Former Mets OF Brian McRae
Host Andy Suekoff welcomes former Kansas City Royals and New York Mets outfielder Brian McRae to discuss his career and the changing game. Later, No Ketchup podcast host Sean Little joins the show to talk about the latest goings on on the Windy City.
'86 World Series, Former Red Sox Catcher Rich Gedman
Host Bill Donohue welcomes author Erik Sherman to discuss his book https://www.amazon.com/Two-Sides-Glory-Boston-Their/dp/1496219325 (Two Sides of Glory: The 1986 Boston Red Sox in Their Own Words). Then Bill welcomes former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman to discuss Games 6 and 7 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets.
FLASHBACK: Butch Wynegar (2009)
Originally aired November 15th, 2009 on WGBB's New York Baseball Digest.
Host Mike Silva talks with former New York Yankees catcher Butch Wynegar, who at the time was also the hitting coach for the team's AAA affiliate Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees. Butch talks about his time in Minnesota, playing in the old Metrodome, his time with the Yankees and some of the prospects in the Yankees organization.
Baseball is Back: Mets and Yankees Talk
Hosts Matt Fazelpoor and Pete Feldman begin the show talking about the start of the baseball season, discussing both the Mets and Yankees.
Mets Talk with Tim Boyle of the Rising Apple
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese talk with Tim Boyle from the https://risingapple.com/ (Rising Apple), previewing the upcoming Mets season. Then the boys talked about the latest news in the New York Sports world.
Isles Fans in England, Author Gil Martin
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese talked to Andy Welsh from Portsmouth England, who runs an https://www.facebook.com/TheNewYorkIslandersUKSupportersBranch/ (Islanders Facebook Supporters Group page), and talks about why he loves the Islanders. The boys then talked to Gil Martin, author and host of the podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/locked-on-islanders-daily-podcast-on-the-new-york-islanders/id1485280958 (Locked on Islanders), who discussed the recent Islanders play and some potential trade targets that could happen over the next few weeks.
FLASHBACK: Pete Stemkowski (2009)
Originally aired April 5th, 2009 on WGBB's New York Hockey Talk.
Host Rob Kowal talks with former New York Rangers forward Pete Stemkowski. Growing up in Winnipeg... his interest in other sports... fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers... pro athletes he looked up to... ending up in Toronto with the Maple Leafs to start his NHL career... playing with former Rangers Harry Howell and Andy Bathgate... the trade that sent him to the Detroit Red Wings in 1968... his mixed emotions upon being traded to the Rangers in 1970... triple overtime goal in game six of the the 1971 Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Chicago Black Hawks to force a deciding seventh game... playing against Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins in the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals... the greatness of Bobby Orr... his broadcasting career after his playing days concluded... working together with Sam Rosen in the early days of ESPN... the Rangers team back in 2009... John Tortorella... Ryan Callahan and more!
Mets/Yanks Spring Training, Jets/Giants Free Agency, Rangers/Isles
Host Rob Cramer talks about the Mets and Yankees spring training as they prepare for the regular season in just over a week. Rob also discusses the Jets and Giants free agency moves, the crazy years for both the Rangers and Islanders and more!
Author Gary Morgenstein, Batting Stance Guy Gar Ryness
Host Bill Donohue open the show talking with author Gary Morgenstein about his new TV series and his new book A Fastball for Freedom. Then Bill welcomes Gar Ryness, better known as “Batting Stance Guy”, talking about the classics when it comes to batting stances.
FLASHBACK: The Rotisserie Hour (1993)
Originally aired in 1993, The Rotisserie Hour was the first ever show dedicated to Rotisserie/Fantasy sports hosted on WGBB by Lenny Melnick along with Irwin Zwilling and Sandy Stoll. The guys field a wide range of calls on everything fantasy sports.
New York Riptide Lacrosse, MLB Spring Training
Host Andy Suekoff opens the show talking with New York Riptide lacrosse EVP Rich Lisk, who lays out his long term plan- which sounds eerily similar to a hooded fellow in New Englan who shall remain nameless. Later, Andy welcomes Will Boor from mlb.com to talk spring training and the prospects he’s got his eye on heading into the season.
FLASHBACK: Steve Balboni (2007)
Originally aired in 2007 on WGBB’s NY Baseball Digest.
Host Mike Silva and Mark Healey from Gotham Baseball Magazine talk with former New York Yankees first baseman Steve Balboni. Topics discussed included breaking into the big leagues with the Yankees... his first big league hit... being on the Yankees team during he early 1980s... dealing with the expectations coming up with the Yankees in New York... being traded to Kansas City... playing for manager Dick Howser... winning the World Series with the Royals... his second time around with the Yankees... the last years of his career in the Texas Rangers organization.... his decision to get info coaching... the challenges coaching kids of a new generation... his philosophy as a hitting coach and more!
Matt Cardona, Jose Youngs, UFC 259
Host Andy Suekoff begins the show talking with Matt Cardona, American pro wrestler best known for his time in the WWE under the ring name Zack Ryder. In the second half of the show, Andy talks welcomes Jose Youngs from https://www.mmafighting.com/ (MMA Fighting) to discuss UFC 259.
Jocelyne Lamoureux, Dave Silk
Host Bill Donohue begins the show welcoming Jocelyne Lamoureux, Gold Medal winner for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Then Bill talks with 1980 “Miracle on Ice” champion and former New York Rangers forward Dave Silk.
