Ryan Getzlaf had chuckle at Ray's (literal) expense as Mr. Ferraro was late to the interview thanks to a traffic ticket. Getzlaf recounted his recent experience being pulled over, in a great conversation with the guys. He spoke on enjoying retired life, and being a stay-at-home dad. But, he discussed missing the game, and future plans for a role in management, coaching, or even joining Ray & Dregs in media! The former Anaheim Ducks superstar spent his entire career with the Ducks, but he filled us in on a trade that ALMOST sent him down the road to play for a contender. He applauded former teammate Corey Perry for still being as ‘agitating' as ever, and credited Teemu Selanne for a passion for cars that the two Ducks legends share. Headlines covers the CHL's Top Prospects game and the chance for the game's next crop to showcase their talent for NHL scouts. Trade winds are picking up with the All-Star break around the corner; the guys discuss Jakob Chychrun to LA rumours, the Kings goaltending issues, and Joonas Korpisalo as a possible solution. Plus, Mitch Marner's Bell Let's Talk message, and the importance of prioritizing mental health. Kris Abbott raises the stakes with picks for both the NFC and AFC Championship games this weekend. Kris likes KC's odds and tells us why they might finally have the answer to Burrow and the Bengals. Meanwhile, Ray's hoping more teasers will keep him in 1st place in the pod's NFL picks competition. Ray's trading out the rain boots for a pair of shades as he'll be heading south for a golf trip! Brooke Henderson's appearance on Overdrive, and the golf-game of TSN buddies are broken down in the final segment. Season 4 Episode 36 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RNDPANTS' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca. There is no shame in seeking help for a mental health concern, for more on Bell Let's Talk, and support options available to you, click here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ray joins the pod from a hotel room in Calgary after wrapping up Johnny Gaudreau's return for ESPN. The guys talk an emotional return for ‘Johnny Hockey', and the mix between jeers and cheers for the former Flame. Headlines covers the NHL's biggest story, Bruce Boudreau's firing from the Vancouver Canucks. The guys talk Boudreau's comments in a recent article from Micheal Russo of The Athletic, how coaches are usually fired, and Ray's position with wife Cammi Granato being part of Canucks management. Plus, what to expect out of new hires Rick Tocchet, Adam Foote, and Sergei Gonchar as they usher in a new era in Vancouver. Darryl Sutter made waves with his strange comments on Jakob Pelletier's NHL debut. Dregs spoke on the ‘walking back' of comments from the Flames Head Coach, and how they took away from a monumental moment for Pelletier. Betano's Kris Abbott was tied up in meetings, and will have to wait to gloat after a big W in the pod's NFL picks! Ray & Dregs talk an eventful weekend in the NFL, the Cowboys taking heat from all directions, Josh Allen and the Bills disappointing end to the season, and the remaining matchups for next week's conference championships. Your questions are answered in Ask Ray & Dregs Anything! This week the guys speak on experiences with firings/trades, Ray's asked about what his goal song would've been in the 80's, which NHL roster he'd want to be a GM for, and sticks up for officials as a listener has NOT been happy with the refs this season. Season 4 Episode 35 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RNDPANTS' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Buffalo Sabres GM Kevyn Adams joined the pod and spoke on his team's chase for the playoffs, unpredictable progress of young players, and ‘good problems' in the goalie crease. Adams also spoke on the Buffalo community pulling together in a tough stretch for the city, and the tight-knit bond between the Sabres and Bills. In Headlines, the guys speak on Ivan Provorov's decision not to join the Flyers in celebrating Pride Night, Steven Stamkos' milestone achievement and the rare fashion in which he did it in, and a wild first-round of the playoffs shaping up in the East. Plus, this year's slow trade market, and Ray's proposal for a ‘franchise tag' like system to bring back more deals. Kris Abbott joins the pod and is ready to redeem himself in the NFL's Divisional round this weekend. The game of the week is Niners/Cowboys, and Ray is back to his ‘teasing' ways. Norris trophy odds are examined as a rejuvenated Erik Karlsson headlines the list of potential non-Makar winners. Season 4 Episode 34 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RNDPANTS' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ray & Dregs kicks off with a ‘wild' weekend in the NFL, Ray draws a hockey parallel to the Jacksonville Jaguars wild comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The guys deliver another packed pod for your hockey listening pleasure! Headlines covers the latest NHL news, which features the Vancouver Canucks a lot these days! Canucks President of Hockey Operations, Jimmy Rutherford, delivers a press conference that points to imminent changes in Vancouver. The guys talk Bo Horvat's support for head coach Bruce Boudreau, likely departures amongst Canucks leadership, and the salary cap causing a stagnant trade market across the league. Plus, the tragic loss of Canucks legend Gino Odjick, his impact in the community, and the legacy he leaves behind. In other news around the league: the long awaited return of Evander Kane as the Edmonton Oilers look to get back on track, Calgary Flames finding ways to score, and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche sitting outside the playoffs. Ray gives his ‘between-the-benches' perspective on the new Torts ban on iPads, and whether the tablets can be a distraction for players. Kris Abbott joins the show and recounts ‘Super Wildcard Weekend' in the NFL. Kris talked a rollercoaster of emotions watching his bet in the Bengals vs. Ravens matchup, and how a 4th quarter defensive battle worked out for him in the end. Ray takes another ‘dub' in the pod's NFL picks, and makes sure Kris and Dregs know they missed again… just like a certain Cowboys kicker. Ask R+D sees questions on GM's vetting players from other teams before trades, David Pastrnak hitting the ‘cash register' with every point, Toronto Maple Leafs trade deadline needs, and Mr. Bryan Mudryk puts Dregs' curling knowledge to the test. Season 4 Episode 33 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Is it any wonder that Ron Francis' on-ice success is translating to the front office?? The Hockey Hall of Famer spoke on what's changed for the surging Seattle Kraken this year, pleasant surprise of first-ever Kraken draft pick Matty Beniers, team success playing a role in the Shane Wright decision, and reflected on the process of bringing Seattle's hockey team to fruition. Plus, Ron and former Hartford teammate Ray Ferraro recounted stories of playing for ‘The Whale'. Headlines kicks off with the ‘load management' question and whether resting stars, like Auston Matthews or Mitch Marner, is acceptable given the physical toll of an 82-game season. Ahead of calling the Wings/Leafs game for ESPN, Ray looks at the Detroit Red Wings roster and their struggles at the centre position. The guys discuss Dylan Larkin's contract situation and why the gap between Larkin and Wings management might see Larkin on a new team next year. Factors affecting Cale Makar's point drop-off, and John Gibson's future with the fledgling Anaheim Ducks round out a PACKED segment. Betano's Kris Abbott took a flier on the Leafs, and it PAID off! Kris spoke on Matt Murray's Hasek-like maneuver, and the hesitancy to bet on Toronto. Super Bowl favourites are looked at as sporting books favour the AFC, and powerhouse Bills and Chiefs teams. The NFL game of the week is Bucs/Cowboys as the pod is split on whether 45-year-old Tom Brady has more playoff magic in him. Season 4 Episode 32 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Send some good vibes to podcast mascot, Tiny Dreger, the Great Dane's knees might require Dregs to take on endorsement deals to pay off the vet bills! Ray's SUPER awake after a ‘thousand hammer' cold shower, just in time for Episode 31! Headlines covers John Tortorella backtracking on comments he made on the All-Star game as the brash coach tries to do the impossible in Philadelphia. Just what is the game-plan for the Flyers? The guys take a look at the albatross contracts and re-build/re-tool decision in Philly. Unlikely goaltending standouts Pheonix Copley and Martin Jones are given their due as the LA Kings and Seattle Kraken sit comfortably in playoff position in the Pacific Division. Trade talk heats up with the Senators as a potential fit for pending UFA Matt Dumba? Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin is faced with a decision similar to the Calgary Flames and Johnny Gaudreau last year. Ray has a bone to pick with Kris Abbott as he committed a betting faux-pas via text message this weekend. The pod took a collective ‘L' with Aaron Rodgers ending his season with 3 INT's in a loss to the Detroit Lions. World Juniors bettors saw great returns on the underdog bets as Czechia's performance was an outlier few saw coming. Ask Ray & Dregs sees questions on whether modern day NHL'ers will employ the ‘speed bag' tactic when dealing with bad teammates. A hypothetical Bedard for Matthews trade is examined as the hype around 1st overall gives bottom feeder teams some hope for the future. Ray is asked about facing hard-nosed defenceman Darius Kasparaitis in his playing days. Season 4 Episode 31 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ahead of the World Juniors gold medal game between Canada and Czechia, the guys welcome former NHL GM Dave Nonis to the pod for a regular appearance. Nonis discussed the World Juniors from a management perspective, what teams are looking for out of both drafted and undrafted players in the tournament. Tanking for Connor Bedard is a hot-topic as the Canadian standout seems destined for first overall at the draft. Rental players vs. long-term acquisitions are explored and Nonis uses the example of Hampus Lindholm and advising the Boston Bruins of Lindholm's abilities as a top-4 defenceman. As trade winds start to pickup in the NHL, Headlines kicks off with what potential buyers and sellers might be looking for in the coming weeks. Dregs relays a conversation with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews' agent Pat Brisson. The future of the 3-time Stanley Cup champions is discussed as the Chicago Blackhawks remain firmly at the bottom of league standings. Juraj Slafkovksy and Shane Wright's development plans are looked at as Ray advocates for a slow and measured approach. With the Seattle Kraken surprising many this season, the guys discuss whether they will, or should, be active in trade market to reward their players and fans. Kris Abbott talks a ‘losing' ticket with his semifinals bets at the World Juniors. Connor Bedard's incredible performance, and pivotal moments in the Canada vs. USA game are discussed. The Lions vs. Packers game is the focus as Kris and Dregs try to catch-up to Ray in the pod's NFL picks. Season 4 Episode 30 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
New Year's Eve celebrations included Dregs partying all the way till 12:01am, while Ray was at the Space Needle in Seattle after the Kraken vs. Oilers game. Rested and recharged, the guys ‘deliver the goods' for the first episode of the New Year! Headlines kicks off on the heels of a BEAUTY Connor Bedard OT winner that will surely go down in World Juniors folklore. The guys discuss a moment that was meant for Bedard, and Ray draws a comparison to an NHL hall of famer that might surprise you. Team Canada's captain Shane Wright's potential move back to the WHL is also covered as the Seattle Kraken look poised for the playoffs. J.T Miller made waves as his unusual on-ice interaction with goalie Colin Delia circulated on social media. Ray speaks on relating to Miller's emotion in the heat of the moment, but why it isn't a good look, and discusses possible reasons for J.T's drop-off this season. Plus, the guys cover the Winter Classic as an event, and why the surging Boston Bruins might not want to add a big piece like Patrick Kane. Kris Abbott joins the show. A scary incident in the NFL's Sunday nighter is discussed as we collectively hope for Damar Hamlin's recovery. Kris talks chasing .500 in the pod's weekly NFL picks as the Dolphins 'covered' against the Patriots. However, the fact the Dolphins lost should make bettors wary of putting money on them again. World Juniors bets are a hot topic and Kris talks the ‘happiness hedge' he might consider as Team Canada is heavily favoured to win. Ask Ray & Dregs sees questions on comparing the Bruins and Penguins Hall of Famers, and the guys look at their current rosters for who will garner consideration. A question on ‘top heavy' vs. ‘cap friendly' teams has the guys comparing NHL squads, and why David Pastrnak's payday might change the dynamic in Boston. Plus, Ray commends a listener for asking him to ‘name names' on his past teammates. Season 4 Episode 29 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
