The Opening Drive

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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.


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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.




ESPN host Joe Fortenbaugh

Joe joined "The Opening Drive" To break down Discussing the Purdy Injury, How can Philadelphia cover the -1.5, Which way should you lean on the over/under, why Golf is going to embrace gambling and benefit heavily from sports betting and Why the Super Bowl the biggest day in sports betting.

Duration:00:11:51 Cardinals beat writer John Denton

John joins Carey & Randy to break down the Cardinals prospects rankings in the new Top 100 list, the chance for Jordan Walker to break out fully in Spring Training, Marmol's strive for in-team competition being a factor, the overwhelming value of Tommy Edman for this Cardinals roster, now Donovan changes the team build and if something could be on the horizon with Paul DeJong.


The Opening Drive - February 1st, 2023

7:00 - We have unveiled our “All Time Sports Family” Bracket which you can vote on now on Twitter dot com, and two very different outcomes for the Bills and Illini last night 7:15 - Ask Uncle Randy! 7:30 - Dave Kohlberg breaks down some new innovations from Callaway Golf 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: Tom Brady just announced hire retirement—is this the final one? 8:15 - John Denton talks Cardinals prospect rankings, early Spring Training thoughts 8:30 - The Fight 8:45 - So Brady is out and...


Blues, TNT analyst Darren Pang

Panger joins show to talk about the Blues struggling mightily heading into the break after another loss to the Jets, how the defense from the forwards has been a huge detriment, the way the team hasn't supported Binnington and the Blues missing that mentality to lock in during tough parts of the game.


Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne

Claibs joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about another disappointing performance from the Blues, how the decision making needs to start NOW for Armstrong & Co., his latest thoughts on Jack Flaherty's readiness for a dominant year in 2023, the Spring battles we'll get to see for the Cardinals in the outfield and at DH, why DeJong is STILL a potential factor, needing to see some work in Spring before he's ready to call this a Top-5 lineup and what's coming up next on


Former Emmis CEO, Mariners Owner Jeff Smulyan

Jeff joins Carey & Randy to talk about the starting of Emmis and the early days of KHSE, getting out of team ownership at the exact wrong time, being offered the Rockets by the NBA, carving out a niche for sports radio, how sports radio started to take off, what it was like to be the owner of the Mariners while Griffey Jr. was exploding, the economics of sports ownership and more!


The Opening Drive - January 31st, 2023

7:00 - Blues go into the break with the losing streak intact as they fall to the Jets 4-2, while getting outscore 23-10 nonetheless... 7:15 - There are five Cardinals on the MLB Pipeline's Top 100 List, how are we feeling about that? 7:30 - Who's to blame for the Blues woes based on JR's poll on The Athletic 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: With the Kelce's playing in the Super Bowl and Bobby Hull passing away, what's the best family combo in sports? 8:15 - The Blues are allowing the 7th most...


Super Bowl winner, "The 33rd Team" Contributor Mike Martz

Coach Martz joins Carey & Randy exactly 23 years after the Rams won the Super Bowl to break down the play call of Warner-to-Bruce, his thoughts on the 49ers struggles following the Purdy injury, how Purdy put himself in a position to fail on the play he got injured, the key to using extra blockers in the passing game, how he comes away so impressed with Jalen Hurts and the tough decision making that leads to the Bengals abandoning the run.


Voice of the Blues, Chris Kerber

Kerbs joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about the overall lack of "buy-in" being the most consistent and destructive issue for the Blues, the decisions that will need to be made, if this problem is on the roster or Berube, the lack of consistency and the challenge it's created, the defensive lapses coming from the forwards more than the defenseman and the question around consistency comes up again.


The Opening Drive - January 30th, 2023

7:00 - Weekend update as the Super Bowl is now set and the Blues are struggling heading into the break...but on the bright side the local CBB teams are rolling! 7:15 - Three Thing we Love from the Weekend 7:30 - Four Downs from Championship Sunday in the NFL 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: Bradford Doolittle at has the Cardinals with the #2 offense in the league--are you buying it? 8:15 - Chris Kerber talks about the biggest issues with the Blues: buy in and defense from the...


