You thought mid-July meant no Canucks? You thought wrong, but did right by listening to another episode of Just A Bit Outside! We start off with a review of another epic tennis showdown at Wimbledon? Who is the best men's tennis player of all time? What of the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps? Which franchise has been more disappointing this season? Will changes be coming if things don't turn around?
With hockey, we discuss the Micheal Ferland signing and the potential roster fallout it may cause. Will Loui Eriksson get moved, or perhaps a younger and bigger name? Is Brock Boeser going to get s new contract or is he on the trading block? We also answer your questions throughout the show! All this and more, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
How do we celebrate reaching 1000 followers on Facebook? With a show on our bread and butter topic of course. But before we get to that, we look at a couple other Vancouver teams. The BC Lions won their first game of the year in ugly fashion, but a win is a win. Have they begun to turn a corner, or is it going to be a long season of growing pains? Speaking of ugly fashion, the Whitecaps were hammered. Will they ever rise from mediocrity, or are they doomed without a major shakeup?
In hockeyland, we do a final once over and look ahead for the Canucks. Will they make more roster moves before training camp? Will Jim Benning get a new contract? Should he? Does this market have the patience for another year or two of rebuild? We discuss it all and more, plus our usual best and worst in Garbage Time!
It's the most wonderful time of the year, as it's the return of Just A Bit Outside! After a vacation hiatus, we're back with hockey, hockey, and just for fun, some more hockey. We recap the NHL Draft and all the wheelings and dealings of the Canucks. Have they improved? Is the cartel on the hotseat? Tune in for an in-depth discussion on free agency and the challenges of winning, and maybe be entertained as well.
The last show before hiatus, so soak this one in. We start off with a look at the NBA and NHL Finals. Do the Raptors have a legitimate chance at an upset? Can the Blues win the war of attrition over the Bruins? For fun we even discuss the flurry of rumours swirling around the Canucks.
The heart of the show is the 25th anniversary of the Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup run. It was a crazy year, sports and otherwise, and we reflect on those playoffs and team, sprinkled with our random memories. Darcy Wakaluk anyone?
We also salute the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with our thanks to everyone who participated in World War 2.
Are we Canada's premier sports podcast? Maybe, but we don't bill ourselves that way, and neither should other regional entities. We kick off with a salute to the Toronto Raptors reaching their first NBA Finals. Does that make them Canada's team? No, but it gives them a chance at a championship. Can they beat the Warriors? We also review the 103rd Indy 500 and the BC Lions first pre-season game. Did anyone emerge as a candidate to make the team? Can some new marketing help re-engage this market?
Hockey season enters its final stretch, as we reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Bruins or Blues? What sort of role will the officiating play in this series? The World Hockey Championship has also crowned a new winner. Why doesn't this tournament garner as much attention and admiration in North America as it does in Europe? We also look at the Canucks lead up to the NHL Draft, including a rant against a certain ticket provider. It's all speculation, and that's what makes it fun. All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
Did you miss the drama of the PGA Championship? Neither did we. Something you won't miss? Another episode of Just A Bit Outside! We look back at Brooks Koepka dominating another major - is he the best golfer in the world right now? In a huge shock, the Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. The only question is which eastern team gets the privilege of losing to them. We even talk a little football, as the BC Lions kick off training camp with a bunch of new faces. What will the team look like this year?
Hockey season slowly begins to wind down, as the St. Louis Blues punch their ticket to their first finals since 1970 during the show. Can they beat a Bobby Orr-less Boston team and win a championship? We tip our cap to the Prince George Spruce Kings, who lost out in their national championship bid, as well as a look at the Memorial Cup. Do host teams have an unfair advantage in these tournaments? We even manage to talk a little Canucks and World Hockey Championships, plus out best and worst in Garbage Time!
They say all good things must come to an end, but we're still going strong! Sadly the same can't be said for the Vancouver Giants, whose magical run through the playoffs came to an end with an overtime loss in Game 7 of the WHL Championship. Will this run reinvigorate the junior hockey fan base here in the long term?
We discuss the NBA playoffs (seriously) as it's down to the final four. Do the Raptors stand a chance? Can anyone beat the Warriors? The PGA Championship is also upon us, having moved up from it's late summer spot. Can Tiger win again, or will one of the younger players reign supreme?
The NHL playoffs continue with the conference finals, and our predictions continue to be questionable at best. Can anything stop the Bruins? Will either western team even be standing by the time the finals roll around? We also try something a little new and give the power to the people. We talk a little Canucks, and some more junior hockey, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
With the sudden and unexpected passing of Jason Botchford, we pay our respects. We may not have always agreed on a professional level, but life is bigger than sports, and it's a sad reality. Our thoughts go out to his family.
We do manage to discuss some sports, including a recap of Geoff's experience in Seattle watching the Mariners and Cubs. We talk some junior hockey, with the Vancouver Giants in the WHL Finals against Prince Albert, as well as an update on Canucks prospect Mike DiPietro of the Ottawa 67's. We recap round two of the NHL playoffs, plus some other wheelings and dealings around the league. Even some Canucks news, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
If playoff season has somehow left you disappointed, here is just the pick me up: another episode of Just A Bit Outside! Back by unpopular demand, we discuss the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Were there any surprises? Does anyone care? We also recap the NFL draft, including the dealings of the Seahawks, and what their team may look like this season after a bunch of key changes.
The Vancouver Giants advanced to the WHL Championship after beating Spokane in five games. Do they have what it takes to take down top seeded Prince Albert? Is it safe to bet on a team named the Raiders?
We review the aftermath of the first round of the NHL playoffs. Are changes needed to officiating after that crazy game 7 in San Jose? What would the impact to games be? Also on tap are our round two predictions, and how this round is so different from the first. With the exit of Toronto, questions are raised about the types of rebuilds teams can undertake. Top end talent or balance? Can you have both? Are the Canucks close to achieving success either way? All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
As the first round of the NHL playoffs comes to a close, here's something else you wish would never end, another episode of Just A Bit Outside! We start off by feting one of the greatest athletes Canada has every produced. Brooke Henderson has an impressive resume, but is her most notable achievement yet to come? We talk a little Seattle as well, with the Mariners record setting season continuing, and the Seahawks pulling off a big trade. How will it impact the team this year and in the future?
Since it's playoff time, we look at the Vancouver Giants outstanding run through the WHL gauntlet. Is this team a Memorial Cup contender? Where did this success come from? Switching to the NHL, what a shock the opening round has been. Canada will continue its Stanley Cup drought - will it trigger some knee jerk reactions with certain franchises? Should it? How will the remaining teams fare? Maybe even a little Canucks talk with all of this, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!