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Step inside the office of the BC Lions with the 1st & Now Podcast! Get an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes with exclusive interviews and insights from players, coaches & other special guests as they join Matt Baker and Nik Kowalski for a unique look at Lions football and other stories in the world of sports.


 

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1ST & NOW 2024

 

CHASE BRICE

Matt and Nik are back to preview Saturday’s 1st place battle with Saskatchewan and some of the exciting plans for our second annual Watermelon Smash. Quarterback Chase Brice joins the fellas to talk about his memories of Clemson, his friendship with Trevor Lawrence and adjustments to life in the Canadian Football League.

SPECIAL EPISODE | JAMIE TARAS, ANGUS REID AND HONOURABLE JENNIFER WHITESIDE

Matt & Nik bring you a special 1st and Now with Lion legends Jamie Taras, Angus Reid and Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, Minster of Mental Health And Addiction. The roundtable discusses the Help Starts Here Program and how people battling mental health and addictions can seek help.

STEVE MILTON

It’s Hamilton week as the Lions are back at work in search of a fourth straight win this Sunday. Matt and Nik are thrilled to be joined by Steve Milton, formerly with the Hamilton Spectator and now with Ticats.ca. ‘Uncle Milty’ gives a thorough breakdown of what has plagued the Ticats in their 0-4 start while giving credit to how well Bo Levi Mitchell has performed despite their record.

DAVE CAMPBELL

It’s another rivalry week as Matt and Nik look ahead to Thursday Night Football against the Edmonton Elks. The boys speak with Elks’ radio analyst Dave Campbell on the 0-3 start, how the offence has looked under McLeod Bethel-Thompson and a little check- in on the Alberta Capital after a long Stanley Cup run.

BONUS | ANDREW HARRIS

BC Lions legend Andrew Harris makes his 1st and Now debut on this special bonus episode. The 2011 Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian discusses the documentary ‘Running Back Relentless’ which chronicles his eventful and sometimes turbulent path to pro football. Harris also re-lives some of his best memories in Lion colours.

WARREN CRANEY

Matt and Nik recap a special Concert Kickoff home opener against Calgary and a big divisional win. The fellas also look forward to another big divisional test in Winnipeg against a depleted Bombers team. The boys are also excited to welcome Team Canada head coach Warren Craney ahead of this weekend’s World Junior Championships in Edmonton where Canada goes for a third straight gold medal.

CONCERT KICKOFF & JOSH ARCHIBALD

Matt and Nik tee up Saturday’s much anticipated Concert Kickoff and the keys to taking down the Stampeders. Defensive lineman Josh Archibald joins the show to discuss how much he’s grown in three years while giving an in depth review of his first career sack in Toronto which had a historical result.

KICKING OFF WEEK 1 WITH AYDEN EBERHARDT

Matt and Nik are back in Surrey. They talk about the final roster for the BC Lions, preview Week 1 at BMO Field against the Argos, provide some updates on the home opener next weekend, and get into all the exciting news about the 11th Grey Cup. They talk to Wide Receiver Ayden Eberhardt about entering year 2 with the Lions, playing university football at Wyoming with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, and get Ayden’s thoughts on this weekend’s game at Toronto.

A CONVERSATION WITH A CFL LIFER

Matt and Nik sit down with new long snapper Kyle Nelson who dishes on life in Kamloops and his rich Canadian bloodlines. Plus, Bakes gets some insight on his time with the 49ers which included a memorable Super Bowl clash.

THE LIFE OF A PRO SCOUT WITH JIM JAUCH

What is the routine for a lifelong scout? Matt and Nik sit down with Jim Jauch, the Lions’ director of US Scouting for a breakdown of how he finds players, his rich CFL history as a player and son of a Hall of Fame coach and a look back at his history which includes finding a few gems in the NFL. The boys also look ahead to a big week in camp which ends with a pre-season clash in Calgary

CAMP LIFE WITH JASON TUCKER & RYAN PHILLIPS

Camp life is on! Matt and Nik bring you the latest news from Kamloops and also break down some of the key standouts early on. Jason Tucker and Ryan Phillips join the show to talk about their respective position groups plus reflect on some of their own camp memories as players. The fellas also take a close look at the 2011 Grey Cup champion squad.

