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 20: Kansas City v. San Francisco
Jan 20, 2020
Jan 20, 2020
Jan 20: Kansas City v. San Francisco

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. The Leafs enter their weekend off with a tough loss to the Blackhawks (2PM).  Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole on what’s next for Conor McGregor (2:30PM). Sportsnet’s Luke Fox on the Leafs at the break (3PM). Kansas City Chiefs ambassador Bill Maas on Kansas City’s return to the Super Bowl, and how they match up with the 49ers (3:25PM). The Roundtable w/ Scott MacArthur and Arash Madani (4PM).

Jan 17, 2020
Jan 17: Big Weekend Ahead

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. Former NHL forward Marty McSorley on the recent turns of the Flames-Oilers rivalry (29:49). Hockey Central's Jeff Marek on the role of fighting in today's game and the recent spate of NHL coach firings (45:32). Sports Illustrated's Gary Gramling previews the NFL Conference Championships (1:15:39). ESPN's Ariel Helwani previews Saturday's Conor McGregor-Cowboy Cerrone UFC fight (1:32:05). David Roth discusses his piece for the New Republic on the culture of the Houston Astros (2:02:05).

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 16, 2020
Jan 16: Gibby?

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. We discuss Carlos Beltrán's exit from the New York Mets in the wake of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, and John Gibbons' candidacy for the vacant Houston job (2:36). NBA TV Canada's Sherman Hamilton on the Raptors' win in Oklahoma City (26:06). MLB.com's Richard Justice on the Astros scandal and the Gibbons reports (47:09). ESPN's Turron Davenport on the Tennessee Titans ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship (1:10:40). Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on the Leafs' defence and the Flames-Oilers rivalry (1:30:40). WFAN's Ed Coleman on the Mets' managerial situation (1:48:56).

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 15, 2020
Jan 15: Coaching Changes

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. We discuss the Red Sox' parting of ways with manager Alex Cora (2:44). WEEI's Rob Bradford on the Red Sox' move (25:49). Golden Knights studio host Daren Millard on the team's coaching change (47:14). 710 ESPN's John Clayton on the NFL Conference Championship matchups (1:10:32). The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jim Souhan on the Twins' signing of Josh Donaldson (1:23:46). TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Golden Knights, and on the turmoil surrounding the New Jersey Devils (1:31:08). Raptors play-by-play voice Matt Devlin ahead of the team's game in Oklahoma City (1:51:14).

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.

Jan 14, 2020
Jan 14: What’s Next In The Astros Scandal?

Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt host. NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger on the Leafs' depleted blue line (23:23). CBS Sports HQ's David Samson (47:36) and ESPN's Jeff Passan (1:08:23) on the MLB discipline of the Houston Astros. Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on reported All-Star Weekend changes and the Habs' struggles (1:31:14). Canadian Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak joins the show in-studio to discuss her Olympic preparations (1:46:31).

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.