Episode 87 - JD Bunkis, Danny G, LeBron and the 2018 Toronto Raptors

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A lot of basketball talk here as we are now through the first week of the NBA season. JD Bunkis (host of Sportsnet 590's 'Good Show' & 'The Association' podcast) sits down in studio with Toby and Dan Gladman to talk about the Raptors first 4 games, the tests they have passed so far and what the story of this season really is. They also speak about LeBron and his legacy, how players bounce back from failure and if the Raptors need to finish the season as the first seed in the East.

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Episode 86 - Why You Be Hating?

Toby is joined in studio by co-host Mike Skolnik and they review the Raptors season opener, the ranking of each NBA conference, and what exactly constitutes a rivalry.

The two of them are then joined by their friend Fink for the first instalment of 'Why you be hating?' with Kawhi, Osuna and the Montreal Canadiens as the main targets. It appears Fink doesn't hate as much as Toby thought...

Episode 84 -Tiger Wins, Gibby Loses, Kyle’s Upset, Nylander’s MIA

Skolnik comes back to the studio to talk with Toby about the departure of John Gibbons, the baby Jays and Kyle Lowry's attitude towards the Toronto media. Toby also starts some Kyle Lowry trade rumours...

Uncle Leo tells Toby and Skolly how he sees the William Nylander saga play out and sets the lines for the upcoming Leafs season.

The guys are ONLY THEN AT THE END OF THE PODCAST joined by Toby's buddy Andrew Simon to talk about their shared love of Tiger Woods, his back injury, his Brittany Spears-esqu fall from grace and now his return to glory.

Episode 83 - Danny G and Lucas M and Kawhi L

Toby is joined in studio by his biggest fan Dan 'Danny G' Gladman (Toronto Raptors) and by new Toronto resident Kaw.... Lucas Meyer (680 News) and they talk all about RJ Barrett, Canada Basketball, and of course Kawhi Leonard.  Lucas shares a story about running into DeMar and Sonny Weems.  Toby expresses his concern (once again) about what is said to pitch Kawhi to stay in Toronto long term.  Danny G tries to explain Phish and their festivals to Lucas.

Episode 81 - TOBY TALKS KAWHI WITH BLAKE MURPHY

Toby and Andrew are joined by Blake Murphy (Raptors Republic, The Athletic TO, Vice Sports) to talk about the most monumental trade in the Raptors franchise's history from all angles - the human side, the basketball side and the fan side.  This is a must listen for all Raptors fans trying to get over the loss of DeMar DeRozan who has been the face of Raptors basketball for 9 years.

Toby, Andrew and Blake will help you look towards the future while validating your fond memories of the past.
 

Episode 80 - Let's Talk Scouting

Toby is joined in studio by Blue Jays Director of Pro Scouting Ryan 'Mitzy' Mittleman.  The two of them talk about where the Jays find themselves as they near the trade deadline and what work is being done in the front office when a team is looking towards future seasons.  They discuss market evaluation, player evaluation, and some of the kids coming up in the Jays minor league system.

Episode 79 - Rumours

Toby and Andrew talk about the rumours swirling around the Raptors and the potential of trading for a top talent in the NBA.  They then move on to talk about Milos Raonic's run at Wimbledon and what it means.  Also is Serena Williams the most dominant athlete of all time?

The guys are then joined in studio by Skolnik to talk about the state of the NBA and how it is making hardcore fans and casual fans alike potentially a little less interested in the upcoming season...
 

Episode 77 - J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!!!

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Toby and Kirsh catch up on all the insanity in the Toronto sports scene. The Raps get swept by the LeBron's (again) and fire the coach. What does Toby think about that?

The Leafs don't make it out of the first round.  Is Leo alright with that?

The Jays are lukewarm and lost their closer due to him allegedly being a terrible person.  How does Kirsh feel about him if he returns to the team?

