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Hit the hole weekday mornings on The Opening Drive with Randy Karraker and Carey Davis. Two local guys talking everything St. Louis sports.

Hit the hole weekday mornings on The Opening Drive with Randy Karraker and Carey Davis. Two local guys talking everything St. Louis sports.


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Hit the hole weekday mornings on The Opening Drive with Randy Karraker and Carey Davis. Two local guys talking everything St. Louis sports.




Voice of the Cardinals Dan McLaughlin

Dan joins Randy & Carey to talk about a long weekend of sports, how Harbaugh's run at Michigan has bucked the trend of quick firings and the success has come alongside it, the unbelievably high bar held against Ryan Day, what Danny thinks about the tradeoff of one championship for years of losing, how much the Astros pitching needs to be looked at when considering their success, how the Cardinals need to lean into their defense and what the Astros bullpen tells you about the Cardinals needs...


Voice of the Blues Chris Kerber

Kerbs joins Carey & Randy talk about some embarrassing moments for Kerbs in his career, his takeaways from the down play across the Buffalo & Tampa games, his mindset when the Blues were struggling early against the Panthers, if he thinks this is just a "Jekyll-and-Hyde" team, the veterans needing to take a bigger role in this squad, not buying into the effort narrative for the Blues this year, the importance of ROR & his line being dominant and how crucial the upcoming stretch of hockey...


The Opening Drive - November 28th, 2022

7:00 - (Extra busy holiday) Weekend Update as the Blues surprise everyone on their way back into the win column and the local schools finish off the football season and dive into the next stretch of the basketball season 7:15 - Three Things We Loved from the Weekend 7:30 - Which bowl game would you want for Mizzou and/or Illinois? Is there a particular opponent you want? 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: Is mortgaging the future for that one championship worth it for you? With the way the Rams...


Author of "Soccer Made in St. Louis", Dave Lange

Author and St. Louisian Dave Lange joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to break down the history of soccer in St. Louis, everything covered in his book "Soccer made in St. Louis" , the best player to ever come out of the area and his thoughts as the USMNT eyes a huge matchup with England on Friday.


CBS Sports CFB Insider Dennis Dodd

Dennis joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about some of the latest college football rumors swirling, on TCU controlling their destiny if they can finish the season undefeated, the latest on the potential of Kiffin-to-Auburn, Auburn being a better job but not as comfortable as Ole Miss, a run through the coaching openers and potential coaches to fill including Ryan Walters getting a HC job & Barry Odom taking over another program, Deion Sanders setting himself up to be coaching a Power 5...


NFL, Blues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko

Bernie joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to talk about his favorite things during the Thanksgiving holiday, how big of an improvement could a healthy Tarasenko be for this team, Mikkola stepping up in Parayko's absence, Faulk continuing to show himself as a top D-man, if he ever got preferential treatment in the film room as a veteran and what he thinks about the Blues matchup in Buffalo.


The Opening Drive - November 23rd, 2022

7:00 - The Blues are back in action as they go for their 8th straight tonight and we're still wondering how they got to this point _ the CFB playoff rankings are in flux with potentially more on the table in the next few weeks as the jockeying for playoff spots begins in earnest 7:15 - Albert Pujols wins the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award--other than 700, what were your favorite memories from his last season? 7:30 - Ask Uncle Randy! 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: Your favorite Albert...


Super Bowl Champion, STL Battlehawks coach Ricky Proehl

Ricky joins the show to talk about his excitement to join the Battlehawks coaching staff, holding St. Louis near and dear to his heart, reacting to Martz's "coach them up with a baseball bat" comment about coaching WRs, the process behind building their club over the last few weeks, the big play athletes they've been able to add in the draft, how he takes his coaching from greats like Saunders and tries to apply it to his coaching job and how he remembers "The Catch" every time he walks into...


St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas

Robert joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about how much fun it is to get rolling on a streak like this, how easy Buchnevich makes his job that much easier, the oddity of Buch's preferred puck, the boys getting an easier video session than usual with the mom's in the room, never having a perfect game from Berube's perspective, what Acciari brings to the game as a consistent and physical player, the plan for the Blues Thanksgiving, his favorite sides for the holiday and if he's ever faced...


