The FAN Morning Show

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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.

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953 episodes

Ailish Hour: NBO Narratives + Sam Cosentino's WJC Check-in

The Ailish hour of The FAN Morning Show is here! It begins with a recap of last night's Field of Dreams game, before we hear some in-game audio from Joey Votto reflecting on how special the experience in Dyersville is. Then, Sportnet.ca writer and host of Match Point Canada, Ben Lewis joins to discuss the storylines from the National Bank Open including Leylah Fernandez' early exit, Bianca Andreescu loss last night, and Serena Williams' last appearance in Toronto (05:34). Sportsnet.ca NHL draft writer Sam Cosentino stops by to chat about the lack of buzz surrounding the World Junior Championship this year, the Leafs' prospects to watch at the tournament, as well as the continued brilliance of Connor Bedard for team Canada (27:55). Ailish then sends you into the weekend with today's feel good sports story of the day!  

49m
Aug 12
Hour 3: Arden Zwelling previews the Blue Jays weekend + Friday edition of Wake 'n' Rake!

Third hour of the FAN Morning show has Arden Zwelling from At the Letters and Sportnet.ca join JD Bunkis & Ailish Forfar to talk about some of the Blue Jays pitching concerns, what fans can expect from Mitch Whyte, The bullpens concerns, and Arden's now viral moment. Then Blake Murphy rejoins the crew for a Friday edition of Wake 'n' Rake concerning the Blue Jays, some fun prop bets, and NFL futures!    

44m
Aug 12
Hour 2: Boomer Esiason previews the NFL season + NFL Sunday Ticket Draft with Tim Micallef!

In the second hour of the FAN Morning show JD Bunkis & Ailish Forfar are joined by NFL on CBS analyst Boomer Esiason to talk a little New York sports, and answer all the burning questions concerning the NFL season! Then JD & Ailish are joined by the host of Tim & Friends Tim Micallef! They talk about Nathan Rourke incredible play in BC this year, and then go into the NFL Sunday Ticket draft! Which team is the must watch going into the 2022 NFL season.     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 affiliates.    

51m
Aug 12
Hour 1: Football is back baby! + Friday edition of the A-List

First hour of the FAN morning show is here! JD Bunkis & Ailish Forfar begin by previewing the Blue Jays- Guardians series  and what they hope to see this weekend. They then talk about some hot pre-season football action! Antonio Brown's post comes up leading to a conversation about JD & Ailish's biggest regrets! We close out the first hour with a Friday edition of the A-List featuring Minor league baseball team's, New social media apps, and a grumpy JD Bunks.     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 affiliates.  

51m
Aug 12
Ailish Hour: NFL Season Preview with Aaron Schatz

On today's Ailish hour, Editor in Chief of Football Outsiders and the creator of DVOA, Aaron Schatz joins to preview the 2022 NFL season from a analytical perspective. He sorts through his top defensive rankings, the biggest candidates for regression, and his expectations for the Buffalo Bills this year (00:16). Later on, The Athletics' Kaitlyn McGrath shares her experience attending Serena Williams' match last night at the National Bank Open, before getting into everything Blue Jays including Alek Manoah long-term health, George Springer's injury concern and if the Jays should have done more at the deadline (25:36).  

48m
Aug 11
Hour 3: Jon Morosi's Jays Report and Field of Dreams Check-in + Wake and Rake!

In the third hour of The FAN Morning Show hosted by JD Bunkis and Ailish Forfar, MLB network insider Jon Morosi focuses in on the Blue Jays' positioning post-deadline and what's to come this off-season, before looking ahead to tonight's Field of Dreams game (00:33). Later on, Blake Murphy rejoins the morning crew for a Thursday edition of Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet (23:40).    

48m
Aug 11
Hour 2: Mathew Knies on Team USA, Growing up in Arizona, and Playing in Toronto + Jason Bukala on everything World Juniors!

In the second hour of the FAN Morning show Toronto Maple Leaf prospect and Team USA forward Matthew Knies joins JD Bunkis and Ailish Forfar to talk about his expeirence at the world juniors, how he grew up playing hockey in the desert, Auston Mathews impact on him and his career, and his expectations surrounding the Leafs this season. Then we chew on what is going on with the Islanders this off season. Afterwards Jason Bukala joins Ailish and JD to talk about Matthew Knies, among other Leafs prospects, as well as Connor Bedard continued brilliance!    