FLASHBACK: Rick Jeanneret (2007)
Originally aired October 21st, 2007 on WGBB's New York Hockey Talk.
Host Rob Kowal talks with the longtime Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret. Topics discussed included his 2008-09 contract extension... the Sabres loss of Chris Drury and Danie Briere in the off season... what Rick might be doing if he didn't become the Sabres play-by-play announcer... growing up in Canada and when he realized a broadcasting career was in his future... guys he looked up to like Foster Hewitt and others... moving over from radio booth to television, taking over for Ted Darling on Sabres TV broadcasts... his ability to be impartial and still root for the Sabres... how broadcasting has changed over the years... leaving the famed "Aud" for the new HSBC arena... some of his favorite Sabres teams over the years... his connection with Sabres fans and the city of Buffalo... working with Jim Lorentz and Harry Neale... how the NHL game has changed... other sports he is a big fan of... his son Mark calling games for the Erie Otters.
Erik Boland, Yankees Talk
Host Rob ZImmerman welcomes Erik Boland, Newsday's beat writer following the New York Yankees. Topics discussed included MLB Spring Training opens and this is the second time they are dealing with Covid and the "new normal". Baseball is going from 60 games last season to a full schedule this year. We discussed the Covid protocols that all teams have to follow and what the expectations are to get in a full season. Last years shortened season could have a big impact on starting pitchers this year as they did not in the amount of innings they are used to and have to pitch that many more this year. The National League looks much stronger than the America League this year and they Yankees should be favorites to make it to the World Series.
Host Rob Zimmerman welcomes former New York Rangers forward Matt Barnaby. Matt started things off talking about his infamous fight with Garth Snow back in 1996 when he was with the Sabres and Snow was with the Flyers, and talked about fighting in the NHL and it's place in the game. Matt also talked about some of the tough guys he had to face during his career, his agitating style of play during his NHL career, and some of the things he tried to do as a player to help his team win games. Matt also recalled the time he had to drop the gloves with his good friend and former Sabres teammate Rob Ray.
Later Matt reflected on growing up playing hockey in Canada and what it was like going from playing in high school to junior hockey in Canada. When he felt his game as an agitator began to show itself and he realized his best chance to continue his hockey career was to carve his niche as player that could get under the skin of his opponent and how that toughness helped bring him space on the ice.
Matt talked about speed of the college game and how immense the talent is in the NHL, as well as the size and speed of the players in the NHL. The expectations of early round NHL players compared to other professional leagues, and how he feels Rangers #1 overall pick Alexis Lafrenière could fare in the years ahead. Matt also talked about some of the challenges European players have to face compared to players from North America.
Matt discussed the current Rangers team and their head coach Dan Quinn, and the expectations of the team heading into the season. Matt also talked about the slow start for Mika Zibanejad, and the differences in the NHL this year with the effect Covid has had on the schedule this season. Matt also weighed in a bit on the crosstown Islanders and what he thinks the team can do this season and in the coming years- as well as who he sees making some noise in the NHL playoffs this season. Matt spoke about his time playing in Buffalo for the Sabres, and the differences between some of the other cities in the NHL he played in, including Pittsburgh and for the Rangers in New York city, where he played on a line for a time with Mark Messier.
Matt closed things out talking a bit about hazing in the game, before discussing a bit about what he is up to today, including his involvement with https://www.bet99.com/en/sport-betting#/prelive (Bet99), the https://matthewbarnaby36.com (Matthew Barnaby Unfiltered podcast), watching his son playing professional hockey, what he thinks it takes to make it to the National Hockey League today and where he sees the league headed in the future.
About Matt Barnaby
Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 83rd overall in the fourth round in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Barnnaby spent four seasons in the QMJHL with the Beauport Harfangs, Verdun Collège Français and Victoriaville Tigres, leading the league in penalty minutes in consecutive seasons in '92 and '93. After completing his QMJHL career with the Tigres, Barnaby joined the Sabres for the end of 1992–93 season.
Barnaby was generally considered a pest and agitator and spent the next few seasons playing between the Sabres and AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans. Barnaby established a full-time role with the Sabres in the 1995-96 recording a career-high in penalty minutes with 335. He was frequently involved in on-ice altercations and among other incidents he made headlines in 1996, when in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers after a few hits and Barnaby lying on the ice presumably injured, a brawl between the two teams started. With the brawl in full motion, Barnaby jumped to his skates to punish Garth Snow, goaltender of the Flyers, who was poking Barnaby with his stick while the officials weren't looking. In 1996-97 Barnaby showed his scoring talents when he scored a career-high 19 goals and 43 points in 68 games.
After seven seasons with the Sabres organization during the 1998–99 season, Barnaby was traded by the Sabres to the Pittsburgh
FLASHBACK: Mikko Mäkelä (2009)
Originally aired September 27th, 2009 on WGBB's New York Hockey Talk.
Host Rob Kowal begins by asking Mikko about about being a part of the Islanders team that came back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs in the old Patrick Division. Mikko recalled the ‘Easter Epic’ game 7 that went into quadruple overtime, and what it was like when Pat LaFontaine scored the winning goal. Mikko also tells a story about unfortunate fate of the Washington trainer that brought fruit into the Islanders locker room during the overtime intermissions.
