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Episode 2

Mark Bavaro, Dave Maloney

Published on: 4th January, 2021

Host Rob Cramer begins the show welcoming former New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro. Mark talks about the current Giants late season push to make the playoffs, the craziness of games with no crowds during the pandemic and the use of fake crowd noise in the stadiums. Mark also talked about the Super Bowl winning teams he played on with the Giants in 1986 and 1990, playing for Bill Parcells and the genius of Bill Belichick he witnessed in New York while with the Giants and later playing for him in Cleveland with the Browns.

Then former New York Rangers captain and current MSG analyst for the Rangers Dave Maloney joined the show to discuss the current Rangers team as they head into the season. Dave talked a bit about the World Junior Championships before briefly getting into his run to the Stanley Cup Finals back in 1979. Then Dave gave his thoughts on the current Rangers team, including the challenges facing the team in the upcoming pandemic shortened season.

  • [00:00] - Show Intro
  • [01:26] - Mark Bavaro joins the show
  • [06:06] - Thoughts on Bill Belichick
  • [10:32] - Notre Dame football
  • [13:48] - 1986 Giants vs 1990 Giants
  • [16:22] - Breaking into the NFL with the Giants and playing for Bill Parcells
  • [23:11] - Playing in New York
  • [27:35] - Dave Maloney joins the show
  • [28:56] - World Juniors
  • [33:01] - Rangers 1979 Stanley Cup run
  • [36:33] - Expectations for the Rangers heading into the season
  • [40:05] - Value of the Rangers playoff experience last season
  • [42:17] - Henrik Lundqvist big skates to fill for Igor Shesterkin
  • [50:09] - Do the Rangers need to name a captain

About Mark Bavaro

Mark Bavaro is a former American football tight end who played for the New York Giants (1985–1990), Cleveland Browns (1992), and Philadelphia Eagles (1993–1994) in the National Football League (NFL). Bavaro was selected to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1986 and 1987 seasons and was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

After an All-American career at the University of Notre Dame, Bavaro was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round (#100 overall) in the 1985 NFL Draft. He quickly emerged as a starter in his rookie season and became renowned during his Giants career for his blocking, toughness, and receiving skills. After a degenerative knee condition forced him to sit out the 1991 season, he returned to play three seasons for the Browns and Eagles before retiring in 1995. Since retiring Bavaro has done work as an anti-abortion activist. His brother David also played in the NFL for four seasons.

About Dave Maloney

Dave Maloney was drafted 14th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1974 NHL amateur draft. He played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974–75 until 1984–85.. Maloney played in 657 career NHL games, scoring 71 goals and 246 assists for 317 points, as well as compiling 1154 penalty minutes. He was also the youngest player to serve as Captain for the New York Rangers and captained them to the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals. That same year, Maloney, along with Phil Esposito and other Ranger teammates, recorded a song called the Hockey Sock Rock as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

In 1990, Maloney called the New York Rangers-Washington series on SportsChannel America along with Rick Peckham. From 1995 to 1998, he was a studio analyst for NHL on Fox. He currently serves as the color commentator on Ranger radio broadcasts alongside Kenny Albert.

On December 6, 1984, the Rangers traded Maloney and Chris Renaud to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Steve Patrick and Jim Wiemer.

Maloney played with his brother Don Maloney while with the Rangers.

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Rob Kowal

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Rob is the Executive Producer of WGBB's Sports Talk New York. While he still gets behind the mic from time to time to host the show, Rob mostly works behind the scenes helping to book guests, maintain the website and promote the show on social media.

Bill Donohue

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Bill's first vivid recollection of sports revolves around the magical seasons of 1969 – when the Mets, Knicks and Jets all won championships – and Bobby Cox was playing 3B for the Yankees. A history buff and ports “purist,” he enjoys the comparison of the eras and discussing those contrasting viewpoints. Bill is a benefactor of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and enjoys visiting the hallowed shrine to our national pastime whenever possible.

Gary Harding

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Gary is the owner and head writer for Isles Talk, an New York Islanders Blog. A season ticket holder for the Islanders since 1988, Gary was previously the president of the New York Islanders Booster Club. Gary is an avid supporter of the New York Mets, Long Island Ducks, New York Jets, Everton in the English Premier League, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. An accomplished bowler, he achieved the perfection of a 300 game in May 1994. Gary is happily married and lives in Halesite, NY.

John Panarese

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John is a long time New York Islanders, Mets, Giants and Long Island Ducks fan. He has been an Islanders season tickets for about a dozen years, and has been to numerous Mets and Ducks games. While writing for a New York Islanders hockey blog, he generally enjoys talking and debating all things sports.

Andy Suekoff

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Andy is an in-game analyst for Stony Brook University Hockey, as well as an Ingest Coordinator for Encompass Digital Media in Stamford, CT. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Andy was a play-by-play announcer for five NCAA Division I sports during his time as the school, and hosted a half hour weekly talk show, Bottom of the 6th. Andy is an avid fan of all the major sports, college football/basketball and MMA, specifically including the Yankees, Rangers, Jets and St. John’s.

Rob Cramer

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Rob combines his deep knowledge of sports along with a passion for the his pro New York teams. A fan of the Mets, Jets, Rangers and Knicks- Rob has an unbiased approach as host, often delivering harsh criticism of his favorite teams. Rob also hosts the Coffee with Cramer podcast.

Matt Fazelpoor

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Matt is a long-time media personality in New Jersey and the New York area. For the last decade, he has covered New Jersey news in a variety of roles for NJ 101.5 and NJ Biz. He is getting back to his roots and love of sports talk. In the 2000’s, he co-hosted the Pete and Faz Show with his longtime partner, Pete Feldman, on a bunch of early internet radio/podcasting platforms. Matt was also a host of the long-running Kult of Mets Personalities Podcast.

Pete Feldman

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Pete Feldman has studied Radio, TV, and Film at both Rowan University and and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He has done update work, play by play, and color commentary for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the William Paterson University Pioneers, and the Lakewood Blue Claws. Along with his partner Matt Fazelpoor, he has been part of the Pete and Faz Show since 2005. It has been a featured sports talk show on the New Jersey Sports Network and Blog Talk Radio.

Rob Zimmerman

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