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EPISODE 40 | MCEVOY TALKS GREY CUP MEMORIES AND MORE

Director of Football Operations Neil McEvoy joins episode 40. A member of three Lions Grey Cup-winning squads, he talks about his championship memories. He’s also a busy guy preparing for a return to the field in 2021. How does the altered draft format impact their scouting plans? McEvoy breaks it all down as he and head coach Rick Campbell continue to lead the brass.

 

Tributes pour in for BC Lions owner and CFL legend David Braley on the day he passed away at age 79.

EPISODE 39 | A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BRALEY

Episode 39 is dedicated to our owner, Mr. David Braley. Matt is joined by Wally Buono and Lions Vice President George Chayka for a tribute to the giant of a man who died earlier this week. The men share some of their fondest memories of a true Canadian patriot, and also talk about some of the things many people may not have known about him. This one is for you, Mr. B!

 Lions head coach Rick Campbell joins 1st and Now to discuss him and the brass preparing for a full return in 2021, and more.

EPISODE 38 | COACH CAMPBELL JOINS THE SHOW

Lions head coach Rick Campbell joins 1st and Now to talk about how he and the brass are preparing for 2021 after the departure of GM Ed Hervey. Campbell says his discussions with coaches and players are all the same: the CFL will be as exciting as ever once we are back on the field. He also breaks down how different prep for the Draft and free agency will be this offseason.

In episode 37 of 1st and Now, receiver Shaq Johnson AKA H.I.M. talks football, life and his off-field hobby of producing rap music.

EPISODE 37 | SHAQ JOHNSON AKA H.I.M.

You knew he was an athletic receiver. But did you also know Shaq Johnson had another big talent? In episode 37, Johnson stops by to talk about his latest project as an aspiring rap artist. He got the inspiration to do music from his father Alvin, a former reggae performer. Shaq also looks back on breaking in with the Lions and scoring his first career touchdown in a victory in Hamilton in 2017

 

The dynamic duo of Richie Leone and Mike Benson joined 1st and Now to talk about Stadium Cribs and all of the friendships made with the BC Lions.

EPISODE 36 | STADIUM CRIBS REUNION

Richie Leone and Mike Benson join the show to talk about their favourite memories of BC Lions Stadium Cribs and more! The special teams duo remain close friends and also views the time in British Columbia as a highlight of their career. Both players admit times are tough without football games to play in 2020.

From scouting during these uncertain times to his Grey Cup memories, Superman AKA Geroy Simon talks football on Episode 35 of 1st and Now.

EPISODE 35 | CATCHING UP WITH SUPERMAN

Geroy Simon stops by on episode 35 to talk all things football! The CFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards gives his thoughts on the Grey Cup Fan Base, talks about going into the Greater Johnstown High School Ring of Honour, his excitement for Chase Claypool and MORE!

EPISODE 34 | ROMANTIC ABOUT THE GREY CUP

Matt is joined by Lions offensive line coach Kelly Bates! The self-confessed Grey Cup romantic shares his favourite stories on the trophy, when he first saw it up close and of course breaks down the moment he broke it after winning in 2006! Bates also talks about the current times and how he can’t wait to hit the field again with his offensive linemen.

From the shores of Kingston, Ontario! Episode 33 of 1st and Now features Lions offensive lineman Andrew Peirson who talks about his path to the CFL.

EPISODE 33 | FROM THE SHORES OF KINGSTON

BC Lions offensive lineman Andrew Peirson joins episode 33! Peirson talks about growing up in Kingston and his path to the Lions that included a stop at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Plus, Peirson has a great story about nearly not making it to his first Lions camp in Kamloops! Once he got there, he was able to learn from a few great mentors on the O-Line.

EPISODE 32 | TUCK TALES

Matt speaks with BC Lions receivers coach Jason Tucker. The three-time CFL All-Star talks about his path to Canada that included a stop with the Dallas Cowboys and a stint with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. Tuck also can’t wait to get to work with the Lions crop of receivers.

On Episode 31 of 1st and Now, the official BC Lions Podcast, TSN 1040 analyst Giulio Caravatta talks about the 2011 Grey Cup run and much more.

EPISODE 31 | PUT YOUR HELMET ON!

Matt is joined by TSN 1040 Lions analyst Giulio Caravatta in Episode 31! The guys look back on some of the key moments from the magical 2011 Grey Cup season, Giulio tells a great story about his first trip to Hamilton as a player in 1991 and they also talk about their latest activities during the COVID-19 shutdown.

