The FAN Morning Show

40 Episodes

By: Sportsnet

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.

One Game Separates the Astros From the World Series
Last Friday at 2:51 PM

The team chats about Chris Taylor’s heroics to keep the Dodgers’ season alive, clutch athletes across all sports, the outlook for LA ahead of Game 6, and Blue Jays heartbreak (2:40). Then, Dan Shulman joins to discuss the Astros looking to punch their ticket to the World Series, his encounter with a young Ben Simmons, and […]

Leafs Look to Find More Offence
Last Friday at 2:22 PM

JD, Blake and Ailish look ahead to tonight’s Leafs-Sharks matchup, and comment on Toronto’s lack of even-strength goal scoring so far this season, and Michael Hutchinson getting the start in net for the first game of the back-to-back (12:35). Next, Colby Armstrong joins to chat about the Penguins’ consistency, Pittsburgh’s upcoming game against Toronto, Nick […]

What Does the Future Hold for Baker Mayfield in Cleveland?
Last Friday at 1:19 PM

NFL on CBS analyst Charles Davis joins the show to give his thoughts on the Browns’ win over the Broncos in the Thursday nighter, Baker Mayfield’s future in Cleveland, the quarterback situation in Denver, and Sunday’s Chiefs vs. Titans showdown (0:12). Next, Coolbet’s Kris Abbott takes a look at the best bets for the weekend […]

Are People Prematurely Writing Off the Chiefs?
Last Thursday at 2:36 PM

Geoff Schwartz, former NFL OL and host of the ‘Geoff Schwartz Is Smarter Than You’ podcast, stops by to chat about Case Keenum getting the start for the Browns against the Broncos in place of injured quarterback Baker Mayfield, the state of the Broncos, the Chiefs’ inconsistent play, and the undefeated Cardinals (0:40). The views and opinions expressed in […]

What to Make of Malachi Flynn?
Last Thursday at 2:25 PM

Alvin Williams joins JD, Blake and Ailish to breakdown the Raptors’ opening night loss to the Wizards, and discuss Dalano Banton’s buzzer-beating triple from half-court, how Banton looked in his NBA debut, and Malachi Flynn not getting any playing time (0:20). Will Lou then joins the show to talk about the Raptors’ starting rotation, and […]

Darcy Tucker: Playing Gritty is a Mindset
Last Thursday at 2:10 PM

Former Leafs forward Darcy Tucker stops by to chat about his partnership with Molson’s ‘Hall of Fan’, and give his thoughts on playing in a pressure-packed city like Toronto, how Michael Bunting has looked so far, and what it’s like to play a gritty game despite being undersized (0:38). Next, Nick Kypreos stops by and […]

Raptors Concern Index
Last Thursday at 12:39 PM

JD, Blake and Ailish recap the Raptors’ opening night loss to the Wizards, and chat about Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby’s shooting struggles, and the team’s half court offence issues (7:25). Next, it’s time for the Raptors Concern Index where the group rates their concerns regarding how quickly this season could get out of control, […]

What’s the Biggest Question Facing the Raptors?
Last Wednesday at 2:34 PM

JD, Blake and Ailish chat about Ben Simmons being kicked of out practice and suspended by the Sixers, and Joel Embiid’s comments on his teammate (0:33). The group then gives their thoughts on last night’s Bucks vs. Nets matchup, and the opportunity for James Harden this season (18:45). To wrap, John Hollinger, former VP of […]

Bobby Webster on a New Era for the Raptors
Last Wednesday at 1:47 PM

Michael Grange joins the show and touches on what the story of the Raptors season is for him, expectations for OG Anunoby, the starting lineup, and his read on the Malachi Flynn situation (1:58). Next, Raptors GM Bobby Webster stops by to discuss expectations for the team, player development, the absence of Kyle Lowry and […]

Defining Expectations For the Raptors
Last Wednesday at 1:23 PM

JD, Blake, and Ailish discuss the excitement surrounding Raptors opening day, what the story will be this season, and then chat about defining expectations for the team (5:50). They then take a look at some Raptors props including the chances of the team making the playoffs, OG Anunoby for most improved player, and the team’s […]

NBA Season Primer
Last Tuesday at 2:37 PM

JD, Blake and Ailish have their NBA League Pass draft, where they draft teams based on which they think will be most fun to watch (2:17). Then Zach Harper, The Athletic and Count The Dings Podcast Network, joins the show to talk about OG Anunoby intrigue, the Atlanta Hawks looking to replicate their success from […]

Leafs Get “Goalied “
Last Tuesday at 2:17 PM

JD, Blake and Ailish recap the Leafs’ loss to the Rangers, and discuss how good the team looked, Auston Matthews’ play in his season debut, and what David Kampf brings to the team (8:47). Then Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser chats about her role with the Leafs, the evolution of player development for young athletes, the state […]