 

TALKING ABOUT DRAFT PICKS!

In this episode, Matt & Nik cover the recent signings of Christian Covington and Kyle Nelson and dive into some CFL Draft and training camp updates. J.C. Abbott of 3DownNation and #bclions first-round pick George Una joins the show for exclusive interviews. Plus, take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with us as we explore the 2006 BC Lions Grey Cup championship victory.

 

WELCOMING THE 2000 CHAMPS TO WALL OF FAME WITH JAMIE TARAS & SEAN MILLINGTON

Matt & Nik are back with a deep dive on the 2000 Grey Cup win as that year’s unforgettable squad will enter the Wall Of Fame later this year. Jamie Taras and Sean Millington join the show for a look back on some of the best memories from the championship season, including an intense battle in the backfield with Millington and Robert Drummond. The fellas also preview special teams as 2024 training camp draws even closer.

EPISODE 138 | VERNON ADAMS JR. LOOKS AHEAD TO 2024

Matt and Nik catch up with Vernon Adams Jr. from his home in Tacoma. VA talks about his motivation for the 2024 season, the role he played in helping recruit key free agents to the den and his thoughts on March Madness! The boys also continue their Grey Cup recaps with a look at the unforgettable 1994 championship.

 

EPISODE 137 | DAVID MENARD

Defensive lineman David Menard joins the fellas from his offseason training hub in Montreal. Menard talks about the mindset and goals ahead of his 10th CFL season, how the Combine process has changed since he worked out for CFL teams in 2014 and much more. Matt and Nik also continue our 70th Season Grey Cup recaps by breaking down the performance of our 1985 champions and a big win over Hamilton.

EPISODE 136 | FLAG FOOTBALL & INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH TANYA HENDERSON

Matt and Nik dish out their favourite Lions home game themes of 2024 plus begin their deep dives into our Grey Cup championship teams with a look at the 1964 squad! Tanya Henderson also joins the fellas to talk about an exciting new flag football venture as we honour International Women’s Day.

EPISODE 135 | FREE AGENT ADDITIONS, VEGAS STORIES & KEY CAMP BATTLES

Matt and Nik recap a busy week of Lions free agent activity while looking ahead to some exciting battles brewing for 2024 training camp in May. Matt has strong takes on watching big games around big crowds while Nik is about to jump on the Taylor Swift bandwagon.

 

EPISODE 134 | CHOPPING WOOD WITH TIBO DEBAILLIE

Matt and Nik speak with newly re-signed DL Tibo Debaillie on life in Belgium and his path to Canada. The fellas also break down some other key Lions signings and give their thoughts on Super Bowl 58 between Kansas City and San Francisco. Nik is also jacked for his first trip to Las Vegas!

EPISODE 133| SEASON PREMIERE WITH RYAN RIGMAIDEN 

Matt and Nik are back with our opening episode of 2024 as we recap a busy week of key Lions signings and also chat with assistant GM Ryan Rigmaiden on the talent evaluation process. The fellas also look ahead to the NFL Divisional Playoffs and talk television and football overtime rules in our ‘Go For It Or Punt’ segment.

1ST & NOW 2023

EPISODE 132 | SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN, XMAS TRADITIONS AND A VISIT FROM RP

Matt and Nik are here with the final show of 2023! The boys do a deep dive into the 2024 regular season schedule and talk favourite road cities while discussing a few special holiday traditions. Plus, Ryan Phillips joins the show to talk about his new coaching role and excitement for his 16th season with the Lions organization.

