Shapiro’s Hockey Round Table: Dinner is on Mitch Marner

On this latest round table, I’m joined by critically-acclaimed blogger and writer Luke Armstrong (@armstrongthings), TSN stalwart and sportscasting legend Tony Ambrogio (@Tony_Ambrogio), and celebrated author and soothsaying economist Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback), who all serve up hot takes on the recent signing of Mitch Marner and the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We discussed: their respective hot takes on the Mitch Marner deal (six years, $10.893 million AAV), how they feel about this roster as it’s presently constituted, on the prospect of rewarding players before they’ve won anything, if Mike Babcock feels any pressure halfway through his epic contract, should pressure exist for an organization that hasn’t won a championship in 53 years, on the veteran presence of a Tyson Barrie and other wily mercenaries, how backup goaltending could be the difference maker when it comes to Neuvirth, and who they think will be the darkhorse on this ruthlessly talented team of multi-millionaires.

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Take 5: In Rearguards We Trust?

Five different takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line and how fans should feel about their chances defensively during the 2019-2020 season.

Special guests: James Tanner (James_Tanner123), Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto), Mike Stephens (@mikeystephens81), Austin Owens (@_AustinOwens) and Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback).

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Take 5: The Passive Canadian and Duopolies

Five different takes on how Canadians wrestle with a lack of competition and the presence of industry duopolies in their daily lives.

Special guests: Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto), Mick Sloniowski (@MSloniowski), Chris Henderson (@Baseball4Brains), Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) and Geoff Falbo (@gfalbo13).

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A conversation with Sass Jordan

My conversation with Juno-award winning singer, actress and television personality Sass Jordan, who is often referred to as Canada’s Queen of Rock – and for good reason! This British-born rock singer from Montreal, Quebec is beloved on both sides of the border as a legendary Canadian musician and personality.

We discussed the staples of a Gen-X childhood growing up in Toronto during the 1980’s, what inspires her to continue writing music, how the changing industry has affected her quest for authenticity, what drives her to embrace the creative process in an ever-changing world, how her emotional maturity transcended the usual trappings of soul-sucking fame, what it means to appeal to a brand new and younger audience while enjoying the fruits of the old, and what it was like to rub shoulders with some of the biggest artists on the planet (Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, The Rolling Stones).

Be sure to visit Sassjordan.com to order your (kick ass) 180-gram coloured vinyl limited edition 25th anniversary of her seminal release “Rats”, and check out Twitter (@sassjordan) and Instagram (sass.jordan) to catch up on the latest Sass Jordan tour dates, musical releases and other literary moments of zen.

Take 5: The Silence of the RFA Offer Sheets

Five different takes on the spectacularly dull and largely uneventful NHL off-season to this point.

Special guests: Mike Stephens (@mikeystephens81), James Tanner (@James_Tanner123), Austin Owens (@_AustinOwens), Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto) and Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback).

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Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Dave Jamieson Show (08-09-2019)

My latest appearance (08-09) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) sitting in for Dave Jamieson.

We discussed the historic start to Bo Bichette’s career, the feeling around the Blue Jays clubhouse as the last vestiges of the Alex Anthopoulos regime were traded away, my candid thoughts on the recent Stroman-Sanchez-Biagini exorcism, the bizarre fallout from Igor Ozhiganov/Nikita Zaitsev’s involvement with the Maple Leafs, and why a Russian cultural bias tends to only exist in the minds of largely mediocre NHL players.

Be sure to check out Dave’s excellent show on TSN radio (weekdays at noon) and be mindful that he once put out a raging barbecue fire with nothing more than an old dish towel and a steely glance.

Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Lowdown with Lowetide (08-01-2019)

My latest appearance on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Andrew Mitchell (@Lowetide).

Talking Blue Jays baseball at the MLB trade deadline; the fallout from the Aaron Sanchez trade, how fans should remember acquiring Derek Fisher, why the Marcus Stroman trade reeks of defeatism, the dangers of using position players to lure pitching prospects, why fans have grown tired of corporate doublespeak and misdirection, an ode to Justin Smoak as the last man standing, and flushing the last remnants of Anthopoulos engine oil to mark the transition from old guard to new.

Be sure to check out The Lowdown with Lowetide on TSN 1260 radio (@TSN1260).

Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Dave Jamieson Show (07-25-2019)

My latest appearance (07-25) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Dave Jamieson (@jamieson1260).

We explored the likelihood of a Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard trade as the deadline fast approaches and how the Blue Jays should reconcile their need to rebuild without sacrificing a fan favourite.

Be sure to check out Dave’s excellent show on TSN radio (weekdays at noon) and be mindful that he once put out a raging barbecue fire with nothing more than an old dish towel and a steely glance.

Take 5: Marcus Stroman’s Fate

Five different takes on the relationship between Marcus Stroman and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Special guests: Jason Lee (@Jasons_Jayshub), Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (@jgoldstrass), Brent Cardy (@BrentCardyShow), Karim Kanji (@karimkanji) and Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback).

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