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The FAN Morning Show

JD Bunkis, Blake Murphy and Ailish Forfar discuss the biggest stories in sports and the teams that matter most to Toronto fans. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN weekdays from 6am-10am ET.

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What’s Your Favourite Maple Leaf Gardens Memory?

The group tees up the Leafs’ back-to-back this weekend and chats about who should get the start in net tonight against Calgary and tomorrow against Buffalo, before discussing favourite Maple Leaf Gardens memories on the 90th anniversary of its opening (2:46). To finish, Joe Bowen comments on the anniversary of the Gardens, Jack Campbell’s emergence, and the team overcoming the heartbreak of last season (24:33). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

48mins

12 Nov 2021

Rank #1

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Fred VanVleet Helps Raptors Break Mini-Slump

Blake, Ailish and Justin recap the Raptors’ comeback win over the Sixers, Fred VanVleet’s big night, his workload early in the season, and the team’s play without Pascal Siakam in the lineup (3:50). Next, Brad Fay joins to chat about OG Anunoby taking a step forward, how the team performed with Siakam out, and the passing up and down the lineup (33:28). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

55mins

12 Nov 2021

Rank #2

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A Special Homecoming for Alphonso Davies

Ailish runs down her A-List, which includes: Kyle Lowry’s mom enjoying Raptors-Sixers, the NCAA increasing the women’s Division I hockey tournament to 11 teams, and Zach Fucale’s NHL debut (1:22). Next, Joshua Kloke tees up the Canadian men’s soccer team’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica tonight, and chats about Canada’s game plan, the weather in Edmonton, the importance of Canada getting points at home with the team facing Mexico next week, which player (outside of Alphonso Davies) that has been crucial to Canada’s success, Davies’ homecoming, and John Herdman’s role in the resurgence of the men’s program (17:06). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

38mins

12 Nov 2021

Rank #3

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How Will OBJ Fit With the Rams?

Charles Davis stops by to give his thoughts on Dolphins-Ravens, what to make of Baltimore, how much credit Mike Vrabel deserves for the Titans’ success, how Odell Beckham Jr. will fit in with the Rams on and off the field, whether OBJ can ever get back to his pre-injury self, and whether the Pats can get it done at home against the Browns on Sunday (0:29). To wrap, Coolbet’s Kris Abbott joins the show to give his best bets for Week 10 (26:35). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

51mins

12 Nov 2021

Rank #4

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Raptors Need to Reset Their Offensive Ecosystem

Blake, Ailish and Justin recap the Raptors’ flat performance against the Celtics, the adjustment period with Pascal Siakam being reintegrated into Toronto’s offence, changes the team needs to make ahead of tonight’s match-up with the 76ers, and the Raptors’ transition offence (4:40). Next, Raptors 905 GM Chad Sanders discusses the benefits of being in close proximity to the Raptors, working in conjunction with the team, the state of the G-League, the blurred lines between organizations at this point in the Raptors’ timeline, and which non-Raptors player he’s been impressed with (26:25). Then Vivek Jacob joins the show to chat about the Raptors’ defensive issues against Boston, the team’s offensive inefficiency, and Siakam trying to define his role (51:35). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

1hr 14mins

11 Nov 2021

Rank #5

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Leafs Get It Done Without Their Captain

Blake, Ailish and Justin recap the Leafs’ 3-0 win over Philly, and discuss Jack Campbell’s workload, and Sheldon Keefe juggling his lines with John Tavares sidelines (7:40). Next, Nick Kypreos stops by to weigh in on the Leafs’ win, and talk about the importance of managing the minutes of Toronto’s top players, what Nick Ritchie must do to be productive, Justin Holl’s return to the lineup, the growth of Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin, and Sheldon Keefe’s usage of the bottom six (35:08). To wrap, Jeff Marek discusses the Bob Murray situation, Troy Terry’s emergence in Anaheim, and the red-hot LA Kings (1:00:44). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

1hr 22mins

11 Nov 2021

Rank #6

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Boras Holds Keys to Semien Negotiations

Today on Ailish’s A-List: Alex Ovechkin delivering pizzas, a heartwarming story involving Carolyn Peck and Dawn Staley, and a note on Remembrance Day (1:10). Then Jeff Blair reflects on some Scott Boras memories and discusses how powerful the agent is in the baseball world, before looking at Marcus Semien’s free agency, chats the Jays had with Semien during the season about a possible extension, what the Gold Glove winner could be looking at contract-wise, the likelihood of the Jays re-signing Robbie Ray, whether Pete Walker will be a factor, and the need for the team to get an impact arm (17:30). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

38mins

11 Nov 2021

Rank #7

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Raptors Head to Boston to Face Scuffling Celtics

The group looks ahead to the Raptors’ upcoming back-to-back which gets underway with a matchup against the Celtics tonight, and chat about the starting lineup, whether we can expect to see more Malachi Flynn, Precious Achiuwa’s play thus far, and the team’s upcoming road trip (1:18). Then Jared Weiss, Celtics writer at The Athletic, discusses the turmoil in Boston, the team’s offence without the injured Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum going up against OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes, and whether there’s a bit of a Raptors-Celtics rivalry (22:13). Finally, Eric Smith stops by to talk about Pascal Siakam being reintegrated, and Nick Nurse rolling with a small ball starting five (44:10). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

1hr 6mins

10 Nov 2021

Rank #8

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Blue Jays Outlook with Jordan Romano

Ailish runs down her A-List which includes a Flames fan getting a tattoo of the team as 2022 Cup champions, Fred VanVleet’s new podcast, and more (1:55). Next, Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano stops by to reflect on his standout 2021 season, the Jays’ promising outlook moving forward, and his experience growing up as a Blue Jays fan in Toronto (22:25). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

46mins

10 Nov 2021

Rank #9

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Olympic Hockey and McDavid Dominance with Eric Lindros

Blake, Ailish and Justin chat about a quiet night in Toronto sports, before diving into comparisons between the Leafs and Oilers, and Toronto reinserting Justin Holl in the lineup for Travis Dermott (7:15). Next, Dominic Moore chats about his new role with ESPN, his experience playing in the Toronto market, what Morgan Rielly means to the team, and the growth of Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid (29:09). To finish, Eric Lindros stops by to discuss the 10th annual Eric Lindros Celebrity Hockey Classic in support of Easter Seals, the NHL heading back to the Olympics and what the honour means, Connor McDavid looking more comfortable in his superstar role, the Jack Eichel surgery situation, whether the NHL is shifting in how it’s treating concussions, and what it was like facing the Leafs as a member of the Flyers in light of tonight’s Toronto-Philly matchup (55:15). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

1hr 18mins

10 Nov 2021

Rank #10