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.
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, it’s the return. The show is back with brand new material, as CanucksArmy’s JACKSON McDONALD joins Justin to talk the Canucks’ deployment of Nikolay Goldobin, the on-going war over the Russian winger between rabid factions on either side, the maturation of Jake Virtanen, and more. But beyond Canucks talk, they also get into OHL’s hazing controversy, and what it reveals about labour needs and unionization in the CHL — and an article of Jackson’s that was read on the floor of Ontario’s provincial parliament.
This week on the show that's back from the dead, Justin lays out his vision of the future of the show and hopes that you'll stick around to see it through with him. The show comes back in earnest next week, but in the meantime, there's already an example of what an RGS episode with Justin flying solo with guest sounds like. Chances are, you just haven't heard it…
This week on the show that needs something to blame after last year, John is away watching the Leafs home opener, so Stefan and Justin fly solo and go heavy on Canucks content right before the 2018/19 NHL season kicks off. And why not when they’ve given us so much to talk about: on banning Fortnite, Bo Horvat’s political machinations, the case for playing skill guys, and Stefan’s #IgnoreTheLottery campaign. PLUS: The Gritty backlash has arrived! Kawhi Leonard’s weird laugh! Predicting the NHL season! And what it would take for us to finally stop cheering for the Canucks.
This week on the show that’s just gonna bypass that question because improvement will lead to success, John returns to the show fresh off his successful stint at JFL performing as his beloved Southern Momma character and he's full of fire and rage as two of the most contentious debates in RGS history break out over... (checks notes) Troy Stecher and salad. PLUS: Trevor Linden leaves the Canucks! We debate the ceiling of Elias Pettersson! Jim Harbaugh thinks eating chicken gives you brain diseases! New holiday mascots! And Justin comes out swinging against The Office.
This week on the show that knows car and cat are only separated by one letter (isn't that neat?), Dalhousie Tigers forward and former WHL beauty JACKSON PLAYFAIR returns to the show for an in-studio hockey spectacular. John is over the moon with the Leafs signing John Tavares, while Stefan wallows in self-pity and Justin finds glimmers of hope in the Canucks' discouraging free agent crop. PLUS: Our Auston Insider reveals what the Leafs moves mean for Matthews, forecasts his dad's future in the game, and goes deep on the one feud that may have ended with Playfair jerseys in the firepit. We talked hockey with Jackson for 100 minutes and could have gone 300 more.
This week on the show that lets the tank get down to halfway and then puts 20 bucks in, the Real Good Boys are all back in the studio and joined by David "The Coffee Boss" Booker to discuss MMA mishaps, fighting in Alaska, and how he got his nickname. PLUS: The Canucks pick 7th! The Leafs get eliminated from the postseason! John plays a gig in a small town! Trading our bad habits! And the boys issue a formal apology for their draft lottery stream.
This week on the show that ain't gettin' this one, boys, we prepare ourselves to say goodbye to Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as the twins who have embodied Vancouver hockey for nearly 20 years prepare to hang up the skates for good. PLUS: Budgeting out the cost of a human litter box! Turtle sandbox! And we get to the bottom of the bad American pronunciations of "decal", "pasta" and "about".