The Opening Drive

Carey Davis, Super Bowl champion and former Illini football star, has joined Randy Karraker every morning from 7AM-10AM! ‘The Opening Drive’ will be your home for all sports talk in the morning on 101 ESPN!

Latest Episodes

ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel

Kiley joins Randy & Carey to talk about his prospect rankings, his thoughts on Jordan Walker and why his pro-comparison moves him down a little relative to other rankings, why he’s even higher on Masyn Winn in the completely opposite way, evaluating the jump that Gordan Graceffo across this past year, his thoughts on Tink Hence & the Cardinals making his job trickier and why he still has Ivan Herrera in his Top 100.

Former NFL LBer KJ Wright

KJ joined the show to break down his thoughts on Brady’s retirement, what it was like to face him in the playoffs, how he remembers the lead up to the Broncos romp & why he saw it coming, comparing other defenses to what they build in Seattle, his thoughts on the Chiefs-Eagles matchup and his memories of having to come into STL & play the Rams.

Former Blues broadcaster Kelly Chase

Chaser talks about a big day coming up for Brett Hull, Barrett Jackson & himself as they prepare for the big day next week, the reasons that led him to getting involved with medicinal cannabis, how the process led him from the NHL alumni association to his involvement locally, what he saw inside the NHL with players dealing with the opiate crisis and addiction and Kelly Chase’s favorite story from his old-school Blues days with Brett Hull.

Blues broadcaster John Kelly

Jk on the tricky parts of separating the job from the team, his plans to get away from the game and relax during the break, if he sees them as sellers when they come back from the break, why the first 10 games after the break will be the most important for this team in their decision-making towards the deadline, why a positive turn could change their min and the Western Conference remaining wide open.

MLB Network lead host Greg Amsinger

Greg joins the show to talk about his new job as the rules explainer in MLB parks this year, his thoughts on Jordan Walker’s chance to win a job in camp, how the rest of the Cardinals deep prospect group gives them a lot of options, how he sees the Cardinals lineup for this season, which squads will be the most fun to watch in the WBC and if the recent comments out of the Dodgers org. have all but ended Trevor Bauer’s chances of signing in MLB.

The Opening Drive – February 2nd, 2023

7:00 – Missouri with another BIG SEC win behind a barrage of 3s, our All-Time Sports Family bracket is officially underway for real and we have some questions about the Cardinals viability in the NL Central

7:15 – Sick of it!!

7:30 – Greg Amsinger on the Cardinals top prospects and his thoughts on their current projected lineup

7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Are the Cardinals in trouble versus their division rivals in 2023?

8:15 – John Kelly on the decision the Blues might make and how the gap between the break and the deadline will be crucial

8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – Fresh Take: It seems pretty definitive that Garoppolo is gone for the 49ers–who is going to start most of their game in 2023?

9:00 – The NFL Salary cap just jumped big while the NHL just got a bad ratings report–what notes can the league take from the more successful leagues like the NFL and NBA?

9:15 – Kelly Chase talks about the movement for medicinal cannabis and tells us another wild story from his days on the Blues with Brett Hull


9:45 – Former NFL LBer KJ Wright on comparing defenses to the Legion of Boom, Pete Carroll & his thoughts on the Chiefs-Eagles matchup

10:00 – Today’s Big Thing: Wait…Urban Meyer doesn’t have Alabama as a Top 5 CFB job?

10:15 – ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel on his Top 100 Prospects and the big difference between his Walker & Winn rankings

10:30 – Rocc & Roll

10:45 – What’s on tap?

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. 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 the QB carousel is now turning in the NFL…

9:00 – Today’s Big Thing: The Athletic put out their offseason grades for MLB and Katie Woo gave the Cardinals a C+

9:15 – The Broncos and Texans have stagnated, can the big swings for their new coaches knock them out of the rut? 

9:30 – Are the Blues already behind the 8-ball in their rebuild/retool? What decisions need to be made over the break?

9:45 – Now that two of the big jobs are off the board, only the ugly sister remains—what are the Arizona Cardinals going to do for a HC? 

10:00 – ESPN host Joe Fortenbaugh talks about Super Bowl betting leading up to the game

10:15 – The Billikens slipped up against Fordham but have another chance to make a conference impact vs. VCU

PLUS an update on City as Coach Carnell broke down the result from the preseason in Florida yesterday with The Fast Lane

10:30 – Which matchups in the first round of our new bracket are we most excited to see?

10:45 – What’s on tap? 

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.