The What's Up With U? Podcast is the premier podcast within the 49 Sport Network. Each week, the site's contributors discuss all the news and happenings across Canada when it comes to university athletics. For more content, check us out at www.49-sport.com and on social media @49sportnet.
Episode 15: TSN's Moe Khan on Football Age Cap and McGill Sports
Another week, another guest on the “What’s Up With U? Podcast!”
This week Casey and Ben are joined by TSN 690’s Moe Khan, who also provides Play-by-Play for various McGill sports teams. Following the interview with Moe, Justin Levine joins Ben to talk about the recent U SPORTS men’s hockey players who have signed professional deals in the ECHL.
With Moe, we focus on the U SPORTS ruling to not allow 25-year-old football players to return next year, as well as how he would have liked to see this citation played out. We also discuss the possibility of an RSEQ football season, that maybe, just maybe, could involve some non-conference schools.
Transitioning from the football age ruling, the three discuss McGill’s decision to drop the “Redmen” name in 2019, and how the situation and pressure they went through then is similar and dissimilar to that of the Edmonton and Washington professional football teams.
00:00- 10:50: Moe Khan on U SPORTS football age cap
10:50-20:00: Moe Khan on McGill name
20:00-FIN: Justin Levine on U SPORTS and the ECHL
CASEY DOBSON: @caseyy_dobson
BEN STEINER: @BenSteiner00
JUSTIN LEVINE: @JustinLevineHBS
MOE KHAN: @MoeKhan19
Episode 14: Why is Saskatchewan Special? Ft. Rod Pedersen
Vancouver, BC- There’s something about Saskatchewan. Canada’s flattest province is the beating heart of the CFL, it has the nicest hockey arena in Canada West, and the people are dedicated to sports that don’t tend to get the attention in the larger cities.
Rod Pedersen speaks Saskatchewan, and as the former play-by-play voice of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, he knows what makes his province special. While he’s no longer behind the mic at Mosaic Stadium, he’s still on the air every day on “The Rod Pedersen Show.”
He joins us to talk about what university sports mean to the province, as well as the state of the CFL and junior hockey.
Make sure to follow Rod on social media @RodPedersen.
Episode 13: U SPORTS Awards, McMaster Football and Men's Hockey
This week on the What’s Up With U podcast, we introduce you to our host format for the foreseeable feature. Ben Steiner, Justin Levine and Casey Dobson are now the three permanent personalities on the show, as Justin has returned after some time off.
But what’s the show actually about? The three talk about the 2020 U SPORTSAthlete of the Year Awards and share their thoughts on whether Aboubacar Sissoko and Kesley Wog were really the best options. Following that, the discussion shifts to racism and hazing in U SPORTS, specifically taking a look at the former McMaster football player Fabion Foote, and the comments he made regarding his time as a Marauder, following a video posted by the school.
Ending the show for the first time in three weeks in the “Cross-Country Skate” recapping everything that has happened in men’s hockey. This includes over-analysis on recruiting across the country, as well as a look at a possible exhibition season for university hockey in Alberta.
Episode 12: The Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Players in the NCAA
There are less than 30 weeks until U SPORTS could be back! Week by week, we get a bit closer to the return of sports, and week by week, we here at 49 Sports continue to give you the What’s Up With U? Podcast.
This week’s show is hosted by Ben Steiner and Casey Dobson, and they are joined by 49 staff writer Keirsten Spade in the opening segments. The show begins with a Hockey Hall of Fame discussion, and the induction of former McGill Martlet hockey player Kim St-Pierre, followed by a look at some of the new faces heading to Laurier’s men’s hockey team.
The back-end of the show is all football. Ben and Casey take a look at what the Canadian Junior Football League could do for U SPORTS players, how players could flee for the NCAA, and how Guelph’s Tavius Robison didn’t get the warmest of welcomes when he was announced by Ole Miss (NCAA) earlier in the week.
If you’re missing the Cross-Country Skate with Justin Levine, he will be back on next week’s show with everything U SPORTS men’s and women’s hockey.
00:00- 7:00 - Hockey Hall of Fame
7:00- 12:50 - Laurier Golden Hawks Top 3 MHKY recruits
12:50-FIN - CJFL, NCAA, Tavius Robinson transfer
Episode 11: A New Host, Football, and SMU MHKY Scout Jonathan Gilhen
In this week’s episode of the What’s Up With U? Podcast, we have a new host! Casey Dobson joins Ben Steiner, filling in for Justin Levine. Ben and Casey talk about U SPORTS football, how U SPORTS affects the Canadian Football League, and specifically how the Montreal Alouettes could have an advantage in scouting this year. Other than football, the two compare the best stories through 49 Sports’ reflection series so far and share some stories from the past season. The episode is topped off with an interview with St.Mary’s Huskies men’s hockey scout Jonathan Gilhen, who has worked alongside the recently retired Trevor Steinburg in building a successful team in the AUS.
00:00-20:00 Ben and Casey on CFL and Reflections Series
20:00-FIN: Jonathan Gilhen Interview
Episode 10: Farewell 2020 Fall Sports Ft. TWU Spartans Broadcaster Bailey Broadbent
This week on the What’s Up With U? Podcast, it isn’t a very happy episode. As most of our readers know, U SPORTS is cancelled outside of Quebec until the beginning of 2021, and that’s the focus of today’s podcast.
Other than lamenting about lost moments and breaking down what’s to come, we chat with Trinity Western Spartans hockey broadcaster Bailey Broadbent about what the season delay means for the Spartans. Bailey and Ben also share some of their lighter moments from broadcasting hockey games over the last few years, so you don’t want to miss that.
The show finishes off with some basketball coaching updates, and as always, the Cross-Country Skate this week focused on the Western Mustangs and other OUA recruits.
Yes, the music choice is related to our feelings about the fall sports cancellations.
00:00-11:00: U SPORTS FALL SPORT CANCELLATION
11:00-23:00: TWU AND BROADCASTING WITH BAILEY BROADBENT
23:00- 25:00: COACHING UPDATE
25:00- FIN: CROSS-COUNTRY SKATE (WESTERN, QUEEN'S, BROCK)