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
Feb. 24: Rarified Ayres
Feb 24, 2020
Feb 24, 2020
Feb. 24: Rarified Ayres

Jeff Blair, Stephen Brunt, and Gord Stellick host. We’re live from the Hockey Central Trade Deadline studios! In-studio guests include Kris Versteeg (19:09), Bruce Boudreau (31:44), and Kevin Bieksa (1:04:22). We hear from Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas in his post-Deadline availability, including discussion of the team’s recent play, Jake Muzzin’s contract extension, and Calle Rosen’s return to the organization (1:31:46). NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger on the Leafs’ day (1:57:29).

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.

Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21: The Leafs Are Back!

Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. We discuss an impressive Leafs win over the Penguins (2PM).  Sportsnet’s Luke Fox joins us while snowboarding to recap the Leafs’ victory (20:22). Raptors voice Matt Devlin on the team’s return from the All-Star break (44:29). Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi discusses the Blue Jays ahead of the start of Grapefruit League play (1:02:02). TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie on the Leafs’ Playoff battle, and on the Canadiens ahead of Monday’s Trade Deadline (1:28:45).  Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s spring thus far, his outlook for the pitching staff, and whether more steps are being taken to prevent sign-stealing (1:51:32).

Feb 20, 2020
Feb. 20: Vancouver 2030?

Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. The spotlight’s on the Leafs ahead of the second half of the home-and-home with Pittsburgh (2PM). Sportsnet’s Kevin Martin on The Grand Slam of Curling’s announcement that it will hold a tournament in Las Vegas as part of their 2020-21 schedule (2:25PM).  ESPN’s Jeff Passan on David Ortiz’s remarks about Mike Fiers, and the continued Astros fallout (3PM). ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski on the worries surrounding the Leafs, and looking ahead to Monday’s Trade Deadline (3:25PM). Leafs Nation Pre- and Post-Game’s Gord Stellick on the Leafs’ recent struggles (4PM).  Former VANOC President/CEO John Furlong on his hopes of bringing the 2030 Olympics to Vancouver (4:25PM).  Stephen Brunt on the possibility of Vancouver 2030 (4:45PM).

Feb 19, 2020
Feb. 19: Looking At The Leafs' Goaltending

Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. We discuss a tough loss for the Leafs in Pittsburgh (0:26).  NHL Network’s Bill Lindsay on the Panthers’ side of the Denis Malgin-Mason Marchment trade (19:43).  SN590 Leafs analyst Andre Deveaux on the team’s current situation (46:13).  Yahoo! Sports’ Hannah Keyser on the public remarks of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark surrounding the Houston Astros scandal (1:05:33).  Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on the Leafs approaching Monday’s Trade Deadline (1:29:54).  Blue Jays Central’s Joe Siddall on Toronto’s squad at the start of Spring Training (1:52:14).

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.

Feb 18, 2020
Feb. 18: John Gibbons Joins The Show

Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch host. Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann on the legal implications of the Astros sign-stealing scandal (20:54). Atlanta Braves special assignment scout John Gibbons on his new role, and his interviews for the Astros and Red Sox’ managerial vacancies (45:21). Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph on the team’s current goaltending situation (1:06:19).  Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman on the latest NHL trade activity (1:31:42). Penguins radio analyst Phil Bourque on Pittsburgh’s squad ahead of a home-and-home with the Leafs (1:49:23).

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.