1st and Now host Matt Baker is joined by veteran TJ Lee for a talk about fathers day and a look back to his first ever Lions camp in 2014.

EPISODE 30 | FATHER FIGURES

Veteran Lions defensive back TJ Lee joins host Matt Baker to talk about Father’s Day and some of the best Dad figures he has had in his life. Lee also looks back to his first ever Lions camp in 2014 and how he went from a relatively unknown prospect to one of the best defensive backs in the entire CFL.

EPISODE 29 | CAMP LIFE AND WALLYISMS

Matt welcomes in longtime Lions employee Neil McEvoy who looks back on starting with the Lions in ticket sales in the mid 90s and climbing his way up the football operations ladder. The duo talks Kamloops training camp memories and Neil also weighs in on one of his favourite all-time Wally Buono stories.

EPISODE 28 | IF BEALE ST. BBQ COULD TALK

Host Matt Baker is joined by former Lions lineman and current Director of Corporate Partnerships Jamie Taras who talks about memories of Doug Flutie and travelling to American CFL cities in 1994 and 1995. Taras also breaks down some of the important Lions community initiatives the club is promoting during this COVD-19 pandemic.

EPISODE 27 | TALES OF A CANADIAN QB

Host Matt Baker is joined by Lions colour analyst Giulio Caravatta! Giulio talks about life as a firefighter on the front lines during COVID-19, looks back on his days as a Toronto Blue Jays groundskeeper, his first ever start as Lions QB in 1995 and talks about this week’s CFL draft!

EPISODE 26 | SERGIO CASTILLO

Host Matt Baker chats with newly re-signed kicker Sergio Castillo. How excited is Sergio to build on what was a career year in 2019? The kicker also talks about life in Texas during COVID-19, breaks down his experience playing for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks earlier this year and explains how playing in his high school marching band eventually led him to take up the game of football.

EPISODE 25 | MAKIN’ IT RAIN

Matt and Travis head down to Florida for a chat with the always-entertaining Chris Rainey! How excited is the Rain Man to be back in Lions orange? The speedster is motivated to help this squad back back to the playoffs and compete for the Grey Cup. Rainey also talks about life in the Sunshine State and adjustments to the every day routine with his wife and kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPISODE 24 | REILLY’S RAMBLINGS

Matt and Travis are joined by Lions starting quarterback Mike Reilly in episode 24 of 1st and Now! In his first interview of 2020, Reilly has plenty of jokes in store and talks about his excitement for a new coaching staff. The boys also talk about some of the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

 

EPISODE 23 | I STILL KEEP A SUITCASE IN BERLIN

Matt and Travis are back with episode 23! The fellas are joined by long-time Lions strength and conditioning coach Chris Boyko who shares his interesting path to working in pro football and what his routine is like keeping the players in tip-top shape. Mr. Lulay also shares some good stories of his time in NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder! The fellas also talk about CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s commitment to making the league more global.

EPISODE 22 | SMELLS LIKE FOOTBALL 

Matt Baker and Travis Lulay are back with a football-filled episode 22 of 1st and Now! The boys break down the latest additions to this Lions squad and look ahead to next week when the entire coaching staff will be in town. Also, with the NFL Combine going on we go down memory lane with Travis on his experience working out for all 32 NFL teams back in 2006. It includes a doozy of a story on his interview session with the Miami Dolphins!

 

EPISODE 21 | “IT’S JUST A FOOTBALL WORLD”

Matt Baker and Travis Lulay speak with Lions legend and current defensive backs coach Ryan Phillips. What does RP remember about first breaking in with the BC Lions? Matt and Travis also break down the club’s recent free agent additions.

EPISODE 20 | FREE AGENT FRENZY

Host Matt Baker is joined by TSN 1040 Lions analyst Giulio Caravatta! The duo breaks down a busy 24 hours for the club in free agency and how the addition of Micah Johnson will do wonders for the defence. Plus, Giulio goes down memory lane and shares some stories of the legendary J.P. McConnell.

EPISODE 19 | CATCHING UP WITH COACH CAMPBELL

Episode 19 of 1st and Now is jam-packed with football content! Matt Baker and Travis Lulay speak with head coach Rick Campbell on his re-adjustment to the west coast and what he is looking for in free agency next week. Plus, they recap Super Bowl LIV.

EPISODE 18 | LET THE OFFSEASON FUN BEGIN

In Episode 18 of First and Now, Matt Baker is joined by 2011 Grey Cup MVP Travis Lulay. The pair discusses a couple of key offseason moves by the BC Lions and also give their thoughts on Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

EPISODE 17 | GREY CUP SATURDAYS WERE MADE FOR PARTYING

Matt and Jamie are back with a post-Grey Cup edition of 1st and Now. The fellas recap what was a big day for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jamie is really angry about something that gets discussed around every Grey Cup! They also have some hard-hitting food takes.

