So Toby was ALMOST right, predicting it would be a great World Series but he did have the Nationals winning it all. Marshall admits he was pretty entertained by the seven game series and the two of them try to figure out what the league will look like next season, including what the Blue Jays front office will do to address a team on the rise. The guys then focus their attention on the NBA with Steph Curry’s injury, Kawhi’s early season performance, and where the Raptors are as a franchise all as the topics of interest. Last but not least they discuss what it means to them that TFC has made it to MLS Cup for the second time. Oh yah, Toby picked the Bears to win in his pick ‘em pool but admits they will probably lose because they suck at football.
After gloating about how right his prediction has been about the World Series so far, Toby talks with Marshall about how the series could easily go seven games. They then discuss the controversy surrounding the Astros franchise and how they really screwed this one up. Toby also reminds Marshall that this isn’t the first time the Astros have landed in hot water…
The guys then discuss the early returns of this new NBA season, specifically for the reigning champion Toronto Raptors.
Toby then calls up Uncle Leo to have a rational conversation about what they see in terms of the Leafs struggles so far this season. It eventually ends up where most conversations end up about the Leafs which has them making drastic changes. It was not supposed to go that way…
The 2019/20 NBA season is finally here and, as is tradition, the reigning NBA champions have the honour of kicking off the season with a home game, a banner being raised to the rafters of their building, and the most insane rings ever designed to be dished out to every player and member of the team’s staff. The Toronto Raptors did all of those things and Toby and Marshall talk about it all. They also break down game 1 of 82 before launching into their NBA season predictions, including playoff seeding in both conferences and the most likely MVP candidates.
Toby and Marshall get on the phone to discuss Marshall’s NFL Sunday routine, his struggling Chicago Bears, and how Toby is BASICALLY fully back on board with watching and following the NFL. They then move on to talking about the upcoming World Series matchup where they agree on who will likely win the whole thing but they differ on how close of a series it will be. The guys then turn their attention to opening night in the NBA and what Pascal Siakim’s new contract means for the team and what Spicy P’s ceiling is as a player. Toby then calls up his Dad to recall the glory years of the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors and how then ends of their dynasties may have made room for the 49ers this season. They compare this scenario with that of the Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays.
Toby and Marshall get a chance to speak with Leo Rautins and Dan Gladman of the Toronto Raptors TV broadcast team. The four of them sit down in studio and the go over Leo’s childhood memories about basketball in Toronto, his recruitment process, his nickname that never came to be, and how he worked his way to become one of the most recognizable voices in Canadian basketball history. Danny G and Leo both discuss how they can be so comfortable contributing to political topics on Twitter and how maybe Daryl Morey could have been slightly more careful with his actions even though he had the best intentions… Last but not least they all weigh in the problems with FIBA and Canada Basketball and what lies ahead for the 2019/20 Toronto Raptors.
Toby and Marshall have a discussion about how it feels to have players you like on teams you despise, how the Braves could’ve potentially avoided elimination if they had only bunted in a very specific situation, and how Daryl Morey has every right to express his opinions but really sorta ‘stepped in it’ with his tweet about a free and democratic Hong Kong. The fellas then sit down with Tyler Shaw (www.tylershawmusic.com) about his connection to the game of soccer, the Toronto vs. Vancouver mentality, and what it was like to see the best (the 2010 Olympics) AND the worst of Vancouver (the Canucks riots in 2011). Check him out on his ‘The Wanted’ tour coming to a city near you.
EPISODE 100!!!!! - We Fuckin' Did It...
Marshall sits down with Toby and Kirsh, the original co-host of Toby Talks Sports, to look back upon the first days of the podcast, the origin-story of their personal relationship, and some of the highlights from the first 99 episodes. They talk about some of their favourite guests, their most embarrassing moments, and they reveal what this podcast was really supposed to be all about in the first place.
This episode, although it is the 100th, is really a great way to learn more about the hosts (current and past) of Toby Talks Sports and a real look into what motivates them to make episodes for this podcast every week.
Goal #1 achieved - 100 episodes in the bag.
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Toby calls up Marshall to talk about the latest Toronto Maple Leafs scandal surrounding Auston Matthews. How serious/silly of a story is it? Will it affect his potential captaincy? What does an NHL team captain really mean anyways? All these things and more are unravelled in this conversation. Marshall also admits to liking a particular baseball team and is concerned about their chances as the 2019 MLB season winds down.
Toby is then joined by Andrew Damelin (TSN, Raptors Republic, @Transition_D) to talk about his most recent article which described his experience at open tryouts for The Raptors 905. Although he did not make the team, Andrew witnessed what it takes and had the opportunity to talk to some of the other tryouts about their stories and how they got to these tryouts in the first place. The article is a great read. Check it out here: https://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2019/09/17/my-raptors-905-open-tryout-disparity-and-desperation/
Toby and Marshall are joined in studio by Tara Slone, host of ‘Rogers Hometown Hockey’. They talk about how her job has taken her across Canada and back countless times, her career fronting The band Joydrop, how her dad had influence over her love of hockey, Ron MacLean’s legendary status, and of course Montreal smoked meat.