‘Heals & Flats' teamed back up with Ray Ferraro and the banter was legendary! The trio of former New York Islanders told hilarious stories of their narcoleptic trainer, Ray navigating a broken leg… in a broken taxi, and the diabolical prank that had Glenn Healy ringing one EXPENSIVE bell! Plus, the '93 Game 7 OT win over Pittsburgh, and playing under Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour: his limiting of post-game beers, and the meaningful impact he had on the three teammates. In Headlines, Ray & Dregs take a broad look at the most noteworthy stories in the NHL thus far. Boston Bruins' high-flying offence and league-best record are examined. The guys ask is Tage Thompson's torrid pace sustainable, and are the New Jersey Devils for real?? Alberta's goaltending is discussed as both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames struggle to find consistency with their starters. Ray says it's 'win-now' mode for the Winnipeg Jets as they're amongst the best in the west, despite injury woes. A surging sophomore season for the Seattle Kraken continues to turn heads in the league. Kris Abbott joins the show to talk NHL futures! Are the Leafs worth a look at 11:1 odds to capture their first Stanley Cup since 1967? Individual player awards also present an opportunity for bettors, from the Vezina to the Calder, different candidates could emerge in the NHL's 2nd half. Season 4 Episode 27 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Despite the picture of his credentials he tweeted out, Gord Miller was surprisingly un-moustached during recording today. The longtime TSN play-by-play commentator joined the guys from the World Juniors host city of Moncton. He talked a crazy holiday travel schedule, being Ray Ferraro's hotel guide, and the palpable ‘buzz' around the 2023 tournament. As he preps for the World Juniors, Gord shared his thoughts on the teams and players to watch. He compares Team Canada to the powerhouse '05 squad, and praises the talent of Americans Luke Hughes, and Logan Cooley. Miller has been instrumental in organizing the ‘Ukrainian Hockey Dream' series which is set to kick-off on December 30th! In Headlines, the guys talk scoring prowess of Connor McDavid, Minnesota Wild overcoming cap concerns and due credit to pro scouts for ‘found money' in Sam Steel, when Chicago Blackhawks' trade pieces might fall amidst their spiral to the bottom of the standings. Plus, a strange sequence with Michael Bunting getting bounced by linesman Dan Kelly. It's a New Brunswick themed episode as Kris Abbott joins the show from his hometown of Moncton. Kris talked World Juniors odds, eyeing the spreads if Canada starts to dominate, and Betano's dual-forecast option for the tournament. Ray got back in the win column with a ‘tease' last week so he's back to it as the guys make their NFL picks for Vikings vs. Giants. For more information on the ‘Ukrainian Hockey Dream' tour, click here. Season 4 Episode 26 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Vancouver snowstorm made this the pod that almost wasn't, but Ray pushed through a power outage to make it happen! Episode 25 kicks off with the very gentlemanly Cale Maker and his decision to… decline a penalty!? You don't see that everyday! Headlines features a discussion on the NHL potentially following the NBA's lead and updating trophy names with more modern examples of excellence in each category. Dregs says it's a matter of time before they do, and there is plenty to debate on which legends of the game would have to honour of having a trophy named after them. Would it be too soon to name the Selke after Patrice Bergeron? Is there one trophy that should remain untouchable for now? Plus, Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek are compared as Ray names his Vezina successor. Kris Abbott stops by to recap a wild World Cup Final, and the ‘immaculate deuce' that changed everything for his betting fortunes. Ironically, the snow kept Ray from gloating about his victory in the NFL's snow game this weekend. Every week, your questions are answered on Ask Ray & Dregs, and now merch prizes are up for grabs! Ask away on our socials, or the Ray & Dregs website. Today's questions prompted an epic hotel prank story, and had Ray recounting contract negotiations with Hartford Whalers management. Dregs is hearing rumblings of a possible expansion return of the Atlanta Thrashers!? Season 4 Episode 25 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
‘Rod the Bod' joins the pod! The Hurricanes head coach spoke on the very competitive Metro division, Canes off-season acquisition of Brent Burns, and practice strategy to keep his team fresh for when it counts the most. Brind'Amour also reflected on his playing days, lining up against childhood hero Guy Lafleur, '06 Stanley Cup victory, and the ‘awkward' feeling of hearing his name as a Hockey Hall of Fame snub every year. Headlines covers the two other hot teams in the Metro division, Tristan Jarry's stellar play helping the Penguins to an undefeated December (thus far), and Gerard Gallant off of the hot-seat as the Rangers continue to put up W's. Connor McDavid's post-game comments are discussed as the frustrated superstar disagrees with the NHL's situation room, and Ray calls 'safe' on Ryan Reaves after a massive hit on Filip Hronek. Plus, what the NHL can learn from the DEL and their ‘play-in' playoff format. Betano's Kris Abbott was in-flight racking up air miles during today's recording. He sent in his NFL picks and the guys zero-in on what should be a snowy Bills/Dolphins matchup this weekend. Ray talks Messi fandom and the guys look at betting possibilities ahead of France vs. Argentina in the World Cup Final. Season 4 Episode 24 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The ‘angry ocean' couldn't keep Dregs from checking into the pod from the Sunshine state, and the NHL's Board of Governors meetings. He talks watching the Minnesota Wild game with Bill Guerin, and asks, is parity in the league a good thing? While any team could win on a given night, the guys discuss the pros and cons of parity, such as the reluctance for teams to make trades. Headlines kicks off with the report that Canucks captain Bo Horvat declined a contract offer to stay with the club, and is likely to be traded. The guys talk Horvat's torrid pace, and other potentially available big-name centres as key factors in setting an asking price. Alex Ovechkin makes history with every goal he scores, and even the empty netters count! His record of 53 empty netters is only 2nd to Wayne Gretzky in NHL history. Are the New Jersey Devils ‘appointment viewing' for hockey fans?? A wild matchup with the New York Rangers has the guys' attention as they talk a high-flying Devils team. 30 years at the helm, and the only ‘commissioner' of the NHL, Gary Bettman has undoubtedly made an impact on the game. Bettman's (ongoing) legacy, and fan perception of him is examined. Kris Abbott joins the show and talks a much needed NFL picks victory which keeps him within striking distance. He talks a whirlwind World Cup and taking a ‘checkered' bet on Croatia that could pay huge dividends. Team Canada's performance is re-evaluated, and Reese Ferraro's pre-tournament confidence in Morocco has Kris recruiting for the future! Ask Ray & Dregs sees questions on Erik Karlsson's resurgence aligning with Brent Burns departure from the San Jose Sharks. Karlsson's acquisition and the offensive d-man's stellar season are further discussed. What players just look outright strange when they wear a new team's colours? Should we be inducting teams like '72 Team Canada into the Hockey Hall of Fame? The guys offer their opinions. Season 4 Episode 23 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fresh-off becoming the 2nd fastest player in NHL history to score 4 goals, Tage Thompson joins the pod! Thompson recounted a memorable 6-point night and the reaction from teammates as he went for a double-hat-trick. Tage discussed becoming one of the league's stars, adjusting the speed of his lethal shot, and approaching each day as a tryout. He also reflected on his journey to this point: choosing a lesser-known hockey school at UConn, being part of the Ryan O'Reilly trade as a young player, and mutual admiration with friend/fellow Arizonan, Auston Matthews. Episode 22 features 2 guests! Former Leafs/Canucks GM Dave Nonis makes his bi-monthly appearance on the pod. Nonis talked the St.Louis Blues having no regrets in trading away Tage Thompson, the balance an NHL GM must strike in retaining draft-picks, why it's now a ‘trade deadline league', and the miracle it would take for a Erik Karlsson to join Connor McDavid in Edmonton. Plus, Mitch Marner's torrid pace, and the Maple Leafs front office identifying Marner as a target from early in his 2015 draft-year. Headlines covers the Colorado injury bug and the need for strong goaltending to keep the Avs on course, a Norris-worthy resurgence for Erik Karlsson and the possibility of the San Jose Sharks moving his contract, and has Columbus Blue Jackets management already shifted their main focus to the 2023 NHL Draft?? Betano's Kris Abbott adjusts to a bright-and-early recording time as he joins from the Westcoast. He talks the dip in website traffic on World Cup off-days, and marquee soccer countries in the quarterfinals attracting casual viewers and bettors. Plus, BIG money in baseball and how these off-season moves effect MLB odds, and why short-term NHL injuries won't make for much change on futures. Ray's back to teasing as the pod makes their NFL picks for the weekend, zeroing in on the Bills/Jets game. Another jam-packed pod wraps up with Ray & Dregs shooting the breeze with stories of getting lost on golf trips, in Dregs' case with a very lucky result! Season 4 Episode 22 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ray checks in from Dallas ahead of the ‘Battle of the Point-Streaks' tonight with two of the NHL's hottest players, Jason Robertson and Mitch Marner facing off. Dregs brings out his ‘Quizmaster' impression as the guys chat dominant stretches from two very different but talented players. Headlines starts out with a wild and whacky Canucks vs. Habs game, Dregs talks scouts eyeing both teams for trade targets, and the chances of Brock Boeser joining a new team this season. You can't talk trade rumours in the NHL without bringing up the name Jacob Chychrun. The guys discuss possible destinations and return for the stud Arizona Coyotes defenceman. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach John Tortorella is already yelling at the media amidst what's sure to be another forgettable season for Philly. Kris Abbott's on the west-coast, so naturally he attended the Canucks game last night, but hesitated on a hedge that could've saved him some money. He talks the Marner/Robertson streaks and the odds of catching Gretzky's record of 51 games. Plus, find out why Kris is giving himself the nickname ‘George Costanza' after another L in the NFL Picks competition. Ask R+D sees questions from a loyal listener on NHL front offices, and if specialists could be added to help coaches. Does smoke=fire when it comes to the New York Rangers and their drop off this season? The guys discuss possible changes in Broadway. Plus, Josh Anderson to New Jersey Devils rumours are explored as the Canadiens forward garners interest from fans. Season 4 Episode 21 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Between Corey Perry, Ray Ferraro… and Darren Dreger, over 800 NHL goals are featured on the pod! 'Scorey' Perry had some fun with tying our very own Ray Ferraro on the all-time goal list. Perry talked his son's good luck phone call for teammate Steven Stamkos, and the celebration for Stamkos reaching 1000 points. He reflected on his time in Anaheim, close relationship with Ryan Getzlaf, and the 'blessing in disguise' of being bought out by the Ducks. Plus, his fierce competitiveness, and the desire to play into his forties. In Headlines the guys discuss Ottawa Senators RFA Alex Formenton's ineligible status, the ramifications of Formenton rejecting his qualifying offer, and the fallout of the ongoing investigation into Hockey Canada's 2018 World Junior team. Steven Stamkos crushes a well-deserved beer during his 1000th NHL point celebration, his ‘second-act' and remarkable career are celebrated. Continued hot-streaks from Jason Robertson and Mitch Marner are the talk of the league as two of the games young superstars continue to shred scoresheets. The Seattle Kraken extended their winning streak to 7-games, Ray credits GM Ron Francis for building the defence first. Jacob Markstrom's “I suck at hockey” comments are discussed as the Calgary Flames hope an awful November won't tank their season. Kris Abbott joins the show and tries to put a rough stretch in the rearview as he trails the NFL picks competition. The game of the week is the Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49'ers, and the pod is going all-in on Tua this week. Kris sheds some light on in-game betting and the effect Canada's appearance at the World Cup has had in attracting Canadian bets. Ray and Dregs, part-time oddsmakers?? The guys speak some 'streaky' bets into existence, thanks to Betano. Season 4 Episode 20 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After attending his son Landon's DEL pro hockey game in Cologne, Ray is loving the energy of German hockey fans… Although, he credits ‘refreshments' at the concession stands for some of the upbeat atmosphere. The guys bring the energy on a quarter-season instalment of the pod! Headlines covers hot-streaks of budding NHL superstars as Mitch Marner, Jason Robertson, and Elias Pettersson's draw comparisons to a couple legends of the game. Dregs recounts Pavel Datsyuk's use of the ‘language barrier' to dodge the media, and his ‘magic' ability to always have the puck. Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck's comments on a controversial goal prompt new considerations for goalie safety. A recent trend of goalies bending the rules by conveniently knocking the net off is also discussed. Off-season roster changes are proving hard to overcome, as the New York Rangers' struggles continue, the guys talk Gerard Gallant's loss of favour with Rangers fans. Plus, the Dallas Stars' emergence as a contender. Kris Abbott is busy with Betano meetings so Dregs preps his NFL Picks chirps for Thursday. Oddsmakers like Connor McDavid to three-peat as the Art Ross trophy winner, are outside chances for a different NHL point-leader worth betting on? Ask R+D sees questions on Ray's German food preferences, memorable moments in hockey history, and Dregs' Movember brings up a question on the best NHL ‘staches. Speaking of Darren Dreger's ‘stache, Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 19 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The hockey world is mourning the loss of one of the game's greats, Börje Salming. Ray & Dregs talk the immense legacy of the Swede who broke barriers as one of the first European stars of the game. Salming's Maple Leafs legacy, and his growth of the game in his native Sweden are discussed in paying homage to 'The King' Headlines kicks off with the strange Leafs vs. Devils game, and New Jersey fans littering the ice with flying objects. Ray recounts his junior days and the tough atmospheres he faced. Another former Soo Greyhound, Connor Timmins, is added to the Leafs roster as GM Kyle Dubas goes back to his roots for a depth add. Ryan Reaves effectiveness is discussed as the veteran enforcer is moved to the Minnesota Wild. A big win over the defending champs will give the Vancouver Canucks a bit of breathing room with fans, but the direction of the team still remains uncertain. Dregs states that Canucks captain Bo Horvat is not being shopped, but trade-talks continue to circulate as the pending-UFA continues a torrid goal-scoring pace. Kris Abbott joins the show to talk football, both European and American. Canada's loss to Belgium at the World Cup, the odds of scoring vs. Croatia, and the many player prop bets offered by Betano are discussed. NFL picks of the week are made and the pod is once again betting on a non-MVP performance from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers vs. the Eagles. Ask R+D brings exciting news from the Ray and Dregs Hockey Podcast! New York Rangers ‘kid line' success, the guys' PGA ‘hoop dreams', and a granular analysis of Chicken Parms wrap-up another episode of the pod! Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 18 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dave Nonis spent 24 years in NHL front offices, including serving as GM of the Vancouver Canucks, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Nonis kicks off regular appearances on the Ray and Dregs Hockey podcast as our feature guest this week! Nonis and the guys discussed the BLAZING hot New Jersey Devils, and their streak putting them squarely in playoff position. Reflecting on his time in Vancouver, Dave talked knowing when a coach had “lost the room”, and when to make a change vs. staying patient with your team. He discussed working with Brian Burke, and the late Pat Quinn, and the development of a trade over time. Plus, current cap-strapped NHL teams and how hard it is to make moves being up against the cap. Headlines covers the keys to the Devils' ridiculous 13-game ‘heater', and Dregs talks GM Tom Fitzgerald's willingness to add a piece. A 7-game St. Louis Blues winning streak helping them hit the reset button, the Ottawa Senators on the opposite side of things, and Malkin/Bergeron's outstanding achievements are also discussed. Plus, Jason Robertson and Mitch Marner's point-streaks, with Robertson getting some due recognition as a superstar in a non-traditional hockey market. Kris Abbott joins the show and takes some heat as his NFL picks record dips below .500. A MASSIVE World Cup upset, and the sports books relishing the historic upset after having to dish out payouts in Group Stage action. Kris talks hedging bets and the effectiveness is compared to “placing bets on every colour of the roulette wheel.” Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 17 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Daniel & Henrik Sedin joined the pod! The twins talked highlights of the Hockey Hall of Fame weekend, reflected on the journey from the Swedish Elite League to being elite in the NHL, spoke on their chemistry with former linemate Alex Burrows, and discussed an NHL'er they always wanted to play with. Plus, ‘Hank and Danny' discuss their current role with the Vancouver Canucks, and the importance of teaching players to use their teammates rather than being too individualistic. In Headlines, the guys talk Alex Edler's questionable hit on Connor McDavid; what McDavid's skill does to defenders and why it should have been a suspendable play. Goaltending is a hot topic as Canucks' Thatcher Demko's numbers rank amongst the league's worst, and the Buffalo Sabres shaky goaltending tandem is considered as part of the reason they've struggled lately. Former NHL goalie Scott Darling's stand-up comedy career takes some heat as Darling ripped into the city of St. Louis. Kris Abbott joined the podcast from Betano's headquarters in Greece. The World Cup is around the corner and Canada's chances of getting out of the group stage were discussed. This week's NFL picks centre around the Vikings and Cowboys as Ray & Dregs are banking on the Cowboys rebounding, and ‘Abbs' has Justin Jefferson following up his ridiculous catch and making an impact on Sunday. Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 16 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Intro: Sometimes the little guy just doesn't cut it.Let Me Run This By You: Time's a wastin' - giddyup, beggars and choosers.Interview: We talk to star of Parks and Recreation, Easter Sunday, and Barry - Rodney To about Chicago, Marquette University, Lane Tech, getting discovered while pursuing a Chemistry degree, The Blues Brothers, Dürrenmatt's The Physicists, playing children well into adulthood, interning at Milwaukee Rep, Lifeline Theatre, Steppenwolf, doing live industrials for Arthur Anderson, Asian American actors and their representation in the media, IAMA Theatre Company, Kate Burton, and faking a Singaporean accent.FULL TRANSCRIPT (UNEDITED):1 (8s):I'm Jen Bosworth RAMIREZ2 (10s):And I'm Gina Pulice.1 (11s):We went to theater school together. We survived it, but we didn't quite understand2 (15s):It. 20 years later, we're digging deep talking to our guests about their experiences and trying to make sense of it all.1 (21s):We survived theater school and you will too. Are we famous yet?2 (30s):How's your, how's your eighties decor going for your1 (35s):New house? Okay, well we closed yesterday. Well,2 (39s):Congratulations.1 (40s):Thank you. House buying is so weird. Like we close, we funded yesterday, but we can't record till today because my lender like totally dropped the ball. So like, here's the thing. Sometimes when you wanna support like a small, I mean small, I don't know, like a small bank, like I really liked the guy who is the mortgage guy and he has his own bank and all these things. I don't even, how know how this shit works. It's like, but anyway, they were so like, it was a real debacle. It was a real, real Shannon situation about how they, anyway, my money was in the bank in escrow on Friday.1 (1m 20s):Their money that they're lending us, which we're paying in fucking fuck load of interest on is they couldn't get it together. And I was like, Oh no.2 (1m 29s):They're like, We have to look through the couch cushions,1 (1m 31s):Right? That's what it felt like, Gina. It felt like these motherfuckers were like, Oh shit, we didn't actually think this was gonna happen or something. And so I talked to escrow, my friend Fran and escrow, you know, I make friends with the, with the older ladies and, and she was like, I don't wanna talk bad about your lender, but like, whoa. And I was like, Fran, Fran, I had to really lay down the law yesterday and I needed my office mate, Eileen to be witness to when I did because I didn't really wanna get too crazy, but I also needed to get a little crazy. And I was like, Listen, what you're asking for, and it was true, does not exist. They needed one. It was, it was like being in the, in the show severance mixed with the show succession, mixed with, it was like all the shows where you're just like, No, no, what you're asking for doesn't exist and you wanna document to look a certain way.1 (2m 25s):And Chase Bank doesn't do a document that way. And she's like, Well she said, I don't CH bank at Chase, so I don't know. And I said, Listen, I don't care where you bank ma'am, I don't care. But this is Chase Bank. It happens to be a very popular bank. So I'm assuming other people have checking accounts that you deal with at Chase. What I'm telling, she wanted me to get up and go to Chase Bank in person and get a printout of a certain statement period with an http on the bottom. She didn't know what she was talking about. She didn't know what she was talking about. And she was like, 18, 18. And I said, Oh ma'am, if you could get this loan funded in the next, cuz we have to do it by 11, that would be really, really dope.1 (3m 6s):I'm gonna hang up now before I say something very bad. And then I hung up.2 (3m 10s):Right, Right. Yeah. Oh my God, I know. It's the worst kind of help. And regarding like wanting to support smaller businesses, I what, that is such a horrible sadness. There's, there's no sadness. Like the sadness of really investing in the little guy and having it. That was my experience. My big experience with that was going, having a midwife, you know, with my first child. And I really, I was in that whole thing of that, that time was like, oh, birth is too medicalized. And you know, even though my husband was a doctor, like fuck the fuck the medical establishment we're just, but but didn't wanna, like, I didn't wanna go, as my daughter would say, I didn't wanna be one of those people who, what did she say?2 (3m 52s):You know, one of those people who carry rocks to make them feel better.1 (3m 57s):That's amazing. Super.2 (4m 0s):So I didn't wanna go so far as to be one of those rock carrying people to have the birth at my house, but at the same time I really wanted to have this midwife and then there was a problem and she wasn't equipped to deal with it. And it was,1 (4m 11s):I was there,2 (4m 13s):Fyi. Yes, you were1 (4m 15s):The first one, right? For your first one.2 (4m 16s):The first one.1 (4m 18s):Here's the thing you're talking about this, I don't even remember her ass. What I, she, I don't remember nothing about her. If you had told me you didn't have one, I'd be like, Yeah, you didn't have one. I remember the problem and I remember them having to get the big, the big doctor and I remember a lot of blood and I remember thinking, Oh thank God there's this doctor they got from down the hall to come or wherever the hell they were and take care of this problem because this gene is gonna bleed out right here. And none of us know what to do.2 (4m 50s):Yes. I will never forget the look on your face. You and Erin looking at each other trying to do that thing where you're like, It's fine, it's fine. But you're such a bad liar that, that I could, I just took one look at you. I'm like, Oh my God, I'm gonna fucking bleed out right here. And Aaron's going, No, no, no, it's cool, it's cool, it's cool. And then of course he was born on July 25th and all residents start their residency on July 1st. So you know, you really don't wanna have a baby or have surgery in July cuz you're getting at a teaching hospital cuz you're getting a lot of residents. And this woman comes in as I'm bleeding and everything is going crazy and I haven't even had a chance to hold my baby yet. And she comes up to me and she says, Oh cuz the, the midwife ran out of lidocaine. There was no lidocaine.2 (5m 30s):That's right. They were trying to sew me up without lidocaine. And so this nurse comes in, she puts her hand on my shoulder, she says, Hi, I'm Dr. Woo and I'm, and I said, Dr. W do you have any lidocaine? I need some lidocaine stat right up in there. Gimme some lidocaine baby. And she had to call her boss. You know who I could tell when he came in, of course he was a man and I could tell when he came in, he looks at my midwife and is like, Oh, this is what you did here. I see we have to come in and clean up. But sometimes that's the case. Sometimes it's really just true that, you know, it's that the, that the bigger kind of like more corporate option is better cuz it just works better.1 (6m 8s):Well, and they've done this before, like there is, they've done the job before in a way, and they've seen the problems. They know how to troubleshoot in a way because they just have the fucking experience. Now you could say that getting that experience is like super fucked up and patriarchal and, and all the isms, it's, and you'd be right, but when you are bleeding to death or when you know you are in a big financial negotiation that could go south at any moment and lead to not having a ho like a all feeling lost. You want someone who knows how to fucking troubleshoot, dude. Like, come on. And I, you know, and it is sad, it's heartbreaking when you like, fuck man.1 (6m 50s):I really wanted this, like Dr. Altman always said, and I have an update on Dr. Altman, my favorite psychiatrist mentor of mine. But he always said like, well when I was going through med titration, when they put this dingling at Highland Park Hospital, who tried her best but put me on lithium thinking I was bipolar and then I was and all the meds, right? All the meds. And he's like, well they could've worked2 (7m 15s):It could've worked it1 (7m 17s):All's. And I was like, you are right. So like, it could've worked, it could've gone differently, but it just didn't. So it's like, yeah, it's better to look at it like that because, or else it's just infuriating that it didn't work in the first place, Right? Like, you're like, well fucker, Well they tried.2 (7m 35s):Yeah. I use that all the time that it could have worked. Things that I got through you from Dr. Altman, you know, my husband is having like some major, you know, growth moments. Like come like those moments where all the puzzle pieces become clear and you go, Okay, my childhood isn't what I thought it was and this person has got this and this person has got that. Yes. You know? And, and whenever he's doing the thing that we all do, which is like lamenting the life, the family he wish he had had, I always say like, well, as Dr. Almond says, it could have worked. Yes, these parents could have been just fine for you if you