The Bob McCown Podcast
The Bob McCown Podcast
About The Bob McCown Podcast
A sports podcast hosted by Bob McCown with co-host John Shannon. We talk about the biggest stories with the biggest names in professional sports. New episodes every weekday.
It's been too long since we've had our friend Adnan Virk on the show as he joins us today for some baseball talk. To start, the three talk about the monotony that is the MLB Spring Training season. With the World Baseball Classic proving to be a welcomed substitute for MLB's pre-season games, we try to think of ways to make Spring Training more entertaining before shifting focus to this year's new rule changes and how they will impact the gameplay this year. Having speant a lot of time on the Blue Jays the last few weeks, Bob, John and Adnan look at some of the other MLB teams who have improved this winter and find out who Adnan thinks could make for some legitimate contenders for the World Series.
Mike Zeisberger and Kevin Paul Dupont stop by the show to start the week off with some good ol' fashioned hockey talk. The foursome start the show by discussing the success the Boston Bruins have found this year and wonder if it will translate into the regular season. We move on to talk about the other teams we think may have a shot at the cup, and why, before we end the show with a conversation about COnnor McDavid and where he stacks up in the conversation of "Greatest Hockey Player of All Time"
Dave Hodge and Rob Longley join us today on the show to have a quick discussion about the Toronto Blue Jays. From Kikuchi and the Jays starting pitchers to their bullpen, the foursome talk about what's different on the mound this year for Toronto. We also talk about the teams expectations heading into next season and find out why Dave thinks fans should be "optamistic" about the potential of seeing a World Series Calibre ball club.
The Toronto Raptors have 10 games remaining left in their season and... Not even Bob knows what direction they are going in. Should they re-build? Is playing for a play-in spot worth it? Are they even good??? Matt Devlin comes on the show to talk about exactly that as the three get into the Raptors inconsistent play, roster issues and free agency conundrums on todays episode.
The playoffs are approaching! With the Stanley Cup Playoffs nearly 3 weeks away, Greg Millen and Billy stop by to talk some hockey on the pod.The foursome start the discussion with the seemingly unstoppable Boston Bruins before looking at some of the other teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup. We question whether the Toronto Maple Leafs can get out of the first round this year and wonder if we haven't been giving teams like the LA Kings enough credit and much more on todays episode as we gear up for Playoff Hockey.
This is it. Bob and John are officially out of options. Due to some last second technical issues -and the fact that Bob couldn't bear a conversation with just John for a full 50 minutes - the two decide to bring their longtime, loyal and dedicated producer Hugh McLarty on to act as the third voice for todays episode. With no real objective, we look back at the first week of March Madness before diving into the ever growing conversation that is the LIV Tour vs. the PGA. Before the end of the show, we also get into a discussion about the Quarterback carousel in the NFL. Focussing on the rumours of Aaron Rogers heading to the New York Jets, we talk about the impact he might have on the team.
The future of regional sports networks has been a hot topic on the podcast and throughout the sporting world this year. With Diamond Sports claiming lack of MLB streaming rights being the catalyst for their bankruptcy, wedecided to bring John Ourand back to the show to give us some insight on what's going on with Diamon Sports and Major League Baseball and share some knowledge on how regional sports networks will have to change in order to still be profitable.
With the Boston Bruins on track to set NHL records for most regular season wins and points, Bob and John are joined by NHL historian Dave Stubbs to talk about how this years Bruins team stacks up against some of the greatest teams in National Hockey League history.
We get a unique POV on the podcast today as we bring back Alex Anthopoulos to the show and get a crash course on how to be a General Manager in Major League Baseball. The three look at Alex's approach towards spring training and get an idea on where his head is at during these pre-season games. We also get some insight on what his day-to-day looks like when it comes to evaluating talent, management of players and building a winning culture. Before Alex goes, he leaves us with a few tidbits on his last couple years in Toronto and what went into some of the moves he made to improve the team.
LA Kings Head Coach Todd McLellan Stops by the podcast today to give us an update on his squad. We talk to Todd about the teams recent trade deadline moves and what they have done to improve the team as we enter the dying days of the regular season. Todd also gives us a look into what he and his team are doing to prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Michael Grange and Doug Smith join the show for some Raptors chat today. The foursome cover a wide variety of topics today including - Fred VanVlet's comments regarding the NBA's officiating, Toronto's direction as we approach the playoffs, their trade deadline performance and the overall future of the organization.
Brian Lawton Comes on the show to catch up with Bob and John. The three react to some of the moves made on the deadline as we break down the details on how Jonathan Quick ended up in Vegas after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. We also look at some of the other teams who made deadline changes and analyze their performance now that we’ve had some time to digest the moves before moving on to Chuck Fletcher’s departure from Philadelphia.
Richard Deitsch stops by the podcast today to have a conversation with Bob and John. The three continue the discussions we've had this week about the issues surrounding Canada soccer before addressing the Toronto Raptors point guard, Fred Van Vleet, and his comments regarding the poor and inconsistent officiating in the NBA.
Tooday, we bring back our resident sports business expert, Brian Cooper, to talk about just that - Sports business. The three dive into the intricacies of whats going on at Canada soccer before shifting focus to the sale of the Ottawa Senators, details on their new arena and the potential for profit in the city as well as a bit on the new renovations taking place in Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
General Manager of the Nashville Predetors, David Poile, joins the show today to chat with Bob and John. The three talk about Nashville's performance so far this year and get an idea on where David's head is at as he prepares for his last NHL Draft as a general manager before handing the keys over to the teams former coach, Barry Trotz.
By now, Canadians have heard about the issues going on within Canada Soccer and the concerns about where the money made by the organization is going to, but how much do you really know? Stemming from his article - Distrust, anger, hostility - An inside look at the Canada Soccer dispute threatening the sport's golden generation - Bruce Arthur joins the show to get Bob and John up to speed on whats going on.
General Manager of the St. Louis Blues and friend of the podcast, Doug Armstrong, joins the show to catch up with Bob and John. Doug talks about the NHL's recent trade deadline and the organization's decision to rebuild following some departures some household Blues names. Doug gives us some insight on what the plan is for St. Louis moving forward regarding this years draft and the management of their prospects. Before we go, we also get his opinion on some of the moves made by other teams in the league.
Mike Zeisberger joins us today just after the trade deadline has elapsed. They discuss the advantages of trading draft picks, the economic impacts of being a team at the bottom of the standings, and if these last minute deals truly make a difference. More specifically they speak on the closeness in the Eastern conference, and why haven’t some big players been able to deliver in certain circumstances.
Jon Paul Morosi joins us today to talk about the excitement surrounding the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Later he gives his opinion on how MLB players will adapt to the implementation of the new rules added this season. J.P. talks about the international excitement for the World Baseball Classic and the worldwide growth in popularity of the sport - particularly in Mexico, and how the tournament can affect MLB players. He mentions which one of the new MLB rules he expects to have the greatest lasting impact on the game.
Maury Brown of Forbes magazine joins us today to discuss the new rules added to MLB this season and the possibility of adding expansion teams to the league in the future. Hear about how the new rules will affect the speed of the game of baseball in MLB and in turn how this will affect the players, as well as the fans perception of the game. Maury also gives his opinion on the likelihood of expansion teams joining the league and the challenges that need to be overcome for this to happen.
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