The Suspendables is a weekly podcast with former NHL star Russ Courtnall and his pal, comedian Jungle Jim Jerome. Listen in for classic, hilarious NHL stories; great discussion on the hottest NHL news; and interviews with some of hockey's biggest names. A new episode every Wednesday morning.
#77 They Paid HOW Much For the Broadcast Rights??
Today we're joined by media consultant and longtime broadcast executive Mark Maheu. We discuss the evolution of the sports media landscape and where advertisers are spending their money. We get into the NHL's very lucrative TV deal with Rogers and whether the deal has been worth it so far. Russ tell a great story about radio legends Howard Stern and Rick Dees. They guys get into the story of Sarah Fuller who became the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game. They also discuss the charity matches in golf and boxing from last weekend. Boxing: Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Junior. Golf: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley vs Peyton Manning and Steph Curry. Russ remembers his days competing in the Battle of the Blades celebrity figure skating and what judge Brett Hull said to him when he eliminated him.
#76 Hockey Cards! Got Him, Got Him, NEED HIM!
The boys remember the fun (and the cold) at the first NHL Heritage Classic. Russ was playing on Montreal's alumni team and Jim was doing his standard Oiler gravy training.
Not all NHL players love the soap operas, but Wayne Gretzky always did.
Russ gives Jimmy the gears for getting dumped and his new obsession with online blackjack.
A cool story - with a Leafs' connection - about how Russ got started in real estate.
With people stuck at home during the pandemic, people are renewing old hobbies. So hockey cards and other sports collectibles are making a huge comeback. Joining us to talk about it is Mark Rubin, owner of American Legends Sports Collectibles in New York. www.amerlegends.com
Mark even gives us the updated value of the 1986-87 O-Pee-Chee Russ Courtnall rookie card.
#75 Golf, Wine and Cigars, Boys!
Russ has the house to himself and enjoys a lively Masters weekend of wine and cigars with former NHL players Shane O'Brien, Scottie Upshall.
Russ and Jim discuss their pal, Dustin Johnson, winning his first Masters.
What's the toughest sports championship to win?
Cha-Ching! The NHL unveils new reverse retro jerseys. What's Russ' favourite all time NHL jersey and logo?
Russ thinks players should never be blocks from participating in the World Juniors or Olympics.
The importance of giving people second chances.
#74 Big Bird is the Word
Russ and Jimmy are joined in this episode by 10 time Stanley Cup winner Larry Robinson! The boys discuss:
Larry's grass roots in hockey growing up just outside Ottawa.
The time Larry CRUSHED Russ in a game.
What is was like playing for Scotty Bowman?
The 3 on 3 overtimes and the one rule change that would make the NHL better and safer!
Some of the best fights and bench clearing brawls Larry was ever involved in
Having a second job to make ends meet...WHILE PLAYING FOR THE MONTREAL CANADIENS!!
The Montreal teammate who was, by far, the biggest prankster.
Who was Montreal's greatest rival during Larry's time there?
Why winning a Cup as a head coach was as satisfying as winning as a player.
He also gives us an update on his friend and teammate Guy LaFleur, who's battling cancer.
#73 Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
Russ' wife surprises him by building him a new bar.
Russ actually helped choose Team Canada's head coach for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Jim has an awesome story about Wayne Gretzky who was the general manager of that squad.
The boys chime in on Bobby Orr who took some serious flak this week for his strong support of Donald Trump.
They talk about the NHL player who had a cannon of a shot and how he got it?
The OHL is toying with the idea of banning bodychecking next season. What's up with that?
You won't believe what pitcher Jon Lester did for Cubs' fans.
Would an NHL 3 on 3 format be a good temporary format during COVID?
Some nice stories about Joey Moss, Wayne Gretzky's pal and the longtime Oilers' dressing room attendant, who passed away this week.
#72 Russ' Backyard PGA Party: WHAT HAPPENED??
•On today's episode, Russ talks about the PGA's Zozo Championship and the 4 day party in his backyard right on the 4th hole.
•The guys get into the story of Mitchell Miller, an 18 year old draft Arizona Coyotes draft pick. He and the Coyotes are under fire after news broke this week about Miller's horrible, violent, and racist behaviour toward a developmentally-delayed black classmate back in Grade 8.
•Jim has a hilarious tale of revenge involving sports owner Bill Comrie, founder of The Brick Furniture chain.
•Russ hates to see a good cigar wasted
•The boys talk about the possibility of the NHL going with an all-Canadian division to get them through COVID.
•Russ tells us which NHL goalie got burned with "The Credit Card Game."
•He also gets into what it's like to be traded and the emotions that go with that.
•and he briefly reveals his frustration with current California state politics.
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Incredible combo with Jim & Russ.
This podcast is hilarious! Couldn’t stop laughing at some of the stories these two were saying. So cool to hear about Russ and his NHL career aswell, I remember watching him play for the maple leafs. Great podcast.
Laughed at Jim’s dating advice!
Great pod, even for non NHL fans!
“Maybe that’s why it’s called a dirty martini” Russ Courtenall