Toronto Raptors Round Table: Shades of Adversity and Prehistoric Passion

On this latest round table, I’m thrilled to be joined by novelist, blogger and pocaster Stephen Burns (@StephenRBurns) along with former Canadian college basketball player and beer league veteran Mick Sloniowski (@MSloniowski) on the show.

We explored: the fallout and missed opportunity that was game two of the series, how social media warned us of the inevitable incompetence of the Tony brothers, the issue of the NBA dropping the ball on quality officiating, Kawhi Leonard versus Draymond Green when it comes to humility against hubris, if the novelty of this playoff run will ever subside and what it means for generations of fans to come, the power of sport to harness tribalism in all the right ways, how much baseball stands to lose as basketball’s popularity rises, on the living saint that is Marc Gasol, the importance of likable players as a dynamic marketing tool, and the need to give Masai Ujiri his own platinum statue while examining his extraordinary legacy in Toronto.

Be sure to check out SCooP (Sports, Culture and Politics) – the latest podcast offering from Stephen Burns.

Music: A Beautiful Mine – RJD2

Dimsum Stories: The Audio Experience – Volume 1

Dimsum Stories: The Audio Experience – Volume 1

Five microstories of ambient introspection and emotional consideration from author and wordsmith Eric Rosenhek. Whether you’re on the bus heading to work, tossing and turning for a fitful sleep, or you just need a break from the perils of living in the modern age – these stories of personal transcendence and nostalgic reflection might be precisely what you need.

(0:00-1:06) Blame Me (Ambience: Basketball Stadium by n Beats)
(1:09-2:17) The Perfect Ending (Ambience: Albinoni Adagio in G Minor by Veselin Demirev)
(2:20-3:23) The Angry Musician (Ambience: Me & The Devil Blues by Robert Johnson)
(3:27-4:28) Brave Elder (Ambience: Shamanic Drums & Deep Trance by Meditative Mind)
(4:32-5:42) The Warning (Ambience: Pslams 104 by Yamma Ensemble)

Created and written by Eric Rosenhek. Produced and narrated by Ari Shapiro.

Toronto Blue Jays Round Table: Rebuilding Pride – But At What Cost

Enjoy the latest Toronto Blue Jays round table recorded on May 20th, 2019 and brought to you by Jays Journal and arishapiro.ca.

Settle in and join host Ari Shapiro and his guests: country musician star and site expert Chris Henderson (@baseball4brains), scouting director and minor league expert Richard Birfer (@richardbirfs), and celebrated writer and public speaker Hayden Godfrey (@haydengodfreyy).

Together, they tackle the issue of resting Vlad Guerrero Jr. hot on the heels of winning AL Player of the Week and in front of a national holiday crowd, how to analyze the reported 25% decrease in attendance over last year and what baseball is doing to combat diminishing interest in the sport, evaluating the fourth year of the Shapiro/Atkins era, why the fourth largest market in baseball has an actualized payroll of $65 million dollars, what to do with Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez as the only legitimate trading chips on the roster, looking back at Roberto Osuna and the price that was paid for making a “moral” baseball trade, and their general speculation on the quality and nature of this enigmatic rebuild.

Be sure to visit jaysjournal.com and arishapiro.ca for your latest in Blue Jays insights, editorials, and analysis.

Toronto Blue Jays Round Table: Rebuilding Pride. But At What Cost?

Enjoy the latest Toronto Blue Jays round table recorded on May 20th, 2019 and brought to you by Jays Journal and arishapiro.ca.

Settle in and join host Ari Shapiro and his guests: country musician star and site expert Chris Henderson (@baseball4brains), scouting director and minor league expert Richard Birfer (@richardbirfs), and celebrated writer and public speaker Hayden Godfrey (@haydengodfreyy).

Together, they tackle the issue of resting Vlad Guerrero Jr. hot on the heels of winning AL Player of the Week and in front of a national holiday crowd, how to analyze the reported 25% decrease in attendance over last year and what baseball is doing to combat diminishing interest in the sport, evaluating the fourth year of the Shapiro/Atkins era, why the fourth largest market in baseball has an actualized payroll of $65 million dollars, what to do with Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez as the only legitimate trading chips on the roster, looking back at Roberto Osuna and the price that was paid for making a “moral” baseball trade, and their general speculation on the quality and nature of this enigmatic rebuild.

