Maple Leafs Round Table – White, Morassutti, Owens

I’m pleased to bring you my latest hockey round table featuring three professors of puck whose insights and expertise on all things Toronto Maple Leafs could easily be considered second to none; Omar White, David Morassutti, and Austin Owens.

We discussed their thoughts on the first week of the season and any surprises or disappointments which left indelible impressions, their collective concerns about the team’s suspect blue line, why certain NHL calibre defensemen might remain whipping boys for an entire season, the always vexing issue of Mike Babcock’s selective minutes distribution and why the universally lauded Travis Dermott deserves much more ice time, and their definitive hot takes on the William Nylander impasse in all its false splendor and surreal glory.

Be sure to check out the fine literary and audio work from Omar White (@OLW93) with Pension Plan Puppets, Dave Morassutti (@d_morassutti) of Sportsnet, and Austin Owens (@_AustinOwens) at The Score.

Shapiro Podcast Exclusive: Ten Minutes of Cardy – Episode 1

Welcome to the first edition of “Ten Minutes Of Cardy” from celebrated podcaster and Toronto sports aficionado Brent Cardy – available exclusively at

Cardy reacts to Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins and his press conferences this past week. He gives his candid thoughts and hot takes on which legitimate candidates Atkins will consider for manager and also talks about the recent John Gibbons appearance on Prime Time Sports. Who and what pissed Gibby off and why was he so emotional?

Also: what’s wrong with baseball? How did the Toronto Maple Leafs make out? What are the Baltimore Orioles doing? Why do we not like the WWE anymore?

Have a listen to find out!

Brent Cardy is the Host & Producer of the critically-acclaimed “The Cardy Show” which can be found on @iTunes and @Podomatic. Be sure to check out his latest work on twitter via @BrentCardyShow and subscribe to his podcast today.

A conversation with David Morassutti

My conversation with writer, editor, and blogger David Morassutti, whose work as the site expert at Tip of the Tower and as an associate editor at Sportsnet has made him a true authority on the Toronto sports scene. He is also the proud graduate of the Centennial College School of Journalism.

We discussed his thoughts on the state of journalism today, his feelings on ageism and why the industry struggles mightily with finding young talent, candid takes on the Maple Leafs-Raptors-Blue Jays, his initial reaction to the DeMar DeRozan-Kawhi Leonard trade, why front office leadership is so very crucial yet scarce, and his opinion of the raw power and volatile influence of modern day social media in professional sports today.

Be sure to follow David (@d_morassutti) and check out his brilliant team of contributors at the Tip of the Tower website ( on the FanSided network. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

A conversation with Blake Murphy

My conversation with Toronto Raptors writer Blake Murphy, who previously wrote for Raptors Republic, Vice, Dime Magazine, and Fangraphs before moving to The Athletic.

We talked about his thoughts on the Raps off-season and how it’s impacted him as a sports journalist, what the worst case scenario is with the Leonard-DeRozan trade, on the nature of melodrama in Toronto and how Dwane Casey was largely ignored and quickly forgotten, his definitive and candid take on Kawhi, the importance of chemistry on the current roster, why the game of basketball and the Raptors have been such a huge inspiration in his life, and his thoughts on the patron saints of pro wrestling (Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair).

Be sure to follow Blake (@BlakeMurphyODC) on social media and check out his literary prowess and media interviews on all things basketball at The Athletic (@TheAthleticTO).

A conversation with Stephen R. Burns

My conversation with author and blogger Stephen R. Burns, who has published two critically acclaimed works of fiction (The Last Angel and City of Slaves) and is renowned for his soulful Toronto sports blogging.

We discussed what inspires him to keep writing for others in an era where so few are actually reading, how he feels about the current state of sports journalism and the industry in general, on the subject of why the Blue Jays grossly underestimated their fanbase in 2018, his take on Mark Shapiro’s relationship with the city, when he thinks a prospect stops being just a prospect, and why the DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard trade had a profound impact on his loyalties to the Toronto Raptors franchise.

Be sure to follow Stephen (@StephenRBurns) on social media and check out his adept literary prowess on Amazon and with Goodreads reviews.

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