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The Double Blue Podcast features TSN 1050 play-by-play and Argonauts.ca featured writer Mike Hogan and TSN 1050 colour commentator, Jeff Johnson discussing all the latest news and views on the Toronto Argonauts.

Between Hogan’s 13 years covering the team and Johnson’s 12 years on the field for the Double Blue, the only team-sanctioned podcast in the CFL will bring listeners insight like never before.


MOST RECENT EPISODE

In a special playoffs edition of the Double Blue Podcast, Hogie and JJ talk Eastern Final matchup against the Riders.

Cassius Vaughn joins (14:35) to discuss being chosen as an East All-Star (14:55) finding the fun in football again (17:50) balancing real life and football (20:00) his love for the people and city of Toronto (22:00) being named after Cassius Clay and his respect for Muhammad Ali (23:00) The secret to good BBQ (28:15) treating football as a business from a young age (29:40) playing Mike Leach’s Texas Tech offence in the Cotton Bowl (33:00) the innate ability to run with the ball (35:00) making the decision to come to Canada and then Toronto (37:55) Sunday’s Eastern Final vs. Saskatchewan (41:40).

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PAST EPISODES

Episode 1: The Intro ft. Rico Murray

Hogan and JJ break down the team’s preseason performance and final cuts before taking a look ahead at the June 25 Home Opener. Rico Murray joins the pod to discuss his arrival in Toronto, growing up in Cincinnati, and going to the same high school as Ken Griffey Jr.


Episode 2: The One with the Unique Names ft. DeVier Posey & Bear Woods

In a special edition of the podcast, Mike Hogan sits down with two players guests, welcoming WR DeVier Posey and LB Bear Woods.

Posey discusses his recruitment from Jim Tressel at Ohio State (3:40), his game-clinching catch in the 2010 Rose Bowl (5:20) and his NFL Draft Day experience (9:00).

Woods talks about the origination of ‘Bear’ (15:45), walking on as a quarterback at Troy University (19:40), and the power of his dreadlocks (31:25).


Episode 3 ft. Victor Butler

Hogan and JJ break down the team’s Week Two loss to the BC Lions and then look ahead to this weekend’s showdown with the Redblacks in Ottawa.

CFL sack leader Victor Butler checks in to discuss meeting football legend Ronnie Lott (16:25), the reason he chose Oregon State (18:20), his first time playing USC (19:00), playing for ‘America’s Team’ (19:35), learning the CFL ropes from Shawn Lemon (26:00), and selfless play across the Argos defence (28:00).


Episode 4 ft. Michael Copeland

Hogan and JJ are joined by Argos President and CEO Michael Copeland to discuss his longtime love for the CFL, his desire and plan to see the Argos succeed, and his early impressions of the 2017 season.

The two also review the team’s Week 3 road win over Ottawa, preview the trip to Winnipeg, and JJ shares some of his best Mike O’Shea stories from rooming with O’Sh on the road.


Episode 5 ft. Shawn Lemon

Hogan and JJ take a look ahead to the Argos’ Week Five home game vs. Ottawa, including the celebration of the 1996-97 Grey Cup champion teams.

Shawn Lemon drops by to discuss when the Lemon Drops celebration originated (14:20) A changed outlook on Twitter (17:40) When he chose football over basketball and track (19:30) Naming all the pro teams he’s played for since 2011 (23:00) His first CFL preseason showcase (25:30) The reason Toronto is the perfect fit (27:00) Meeting a childhood hero in Demarcus Ware (31:00)


Episode 6 ft. Jim Popp and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah 

On a special edition of the Double Blue Podcast, Argos GM Jim Popp stops in to discuss NASCAR in North Carolina, his long history in football, a shark attack and ’97 Argos vs. ’95 Stallions.

Argos DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and discusses his Ghanian roots, growing up in football-crazed Ohio, the trip from Division II to the Dallas Cowboys, his lessons in the business of football, and his aspirations in the arts.


Episode 7 ft. #AskJJ

Hogie and JJ discuss the team’s Week 6 road loss to Saskatchewan and look ahead to the Argos’ Week 7 home game against the Calgary Stampeders.

The introduction of the #AskJJ segment includes questions (and answers) on biggest surprises, USports standouts, learning pass protection in the CFL, injuries on the defensive line, former teammates with the best hair and which teammates were the best and worst dressed.


Episode 8 ft. Brandon Whitaker

Hogan and JJ look back on last week’s loss to the Stampeders and cue up the Week 8 showdown with Montreal.

Running back Brandon Whitaker joins the podcast to talk, amongst other things, about why he didn’t play for the Oklahoma Sooners (18:20) His personal connection to the OKC bombing (23:40) Sharing clothes with S.J. Green during his first Montreal training camp (26:45) and the first time one of his sons saw him in football gear (37:20).


Episode 9 ft. S.J. Green

Hogan and J.J. look back on Round 1 vs. Montreal and preview the rematch this week in Toronto.

