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Welcome to Growing The Game With Ballsy, hosted by The Wolf Radio Host, Rider Pre/Post Game Reporter, Provincial Emcee, Voice of the U of R Rams, TV Producer, and Charity Organizer Michael Ball. This podcast is dedicated to growing the sport of football in Canada. On this podcast, you'll find a mix of interviews with young local talent, CFL players, and other important figures in the sporting community.

Growing The Game with Ballsy Michael Ball

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Welcome to Growing The Game With Ballsy, hosted by The Wolf Radio Host, Rider Pre/Post Game Reporter, Provincial Emcee, Voice of the U of R Rams, TV Producer, and Charity Organizer Michael Ball. This podcast is dedicated to growing the sport of football in Canada. On this podcast, you'll find a mix of interviews with young local talent, CFL players, and other important figures in the sporting community.

    EP 301 - RESTORE THE ROAR - Damon Allen, Andrew Pocrnic, Craig Beere, Giulio Caravatta

    EP 301 - RESTORE THE ROAR - Damon Allen, Andrew Pocrnic, Craig Beere, Giulio Caravatta

    EPISODE 301 of #GTGwithBallsy and another installment of #RestoretheRoar is out. Check out this week's line up below.


     


    1ST QUARTER


    Ballsy and Giulio Carvatta talk about the retooled offensive line and a secondary that will be called upon to anchor the Lions defence. Plus Giulio brings to light just how hard it is to make a CFL roster.


     


    2nd QUARTER 20:30


    After a season in which he set a CJFL record with 27 TDs in a season, Canadian RB Andrew Pocrnic talks about his journey to BC Lions camp and what he'll have to do to catch the coaching staff's attention.


     


    3RD QUARTER 35:30


    In the #LionsLegends Segment, we catch up with Canadian Football Hall of Famer Damon Allen as he discusses winning the Grey Cup in his 40's. Plus, Ballsy asks Allen if there's still racism as it relates to the QB position. 


     


    4TH QUARTER  47:00


    In the #HomeGrown Feature we look at the new expansion franchise in the BCFC, the Prince George Kodiaks. Ballsy talks with Kodiaks President Craig Briere about building a team from the ground up, everything from picking a logo to the 1st head coach. 

    • 57 min
    Episode 300 - Kyle Borsa, Marshall Erichsen, Andrew Rumbaugh, Rob Vanstone & Cody Halseth

    Episode 300 - Kyle Borsa, Marshall Erichsen, Andrew Rumbaugh, Rob Vanstone & Cody Halseth

    Episode 300, YES that’s right Episode 300 of #GTGwithBallsy, is out and it is jam packed!!!


     


    1st Quarter 1:10


    Regina Thunder Defensive Coordinator Andrew Rumbaugh calls Ballsy and leaves a raw and emotional message about the upcoming PFC season which starts for the Thunder on August 22nd in WPG.


     


    2nd Quarter 5:37


    The RMF Varsity All Stars are finishing up their two game series with the SMF Varsity All Stars this weekend in Saskatoon. Grade 12 Miller Marauder Running Back Marshall Erichsen talks about his 2 TD performance in game 1 and what his dad, former Ram, Kollin Erichsen, has taught him about the game.


     


    3rd Quarter 13:47


    In this quarter, Leader Post writer Rob Vanstone stops in the middle of his 100 km bike ride to break down Riders training camp including his thoughts on the stable of Quarterbacks and the revamped Offensive Line. 


     


    4th Quarter 36:20


    It's time for the 4th quarter stretch, as we head to Winnipeg and see how Regina Rams Running Back Kyle Borsa's legs are holding up early at Bombers camp. Plus Kyle tells us what the biggest eye opener has been so far.


     


    Extra Point 44:07


    SMF Varsity All Star Head Coach Cody Halseth talks about the big rematch with the RMF All Stars on Saturday in Saskatoon. Halseth thinks his team can overcome a 16 point deficit if they clean up some penalties. Cody also marvels about football talent in Saskatchewan and how far the game has progressed in the last 20 years.


     


    GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BALLSY 


    Ballsy gives his thoughts on the state of MLB baseball and how Commissioner Rob Manfred continues to screw it up.


     


    SPONSORS OF THIS PODCAST


    Paul Woldu at Royal Lepage/Regina | Mark Greschner Photography | Regina Sports Performance Centre | Advantage Collision Inc. Saskatoon/Prince Albert | Hammertime Roofing Saskatoon | Gear Up with Jon Ryan Foundation | Face First Medical Aesthetics | Double Z Ag Sales | AGT Foods Canada.


     

    • 54 min
    Episode 299 - RESTORE THE ROAR - Giullio Caravatta, Nathan Rourke, Jason Clermont, Theo Benedet & Fred Ewanuick

    Episode 299 - RESTORE THE ROAR - Giullio Caravatta, Nathan Rourke, Jason Clermont, Theo Benedet & Fred Ewanuick

    In Episode 299 of #GTGwithBallsy, 🏈🏈🏈 we kick things off in the 1st Quarter with Giulio Caravatta about the BC Lions and the wildfires that might pose a risk at training camp in Kamloops. Plus the guys rank the CFL starting QBs and take a look at the Leos special teams.


     


    2nd QUARTER


     


    Ballsy talks to BC Lions rookie QB Nathan Rourke about playing with a chip on his shoulder. We find out if the young gunslinger is proud to be a Canadian QB.


