36 episodes

Each week, Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt tackle the most impactful stories in the world of sports and their intersection with popular culture. 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.

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Each week, Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt tackle the most impactful stories in the world of sports and their intersection with popular culture. 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.

    Episode 34: That Night In Sweden

    Episode 34: That Night In Sweden

    Andre Deveaux played 13 pro hockey seasons in eight leagues across the globe. But he is perhaps most famous for an ugly on-ice incident in Sweden during the 2015 playoffs. However, that event does not define him as a person or a player. This is the story of a journeyman tough guy seeing the world on his skates. And one night in Sweden.

    This episode was produced by Ryan Walsh, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt.

    Audio Credits: AM900 CHML, CBC, Dagbladet, MSG, NHL Network, Post Media and Sportsnet.

    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.

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    Episode 33: What The CFL Will Look Like In 10 Years

    Episode 33: What The CFL Will Look Like In 10 Years

    CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has big plans for his small league to grab a piece of the international football pie. He joins Jeff and Stephen to discuss how he’ll go about that with a league that hasn’t changed much over the years and has a loyal, but steeped-in-tradition fan base.

    “We will have somewhere between 50 and 70 million people around the world watching Grey Cup. And maybe a 100 million by the time we’re done. We won’t have one international broadcast deal, we’ll have 10.” – CFL Commissioner, Randy Ambrosie

    This episode is produced by Ryan Walsh and Amil Delic, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt.

    Audio Credits: BNN Bloomberg, Canadian Football League, CBC, Edmonton Journal, Global TV and Sportsnet.

    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.

    Episode 32: The Disruptor

    Episode 32: The Disruptor

    Tom Dundon is an entrepreneur, billionaire, majority owner of the “bunch of jerks” Carolina Hurricanes and chairman of the upstart Alliance of American Football. The 47-year-old has been condemned by some as a meddler and hailed by others as a maverick since he took over the Canes. Dundon joins Stephen and Jeff for a candid conversation about his approach to sports ownership, what led him to the NHL, his vision for the AAF and more.

    This episode is produced by Ryan Walsh and Amil Delic, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt.

    Audio Credits: ABC – Channel 11 News WTVD, NFL Network, NHL Network, CBS, ESPN, NBC and Sportsnet.

    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.

    Episode 31: The Life And Times Of Frank Robinson

    Episode 31: The Life And Times Of Frank Robinson

    The world lost a role model when Frank Robinson died February 7. A 14-time All-Star. A Triple Crown winner. A Hall of Famer. Two World Series rings. The only player to win MVP in both the American National Leagues. The first African-American manager in MLB. And so much more. Robinson’s resume is one of the best sports has ever seen. But he represented more than just his baseball achievements.

    Jeff and Stephen discuss Robinson’s life on and off the field, recalling what it was like to cover him as a manager and how he was a pivotal personality in America during an era of social upheaval. They are also joined by film producer and former sports columnist David Israel, who offers his own stories of Robinson off the field.

    This episode is produced by Ryan Walsh and Amil Delic, sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt. Archival Digitization by CBC Archives. [Archival Assistance by Adrian Cheddie from Sportsnet Media Operations]

    Audio Credits: C-Span, ESPN, MLB Network, NBC, Sportsnet, The FAN 590, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, WFNY, WJZ-TV and WWWE.

    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.

    Episode 30: Bill Belichick, Human Being

    Episode 30: Bill Belichick, Human Being

    He’s the last true head coach in sports – every player on a Bill Belichick team buys into his system because it’s one that wins. But Belichick is also famously robotic, when it comes to his football persona and how little we know about him away from the field of play.

    Michael Lombardi spent three decades in the NFL as a team executive. He now writes for The Ringer and The Athletic, and is the author of Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL. Lombardi joined Jeff and Stephen to discuss his time with the New England Patriots under Belichick. He shines a light on the man who cuts the sleeves off his hoodies, famously offers the shortest answers possible to reporters’ questions and is arguably the greatest coach in football history.

    This episode is hosted by Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt, produced by Ryan Walsh and sound engineered by Amil Delic.

    Audio Credits: CBS, Fox News, NBC Sports, NESN, NFL Films and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

    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.

    Episode 29: When Hockey Hurts

    Episode 29: When Hockey Hurts

    It’s Canada’s Game, but in recent months and years some of its traditions have been challenged by players and in the court of public opinion. Daniel Carcillo has been at the forefront of two of those discussions: concussions and hazing.

    Carcillo joins Jeff and Stephen to discuss his life on and off the ice, including the $18.9-million concussion settlement the NHL and 318 former players have tentatively reached and his experiences of abuse while a rookie with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting.

    This episode was produced by Ryan Walsh and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Stephen Brunt and Jeff Blair.

    Audio Credits: ABC Sports, CBC, CityNews, Fox Sports, MSG, NBC, Sportsnet, The Jim Rome Show and The Players’ Tribune.

    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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Firefox444 ,

More please?

I love the podcasts but am sorry to see there haven’t been any new ones for a few months. I hope this is just a temporary hiatus.

Steven Brunt in particular is one of the most consistently interesting voices in Canadian sports media. Anything that gives us opportunities to hear more of him is a good thing.

bken93 ,

Informed but dull.

Hi guys
Love your insight and stories...but maybe we can punch up the energy level. The typewriter / tunes are nostalgic...but can u find a modern twist on it? Look forward to hearing the changes.

jefe00001 ,

Bye

After what you said about Canuck fans today bye. And Screw you Blair

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