S.J. Green joins (14:35) to talk about his Division-I offer at safety (14:45) His academic award and best on-field memory at USF (16:20) His first tryout with the Alouettes (18:15)Nature vs. Nurture on jump balls (19:15)His introduction to Canada (20:10) Practicing the hard catch (23:00) The most surprising thing about Anthony Calvillo (25:00) The highlight of his career in Montreal (25:50) ‘The catch’ (27:30) The prevalence of one-handed catches (30:00) Playing with both Calvillo and Ray (32:00)


Episode 10 ft. Sean McEwen

Hogan and JJ review the Argos’ Week 9 home win over the Montreal Alouettes and take a look ahead to the Week 10 road game in Calgary.

Argos Centre and Calgary native Sean McEwen joins the podcast (10:00) to discuss his earliest memories of playing football (10:45)Enjoying the work aspect of football (11:45) Choosing to attend the University of Calgary (13:25) Playing the Vanier Cup at Laval and crowd noise(15:00)Why he returned to school for his final year of eligibility (18:00) Attending New York Giants camp and adjusting to American rules (19:15) His love for preparation and watching game film (21:15)and a change in Argos culture (25:20).


Episode 11 ft. Chris Van Zeyl

Hogie and JJ break down the Week 10 road game in Calgary and look ahead to a big Labour Day showdown with the Ticats.

Chris Van Zeyl drops in (9:50) to talk Fonthill vs. Welland (10:10)his first experience with football (11:25) Remaining humble (17:20) Transitioning from defensive line to offensive line (18:10) His first Labour Day Classic and only career reception (23:15) 2012 Grey Cup at home (26:40) and in-game battles (27:30).


Episode 12 ft. Corey Chamblin

Hogie and JJ hand out their midseason awards and discuss the first 12 weeks before taking a look at what lies ahead for the Argos.

Corey Chamblin joins (15:00) to talk Friday night lights in Alabama (15:55) the coach that led him to attend Tennessee Tech (17:50) The friend who faked injuries to increase his playing time (20:25) His punt block in an NFL Playoff game (23:20) NFL Europe (24:00) The 2013 Grey Cup (28:30)and learning to face adversity and find balance as a coach (30:00).


Episode 13 ft. James Wilder Jr.

Hogan and JJ take a look at the Argos home win over Edmonton and preview a showdown with Montreal that could hold major playoff implications.

James Wilder Jr. joins to talk about the offensive line’s impact on his big day (11:30) his relationship with Brandon Whitaker (14:40) his first NHL game (16:45) looking up to his dad and NFL great, James Wilder (19:10) winning the 2014 National Championship with Florida State (23:40) and his love for football (29:20).


Episode 14 ft. Declan Cross

Hogan and JJ preview a crucial matchup against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and fullback/friend of the podcast Declan Cross joins the show (11:40) to talk about his McMaster years (15:25) Getting drafted by the Argos in 2016 (22:45) and becoming a fan favourite and leader in the community (30:00).


Episode 15 ft. Dylan Wynn

Hogie and JJ recap a thrilling OT win in Hamilton and look ahead to an important home game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Defensive tackle Dylan Wynn joins the show(13:15) to talk about his high school days at powerhouse De La Salle (14:30) his time at Oregon State (21:35) an NFL journey with the Cleveland Browns (26:10) and a unique pregame routine involving a ukelele (35:25).


Episode 16 ft. Ricky Ray

A prolific quarterback in both Double Blue and Green and Gold, Ricky Ray checks in (13:50) to discuss his childhood as a three-sport athlete, taking the JUCO route, the highest-scoring game in Div. 1-AA history, lessons learned in Arena Football, arm strength vs. accuracy, learning to deal with success and adversity in Edmonton, the trade that brought him to Toronto and much more.


Episode 17 ft. Armanti Edwards

Hogan and JJ recap a tough road loss in Edmonton and preview the upcoming home game against the Bombers.

Armanti Edwards joins (11:00) and talks about his family’s love for Toronto (11:15) Choosing Appalachian State over other college offers (14:30) Winning a national title as a freshman (16:45) The most memorable moments from ‘The Upset’ over Michigan (18:05)his NFL Draft experience (24:00) a training camp trade to Toronto (26:45) and finding the fun in football again (27:30).


Episode 18 ft. Anthony Coombs

Mike Hogan and Jeff Johnson talk team awards and preview a pivotal Week 20 matchup against the BC Lions.

On the eve of his return to the lineup, Anthony Coombs joins the podcast (29:05) to talk about his rehab (29:30), camaraderie in this year’s locker room (33:40), what he’s learned from Marc Trestman (35:25), growing up in Winnipeg (40:50), lessons from Brandon Whitaker (49:00), and why fans should come support the team’s playoff run (54:25).


Episode 19 ft. Marcus Ball

Hogie and JJ talk player awards, East All-Stars, Eastern Final opponents, and more in Episode 19.

East All-Star LB Marcus Ball joins (19:20) to discuss frustrations of being injured (20:25) his experience in NFL and the Super Bowl (21:00) re-signing in Toronto and mutual interest (25:35) the definition of leadership (26:30) learning leadership from Reggie Ball and Sean Taylor (27:25) memories from the 2012 playoffs (31:50) similarities between 2012 and 2017 (39:40) the strengths of both teams in the Eastern Semi-Finals (40:45) and a call to action for Toronto sports fans (42:05).