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
Nov 12, 2019
Nov. 12: The Astros Did It Again

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Raptors’ loss in their first post-championship meeting with Kawhi Leonard & the Clippers; Raptors radio voice Eric Smith on Nick Nurse’s coaching to this point in the campaign (21:57); We discuss the report detailing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing during their 2017 Championship campaign (39:39); The Athletic's Clippers reporter Jovan Buha on Kawhi Leonard’s time in LA thus far (48:20); Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi from the MLB GM Meetings on the Astros scandal, and the Blue Jays’ off-season (1:08:11); Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman on the Leafs’ back-up goalie change and the Mitch Marner injury (1:31:14); CBS Sports’ Amy Trask on the 49ers’ loss to the Seahawks, and the struggles of the Los Angeles Rams (1:59:41).

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 11, 2019
Nov. 11: The Showtime Raptors

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Raptors’ impressive upset win over the Lakers, and look ahead to tonight’s meeting with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers; Sportsnet’s Michael Grange on the Raptors’ weekend, and on his 1-on-1 with Masai Ujiri on Kawhi’s time in Toronto (21:29); Jeff, Richard, and Jeff Marek address the announcement that Don Cherry will be leaving Sportsnet in the wake of his remarks on Saturday (56:49); Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Rex Kalamian on Kawhi Leonard’s impact on his new squad (1:13:58); The Roundtable w/ Donnovan Bennett & Arden Zwelling (1:27:03).

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 8, 2019
Nov. 8: Viva The Leafs Power Play

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Maple Leafs' power play coming through in a win over the Golden Knights (2:43); At The Letters' Ben Nicholson-Smith on the Blue Jays' off-season, and previewing next week's GM Meetings (23:11); Leafs radio analyst Jim Ralph on the team's impressive recent stretch (46:08); Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on Toronto FC ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup match (1:09:14); The LA Times' Dan Woike on the Lakers and Clippers ahead of the Raptors' back-to-back visits to Staples Center (1:31:09); ESPN's Jon Champion on the MLS Cup (4:25PM).

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 7, 2019
Nov. 7: OG Anunoby & Chase Anderson Join The Show

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the signing of international rugby legend Sonny Bill Williams by Toronto Wolfpack RLFC (2:04); Toronto Raptors F OG Anunoby on his start to the year (21:27); Vegas Golden Knights pre- & post-game host Daren Millard on tonight's Maple Leafs opponent (37:24); 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton previews NFL Week 10 (48:38); Toronto Wolfpack VP of Commercial Jon Pallett on the Sonny Bill Williams signing (1:07:12); TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Islanders' continued strong play (1:34:41); Toronto Blue Jays SP Chase Anderson on coming to Toronto (1:51:54); We meet the 3rd Seixeiro brother! (2:09:20).

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 6, 2019
Nov. 6: What Happened To The Slap Shot?

Jeff Blair & Richard Deitsch discuss the Leafs' win over the Kings, and John Tavares' return (5:34); Leafs Nation Network's Bob McGill on the Leafs getting back on track (20:15); Raptors voice Matt Devlin on Patrick McCaw's injury and Pascal Siakam's start to the season (46:46); Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup Final (1:08:43); NHL Shooting & Scoring Coach Tim Turk on the evolution of shooting in the NHL, and the decline of the slap shot (1:31:21); Bergen Record/USA Today Yankees Beat Writer Pete Caldera on singing 'New York, New York' on The Late Show (1:48:53).

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.