EPISODE 16 | “YOU NEED TO START WITH A CORE AND A CORE IS THERE.”

Matt and Jamie are back for a preview of the 107th Grey Cup between Calgary and Winnipeg. Travis Lulay joins the boys to talk CFL playoffs, plus they will recap the Lions season and break down some of the positives the club can build on for 2020.

EPISODE 15 | 1st & Now Special | Chat with the Prez

BC Lions’ president Rick LeLacheur takes calls and questions from Season Ticket holders with the help of moderator Matt Baker.

EPISODE 14 | “THE GRIND DON’T STOP”

Fan favourite and BC Lions legend Travis Lulay joins Matt Baker for a bye-week edition of 1st & Now to talk family life, football and the psychology of slumps.

EPISODE 13 | “WE’RE IN A YELLING MOOD”

In Episode 13 of 1st and Now, Matt and Jamie look ahead to the big rematch with Saskatchewan plus talk moon landings and the FaceApp craze.

EPISODE 12 | “IT’S LIKE HAVING KIDS, YOU’VE GOTTA BELIEVE IN THEM.”

In Episode 12 of First and Now, Matt and Jamie look ahead to a big test in Regina and go down memory lane to visits there from the past. The duo also discusses the MLB All-Star game and adventures in fatherhood.

EPISODE 11 | NO APOLOGIES FOR VICTORY

 

They’re back! Fresh off a big win for the boys in Toronto, Matt and Jamie break down the ‘rouge’ plus look ahead to a huge divisional battle with the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday night. Oh, and of course they break down Kawhi Leonard bolting for the L.A. Clippers.

EPISODE 10 | “THEY PLAYED THAT GAME IN JUST A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR.”

With the latest Avengers movie set to open this week, Jamie and Matt talk about unlikely movie plots, the craziness of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the importance of good Canadian content in the CFL.

 

EPISODE 9 | “HER MAJESTY JUST SITS ON HER LAPTOP, OPENS UP NETFLIX AND JUST WATCHES?”

Countdown to Training Camp, Playoff Hockey, Tiger Woods & Game of Thrones! It’s a topical episode of 1st and Now with Jamie Cartmell & Matt Baker.

EPISODE 8 |  “If you’re going to base your entire opinion of a league on one game, you are in fact, an idiot.”

Saluting an all-time great Lion, picking their Stanley Cup favourites and reacting to “boring” CFL comments – Jamie and Matt talk sports, sports, sports on this edition of 1st & Now!

EPISODE 7: “I’D RATHER BE FOUND DEAD IN MY OWN BATHTUB THAN WEAR A HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO WORK.”

We’re back with hot takes on holidays, the demise of another football league and MORE on episode 7 of 1st and Now!

EPISODE 6: “YOU KNOW THEY’RE BIG WHEN THERE ARE 9 GUYS ON THE BILL.”

Jamie and Matt talk about the days of having to line up for concert tickets and much more in a special weekend edition of 1st and Now!

EPISODE 5: “WE HAD A MEETING AND WE DECIDED WE COULD CURSE.”

Deadly spiders, first concerts and CFL Combine tales… it’s story time in the den as head coach DeVone Claybrooks joins Jamie & Matt for Episode 5 of 1st and Now! Oh, and we decided we can curse.

EPISODE 4: “HAVE A LITTLE SELF AWARENESS!” 

Matt Baker and Jamie Cartmell talk about CFL 2.0 and BC Lions office etiquette.

EPISODE 3: “I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE GOING TO DIE, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO DO IT QUIETLY SO YOU CAN GET SOME SLEEP.” 

Quarterback Royalty – Travis Lulay & Mike Reilly are in studio with Jamie Cartmell & Matt Baker as #14 announces his retirement.

EPISODE 2: “THIS BUILDING DEFINITELY BRINGS BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES.”

Mike Reilly in da House! The newest member of the BC Lions, quarterback Mike Reilly, joins Jamie Cartmell & Matt Baker for episode 2 of FIRST & NOW.

EPISODE 1: “THEY JUST LET ANYONE GET PODCASTS HERE THESE DAYS.”

The Launch, and behind-the-scenes at Superbowl. Hosts Matt Baker & Jamie Cartmell kick off the inaugural episode of FIRST & NOW with special guest DeVone Claybrooks!