were a different person, but you're you.2 (8m 16s):And so, and they're them and it wasn't a good match. And like that happens sometimes.1 (8m 21s):And I think it's really good with kids maybe too. Cause it's like, listen, like, like I say to my niece, like it could, this could have been whatever it is the thing or my nephew too that worked and like that you loved volleyball or that you loved this. Like you are just looking, and I think it's all about titration, right? Like it's all about figuring out where we fit in, where we belong, where we don't. And it's a fucking process, which is what he was saying and like, and that you don't, we don't get it right the first time. Even in medicine, even in it's maybe especially in medicine, maybe in especially in relationships, like, so it, it also opens the door for like, possibility, right? That like, it's an experiment and like, we don't know, even doctors don't know, Hey, run this by you, Miles did of course.1 (9m 14s):And done. What about you? What about you?2 (9m 17s):I'm gonna do it after this, after we're done recording today, I'm gonna go over and I always like to take one of my kids so they, you know, see that this is the process and you have to do it and it's everybody's responsibilities to do it. That doesn't mean that I didn't get all angry at my own party this week. You know, my mom has a great expression. I think it's her expression. She says it. In any case, all politics is local, right? Like where it really, where the really meets the road is what's happening in your backyard. And like, I have a lot of problems with my town,1 (9m 52s):So Right.2 (9m 53s):They don't wanna have, you know, they voted down this measure to put a a, like a sober living place, wanted to take up residence here. Couldn't think of a greater idea. Nobody wanted it. You know, it's a lot of nis not in my backyarders over here. And it really drives me crazy. And in the, in the paper this week, there was a big scandal because there's this particular like committee in our town, Okay. That was in charge of, there was gonna be this, what is it, like a prize maybe or an honor or not a scholarship Okay. But something where they were gonna have to name it.2 (10m 33s):Okay. And they were, you know, really looking around for names. They were trying to think up what names would be appropriate. And somebody put forward the name of this person who is already kind of a named figure in our town. Like, we had this beautiful fountain, it's named after him. He was, he was a somewhat of a big guy, you know, he was an architect, whatever. Sure. So this name gets put forward in this woman who's on this committee says, I don't think this is a great time to name something after an old white man. Now, to me couldn't be a more reasonable thing in the world to say everybody's calling for her resignation. And these, you know, the thing that I hate the most about, not just conservatives, but it seems like it's especially conservatives.2 (11m 20s):I hate this saying. And I remember, I think I've said this before on the podcast, I remember hearing some black activists saying a lot of white, you know, a lot of racism perpetrated by white people is like founded on pretending. Pretending like you don't see color pretending like, you know, saying things like, Oh, well why would you have had that experience, you know, walking down our street at night? Like, or why would you have had that difficulty getting that job? I don't understand. And pretending like they don't know that this person just got1 (11m 51s):That job because of2 (11m 52s):The color biscuit and that kind kind of a thing. So of course the way that people are coming down on this woman is to say, Well, I don't know about you, but I was taught that we have to look beyond race and we have to recognize the person before the color of their skin. And if you can't be, you know, representing the needs of white men, then I just don't really think that you, there's a place on this council. And of course, you know, somebody who I know and have in the past really respected was quoted in this article as saying, Oh, somebody who considers himself like a staunch liberal. Yeah. I mean, I just really can't think of any people of note from our town who weren't white men.2 (12m 34s):Sure. And this motherfucker let himself be quoted in our newspaper as saying this. Now maybe he feels fine about it. Maybe he doesn't think there's anything wrong with it. But I I I think it's completely, completely disgusting. Of course. So then I went and I just did this research of like all the people who have lived in our town historically, they're not just white men. We, there's other people to choose from. Needless1 (12m 58s):To say. Yeah. Well also, like, it's so interesting. I mean, it's just that that quote just is so problematic on so many levels. It like goes so deep. But like the other thing is like, maybe they miss, the only thing I can think of is that dude, did they miss the second half of your quote? Which was, and that's a problem. Like, like if, if you can't, if you can't finish that quote with, you know, I can't really think of like anyone of note in our being or anyone being recognized in our town in this way that wasn't a white dude and that's really crazy. We should really reevaluate how we're doing things here.1 (13m 39s):Period. You're so2 (13m 41s):To offer, you're so, you're so sweet to offer him this benefit of the doubt. Of course I don't offer that to him because this is a person who, you know, there's been a few people in my life who I've had the opportunity to, you know, know what they say privately and then know what they say publicly. Right? And I, and I know this, you know, I know this person personally. And no, it doesn't surprise me at all that, that that would've been the entirety of the quote. It would've been taken out of context. Now it might have been, and I don't know, and I'm not, I'm not gonna call him up to ask him, but you know, at a minimum you go on the local Facebook page and say, I was misquoting.1 (14m 20s):No, no, yeah. Chances are that this, this person just said this. And actually the true crime is not realizing if, if, if that's the case, that they, that that statement is problematic. So that's really fucked up. And also, like, think of all the native people that were on that land, on our land. Like, you're gonna tell me that just because you haven't done, they haven't done the research. They don't think that a native person from the northeast did something of greatness. Shut up, man. Excellent. Before it was rich.2 (14m 56s):Excellent point, Excellent point. Maybe when I write to my letter to the editor, maybe I'll quote you on that because Yeah, yeah. It's like, it's so, it's just, and I'm, by the way, I'm, I have been, I'm sure I'm still am guilty of the same thing too, of just being the laziness of like, well, I don't know, we'd love to, you know, hire a person of color, but none have applied. I mean, I have definitely said things like that and I just understand differently now I understand. No, no, no, they're not gonna be at the top of the pile of resumes that you're gonna get because historically these people haven't felt like there's a place for them at your table. So what you have to do is go above and beyond and say, we are specifically recruiting people of color for this position. I understand.1 (15m 35s):And how about even like, do some research online and find out who those people are and try to like, hire them away from wherever they are to and make them a great offer. You know what I mean? Like all those things. Well,2 (15m 48s):This experience did cause me to go on my little Wikipedia and look up, you know, people who have lived here and I was really like, surprised to learn how many people have known. Now it's true to say that, you know, when, when you're just looking up a list of famous people, it is gonna mostly be white men because that's who mostly, you know, sort of, she made, made history, made the news, whatever. But yeah, one of the very first things that come up, comes up when you look it up my town on Wikipedia, is that the fact that this was the Ramapo tribe that lived here. You know, this is who we took the land away from. I was also surprised to that.1 (16m 29s):I've never,2 (16m 30s):Yeah, Yeah. It was also interesting to learn, supposedly according to this, how many people of live here currently, including people like Harvey Firestein, who I have, I've never seen around town, but God I would really love to. And like some other, you know, sort of famous people. But anyway, That's1 (16m 50s):So cool.2 (16m 51s):Yeah. So, so I will be voting after this and I really, I don't have a great feeling about the election, but I'm, you know, I'm just like, what can you do? You can just sort of go forward and, you know, stick to your values. Yeah. I mean,1 (17m 7s):The thing is, stick to your values, move forward. And like my aunt, happy birthday, Tia, it's her birthday today, and she is like super depressed that, you know, she, she said, what she says is like, fascism is really, today is the day that we really something about fascism, it's like really dire and like really, Okay. So my, it's so interesting that I think boomers feel really bad because they had it so good, even though it wasn't really good, there was an illusion of goodness. Right? So I, I am depressed. But here's the thing, and I was, I was gonna bring this up to you.1 (17m 47s):It's like I, I had an experience last night where I went to this theater and saw the small theater, which I really wanna do my solo show in which is this famous theater called The Hayworth, which is, they show silent movies and all, but there's now it's like an improv sort of venue and, and it's really cute and throwbacky. But anyway, I went there and I just was thinking like, as I was watching these performers, like, oh, it is not even that, Like, it's literally that I spent 45 years thinking that I was worse than everybody else, right? And so now that I don't really think that, I actually don't have that much time left to accomplish what I would like to accomplish. So I, I spent all this time feeling like I couldn't do what she's doing.1 (18m 29s):I can't do what he's doing, can't do what theirs doing. They're, they are doing because I'm not good enough. Like literally. And now I'm like, Oh my God, I'm good enough. I have things to say. I really wanna leave a legacy. And literally the clock is ticking. Now, I'm not saying I'm running around like a nut, but what I'm saying is like, I, I, I do feel that I literally don't have the time left to participate in half-assed measures of art or whatever we're gonna do. We gotta make it purposeful because I w i, I spent all this time getting ready 45 years to not hate myself. And now the clock is ticking, I donate myself and there are things to do.1 (19m 13s):That's literally how I feel. So then when I see art or something where I'm like, Why are you using your platform this way? What are you talking about? What are you saying? Oh no, I can't, I even now I know why people leave movies early, plays early if it is, and some, for me anyway, like some people probably just assholes and like the, the person on stage doesn't look cute and they're out or whatever, but, or they're having panic attacks like I used to and I have to leave. But like, mostly I understand where it's like this is wasting my, my time, time I could be using to sort of plant seeds that may do something to be of service.1 (19m 53s):So I'm gonna jet and good luck to you. But yeah, it's the first, I just really feel like time is of the essence. And I always thought that was such a stupid thing that old people said, which was, you know, time is our most precious commodity. And I was always like, that is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. And now I'm like, oh shit. Yeah, it's really true Dude.2 (20m 15s):Yeah. Yeah. I actually had an experience some that I relate to with that, which is that, you know, I, I volunteered to be part of this festival of one act and you know, the thing we were supposed to do is read all of the submissions and then pick our top three. And then they were gonna do this rank order thing where they're attempting to put each director with one of their top three choices. Well, I read, it was like 10 plays I read them and I, I didn't have three, three ch choices. There was only one play that I felt frankly was worth my time.2 (20m 56s):And I felt really uncomfortable about having that feeling. And I was doing all of the like, who do you think you are? And you know, it's, you haven't directed something in three years and beggars can't be choosers in the whole thing. And I just thought, you know, I know what I'm gonna do if I don't stand up for whatever it is I think I can do here is I'm gonna resent the thing that I get, you know, pitted with and then I'm gonna do something self-destructive or I'm gonna kind of like blow up the relationship and I don't wanna do that. So I spend a lot of time thinking about how I was gonna write this email back saying basically like, I don't have three choices. I only have one choice. And I understand if you don't want to give that to me that this, I might not be a good fit for you.2 (21m 37s):You know? But I really, I really kind of sweated over it because when you don't, you know, when you're a very, if I was an extremely established theater director, you know, I wouldn't have thought twice about it. But I'm not, I'm trying to be established here and I, you know, so my, my, my go-to has always been well having opinions and choices and stuff like that is for people who, you know, have more than you do or have more to offer than you do. And it doesn't always work out that when you kind of say, This is me and take me or leave me. It doesn't always work out. But in this case it doesn't. They gave me my first choice. And so I'm, I'm happy about that, but there's a lot.2 (22m 18s):Thank you. Thank you. Yeah, there's a lot that just goes into the, it's all just work I have