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!

The Athletic’s Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford
JR joins Carey, Brooke & Randy to talk about the Blues rollercoaster season showing up in the MIDDLE of their game against VGK, what cause the collapse across the last two periods, Binner's "antics", Neighbours continuing to prove that we need to reevaluate his potential as a goal scorer & why Binnington's attitude is an important part of his reputation around the league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comedian Greg Warren & Mizzou Wrestling HC Brian Smith
Show favorite and former Mizzou wrestler Greg Warren joins the show in studio with Mizzou wrestling HC Brian Smith to talk about the upcoming duel between Mizzou & Illinois coming up in December at the Stifel Theatre, Greg lays out the greatest prank call in college wrestling history and Brian breaks down all the incredible matchups schedule for the duel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Opening Drive – December 7th, 2023
Watch the full show replay on our YouTube channel! 7:00 – Golden Knights-6 Blues-3 -- Saint Louis-69 Drake-75 -- Thursday Night Football - Patriots at Steelers 7:15 – Sick of it!! 7:30 – The Cardinals officially announced Yadier Molina as a Special Assistant to POBO John Mozeliak--How can Yadi best serve the Cardinals in his limited amount of time with the team in 2024? 7:45 – TIOLI 8:00 – Fresh Take: The Cardinals are slowing/winding down in the offseason--did they do enough to change the expectations going into next season? 8:15 - Yesterday we asked who the Blues whipping boy is this year. Today, who is the Cardinals whipping boy? 8:30 - The Fight 8:45 - Oli Marmol is headed into the last year of his contract. Are the Cardinals telegraphing their move, and who might be on deck to replace him? 9:00 - RUSH HOUR RESET 9:15 - Greg Warren & Mizzou wrestling coach Brian Smith break down the greatest prank call in college wrestling history & pump up the upcoming duel between Missouri & Illinois at Stffel Theatre 9:30 - Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford breaks down what went wrong the Blues decided to ride the roller-coaster IN GAME instead of between... 9:45 – Rocc ‘n Roll 10:00 - NFL News & Notes 10:15 - What exactly happened with the Tyler O'Neill statement? Was Mo really talking without a deal somewhere close? 10:30 - Rocc’s Hill to Die On 10:45 - What’s on tap? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
St. Louis Blues Center Robert Thomas
Robert joins the show to talk about the problem with playing a team in back-to-back games, whether or not he gets pre-game anxiety despite playing multiple times each week, the way the nerves go away as soon as he touches the puck, the fun of playing former teammates like Petro & Barby, the enjoyment of creating little rivalries with players across the league, Chief losing his voice this past week, not believing in "sick days" or even "flu games" and a very direct rejection of our latest nickname attempt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Blues analyst, 101 host Jamie Rivers
Jamie joins Randy, Carey & Brooke to talk about another fight for our friend Kelly Chase, the amazing play of Binner in Vegas, the biggest causes of the Blues roller coaster-like play and their need to take advantage of the upcoming schedule. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Opening Drive – December 6th, 2023
Watch the full show replay on our YouTube channel! 7:00 – Big win for the Illini -- MLB draft lottery was just another lose for the Cardinals -- ALL the news from the Winter Meetings... 7:15 - Ask Uncle Randy! 7:30 - Did the CFP committee communicate with itself enough in the process? 7:45 - TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT 8:00 – Blues Booth: Jamie Rivers on another fight for Chaser & the Blues need to take advantage of their schedule 8:15 - Fresh Take: What is Mo trying to accomplish at the Winter meetings? Could the Cardinals be making a mistake if they don’t go all-in for a front of the rotation starter? 8:30 - St. Louis Blues C Robert Thomas talks about his pre-game thoughts, facing his former teammates & rejecting the whole concept of "flu games" 8:45 - The Fight 9:00 – Rush Hour Reset 9:15 - NFL News & Notes - Who’s the team that, if they are the last to make the playoffs, teams don’t want to play? 9:30 - Who is the Blues whipping boy? Jordan Kyrou is third on the team in scoring. Seems like there are guys that contribute more to where the Blues are in the standings… 9:45 - Rocc and Roll Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/7, CBS Sports CFB analyst Carl Reed
Coach Reed joins Brooke, Carey & Randy to talk about why the SEC is just different--no matter how much Carey doesn't like it--why it JUST MENS MORE, Bama being his favorite to win the CFP, the biggest updates coming across the transfer portal, the MIZ vs. Ohio St. matchup, how much the transfers and players sitting out will affect the perception & what Mizzou's future at RB looks like with Schrader & Peat leaving after this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TV Voice of the Blues, John Kelly
JK joins the show to break down the best game the Blues have played all season, Binnington putting up an all-timer in the dessert, Toropchenko & Alexandrov making an impact in limited ice time, Parayko continuing his top play, the Blues being 12-0 when they score first and why the current issue with Kyrou is one you would never expect... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Opening Drive – December 5th, 2023
Watch the full show replay on out YouTube channel! 7:00 - Bengals-34 Jaguars-31 (OT) -- Blues-2 VGK-1 -- Mozeliak on the Cardinals outfield & the odd-man-out 7:15- The Cardinals' outfield appears set and TON seems to be on the way out--what about the former cold-dead-hands Carlson? 7:30 - Do the Blues have a problem with their balance of SKILL vs WILL–and is this the biggest cause of the roller coaster season? 7:45 - TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT 8:00 - Fresh Take: What did Mo say—what did Mo mean? Would he drop a name like O'Neill without having a deal in place? 8:15 - NFL News & Notes 8:30 - The Fight 8:45 - Blues Booth: Blues TV voice John Kelly on Binnington with one of his most impressive games since 2019 9:00 - Rush Hour Reset 9:15 – 24/7, CBS Sports CFB analyst Carl Reed on why the game is different when you involve the SEC--sorry Carey! 9:30 – The outfield seems...set. But what about the infield and DH questions for the Cardinals? Is Gorman part of the long-term plan? 9:45 - Rocc ‘n Roll Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Voice of the Blues, Chris Kerber
Kerbs joins "The Opening Drive" to talk about the Blues continued defensive issues, why he's starting to focus on the Blues needing to get better overall goaltending and the Blues biggest issues so far this season--the Blues inability to balance SKILL versus WILL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Randy Karraker