 

EPISODE 131 | TALKING TOUCHDOWN PACIFIC

The offseason may be underway, but that doesn’t exist for Matt and Nik! The boys break down an exciting Touchdown Pacific announcement and also talk about some important work ahead with Lions radio analyst Giulio Caravatta.

EPISODE 130 | LIVE FROM LIONS DEN WITH SEAN WHYTE & NEIL MCEVOY

Matt and Nik are back from Lions Den in Hamilton at the 110th Grey Cup! Sean Whyte joins the program to break down his stellar All-Star season while Co-GM Neil McEvoy talks Grey Cup week, puts a wrap on the 2023 Lions campaign, and looks ahead to another off-season process.

EPISODE 129| LIVE FROM LIONS DEN WITH MATHIEU BETTS

The boys are LIVE from 2023 Lions Den in Hamilton! Most Oustanding Defensive Player Mathieu Betts talks about winning his award, motivation for next season, and the love and support from his fiancee Camile who was in attendance.

EPISODE 128 | WESTERN SEMI-FINAL SMORGASBORD

Back to Winnipeg for another Western Final showdown! Matt and Nikl talk with “Hustler” Paterson from Winnipeg Sports Talk for an overview of this game from a Bomber perspective. The fellas also recap a special Saturday at BC Place in the Western Semi-Final, and how Vernon Adams Jr. rose to the occasion in his first Lion playoff start.

EPISODE 127 | WESTERN SEMI-FINAL SMORGASBORD

It’s playoff week! Matt and Nik are back to preview Saturday’s Western Semi-Final with the resurgent Calgary Stampeders. The boys speak with both Farhan Lalji from TSN and long-time Stampeders’ radio man Mark Stephen. The fellas also recap a productive weekend on social media and discuss the team’s award nominees in 2023. 

EPISODE 126 | AND THEN THERE WAS ONE

EPISODE 125 | SHORT TERM SETBACK FOR A LONG TERM COMEBACK

The boys recap Friday’s crazy clash against Winnipeg and keys to bouncing back against a resurgent Tiger-Cat squad in Hamilton this week. Hear from wide receiver Jevon Cottoy on his career year and linebackers coach Travis Brown who breaks down his solid position group heading into the final two weeks before the playoffs arrive.

EPISODE 124 | PASS THE GRAVY

Matt and Nik are back to tee up Friday’s critical first-place showdown with the Blue Bombers and break down the case for Vernon Adams Jr. to get more Most Outstanding Player consideration. Plus. you will hear from former Bomber Michael Couture on being on the Lion side of this solid rivalry. 

EPISODE 123 | COMEBACK KIDS INVADE EDMONTON

Matt and Nik recap the wild comeback win over Ottawa and how they each viewed Terry Williams’ touchdown return as it happened. The fellas also preview Friday’s clash against an improved Elks team as the Lions look to nail down a playoff berth for a second straight season.

EPISODE 122 | AND THEN THERE WERE SIX

Matt and Nik are back after a bye week to tee up the regular season stretch drive as Saturday presents a home challenge against the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Hear from defensive lineman Josh Banks on the keys to containing Ottawa’s attack, plus running backs coach Trysten Dyce on the play of his position group and going up against his father’s team this weekend. Nik is also a big fan of Beyonce’s concert this week.

EPISODE 121 | LABOUR OF LOVE 

Matt and Nik look ahead to the Labour Day weekend clash in Montreal! Hear from Vernon Adams Jr. on facing his old team plus defensive linemen Josh Archibald and David Menard who make the return to their home province. The fellas also look ahead to eating some good poutine this weekend.

EPISODE 120 | BACK HOME FOR A HAMMERFEST & A CHAT WITH GARRY PETERS

Matt and Nik look back at a tough physical battle in Saskatchewan and break down the keys to a bounce back at home against Hamilton this week. The fellas also talk with defensive back Garry Peters about a friendly wager with an ex-teammate now in Black and Gold.