Mikko also talks about playing with Mike Bossy during his last season with the team, and how Bossy and Bryan Trottier helped him and other young players on the team with their game. Mikko also tells a story about an unfortunate albeit minor accident that occurred after practice at the old Cantiague Park rink, when he and LaFontaine would sometimes race home to Northport where they both lived at the time.
Playing 5 years for the Islanders, Mikko talks about how much he loved playing on Long Island, and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding a story written that unfairly put him in a bad light before later getting traded to Los Angeles Kings in 1989-90 season for Ken Baumgartner and Hubie McDonough. Mikko then talks about his trade to the Buffalo Sabres, and later playing in the World Championships and the Olympics, before playing a few seasons in back in Europe and eventually closing out his NHL career in Boston in 1994-95.
Living now in Lethbridge, Alberta, Mikko talks about how he started Mikko Makela Hockey, a year round training program in Lethbridge, how he ended up as head coach of the https://lethbridgehurricanes.com (Lethbridge Hurricanes) in the Western Hockey League- the first European head coach in Canadian Junior Hockey, and how he got involved in the https://www.jwhl.org/page/show/604089-warner-school-ab- (Warner Hockey School).
Arron Asham, Rangers Talk
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese welcome former National Hockey League forward Arron Asham, who played for all thre New York area teams: the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers in his 15 year NHL career. In the second half of the show, the guys talk Rangers hockey with David Shapiro from https://blueseatblogs.com/ (Blue Seat Blogs).
About Arron Asham
Arron Asham played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. Over his 15 NHL seasons, he played for 6 different teams, including the local New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.
Drafted 71st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Montreal during the 1998–99 season. After parts of four seasons with Montreal, he was traded to the New York Islanders on June 22, 2002, along with a 2002 5th round draft pick for Mariusz Czerkawski. Asham became a mainstay in the Islanders line-up with his most productive offensive season to date coming during his first season with his new team in 2002–03, when he scored 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 78 games. After four seasons with the Islanders, Asham signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils on August 7, 2007.
After signing a two-year contract with the New York Rangers on July 1, 2012, Asham had played for all 5 teams in the former Atlantic division during his career. On February 10, 2013, Asham scored his first goal as a Ranger in a 5–1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is also the only player to score a goal with every Atlantic division team. On May 13, 2013, he scored the series-winning goal in Game 7 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs to push the Rangers into the second round and eliminate the Washington Capitals.
Seeing limited action with the Rangers during the 2013–14 season, Asham played in only six games. He spent most of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Rangers did not offer to extend Asham's contract and on July 1, 2014, he became an unrestricted free agent, effectively ending his professional career.
Asham also has his own charity called http://www.chance2play.com/ (Arron's Chance to Play Hockey). The foundation's mission is to work in partnership with the community to provide opportunities that will enhance the emotional, physical, social and intellectual well-being of children. The overall goal is to enhance the lives of children and families.
Rich Pilon, Isles Talk
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese welcome former New York Islanders and Rangers defenseman Rich Pilon. In the second half of the program, the guys continued to talk Islanders hockey.
About Rich Pilon
Rich Pilon was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but grew up in St. Louis, Saskatchewan. He made his National Hockey League debut in the 1988–89 season, playing 62 games, recording 14 assists and 242 penalty minutes for the New York Islanders as a left shooting defenseman. He played 10 seasons for the Islanders before being put on waivers by the team and being picked up on December 1, 1999 by the New York Rangers. Due to injury, he played parts of two seasons for the Rangers, before he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh round draft pick, days before he became an unrestricted free agent in 2001. He was then signed by the St. Louis Blues on July 10, 2001. He played eight games for the Blues before he suffered a broken left wrist in a game against the Rangers that subsequently ended his NHL career.
Rich's son Garrett was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Pilon currently resides in Saskatoon and is the General Manager/Head Coach of https://www.weyburnredwings.ca/ (Weyburn Red Wings) of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).
FLASHBACK: Kelly Kisio (2008)
Originally aired November 8th, 2008 on WGBB's New York Hockey Talk.
The somewhat unheralded former Rangers captain Kelly Kisio was one of the hardest working Rangers ever. This guy never quit on the ice. The last Ranger to wear the "C" before Mark Messier arrived, Kisio was always a professional, and wore the Rangers sweater with pride- the same way he played the game. Coaching up in Calgary at the time of this interview, it was great to get a chance to catch up with this under-rated Ranger.
Host Rob Kowal welcomes former New York Rangers captain Kelly Kisio and begins by talking about wearing number 11 as captain for the Rangers, his feelings about the team and the passionate Rangers fans. Kelly discusses breaking into the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings after playing in Switzerland, playing with former Islanders head coach Ted Nolan, and how he found out about the trade that brought him to to the Rangers in 1988. Kelly also talked about some of his old Detroit Red WIngs teammates that were with the Rangers when he joined the team- including John Ogrodnik who Kelly teamed up with on a line along with Brian Mullin. Kisio talked about their special chemistry on and off the ice.
Kelly also discussed playing for Roger Neilson and where he ranks among the head coaches he played for during his career. Kelly also talked about what it meant to him wearing the C for the Rangers, and how he felt when he was traded to San Jose after spending so much time with the Rangers organization. Kelly then spoke about ending his career in Calgary, which led to a role head coach and GM for Calgary Hitman Western Hockey League, and some of his hopes for the future at the time.