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows more about St. Louis sports, or sports in general, than Randy Karraker. Randy has been part of the St. Louis sports media for more than two decades, but his super-fandom started years before as an usher for both the Cardinals and Blues.

“My favorite sports moment was the first NFL playoff game played in St. Louis, when the Rams scored on their first offensive play against Minnesota, a 77-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Isaac Bruce,” Randy says. “That’s followed closely by Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run on September 8, 1998 against the Cubs.”

Randy’s also involved in several St. Louis charities, including his annual golf tournament benefiting Every Child’s Hope. You can hear him holding court on The Opening Drive weekday mornings from 7-10 a.m. on 101 ESPN.

Carey Davis

Nothing like adding a Super Bowl Champion to your roster!

Carey co-hosts “The Opening Drive” with Randy Karraker and Brooke Grimsley from 7am-10am weekday mornings on 101 ESPN. Carey’s athletic career began at Hazelwood Central High School where he won a State Championship his sophomore year in football. Carey’s football career continued at the University of Illinois where he helped lead his team to the first outright Big Ten Championship in nearly 20 years. After graduating in 2003 with a degree in Sport Management, Davis fulfilled his dream of playing in the NFL. Davis was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie free agent in 2004. In 2007, Davis signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and earned the starting fullback job to begin the season. Davis proved to be a crucial weapon in the Pittsburgh offense and helped lead the Steelers to an amazing Super Bowl XLIII victory in 2009.

Carey’s broadcasting career began as an analyst for the St. Louis Rams on 101 ESPN and then as a sideline reporter for the Fighting Illini. Davis would go on to coach at his alma mater starting in 2018 as the new head coach at Hazelwood Central.

Brooke Grimsley

Brooke Grimsley was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN but now considers herself a St. Louisan after spending the last five years here serving as a sports anchor and reporter at KMOV-TV. She attended Middle Tennessee State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism. From there, she picked up her first gig working on the 3HL show on 1045 The Zone in Nashville. She then moved to Arkansas to cover the Razorbacks as a sports reporter and anchor at KFSM.

Growing up she played competitive tennis throughout her school years, regularly traveling to participate in tournaments. She took her passion for tennis and sports and channeled it into a career in sports broadcasting.

While attending MTSU, Brooke worked for the Blue Raiders football team assisting coaches and players. Brooke also served as the play-by-play announcer for various MTSU live sporting events, including volleyball, soccer, and basketball.

Brooke enjoys spending time with her dog Stevie Nicks and playing tennis in her spare time.

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