The Sports Lunatics Show

The Sports Lunatics Show

Shawn Lavigne and Howie Mooney discuss sports and sports history and delve into why what happened in the past is relevant today. Fun sports talk, lively interviews and always a good time.

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June 12, 2024 64 mins

This is long overdue. A rebroadcast of the interview Howie did with the 13-year veteran of the Edmonton Eskimos, Jed Roberts. Jed was a defensive end, linebacker and special teams stalwart through his CFL career from 1990-2002. He is incredibly frank as he discusses his time in the league. He talks about teammates and coaches like Henry "Gizmo" Williams, Randy Ambrosie, Signor Mobley, Rod Smart, also known as 'He Hat...

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In this episode of The Sports Lunatics Show, Shawn asks Howie about Connor McDavid's legacy in getting to the 2024 Stanley Cup Finals and the Oilers' possible victory. The boys assess McDavid's place among the all-time greats at this point in his career. They also discuss Major League Baseball's decision to integrate the statistics from the Negro Leagues of Baseball with those of the National and American League...

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Wow! This is one from the archives! A show from the first few months of our podcast. It's from April of 2020 and we talk about Henry Aaron's 715th home run versus Barry Bonds' 756th and other records. We talk about Jackie Robinson Day and what it means to us, and we also discuss some of the heroes we lost from that time. At the beginning of the show, we talk about some of the new platforms we were on at that time and...

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In this episode of The Sports Lunatics Show, Shawn and Howie look at the life and career of Bill Walton. Walton was an amazing basketball player, a one-of-a-kind broadcaster, and a man who was so loved by everyone who met him. Shawn and Howie engage in such a spirited conversation and Shawn employs his skills as a producer to include so many great audio clips. This episode will leave you with goosebumps. As Shawn said, "I&apos...

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It's NHL Playoff time and conversations generally turn to which great star has yet to win a Stanley Cup. In this edition of The Sports Lunatics Show, Shawn and Howie discuss a few great players who went through their careers without ever sipping from Lord Stanley's Mug. In this particular episode, you'll hear stories about Marcel Dionne, Jarome Iginla, Dale Hawerchuk, Mike Gartner and Peter Stastny. Enjoy the show, e...

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In the spring of 2022, Bodog put out a list of what they thought were the Top 10 Canadian athletes of all time. Immediately, Shawn and Howie took issue with the composition of the list. They discuss the integrity of the Bodog list and which athletes might be valid and which are not as well as who they thought were missing from it. It was a fun and a lively episode.

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs' forward Ron Ellis, one of only five men who have played over 1,000 games while wearing the blue and white, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2024. He was 79. He played his entire 15-year career with the Leafs. Ellis was a stellar defensive forward while at the same time, scoring twenty goals in eleven different seasons. In this edition of The Sports Lunatics Show, Shawn and Howie examine the life and...

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In April of 2023, I got to sit down with Lisa Bowes. Lisa was a field reporter and sports anchor for The Sports Network in Canada. She is now a successful author. Her Lucy Tries Sports series of children's books is not just a story of success though, it's also a story of persistence and never giving up on a dream. Enjoy this classic Sports Lunatics Show rebroadcast!

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After yet another gut-wrenching Game 7 loss in the opening round of the NHL Playoffs, the eternal question looms large over Toronto: Are the Maple Leafs cursed? It's been 57 long years since the franchise hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1967, and with each passing season, the weight of expectation seems to grow heavier. The Sports Lunatics' Shawn Lavigne and Howie Mooney delve deep into the tumultuous history of the Maple Leaf...

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In Part 5 of their series on NHL Forgotten Stars, Shawn and Howie go over another group of names that were submitted by members of The Sports Lunatics Show's Facebook group page. In this episode, they discuss Danny Gare, Terry O'Reilly, Craig Janney, J.C. Tremblay and a couple more players that some may have lost track of over time.

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We lost Bob Cole on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. In this Sports Lunatics Show episode, Shawn and Howie look back at Bob's life and career, from his trip as a 23-year-old who went to Toronto to meet Foster Hewitt unannounced to play his audition tape to working on Hockey Night in Canada to becoming their top play-by-play man. They also discuss many of the amazing things Cole did outside his work as the preeminent personality on C...

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On April 22, 2022, former Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur passed away after a battle with cancer. Howie sat down with the noted and often-published hockey historian Liam Maguire to talk about the life, career and legacy of The Flower. Liam talked about what made Guy Lafleur so great, so revered and so admired. It was a spirited and a visceral conversation. Liam had been asked to do many media requests in a very small window of...

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It seems that every year, somebody has an outstanding playoff performance that extends through their team's entire run. They may not win the Stanley Cup, but they capture the imagination of hockey fans everywhere for as long as their club is alive. Shawn and Howie discuss a number of great playoff performances from over the past fifty years. From Chris Kontos in 1989 to Ken Dryden in 1971 to John Druce in 1990 to Reggie Leach ...

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A few weeks back, Shawn posted a question on our Sports Lunatics Show Facebook page asking members to mention a former NHL star whom they feel has been forgotten. Our listeners responded incredibly. Here's the fourth in our series in which Shawn and Howie discuss a few more former players. In this episode, we talk about Adam Oates, Bob Baun, Mats Naslund, Jason Blake, Ray Bourque and Pavel Bure. Thanks to Jason Radey, James Pe...

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The Sports Lunatics Show can be heard on CKDJ 107.9FM in Ottawa. In honour of their being included in their rotation, Shawn and Howie recorded a special episode of The Sports Lunatics Show for the National Capital Region. In it they discuss their Ottawa sports memories and what it meant to each of them growing up there. 

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On April 11, 2024, we got the news that O.J. Simpson had succumbed to cancer. He became one of the most polarizing figures in the world back in June of 1994 after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. He had been a great football player, a Hall of Famer, a broadcaster, a commercial pitchman and a movie actor. But all that was forgotten after that day in June. His chase in the Ford Bronco compelled millions to be glue...

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Shawn posted a question on The Sports Lunatics Facebook page asking members to list former NHL stars that they feel have become forgotten. People responded magnificently and here is another episode in which the boys talk about a few more of the players that the members mentioned. In this episode, we talk about Brad Park, Bill Goldsworthy and Pat Lafontaine. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

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Recently, on our Sports Lunatics Show Facebook page, Shawn asked the members to name a one-time NHL star whom they now viewed as forgotten. Shawn and Howie discuss those players and what made them great. In this one, we look at players like Marcel Dionne, Al Secord, Pierre Turgeon, Andy Bathgate, Luc Robitaille and Ronny Ellis. Thanks again to all the loyal members who are the engine who make the Sports Lunatics Show Facebook page ...

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Recently, on our Sports Lunatics Show Facebook page, Shawn asked our members to name a one-time NHL star whom they viewed today as forgotten. We discuss those players and what made them great on this episode. Players like Kenny Wharram, Steve Larmer, Larry Murphy and Guy Lapointe. Thank you to our loyal members who keep the Facebook site hopping all the time!

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In this episode, The Sports Lunatics, Shawn and Howie, discuss their top ten NHL Mount Rushmores -- their top ten list of teams and each team's top four players of all time. It's not as easy at it might appear. In this one, they cover Teams 5 through to Number 1. Their choices are their own and some of their selections might surprise or even shock you. If you feel the same as Shawn and Howie or if you feel differently, do...

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