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
Jan. 26: Remembering Kobe Bryant, One Year Later
Jan 26, 2021
Jan 26, 2021
Jan. 26: Remembering Kobe Bryant, One Year Later

We discuss the first anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. The Toronto Star's Doug Smith on the Raptors' recent play, and his memories of Kobe Bryant (24:24). We discuss the news that Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell will be out for a number of weeks with a leg injury. Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck on covering Kobe Bryant in his prime, and Kobe's impact on the current NBA (51:43). Canadian musician Alan Doyle on the recent donations made by his Dollar A Day Foundation to the Canadian Mental Health Association (1:12:35). Arash's tribute to the late Gianna Bryant. ESPN's Greg Wyshynski on the Matthew Tkachuk-Jack Campbell incident, and Alex Pietrangelo's first meeting with his former team tonight (1:41:04). Blue Jays TV voice Buck Martinez on the George Springer signing, and the current labour stand-off between the MLB owners and players (2:01:11). We check in with Tim & Sid's Tim Micallef.

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.

Jan 25, 2021
Jan. 25: Your Sports Bucket List

We discuss the NFL's Conference Championships, and - in a theme that carries throughout the show - what sporting events you most want to see in your lifetime (2:40). Former Blue Jays OF Shannon Stewart discusses the team's upcoming Virtual Winter Week, and provides his thoughts on the current Blue Jays, and the free agent addition of George Springer (27:10). The Boston Globe's Ben Volin on Tom Brady's return to the Super Bowl, and his impressions of the Buccaneers' and Chiefs' wins (49:40). ESPN's Ariel Helwani on watching his beloved Buffalo Bills return to the AFC Championship, and on Conor McGregor's loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 (1:10:22). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on Saturday's trade of Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 3rd-round pick from Columbus to Winnipeg in exchange for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic (1:38:47). The Athletic's Matthew Fairburn on the Bills' loss to the Chiefs, and what's next for the team (2:01:25). We check in with Tim & Sid's Sid Seixeiro (2:15:32)!

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.

Jan 22, 2021
Jan. 22: Remembering Henry Aaron

Howard Bryant, author of "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron" discusses the passing of the baseball great (6:01). 630 CHED's Rob Brown on the Oilers' season thus far (26:56). Writers Bloc co-host Stephen Brunt on Aaron's passing, and on the reports surrounding the status of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (34:31). ESPN's Jeff Passan on Henry Aaron, the Blue Jays' off-season, and the reporting of himself and ESPN colleague Mina Kimes that led to the firing of New York Mets GM Jared Porter (46:33). ESPN 710's John Clayton previews the Packers-Buccaneers and Chiefs-Bills Conference Championship games (1:09:44). Hockey Night In Canada's David Amber on meeting Henry Aaron, and the Maple Leafs placing Joe Thornton on the LTIR (1:35:18). Blue Jays RP Kirby Yates discusses joining the team, the evolution of his career, and his bulldog, Chubbs (1:56:21). Tim & Sid's Sid Seixeiro discusses his Thursday announcement that he'll be leaving the show at the end of February to become the new co-host of Breakfast Television on City (2:12:48).

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.

Jan 21, 2021
Jan. 21: Were The Leafs "Too Safe" Against The Oilers?

We start by discussing the Leafs' loss to the Oilers. WDAE Tampa's Ian Beckles on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship (20:24). The Washington Post's Samantha Pell on the Capitals' violation of the NHL's COVID protocols (40:34). Sportsnet's Shi Davidi on what's next in the Blue Jays' off-season (49:04). Sportsnet's Michael Grange on the Raptors' loss to the Heat (1:08:44). SNY's Andy Martino on the George Springer deal with the Blue Jays, the off-seasons of the Mets and Yankees, and his upcoming book about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, and Springer's connection to it (as well as the 90s Blue Jays' connection!) (1:37:11). TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Canadiens' impressive start, and the Leafs' loss to the Oilers (2:00:44). We check in with Tim & Sid's Tim Micallef!

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.

Jan 20, 2021
Jan. 20: George Springer Is Headed To Toronto
We discuss the Blue Jays' reported agreement to a 6-year, $150M deal with free agent OF George Springer. Buffalo Bills CB Taron Johnson discusses his 101-yard interception return TD in Saturday's win over the Ravens, and looks ahead to Sunday's AFC Championship in Kansas City (24:08). Texas Monthly's Richard Justice on Springer's time in Houston (32:23). Astros radio analyst Steve Sparks provides his observations on Springer (47:49). Blue Jays Central's Joe Siddall on the Springer signing, and where he fits within the team's lineup (1:13:52). The "Nothing Personal with David Samson" Podcast's David Samson on Springer, what's next for the Blue Jays, and the breaking news that Michael Brantley will be staying in Houston (1:35:42). Blue Jays/MLB Play-by-Play voice Dan Shulman on the impact of the Springer signing on the Blue Jays (2:03:49). We get the thoughts of Tim & Sid's Sid Seixeiro on the Springer deal (2:15:27). 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.