EPISODE 119 | MID-SEASON REPORT

Matt and Nik recap a dominating win over Calgary and a special Wall of Fame night. You will also hear from wide receivers coach Jason Tucker while the fellas hand out midseason awards for the 7-2 Lions who get set to invade Saskatchewan.

EPISODE 118 | THE WEST GAUNTLET CONTINUES WITH CALGARY

Matt and Nik look ahead to Saturday’s home contest where the Lions look to wrap up the season series and move eight points clear of the Stampeders. We will also hear from Wall of Fame inductee Wally Buono and offensive lineman Andrew Peirson who breaks down the tough test against another division rival.

EPISODE 117| BATTLING THE BOMBERS

No guest this week as Matt and Nik recap another historic defensive performance in Edmonton and preview their biggest test of the year thus far which takes place in Winnipeg on Thursday. Both the Lions and Blue Bombers will have more key players available than in the last meeting in week three.

EPISODE 116 | THE PREZ DUANE VIENNEAU STOPS BY

Matt and Nik look ahead to Dane Evans and the Lions’ quest for a win in Edmonton on Saturday. President Duane Vienneau also joins the show to talk about our exciting 2023 home game themes and the success of last week’s Watermelon Smash.

EPISODE 115 | TERRY WILLIAMS

Matt and Nik look ahead to the beginning of a big five-game stretch for the Lions against Western opponents. It starts this Saturday with Saskatchewan in town. The boys are also joined by return specialist ‘Scary’ Terry Williams who talks about his path fro junior college to the pro ranks.

EPISODE 114 | BOBBY DUBEAU ON VISITING 9 STADIUMS IN 15 DAYS

Matt and Nik break down some impressive elements of the club’s 4-1 start and also hear from Bobby Dubeau after completing his quest to visit all nine stadiums in 15 days to set a new Guinness World Record!

EPISODE 113 | ON TO MONTREAL

Matt and Nik break down some of the more impressive stats for Vernon Adams Jr. and the offence despite a loss in Toronto, plus preview Sunday’s home game against Montreal with Alouettes content man extraordinaire Joey Alfieri.

EPISODE 112 | ON TO THE ARGOS AS BOYS TEE UP WEEK FOUR WITH DAVIS SANCHEZ

Matt and Nik look ahead to a big test against the defending Grey Cup champion Argonauts on Monday. Also, CFL on TSN panelist and former Lion Davis Sanchez breaks down what he likes about his old squad.

EPISODE 111 | TALKING BEATDOWN OF BOMBERS AND A VISIT WITH GAME HOST KATIE HAMIILTON

Matt and Nik are back just hours after landing from Winnipeg. The boys recap an impressive statement win over the Blue Bombers plus talk with Lions’ in-game host Katie Hamilton on her role with the team, what prompted her to pursue a career in sports and much more.

EPISODE 110 | KATE BEIRNESS PREVIEWS PANEL VISIT, TALKS WEEK 1 GAMES

CFL on TSN Panel host Kate Beirness joins the show to recap week one, look ahead to the Panel’s Vancouver visit and discuss overall life working with some of the talented folks at Canada’s Sports Leader.

EPISODE 109 | TALKING SEASON OPENER, LL COOL J AND A VISIT FROM SARAH SAID

EPISODE 108 | LUCKY WHITEHEAD AND DOM RHYMES

Matt and Nik speak with the dynamic receiving duo of Lucky Whitehead and Dom Rhymes from The Den Cafe in Kamloops. The duo breaks down the first couple of days of camp and discusses 2023 goals with the Lions. The fellas also answer social media questions.

EPISODE 107 | GIULIO CARAVATTA TEES UP CAMP IN KAMLOOPS

Matt and Nik have you covered on the eve of Training Camp in Kamloops. The boys welcome in Lions analyst Giulio Caravatta for a deep dive on some key training camp questions plus a look around the CFL as the quest for the Grey Cup beckons.

