May 16, 2019
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!
May 8, 2019
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!
May 1, 2019
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!
April 24, 2019
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!
April 17, 2019
Was it the best Masters ever? Probably not, but memorable and exciting all the same. Who would've Tiger still had a major in him? We review the happenings from Augusta, including if Tiger won, or did the other guys lose... We talk about the Seahawks going all in on Russell Wilson and what it means for the roster going forward. Speaking of Seattle, the Mariners have come back down to earth a bit, but still have an incredible streak going. Are these guys for real? Should fans get their hopes up?
Seems like it was only last week we made our NHL playoff predictions, which included a sweep in the Tampa-Columbus series, just not the way it happened. What happened to the Lightning? Are the Blue Jackets the Cinderella team this year? How about the Islanders after they swept the Penguins? We look at all the incredible action and results from the playoffs so far, and even a little Canucks talk, as their minor league affiliate season ended. Was their season a disappointment? All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
April 11, 2019
Hello friends, it's that magical time of year where we look forward to our favourite golf tournament - The Masters. Where the azaleas bloom and the roars are loud and nuts like us know the names of each hole. Will Tiger finally win another major, or will there be a first time champion again? We also have a look around baseball, as the Mariners continue their historical offensive onslaught. Is this team for real, or are they just capitalizing on the slow starts of other contenders?
For hockey teams not named the Canucks, it's time for the NHL playoffs! Of course that means we make our peerless playoff predictions, as we look forward to all eight opening round series. How will the Canadian teams fare? Will there be any big upsets? All this plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
April 10, 2019
It's our NHL Draft Lottery show - live! (sort of). We watch the draft lottery and give our reactions, as well as review the 2018-2019 Canucks season, including potential moves and the development of the franchise. How successful was the season? Check it out and find out!
April 4, 2019
Did you miss us? Brendan has recovered from a smorgasbord of infections, which means we're back to infect the masses with more Just A Bit Outside! We start this week with a Vancouver hockey club in the playoffs, the Giants. Fresh off their first round series win over Seattle, we look forward to round two against top rival Victoria, We also salute the re-imagining of the Seattle Mariners, who are off to their best ever start. Can they keep it up, or is this just a flash in the pan?
More hockey ensues, as the Canucks approach the end of their season. They will miss the playoffs for a fourth straight year, but has the season been a disappointment? We discuss the upcoming roster decisions the cartel is facing, including some potentially difficult moves. Where does the team sit in their rebuild? How does it compare to the successful builds of other franchises? All this and so much more, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
March 22, 2019
You know you've made it as a star when you get featured on Just A Bit Outside, and we welcome Bianca Andreescu to the top of the sports pantheon. Is her win at Indian Wells the biggest ever for a Canadian tennis player? Most assuredly yes, and the long term impact is yet to be seen. The Mariners have also kicked off their regular season in Japan, starting 2-0. Is this the high point of their season, or will they have more surprises in store?
In hockey, we catch up on the Canucks latest run, putting the team back into serious playoff contention. Is this a sign of things to come for next season? Would you rather see the team in the draft lottery or the playoff chase? How does playing meaningful games impact the young players and their development? We even talk some Vancouver Giants, as they open their playoff run as a serious contender for the Memorial Cup. All this and more, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!
March 13, 2019
What do you associate with the colour brown? The UPS guy? Cardboard? Another episode of Just A Bit Outside?
Maybe it's the Cleveland Browns, who continue to make a massive splash this NFL off-season, pulling off a big trade after some big signings. Are the Browns for real, or will their season be another form of brown? We have a look at some of the other wheelings and dealings of NFL free agency, including the current lack of action by the Seahawks. Speaking of Seattle, the Mariners are on the cusp of a new season. Will this "re-imagining" be the start of something great, or more of the same old? Should it include King Felix?
On the hockey front, we discuss the Canucks continued slide, and what it may mean down the home stretch. Should there be any expectations on the newest rookie Quinn Hughes? Has this season been a good one for overall development of the players and franchise? How important is this upcoming off-season for the Canucks cartel? Interesting times ahead, plus our best and worst in Garbage Time!