to do on myself. Like, I have this, a way of thinking about things is like, I have to do this work with this other person or I have to convince them why it has nothing to do with that. It's just that I have to do this.1 (22m 34s):Well that's what I'm realizing, like Gina, Absolutely. And good for you for like, coming at it from a place of like, okay, like this might not work, but I have to do it to see and put it out there and it may not work and they may say, go fuck yourself. But the alternative one is resentment, but also is like, hmm, not doing anybody else any favors either. If you aren't saying like, I actually don't have three choices here, I'm not gonna do justice. And I also, it brings me to my other thing, which I thought was so full of shit, which is so true. It's like most things are just not, it's about not being a right fit. It's not about you're bad and I'm good, I'm good and you're bad.1 (23m 15s):It's like, this is not a good match. And I, I think it just takes what it takes to learn that it is a not, it's about a matching situation. So like you knew that like those other two wouldn't be good matches and you wouldn't do a service to them or yourself. And it's not, And also like this thing about beggars can't be choosers. I fucking think it's so dumb because like most of us are beggars all the time and, and we, we settle for garbage. And it doesn't, like, I feel like we can, like beggars should be more choosy. And I also feel like, I'm not saying not be humble, but like, fuck you if you take away our choices, like we have to have choices.1 (23m 57s):That's the thing. It's like beggars have choices, whatever you call a beggar, we still have choices. Like how we're gonna interact and how and how we're gonna send emails and shit. I'm just like,2 (24m 9s):Yeah. Plus that whole phrase is so like, in a way rooted in this kind of like terrible supremacy structure that we're trying to fight against, which is like, we wanna tell, of course we wanna tell beggars that they can't be choosers cuz we just, we don't wanna think about them as people who have the same agency in life as we do.1 (24m 25s):Sure. And now I've started saying to people when I have this conversation about like, about unhoused, people like having tent encampments and I get it, like, you're going to school, you're walking your kid to Montessori and there's a fucking tent encampment in your front yard. You did not pay for that. You did not sign up for that. You are, I get it. And also my question is, what are we gonna do when the tents outnumber the people in homes? Because then it's a real fucking problem. So like, how are we gonna do that? You think it's uncomfortable? I think it's uncomfortable to walk by a tent encampment as I'm on my way to a coffee date with someone or whatever.1 (25m 8s):That's uncomfortable. But what are we gonna do when, like in India, the, the quote slums or whatever people, you know, whatever people choose to call it, outnumber the goddamn people in the towers. Then we, then it's gonna be a different problem.2 (25m 35s):Today on the podcast, we were talking to Rodney Toe. Rodney is an actor, you know him from Parks and Recreation, Barry good girls Rosewood. He was in a film this summer called Easter Sunday. Anyway, he's a delight. He's also a professor of theater at USC and he's charming and wonderful and we know you are going to love listening to him as much as we loved talking to him. So please enjoy our conversation with Rodney Toe.3 (26m 8s):Can you hear me? Can you hear me okay?2 (26m 11s):Yes, you sound great. You sound1 (26m 13s):Happy. No echo. You have beautiful art behind you. We can't ask for a2 (26m 17s):Better Easter Sunday. We were just talking about Easter Sunday, so we're gonna have to ask you Oh sure about it, Beth. But first I have to say congratulations, Rodney tell you survive theater school.3 (26m 28s):Oh, thank you. Yes, I did. I sure did. Was2 (26m 31s):It usc? Did you go to3 (26m 32s):Usc? No, I, I'm a professor. I'm currently a professor at usc. So1 (26m 36s):We just assumed you went there, but where did you go3 (26m 38s):To No, no, no, no, no. I, that, that came about like in a roundabout way, but no, I, I totally, I went, went to Marquette University. Oh, in Milwaukee?1 (26m 46s):In Milwaukee. Oh my gosh. Yeah. So3 (26m 48s):Everybody's reaction, everybody's reactions like, well1 (26m 53s):I actually love Mil, I'm from Chicago and Evanston you do and then you are,3 (26m 58s):Yeah, born and raised north side. My family's still there. What1 (27m 1s):The hell? How did I not know this? Yeah, I'm from Evanston, but lived in Rogers Park and went to, we went to DePaul.3 (27m 7s):Well I hear the park. Yes, yes. Born and raised. My family's still there. I am a Chicago, I'm an undying Chicago and through and through. Yeah.1 (27m 15s):Wait a minute. So, so, okay, okay, okay. So you grew up on the north, you grew up in, on the north side.3 (27m 20s):Yeah, I grew up in, I, I grew up and I went to Lane Tech. Oh1 (27m 24s):My gosh, that's where my niece goes right this very minute. She goes, Yeah,3 (27m 28s):It's1 (27m 28s):Quite the school. I dunno how it was when you went, but it went through a hard time and now it's like one of these3 (27m 34s):Go, I mean when I went it was, it was still considered a magnet school. And I I, you know, I think like in like it went maybe through a period of like, sort of like shifting, but then it's like now it's an incredible school. I'm September 17th is apparently Rodney to day at Lane 10. No, Yeah, it just happened. I mean it's, it's silly. It's Easter significance. No, cause of Easter Sunday they did like a bunch of, you know, I do a lot of advocacy for the Asian American for Asian-American representation. So sort like all together1 (28m 4s):That movie had broke so many, broke so many barriers and was, I mean it was a phenomenal, and also I just feel like it's so obviously so needed. Duh. When people say like, more representation is needed, I'm like, okay, no shit Sherlock. But it's true. It bears repeat again. Cause it still is true that we need more representation. But I am fascinated. Ok, so you went to Lane Tech and were you like, I'm gonna be a famous actor, comedian? No, what,3 (28m 34s):What anything about it? Didn't I, you know, it's called Lane Tech for a reason, right? It's a technical school. Correct. So like we didn't, you know, it didn't, I mean there were arts, but I, it never really, you know, it was one of those things that were like, you know, I guess like when you were a kid, it's all like, hey, you wanna learn how to like macrame. But there were theater arts in my, in my high school, but it wasn't like,1 (28m 54s):In fact, my mother did macrame. And let me tell you something, it has come back in style. And the shit she made, we could be selling for $199 at Urban Outfitters right now. I'm just,3 (29m 4s):Oh yeah, it's trendy now. Yeah. It's like, yeah, it's in style.1 (29m 7s):Anyway, side note, side note. Okay, so you were like, I'm not doing, there was no performing at Lane Tech. There was no like out there, there,3 (29m 13s):There was, and there was, but it wasn't, again, you know, in terms of representation, there was nothing that like, I mean there was nothing that that showed me any kind of like longevity in, in, you know, it didn't even really occur to me that this was a business that people sort of like, you know, pursued for themselves. So it wasn't until I went to Marquette that I discovered theater. And so it was one of those things that like, I was like, oh, there's something here. So it wasn't like, it wasn't fostered since I was a kid.1 (29m 43s):This,2 (29m 44s):And this is my favorite type of origin story because it means, you know, like there are people who grow up in LA or their, their parents are in the industry. And then, so it's always a question like, am I gonna go into this industry? But, but people like you and like me and like Boz, who, there's no artist in our family, you know,3 (30m 4s):You2 (30m 4s):Just have to come to it on your own. So I would love to hear this story about finding it at Marquette.3 (30m 10s):So like the, this, I, I've told this story several times, but the short version of it is, so I went to college for chemistry. And so again, because I came from, you know, that that was just sort of the path that, that particularly, you know, an Asian American follows. It's a very sort of stem, regimented sort of culture. And when I went to Marquette, my first, my sort of my first like quarter there, it was overwhelming, you know, I mean, college was, was a big transition for me. I was away from home and I, I was overwhelmed with all of the STEM courses that I was taking, the GE courses. And I, I went to my advisor and at the time, you know, this is pre-internet, like he, we sat down, I sat down with him and he pulled out the catalog.3 (30m 52s):Oh yeah, the catalog, right? I1 (30m 54s):Remember the catalog. Oh yeah.3 (30m 56s):And so he was like, let's take a class that has nothing to do with your major. Oh,1 (30m 60s):I love this. I love this advisor. I love this advisor. Do you know, can he you say his name3 (31m 7s):At the, was it Daniel? Dr. Daniel t Hayworth. I mean, it's been a while I went to college with Dahmer was arrested. So that's been a1 (31m 15s):While. Okay. Yeah's, same with us. Same with me. Yeah.3 (31m 18s):Yeah. So like, I think it was Daniel Daniel Hayworth. Yeah. Cuz he was a, he was a chemistry professor as well. So he opened up, he opened up the, the thing in the, the catalog and it said acting for non-majors. And I remember thinking, that sounds easy, let's do that. And then I went to the class, I got in and he, he, he was able to squeeze me in because already it was already in the earl middle of the semester. And so I, the, the, the, the teacher for that class was a Jesuit priest. His name is Father Gerald Walling. And you know, God rest his soul. And he, his claim to fame was he had like two or three lines on Blues Brothers, the movie.1 (31m 59s):Amazing. I mean like great to fame to have Yes. Get shot in Chicago. Yeah. And if you're a Jesuit priest that's not an actor by trade, like that is like huge. Like most people would like die to have two to three lines on Blues Brothers that are working anyway. So, Okay, so you're, so he, so how was that class?3 (32m 19s):So I took the class and he, after like the first week he asked me, Hey is, and it was at 8:00 AM like typical, like one of those like classes that I was like, Oh my gosh, I'm gonna go in here miserable. Yeah. But he said to me early on, he said, Do you have any interest in doing this professionally? And I said, no. And he's like, and he, he said, and he said, I was like, You're hilarious. You know,1 (32m 43s):You're a hilarious Jesuit.3 (32m 45s):Yeah. I'm like, Good luck with God. He, he then he was directing, he was directing the university production of, and he asked me to audition for it. And I was, I don't even know what an audition was. That's amazing. So like, it was one of those things that I didn't really know how to do it. I didn't know much about it. And so he's like, Can you come in and audition for it? And I did and I got it and it was, it was Monts the physicist,1 (33m 12s):What the fuck is that?3 (33m 14s):Oh man, I love that play. It's Amont, it's the same, you know, it's the same. He's, you know, Exactly. It's really, it's one of those like sort of rarely done plays and it's about fictitious Albert Einstein, the real, lemme see if I, it's been so long since I recall this play. The real, So Isaac Newton and what was the other Mobius? A fictitious, So the real, I'm sorry, The real Albert Einstein, The real, the real Albert Einstein, the real Isaac Isaac New and a fake, a fictitious play scientist named Mobius.3 (33m 55s):And they were, they were all in, in a mental institution. And I1 (33m 60s):Think that I have this play and my shelves and I just have never read it before. Okay, so3 (34m 4s):Who did you play? It's extraordinary. Extraordinary. And so I played, I played a child like I did up until my mid thirties. I played a child who had like one line, and I remember it took, it took place in Germany, I believe. And I remember he's like, Do you have a German accent? I was like, No. You're1 (34m 20s):Like, I I literally am doing chemistry 90.3 (34m 23s):Yeah. I was all like, you're hilarious. Yeah. Only children do accents, You know what I mean? Like, it was totally, I was like, whatever's happening, I don't even know what's happening. And, and then I made up a European accent. I mean, I, I, I pulled it on my ass. I was like, sure, don't even remember it. But I was like, one of,1 (34m 39s):I love when people, like, recently Gina showed me a video of her in college with an accent. Let me tell you something, anytime anyone does an accent, I'm like, go for it. I think that it's so3 (34m 51s):Great. Yeah. I've got stories about, about, I mean, I'm Asian, right? So like, I mean it's been one of those things that all my life I've had to sort of navigate people being like, Hey, try this on for Verizon. I was like, Oh gosh. And you know, anyway, I can go on forever. But I did that, I had a line and then somebody saw me in the production with one line and said, Hey, this is at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, somebody from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. It's huge1 (35m 18s):Theater. Fyi. Right,3 (35m 20s):Right. Again, it's, it's to this day. And so they asked if I would intern, if I would be considered interning while I was in school. And I said, I didn't even know what that was. So I met with them. And when I walked into that theater, it was one of those, it's one of the biggest, most extraordinary music theaters in the wor in the country. Right. Won the regional, Tony and I, again, I had no frame of reverence for it. So walking in, it was like this magical place. And so I started, I started interning right, right off the bat. And it was one of those like life changing experiences. I, I mean, to this day, the best acting I