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. Elliotte Friedman co-hosts from 5pm:

400 – 500 – Butch Carter, former Raptors coach, in studio; Doug Smith, Toronto Star; Dave McMenamin, ESPN LA
500 – 600 – Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet; Michael Thompson, Toronto city councillor
600 – 700 – Richard Deitsch,; Paul Maurice, new Jets coach

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

4:30 – Jonas Siegel, Leafs beat reporter, from Boston
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN hockey insider
5:30 – Roger Cossack, Legal Analyst
6:00 – Dr Greg Wells, discussing “inhumane” conditions at the Aussie Open
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN hockey insider
6:30 – Paul Maurice, new Jets coach
6:45 – Jack Armstrong, Raptors colour voice

On TSN (5pm) & TSN2 (6:30pm), Off the Record with Michael Landsberg:


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January 14, 2014 6:19 pm

Unless my memory is failing, I thought this site was supposed to be new and improved effective January 6? TSM, any update as to the status of the upgrade?

January 14, 2014 6:38 pm

The segment on basketball with Bob and Elliotte Friedman near the beginning of the 5pm hour was embarrassing. Friedman knows nothing about basketball, or how sign and trades work in the league.

Ami Angelwings
January 14, 2014 7:13 pm

Gregg Zaun seems to not be sure which argument he wanted to use for why PED testing/punishing in sports shouldn’t be done, so he went with 3 contradictory ones. While arguing with Tim, he said 1) people aren’t using steroids because they aren’t getting caught 2) everybody uses steroids and the audience wants it because they want better performance and more vicious games 3) it doesn’t matter if people use because steroids has no effect on performance. Tim was trying to avoid an argument so he tried to focus on stuff they’d agree with but he seemed pretty baffled by Zaun’s arguments and claims.

January 14, 2014 10:55 pm

Zaun is baseball’s Don Cherry.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 14, 2014 11:29 pm

I agree Derrick. He is such a blowhard, and to give you an example, I was Facebook friends with him, and could not take all of his soliciting for his events that I unfriended him. Everything is all about promoting him, and even for a good cause, he comes across as pretentious, and a know-it-all.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 14, 2014 11:31 pm

Greg, Friedman cut his teeth in the business covering the Raptors, and he admits that he does not follow the basketball beat anymore and is not as up to date as he should be to discuss it in great detail, so I am willing to cut him some slack in this area.

Yes, I watched that segment, and to rely on them for knowledge of the salary cap, or sign and trades is laughable, just treat it as entertainment, which I do. There are so many quality Raptor blogs, two that I frequent daily, and have posted here before several times. and is all you need.

January 15, 2014 7:01 am

Elliotte Friedman may not understand how sign and trades work but at least he knows that Lebron James isn’t coming to Toronto. I mean seriously?

mike (in boston)
January 15, 2014 9:28 am

Hey RAPTORS DEVOTEE — should I start watching this year’s team or will half of these guys be gone for scrubs and cap relief by the trade deadline?

January 15, 2014 9:29 am

I heard the segment with Bob and EF. I usually enjoy Friedman on PTS but it was like he took a stupid pill.

Bob was really trying to get him up to speed but Friedman was in left field. Comments like “oh, you mean sign him (LeBron) AFTER the season?” Of course, AFTER the season you jackass.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 15, 2014 9:50 am

It is too late for the latter Mike (In Boston), as I heard Tim Leiweke on Tim and Sid a couple of days ago and he is ecstatic with the way the Raptors are playing and how Massai in managing things. When Gay was moved, Lowry was supposed to follow, in fact a trade to the Knicks was almost consummated, and we were supposed to be in tank mode.

What transpired next, with the Sacramento bench coming here and playing so well instantly (lot of veteran players and ones not used properly), except for Vasquez, who won’t be back, led to us going on a nice run over a long enough time to just say the hell with it, win as many games as you can, which is where we are at.

The Raptors at this point even at the risk of losing Lowry at the end of the year, will almost certainly not move him, and he is the key to the team, so expect us to likely finish in 3rd place in the Conference as long as we stay healthy and win a round.

John Hollinger’s power rankings have us now 100% chance to make the playoffs, 98.4% chance to win the division, and a shocking 23.7% chance to make the Eastern Conference finals, and a 10% chance to be NBA champions.

My advice, buy into this team for this season, as not much will happen by the trade deadline unless we clearly win out on the deal, which could happen, and we will also be in buying mode to round out the team for the playoff run.

Off-season for next year there are no guarantees, but I do trust in Massai that even if this is an artificially created season due to the tanking going on, I will do my best to enjoy it, and have confidence that Massai can still make moves in the off-season to position us well for the upcoming years.

Massai guaranteed that we will not be caught in the middle this year, i.e. low lottery team or the #7 or #8 seed and he is true to his word, as this team has taken off and will do just that, so just enjoy the 2014 season, and don’t look ahead too far. We deserve a couple of playoff rounds and some excitement for a change.

January 15, 2014 11:10 am

The advanced metrics crowd relies on point differential and not wins and losses to evaluate teams. Hollinger’s rankings and odds are primarily tied to point differential. The problem with Hollinger’s rankings (which are used to build the playoff odds) is that they skew the rankings in favour of the last 25% of games played. The playoff calculator takes the Hollinger rankings and projects a final regular season record and playoff record to determine where the teams stand. Since the Raptors have been surging over the last 25% (i.e. 9) of their games with very good point differentials, they do very well in Hollinger’s rankings and the playoff rankings. But, in reality, the Thunder, Clippers, Trailblazers, Heat, Rockets each of who are all ranked just below the Raptors on his rankings would all beat the Raps in a best of 7 series. The Heat for example are in the midst of the mid-season motivational issues and Hollinger’s data can’t properly account for that nor for the fact that Wade takes nights off or that Bosh’s playing time is being conserved now in anticipation of the playoffs.

So, while the Raptors are a virtual lock to make the playoffs and possibly the first round as well, anything more is unlikely.

Raptors Devotee
Raptors Devotee
January 15, 2014 11:36 am

Greg, any Raptors fan worth his grain of salt knows not to take them seriously. Tim and Sid were talking about it the other day on the air, so I posted it only for that reason, as it was top of mind.

The Heat are rated way below us, but who really thinks that we would beat the Heat in the second round?

What it does show as you alluded to is the recent play that it is based on, and the Raptors due to their hot streak are obviously showing well.

January 15, 2014 5:48 pm

I always liked Zaun, despite his occasional drive down Cherry Lane. But, his argument on Sam and Ted yesterday was just completely insane. For his own good, Zaun ought not discuss steroids at all – he has zero credibility on the subject. I’m not passing judgement on the fact that he was implicated in the Mitchell Report, but because he was, he should abstain from that argument and stick to baseball analysis, which he is pretty good at. His pro-roid rant yesterday was embarrassing to listen to and made no sense at all.

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