46m
Aug 11
Hour 1: Rain Delay in Baltimore + Baby Friday edition of the A-List

In the opening hour of the FAN morning show JD Bunkis & Ailish Forfar talk about the rain delay that took place last night in Baltimore and why it was so disappointing. That raises the question what are the worst type of delays? Uber eats or a doctor office? Then they talk about the latest NBA trade rumors surrounding Kevin Durant. The hour is capped off with a Thursday edition of the A-List! Featuring: Walk up songs, Football guys singing, and announcers with poor phrasing.     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 affiliates.

52m
Aug 11
Ailish Hour: Top 5 NFL QBs? + Sharon Fichman on Serena Williams' Legacy

Jamie Erdahl, co-host of Good Morning Football on NFL Network, joins Ailish to discuss her recent debut on GMFB, her passion for the Minnesota Vikings, the Bills’ Super Bowl chances this season, and her top 5 NFL quarterback rankings. Then, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Victor Mete stops by to chat about signing with his hometown team on the day of his wedding rehearsal, his experience being teammates with Matt Murray in Ottawa, and his relationship with Mitch Marner (24:19). Afterwards, Sharon Fichman, WTA pro tennis player and current Sportsnet analyst, checks in from Montreal to discuss Serena Williams announcing her upcoming retirement, her legacy both on and off the court, and the performances of Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez in their first round wins at the National Bank Open (32:42). 

49m
Aug 10
Hour 3: Manoah's Workload w/ Caleb Joseph + Wake and Rake!

Caleb Joseph, former MLB catcher and current Sportsnet analyst, joins JD and Ailish to discuss his experience waiting out rain delays, the Blue Jays’ moves at the trade deadline, and Alek Manoah entering uncharted territory with his innings workload. Later, Blake joins JD and Ailish for the Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet! The team tees up the betting odds for tonight’s Blue Jays-Orioles game and assembles their daily Wake and Rake parlay (21:50)!

46m
Aug 10
Hour 2: NFL Pre-Season QB Narratives w/ Chris Simms

Chris Simms, former NFL quarterback and current analyst for NBC Sports, joins the show to discuss the Patriots installing a new offence, Russell Wilson’s transition to Denver, the criticism being levied against Giants QB Daniel Jones, concerns emerging out of Washington about Carson Wentz’s accuracy, and expectations for Aaron Rodgers this season. Later, Ailish and JD discuss Yandy Diaz’s fear of a “haunted” hotel in Milwaukee and head to the text line to read ghost tales from listeners (36:31). 

47m
Aug 10
Hour 1: Manoah Concerns? + Jays Add JBJ and Serena's Retirement

JD and Ailish discuss the Blue Jays’ 6-5 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday, Alek Manoah’s recent struggles, the team’s signing of Jackie Bradley Jr., concerns regarding the health of George Springer, and Serena Williams announcing her upcoming retirement. Afterwards, Ailish discusses her experience attending the National Bank Open and presents her daily edition of the A-List (33:08)!

53m
Aug 10
Ailish Hour: Bianca Andreescu on Serena Williams' Retirement and the National Bank Open

Michelle Beadle, host of the podcast, joins Ailish to discuss Kevin Durant presenting an ultimatum to Nets owner Joe Tsai and the Raptors’ outlook for next season. Then, Canada’s own Bianca Andreescu stops by to discuss Serena Williams announcing her decision to retire after this year’s US Open, her long-awaited return to the National Bank Open, and the challenges of overcoming injuries over the past few years (25:33). Afterwards, Jonathan Osorio, midfielder for Toronto FC and Team Canada, checks in to discuss Toronto FC’s playoff push, the buzz surrounding the club since the additions of Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi, and his strong MLS campaign (36:02). 

49m
Aug 09
Hour 3: Kikuchi Conundrum and Bad Contracts w/ Dan Shulman + Wake and Rake!

Blue Jays play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman checks in from Baltimore to discuss the new ballpark dimensions at Camden Yards, the Blue Jays’ plan to keep Yusei Kikuchi in the rotation, Mitch White’s role upon the return of Ross Stripling, and the long-term financial ramifications of having onerous contracts for Kikuchi, Hyun-Jin Ryu and George Springer. Later, Blake joins JD and Ailish for the Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet! The team tees up tonight’s Blue Jays-Orioles game and assembles their daily Wake and Rake parlay (26:30). 