Eddie Lee Wilkins
Host Rob Zimmerman makes his WGBB hosting debut talking a little about the current Knicks team before welcoming former New York Knicks forward Eddie Lee Wilkins. Eddie talks about coming from a small school to play at Madison Square Garden, and how the college game has changed compared to when he broke into the NBA. Eddie tells a story about how he was basically the test patient for the same ACL surgery Bernard King ended up having, and how successful the surgery was for him to this day. Eddie also discussed being on the team when Bernard King went down with that injury, and the effect it had on the team.
Eddie later talked about being on the team when Patrick Ewing broke into the NBA with the Knicks, and how hard Patrick worked everyday and his incredible desire win. Eddie talked about practicing against Patrick and how it helped his game, and about the evolution of the Knicks when Ewing joined the team along with other players like Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Johnny Newman and others- as well as Rick Pitino taking over as head coach. The Knicks playoff run in 1989 sweeping the Sixers in the opening round before losing to the Bulls in the Conference Semifinals, which marked the beginning of the rivalry between the Knicks and Bulls.
Eddie closed things out discussing the current Knicks team and the cross town New Jersey Nets, as well as talking a little about the http://elwyouth.org/org/default.html (Eddie Lee Wilkins Youth Association).
Doug Sisk, Bob Bourne
Host Bill Donohue opens the show talking with former New York Mets pitcher Doug Sisk about his baseball career and his time with the Mets, including his thoughts on Tom Seaver in addition to the 1986 Mets team that won the World Series.
Later Bill welcomes former New York Islanders forward Bob Bourne. who talked about some of the teams and players he rooted for growing up and one of the reasons he wore number 14. Bob reminisced about his brief professional baseball career playing one season for the Appalachian League Covington Astros in 1972 along with future Islanders teammate Clark GIllies. Bob also recalled the trade that sent him to the Islanders in 1974, and talked about some of the reasons why he became such a great skater. Bob gave some of his insights on head coach Al Arbour and how he was like a second father to him, as well as his thoughts on some of the great players and memories from those Stanley Cup winning teams of the 1980s.
Bob also talked about how he feels about whether or not his number deserves to be retired along with some of the other greats from those Stanley Cup teams. Bob closed things out talking about how much he enjoyed his time on Long Island.
FLASHBACK: Bernard King (2012)
Originally aired on The New York Sports Exchange on February 19th, 2012
Hosts Eric Mirlis and Derek Wasiak talk with former New York Knicks forward Bernard King, starting things off talking about the emergence of Jeremy Lin on the Knicks at the time of the interview. Later the guys got into Bernard's career and time with the Knicks. Bernard talks about coming from Golden State to join the Knicks in 1982, as well as some of the highlights during his time playing with the Knicks, including his back-to-back 50 point games and some of the big games he had for the team in the playoffs.
Walter Berry, The Soup Nazi
Host Bill Donohue talks with former St. John's basketball star forward Walter Berry about his time with St. John's, the rivalries in the Big East and head coach Lou Carnesecca. Then Larry Thomas, otherwise know as "The Soup Nazi" closed out the show with Bill, telling some great behind the scenes stories from that classic Seinfeld episode.
Greg Everett, Dr. Myles Runsdorf
Host Bill Donohue welcomes Greg Everett, author of the book https://becomingtough.com (TOUGH: Building True Mental, Physical and Emotional Toughness for Success and Fulfillment) which is due out on February 16th. Then sports psychologist Dr. Myles Runsdorf joined the show. Myles works with athletes helping them to focus through distractions and to teach them to gain the mental edge.
FLASHBACK: SPORTSTALK1240 (2011)
Originally aired October 30th, 2011 on WGBB.
Prior to June 2014, SPORTSTALK1240 was broadcast as a part of the Sports Radio NY network of shows being aired on WGBB. In this episode, the enigmatic Adam Kern hosts along with guest co-host and former New York Jets safety Victor Green. Guests on the program included former Atlanta Falcons Jesse Tuggle, Chris Doleman and Matt Bryant.
Rangers, Isles Talk
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese open the show talking with Colin Stephenson, the New York Rangers beat writer for Newsday. Colin gave his thoughts on the somewhat disappointing start to the season for the young but talented team. Colin talked a bit about the teams recent Inability to hold on to lead, and the Rangers decision to place defenseman Tony DeAngelo on waivers.
In the second half of the show, the guys turned to the New York Islanders, talking with Paul Kreischer, head writer for Isles Talk. The guys talked about the Islanders relatively slow start to the season, and the high expectations for the team heading into the season.
Mike Hampton, Mets Talk
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese open the show welcoming former New York Mets pitcher Mike Hampton. Mike began by talking about shagging fly balls in the oufield before Game 3 of the 2000 World Series with current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes, who was only 5 years old at the time. Mike talked about some of the obstacles he overcame to make it to the big leagues, which began when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1990. Later debuting with the team in 1993, Mike talked about those on the team that had an impact on him early in his career, and his emergence in Houston the following year. Mike also talked about his gold glove awards and his prowess at the plate, and of course how he felt when he found out he was traded to the New York Mets. He talked about his big year with the Mets in 2000 beginning with the Mets visit to Japan to start the season and ending with a trip to the World Series. Mike recalled Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals when he pitched a complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory for the Mets- a game that Mike called the biggest game of his life. Mike talked about leaving for Colorado, and later going to Atlanta to pitch for the rival Braves, but getting the opportunity to be a part of a staff with some Hall-of-Fame pitchers like John Smoltz. Mike spoke a bit about how much he enjoyed hitting, and his thoughts on the DH rule. Mike went on to talk about how much he enjoyed his time in new York despite playing only one season for the team, and closed things out talking about what he is up to today.
