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Sportsnet 590 The FAN's JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis share their fearless and unique opinions on sports, pop culture and life in Toronto with a wide variety of interesting guests. Two guys who try not to take themselves too seriously and have fun every episode. Daily podcasts every weekday!

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Sportsnet 590 The FAN's JD Bunkis and Ben Ennis share their fearless and unique opinions on sports, pop culture and life in Toronto with a wide variety of interesting guests. Two guys who try not to take themselves too seriously and have fun every episode. Daily podcasts every weekday!

    April 21: Evan Roberts and Toronto sports concern ratings

    April 21: Evan Roberts and Toronto sports concern ratings

    Ben and JD kick off the show by revealing their current Toronto sports concern rankings (3:46). Evan Roberts, co-host of Carton and Roberts on WFAN, weighs in on Francisco Lindor’s early-season struggles, Steven Matz’s strong start to his Blue Jays tenure, and the limited sample size for the Brooklyn Nets’ “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden (34:29). Sportsnet NHL Insider Chris Johnston weighs in on David Rittich’s rough outing against the Canucks, the salary cap ramifications associated with Frederik Andersen’s potential return, and the possibility of Nick Foligno making his Leafs debut on Thursday in Winnipeg (54:15). Andrew Sharp, co-host of the Greatest of All Talk podcast, discusses the NBA’s lack of appealing regular-season storyline, the league’s increasing dependence on three-point shooting, and the current crop of legitimate title contenders (1:38:05). Jeff Blair, co-host of Writers Bloc and Baseball Central, shares his thoughts on the Blue Jays’ offensive flaws, Cavan Biggio’s struggles at third base, and the collapse of the European Super League (2:07:31). 







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    April 20: Lou Merloni and Zach Hyman’s injury diagnosis

    April 20: Lou Merloni and Zach Hyman’s injury diagnosis

    Ben and JD discuss Patrick Marleau breaking Gordie Howe’s record for the most games played in NHL history and Zach Hyman’s injury diagnosis (10:56). Sportsnet’s Maria St. Aubin stops by for our weekly edition of Text Line Tuesday (30:41)! Justin Bourne, co-host of Hockey Central, checks in to chat about Hyman’s absence from the lineup, his future beyond this season, Jack Campbell’s morale following losses, and the Leafs’ cap issues with Frederik Andersen on the mend (50:59). Lou Merloni, former MLB infielder and host for WEEI in Boston, weighs in on the Red Sox’s strong start to the season, his early impressions of the Blue Jays, and the competitive landscape in the AL East (1:37:13). Mark Pougatch, chief sports anchor for ITV in England, discusses the formation of the European Super League and its impact on the global soccer landscape (2:06:33). 







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    April 19: Dr. Isaac Bogoch and Zach Hyman’s injury

    April 19: Dr. Isaac Bogoch and Zach Hyman’s injury

    Ben is back! The guys kick off the show by discussing Ontario’s new restrictions on outdoor facilities, the Blue Jays’ difficult weekend in Kansas City, Zach Hyman’s injury, and Max Verstappen’s win at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (0:16). Former L.A. Kings assistant general manager Mike Futa weighs in on Morgan Rielly’s play this season, Jack Campbell’s mental toughness, and Hyman’s importance to the Leafs’ success (1:13:23). Scott Pritchard, executive director of PGA Canada’s Mackenzie Tour, discusses the closure of golf courses in Ontario, the public petition to reopen golf facilities, and the increasing popularity of the sport here in Ontario (1:24:57). Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist and associate professor at the University of Toronto, chimes in on the scientific evidence supporting the safety of outdoor activities and the negative health implications associated with the government’s latest restrictions on outdoor facilities (1:43:31). 







    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    April 16: Jorge Masvidal & Vlad Jr’s ascent with Dan Shulman

    April 16: Jorge Masvidal & Vlad Jr’s ascent with Dan Shulman

    JD Bunkis hosts solo! Jeff Marek, co-host of Hockey Central, stops by to chat about his passion for MMA, the Maple Leafs potentially engaging in load management heading into the playoffs, and teams mimicking Tampa Bay’s blueprint for success (7:23). Dan Shulman, Blue Jays play-by-play announcer for Sportsnet, discusses Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s torrid start to the season, Cavan Biggio’s acclimation to third base, Bo Bichette’s long-term fit at shortstop, and the state of Canada Basketball (45:09). Coolbet’s Kris Abbott and Pat Gregoire drop by to offer their favourite picks for Sunday’s Formula 1 race and tomorrow night’s Ben Askren-Jake Paul boxing match (1:22:38). Anthony Stewart, former NHL forward and current Sportsnet analyst, weighs in on the Leafs’ power play woes, Nick Foligno’s fit in the Leafs’ lineup, and Alex Galchenyuk’s emergence this season (1:37:22). UFC welterweight fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal discusses his upcoming title fight against Kamaru Usman at UFC 261, his ascent through the UFC ranks, and his unique fighting style (2:03:36). 







    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.

    April 15: Don La Greca, Bichette’s big day, & Flynn’s growth

    April 15: Don La Greca, Bichette’s big day, & Flynn’s growth

    JD Bunkis hosts solo. At The Letters‘ Ben Nicholson-Smith weighs in on Bo Bichette’s big day against the Yankees, his long-term outlook at shortstop, and the team’s current pitching injuries (7:03). Odds Shark sports analyst Joe Osborne stops by to offer his favourite picks for tonight’s action in the NBA and MLB (39:02). Steve Dangle, co-host of The Steve Dangle Podcast, discusses Auston Matthews’ status as arguably the most talented player in franchise history, and the urgency surrounding this year’s Leafs team (49:48). Sportsnet NBA Insider Michael Grange chimes in on Malachi Flynn’s development and Pascal Siakam’s inconsistencies this season (1:15:25). Sportsnet hockey analyst Colby Armstrong checks in to chat about Frederik Andersen returning to the ice on Thursday morning and the Canucks’ impending return from their prolonged COVID-19 pause (1:36:58). Don La Greca, co-host of The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN and host of the Game Misconduct podcast, discusses the perception of the Blue Jays in New York and the future of the NHL’s current divisional format (2:08:35).







    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.

    April 14: Tom Verducci, Joe Panik, and Vlad Jr.’s maturation

    April 14: Tom Verducci, Joe Panik, and Vlad Jr.’s maturation

    Tom Verducci, MLB writer for Sports Illustrated and reporter for FOX, stops by to chat about his latest piece on SI about the era of “learned velocity,” Julian Merryweather’s emergence with the Blue Jays, and the evolving usage of pitchers in today’s game (48:26). Blue Jays infielder Joe Panik discusses his experience winning the 2014 World Series with the San Francisco Giants, George Springer and Marcus Semien’s leadership prowess, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s strong start to the season (1:14:52). Ian Tulloch, writer for Maple Leafs Hotstove, weighs in on the Leafs’ decision to pursue Nick Foligno over Taylor Hall, the merits behind Boston’s acquisition of Hall, and Toronto’s power play struggles (1:36:07). 







    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.

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