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.

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