Toby circles back to make an attempt at a joke he thought of earlier and it fails miserably.
Marshall reveals his favourite place in the world and the spots in Canada he has yet to travel to while on the road with Walk Off the Earth
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On September 12, Toby talks to Marshall about how gambling has brought Toby back to football and it is tearing him up inside. They also reflect on Bianca’s victory at the US Open and where exactly her accomplishment ranks among top moments in Canadian sports history. They then dive into what the FIBA basketball tournament means to players and fans from North American.
Toby is then joined by Toby Talks Sports technical producer Uncle Leo to discuss the Leafs and their future with Mitch Marner’s signing on the horizon. (This aged well) They talk about how the defence is much improved and what the captaincy means to the Leafs and their fans.
On the eve of a brand new NFL season, Toby is joined by his ol' pal Aaron Grossman who, after hearing last Episode 95, wanted to try to convince Toby that NFL football really isn't all that bad. They discuss the biggest storylines (Andrew Luck, Antonio Brown, Tom Brady, The Browns/Chiefs/Packers/Cowboys) and Toby decides what he's gonna do about his feelings towards the whole thing.
Before all that, Toby connects with Marshall in 'Studio B' to update him on Bianca Andreescu's latest (impressive) victory at the US Open and they decide whether or not they are convinced she is the real deal. They also commiserate about the Canadian Men's Basketball program because it makes them both sad and so very disappointed.
Special appearance by Lee Williamson (Walk Off The Earth/IG: fightlikeafarmer) who Toby and Marshall reminisce with about the Raptors winning the NBA title. Lee also teaches Toby about the Canadian Elite Basketball League.
On August 15th Toby called up Marshall to talk about Jay-Z and his new partnership with the NFL and what sense we are to make of all of that nonsense...
Toby is then joined by the guys at Just the Tips Tennis (justthetipstennis.com) to talk about handicapping tennis and why it may be the most undervalued way to gamble on sports. These guys know what they are talking about. They also discuss the trends we are seeing in Canadian tennis and they make some predictions about the US Open. Place your bets people!
On Aug 6th Toby and Marshall discuss a plethora of issues surrounding the upcoming international basketball tournament and then are joined in studio by Ryan Mittleman (Toronto Blue Jays - Director of Pro Scouting) to talk about the Jay rebuild, the recent trades at the deadline and the emergence of Bo Bichette.
Toby and Marshall are joined by Lucas Meyer (Newstalk 1010) to discuss his experience reporting on all things that was the Raptors championship parade and that includes the good, the bad and the ugly.
They also deal with all issues surrounding Kawhi’s year in Toronto and his somewhat untimely departure. Is Toby right or dead wrong about his take...?
Lucas also shares his experience voicing PM Justin Trudeau on a recent episode of The Simpsons.
The episode ends with this question: if the Leafs won the cup, will their parade be bigger than the one the Raptors just had?
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Toby is joined by Marshall in studio and all they can talk about is the KD injury and the incredible game that was Game 5. Is anyone to blame? Should anybody feel guilty? Toby and Marshall both have thoughts on this.
They then bring in longtime Raptors fan Jay (USS, Human Kebab) to discuss Coach Nurse’s decisions on how to use his timeouts, about the NHL on CBC using USS’s ‘Ying Yang’ as the theme to the Stanley Cup Finals, and about being an artist/musician who also loves sports.
Marshall joins Toby from the back of a Lyft in Oakland as he prepares to sing The Canadian National Anthem before Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Toby then calls Dan Gladman to talk about what it’s been like to produce these playoff games for Canadian television and what it means to him to be a part of it.
Lastly Toby calls his Dad who lives in San Francisco to get his opinion on the local San Francisco media and how his Raptors fandom has really blossomed during this NBA season.
After a long hiatus Toby Talks Sports is back! New co-host Marshall (Walk Off the Earth) joins Toby to discuss the upcoming championship series against GSW and then Toby is joined by TSN’s Josh Lewenberg to talk about NBA Media Day and what it has been like for Josh to be covering this team for the past 8 years.
This episode of Toby Talks Sports is a very special one because Toronto-born broadcaster Dan Shulman (ESPN, Sportsnet, Toronto Blue Jays) sits down in studio with Toby and Andrew Damelin (TSN, Raptors Republic) to talk about growing up in Toronto, the highlights of his illustrious career and the current state of the Toronto franchises he holds dear.
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Dan Gladman (Raptors) comes back in studio to talk to Toby and Andrew Damelin (TSN) about wether or not Nick Nurse is as good a head coach as the general public thinks he is. They also discuss how the games are officiated and what (if any) are the Raptors weaknesses at this point in the season.
This episode also marks the beginning of a new segment called ‘Uncle Leo’s Leafs’. The signing of Nylander is OBVIOUSLY the focus of this segment’s maiden voyage.
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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