Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob G

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown:

400 – Neil Smith, former NY Rangers GM
420 – Craig McTavish, Oilers GM, with McCown & Smith
440 – Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun
500 – Roundtable to 7pm with McCown, Stephen Brunt, John Shannon, and Elliotte Friedman

On TSN Radio 1050 from 4-7pm, TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. Steve Simmons co-hosts:

4:00 – Football Friday with Chris Schultz, to 5:00
4:30 – Jesse Palmer: ESPN College Football Analyst
5:00 – Bob McKenzie: TSN Insider
5:15 – Darren Rovell: ESPN Business Analyst
5:30 – Matt Frattin: LA Kings forward
6:15 – Darren Dreger: TSN Insider
6:30 – Cathal Kelly: Toronto Star
6:45 – Scott MacArthur: TSN Jays Reporter

On TSN (5pm) & TSN2 (7pm), Off the Record with Michael Landsberg:


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September 20, 2013 7:04 pm

Words can’t describe how much I would love for anyone on the PTS roundtable to get up in the middle of a segment and just start feeding Eliotte Friedman hard lefts followed by a huge uppercut with the right.

September 20, 2013 8:45 pm

Jesus Christ…why? If it annoys you THAT much, switch stations.

Don River
Don River
September 20, 2013 9:16 pm

Shannon just can’t resist trying to be an NCAA expert. Russell Wilson didn’t go to Wisconsin so he could play in a pro-style offense. He threw over 200 more passes his previous year at N.C. State, and Wisconsin, traditionally a rushing team, led the Big Ten in rushing during Wilson’s year there.

It’s to Wilson’s credit that he had a great year and caught the attention of NFL scouts, but what he wanted was to play with a potential championship team, and Wisconsin ended up going to the Rose Bowl. As a graduate student with remaining eligibility, he also wasn’t required to sit out a full year after transferring.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
September 21, 2013 8:40 am

I would love for anyone on the PTS roundtable to get up in the middle of a segment and just start feeding Eliotte Friedman hard lefts

wishing physical harm on someone for being a douche on the radio seems over the top. furthermore, from the looks of it, i don’t think Friedman has any trouble feeding himself.

this might not be big news in Canada, but apparently Penn State athletics is looking at taking out a loan of $30 million to cover their anticipated losses during the next 5 years while their football program is under sanctions.

From the article linked below, “Last year, Penn State averaged 96,730”

…. just let that sink in. After all of the child rape and cover-up charges, almost 100,000 people still turn out to support the home team. Just amazing the grip that college sports has on some communities.

September 21, 2013 11:30 am

The eventual fate of the CFL in Toronto and the Argonauts definite deadline for eviction from Rogers Centre was an interesting topic just after 6pm, even though like many in Toronto, I’m not the biggest CFL fan. The articles on the subject quoting Tim Leiweke still mention BMO Field as a possibility (and he recently also mentioned the possibility MLSE buying the team),

yet Brunt was completely dismissive of anyone spending the amount money it would take to rebuild it to handle the CFL, and this seemed to also immediately convince Bob and all the panel members that the Argos will be playing their home games in a cheaply built small stadium in some place like Milton, Whitby, or Moncton in three or four years from now.

And the panel seemed confused about something for which I was also unable to find a definite answer. Would the grass surface at Rogers Centre be put in each spring and removed at the end of the baseball season to allow for seat reconfiguration and other non-baseball events (NFL Bills, CFL, Toronto FC, Disney-On-Ice, etc.) from mid-October to mid-March, or does the grass stay in all year and allow for little or nothing except baseball year-round?

September 21, 2013 12:55 pm

You raise an interesting point, one I thought of as well while listening. If the Argos can’t play there once grass is down, then it would also be the end of the Bills in Toronto deal, I would assume. It would also limit the building to baseball only. I don’t see Rogers wanting their stadium empty for, essentially, 6 months a year. The grass field at the University of phoenix stadium is retractable, but that can’t be done here. Not enough available land/space outside of Rogers Centre.

