The Opening Drive

Kickstart your morning with Randy Karraker, Brooke Grimsley, and Super Bowl Champion Carey Davis every morning from 7AM-10AM! ‘The Opening Drive’ will be your home for all sports talk in the morning on 101 ESPN!

Latest Episodes

Chris Blair, WWT Raceway GM

Chris joins Randy & Carey to talk about next weekend’s Enjoy Illinois 300, what they learned from last year’s event on how to make 2023 even better, what the best kind of racing to watch if you’re new to the sport and the best ways to get to the events and enjoy next weekend.
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MLS broadcaster Max Bretos

Max joins “The Opening Drive” to get into Saturday’s matchup between CITY & Vancouver, if the Whitecaps recent change of play to a hectic style shows the league making a change, why CITY can’t sit back because of Vancouver’s poor away record, why the battle of “stories” could make the matchup interesting, the Vancouver pairing that could cause CITY some problems, why these teams having similar styles makes turns the possession battle on its head, how the Klauss-less offense needs to continue giving CITY some confidence, his excitement in getting to see CITYPARK atmosphere first-hand for the first time and importance that Blom’s play in the midfield will be against a transition-heavy style on Saturday.
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Mike Johnson, Sugarfire Pitmaster

Mike joins the show in studio to talk about one of the best things in the world: BBQ. Tips on the best burgers, steaks, ribs, rib tips, even vegetables!
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Voice of the Cardinals, Chip Caray

Chip joins Randy & Carey to talk about the Cardinals starting a 3-game series in Cleveland, the changes you have to make for the early-afternoon day games, getting used to Nolan Gorman’s growing dominance, the similarities between pitching and real estate (think “location”), what makes BT’s perspective as a former pitcher so crucial during the broadcast and the changes that Chip would make to the MLB schedule after the recent changes.
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Former PGA Pro Jay Delsing

Jay joins Carey & Randy to walk about the incredible story of Michael Block, drive into the other recent golfing stories and put some planning on this round of golf
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The Opening Drive – May 26th, 2023

7:00 – Cards-2 Reds-1
 Golden Knights-2 Stars-3 OT (VGK leads 3-1)
 Celtics-110 Heat-97 (Heat lead 3-2)

7:15 – What do the Cardinals need to do between now and the London trip to convince you that they’re a playoff team?

7:30 – Former PGA Pro Jay Delsing on Michael Block’s incredible run

7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Fresh Take – Will Liberatore seal his spot in the rotation? And will it be in a 5-man or 6-man group?

8:15 – Cardinals broadcaster Chip Caray talks about the Cardinals pitching questions as Mikolas settled in last night

8:30 – The Fight


9:00 – Mike Johnson, from Sugarfire, Hi Pointe, Chicken Out…talking Memorial Day BBQ and giving us his BBQ tips


9:30 – CONTROLLED CHAOS: MLS Season Pass broadcaster Max Bretos on the matchup between CITY & Vancouver

9:45 – Rocc and Roll

10:00 – Memorial Day BBQ draft

10:15 – Matthew’s Hill to die on!

10:30 – Chris Blair, WWT Raceway talking about next weekend’s Enjoy Illinois 300

10:45 – Weekend preview…what are you looking forward to?

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The Athletic’s Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford

JR joins the show to talk about Matthew Tkachuk’s dominance in the ECF, the Panthers run to the Finals, if he thinks the Stars have a shot to prolong the series in the West and some thoughts on the Blues ability to change the roster as FA and the draft start to become a discussion.
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MLB Network lead host Greg Amsinger

Greg joins “The Opening Drive” to talk about his birthday celebration strategy, the Cardinals continued pitching issues, Matz’s stuff just losing its edge, the complete non-competitiveness of the NL & AL Central divisions, which teams could be moving pitchers soon and if the Cardinals are a fit and his read of the future of Tyler O’Neill in St. Louis.
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The Opening Drive – May 25th, 2023

7:00 – Cards-3 Reds-10
Is it a good thing when the game is over going into the top of the 2nd?
Panthers-4    Canes-3
MATTHEW TKACHUK!!!! Scores 3 of the 4 game-winning goals in the series (OT goal G1, OT goal G2, last-second goal G4) and also got the assist on the winner in G3

7:15 – SICK OF IT!!!

7:30 – MLB Network lead host Greg Amsinger talks about the Cardinals continued pitching struggles and celebrates his birthday

7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Fresh Take : What are the Cardinals doing with Liberatore?


8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – That’s now 10 winless starts for Matz—a decision needs to be made.

9:00 – Jeremy Rutherford breaks down the excellence of Matthew Tkachuk

9:15 – RUSH HOUR RESET: Lineup Game!

9:30 – Cardinals manager Oli Marmol on the struggles from Matz, needing more from the pitching staff, the plan with Liberatore and more

9:45 – Rocc ‘n Roll
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St. Louis Cardinals Manager Oli Marmol

The Cardinals skipper joins Carey, Brooke & Randy to talk about the rough start from Steven Matz, the plan for the starters versus Cleveland, starting to get more from Miles, Jack & Monty, what the plan is right now for Carlson & O’Neill, what went into today’s getaway day lineup, Gorman working through the adversity to get where he is now and still pushing for better results after putting themselves in such a large hole.
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