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

The Opening Drive – March 29th, 2023

7:00 – Blues-6 Canucks-5 and it was a fascinating to watch as Vrana gets the winner and continues his strong play and Cardinals Opening Day is tomorrow. Miles Mikolas vs. Alec Manoah.

7:15 – Dylan Carlson will play his third year, his 24 season this year. Have we seen enough to make a judgment on him, or is it too early?

7:30 – Ask Uncle Randy
7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Cardinal Spanish Language broadcaster Polo Ascencio talks about the magic of the WBC and his excitement for the season

8:15 – Hall of Famer Bernie Federko talks about a big Blues win and the continued strong play from Vrana

8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – Costas on how rules changes will affect the game and how the history of the game lines up with the new rules

9:00 – St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas talks about the big win, the speed from Vrana & Kyrou and his thoughts on Opening Day from the other side of the city

9:15 – Today’s Big Thing: Rush Hour reset

9:30 – Wednesdays with Waino – Cardinals P Adam Wainwright joins the show talk about his WBC experience and his early thoughts and reactions to his groin injury

9:45 – Rocc & Roll
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St. Louis Blues President Chris Zimmerman

Chris joined Randy, Carey & Brooke to talk about the upcoming Disabled Hockey Festival in St. Louis, the Blues & Centene’s involvement in the organization and other charities around St. Louis and how you can get involved with the events.
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Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne

Claibs joins “The Opening Drive” to talk about his RIDICULOUS bracket, takeaways from Spring Training–mainly the positive from Jordan Walker and how to grade the struggles from Flaherty, his excitement for Opening Day and expectations for the 2023 season.
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Blues, TNT analyst Darren Pang

Panger joins the show to talk about the Blues as they face off against the Canucks last night, the idea of believing in Army after another trade deadline where he seems to have won the deals, if the blue line play for the Blues has changed or improved this season and how the Blues mentality and structure needs to change in a big way for next season to be different–and why establishing that this season is so important.
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ESPN Baseball writer, analyst Tim Kurkjian

Tim joins Carey, Brooke & Randy to talk about his expectations and takeaways from Jordan Walker mashing himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation this spring, what comparisons come to mind, his expectations for the NL and MLB across the MLB, how the new rules will change the pace for the better of baseball and just how crazy the money with Ohtani is going to get.
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The Opening Drive – March 28th, 2023

7:00 – Monday Recap
 Cardinals-8 Orioles-3, Jordan Montgomery→5.0IP 3H 1ER 1BB 4K, John Denton’s projected Opening Day Lineup…

Brendan Donovan, 2B

Tyler O’Neill, CF

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

Nolan Arenado, 3B

Willson Contreras, C

Nolan Gorman, DH

Jordan Walker, LF

Lars Nootbaar, RF

Tommy Edman, SS

7:15 – How are the Blues new individuals looking vs. the guys that traded? Blais, Vrana and Kapanen vs. Tarasenko, O’Reilly and Barbashev.

7:30 – ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian talks Opening Day, Jordan Walker and 2023 expectations

7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Fresh Take – NFL New and Notes…Lamar Jackson requested a trade on March 2, and the Packers still haven’t traded Aaron Rodgers to the Jets. Should the Jets be calling the Ravens.

8:15 – Blues Analyst Darren Pang talks about the Blues-Canucks and the strong play of the trade deadline trio

8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – STL has two young #18’s…Robert Thomas of the Blues and Jordan Walker of the Cardinals. What do they need to do to cement their legacy in STL Sports lore?

9:15 – Mike Claiborne talks about his crazy bracket, his thoughts on Walker’s ’23 expectations & trying to figure out Flaherty after a struggling Spring

9:30 – Blues President Chris Zimmerman talks about an incredible event with the Blues hosting the Disable Hockey Festival

9:45 – Rocc and Roll
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STL CITY SC Goalkeeper Roman Bürki

Roman joins the show for the first edition of CONTROLLED CHAOS to talk about another clean sheet for him and CITY, which players from the defense impressed him the most over the weekend, if he notices how CITY’s style affects other teams, the battle for CITY’s MOTM after a tough vote this past weekend and if the fans and chants help him stay pumped up during the different parts of the game.
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Voice of the Blues, Chris Kerber

Kerbs joins Carey, Brooke & Randy to talk about an up-and-down weekend for the Blues and an up-and-down night last night against the Kings, the success of the Blues newest players while the old traded ones are struggling, the goaltending situation and the blue-line showing us some fool’s gold again.
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The Opening Drive – March 27th, 2023

7:00 – Weekend Wrap-up
L.A. Kings-7  Blues-6, Blues were down 5-1 after the first, but made it a game with 3 in the second
STL City SC-4 Real Salt Lake-0, Roman Burki with the clean sheet as City pushes their expansion team record to 5-0. Goals from Nicholas Gioaccchini, two from Klauss and Rasmus Alm opens his MLS account
Houston Astros-24 Cardinals-1 Flaherty → 3.2IP 4H 6ER 3BB 1K Packy makes the roster & then gets rockers→ 0.2IP 5H 5ER 1BB 0K
Final Four is set for next Saturday, UConn vs. Miami & FAU vs. San Diego State
Battlehawks-29  Las Vegas Vipers-6 McCarron→ 23/29 236 3TD 0INT

7:15 – Three Things we loved from the Weekend

7:30 – Jordan Walker makes the opening day roster. What do you expect of him?


8:00 – Fresh Take: Should the Cardinals get some credit for having Jordan Walker up for their opener?

8:15 – Chris Kerber on the Blues weekend, the defense continuing to struggle & the strong play of the new Blues vs. the old Blues

8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – Is City’s start the most surprising run by a STL team?
-1999 Rams
-2011 Cardinals
-2019 Blues
-1974 Big Red start 7-0
-1985 Cardinals, Whitey was supposed to be the first manager fired

9:00 – Today’s Big Thing: Rush Hour Reset

9:15 – CONTROLLED CHAOS: STL CITY SC GK Roman Burki talks about his second straight clean sheet, the MOTM fight & the continued domination of CITY’s system

9:30 – PANIC BUS: Jack Flaherty has us grabbing the keys and heading for the driver’s seat…

9:45 – Rocc & Roll
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Notre Dame Women’s Basketball HC Niele Ivey

Coach Ivey joins the show to talk about her path to becoming a head coach, never seeing herself in this position, how the team has been able to grow within the season through adversity, still staying connected to St. Louis & Cor Jesu, the enjoyment of watching her son Jaden get to the NBA and succeed and her thoughts on a tough Sweet 16 matchup vs. Maryland.
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