In the second half of the program, scheduled guest Deesha Thosar, the Mets beat writer for the NY Daily News was unable to come on to the show due to a last minute assignment. Still, the guys continued to talk Mets baseball starting with discussion about the big acquisition of Francisco Lindor. Also, will the Mets get Trevor Bauer? What can the team expect from Dominic Smith? How the team will replace Steven Matz, and the "X" factor that is Marcus Stroman. The guys closed things out talking a bit about the upcoming Super Bowl and the some Knicks basketball.
FLASHBACK: Pierre Turgeon (2007)
Originally aired October 7th, 2007 on WGBB's NEW YORK HOCKEY TALK.
NY Hockey Talk host Rob Kowal talks with former New York Islanders center Pierre Turgeon in October 2007, just a month after his retirement. Turgeon begins by talking about representing Canada in the Little League World Series as as 12 year old back in 1982.
Pierre then talks about breaking in to the National Hockey League just 6 years later with the Buffalo Sabres. He talked about the expectations that went along with being a #1 draft pick, and some of the players and coaches on the Sabres that helped him adapt and adjust to the differences between playing in juniors compared to the NHL. Pierre also talked about the pressure on top picks today compared to when he played, considering the increased media scrutiny today. Pierre recalled what he felt when he was dealt to the Islanders in 1991 along with Uwe Krupp, Benoit Hogue and Dave McLlwain for Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier.
Pierre reminisced how much enjoyed playing on Long Island, and the tremendous amount he learned playing for Islanders head coach Al Arbour. Rob and Pierre also discussed the Islanders run to the Conference Finals in 1992-93, and the hit he took in the semi-finals from the Capitals Dale Hunter.
Turgeon talks about getting traded to the Canadiens, being named their captain, and being a part of the team during the closing of the Montreal Forum and the opening of the Molson Centre. Pierre talks about what it's like getting traded, and the different cities he played in during his 19 year career. He also talked about the most talented guy he played with, and which player he had the best chemistry with during his long career. He was also quick to answer a question about who he considers to be his funniest teammate over the years. Pierre closed things out talking about some of what he plans to do in retirement.
Mets Talk, Rangers/Isles, Knicks
Host Rob Cramer kicks off the show talking with Tim Healey, New York Mets beat writer for Newsday. Rob talked with Tim about a wide range of topics including the quick action taken by the Mets in firing GM Jared Porter, the acquisition of Francisco Lindor and how it impacted the decision by George Springers to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays. The guys also discussed the leadership qualities Lindor and Carlos Carrasco bring, and if Theo Epstein is a legitimate candidate for a Mets front office position post in 2021. They also spoke about the decision of Brad Hand to sign with the Nationals, the Steven Matz vs Joey Lucchesi competition for the last spot in the rotation and if Jackie Bradley Jr. would be a good option for the Mets in centerfield.
In the second half of the show, Rob gives a quick recap of the days NFL action. Then shifting to hockey, Rob talked about how young the New York Rangers team is, the recent debut of Colin Blackwell, the challenges a young team can face, and the importance of team defense. Moving to the Islanders, Rob talked about how Barry Trotz has helped bring the Islanders to the next level, and how complete a team the Islanders are this season. Closing out the program with some Knicks, Rob talks about the difference head coach Tom Thibodeau has made for the Knicks, as well as the play of RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Obi Toppin and others.
Ken O'Brien, NFL Playoffs, Jets/Giants
Host Rob Cramer welcomes former New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien to the show and begins by talking about the Bucs win over the Packers earlier in the day, and gave his impressions of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Kenny talked about his expectations when he came into the league back in 1983, and working with then new head coach Joe Walton. Ken also talked a bit about the current Jets quarterback situation, and if sitting a year before starting would have helped Sam Darnold in his development. Ken also reminisced at bit about the Jets memorable 51-45 victory over the Dolphins in 1986 and gave his final thoughts on the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl.
In the second half of the show, Rob welcomed Pat Leonard, NFL columnist for the NY Daily News, who spoke about the AFC and NFC Championship games, and also gave his thoughts on the Jets: Will Sam Darnold return? Will Deshaun Watson end up with the Jets? Is Matt Stafford an option? Could the Jets take a quarterback in the draft? What role will owner Woody Johnson have now that he is back in the fold? Pat also expressed his opinion on where the Giants are in their rebuild, and the job Dave Gettleman has done. Pat closed things out with some final thoughts on the Super Bowl.
FLASHBACK: Rodney Hampton (2009)
Originally aired November 8th, 2009 on WGBB's SPORTSTALK1240.
