Take 5: Affirming the 2019-2020 Toronto Maple Leafs

Five different takes on how fans should feel about the 2019-2020 edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Special guests: Tony Ambrogio (@Tony_Ambrogio), Ian Tulloch (@IanGraph), Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto), Austin Owens (@_AustinOwens) and Sam Mendelsohn (@Mendy_Island).

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Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Dave Jamieson Show (07-12-2019)

My latest appearance (07-12) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Dave Jamieson (@jamieson1260).

We jibjabbed about the Toronto Blue Jays; thoughts on their talent pool and prospect development, the inevitably sad fate of Marcus Stroman, and if Charlie Montoyo will ever find a way to leave his incremental mark on a moribund franchise.

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: The Rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays

Five takes on the nature and quality of the Toronto Blue Jays rebuild during the 2019 MLB campaign.

Special guests: Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame), Richard Birfer (@richardbirfs), Hayden Godfrey (@haydengodfreyy), Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) and Chris Henderson (@Baseball4Brains).

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Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Lowdown with Tyler Yaremchuk (07-08-2019)

My latest appearance on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Tyler Yaremchuk (@tyleryaremchuk).

Talking baseball; we covered the upcoming home run derby with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the state of the Toronto Blue Jays rebuild, different kinds of trade collateral with their current roster, and what to expect from the delightful core of young players (Gurriel Jr., Biggio, Jansen, Tellez) making significant strides throughout the regular season.

Be sure to check out The Lowdown with Lowetide on TSN 1260 radio.

A conversation with Richard Lewis

My conversation with British eSports journalist and livestream commentator Richard Lewis, whose intrepid investigations and soothsaying work as the former host of ELeague and By The Numbers: CSGO, a weekly counter-strike: Global Offensive podcast, has made him into one of the most critically-acclaimed and trusted internet personalities around.

We discussed his recent article on Desmond Daniel “Etika” Amofah and how struggles with mental health and social media integrity are producing the next great medical epidemic, his candid thoughts on the perils of app-based addictions, how he keeps himself sane during his repeated forays into match-fixing scandals/gambling controversies/unethical program violations, the true damage that Facebook has caused an entire generation, if we’ve gone past the point of no return when it comes to regulating or defining the influence of modern social media, and what drove him to become a crusader against misanthropic corporations and unscrupulous profit-driven game developers.

Be sure to follow Richard (@RLewisReports) on Twitter, and be sure to visit his YouTube page for the latest video commentaries and eSport industry takes.

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.

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