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The Bob McCown Podcast

A sports podcast hosted by Bob McCown with co-host John Shannon. We talk about the biggest stories with the biggest names in professional sports. New episodes every weekday.

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A sports podcast hosted by Bob McCown with co-host John Shannon. We talk about the biggest stories with the biggest names in professional sports. New episodes every weekday.

EDDIE OLCZYK on the Chicago Blackhawks, the Seattle Kraken & the NHL Trade Deadline.

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Been a while since we've talked to Mr. Olczyk as Eddie hops on the show today to start the week off with Bob and John.

The three talk to Eddie about the Chicago Blackhawks and their deadline plans regarding Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane before shifting focus to the Seattle Kraken and then the rest of the NHL for todays podcast

Feb 06 2023

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DARREN PANG on the NHL and the Potential Sellers & Buyers for this years Trade Deadline

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Darren Pang joins the show today to end off the week with some hockey talk ahead of this weekends All-Star festivities.

The three get into a conversation about the progression of the Seattle Kraken and praise the job GM Ron Francis has done so far for the NHL's newest franchise before shifting the conversation to the NHL trade deadline as we speculate on what could happen to players like John Tavares and Patrick Kane to name a few.

Feb 03 2023

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JOHN GIBBONS on Major League Baseball, Spring Training and the Toronto Blue Jays

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Former Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and friend of the show, John Gibbons joins the show today to catch up with Bob and John.

The three spend some time talking about the fast approaching start date of MLB's Spring Training. John lets us know what a normal day in the life of a Big Leaguer would be like at this time of year before getting an update on his employment status and some Jays talk to end the show.

Feb 02 2023

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BRIAN LAWTON on the NHL Trade Deadline

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With the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, we bring on Brian Lawton to give us a run down on everything we need to know.

The three talk about the deal that sent Cannucks Captain Bo Horvat from Vancouver to the New York Islanders and then we pick the former GM's brain on some of the details of the trade deadline that an average joe might not already know. 

Feb 01 2023

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JOHN DAVIDSON on the Columbus Blue Jackets & WILLIAM MAO on the future of cable sports networks.

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Two for the price of one on todays podcast! For the first half of the show, Bob and John talk to the President of Hockey Operations of the Columbus Blue Jackets, John Davidson. We talk to John about his teams performance so far this season, the amount of injuries the team has sustained throughout the hear and hear his philosophy on "tanking" for a high draft pick before welcoming William Mao onto the show.

With William - the Senior Vice President of Octagon - we talk about the rising prices of Super Bowl tickets and the future of Cable Sports Networks as we discuss the rising prices of broadcast rights and the dimminishing amount of consumers.

Jan 31 2023

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GLENN HEALY on the NHL, All-Star Weekend, Bobby Hull & the NHL Alumni

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Executive Director of the NHL Alumni and good friend, Glenn Healy joins the show to cacth up with Bob and John.

The three talk about the meetings taking place in Florida this week with the NHL, the leagues All-Star weekend and why Glenn thinks it is so important for the game before the break.

When we come back, we have a conversation about the late Bobby Hull and the impact he had on the league before asking Glenn about his opinion on "tanking" and if he has ever been apart of a team who has intentially lost games.

Jan 30 2023

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DOUG SMITH on the Toronto Raptors

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Day two without Shannon as Bob and Richard welcome Doug Smith onto the show for a much needed update on the Toronto Raptors ahead of their Friday night game against the Golden State Warriors.

With trade rumours swirling and the deadline only 10 days away, the three spend most of their time discussing the trade possibilities the Raptors may have. Do they trade OG or Fred before the deadline? or wait until the off-season? We try to figure out just where this teams front office could be at as we assess the team heading into the final stages of the regular season.

Jan 27 2023

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RICHARD DEITSCH on the future of Sports Talk Radio in Canada.

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With Shannon out on “assignment” for the next two days, Richard Deitsch will be subbing in to take his place next to Bob.    No need for a guest today as Bob and Richard open up a conversation about the outlook of sports talk radio in the country and its future as a consistent media to consume sports. With Podcasting fast becoming the new standard, the two wonder how sustainable sports talk radio is as they look back at their experience at Sportsnet and compare the differences in how sports radio was advertised then to now. As sustainability dwindles when it comes to radio programs, Bob and Richard discuss the options sports talk radio has and whether it’s possible to make money off of the medium in the future.

Jan 26 2023

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SHI DAVIDI on Spring Training & the Toronto Blue Jays

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We are weeks away from the start of spring training so it’s only fitting if we bring on our friend, Shi Davidi. The spend their time today talking about the Toronto Blue Jays. We address their roster concerns and needs as we try to figure out who will be suiting up in both the 3rd base and Shortstop positions on MLB’s opening day in March. We also talk about the status of some of their top level prospects and wonder if the team will be able to retain Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette once they hit free agency.

Jan 25 2023

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Stories from a career in the NHL W/ DOUG MACLEAN.

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Haven’t talked to Doug in a while so we decide we catch up with Mr. MacLean on todays podcast.   Whether it’s his pickle ball championship trophy or his philosophy on tanking - Doug, Bob and John manage to talk about a lot without talking about much at all as Doug shares stories from his days working in St. Louis, how John was able to convince him to venture into broadcasting and more on todays podcast.

