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Crossing the Line Podcast Episode 24 – Curse Broken, Grades Given, and Not Overly Complicated

#CrossingTheLine is back with Jesse Rosales (@5280Jesse) and Keith Richards (@5280Keith) as they discuss the Cubs World Series win.  The guys analysis game seven, the decisions made by the managers and the implications for each team.  Jesse and Keith also get into their 2nd quarter/halftime grades for each division in the NFL, declaring who they think is the best division in the NFL, the worst division, and everything in between.  Before talking about What’s On Tap for the next week in sports, the guys introduce a new segment called Not Overly Complicated in which they touch on the NCAA, umpires in the MLB, and NFL refs. 

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Crossing The Line: #NFL Preview, New #JUSTSTOP!, Our “Way Too Early” NBA Predictions and “Fo Sho or Nah Bruh”

Join Jesse Rosales (@5280Jesse) and Keith Richards (@5280Keith) as they recap the #Broncos' loss to the #Chargers. Was this a telling game for the rest of the season? Are the #Broncos in trouble? Are the #Falcons for real? Plus, the NLDS & ALDS recaps, who's going to make it the furthest? They look ahead to make our predictions on the #WorldSeries. Also, waaay too early NBA season predictions and your favorite segments Just Stop! & "Fo Sho or Nah Bruh?" Time to Cross The line!

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Planning The Parade: Leafs Rookies Points, Toronto FC Championship? Blue Jays Pain

Artem and Arslan re-entered the room to discuss many things. Starting with the World Cup, Team North America garnered a lot of attention. Auston Matthews is the toast of Toronto at this time, and some of projected point totals for him and the Leafs' top two other prospects, William Nylander and Mitch Marner. 

The guys discussed what would be acceptable and exciting point totals for the rookies when this season is over. Would 49 points over 82 games for Matthews please Leafs fans? Would 45 points for Nylander please Leafs fans? How about Mitch Marner?

What are best case scenarios for all these rookies?

Which rookie do the guys love that will crack the Leafs defensive pairings?

Things are a lot more positive at BMO Field these days. And Heck no, we don't mean the Argos. Tehyre still irrelevant. We're talking about Eastern Conference leaders, Toronto FC. They defeated Chicago Fire last weekend and took over first place in the East. Who looked amazing for the Reds? What was the game like and what do we expect for their next game vs the Red Bulls of New York? Dan Riccio from Sportsnet's the Fan 590 joined the boys to explain more. 

Toronto are very much a championship calibre team, find out why in this week's Planning the Parade.

Finally, Artem put his expert hat on to discuss the Blue Jays and their woeful play as of late. After dropping two of three against the Boston Red Sox, things have been iffy as the Blue Jays have won one of two versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

All this and more, only on Planning the Parade
 
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Planning The Parade: Blue Jays Round-Up, Toronto FC Low-Point?

With sports season thinning out, Mitchell has spent most of his time playing Pokemon Go even though he still doesn't really understand how it works. Arslan, on the other hand, still has a Blackberry for some reason and can't play the game as a result. 

The boys then begrudgingly move on to sports, talking about Toronto FC's recent nightmare performance in San Jose. They try to understand what happened, and what impact it will have on the season going forward. 
They then bring on Sportsnet The Fan 590, and host of TFC Pitchside, Dan Riccio to talk about all things Toronto FC. The guys talk about whether Alex Bono should remain as the club's starting goalkeeper, questions about Greg Vanney as head coach, what's wrong with Sebastian Giovinco and transfer talk. Arslan is also "tarps off" for this segment, something he makes clear. 
Conversation then moves on to the Toronto Blue Jays, and the situations with both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista ahead of the trade deadline. Bautista is set to return, and Riccio discusses where he thinks Joey Bats fits back into the lineup. They also get into talk about the Justin Smoak signing, and what this means long term for the Blue Jays. 
 The Toronto Raptors are next on the clock, and they recently had a strong showing in NBA Summer League before a controversial call knocked them out. Mitch and Arslan talk about players who impressed, and who may be in line to get more time from the Raptors this season. 
Finally, they wrap up with some hockey talk. They discuss the recent trade between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers, and what it means for both teams. Then it is a fantasy conversation about whether Nylander of Marner will turn out to be the better NHLer, yup we are at that point of the NHL season. 
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Crowding the Plate Episode 1: MLB Season Preview

In the pilot episode of Crowding the Plate, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen preview the impending MLB season and give their predictions for who will win each division, who will play in the World Series, and, of course, who will win the whole thing.

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