think I've ever seen, you know, face to face has been on that stage. It's, you know, many of those actors are still, I'm still in touch with to this day.3 (36m 3s):Some of them have passed away. However, it was the best training, right? I mean, I got thrown into the deep end. It was like working with some of the greats who never, no one ever knew. Right. So it really, it was really a wonderful experience. And that's when I sort of, you know, that's when I was like, Oh, I actually can do this for a living. So it was,1 (36m 21s):Oh yeah, Milwaukee rep. I've seen some amazing stuff there. And also what would've been great is, yeah, we like, I mean there's so many things that would've been great at DePaul at the theater school, but one of them would've been, Hey, there's all these regional theaters, like if you wanna make some dough, it was either like, you are gonna be doing storefront and Die of Hunger, or you're gonna be a star. Hilarious was no like, what about Milwaukee Rep? What about the Guthrie? Like all the things3 (36m 50s):Gut, Yeah. Never1 (36m 51s):Told at least. Or I didn't listen or I was like in a blackout drunk state. But like, I just feel like hilarious. I just feel like that is so amazing that you got to do that. So then, Wait, did you change3 (37m 2s):Your It wasn't, I did. I eventually did. Yes. So I have both. And so now it was one of those, like, it was, it was harrowing, but eventually, I mean, I did nothing with my chemistry degree. Nothing. Like literally nothing. That's,2 (37m 16s):Most people do nothing with their theater degree. So, so it all evens out. Wait, I have a question. Now. This is a question that would be difficult for me to answer. So I wouldn't fault to you if it's difficult for you. What do you think it was in you that this person saw and said, have you ever considered doing this professionally? I mean, just trying to be really objective about the, the asce the essence of you that you bring to the table. Always. How, what did that person identify, do you think, if you3 (37m 44s):Had to guess? You know, I'd like to say it was talent. I'd love to be that person and be like, you know, they recognized in me in one line that ordinary artist was going to emerge into the universe and play children into his thirties. I, I wish I could. It was that, I mean, honestly, I looked different than everybody else on that's a white school and Milwaukee rep, you know, God, forgive me for saying this, but it was a sensibly all white institution.1 (38m 12s):Super white. Super white. Yeah.3 (38m 14s):So in comes this little Asian guy who like they thought might have had potential and also is Asian. And I checked off a lot of boxes for them. And you know what I could easily say, like I, I could easily sort of, when, if you asked me like 20 years ago, I was like, Oh, I was talented, but now I'm like, no, I made my way in because of, because I, I checked boxes for people and, and1 (38m 37s):Talented,3 (38m 38s):You couldn't,1 (38m 39s):You3 (38m 39s):Couldn't have done it if you didn't have talent to thank you. And I can, I can, you know, whatever, I can own that now. But the, but the reality is like, I made it in and that's how I got in. And I'm okay with that. And I'm not saying that it's not taking anything away from talent, but the reality is it's like you gotta get in on the inside to work your way out. And if I didn't have that exposure early on, I certainly wouldn't have had the regional career that I did for a little while. You know? So like that credit, like you, like you said Jen, it's like, it's a, it's a huge credit. So like I would not have made it in any other way. Right. And I certainly,1 (39m 12s):Yeah, I just am like noticing also like my reaction to, Yeah, it's interesting too as other humans in this industry or any industry, it's like, it's like we have had to, especially those of us that are, you know, I'm 47 and like those of us who have made it in or sort of in for, in my, I'm just speaking for myself. Like I, I sort of, right, It could have been fucked up reasons or weird reasons that we got in the door or even filling someone's need or fantasy. But then it's like what we do with it once we're in the room, that really, really matters. And I think that yeah, regardless of how you ended up in Milwaukee rep, like I think it's smart and like I really like the idea of saying okay, like that's probably why I was there.1 (39m 58s):I checked, I've checked boxes, but Okay. But that's why a lot of people are a lot of places. And so like, let's, let's, let's, you could stop there and be like, that is some fucked up shit. Fuck them. Or you could say, Wait a second, I'm gonna still have a fucking career and be a dope actor. Okay, so you're there, you're, you're still, you graduate from Marquette with a double major, I'm assuming, right? Chemistry and, and was it theater, straight up theater or what was your degree?3 (40m 23s):It's, well, no, no, it's called, it's, it's, it's the, at the time it's called, they didn't have a theater degree. Right. It was called the, you graduated with a degree in Communications. Communications,1 (40m 32s):Right? Yes. Okay, okay. Yeah. My, my niece likes to say Tia, all the people in communications at UCLA are the dumbest people. I'm like, No, no, no, no, no. That would've been me. And she's like, Well, anyway, so okay, so, so you graduate and what happens? What happens to you?3 (40m 54s):So, you know, I, I went from there. I went to, I got my equity card pretty ear pretty early cuz I went for my, I think it was my final between my, the summer, my junior year and my senior year I went to, because of the Milwaukee rep, I got asked to do summer stock at, at ppa, which is the Pacific Conservatory, the performing Arts, which is kind of like an Urda contract out in the West Co on the west coast. And so I was able to get credits there, which got me my equity card very quickly after, during that time I didn't get it at the institution, but I got like enough, you know, whatever credit that I was able to get my equity card. And again, at the time I was like, eh, what are the equity? I didn't even know know what that was really.3 (41m 34s):I don't know if anybody truly knows it when they're, when they're younger. So I had it and I went, right, I had my card and I went right to Chicago because family's there. So I was in Chicago. I did a couple of shows, I did one at at Lifeline at the time. I did one at North. Yeah. So it was nice to sort of go back and, and, and, and then I, you know, right then I, it's my favorite story, one of my favorite stories. I, I got my, my my SAG card and my after card in Chicago that summer, because at the time the union was separate. That's how old I am. And I got my SAG card doing a Tenax commercial, and I got my after card doing, I'm not sure if they're still there.3 (42m 18s):I think they are actually. It is a company called Break Breakthrough Services and they did it live industrial. Oh yeah.1 (42m 24s):They, I think they still wait live. How does that work? Yeah,3 (42m 29s):Exactly. So it's a lot of like those training, you know, you see it a lot, like the people do it, like corporate training stuff. Right. So they used, at the time it was really new. So like they used a lot of actors and they paid well.1 (42m 42s):Well, I did an Arthur Anderson one that like paid my rent3 (42m 45s):Long time. Yeah, yeah, yeah. So exactly when Arthur Anderson was still a, I think I did one too. So like, they,1 (42m 53s):Rodney,3 (42m 55s):Were you in St. Charles, Illinois?1 (42m 57s):I don't know. I had to take the Amtrak. It could have been,3 (42m 59s):Yeah. In St. Charles. Right? That's where they were centered. Yes. Yeah.1 (43m 2s):Okay, go ahead. Go ahead. So you, okay, so you got your, I know our world. Do you live, Where do you live?3 (43m 8s):I'm in, I'm in LA right now. This is my home. Yeah.1 (43m 11s):Okay. Well I'm coming to your home. Okay, great. I'm in Pasadena right now. Okay. Anyway, go ahead. Oh yeah.3 (43m 17s):Okay. So we, yeah, I went to Chicago, got my cards, and then was there for, you know, a hot minute and then I moved to New York. Okay.1 (43m 25s):Wait, wait, wait. Moved. Did you have, what years were you working in Chicago? Like were we still, were Gina and I in school? What, what, what years were that were you were like, Tampa, a man Chicago.3 (43m 35s):I did God bless that commercial. Yeah, it was so good. I did, let's see here, I grad, I was there in 90, let's see, 97,1 (43m 47s):We were there. Well, Gina was graduating and I, I was, yeah. Anyway, we were there.3 (43m 52s):And then I moved to New York in 98 and then I moved to New in 98. So1 (43m 55s):You were only in Chicago a hot minute? Yeah, yeah, yeah.3 (43m 57s):Okay. Yeah. But then I came back, I came back in 2004 five to do a show at Victory Gardens. Oh. And then I did a show at Victory Gardens, and then I did a workshop at Stepin Wolf. So it was nice. Look at1 (44m 12s):Victory Gardens. Victory Gardens. That was a whole,3 (44m 15s):I'm sorry, what was that?1 (44m 16s):R i p, Victory Gardens.3 (44m 17s):Oh, yeah. I mean, well I was there pre-K. Yeah. And so, but it was, yeah, r i p I mean, r i it was truly one of the most magnificent, magnificent shows that I've been part, but I mean,1 (44m 30s):Okay, so wait, wait, wait. Okay, so why New York? Why weren't you like, I'm gonna bust out and go to LA and be a superstar on,3 (44m 38s):It's all about representation. I mean, I didn't see at the time, and you know, if you think about it, like there were people on television, but, you know, in terms of like the, the, the, it wasn't pervasive. It was like sort of every once in a while I'll turn on my TV and I'll see like Dante Bosco or I'll see like, you know what I mean? But it wasn't like I saw like, you know, I wasn't flooded with the image of an Asian American making it. However, at the time, you know, it was already Asian Americans were starting to sort of like flood the theater world, right? So I started, you know, through James c and, and Lisa Taro in Chicago, and like, people who are like, who are still friends of mine to this day, Asian American actors, they were doing theater. And so I was like, you know what, I'm gonna do theater. And so I, it was just one of those, like, I went to, and I already had these credits.3 (45m 19s):I had my equity card, I had some credits. My natural proclivity was then to go to, to, to first theater in New York. So it wasn't, I didn't even think about LA it wasn't like, oh, let me, let me like think about doing television and film. So I went1 (45m 32s):To York. I just feel like in LA it's so interesting. As an actor, writing is a little different, but as an actor, it, most of us, if we plan to go to LA as actors, we're gonna fail. I just feel like you have to end up here as an actor by accident because you do something else that you love and that people like, and then they're like, I just, it's not the most welcoming. Right. Medium film and tv. So like, it's so hard. So I think by accident is really sort of the only way, or if you're just already famous for something else, but like, anyway, So you're in New York. Did you, did you love it? Wait, can I,2 (46m 9s):Can I hang on Buzz, Can I do a timeout? Because I've been wanting to ask this just a little bit back to, you know, your undergrad experience. Did you wanna be, did you love chemistry or did you just do that because Oh, you did, Okay. So it wasn't, it wasn't like, oh, finally I found something that I, like you liked chemistry.3 (46m 29s):Yeah. To this day, to this day, I still like, it's still very much like, you know, the, the, the values of a stem field is still very much in how I teach, unfortunately. Right? Like, I'm very empirical. I, I, I need to know an, I need to have answers. Like, you know, it tends to, sometimes it tends to be a lot of it, like, you know, you know, sort of heady and I'm like, and now I need, I need, I'm pragmatic that way. I need to understand like why, Right? That2 (46m 53s):Doesn't seem unfortunate to me. That seems actually really fortunate because A, you're not the only artist who likes to think. I mean, you know, what about DaVinci? Like, a lot of people like to think about art in a, in a, I mean it's really, they're, they're, they're really kind of married art and science.3 (47m 8s):Yeah. They really are people. I, I think people would, It's so funny. Like people don't see it as such, but you're absolutely right. I agree. It's so more, Yeah. There's so much more in common.1 (47m 18s):The other thing that I'm glad Gina brought that up is cuz I'm questioning like, okay, so like, I don't know about at Marquette, but like at DePaul we had like, we had, like, we had these systems of, you got warnings if you, you weren't doing great and I bet like you probably didn't have the cut system cause that just is okay, good. But okay.3 (47m 36s):Well we were, we remember we were, we weren't a conservatory, right? So we were very much a, a liberal programming.1 (47m 42s):Yeah, I love it. Oh God, how I longed for that later, right? But anyway, so what would've helped is if someone with an empirical, like someone with more a stem mind sat down with me and said, okay, like, here are the things that aren't working in a practical way for you, and here are the things that you can do to fix it. Instead, it was literally this nebulous thing where my warning said, You're not living up to your star power now that's not actually a note. So that, that, that Rick Murphy gave me, and I don't, to this day, I'm like, that is actually, so I would love if I had someone like you, not that you'd be in that system, but like this to say like, okay, like here's the reasons why.1 (48m 25s):Like there was no why we were doing anything. It was like, you just do this in order to make it. And I said, Okay, I'll do it. But I was like, what the hell? Why are we doing this? That's,3 (48m 35s):That's like going to a doctor and a doctor being like, you're sick. You know what I mean? And you're like, but can, that's why I'm here is for you to help