Bills Can’t Contain Derrick Henry
Last Tuesday at 1:51 PM

Bills beat and sideline reporter Sal Capaccio joins the show to recap the team’s loss to Derrick Henry and the Titans, and discusses where Buffalo went wrong, and whether the team is better suited for shootouts rather than more physical games (6:18). JD, Blake and Ailish then read some of your texts including who has […]

Alex Bishop on His EBUG Experience
Last Monday at 3:18 PM

University of Toronto goaltender Alex Bishop stops by to discuss his experience suiting up for the Leafs as a backup for Jack Campbell (0:38). Justin Bourne then joins the show to talk about his first impressions of Nick Ritchie, Mitch Marner’s start to the year, and the blue line depth (26:14). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast […]

Week 6 Winners and Losers
Last Monday at 1:05 PM

The group gives their takeaways from the Jaguars’ win over the Dolphins, and discuss why there’s some hope in Jacksonville, before shifting towards Seattle’s loss to the Steelers, and their winners and losers of the week (0:02). Next, Ross Tuckers gives his thoughts on the Ravens’ win over the Chargers, Lamar Jackson’s progress, which teams […]

Auston Matthews Set to Return
Last Monday at 12:26 PM

JD, Blake and Ailish chat about Auston Matthews’ impending return, John Tavares’ offensive struggles, and Sheldon Keefe juggling depth pieces in bottom-six (0:07). Gord Stellick then stops by to share his takeaways from the first three games of the season, and discuss Jack Campbell now emerging as the bellcow with Mrazek out (36:21). Finally, the […]

Dodgers Advance on Questionable Check-Swing Call

JD, Blake and Ailish discuss the Dodgers advancing to the NLCS after besting the Giants in Game 5 of their division series, and the controversial check swing-call that ended the series (0:22). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of […]

Leafs Fall Short in Battle of Ontario

JD, Blake and Ailish recap the Leafs’ 3-2 loss to the Sens and offer some early observations through the first two games of the season (4:15). Next, they take a deep dive on Petr Mrázek’s injury, and how it will impact Jack Campbell (33:24). Then Marc Methot, former NHLer and current host of the Wally […]

Are the Chiefs in Trouble?

Charles Davis joins the show to give his thoughts on where the Eagles are at, whether the Bucs’ offence is too pass-heavy, the Chiefs’ struggling defence, and Washington’s inability to get stops (1:05). Then Coolbet’s Kris Abbott stops by to give his best bets for Week 6 in the NFL, and take a look at the […]

“Edge” on His Renewed Leafs Optimism

Craig Simpson joins the show to weigh in on William Nylander’s strong performance in the opener, Jack Campbell taking over as the team’s full time starter, and the viability of goalie tandems in today’s NHL (1:04). Finally, WWE superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland chats about his renewed optimism regarding the Leafs despite last year’s playoff disappointment, […]

A Brooklyn POV on the Kyrie Irving Situation

Ian Eagle, play-by-play announcer, NFL on CBS and Westwood One, and Nets basketball on YES, discusses the Kyrie Irving situation in Brooklyn, and how crucial Steve Nash’s even-keel demeanor is during this time (1:09). To wrap up, he gives his thoughts on the Chiefs’ struggles, whether fatigue is a factor, tonight’s Buccaneers vs. Eagles showdown, […]

Nylander Shines in Leafs’ Opening Night Win

The team gives their takeaways from the Leafs’ opening night win over Montreal, and talk about William Nylander’s strong outing (12:00). They then break down Auston Matthews’ interview with Emily Kaplan, and take a deeper dive on Matthews’ comments about fans (31:24). Nick Kypreos then joins the show to chat about Toronto’s opening night win, […]

Team Canada Prevails over Panama

JD, Blake and Ailish break down the Canadian men’s national soccer team’s 4-1 win over Panama in World Cup qualifying, and chat about the atmosphere at BMO, and why this process may serve as a tipping point for the future of the men’s program (3:27). Then James Sharman stops by to give his thoughts on […]

Jonathan Osorio on Canada’s World Cup Qualifying Push

JD, Blake, and Ailish discuss Raptors’ roster cuts and chat about comments made by Nets GM Sean Marks re: Kyrie Irving (0:05). Next, Jonathan Osorio, midfielder for the Canadian men’s soccer team, talks about the growth of the program, Canada’s play thus far in World Cup qualifiers, the boost from playing in front of fans […]

Leafs Season Primer

Steve Dangle joins the show to give his thoughts on what he hopes to see from the Leafs this season, which player is under the most pressure, and how the team may respond after last season’s loss (0:28). Next, Colby Armstong discusses how this year “has to be it” for the front office and players, […]

Reasons for Leafs Optimism and Pessimism

JD, Blake and Ailish discuss the pressure on Kyle Dubas this season, whether he’s on the hot seat, and chat about reasons for optimism (9:22). Next, the team takes a deeper dive into reasons for optimism and pessimism this season, including the potential for William Nylander to have a huge year, and Mitch Marner possibly […]

Are the Bills the Best Team in Football?