SPORTSTALK1240 hosts Mike Carver and Paul Revelant talk with former New York Giants RB Rodney Hampton. Rodney talks about the transition playing for Georgia in the SEC conference and the transition to the NFL. In his first season in 1990 with the Giants, Rodney talks about getting injured down the stretch during the teams Super Bowl run, while still being a part of the Super Bowl winning team. He describes what it was like playing for head coach Bill Parcells, and some of his toughest competition during his time with the Giants. Rodney reminisces about his big game against the Vikings in the 1993 playoffs when he gained 160 yards and scored 2 touchdowns, as well as what it was like playing in two pro bowls. Rodney also talked about some of what he was doing to stay involved with the team after his retirement, as well as his thoughts on the current team and some other personal endeavors since retiring- including his Hamps Camps program. Rodney closed things out talking a bit about the team back in 2009.
Talking Nets, Fight Island and UFC 257
Host Andy Suekoff opens the show talking with NBA analyst and former AP beat writer for the Brooklyn Nets, Anthony Puccio, who recently launched a newsletter, website and community dedicated to the NBA called https://theassociation.com/ (The Association). The two discussed the league reverberating trade of James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and the whereabouts of Kyrie Irving. Later, Ike Feldman, host of the MMA podcast https://iketagon.com/ (Ike Tagon), joined the show to discuss Fight Island, UFC 257 and his disappointment that Andy took him away from watching Brees vs Brady.
Curtis Martin, Ollie Taylor
Host Bill Donohue begins the show welcoming Hall-of-Famer and former New York Jets RB Curtis Martin. Curtis began by talking about some of the adversity he dealt with as a youngster, and how he chose to deal with it. Later Curtis talked about his time at the University of Pittsburgh, and his decision to turn pro. Bill asked Curtis about his first carry as a pro, and Curtis talked about how head coach Bill Parcells tested him early in his career. Curtis went on to discuss how Coach Parcells was in many ways a father figure to him, and one of the main reasons why he ended up in New York with the Jets. Curtis talked about his toughness and his ability to show up and play every Sunday, some of the injuries he played through over the years, and the reason why he ultimately decided to retire. Curtis also talked about his election to the Hall of Fame after basically being passed over in his first year of eligibility for Marshall Faulk, how he came about his induction speech, as well as how he joked with his mentor Parcells a year later when Coach Parcells was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Now retired, Curtis discussed some of his aspirations, such as possibly owning a team (the Jets?) at some time in the future. Curtis also spoke about his involvement in various charities, including his Job Foundation which is aimed at providing financial aid and hands-on support to single mothers, youth charities, individuals with disabilities, and low income housing providers.
Curtis talked about the honor of being included in the Jets Ring of Honor, and how he became a part of the NFL's Code of Conduct Committee. Curtis also talked about playing with QBs Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington, and how far he felt the 1997 team could have gone had Vinny Testaverde not gotten injured trying to recover his fumble in the first game of the season. Curtis closed things out talking about the Jets team today, new head coach Robert Saleh and what the Jets should do with current quarterback Sam Darnold. Curtis also expressed some thoughts on how Roger Goodell and the NFL handled things during the pandemic.
In the second half of the show Bill spoke with former New York Nets guard and ABA star Ollie Taylor. Ollie recalled his days playing the the ABA, including playing for head coaches such as KC Jones, Larry Brown and Rod Thorn- as well as playing with seven Hall-of-Famers and against the likes of such super stars as Julius Erving, Rick Barry and others.
Ollie also recalled how he showed up with Dr. J to play in the famed Rucker League that played in Harlem’s Rucker Park, located on 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in New York City. Ollie of course talked about his famous dunk on Artis Gilmore in the 1972 ABA playoffs- revered as one of the most amazing dunks of all-time. Closing things out Ollie talked about the pride he took in being able to play any position on the floor, and how he feels in many ways the ABA saved the NBA.
About Curtis Martin
Curtis Martin played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, primarily with the New York Jets. He played his first three seasons with the New England Patriots, who selected him in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft. Martin joined the Jets in 1998, where he spent nine seasons before retiring after the 2006 season. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, Martin rushed for 14,101 yards in his career, which is the sixth highest in the NFL. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Martin, who missed most of his final college season at the University of Pittsburgh with an ankle injury, was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots in 1995. He showed no effects of that injury during his rookie season. He ran 30 yards on his first NFL carry, scored the game-winning touchdown and became the first Patriots player to rush for 100 yards in his pro debut. It was the first of a rookie-record-tying nine games that he eclipsed...
FLASHBACK: Ryan Callahan (2007)
Originally aired on WGBB's SPORTSTALK1240 on 02.12.2007.
SPORTSTALK1240 hosts Rob Kowal and Steve Ukeiley talk with New York Rangers prospect and first year pro Ryan Callahan about the adjustment of playing for Guelph in the Ontario Hockey League, to playing for the Hartford WolfPack in the American Hockey League (AHL), discussing the differences and the things he did to prepare himself for the tougher competition.
Ryan talks about rooming with Dan Girardi in Hartford prior to his call up to the Rangers and how the coaches and veteran players in Hartford have helped him adjust to playing in the league. Ryan also talks about putting on the Rangers sweater for the first time and how special it was to make his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in Buffalo, given that he is a native of nearby Rochester. Ryan also discussed the things he feels he needs to work on to be successful, and how he can help the Rangers night now. Ryan talked about what he hopes to do in Hartford for the remainder of the season, and about scoring the winning goal in the AHL All-Star game.
About Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan epitomized the elements coaches hope to instill in players. Grit. Determination. Heart. Sacrifice. Leadership.