me get to the root of it and figure it out. Right. Being like, you're,1 (48m 46s):I think they didn't know, Here's the thing, I don't think it, it3 (48m 50s):Was because they're in.1 (48m 51s):Yeah. I I don't think it was because they were, I mean, they could have been rude in all the things. I literally, now that I'm 47, looking back on that experience, I'm like, Oh, these teachers didn't fucking know what they were, how to talk. And3 (49m 3s):This is how I came. Yeah, yeah. Which is how I came back to usc. So like that's,1 (49m 7s):Anyway, continue your New York adventure. I just wanted to know.3 (49m 11s):No, no, no. New York is was great. New York is New York was wonderful. I love it. I still love it. I I literally just got back with it. That's why, remember I was texting you, emailing you guys. I I just got back, Yes. The night before. Some amazing things. My husband would move back in a heartbeat if I, if I like texted him right now. And I was like, Hey, like let's move back. The house would be packed and we'd, he'd be ready to go. He loves, we both love it. You know, Am I in love with New York? I, that, that remains to be seen. I mean, you know, as I get older that life is, it's a hard life and I, I love it when there's no responsibilities when you can like, skip around and have tea and you know, walk around Central Park and like see shows.3 (49m 53s):But you know, that's obviously not the real, the reality of the day to day in New York. So I miss it. I love it. I've been back for work many times, but I, I I don't know that the life is there for me anymore. Right. I mean, you know, six fuller walkups. Oh no. Oh no. I just, yeah, I1 (50m 11s):Just like constantly sweating in Manhattan. Like I can't navigate, It's like a lot of rock walking really fast and3 (50m 20s):Yeah. And no one's wearing masks right now. I just, I just came back and I saw six shows when I was there. No one's wearing masks. It's like unnerving. And again, like, you know, you know, not throwing politics in it. I was like, you guys, like, how are you okay with it? I'm just like, how are you not unnerved by the fact that we're cramped in worse than an airplane? And everyone's like coughing around you and we're sitting here for three hours watching Death of a Salesman. I mean, like, how was that1 (50m 43s):Of an2 (50m 45s):Yeah know?3 (50m 46s):I mean,2 (50m 47s):So what about the, so at some point you, you pretty much, I mean, you don't do theater anymore, right? You transition to doing3 (50m 55s):Oh, I know, I do. Very much so, very much. I'm also the associate, Yeah. I'm the associate artistic director of, I am a theater company, so like I'm, I'm very much theater's. I will never let go. It's, it's just one of those things I will never as, as wonderful as television and film has been. It's, it's also like theater's, you know? It's the, it's my own, it's my first child. Yeah.2 (51m 19s):Yeah.1 (51m 20s):We have guests like Tina Parker was like that, right? Wasn't,2 (51m 23s):Yeah. Well a lot of, a lot of people. It's also Tina Wong said the same thing.3 (51m 26s):He and I are different. She's part, we're in the same theater company. So Yeah. Tina's.2 (51m 30s):That's right. That's right. That's right. Okay, now I'm remembering what that connection was. So I have a question too about like, when I love it, like I said, when people have no idea anything related to performing arts, and then they get kind of thrust into it. So was there any moment in sort of discovering all this where you were able to make sense of, or flesh out like the person that you were before you came to this? Like a lot of people have the experience of, of doing a first drama class in high school and saying, Oh my God, these are my people. And never knowing that their people existed. Right. Did you have anything like that where you felt like coming into this performing sphere validated or brought some to fullness?2 (52m 14s):Something about you that previously you hadn't been able to explore?3 (52m 18s):Yeah. I mean, coming out, you know what I mean? Like, it was the first time that people talk, you know? Of course, you know, you know, I was born to, you know, like was God, I said I was born this way. But that being said, like again, in the world in which I grew up in, in Chicago and Lane Tech, it's, and, and the, you know, the technical high school and, and just the, the, the, I grew up in a community of immigrants. It's not like it was laid out on the table for one to talk about all the time. Right. It wasn't, and even though I may have thought that in my head again, it wasn't like, it was like something that was in the universe and in the, in the air that I breathed. So I would say that like when I got to the theater, it was the first time, you know, the theater, you guys we're, we're theater kids, right?3 (53m 2s):We know like every, everything's dramatic. Everything's laid, you know, out to, you know, for everyone. Everyone's dramas laid out for everyone. A the, and you know, part of it was like sexuality and talking about it and being like, and having just like, just being like talking about somebody's like ethnic background. And so it was the first time that I learned how to talk about it. Even to even just like how you even des you know, you know how you even describe somebody, right? And how somebody like, cuz that again, it's not, it wasn't like, it wasn't language that I had for myself. So I developed the language and how to speak about people. So that's my first thing about theater that I was like, oh, thank God.3 (53m 43s):You know? And then, you know, even talking about, you know, like queer, like queer was such a crazy insult back when I was a kid. And then now all of a sudden queer is now this embraced sort of like, badge of honor, Right? And so like, it was just like that and understanding like Asian and Asian American breaking that down, right? And being Filipino very specifically breaking that down, that all came about from me being in theater. And so like, I, I'm, I owe my, my life to it if you, and, and because I've, yeah, I didn't, you know, it's so funny how the title of this is I Survived Theater School for me. It's, Yes, Yes.3 (54m 23s):And I also, it also allowed theater also gave, allowed me to survive. Yes.2 (54m 31s):Theater helped you survive. Yes. That's beautiful. So in this, in the, in this spectrum or the arc, whatever you wanna call it, of representation and adequate representation and you know, in all of our lifetimes, we're probably never gonna achieve what we think is sort of like a perfect representation in media. But like in the long arc of things, how, how do you feel Hollywood and theater are doing now in terms of representation of, of specifically maybe Filipino, but Asian American people. How, how do you think we're doing?3 (55m 3s):I think we, you know, I think that there's, there's certainly a shift. You know, obviously it, we'd like it to be quicker than faster than, than it has been. But that being said, there's certainly a shift. Look, I'm being, I'll be the first person to say there are many more opportunities that are available that weren't there when I started in this, in this business, people are starting to like diversify casts. And you know, I saw Haiti's Town, it was extraordinary, by the way. I saw six shows in New York in the span of six days out of, and this was not conscious of me. This is not something I was doing consciously. Out of the six shows, I saw every single show had 90% people of color.3 (55m 43s):And it wasn't, and I wasn't conscientious of it. I wasn't like, I'm going to go see the shows that like, it just happened that all I saw Hamilton, I saw K-pop, I saw, you know, a death of a Salesman I saw. And they all were people of color and it was beautiful. So there's definitely a shift. That said, I, for me, it's never, this may sound strange, it's not the people in front of the camera or on stage that I have a problem with. Like, that to me is a bandaid. And this is me speaking like an old person, right? I need, it needs to change from the top down. And for me, that's what where the shift needs to happen for me. Like all the people at top, the, the, the people who run the thing that needs to change. And until that changes, then I can expect to starter from1 (56m 25s):The low. It's so interesting cuz like, I, I, I feel like that is, that is, we're at a point where we'd love to like the bandaid thing. Like really people really think that's gonna work. It never holds. Like that's the thing about a bandaid. The longer the shit is on, it'll fall off eventually. And then you still have the fucking wound. So like, I, I, I, and what I'm also seeing, and I don't know if you guys are seeing it, but what I'm seeing is that like, so people got scared and they fucking started to promote execs within the company of color and othered folks and then didn't train them. And now are like, Oh, well we gave you a shot and you failed, so let's get the white kid back in that live, you know, my uncle's kid back in to, to be the assistant.1 (57m 6s):And I'm3 (57m 7s):Like, no people up for success is a huge thing. Yeah. They need to set people up for success. Yes, yes, for sure.2 (57m 12s):Yeah. So it's, it's performative right now. We're still in the performative phase of1 (57m 16s):Our, you3 (57m 17s):Know, I would say it feels, it, it can feel performative. I I'm, I'm definitely have been. I've experienced people who do get it, you know what I mean? It's just, Sunday's a perfect example of somebody who does get it. But that being said, like again, it needs to, we need more of those people who get it with a capital I like, you know, up at the top. Cause again, otherwise it's just performative, like you said. So it's,1 (57m 38s):Does it make you wanna be an exec and be at the top and making choices? Yeah,3 (57m 42s):You know, I've always, people have asked me, you know, people have asked me what is the next thing for me. I'd love to show run. I've, I just, again, this is the, this is the stem part of me, right? Like, of us, like is I'm great at putting out fires, I just have been that person. I'm good with people, I'm, I'm, you know, and I've, I, you know, it's, it's, it's just one of those things that like I, I see is a, is a natural fit. But until that happens, you know, I'm, I'm, I'm also, you know, a professor is very much a version of show learning. So I've been doing that every day.1 (58m 14s):We talk about how, cause you've mentioned it several times about playing children into your thirties. So a lot, we have never had anyone on the show that I'm aware of that has had that sort of thing or talked about that thing. They may have had it. Mostly it's the opposite of like, those of us who like, I'll speak for myself, like in college, were playing old people at age, you know, 16 because I was a plus size Latina lady. And like that's what what went down. So tell me what, what that's what that journey has been like for you. I'm just really curious mostly, cuz you mentioned it a couple times, so it must be something that is part of your psyche. Like what's that about? Like what the, I mean obviously you look quote young, but there's other stuff that goes into that.1 (58m 57s):So how has that been for you and to not be, It sounds like you're coming out of that.3 (59m 1s):Yeah, I mean, look, all my life I've always been, you know, I mean I'm, I'm 5, 5 6 on a good day and I've always just been, I've always just looked young. Like, I mean, I mean, and I don't mean that like, oh I look young. Like I don't mean that in any sort of self-aggrandizing way. I literally just am one of those and you're built, like me, my one of my dear friends Ko, God rest his soul, he was always like, Rodney, you're like a little man look, looks, you're like a man that looks like a boy. And I was like that, that's hilarious. Like, and look, I for growing up little in, in high school and, and it, it was one of those things that I was always like, you know, like I was always chummy with people, but I was never sort of like, like there's a look, let's face it.3 (59m 45s):Like we're, we're a a a body conscious society and when you're, whatever it is, you can't help. There's implicit bias, right? Implicit bias, right. Supremacy at it's most insidious. And so I am not all my life, I was like always trying to, you know, the Napoleon complex of always trying to sort of be like, prove that I was older than I was.1 (1h 0m 6s):How did you do it? How did you do, how were you, what kind of techniques did you use? For3 (1h 0m 10s):Me, it wasn't even my technique. It was about doing everything and anything I possibly could. I mean, I was like president or vice president, I a gajillion different clubs. So it1 (1h 0m 18s):Was doing, it was doing, it was not like appearance. Okay, okay. So you3 (1h 0m 23s):Was actually yeah, I couldn't do anything about this. Yeah.1 (1h 0m 25s):Right. So yeah, but like people try, you know, like people will do all kinds of things to their body to try to, But for you, it sounds like your way to combat that was to be a doer, like a super3 (1h 0m 36s):Duer. And I certainly, I certainly like worked out by the time I got to college I was like working out hardcore to try and masculinize like, or you know, this. And, and eventually I did a gig that sort of shifted that mentality for me. But that being said, I think the thing that really, that the thing that, that for me was the big sort of change in all of this was just honestly just maturity. At some point I was like, you know what? I can't do anything about my age. I can't do anything about my height, nor do I want to. And when that shifted for me, like it just ironically, that's when like the maturity set in, right? That's when people started to recognize me as an adult.3 (1h 1m 17s):It's when I got got rid of all of that, that this, this notion of what it is I need to do in order for people to give me some sort of authority or gimme some sort of like, to l
