This week on the show here to talk about Bose Horvats and Brock Bozo, former Vancouver sports radio producer / host turned international man of mystery MIKE MARTIGNAGO joins the program for an update on what he’s been up to since going off the grid, the grind of trying to live the dream, Francesco Aquilini’s Twitter, Trevor Linden’s redemption, John Weisbrod’s bizarre resumé, the ongoing scandals surrounding Whitecaps FC, a spirited debate on whether sports newsroom employees are allowed to feel joy over positive results, and an inside scoop on Kawhi’s off-season plans. PLUS: Ralph Rantignago shares his experiences with wage theft, and we share memories of our friend Jason Botchford.
Episode 178: Where Were You Last Night? An Oral History of The Shot (with Blake Murphy, Max Kerman, Sportsfeld, Sean Woodley, Vivek Jacob, Devang Desai, Rob Rousseau, Josh Custodio & Vyas Saran)
This week on the show that gets it to go, it’s a very special episode as a wide array of guests stop in to answer one question: Where were you last night? Writers, podcasters, artists and fans share their perspectives on The Shot — Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer beater to keep the Raptors’ playoff hopes alive. Already an iconic highlight in both NBA and Toronto sports history, we break it all down with an examination of the moment. An oral history of The Shot.
This week on the show that’s still grieving, I reflect a bit on the takeaway lessons of Jason Botchford’s friendship and incredible professional impact, and how I feel changed personally and professionally since his passing. I wanted to put together a tribute show this week collecting stories from people who knew him like I did, and people who knew him better than me. But the timing didn’t feel quite right to do that. I couldn’t bring myself to do it, anyway. Not yet. But I did share my own stories of the man and the way he helped me with CHRIS FABER of CanucksArmy on his podcast, and with his permission have republished that conversation in full with my own introduction.
Well this fucking sucks.
As I’m sure by now you’re aware, long-time Canucks beat-writer Jason Botchford passed away this week from apparent heart failure. He was 48 years old, and is survived by his wife Kathryn and three young children, Sienna, Keira, and Hudson. The real tragedy here, and this can not be stated enough, is that a young family lost a loving and dedicated husband and father. But it is clear in the tributes and outpouring of love for him — on Twitter, on radio airwaves, in newspaper columns — that this was a man who meant so much to so many.
As a writer and broadcaster, he was an innovator. He was divisive. He was aggressive. He was unapologetic. He was authentic. And more than anything, he wanted to be respected. Though he could seem almost constantly aggrieved over perceived slights and felt at times unappreciated by his peers, I think he always knew his day would come — that the next generation of rising talents in the Vancouver hockey media looked up to him the way he had looked up to Tony Gallagher when he arrived in the city in 2005. Deep down Jason knew he would someday years down the line be toasted the way Tony is now — and if he didn’t, I did my best to tell him whenever I got the chance. Because this is not a case of a man being lionized in death, made to be larger than he was. Botch was always a living legend. And he was also my friend.
This week on the show that has a show this week, it’s a crossover event for the ages, as the ladies of PUCK BUNNIES, AUDREY & CHRISTINA make their RGS debuts. There is so much hockey to catch up on, and we try to touch it all: the Hurricanes’ improv troupe energy, the Blue Jackets pushing all in, why Jay Beagle is beloved in Washington, the Morgan Rielly thing, and why the Pittsburgh Penguins are the most fascinating team to watch as a Vancouver fan. PLUS: Audrey and Christina discuss their experiences with hockey Twitter’s sexist gatekeepers, we run afoul of Islanders and Leafs fans during the Tavares return game, and we revisit the relic of gendered hockey coverage that was CBC’s While The Men Watch.
This week on the show that was recorded before the Robert Kraft story broke, we go in on owners anyway! 49th Parahell's ROB ROUSSEAU joins the show to talk the Raptors loading up at the deadline, Colin Kaepernick's massive settlement in his collusion case against the NFL, the useless bloodsucking of sports owners, and the way professional sports fandom warps your perception of labour issues.
This week on the show that finally got fired, FlamesNation columnist MIKE PFEIL -- our man on the ground in Edmonton -- joins the show mourn the loss of the NHL's dumbest GM, and celebrate the legacy of the man who unquestionably ruined the Oilers. PLUS: Why this year's Flames are different, what the NHL got right at this year's All-Star Game, and what it still needs to fix going forward. And a little transcription creates a heap of trouble.
This week on the show that might waive, but then again might not, J.D. BURKE of The Athletic Vancouver stops by the show for a lengthy discussion on where the Canucks are at after the midway point of the season, what they should do about Alex Edler as trade deadline approaches, and how the Edler conversation is over-shadowing some more important decisions the team needs to make either at the deadline or during the off-season. PLUS: Why everyone hates J.D., and getting real about the lifestyle of those trying to break into the current sports media landscape.
This week on the show that bombed out in the quarter-finals, sportswriter STEVE EWEN (PostMedia, The Province) stops by to wrap up the World Junior tournament that took over Vancouver to start the new year, and all that talk of junior talent leads to a discussion on the Vancouver Giants, and why you’re unlikely to see hockey ever return full-time to the Pacific Coliseum. PLUS: Lacrosse’s return to downtown! The rise of Vancouver’s basketball culture! And how the Canucks are failing Elias Pettersson.
This week on the show that has singlehandedly killed the UFC, CHICA bassist and Justin’s Top Marks co-host JOSH CUSTODIO stops by the show to make sense of the latest Jon Jones drug test mess and break down an eventful UFC 232 card that helped the company put a positive exclamation point on what had otherwise been a rocky 2018. PLUS: The search for UFC’s great babyface! Amanda Nunes and the future of women’s MMA! How Conor vs Khabib has become The Prestige! And we’re all enjoying dunking on Darren Rovell, but is there some level of truth to his perspective? Plus the boys dish on their favourite movies of the year.