The forward poured all of himself, and those qualities, into the game. He standed out, not necessarily for his statistics, but for how he played.
A fourth-round pick (No. 127) of the New York Rangers in the 2004 NHL Draft, Callahan made his mark in ways that often go unnoticed from the stands but earn him plenty of praise from the bench. The native of Rochester, NY knew only one way to play, and that's all-out on every shift.
Whether Callahan was laying a big hit on an opponent off a strong forecheck, blocking a shot or taking punishment in front of the net trying to create a screen, he was often cited as example on how to do things right.
During the 2015 postseason, Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy the night before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens but was back in the lineup five days later for the start of the conference final against the Rangers.
Setting that type of gritty example has earned him a reputation as one of the top leaders in the game. Entering 2009-10, his third full season, he was named an alternate captain by the Rangers. Two seasons later, he was named the 26th captain in Rangers history and the first New York-born player to serve that role.
Callahan remained the Rangers captain until March 5, 2014, when he was traded to Tampa Bay in a captain-for-captain swap for Martin St. Louis.
Callahan was in the final year of his contract, but instead of testing the free agent market, he opted to remain with the Lightning. He signed a six-year contract extension days before free agency opened.
A two-time U.S. Olympian who won a silver medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Callahan has served as alternate captain for Tampa Bay.
Isles Talk, Mets Preview
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese open the show talking Islanders hockey with Paul Kreischer, the lead writer for http://islestalk.com (Isles Talk). In the second half of the show, the guys discussed the Mets big moves this off season, including new owner Steve Cohen and the acquisition of franchise shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitching ace Carlos Carrasco. Longtime Mets fan and show sponsor Steven Brook from https://countryfootcare.com/ (Country Foot Care) also called in to the show to weigh in on the team as spring training looms in the not to distant future.
Islanders Season Preview, Jiggs McDonald, 1992-93 Isles
Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese open the show welcoming New York Islanders beat reporter for Newsday Andrew Gross, who previewed the team as they head into the new season. In the second half of the show, the guys welcome longtime Islanders play-by-play announcer Jiggs McDonald, John and Gary's first guest on a new "Islanders Alumni Corner" show segment. Jiggs and the guys reminisced about the 1992-93 Islanders team and their memorable playoff run that season.
FLASHBACK: Tommy Lasorda (2015)
Originally aired on WGBB's SPORTSTALK1240 on 08.09.2015.
Host Bill Donohue talks with longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda about the early days of his playing career, his start with the Dodgers organization and some of the great Dodgers teams he managed over his 21 years as manager of the team (and at time 66 years with the organization), including some memorable World Series games against the Yankees. Tommy also talks about some of the great players he managed, including Mike Piazza. Tommy also talked about managing the United States National Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and winning the gold medal.
[03:32] - The Dodgers Way
[06:30] - Gibson's Home Run
[08:01] - Tommy's Greatest Thrill
[09:27] - Gil Hodges and Mike Piazza
[13:50] - Winning the Gold Medal
About Tommy Lasorda
For more than eight decades, he was been the face of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tommy Lasorda will always remain the embodiment of Dodger Blue.
Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976-1996, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 following a career where he won 1,599 games, two World Series and two more National League pennants – all with the Dodgers.
Thomas Charles Lasorda was born Sept. 22, 1927 in Norristown, Pa. He got his start in pro-baseball at the age of 18 as a southpaw pitcher when he signed with the Phillies in 1945, then served two years in the military.
In 1948, Lasorda made a record-making return to the baseball scene with the Schenectady Blue Jays as he authored a 25-strikeout performance. In 1949, the Dodgers drafted him from the Phillies, and he made a new home pitching for the Greenville Spinners and the Montreal Royals. During his time with the Royals, Lasorda led his team to four minor league championships.
Lasorda made his major league debut on Aug. 5, 1954 with the Dodgers. He played for the Dodgers for two seasons before being traded to the Kansas City Athletics, where he pitched for one season.
After the 1960 season, Lasorda ended his playing career and became a scout for the Dodgers until 1965. He managed in the minor leagues from 1966-72, and in 1973 made his way back to the big leagues as a third base coach for the Dodgers under another future Hall of Fame manager: Walter Alston. Alston retired in 1976 after 23 years with the Dodgers, and Lasorda took the reins.
By 1978, he had led the Dodgers to two straight National League championships, and became the first NL manager to win pennants in their first two seasons. After losing to the Yankees in both the 1977 and 1978 World Series, the Dodgers went on to win the World Series over the Yankees in 1981. They defeated the A’s in 1988 to give Lasorda his second World Series title.
After retiring in 1996, Lasorda stayed busy working in baseball. In 2000, he managed the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team to a gold medal in the Sydney Games.
FLASHBACK: Boomer Esiason (2007)
Originally aired on WGBB's SPORTSTALK1240 on 01.07.2007.
Host Rob Kowal talks with former New York Jets QB Boomer Esiason prior to his start as host of the popular Boomer & Carton program on WFAN. Boomer talks with Rob about his football career, his time in New York with the Jets and how the team was doing at the time- including his thoughts on new rookie guard D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
Mark Bavaro, Dave Maloney
Host Rob Cramer begins the show welcoming former New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro. Mark talks about the current Giants late season push to make the playoffs, the craziness of games with no crowds during the pandemic and the use of fake crowd noise in the stadiums. Mark also talked about the Super Bowl winning teams he played on with the Giants in 1986 and 1990, playing for Bill Parcells and the genius of Bill Belichick he witnessed in New York while with the Giants and later playing for him in Cleveland with the Browns.