Be sure to visit jaysjournal.com and arishapiro.ca for your latest in Blue Jays insights, editorials, and analysis.

Teskey and Shapiro – Episode 11

Colin Teskey & Ari Shapiro are back after their respective podcast world tours and find themselves wrestling over the Toronto sports landscape with microphones and cigars. Warning: this episode (05-08-19) is 70% Raptors, 20% Maple Leafs, 10% Blue Jays content and contains trace amounts of peanuts and crackerjacks, along with an endearing salute to the greatest man to ever walk the earth: Clint Eastwood.

Ari Shapiro on CBC Radio One 99.1 FM with Reshmi Nair (04-23-19)

My latest in-studio appearance on CBC Radio One 99.1 FM (04-23-19) during the afternoon with host Reshmi Nair (@reshminair) discussing game seven of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins opening playoff round. We talked about the emotional nature of this affair, why some fans refuse to see a half-glass full, and what a victory might mean to an entire generation that’s long on memory and short on patience.

Be sure to check out Here and Now on weekday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm covering all news, traffic, and sports.

Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Dave Jamieson Show (04-03-2019)

My latest appearance (04-03) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Dave Jamieson (@jamieson1260).

We discussed the fallout from the Kevin Pillar trade, why baseball struggles mightily with generating spontaneous moments of worthwhile action, the last remaining pieces of the Alex Anthopoulos era, and the lost art of bunting.

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 The Neutral Zone (03-30-19)

My latest guest appearance (03-30) on The Neutral Zone podcast (@AMIaudio) with hosts Brock Richardson (@neutralzonebr) & Cam Jenkins (@NeutralZoneCamJ) talking about the Toronto Blue Jays.

We discussed the start of the 2019 baseball season, my candid thoughts on the future of Marcus Stroman, if the current stock of reclamation projects can find a way to win back fans, the glorious culture change that is Charlie Montoyo’s leadership, and what to expect from a season that’s truly short on expectations and high on rose-colored possibilities.

Be sure to subscribe to The Neutral Zone (AMI.ca/listenlive) and enjoy their fine work as an accessible television channel offering professional reading and original content to blind and partially sighted Canadians.

Blue Jays Round Table: Perceptions of Youth and Revisionist History

My latest baseball round table featuring Jesse Golderberg-Strassler (@jgoldstrass; author and voice of the Lansing Lugnuts), Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback; writer and research analyst at the Levy Institute), and Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame; co-founder of Prospects Live and host of The Scouts Have Eyes podcast).

We discussed: Anthony Alford’s great and final crusade, the sumptuous reclamation projects that is Teoscar Hernandez, a strange recurrence of the Shapiro vs. Anthopoulos paradigm, what Alex and his legacy was truly all about, Woodell’s favourite under-the-radar Jays prospects, dreaming of 200+ innings from Stroman and Sanchez, why the most important rookie on the team isn’t a player, how to properly grade the efforts of Charlie Montoyo, and the power of self-prescribed intellectual exercises in management versus old-school vanilla rebuilds.

Subscribe to arishapiro.ca today and receive all my round tables straight to your inbox/cell phone, and be sure to visit jaysjournal.com for news, insights, and editorials on all things Blue Jays.

A conversation with Ira Rheingold

My conversation with consumer advocate and altruist Ira Rheingold, who is the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates; a nationwide organization of more than 1500 attorneys who represent hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices.

We talked about his love of fighting for consumer rights, his overall impressions of the Trump presidency, the changing tides of Democrat vs. Republican ideological struggles, his thoughts on the future of fairness and transparency when it comes to the average taxpayer living in North America, his candid take on the Equifax scandal, the concept of reverting to cretinism as global populism grows, the battle for truth and education in contemporary society, how social media remains a powder keg for the upcoming 2020 election, and the dangers of baseball’s greed and lingering hubris.

Be sure to follow Ira (@IraRheingold) on social media, and visit consumeradvocates.org to learn more about an organization worth admiring for all the right reasons.

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