Monday, December 05, 2016

FF80F Podcast: Episode 9 - With the Flames Heating Up, TSN's Jermain Franklin Stopped By

After a rocky start to the season, the Flames have turned things around. This past weekend in which Calgary's skills competition on Saturday was sandwiched by back-to-back wins on Friday and Sunday, longtime Calgary TSN correspondent and all-round great guy Jermain Franklin joined me as a guest and we covered all sorts of terrain in an enjoyable one-hour sit-down.

Topics Broached
  • Jermain told stories about working at TSN including the day they lost the NHL deal
  • We talked at length about Chad Johnson and what the future may hold
  • Are the current Flames for real? We tackled that question.
  • At the one-third mark on the season, we discussed surprises and disappointments so far
  • We also answered all of the reader/listener questions submitted to Facebook

Options to Download/Listen

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Catching up On What You've Missed

The podcast began in July as an experiment. I hope you'll agree, the quality has come a long way since that first one that was ripped off solo and on a whim -- and literally at midnight one lazy summer evening. Every time I do one, I learn something new.

This is the third one done during the season. While initially I had concerns about the podcast becoming stale quickly, the insight my guests have brought and the manner in which we're tackling topics make them worthwhile listens for weeks after they're published.

If you missed the earlier ones with PostMedia beat writers Kristen Odland and Wes Gilbertson, go back and give them a listen. There are some great anecdotes that they share from being around the team so much.
  • Episode 8 - On Nov. 12, it was time for Wes Gilbertson from PostMedia to have his say. We talked some more about the coach, special teams, Nik Grossmann and various hot topics.
  • Episode 7 - On Oct. 30, Kristen Odland from PostMedia stopped by and we looked back on a roller-coaster month of October. We also discussed Glen Gulutzan's unique coaching methods.
  • Episode 6 - On Sept. 20, before leaving the rookie tournament in Penticton, Ryan Leslie from Flames TV stopped by and we discussed which prospects stood out and  also who didn't. Includes some great insight into who Matthew Tkachuk is off the ice and his background.
  • Episode 5 - On August 28, PostMedia sportswriter and longtime Flames beat reporter Scott Cruickshank stopped by to look ahead to the season as well as reminisce about the 2004 Stanley Cup run and what it was like to cover that series both home and away. 
  • Episode 4 - On August 14, Ryan Leslie from Flames TV stopped by and provided a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes with the Flames -- on the charter, etc. Other topics included who will play RW on the top line, who will benefit the most from the new coach.
  • Episode 3 - On August 5, I connected with Mr. Kerr again, this time to dig into a variety of other off-season topics like the Gaudreau/Monahan contract 'stalemate', Troy Brouwer and expansion.
  • Episode 2 - In the more technically-sound second episode (thanks to Rob Kerr's audio equipment) on July 19, Rob joined me as co-host and we debated the Flames season-opening roster. 
  • Episode 1 - In the July 11 impromptu pilot, featuring zero technology, I recapped development camp. This was was a solo effort with sub-part technology but fresh on the heels of the prospects being in town, lots of good stuff discussed.

The plan is to get another podcast out before Christmas so stay tuned. Have you enjoyed it so far? I look forward to your feedback and constructive criticism anytime. Thanks for listening.

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  1. Of the five Kitchener Rangers graduates that are cherished in the Hockey Hall of Fame, just Bill Barber was not a defenseman. Hairdresser was among the main ten point-getters in the alliance in each of the three seasons he played for the Rangers, 1969-70 to 1971-72. In his last two seasons with Kitchener, he outperformed the 100 point level and completed 6th in his last season.