EPISODE 106 | FRANCIS BEMIY JOINS SHOW AS KAMLOOPS BECKONS

With less than a week to go until the start of first-year player camp in Kamloops, the fellas recap Tuesday night’s CFL Draft plus interview first-round pick Francis Bemiy Jr. who is expected to compete for a spot on the defensive line. Matt and Nik also talk Stanley Cup playoffs.

EPISODE 105 | PUNTERS ARE PEOPLE TOO

Matt and Nik welcome in Lions punter Stefan Flintoft for a chat about the upcoming Lions season, his love of golf and the companionship with teammates plus some best memories of his time at UCLA.

EPISODE 104 | PREVIEWING THE CFL DRAFT AND ’23 CAMP WITH NEIL MCEVOY

Co-GM Neil McEvoy joins the fellas as excitement heats up for another season. Neil looks ahead to the May 2 CFL Draft and discusses the breakdown of the roster as we get closer to training camp. Matt and Nik also break down last week’s exciting jersey launch plus talk a little hockey and Major League Baseball.

EPISODE 103 | LUI PASSAGLIA, SEAN MILLINGTON AND FARHAN LALJI ON FIGHT TO SAVE SFU FOOTBALL

Matt Baker hosts solo this week and leads a roundtable with Lui Passaglia, Sean Millington and TSN’s Farhan Lalji on the cancellation of SFU’s football program and the subsequent fight to reverse the decision.

 

EPISODE 102 | MARCUS SAYLES ON DB ROOM, TAKING NEXT STEP IN ’23 AND MORE

CFL All-Star Marcus Sayles joins the fellas to talk about a busy offseason in Vancouver, the relationships he’s established with Lion teammates and how continuity in the secondary should breed plenty of success on defence in 2023. Matt and Nik also salute the 2023 Wall of Fame Inductees and tease some exciting new developments coming in the den.

EPISODE 101 | BOBBY SINGH

In our latest Alumni Series episode, Bobby Singh stops by to talk Lion memories, the dominant stretch he played with the team from 2004-06, being the only player to win championships in the CFL, NFL and XFL plus what it was like being around the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ St. Louis Rams team in 1999.

EPISODE 100 | SOLOMON ELIMIMIAN

Our Alumni Series continues with Lions great Solomon Elimimian. Number 56 talks about getting the call from Wally Buono that he was part of the 2023 Hall of Fame Class, early adversity which led him to the BC Lions and some of the great memories of his playing days that included a courageous comeback off a devastating injury in the prime of his career.

EPISODE 99 | PAUL MCCALLUM

Legendary kicker Paul McCallum joins the podcast to talk about some of his best Lion memories including a big lesson he learned from Lui Passaglia and how it came full circle when Sean Whyte first joined the squad. Paul also talks about winning a World Bowl in Scotland and has some crazy stories of suiting up for Las Vegas in the original XFL.

 

EPISODE 98 | A DEEP DIVE INTO THE DEFENCE

The boys break down a Lions defence that should have some solid depth at each key position. Matt is feeling a bit like George Costanza after his office move while Nik has enjoyed being a Vancouver sports heel, outside of our BC Lions of course.

 

EPISODE 97 | A DEEP DIVE INTO THE OFFENCE

Matt and Nik break down the BC Lions offence position by position following the early days of CFL free agency. A couple of intriguing battles loom ahead of 2023 training camp. You will also hear from head coach Rick Campbell who joined Sekeres and Price at the beginning of the week.

EPISODE 96 | FREE AGENCY RECAP 

Matt and Nik are back after a week off to break down a busy couple days of signings in the den. Nik weighs in on some fun Super Bowl stories in Arizona and the fellas also talk to new receiver Justin McInnis on how he plans to contribute to the squad.

 

 

EPISODE 95 | A LOOK AHEAD TO FREE AGENCY AND MORE WITH GIULIO CARAVATTA

The fellas recap a busy few days of signings in the Lions Den plus look ahead to what should be a busy period with free agency opening in less than two weeks. Lions analyst Giulio Caravatta also stops by to discuss what the squad might need when the shopping period officially opens. He also recaps a few memories from his playing days, specifically one trip to Baltimore in 1995.

