September 11, 2019

Episode 157 - Paging BB

Sometimes you get exposed to greatness and remember the moment it happened. It probably happens every time you listen to Just A Bit Outside, but it definitely happened on September 7, 2019, when Bianca Andreescu won the Women's US Open singles title. We start off this show looking back on her historical achievement, including her run through the tournament and what it means for her future. Where does her win rank on great moments in Canadian sports? We also break down the Week 1 action from the NFL, which included a Seahawks win and another prima donna performance from a wide receiver. Plus an honourable mention to the BC Lions who at least looked better losing this week.

Just one more sleep until the start of NHL Training Camp, so of course we talk about the Canucks. Will Brock Boeser be at training camp? Will he be with the Canucks at all this season? We look at a number of roster battles and players we are excited to see in action. Who do you think needs a great showing at camp? Will someone feel the salary cap crunch? All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time, plus a salute to those who stepped up when needed most on 9/11.

Autumn is upon us (or so the weather channel says), and if you aren't excited about September, maybe another episode of Just A Bit Outside will help. We start with the remarkable run of Bianca Andreescu at the US Open in New York. How good has she been, and what are her chances of moving onwards? Will the pro-American crowd and coverage be a distraction? It's also the eve of the NFL season, and we look at how the Seahawks are shaping up? Are they a playoff team or a pretender? We also make our week one predictions.

Less than two weeks until the start of NHL Training Camp, so we discuss the competition for the Canucks this season. Each team in the Pacific Division gets dissected, as we debate how good or bad they will be. We also ask some tough questions about certain Canucks players and if they can adapt as needed to certain roles. All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!

As the end of summer approaches, here's something else to cling onto for dear life, another episode of Just A Bit Outside! We kick off with the surprise retirement of Andrew Luck from the NFL, and the reaction it generated. What does it mean for football to have star players walk away in their prime? Is this setting a precedent? Sadly we have to discuss another week of abysmal showings by the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps. What can you even say at this point about either team?

We talk some baseball, with Brendan's trip to Seattle to watch the Mariners and Blue Jays, plus the unfolding pennant races. Toss in a little hockey, as we wonder about the contract status of Brock Boeser and other NHL RFA's. A shout out to Brooke Henderson for her performance at the Canadian Open, and is there a mention of equestrian? All this and the start of the US Open for tennis, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!

As we continue the countdown to the autumn sports seasons, here's another episode of Just A Bit Outside to get you through. We start off with the Whitecaps, who won a game and you'd think that's the big story, except they also demoted president Bob Lenarduzzi. Who is going to run the Caps? Who is to blame for the current state of the franchise? Will a new sporting director be able to turn it around? What about the BC Lions? Will a sale of the team help turn around their fortunes? Are there any positives in their tire fire of a season?

You may have heard the Canucks extended the contract of Jim Benning. What do you think of this vote of confidence for the cartel? Is the franchise headed on the right track? Does this signal a newfound patience from ownership? We do a little GM comparison and history lesson to see if Benning deserved an extension. All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!

Are the dog days of summer over? Maybe, but the only way to know for sure is to check out this episode of Just A Bit Outside! We start off with possibly the greatest tennis achievement Canada has ever seen with Bianca Andreescu winning the Rogers Cup. Where does she go from here? How will the new pressures and attention affect her? We also dissect the BC Lions gut-wrenching loss in Hamilton. While there were positive signs, can anything be done to save the season?

We answer your questions again, as you came through after a week of slacking. We cover everything from Loui Eriksson and Brock Boeser to the Utica Comets and the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs. Do you agree with our answers, or are we out to lunch? All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!

You'd think with the dog days of summer we'd have trouble coming up with stuff to talk about, and you'd be right, but we're so good we can still produce entertainment with another episode of Just A Bit Outside!

We kick off this week with the Whitecaps win (yes, win). Sure it was against the worst team in the league, but let's focus on the positives. What sort of impact could a solid finish have towards the Caps season ticket drive? The Rogers Cup is also underway, with top Canadian tennis talent pitted against each other in the first round. Is this a good or bad thing for the tournament?

Brendan goes off once again on the negativity surrounding certain sports franchises and the role social media plays in it. Why do people choose to be negative or positive? We answer more of your questions, including some NHL salary cap comparisons, plus our usual best and worst in Garbage Time!

Get your conspiracy hats on as we answer your questions in another episode of Just A Bit Outside! We start off with the BC Lions absolutely abysmal performance against the Riders. Are there any answers for the multiple problems the team has? Is this just going to be one of those seasons? Will changes be made? You could ask those same questions of the Whitecaps, who continue their winless streak.

We cover a lot of areas with your questions this week, including if the Canucks are cursed, the Minnesota Wild drama, NFL predictions, and lots of baseball, with discussion on the Vancouver Canadians, the Blue Jays, and the pennant races in both leagues. We even discuss a little nature. All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!

July 23, 2019

Episode 150 - Paging 150

The milestones just keep on coming for Just A Bit Outside, and we're glad you're with us for the ride! We start off with the tire fires that are the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps. While both fires have separate causes, are they equally as bad? How concerned should each team be with their on-field performance? We also talk a little baseball and look back at the British Open (we even discuss the Champions Tour!)

We pass the dogs days of summer with discussion on the great questions we continue to receive from you, including the new arena deal in Calgary, the hiring of Ron Francis in Seattle, the potential of a new sports rivalry in the pacific northwest, and the usual tidbits on the Canucks. All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!

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!

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