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

Blues analyst Joey Vitale

Joey joins “The Opening Drive” to talk about why he has some issues with DisneyLand, the interesting change with Binnington being inactive in last’s night game and how we can all get better at being engaged when people talk to us.
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CBS Basketball Analyst Clark Kellogg

Clark joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to talk about the amazing set of games last night, the comeback from Gonzaga, the back and forth between Kansas St. & Michigan St., his thoughts on tonight’s matchups and what makes has already made this tournament so special.
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Former PGA Pro Jay Delsing

Jay joins the show to talk about the continued question about changing the ball technology, why Rory is such a perfect example and the latest punches thrown in the perpetual PGA vs. LIV fight.
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The Opening Drive – March 24th, 2023

7:00 – Blues were down 2-0 just 82 seconds into the game before ripping off 4 unanswered, with Toropchenko, Schenn, Blais & Neighbor each burying one Binnington was inactive, Hofer started and saved 25 of 28 shots PLUS the latest on Waino, and how Cards will replace him

7:15 – Rick Pitino says most of the St. John’s players from this year won’t be back next year. How fair is that?

7:30 – Former PGA Pro Jay Delsing talks about the continued movement to pull back the flight of the ball and the latest LIV v. PGA battle

7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Fresh Take – Is the Cardinals backup catcher situation a problem? And, ESPN has multiple Cardinals in their top 100 players list but it’s not as good as’s list…

8:15 – CBS Basketball analyst Clark Kellogg breaks down a wild night of games and looks to tonight’s Sweet 16 matchups
8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – Joey Vitale talks about why he’s down on Disney World, the oddity of Binnington being inactive and the art of being more attentive

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

9:15 – Notre Dame women’s Coach Niele Ivey on her connection to STL, growing from a player to a coach to a leader of the program & a ttough matchup on Saturday

9:30 – Is the Cardinal rotation depth already being tested?

9:45 – Rocc and Roll — Can CITY continue their run despite some forced changes/injuries?
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UConn Huskies Guard Joey Calcaterra

“Joey California” joins Randy, Carey & Brooke before UConn’s big Sweet 16 matchup tonight against Arkansas to talk about what led him to UConn after 4 years in San Diego, how he’s taking advantage of the “Joey California” nickname and jumped into the NIL game, him roommate Adama Sanogo having a huge start to his tournament, hearing stories from his Dad about his DeSmet/UMSL days and what is what like growing up in such a basketball-heavy family.
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The Athletic’s Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford

JR joins the show to talk about the incredible tribute for Perron in the home matchup against the Red Wings, the continued experiment of Buchy at Center, what the main goals of the Blues should be for the rest of the season, why the Neighbors question is so tricky for the Blues and if the NHL making a WBC-like tournament would be better for the sport as a whole.
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Creighton Bluejays Center Ryan Kalkbrenner

Ryan joins “The Opening Drive” to talk about a huge weekend coming up for the Blue Jays, growing his basketball career at Trinity and in his AAU career around St. Louis, starting to like playing defense more than offense, if they’re watching the game Princeton had against Mizzou, his confidence in becoming the best Florissant kid to ever play for the Blue Jays and why he’s not gonna let Princeton win the rebound battle again.
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Voice of the Blues, John Kelly

JK joins the show to talk about his takeaways from Joel Hofer’s strong start, why it’s so hard to predict what Jake Neighbors could be the Blues going forward, if there could be a return for a former Blue like ROR back to the Blues in the offseason and whether or not a WBC-like tournament is the best for the future of the NHL.
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MLB Network lead host Greg Amsinger

Greg joins Carey, Randy & Brooke to talk about how important those last few moments and a full tournament of watchable moments were to the WBC’s importance, why it helps the MLB’s overall promotion, why the issues with Arenado & Goldy in the championship game won’t be something he spends time worrying about, what happened that pushed the Cardinals into his NL favorites and the most Chris Russo question could think of…
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The Opening Drive – March 23rd, 2023

7:00 – Oh cmon now this tie thing is getting ridiculous as the Card & National finish 0-0, Jordan Montgomery was a ground ball machine getting 12 of his first 15 outs that way & despite Carey’s happiness after the Warriors win, Mark Cuban is protesting the game following the loss over an uncontested dunk and a confused possession call, Blues @ Red Wings tonight

7:15 – Sick of it!!!

7:30 – MLB Network lead anchor Greg Amsinger (pre-Waino new) talks about the big factors in the Cardinals success this year, why he’s moved them into his NL Favorites category and the success and impact of the WBC

7:45 – TIOLI

8:00 – Fresh Take: Rory McIlroy & Jay Delsing are both on board with the ball with less compression…Why could golf’s technology be bad for it?

8:15 – Blues broadcaster John Kelly talks Blues @ Red Wings and another chance for the young players to step up

8:30 – The Fight

8:45 – Creighton Center Ryan Kalkbrenner talks about growing his game in STL, becoming the best STL-kid to ever play for the Jays and getting ready for a tricky Princeton matchup

9:00 – Today’s Big Thing: Rush hour reset
What are our two tournament locks for today’s games?

9:15 – The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford talks about the incredible tribute for Perron, the continued experiment with Buchy at Center and the things to look for as the Blues already look to 2023-24

9:30 – What does this news about Waino being out “several weeks” mean for our Cardinals expectations?

9:45 – Rocc and Roll
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