Jan 24 2023

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PIERRE MCGUIRE on the NHL, Bruce Boudreau, Rick Tocchet & the Vancouver Canucks.

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Pierre McGuire joins the show today as we talk about Bruce Boudreau getting fired from the Vancouver Canucks, his replacement in Rick Tocchet and some general NHL talk to start of the week with some hockey chatter.

Jan 23 2023

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NHL ROUNDTABLE W/ MIKE ZEISBERGER & MIKE HARRINGTON

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We’ve got the two Mikes today as we end off the week with a good ol’ fashioned Friday Roundtable.   The foursome spend a large portion of todays show discussing the apparent officiating issue we are seeing in the NHL. With the referees seemingly getting worse by the game we try to get to the bottom of what’s going on and what needs to be done to rectify the situation before switching topics to the coaching side of things. After seeing a large amount of coaches finding success with new teams, the four debate on the importance of head coaches and how hard it is to keep the position - What makes a good head coach? And how does a guy go from getting fired last season to the top of the standings with someone else the year after? We talk about it on todays show.

Jan 20 2023

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KEVIN CHEVELDAYOFF on Rick Bowness and the Winnipeg Jets.

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General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets and friend to the podcast, Kevin Cheveldayoff joins the podcast today to talk about the terrific start to the season this Jets team has had.   Kevin gives us an idea of his process when it came to looking for a new head coach and lets us know why he though Rick Bowness was the best fit to lead the team moving forward before we move on to the rest of his team. The three talk about the teams depth and chemistry playing a key role in their success so far this year as Kevin gives us some info on where his head is at with the trade deadline slowly approaching and much more before the end of the show and their game tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

Jan 19 2023

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MLB ROUNDTABLE W/ ROB LONGLEY & DAVE PERKINS

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Perkins and Longley are checking in to the podcast today for a Toronto Blue Jays themed MLB Roundtable.   The foursome talk about the progress of the Jay’s 300 Million dollar stadium renovation as we debate on the significance of the upgrade and what it will do for the Blue Jays organization. We then shift focus to Toronto’s roster as the four look into the changes they have made this off season and wonder if the front office has any more plans to improve their current team. We also look a little bit into the future ti end the show - With record setting money being thrown around this off season, we wonder if the Toronto Blue Jays ill be ready and willing to break the bank in order to keep their young stars when their contracts expire.

Jan 18 2023

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HOWARD SIMON on the Buffalo Bills & the NFL Playoffs.

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Howard Simon joins us from Buffalo as we take a look at the winners and losers of the NFL's Wild Card Games. Focusing on the Bills, we get an update on Damar Hamlin's health before breaking down Buffalo's win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The three analyze the teams offense, defense and coaching staff to see where they stack up with other Super Bowl contenders before making our way over to some more general NFL talk and end with a brief discussion on the Buffalo Sabres.

Jan 17 2023

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A Boston Sports Medley W/ BOB RYAN

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With the New England Patriots missing the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, we start our focus on the NFL as the three break down the team and wonder what Bill Belichick can do to get this Patriots roster back to the perennial Super Bowl contenders they once were. Before the end of the show we fit in some Celtics and Bruins discussion. With both teams sitting at the top of the standings in their respective leagues, we look at the performances from their stars as we take a look at the NBA and NHL from a Boston Sports

Jan 16 2023

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NHL ROUNDTABLE W/ ERIC DUHATSCHEK & SCOTT BURNSIDE

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Burnside and Duhatschek checking into the podcast today to end the week with a good ol’ fashioned Friday Roundtable with Bob and John.   The three talk about the struggling Colorado Avalanche and their chances of repeating before switching over to he Florida Panthers and the Eastern Conference.   The three debate on what went wrong for the Panthers team who are fighting for a playoff spot just a year after winning the presidents trophy before we head back to the western conference to address the surprisingly good Seattle Kraken.   We manage to fit in some trade deadline talk into this jam packed show before we go as we end the week off with some hockey talk.

Jan 13 2023

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JACK ARMSTRONG on his budding singing career and the Toronto Raptors.

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Jack Armstrong joins the show to catch up with Bob and John on todays podcast.   Before we get to the hoops talk we had to address the elephant in the room. Jack’s Christmas album. We get the details on how it all started, his live concert and more before shifting focus to the Toronto Raptors as they enter the second half of this years NBA season.   We discuss potential trade targets and roster improvements for the Raptors as we debate on what a realistic ending is for this underwhelming Toronto team.

Jan 12 2023

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MARC CRAWFORD on his career, Coaching in Zurich & how his coaching style has evolved.

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Zooming in all the way from Switzerland, former NHL Head Coach and current bench boss of ZSC Lions, Marc Crawford joins the podcast to catch up with Bob and John.

The three talk about Marc’s return to ZSC and the differences between coaching pro hockey in Europe compared to North America. Marc gives us an idea of what kind of skill level he’s working with in Switzerland, shares stories from his career in the NHL and gives us an update on his plans for the future on todays episode.

Jan 11 2023

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PAUL JONES on the state of the Toronto Raptors

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Whats going on with the Toronto Raptors? Should they blow things up and start the re-build or fight for a play-in spot? With the NBA trade deadline nearing and no clear direction for the future, we bring on Paul Jones to answer all of these questions and more as we take a deep dive into the state of the Toronto Raptors.

Jan 10 2023

54mins

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