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
May 25: Getting Closer
May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020
May 25: Getting Closer

Jeff and Stephen host. We discuss the progress being made towards the return of North American team sports (1:03). The Associated Press' Tim Reynolds on the NBA getting closer to contesting the Playoffs at Disney World, and the different possibilities in terms of how many teams would participate (23:30). MLB Network's Cliff Floyd on baseball's potential return, and the players' perspective on negotiations (54:14). Glenn Healy on Mark Messier's famous guarantee on This Day In Hockey History (1:18:16). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman with the latest on a potential NHL return (1:38:08). Breaking The Lines' Zach Lowy on Alphonso Davies' recent breakout with Bayern Munich (2:03:16).

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.

May 22, 2020
May 22: The Waiting Game

Jeff, Stephen and Richard host. John Amaechi, OBE on the reluctance of athletes from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to return to play, given the disproportionate statistics surrounding COVID-19 (22:50). "Nothing Personal" host David Samson on the Oakland A's rent dispute, and the economic impacts of the MLB stoppage (49:20). Michael Grange on the issues facing the Raptors in a potential NBA return, and the passing of Utah Jazz coaching great Jerry Sloan (1:15:01). TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the NHL's 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs proposal (1:38:53). Shi Davidi on the impacts of the shortened MLB Draft on Canadian players (2:00:24).

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.

May 21, 2020
May 21: The 24-Team Playoff

Jeff and Richard host. We discuss the potential impacts of leagues expanding their playoffs in the wake of the pandemic (07:06). The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin on the Rays re-opening Tropicana Field for player workouts, the potential of the Blue Jays playing out the season in the area, and covering the re-opening of famed Tampa Bay dog track Derby Lane (25:37). Postmedia News' Michael Traikos on the possibility of a 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs (49:49). Yahoo! Sports' Mike Oz on his interview with Mike Trout about a potential MLB return (1:18:50). Hockey Night In Canada's Ron MacLean on his life during the pandemic, and the changes that are likely to come to the sports world in its wake (1:41:59). Raptors radio analyst Paul Jones on a potential NBA return, and the pandemic's impact on youth sports (2:04:33).

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.

May 20, 2020
May 20: The Pandemic's Impact on Youth Sports

Jeff and Richard host. We discuss the decisions parents will have to make about letting their children return to playing sports post-pandemic. Hockey Canada President/COO Scott Smith discusses the many considerations his organization must take into account before hockey returns at all levels (25:12). Legendary New York Mets media relations guru Jay Horwitz discusses his new book, "Mr. Met," and tells stories from his four decades with the organization (48:38). NFL Network's Jim Trotter on the league's attempts to improve diversity in the head coach and GM ranks (73:20) . Arash Madani on the CFL announcement that the 2020 season would, at the earliest, start in September (88:41). Chris Johnston on the impact of the continued Canada/U.S. border closure on the NHL's resumption (99:12). Yahoo! Sports' Keith Smith on the suitability of Walt Disney World for resuming the NBA and MLS seasons (118:16) . And is there a more compelling sports documentary subject than Michael Jordan


Posts

May 19, 2020
May 19: The Big Four Sports Work Towards Returns

Jeff and Richard host. We recap a weekend that featured actual sports (0:22)! Sport Bild's Tobias Altschäffl on the Bundesliga's first weekend back (27:51). "The Dream Team Tapes" podcast host Jack McCallum on his new project, and on reflecting on watching the Michael Jordan Bulls on "The Last Dance" (52:36). The Los Angeles Times' Arash Markazi on California Governor Gavin Newsom's remarks about bringing sports back to the state (1:21:40). Hockey Central's Brian Burke on the NHL's need to return (1:39:39). USA Today's Bob Nightengale on the current MLB/MLBPA standoff, and the proposed health-and-safety protocols for players (2:07:14).

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.