout teams this season (47:02). Sportsnet's Alvin Williams on the short-handed Raptors ahead of their return to the court tonight against the Pistons (1:12:31). Hockey Central's Kris Versteeg on the Leafs' recent play, and on the struggles of the Buffalo Sabres (1:35:06). The "Nothing Personal with David Samson" Podcast's David Samson on the stir he caused by mentioning that he feels that Albert Pujols is older than his listed age, the start of pre-season play, and Cleveland's handling of the latest accusations against former pitching coach Mickey Callaway (1:54:15). Arash Madani jumps in to discuss who the Maple Leafs' biggest rival is currently (2:13:05).
Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch 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.

Mar 2, 2021
March 2: The Leafs Burn The Midnight Oil

We discuss another shutout win for the Maple Leafs in Edmonton. CHED Edmonton's Rob Brown on the Oilers and Leafs' last two games (18:30). We discuss the Raptors' wait for their next game, and Richard brings up an interesting potential addition for Toronto. ESPN's Chris Singleton on the Yankees and Blue Jays, and the outlook for the AL East this season (48:00). USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on the NBA season thus far, and the Raptors' place in the Eastern Conference (1:14:36). Hockey Night In Canada's David Amber on the Leafs' impressive season thus far (96:20). Sportsnet's Ben Wagner on what he's seen from the Blue Jays over their first three Grapefruit League games (1:56:55). We check in with Arash Madani, who looks ahead to he and Stephen Brunt's interview with Rowdy Tellez.

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.

Mar 1, 2021
March 1: Blue Jays Back on the Field

We discuss the Blue Jays getting Grapefruit League play underway, and the Raptors' Sunday game getting postponed due to the NBA's health and safety protocols. Leafs Nation pre- & post-game's Gord Stellick on the Leafs off of Saturday's win, the absence of Auston Matthews, and Michael Hutchinson getting the call in net for tonight's game due to the absences of Frederik Andersen and Jack Campbell (21:25). San Francisco Giants Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Tim Leiper on the Blue Jays at this point in the pre-season (49:41). Sirius XM NBA Radio and ESPN's Frank Isola on the NBA's navigation of the pandemic, the Raptors' season thus far, and the surprising New York Knicks (1:09:37). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on the Leafs and Oilers ahead of tonight's game, and on the NHL taking notice of the success of NBA Top Shot (1:37:22). Blue Jays TV voice Buck Martinez on what he's seen from Blue Jays camp thus far, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s performance, and his excitement about Rowdy Tellez (2:01:27). We check in with Stephen Brunt for his latest thoughts on the Blue Jays (2:14:46).

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.

Feb 26, 2021
Feb. 26: Saying Goodbye To Tim & Sid

Sportsnet's Michael Grange joins the guys to discuss the breaking news that the Raptors' coaching staff will, due to health and safety protocols, not be allowed on the bench starting with tonight's game against Houston 3:32). Hockey Central's Justin Bourne on his latest piece on William Nylander, the Leafs and Oilers ahead of their three-game set, and the Canadiens' coaching change (18:04). The Bergen Record/USA Today's Pete Caldera on the Yankees and the AL East ahead of their pre-season opener Sunday against the Blue Jays (45:02). NHL on Sportsnet's Kevin Bieksa on the latest in the North Divison (1:02:27). Sportsnet/ESPN's Dan Shulman on the Blue Jays' camp thus far, and Cavan Biggio's value to the team (1:32:29). Tim & Sid's Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro join us ahead of their last show together to reflect on their time at Sportsnet 590 The FAN (1:57:52).

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.

Feb 25, 2021
Feb. 25: What's Kyle Lowry's Future In Toronto?

We discuss the Philadelphia Inquirer report on potential Kyle Lowry trade destinations. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on William Nylander's big night in the Leafs' win over the Flames (24:12). We discuss reports out of Seattle on Russell Wilson's future with the Seahawks, and a robust off-season QB market. ESPN's Jeff Passan on the start of Spring Training, when we can expect full stadiums again, and the return of Shohei Ohtani (47:19). Nashville Predators radio analyst Hal Gill on the Montreal Canadiens' coaching change, and his memories of playing for the Habs during an in-season coaching change (1:12:08). The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey on his Kyle Lowry report (1:25:23). Hockey Central's Kris Versteeg on Patrick Kane's Hart Trophy candidacy, and the Leafs' win over the Flames (1:40:21). Toronto Blue Jays SS Austin Martin discusses his first Major League Spring Training (1:54:41). We check in with Tim & Sid's Tim Micallef (with a cameo from Sid Seixeiro) right ahead of their penultimate show together!

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.