47m
Aug 09
Hour 2: Should Ross Atkins Be On The Hot Seat? w/ Ben Ennis

Ben Ennis, host of The FAN Drive Time, joins JD and Ailish to discuss Yusei Kikuchi’s woes, the additions of Anthony Bass and Zach Pop to the bullpen, and Ross Atkins’ job security. Afterwards, JD and Ailish head to the text line to field comments and questions from listeners (32:04).

49m
Aug 09
Hour 1: Kikuchi Struggles Again + Durant's Ultimatum

JD and Ailish discuss the Blue Jays’ loss to the Orioles on Monday, Yusei Kikuchi’s continued struggles, the Jays’ lack of organizational pitching depth, and the team failing to add more rotation help at the trade deadline. Afterwards, JD and Ailish weigh in on Kevin Durant reportedly presenting Nets owner Joe Tsai with an ultimatum. Later, Ailish delivers her daily edition of the A-List (37:07)!

50m
Aug 09
Ailish Hour: World Juniors in August?! + Carly Agro Previews the National Bank Open

Carly Agro, courtside reporter for Sportsnet at the National Bank Open, joins Ailish to discuss the buzz surrounding this year’s tournament, Bianca Andreescu’s tumultuous journey since winning the 2019 US Open, the Williams sisters being in Toronto, and Leylah Fernandez’s return from injury. Afterwards, Scott Wheeler, NHL Draft and prospects writer for The Athletic, stops by to chat about the Maple Leafs’ 2022 draft picks, the tenor surrounding this summer’s World Juniors tournament, and Connor Bedard’s growth since the World Juniors were initially postponed back in December (26:31). 

48m
Aug 08
Hour 3: Gurriel's Approach and The Art of Hitting w/ Chris Colabello + Wake and Rake!

Chris Colabello discusses the challenges of making adjustments as a big league hitter, his experience being a part of the Jays’ potent 2015 offence, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s importance to the current Blue Jays lineup, and the special atmosphere inside Rogers Centre during Toronto’s 2015 playoff run. Later, Blake joins Ailish and Justin for the Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet! The crew previews the betting lines for Day 1 of the National Bank Open and tee up tonight’s Blue Jays-Orioles game. They also assemble their daily Wake and Rake parlay (24:50)!

48m
Aug 08
Hour 2: Merrifield Early Returns, TFC Wins Again, and National Bank Open Primer

Julia Kreuz, Blue Jays reporter for MLB.com, joins Ailish and Justin to discuss the overturned call at the plate on Sunday, early impressions of Whit Merrifield, George Springer’s durability concerns, and Mitch White’s debut over the weekend. Then, Peter Galindo, soccer writer for Sportsnet, weighs in on Toronto FC’s 4-3 win over Nashville on Saturday and Richie Laryea’s return to the club (27:16). Later, Jesse Levine, former ATP pro and current Sportsnet analyst, checks in from Montreal to discuss the start of the National Bank Open, Leylah Fernandez’s return from injury, and Felix Auger-Aliassime taking the court in his hometown (39:58). 

51m
Aug 08
Hour 1: Controversy in Minnesota + More Jays Injury Woes

Ailish hosts alongside Justin Cuthbert! They discuss Whit Merrifield’s controversial play at the plate against the Twins on Sunday, Rocco Baldelli’s viral outburst, George Springer and Tim Mayza landing on the IL, and Bo Bichette’s big weekend after being moved into the five hole. Later, Ailish presents her daily edition of the A-List (33:57)! 

50m
Aug 08
Ailish Hour: Feel Good Friday w/ Tim Leiper, Joshua Kloke and T.J. Quinn

Former Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper joins Ailish to discuss Whit Merrifield’s fit in the Blue Jays’ lineup, his experience being apart of the 2015 Blue Jays when they added David Price and Troy Tulowitzki at the trade deadline, and Bo Bichette being moved into the fifth spot last night. Afterwards, The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke stops by to chat about Toronto FC’s signing of Richie Laryea, early returns on Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi, and the Leafs’ complicated salary cap situation (20:16). Then, ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn joins the show to discuss Brittney Griner receiving a nine-year prison sentence in Russia and what comes next in her quest to return home (38:20). 

48m
Aug 05
Hour 3: Does Bo Belong in the Fifth Spot? w/ Ben Shulman + Wake and Rake!

Ben Shulman, co-host of the Locked On Blue Jays podcast, stops by to discuss his first impressions of Whit Merrifield, Mitch White’s value to the Jays’ rotation, and Bo Bichette dropping down in the batting order. Later, Blake joins Ailish and Justin for the Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet! The crew tees up tonight’s Blue Jays-Twins game and assembles their daily Wake and Rake parlay (26:11). 