     


    3rd QUARTER


     


    In the #LionsLegend Segment, Ballsy takes a trip down memory lane with former Lions slotback, Jason Clermont. They discuss his welcome to the CFL moment and the time he showed up late for a game!!!


     


    4th QUARTER


     


    In the #Homegrown Segment, Ballsy and University of British Columbia offensive lineman, Theo Benedet, discuss Italian cuisine, his love of rock music, and his personal goals for the 2021 Canada West season.


     


    THE EXTRA POINT


     


    In this installment of #TheExtraPoint, we chat with Canadian actor Fred Ewanuick. He talks about his joy in playing Hank on Corner Gas Animated, plus his love of the BC Lions and the CFL.


     

     

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 298 - Nick Wiebe, Layne Johnson & Henry Nell

    Episode 298 - Nick Wiebe, Layne Johnson & Henry Nell

    In Episode 298 of #GTGwithBallsy we kick things off with Okotoks, Alberta product Nick Wiebe, talking about his decision to leave the Oregon Ducks to join the U of S Huskies. The linebacker tells us why he picked the Dawgs over his hometown Calgary Dinos!


     


    2ND QUARTER 10:15


    Our Athlete Of The Week is Moose Jaw's Layne Johnson, a grade 12 student with the Central Cyclones. Johnson is happy to be playing in the Moose Jaw Summer League after being away from the game for over a year because of Covid 19! Johnson also discusses grabbing the attention of a number of universities. 


     


    3RD QUARTER 16:55


    In the third quarter, Ballsy catches up with Riders Global kicker Henry Nell. In this interesting chat Nell talks about following his football dream, literally! Fun Fact: Did you know Henry's first ever game was as a professional?


     


    4TH QUARTER 32:05


    In another Gospel According to Ballsy, our host gives his thoughts on the farce that is Floyd Mayweather, The Tour De France Crash, and Brendon Labatte's decision to sit out this Riders season!

    • 35 min
    Episode 297 - RESTORE THE ROAR - Giulio Caravatta, Kelly Bates, Geroy Simon & Ben Hladik

    Episode 297 - RESTORE THE ROAR - Giulio Caravatta, Kelly Bates, Geroy Simon & Ben Hladik

    In Episode 297 of GTG with Ballsy, we have another installment of Restore the Roar. It’s a BIG SHOW and we covered a lot. #GTGwithballsy


     


    But first, make sure you FOLLOW and tell your friends about this podcast so we can continue to PROMOTE and GROW this GREAT CANADIAN GAME of OURS.


     


    1st Quarter


    We kick things off with Giulio Caravatta, discussing Canadian QB'S getting a fair shot, how we get fans back into the stands at BC Place, and how single game day betting might be the financial Hail Mary the BC Lions and CFL needs.


     


    2nd Quarter 22:20


    Lions Offensive Line Coach Kelly Bates talks about being part Coach and part Counselor when it comes to dealing with the team’s offensive line. Bates also discusses working for new Lions Head Coach Rick Campbell and how much he’s looking to open the season on the road in his home Province of Saskatchewan.


     


    3rd Quarter 34:00


    Lions Legends Segment 


    BC Lions legend Geroy Simon spent his off-season on his own dime helping out at his Alma Mater, The University of  Maryland.  Superman Simon also talks about his desire to be a GM in the near future.  


     


    4th Quarter 44:30


    UBC Linebacker and Lions 2021 Draft pick Ben Hladik talks about the excitement of being drafted by his hometown team. Hladik also talks about his challenges during the pandemic including staying in football shape and getting married!


     


    The Gospel According to Ballsy 53:44


    Ballsy gives us his thoughts on Defensive End of the Las Vegas Raiders Carl Nassib becoming the first active NFL player to come out as gay. 


     


    SPONSORS OF THIS PODCAST


    Paul Woldu at Royal Lepage/Regina | Mark Greschner Photography | Regina Sports Performance Centre | Advantage Collision Saskatoon/Prince Albert | Hammertime Roofing Saskatoon | Gear Up with Jon Ryan Foundation | Face First Medical Aesthetics | Double Z Ag Sales | AGT Foods.

    • 55 min
    Episode 296 - Wavell Starr, Scott Flory, Mark McConkey & Kevin Waugh

    Episode 296 - Wavell Starr, Scott Flory, Mark McConkey & Kevin Waugh

    On Episode 296 of #GTGwithBallsy


    We speak with former Regina Ram and Professional Wrestler, Wavell Starr about racism in sports and his quest to help Indigenous athletes. 


     


    The Can West Football schedule is out and we get reactions from U of S Huskies Head Coach, Scott Flory as well as Regina Rams Head Coach, Mark McConkey. 


     


    Plus we’ve have Saskatoon Grasswoods MP Kevin Waugh, who spearheaded the effort to legalize single game day betting checks in! 


     


    SPONSORS OF THIS PODCAST


    Paul Woldu at Royal Lepage/Regina | Mark Greschner Photography | Regina Sports Performance Centre | Advantage Collision Saskatoon/Prince Albert | Hammertime Roofing Saskatoon | Gear Up with Jon Ryan Foundation | Face First Medical Aesthetics | Double Z Ag Sales | AGT Foods.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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Great Pod for Sask Football Fans

Awesome work as always From Ballsy. One of the best in the province!

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