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 competiion 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.
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