TNT, Blues analyst Darren Pang

Panger joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to break down the art of interviewing Craig Berube, the tenacity of Noel Acciari being such a huge part of the Blues resurgence, Binnington moving past unlucky goals quickly and with an unbreakable confidence, Justin Faulk continuing his strong (Norris-like?) play from last season, Binnington's confidence leading to him playing at an even better level as a pack-handler and if he had to use the word "superlatively" because he lost a bet during the mom's trip.


The Opening Drive - November 22nd, 2022

7:00 - Blues win their 7th in a row! USA with a disappointing draw and the 49ers potentially take control of the NFC West 7:15 - Can you force or build a rivalry with intent? Or does it have to be completely organic? 7:30 - NFL Four Downs from Week 11 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: Should the Cardinals target Cody Bellinger? Does his past relationship with Turner Ward change your mind? 8:15 - Darren Pang talks Blues extending their winning streak 8:30 - The Fight 8:45 - St. Louis Blues...


Voice of the Cardinals, Dan McLaughlin

Danny Mac joins the show to talk about why he's had enough Thanksgivings with Randy for a lifetime, getting back to his roots with the Blues pre & post-game this week and the special connection between Pujols, Goldy & the MVP award.


College Football, NFL Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf

Dan joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to talk about why Thanksgiving is his favorite sport, the beauty of food + football, breaking the hearts of Illini fans this past weekend, Illinois still having a shot in the Big Ten West, getting ready for the OSU-Michigan matchup, how the game of football has changed across the college and professional levels, why he doesn't like the idea of a CFP expansion & the infamous "Woofie's" story makes an appearance.


Dome Authority board member Dave Spence

Dave joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to talk about what's been going on with the money from the lawsuit vs. the Rams/NFL, how much money can be built up with the new accounts the money has now been invested in, the planned usage for these funds to benefits the RSA & region, how much money was lost with the feet-dragging leading up to the shift, the different hopes for the different parts of the STL area, using these funds to solve problems now vs. a longer-term plan with bigger gains from the...


Voice of the Blues, Chris Kerber

Kerbs joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about the growing strength in the Thomas-Buchnevich pairing, how their chemistry continues to develop, the growth of Mikkola's and how an Al MacInnis quote is the way to go and how he expects the Ducks matchup to go tonight.


The Opening Drive - November 21st, 2022

7:00 - WEEKEND UPDATE: Blues' number of the day is 6 and an up and down weekend for the Mizzou, SLU & Illini contingents across football & basketball + it's a full studio with Brooke, Randy AND Carey 7:15 - Two Things We Loved From the Weekend: 7:30 - Can the Braggin' Rights game be great this year? Both Mizzou and Illinois can light it up... 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: IS the fact that the Blues' success is coinciding with ROR playing well enough of a reason to extend him sooner rather...


XFL SVP of Player Personnel Doug Whaley

Doug joins Alexa & Randy to talk about the XFL & the Battlehawks wrapping up their rosters/draft, break down which new Battlehawks will be the biggest draws going forward, giving athletes an opportunity to live their dreams, why the Arlington plan will be better for the teams and the league overall, how that has helped them clear their biggest hurdles, the excitement to have the league back in STL, what the next steps for the teams are as they prepare for 2023 and Doug's scouting report on...


Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford

JR joins "The Opening Drive" to break down road tripping to Oklahoma for youth hockey, the Blues shot at history with their rollercoaster of streaks, the goalie situation being the best it's been in years, hit expectations for Parayko's status going forward, Calle Rosen being the new "sniper" on the team and his favorite story from the mom's trip.


St. Louis Blues Center Robert Thomas

Blues center Robert Thomas joins Alexa & Randy to talk about getting a chance to score a goal in front of his mom in Colorado, how special the mom's trip was, the biggest difference in getting back on track during the win streak, keeping it low key on a Friday after a back-to-back, closing out games being the biggest thing to take away from this streak, his thoughts on the new sweaters, his plans for Thanksgiving this year & his favorite sides for the meal.


Blues analyst Joey Vitale

Joey breaks down his latest reading on survival neurons, running in 20 degree weather, his tricks to heating up afterwards, Joey rolls out his favorite thanksgiving sides, the old school Italian thanksgivings in his family, his biggest non-Griess takeaways from the Blues big win against the Capitals, how big of a factor Parayko's absence was in the Caps' comeback and the way that Mikkola & Rosen has stepped up in the meantime.