Go Long’s Ty Dunne joins the show to give his thoughts on Lamar Jackson’s incredible play and the Ravens’ offence as a whole, the Bills’ impressive start to the season, the urgency in Buffalo, and Bill Belichick’s future with the Patriots (2:16). JD, Blake and Ailish then read more of your texts, touching on topics […]

Wayne Gretzky Tees Up the 2021-22 NHL Season

JD, Blake and Ailish chat about Auston Matthews’ and Ilya Mikheyev’s injuries and what it means to the Leafs lineup (9:09). Then Anthony Stewart comments on Marner/Tavares being reunited with Matthews out, Bunting/Ritchie in the top-six, and blue line depth (32:24). To wrap up, Wayne Gretzky chats about his experience growing as a young player, […]

Ben Simmons Returns to Philadelphia

The team chats about Kyrie Irving’s absence, and Ben Simmons potentially rejoining the Sixers (0:38). They then dive a little deeper into the Ben Simmons situation, and answer your texts on the Leafs line combos, the biggest challenge for the team this year, Svi Mykhailiuk’s potential impact on the Raptors, and much more (19:37). The views and opinions expressed in […]

Red Sox Punch Ticket to ALCS

Dan Shulman joins JD, Blake and Ailish to break down Boston’s ALDS win over Tampa, and comment on the talent that is Rays shortstop Wander Franco, how the Blue Jays stack up against Tampa, and Toronto’s offseason outlook (1:44). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any […]

Flashes Of A Strong Season For OG Anunoby

JD, Blake and Ailish recap the Raptors preseason game against the Celtics, OG Anunoby showing flashes of improvement in his offensive game, and if the team will have enough offence with Pascal Siakam missing time (1:27). Finally, The Raptors Show’s William Lou weighs in on if he’s buying in on OG’s early most improved player […]

Ilya Mikheyev Suffers Another Injury

JD, Blake and Ailish discuss Ilya Mikheyev’s hand injury, how the Leafs lines will shape up ahead of the season opener, and if Pierre Engvall can find a role on the roster (1:52). NHL Insider and Director of Hockey Content for Frank Seravalli joins to discuss Mikheyev’s injury, Michael Bunting potential filling his spot, […]

Offseason Outlook With Alek Manoah

The team is joined by Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah to discuss if he’s been watching the MLB postseason from home, how he’s preparing for the offseason, what he wants to improve on in his game, his relationship with fellow starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu, learning from Jose Berrios during his short time with […]

Statement Win For The Bills In Kansas City

JD, Blake and Ailish chat about the Buffalo Bills win over the Chiefs in Kansas City and Josh Allen’s performance on Sunday night (1:15). Ross Tucker joins to discuss the concerns with the Chiefs’ defence and Patrick Mahomes’ start the 2021-22 season and if there’s another tier that Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns can […]

OG Key to Raptors’ Success

JD, Blake and Ailish discuss the development of OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr., and why OG’s growth is the most important element of the Raptors’ season (9:32). To wrap up, Alvin Williams talks about Fred VanVleet assuming the reins as the team’s main point guard with Lowry gone, Malachi Flynn fighting for playing time, […]

Exploring Leafs Lineup Machinations

The team takes a look at the Leafs’ most recent line combinations at camp and discuss Marner and Matthews being kept together, the makeup of the third and fourth lines, the opportunities given to Ilya Mikheyev and his role this season, Alex Kerfoot playing with Jason Spezza, and where Timothy Liljegren is at (1:00). Next, […]

Russell Wilson Frustration

JD, Blake and Ailish chat about last night’s Seahawks-Rams game, and JD vents frustration over Russell Wilson (0:41). Charles Davis then stops by to give his thoughts on the Seahawks’ TNF loss to the Rams, Jamal Adams’ fit in Seattle, whether we can trust the Cardinals, the Bears naming Justin Fields as their starting QB going forward, […]

Something to watch with Morgan Rielly

The team chats about the report in Elliotte Friedman’s ’32 Thoughts’ that the sticking point between the Maple Leafs and Zach Hyman was a no-movement clause, and discuss how that may impact Morgan Rielly’s future in Toronto (0:49). Then Justin Bourne stops by to discuss Toronto’s lack of depth, Pierre Engvall’s fit, and the pressure […]

Are the Raptors still a potential suitor for Ben Simmons?

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst joins the show to give his thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s status and uncertainty for this season, potential penalties for unvaccinated players violating protocols in Toronto, the Ben Simmons situation, and Pascal Siakam’s relationship with the Raptors (0:52). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or […]

Sifting through Ross Atkins’ comments

JD, Blake and Ailish react to Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins’ season ending press conference, give their thoughts on the tone of the presser, and Atkins’ comments on the roster and lineup versatility (9:42). Next, the team chats about a hypothetical Marcus Stroman-Jays reunion (38:22). Finally, Ben Nicholson-Smith comments on Atkins’ presser, and discusses the team’s […]