49m
Aug 05
Hour 2: Did The Flames Overpay To Extend Huberdeau? w/ Gord Stellick

Gord Stellick, former NHL GM and co-host of Leafs Nation, joins Ailish and Justin to discuss Jonathan Huberdeau’s long-term deal with Calgary, the market for Nazem Kadri, and Rasmus Sandin’s lingering contract situation. Then, Sportsnet golf analyst Adam Stanley stops by to chat about the contingent of LIV golfers currently suing the PGA Tour (26:46). Later, Mike Morreale, Commissioner of the CEBL, checks in to chat about the league’s upcoming championship weekend and the continued growth of the league (39:15). 

48m
Aug 05
Hour 1: Whit's Debut, Bo's Lineup Change, and Huberdeau's Extension

Ailish hosts alongside Justin Cuthbert! They discuss the Blue Jays’ win over the Twins, Whit Merrifield’s debut, and Bo Bichette being moved into the five hole. Afterwards, Ailish and Justin share their thoughts on Jonathan Huberdeau’s eight-year contract extension with the Flames. Later, Ailish presents her daily edition of the A-List (35:02)!

50m
Aug 05
Ailish Hour: Blue Jays' World Series Chances w/ Julia Kreuz + Cynthia Frelund on Bills Optimism

Julia Kreuz, Blue Jays reporter for MLB.com, joins Ailish to discuss the Blue Jays’ acquisitions at the trade deadline, the team being protective of their top three prospects, how the Jays currently stack up against their AL foes, and John Schneider’s aggressive managerial style. Cynthia Frelund, NFL Network analyst and analytics expert, stops by to chat about the return of NFL pre-season football, expectations for the Bills this season, and the league's decision to appeal Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension (27:49). 

49m
Aug 04
Hour 3: Springer Injury Woes and Deadline Reflections w/ Dan Shulman + Wake and Rake!

Dan Shulman, Blue Jays play-by-play announcer for Sportsnet, checks in from Minnesota to discuss the Blue Jays’ dealings at the trade deadline, the organization’s lack of depth in their farm system, and George Springer’s lingering injury issues. Afterwards, Blake joins JD and Ailish for the Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet! The crew chats about the return of pre-season football tonight and assembles their daily Wake and Rake parlay (26:12). 

46m
Aug 04
Hour 2: DeMarre Carroll on Breaking Into Coaching and His Time In Toronto

Bo Porter, former MLB manager and current MLB Network analyst, joins JD and Ailish to discuss the Blue Jays’ acquisitions at the deadline, the evolving role of a manager in today’s era of MLB, and his experience managing George Springer in Houston. DeMarre Carroll, former NBA forward and new Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach, discusses his foray into coaching and his time with the Raptors (24:45). 

48m
Aug 04
Hour 1: Kikuchi's Short Leash, Mitch White Time, and Atkins' Remarks

JD and Ailish discuss Yusei Kikuchi’s outing on Wednesday, Ross Stripling landing on the IL with a glute injury, Mitch White being thrust into the rotation, and Ross Atkins’ comments yesterday on Tim and Friends. Later, Ailish presents her daily edition of the A-List (26:20)! 

52m
Aug 04
Ailish Hour: Inside The Blue Jays' Deadline Process w/ Shi Davidi

Ailish opens the hour by paying homage to the life and legacy of iconic baseball broadcaster Vin Scully. Sportsnet MLB Insider Shi Davidi joins the show to discuss the Blue Jays being outbid by the Yankees for Frankie Montas, the team’s shrewd additions to the bullpen, why the organization was reluctant to part with any of their top three prospects, and the vibe around the clubhouse yesterday in the hours leading up to the deadline. Conor Orr, NFL writer for Sports Illustrated, checks in to chat about the penalties levied against the Dolphins for tampering and Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension (25:19). 

48m
Aug 03
Hour 3: Grading The Blue Jays' Deadline w/ Jeff Blair + Wake and Rake!

Jeff Blair, co-host of Blair and Barker, joins the show to discuss his grade for the Blue Jays' deadline moves, the organization’s lack of prospect depth, why Toronto wasn’t in a position to make a deal for Juan Soto, and Whit Merrifield’s fit on this roster. Afterwards, Blake Murphy joins JD and Ailish for the Wake and Rake, presented by Unibet! The crew tees up the betting lines for today’s Blue Jays-Rays game and assembles their daily Wake and Rake parlay (27:26).

48m
Aug 03