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

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.

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