NFL Hall of Famer, Westwood One analyst Tony Boselli

Tony joins "The Opening Drive" to talk Championship Weekend in the NFL, the recent jump that his Jaguars squad as made this season, the health of Mahomes being the biggest factor going into Sunday, the way that Burrow is able to dissect defenses being his most elite trait, how Burrow could join Mahomes-legitimately- in the discussion for the best QB in the league and why he's leaning towards the Bengals to win this game.


Blues analyst Joey Vitale

Joey joins Alexa & Randy and immediately sweep the game in to the air vents (he explains it...), his pick between the beach and the mountains, travel packing advice from Joey and cleaning FOR the cleaning person.


Former PGA Pro Jay Delsing

Jay joins Alexa & Randy to talk a little about the Blues before jumping in the latest ridiculousness around Patrick Reed, how the warmup for The Masters starts soon and a little bit of a wine discussion as we all get ready for the weekend.


The Opening Drive - January 27th, 2023

7:00 - Blues fall to the Coyotes in Tempe 5-0 and now we have to start the show by asking some big questions about this Blues squad... 7:15 - NFL Conference Championship games this weekend! 7:30 - Former PGA Pro Jay Delsing talks about the leadup to the Masters 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: It's time to play a little "Stud or Dud?", this time with...Nolan Gorman 8:15 - Joey Vitale doesn't have a lot to say about the Blues, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have anything to say 8:30 - The...


The Athletic's Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford

JR joins the show to talk about his newest article for The Athletic on a potential contact extension for Ryan O'Reilly, the factors that will go into the Blues and ROR's decision and how to balance his loss of a step and his contract demands, ROR's answer to his offensive struggles--his defensive domination and his thoughts on the potential activity for the Blues and the rest of the NHL as the trade deadline starts to loom.


Host of the "Ross Tucker Football Podcast", Westwood One Analyst Ross Tucker

Ross joins Randy & Alexa to talk about Championship Weekend, having the best 4 teams in the whole NFL making it this far, what the biggest factor would be in a 49ers win, the incredible importance of the offensive lines in the NFC matchup, his expectations for Pat Mahomes during the AFC game with his injury, getting to match some of the most intelligent players in the NFl with both Mahomes & Burrow dueling.


Voice of the Blues, John Kelly

JK joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about the Blues traveling to a different sort of arena for tonight's game, the Blues' recent defensive struggles, being rightfully worried about Keller and needing to talk advantage of another chance to get crucial points before the break.


MLB Network lead host Greg Amsinger

Greg joins Alexa & Randy to talk about the troubles with growing up, how to talk to the people who don't think Scott Rolen is a Hall of Famer, the insanity of Todd Helton not making the cut, where are all the voters who didn't pull in Jeff Kent, why there still needs to be SOME gatekeeping with the Hall of Fame, reacting to Alexa's statement about Jordan Walker's as a Hall of Fame talent and his visit back to St. Louis.


The Opening Drive - January 26th, 2023

7:00 - The Blues are back in action tonight in Arizona against the Coyotes, Patrick Mahomes seems to be feeling pretty good and it's looking like the WBC will open up some chances for some less-heralded Cardinals... 7:15 - Sick of it!! 7:30 - A strong group of Cardinals will be off for a chunk of Spring at the WBC--which Cardinals are we most excited about to watch get some extra at-bats/innings? 7:45 - TIOLI 8:00 - Fresh Take: MLB Network lead host Greg Amsinger talks about the Hall of Fame...


St. Louis Blues Center Robert Thomas

Robert joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about how weak-ass this city is when it comes to our "Winter Storms", his expectations for what a "big storm" looks like, growing up playing a lot of pond hockey in his neighborhood, struggling to always play with the older kids when he was little, how the build up and constant change out of injuries has made things tough, the struggles against the Blackhawks and Sabres, the mindset they have for closing out the schedule before the All Star Break and...