Then former New York Rangers captain and current MSG analyst for the Rangers Dave Maloney joined the show to discuss the current Rangers team as they head into the season. Dave talked a bit about the World Junior Championships before briefly getting into his run to the Stanley Cup Finals back in 1979. Then Dave gave his thoughts on the current Rangers team, including the challenges facing the team in the upcoming pandemic shortened season.
[00:00] - Show Intro
[01:26] - Mark Bavaro joins the show
[06:06] - Thoughts on Bill Belichick
[10:32] - Notre Dame football
[13:48] - 1986 Giants vs 1990 Giants
[16:22] - Breaking into the NFL with the Giants and playing for Bill Parcells
[23:11] - Playing in New York
[27:35] - Dave Maloney joins the show
[28:56] - World Juniors
[33:01] - Rangers 1979 Stanley Cup run
[36:33] - Expectations for the Rangers heading into the season
[40:05] - Value of the Rangers playoff experience last season
[42:17] - Henrik Lundqvist big skates to fill for Igor Shesterkin
[50:09] - Do the Rangers need to name a captain
About Mark Bavaro
Mark Bavaro is a former American football tight end who played for the New York Giants (1985–1990), Cleveland Browns (1992), and Philadelphia Eagles (1993–1994) in the National Football League (NFL). Bavaro was selected to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1986 and 1987 seasons and was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV.
After an All-American career at the University of Notre Dame, Bavaro was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round (#100 overall) in the 1985 NFL Draft. He quickly emerged as a starter in his rookie season and became renowned during his Giants career for his blocking, toughness, and receiving skills. After a degenerative knee condition forced him to sit out the 1991 season, he returned to play three seasons for the Browns and Eagles before retiring in 1995. Since retiring Bavaro has done work as an anti-abortion activist. His brother David also played in the NFL for four seasons.
About Dave Maloney
Dave Maloney was drafted 14th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1974 NHL amateur draft. He played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974–75 until 1984–85.. Maloney played in 657 career NHL games, scoring 71 goals and 246 assists for 317 points, as well as compiling 1154 penalty minutes. He was also the youngest player to serve as Captain for the New York Rangers and captained them to the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals. That same year, Maloney, along with Phil Esposito and other Ranger teammates, recorded a song called the Hockey Sock Rock as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In 1990, Maloney called the New York Rangers-Washington series on SportsChannel America along with Rick Peckham. From 1995 to 1998, he was a studio analyst for NHL on Fox. He currently serves as the color commentator on Ranger radio broadcasts alongside Kenny Albert.
On December 6, 1984, the Rangers traded Maloney and Chris Renaud to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Steve Patrick and Jim Wiemer.
Maloney played with his brother Don Maloney while with the Rangers.
Darryl Strawberry, Julius Erving
Host Bill Donohue brings in the new show by welcoming former New York Mets and Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry. Darryl talks about some of his favorite teams and players (Pete Rose?!) growing up in Los Angeles. Strawberry also talked about playing for Davey Johnson, losing to the Dodgers in 1988, leaving the New York Mets to play in Los Angeles, his relationship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and playing for the Yankees and being a part of a Simpsons episode. The Straw man also talked about his new book coming out on January 12th, https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Your-Season-Around-Transforms/dp/0310360862 (Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life) and how his life and perspective has changed since his baseball career ended.
Then former New York Nets star forward and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving joined the show as "Dr. J" talked about his favorite teams and players growing up in Roosevelt on Long Island, as well as some of the great basketball players that grew up in the area. Erving also talked about the evolution of the dunk, his relationship with basketball Hall-of-Famer Pete Maravich, the early days of the ABA and playing at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the Nets, and his time in Philadelphia with the Sixers. "Dr. J" closed things out talking about his famous dunk in the 1980 NBA Finals, and later talked about comparisons to Michael Jordan and other stars that came into the NBA after him.
[00:00] - Show Intro
[01:46] - Darryl Strawberry joins the show
[06:58] - Relationship with George Steinbrenner
[07:56] - Being on The Simpsons
[20:43] - Darryl talks about the turning point in his life
[29:44] - Julius Erving joins the show
[35:33] - The evolution of the dunk
[38:28] - Thoughts on "Pistol" Pete Maravich
[40:49] - The ABA and the Nets
[46:52] - Philly and the Sixers
[49:21] - The Dunk
[52:33] - Thoughts on Michael Jordan
About Darryl Strawberry
Darryl Strawberry played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Throughout his career, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6 ft 6 in frame and his long, looping swing that elicited comparisons to Ted Williams.
During his career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He was also suspended three times by MLB for substance abuse, leading to many narratives about his massive potential going unfulfilled. A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984 to 1991. Strawberry was formerly an analyst for SportsNet New York.
About Julius Erving
Julius Erving is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential basketball players of all time, helping legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) as he was the best-known player in the league when it merged into the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season.
"Dr. J" won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA's Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He is the eighth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in slam dunk contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the ABA and the NBA. The basketball slang of being posterized was first coined to describe his moves.
Erving was inducted in 1993 into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was also named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1994, Erving was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.
New Name, Same Great Show and More!
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