EPISODE 94 | TAKIN ‘ CARE OF BUSINESS & A CHAT WITH RHYMES

Matt and Nik break down a busy week of re-signings as the free agent period draws closer. The fellas also speak to Lions receiver Dominique Rhymes on what he has in store following a career-year in orange, plus take a look at this weekend’s NFL conference championship games.

EPISODE 93 | SEASON PREMIERE WITH VA

Matt and Nik are refreshed after a few weeks off and bring you an outstanding episode to kick off 2023. The boys talk to an extremely motivated Vernon Adams Jr. who is ready to do whatever it takes to lead this Lions team back to the promised land. They also go around the CFL and break down a big weekend ahead in the NFL playoffs.

EPISODE 92 | SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN & MANNY RUGAMBA

Matt and Nik each pick three intriguing games on the 2023 schedule, break down Rick Campbell and Neil McEvoy contract extensions plus some key re-signings and speak with Manny Rugamba on his solid rookie season and everything he learned in adjusting to the CFL.

 

Known for his highlight-reel moments and undeniable dedication, we take a closer look at some of the key numbers of Bryan Burnham's career.

EPISODE 91 | BRYAN BURNHAM 

Bryan Burnham joins the program on the day he officially announced his retirement from the Lions after eight outstanding seasons. He reflects on his path to the pros, the motivation that kept him going through a tough stretch in 2021 and how he now looks forward to more family time.

EPISODE 90 | THE ‘BC SNOWSTORM’ SPECIAL

Matt and Nik are stuck inside on a snowy day and talking about favourite CFL road trip hot spots, plus a decent chat with receiver Alexander Hollins who looks to make bigger strides in 2023 and beyond.

 

 

EPISODE 89 | KENT PERKINS

Offensive lineman Kent Perkins joins the show to talk about the season that was, his love for soul food and cooking, plus his great memories playing with the Texas Longhorns. Matt and Nik also recap a great Grey Cup experience in Regina and some of the key moments in Toronto’s upset victory over Winnipeg.

EPISODE 88 | LIVE FROM LIONS DEN EP. 2

Matt and Nik are back at Lions Den at the 109th Grey Cup in Regina! The guys speak with Reid Johnson from the Markcast and Lions play-by-play man Bob Marjanovich while also giving their predictions for Sunday’s game.

EPISODE 87 | LIVE FROM LIONS DEN EP. 1

Matt and Nik are LIVE from Lions Den in Regina and the 109th Grey Cup. The boys speak with head coach Rick Campbell who discusses the offseason ahead and defensive assistant Tanya Walter on her first year in Pro Football.

EPISODE 86 | All GOOD THINGS MUST TEMPORARILY COME TO AN END

Matt and Nik carry the load on this post-Western Final edition of 1st and Now. The guys recap a gutsy effort in Winnipeg and break down an emotional locker room after the loss. With the future bright, the fellas also look ahead and start previewing the 109th Grey Cup between the Bombers and Argonauts.

EPISODE 85 | DUKING IT OUT FOR THE WESTERN CROWN

A huge episode this week as Matt and Nik break it all down ahead of the Western Final at Winnipeg on Sunday. TSN’s Farhan Lalji stops by for some insight on some of the key matchups, plus the boys each give their Lion X-Factors on both sides of the ball.

EPISODE 84 | PREVIEWING THE PLAYOFF DANCE

Matt and Nik break down all of the key components of Sunday’s Western Semi-Fina matchup with Calgary and look back on a couple of massive wins over the Stamps which helped solidify second place. The boys also speak with Dustin Nielson who will call Sunday’s game on TSN.