Hockey Hall of Famer Börje Salming received an emotional ovation at the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Saturday, as the Leafs legend battles ALS. Salming's impact as one of the first Swedish-born NHL players paved the way for his fellow countrymen to have their moment as well. Henrik and Daniel Sedin's speeches from last night, and their unique careers are discussed as the guys talk what the bar is for a Hall of Famer. Roberto Luongo's Italian-Canadian upbringing has Ray remembering his NHL journey, and the comforts of home, like freshly ironed boxers! Headlines includes the St. Louis Blues capturing a MUCH needed victory over the defending cup champion, Colorado Avalanche. If a struggling Blues team can use this as a springboard to save their season, and decisions ahead for GM Doug Armstrong if they don't. Jake Muzzin's - perhaps permanent - absence causes concern for the player's well-being, and also for an already questionable Toronto Maple Leafs blue-line. Plus, could changes be coming as soon as this week for the Vancouver Canucks?? According to Dregs, Bruce Boudreau's position behind the Canucks bench could be vacant any day now. Betano's Kris Abbott was absent as he's galavanting in Greece; he'll be saying ‘Opa!' when he hears the guys praise his NHL bets. However, it was another team ‘L' on NFL picks as Aaron Rodgers heard the pod picked the Cowboys, and promptly got his groove back. Stanley Cup odds are discussed, rough starts for the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins have the guys eyeing if those teams rebounding could result in an improbable cup run. Ask R+D continues the Swedish trend this week as a listener from Jämtland asks about ‘decriminalizing' the offside rule, and sparks another idea of a ‘grey area' for the coach's challenge. Plus, the Winnipeg Jets surprise resurgence under Head Coach Rick Bowness - coincidentally Alfie's first NHL coach - and the brick wall that is Connor Hellebuyck. Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 15 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Marc-Andre Fleury was watching Trevor Zegras' theatrics from the bench last night, but the superstar NHL goalie has a plan to stop guys from trying 'lacrosse goals' on him… He talked his ‘friendly' rivalry with Brendan Gallagher, newer sticks giving every player bruising shots, and his ability to keep it light while competing. Plus, Ray and 'Flower' shared pranking stories, including Sidney Crosby's sneaky prank on Fleury in Pittsburgh. Headlines kicks off with more on Trevor Zegras and the lacrosse style (aka. Michigan) disallowed goal. Ray goes ‘off' on the current offside rules, and proposes a change to make it better. Jack Eichel returns to Buffalo with the red-hot Vegas Golden Knights, and Ray gives the player perspective of returning to your former home-rink. The guys discuss Evander Kane's scary injury and how random incidents like it don't happen more often, and goaltender Martin Jones gets his due, as the Seattle Kraken continue a surging start. Kris Abbott is on a Vegas Golden Knights tour as he followed the team down to Buffalo from Toronto. However, it's the Sabres he's ‘banking' on, and particularly the play of Victor Olofsson. This week's NFL picks are in with the Cowboys and Packers game in the spotlight. Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 14 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ray's feeling like a ‘Rockstar' after seeing Post Malone live in-concert with his boys, but it was another celebrity making noise in the hockey world this week. Ray and Dregs kick things off talking Deadpool aka. Ryan Reynolds and the hype surrounding his interest in buying the Ottawa Senators. The Boston Bruins signing, and subsequent un-signing, of Malcolm Miller has been a mess from start-to-finish: NHLPA ramifications, lack of foresight for the victim, and the onus of responsibility needed from Miller's parents are discussed. On the ice, the Bruins are rolling, while their most-recent opponent is not. The St. Louis Blues are now on a 7-game slide, the guys ponder if there's a disconnect between the team and coaches, and talk star players needing to step into their roles. Western Canadian teams are all taking some L's recently. Edmonton Oilers' penalty killing, and Calgary Flames' growing pains are amongst reasons for concern in those markets. However, the Vancouver Canucks issues seem to be reaching a boiling point. Canucks President, Jim Rutherford's thinly veiled comments at Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, along with captain Bo Horvat's pending UFA status, and a lacklustre record; might just spell the end for this core. The guys examine whether or not a rebuild could be coming on the Westcoast. Kris Abbott has his voice back and is using it to shed light on the “1” blemish on Ray's 5-1 NFL picks record. He recounts a rollercoaster of emotion as he came oh-so-close to hitting his first-half Bills/Jets bet. Kris shifts focus to the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and betting on their shaky goaltending to yield a return for his pocketbook. Ask R+D sees questions on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals ahead of Ovy and Sid's 63rd regular season battle, McDavid's ever-growing spotlight overshadowing other stars, and Ray's eclectic taste in music; from Kenny G to Posty! Support Dregs and his dusty ‘Mo! Donate to Movember Canada here: https://ca.movember.com/mospace/14363815?mc=6&utm_medium=share&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=fundraise Season 4 Episode 13 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, ‘The Game Starts Now' with Betano.ca - now available in Ontario, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One of the great power forwards in NHL history joins the pod! President of the Boston Bruins, Hockey Hall Of Famer Cam Neely, talked the Bruins' hot-start; tied for first place despite their injuries, why management felt they ‘left something on the table' after a hard-fought first round playoff loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the incomparable career of Patrice Bergeron. Plus, the aura of playing in the historic Boston Garden, and balancing the hockey and business sides of his role. Headlines includes the Vegas Golden Knights strong goaltending despite both their starter and backup being injured, a Boston Bruins team playing above expectations, how the New York Rangers could land Patrick Kane, and Ray recounts visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning in their inaugural season, as a comparison to the Arizona Coyotes temporary home at Mullett Arena. The guys also discuss Sergei Fedorov's KHL tactic of pulling the goalie in OT, and how this could happen in the NHL. A flat tire won't keep Kris Abbott from heading to the ‘Motor City' this weekend! Set to take in a trio of sporting events including the Lions vs. Dolphins, ‘Abbs' discusses why the over is so high in the matchup. The importance of weather forecasts on certain bets, and why he's taking the under for the San Francisco 49'ers visiting the LA Rams at SoFi Stadium. Dregs is siding with the undefeated, Ray ‘4-0' Ferraro, as the duo hope to see money signs on the Niners this weekend. The Cam Neely Foundation and comedian Dennis Leary are teaming up for the 26th Annual ‘Comics Come Home' at TD Garden in Boston. This year's show includes A-list comedians Lenny Clarke, Chris Distefano, Jimmy Fallon, Sam Jay, Robert Kelly, John Mulaney, Carolyn Plummer, Roy Wood Jr. Find more information on the event here: https://camneelyfoundation.org/comics-come-home/ Season 4 Episode 10 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ahead of the NHL on ESPN's heavyweight battle between the Rangers and Avs at MSG, Ray joins the pod from the Big Apple. Meanwhile, a ‘headshot' on the 18th hole has Dregs and his buddies closing out golf season with plenty of group chat fodder. The guys definitely don't ‘shank' this one as Episode 9 takes on all the latest hockey stories you need to hear about! Headlines kicks off with Phil ‘The Thrill' Kessel as he ties the NHL ironman streak, playing a ridiculous 989 consecutive games! The guys debate whether Kessel should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame when he retires, and Ray discusses why he doesn't think Stanley Cup rings are always a good measure. Kessel's disallowed goal vs. the Leafs has Ray ‘challenging' the NHL rule book, but it's bittersweet as it keeps Phil 9 goals back of Ray's NHL total! Re-build or re-tool? An abysmal start for the Vancouver Canucks has the fans throwing jerseys, and the guys throw around the possible scenarios for the club. Plus, an imminent departure from Chicago for Patrick Kane, and the Blackhawks' ‘tanking' strategy. Kris Abbott is still sees ‘action' on the Canucks, but he's now banking on them putting up W's! Ray has a suggestion for betting on player streaks and Kris details how he can make it a reality using single-game player bets. As his NFL picks hot-streak continues, Mr. 4-0 Ferraro is feeling confident he'll be undefeated for at least another week. Ask R+D sees questions on losing streaks and what it feels like being on a struggling team, which current NHL player Ray would compare himself to, and how salary cap changes might effect GM decisions going forward. Plus, a question on the Buffalo Sabres young talent has the guys discussing Rasmus Dahlin's confidence this season. Season 4 Episode 9 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off everything at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hard to believe at just 27 years old, Nathan MacKinnon is beginning his 10th NHL season. The superstar forward talked reaching the pinnacle as a leader on the Stanley Cup Champion, Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon reflected on the highs and lows of the cup run, the rowdy celebrations, and the salary cap reality of losing key pieces in the off-season. He also acknowledged his growth as a player, how he's saving a lot of money on broken hockey sticks since seeing a sports psychologist, trying to keep up with fellow Coal Harbour buddy, Sidney Crosby, and making sure to ‘enjoy the moment' in his career. You don't want to miss this candid interview with one of the league's best! Headlines picks up with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Head Coach Sheldon Keefe ‘walking back' comments on his superstars play. Ray talks what being ‘called out' in the NHL looks like, and the need for criticism to help you get better. The guys discuss Nick Robertson's big season debut; clinching a big win for the Leafs over the Dallas Stars. Plus, Arber Xhekaj's ‘scrappy' journey to the Montreal Canadiens' blueline, coaching change speculation picking up EARLY in the season, and the impressive roster building of the Buffalo Sabres. Kris Abbott fired shots at the Vancouver Canucks and their perpetual squandering of 2-goal leads. He talked favourable odds in hitting the ‘over' in the NHL and what factors are playing a role. Ray picked the NFL game of the week… which will now feature Christian McCaffery! Dregs is taking the Niners at home, and Kris discusses why betting against the mainstream can yield great results. Season 4 Episode 8 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As announced on Twitter, Ray is stepping back from TSN after 14 years. He will be adopting a (slightly) less crazy travel schedule to spend more time with family. However, Ray will continue to deliver the goods on the podcast twice weekly this hockey season! Episode 5 kicks off with Ray's announcement and his reasoning behind the decision. Clear your evenings, change your status to ‘busy', and tell the kids to put themselves to bed, cause HOCKEY'S BACK!! With a full slate of NHL action set to kick off, the guys make their season predictions across the board. A jam-packed Headlines sees the Toronto Maple Leafs emerge as favourites to win the Atlantic, AND a playoff series, maybe even two!? What could be a ‘Battle of Alberta' for Pacific division supremacy, and the Colorado Avalanche poised to defend their Stanley Cup Championship. PLUS, early playoff and NHL Awards predictions are in! Kris Abbott joins the show to lament a tough-go for the Toronto Blue Jays after a collapse of historical proportions in the Wild Card round. AND, gives credit where it's due as the Mariners gutted out an amazing comeback. And look who is leading the guy's betting competition! Season 4 Episode 5 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alex Tuch went from being a ‘kid' in Vegas to suddenly being a 26-year-old veteran on a very young Buffalo Sabres team. The talented power forward talked living out his childhood dream playing for the Sabres, focusing on the present in a locker room brimming with potential, and his love for the ‘hearty' food scene in Buffalo. Of course, his adorable golden retriever ‘Teddy' Tuch was also discussed! In Headlines, Ray and Dregs discuss Matt Barzal inking a massive 8-year extension with the New York Islanders, and Jason Robertson re-upping for 4 years with the Dallas Stars. Ray likens Robertson's game to a former NHL great, and talks Barzal living up to his price tag. As federal hearings on the organization's handling of sexual assault allegations continue, the guys discuss a desperate need for change in Hockey Canada leadership. Kris Abbott was subject to gloating after the guys correctly picked another Sean McVay/LA Rams loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Picks were made for the Bengals/Ravens Sunday nighter as Kris will hope to redeem himself. October baseball sees the Blue Jays and Mariners face off in the wild-card, a tight series is expected, but Kris explains why he's hesitant to bet with his heart and take Toronto. Season 4 Episode 4 is presented by our title sponsor Canadian Club Whisky: who are asking: 'Are You Over Beer?', Boston Pizza - pick it up or get it delivered right to your door, let Boston Pizza do the cooking tonight, and by DUER: Use code ‘RND15' to save 15% off pants at DUER.ca.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.