A conversation with Allan Bester

My conversation with former NHL goaltender Allan Bester, whose time with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the mid-80’s made him into a genuine local favourite that was always respected for his competitive spirit and indomitable will.

We talked about the daunting nature of his craft during a notoriously free-wheeling and high-scoring decade, the changing nature of modern goaltending, thoughts on how NHL front offices should regard the position, introspective musings on the glory of hockey masks, his admired heroes and coveted teammates, on the legacy of Harold Ballard and his personal relationship with him, and some candid perspectives on the city’s Stanley Cup drought and what fans truly desire in the end.

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Player in Review: Kevin Pillar

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Player in Review: Kevin Pillar

Join podcast host Ari Shapiro as he takes a moment to reflect on the season that was for center fielder Kevin Pillar and what fans should expect in the days ahead. Featuring article and social media quotes from: Hayden Godfrey, Clayton Richer, and Chris Henderson of Jays Journal.

Be sure to tune in regularly for new player reviews from the year that was, and check out the latest work from the writing crew over at Jays Journal. Subscribe to arishapiro.ca today and receive the latest daily reviews straight to your e-mail inbox and on-demand with your phone.

Ari Shapiro on Sportsnet 650 (Vancouver) with Mira Laurence (01-05-19)

My latest guest appearance on Sportsnet 650 Vancouver (01-05-19) with the inimitable Mira Laurence (@laurence_mira).

We discussed the absence of Elias Pettersson over the weekend, debating Travis Green’s nature, on the glaring Marner and Rielly omissions at the NHL’s ASG, how the Lightning will be the Moriarty to the Maple Leafs’ Sherlock Holmes, that zany Hutchinson gambit, accepting St. Ovechkin’s way, and the ugly ballad of Troy Tulowitzki.

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Player in Review: Marcus Stroman

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Player in Review: Marcus Stroman

Join podcast host Ari Shapiro as he takes a moment to reflect on the season that was for starting pitcher Marcus Stroman and what fans should expect in the days ahead. Featuring article and social media quotes from: Chris Henderson, Jon Morosi, and Marcus Stroman’s twitter feed.

Be sure to tune in regularly for new player reviews from the year that was, and check out the latest work from the writing crew over at Jays Journal (@JaysJournal).

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A conversation with Dave Bidini

My conversation with musician and author Dave Bidini, former frontman of Rheostatics and a genuine bon vivant whose passion for sports alongside his prodigious literary achievements have earned him the right to be called one of the best Canadians you’ll ever discover.

We discussed his thoughts on the history of sports mediocrity in Toronto, if the Blue Jays might learn from the Maple Leafs when it comes to fan-based organizational decisions, Vlad Guerrero Jr. and the pressures of media and fan expectations, why learning to lose is as important as trying to win, his perceptions of our fair city today compared to his youth, and how his inner creativity and fastidious ways carry him through life.

Be sure to check out Dave (@hockeyesque) on social media and make certain you visit West End Phoenix (@westendphoenix) to learn more about his splendid monthly community newspaper devoted to capturing the essence of Toronto and the people who make it indelible.

A conversation with Josh Weinstein

My conversation with freelance writer and editor Josh Weinstein, whose work with Raptors Republic and Sportsnet.ca has made him one of the foremost basketball authorities across Canada.

We discussed his thoughts on how the Raptors have stayed under the radar with their innate resiliency, on the nature of Kawhi Leonard and his impact around the NBA, why calling them the “Beasts of the East” is completely warranted, what might happen if Leonard leaves for presumably greener pastures, on the general perception of general manager Masai Ujiri and his legacy in Toronto, and what inspired Josh to become a professional basketball journalist.

Be sure to follow Josh (@JoshWeinstein) on social media and check out all of his fine work on Sportsnet from coast-to-coast.

Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Dean Millard Show (12-17)

My latest appearance (12-17) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Dean Millard (@DuckMillard) as we discussed the baseball winter meetings, the frail and vulnerable state of free agency, how the Blue Jays will handle their starting rotation in 2019, relentless rumours about Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, and where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado could potentially end up despite their character foibles and ruthlessly idiosyncratic ways.

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Player in Review: Justin Smoak

2018 Toronto Blue Jays Player in Review: Justin Smoak

Join podcast host Ari Shapiro as he takes a moment to reflect on the season that was for first baseman Justin Smoak and what fans should expect in the days ahead. Featuring article quotes from: Hayden Godfrey, Chris Henderson, and Clayton Richer.

Be sure to tune in regularly for new player reviews from the year that was, and check out the latest work from the writing crew over at Jays Journal (@JaysJournal).

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Teskey and Shapiro – Episode 10

Late night raconteurs and podcast hosts Colin Teskey & Ari Shapiro return for episode ten of their shared audio adventure which features some of the hottest saucy sports takes since Teskey’s last outdoor BBQ during the summer.

On this show: deliberating the true contending nature of the Maple Leafs after witnessing them take their lumps against the Tampa Bay Lightning, deconstructing the remnants of Alex Anthopoulos and his imprints on the Toronto Blue Jays, and deifying the Toronto Raptors success against true championship caliber teams and what it means for the future of basketball in the city.

Ari Shapiro on Sportsnet 590 (Toronto) with Josh Goldberg (12-07)

My latest guest appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio in Toronto with host Josh Goldberg discussing all things Toronto Blue Jays.

A closer look at the future of Aaron Sanchez & Marcus Stroman, and why Russell Martin should still remain a fixture in the Toronto dugout heading into the transition year that will be 2019 Blue Jays baseball. #cognac

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