EPISODE 83 | ROURKE IS BACK

Matt and Nik break down a huge win in Edmonton which locks down a home playoff date, discuss the news of the week in Nathan Rourke returning and break down team award winners announced by CFL.

EPISODE 82 | DAVID MACKIE

Fullback David Mackie joins the show to talk about recovering from his toe injury, his path to the CFL which started with a 2.5 daily commute to play high school football and his endless community work that includes feeding people on the Downtown Eastside. Matt and Nik also recap a huge win over the Blue Bombers and look ahead to Friday’s test in Edmonton where the Lions can lock down a home playoff game.

EPISODE 81 | AND THEN THERE WERE THREE

From attending his first game as in a baby stroller to eventually working for the club, Matt Baker breaks down what makes him love the BC Lions.

EPISODE 80 | AROUND THE CFL

TSN’s Matthew Scianitti stops by to tee up Saturday’s Lions-Argonauts tilt and some of the key matchups he likes. The fellas also go around the CFL and break down the races in both divisions as playoff races get more crucial with four weeks to go.

The 1,000-yard milestone is just one step for Dominique Rhymes. The receiver talks about a bounce-back year, Miami upbringing and more.

EPISODE 79 | CRUNCH TIME

Matt and Nik recap a tough loss to the Stampeders and look ahead to Friday’s tilt against Ottawa with REDBLACKS play-by-play man AJ Jakubec. The boys also go around the CFL and break down some special plans for the Orange Shirt Day Game this Friday.

EPISODE 78 | KNOCKING ON THE PLAYOFF DOOR

Matt and Nik talk about a big win in Calgary, the guys get fired up over the latest CFL Power Rankings, plus Lions analyst Giulio Caravatta joins the show to talk about what has impressed him the most about Vernon Adams Jr. and a few other noteworthy players.

 

As he embarks on career game number 100 with the only team he has ever known, Bryan Burnham remains forever grateful to do his job.

EPISODE 77 | SADDLE UP

Matt and Nik are back to preview a big home and home series with the Stampeders, beginning this Saturday at McMahon Stadium. Stamps radio man Mark Stephen joins the program to talk about their recent QB change and what has made both the defence and special teams click so far this season.

With the CFL Combine on tap for this weekend in Toronto, it presents a big opportunity to mine for prospect gold ahead of the Draft.

EPISODE 76 | NEIL MCEVOY

Lions co-general manager Neil McEvoy stops by to talk about a busy few days which included two big trades for the squad. McEvoy also looks ahead to the upcoming eight-week stretch drive and talks about a special excursion with members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

EPISODE 75 | ROD PEDERSEN TALKS RIDERS

Rod Pedersen stops by to give his thoughts on Friday’s Lions-Roughriders rematch and how pressure is on in Riderville with the Grey Cup to be played there in November. Rod also talks about broadcast memories and how the industry continues to evolve.

EPISODE 74 | SEAN WHYTE

Lions kicker Sean Whyte joins the boys to talk about his heroics in Calgary, the fun vibe around this team, his firefighting progress and how he was once almost a contestant on The Bachelor.

EPISODE 73 | KELLY BATES

Matt and Nik discuss a magical performance over Edmonton and the continued legend of Nathan Rourke. Kelly Bates stops by to talk about his improved offensive line and the boys preview a huge test this weekend in Calgary.

EPISODE 72 | DELVIN BREAUX SR.

Lions defensive back Delvin Breaux Sr. joins the show to talk about life as a Lion, why he chose to come out of retirement and also re-lives a broken neck in high school and how he was able to recover for a shot at pro football.

EPISODE 71 | RYAN PHILLIPS

Defensive coordinator Ryan Phillips joins Matt and Nik to talk about his group’s hot start to the season and the reasons for the early chemistry. RP also previews this Friday’s game in Saskatchewan while also talking about memories of Regina from his playing days.

EPISODE 70 | TACKLING THE TIGER-CATS

Matt and Nik welcome in Louie Butko from the Ticats Audio Network for a preview of Thursday’s clash with Hamilton. The fellas also go around the CFL following a very exciting week of football and look ahead to this week’s slate of games.