It’ll be interesting to see how they do it.

Mike V
Mike V
September 21, 2013 4:24 pm

The plan is for the grass to be removed in the offseason so that non-baseball events can still be staged from November to March. Not sure what the plan is for where they will store it during the winter.

September 21, 2013 5:06 pm

Who gives a rats ass about the mickey mouse CFL.

Toronto needs and wants an NFL team and a new NFL stadium. It’s going to happen it’s getting closer who will be the ownership group that gets it done.

September 21, 2013 8:52 pm

An “ownership group” can’t get it done. The NFL doesn’t allow corporations or groups to own it’s franchises (except in Green Bay). There must be an individual person who owns at least 30-40% of the franchise. That means being able to part with, at the very least, between 3 to 4 HUNDRED MILLION bucks. Maybe Edward Rogers has that kind of cake. Larry Tananbaum sure doesn’t. Then you have to get another $600 million from investors to buy the team, then have them all cough up well over $500 Million to build a stadium.

I’d love to have an NFL team we could call our own here, but it’s not going to be as easy as people think.

@Mike V If that’s there plan, its interesting. But I’m not sure how in the hell you store that much grass without it dying.

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
September 21, 2013 10:28 pm

Argo ownership should team up with Woodbine racetrack and build a football small stadium up in vaughn. Only way team will survive

Don River
Don River
September 22, 2013 4:24 am

Dave, Woodbine racetrack is in Etobicoke. Are you suggesting they leave and build an entirely new racetrack & entertainment complex in Vaughan?

Every so often on internet forums someone pops up and says we’re “getting closer” to an NFL team in Toronto. Several Toronto guys have tried to get an NFL team as far back as the 60s, but none has ever come close. When Paul Godfrey started his NFL quest in the mid-80s, the NFL would sometimes throw Toronto a bone by mentioning the city during a Super Bowl press conference. That doesn’t happen any more. Mayor Rob Ford, just after taking office in early 2011, claimed in his typical blustery way that he would pursue an NFL team for Toronto. He couldn’t even get a meeting with Roger Goddell, and then quickly dropped the idea. The NFL has seen American-based sports leagues venture into Canada, so there is no longer any mystery there. The only conclusion I can draw is that the NFL has no interest in a permanent Toronto team.

As far as I know MikeV is correct regarding the plan for grass, so the Bills in Toronto Series or a Grey Cup could still be played after baseball season. But you’d think people earning a Rogers salary (especially McCown and Brunt) would know for sure.

September 22, 2013 12:18 pm

Let me break this down in simple terms for those who think the NFL is coming to Toronto. It’s not. Done.

The NFL doesn’t need to come to Toronto – they don’t want to come to Toronto.

Please get over the mindset that Toronto is thought of as a city Americans care about and everyone is just dying to come here. Toronto-centric people need to open their eyes.

September 22, 2013 8:11 pm

Watching Joe Bowen + Harry Neale together tonight (Sunday) is awesome! Have really missed Harry Neale’s sarcasm, quick whit and great chemistry with Joe Bowen.

Greg Millen, on the other hand, sounds like he is the jilted third friend in a relationship and really forcing himself into the relationship.

I realize this isn’t radio related but it had to be said.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
September 22, 2013 10:56 pm

Cox not a fan of Bowen and Neale:

Damien Cox ‏@DamoSpin
John Scott is, of course, a complete clown. Bloodthirsty glee of Leaf TV crew is pathetic.

Damien Cox ‏@DamoSpin
Wonder how Leaf TV crew will giggle when suspensions come down. Clarkson’s gone for 10. But knuckledraggers get their jollies.

Damien Cox ‏@DamoSpin
Hilarious how those who were so gleeful over the idiocy are now pretending to be sombre and concerned.

September 23, 2013 9:05 am

I have to agree with Cox (even though it pains me) but he’s right. Bowen seems to get the most excited when two goons are killing each other. He has a way of turning hockey onto roller derby.

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