The guys are then joined by Joel Visentin (The Lizards - www.thelizardsband.com & JV's Boogaloo Squad) and they discuss what it's like to have come from Winnipeg and why the Jets are really a unique Canadian team in the NHL.

Episode 76 - Playoffs Baby

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Kirsh catches Toby up on what happened in the Toronto sports landscape while he was on vacation including his thoughts on The Jays good start and Raptors playoff hopes.

Uncle Leo helps out with his views on the Leafs upcoming playoff series with the Boston Bruins and how he doesn't think he can take another game 7 collapse like he saw in 2013.

Uncle Leo then introduces a new game for Toby and Kirsh to compete in.  Take a guess at who comes out victorious...

Episode 75 - Akil Augustine Live at Apollo Studios

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Toby and Kirsh are joined in studio by Akil Augustine (host of Raptors Today, The Hangout, and a bunch of other cool jobs...) for the full hour and they talk about Akil's career, about the importance of just being yourself, and the impact Black Panther and Tiger Woods have had in today's culture.

They also talk sports, specifically about the Raps vs. the Thunder, the Raps vs. the refs and the Raps vs. themselves and how keeping your cool is maybe easier said than done.  The three of them go on to talk about mental health amongst athletes and coaches and how fans sometimes forget that their heroes are humans and that the amount of money they make doesn't take that away.

Episode 72 - Dan Shulman

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Toby and Kirsh talk about the Leafs getting help at the trade deadline, spring training and the Raptors getting back under way after a lengthy all-star break.

The guys are then joined over the phone by the one and only Dan Shulman (ESPN/Sportsnet) and they talk about Jerry Howarth, The Bat Flip game and the expectations of the 2018 Blue Jays.  

Toby seemed nervous talking to one of his broadcasting favourites. Let's see if he makes it out alive..

Episode 71 - Pyeongchang 2018

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Toby and Kirsh talk about the NBA all star game, whether or not Kirsh cares about the Olympic Games, and all the most recent Blue Jays news.  The guys are then joined by Haley Strong (@hstrong_ , Bachelor/Bachelorette RHAP UP Podcast) to talk about their shared love of The Bachelor Winter Games, the ACTUAL winter games and the likely departure of Jose Bautista from their beloved Blue Jays.


Stay tuned until the end of the episode for a huge announcement about Episode 72 of Toby Talks Sports.

Episode 70 - Raptors 905

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Kirsh is back and he's in top form!  He and Toby talk about Toby's experience in Mississauga seeing the Raptors 905 in action.  Then they talk about the NBA version on the franchise, how they spanked the Celtics and the potential the team has based on their depth.

The guys are then joined by Toby's poker buddy Justin 'Juice' Roth and they review the Super Bowl (results, controversies, commercials, halftime show, etc) and the expectations he has for the Maple Leafs.

P.S. - Check out http://www.damelin.net/

Episode 69 - Walk Off The Earth Does Halftime Show for Historic NFL Game

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Uncle Leo subs in for Kirsh after last week's episode (take that for what it's worth).  They talk about the SuperBowl matchup, the Blue Jays offseason, and also Mike Babcock and his coaching efforts during this stretch of the Maple Leafs season.  They are then joined by Marshall from Juno award-winning group Walk Off The Earth and they discuss the Vikings walk-off touchdown during the NFC Championship game.  Marshall then reveals his disinterest in LeBron joining the Lonzo Ball and the Lakers next season and his expectations of the Raptors this year.  Toby makes a statement about how far he actually thinks the Raptors could go this year. 

Episode 68 - 416 to the 905

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Kirsh gets off to a rocky start in this one but recovers nicely as he and Toby discuss the Olympic hockey team, the expectations of the Leafs and how the Jays are making some moves to improve the team in 2018.

Andrew Damelin (TSN) phones in to talk about the Raptors recent success and his new gig covering the Raptors 905.  Find his work here:

https://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2018/01/02/kennedy-meeks-improvement-highlight-raptors-905-streak/