EPISODE 69 | FEELING HUMBLED

No bye week for Matt and Nik as the fellas breakdown Saturday’s loss to the Blue Bombers and how it can serve as a humbling lesson moving forward. Defensive back Quincy Mauger also joins the show to talk about his path to the Lions and some big games he played in while with the Georgia Bulldogs.

EPISODE 68 | DANCING WITH THE DEFENDING CHAMPS

Matt and Nik are back to preview a huge clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. Wide receiver Keon Hatcher joins the show to break down his solid performance while Darren Bauming from Bonfire Sports TV stops by to talk about the defending Grey Cup champions.

EPISODE 67 | DOMINIQUE RHYMES

Lions receiver Dominique Rhymes joins Matt and Nik to talk about a big performance in the win over Toronto, going back to Ottawa where he has a few special fans and his off-field hobbies which include producing video vlogs.

EPISODE 66 | TEEING UP BOATMEN CLASH

Matt and Nik look ahead to a big week three matchup with the Toronto Argonauts and how the squad looks to build on an impressive opener. The boys also interview Lukas Moore, a Chicago-based podcaster who covered Nathan Rourke during his time with the Ohio Bobcats.

EPISODE 65 | JAMES BUTLER

CFL Top Performer of the Week James Butler joins the boys to talk about his big performance in the 59-15 win over Edmonton and how he initially wasn’t enamoured with the idea of playing in Canada. Matt and Nik also recap a special night at BC Place and go around the CFL.

John Bowman begins the coaching chapter of his career in the Den where he looks to lead an improved group of hungry defensive linemen.

EPISODE 64 | JOHN BOWMAN

On the day he signed an extension to remain with the Lions, Bryan Burnham opened up about a career path that involved plenty of adversity.

EPISODE 63 | BRYAN BURNHAM

The highlight-reel machine joins the boys to talk about camp life, what it was like entering as a rookie in 2014, influence of his parents, being a foster dad and more.

EPISODE 62 | LIVE FROM KAMLOOPS WITH LUCKY WHITEHEAD

EPISODE 61| TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW WITH NEIL MCEVOY

EPISODE 60 | NATHAN ROURKE’S FOOTBALL PATH

 

EPISODE 59 | RYAN RIGMAIDEN

Matt and Nik are joined by Lions Assistant GM Ryan Rigmaiden. The boys discuss day-to-day scouting, how the roster has shaped up for 2022 and how Riggs first got motivated to pursue a career in pro football.

EPISODE 58 | GIULIO CARAVATTA

Lions radio analyst Giulio Caravatta on what he likes about this 2022 squad, the difference in QB development in today’s game and some great stories on his playing days and first career start for the Lions in Baltimore back in 1995.

 

 

Unfinished business is the key for the Lions O-Line. In our latest positional breakdown, we take a look at the group up front led by Kelly Bates.

EPISODE 57 | SUKH CHUNGH

 

Kicker Sean Whyte is back home with the Lions and ready to help this squad get to the next level, along with pursuing firefighter aspirations.

EPISODE 56 | SEAN WHYTE

EPISODE 55 | JORDAN WILLIAMS

EPISODE 54 | DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

It's a homecoming of sorts for Rick Campbell. The Lions head coach joins 1st and Now to talk about this week's challenge in the nation's capital.

EPISODE 53 | CAMPBELL TALKS HOMECOMING, KEYS TO IMPROVEMENT

Head coach Rick Campbell joins Matt to break down the squad’s first three games of 2021, recap an exciting week for the club and look ahead to his return to Ottawa this weekend as the Lions look to even their record at 2-2 before the bye week.

 

EPISODE 52 | THE MOJ STOPS BY!

Matt is joined by Lions play-by-play voice Bob “The Moj Marjanovich who talks about the new broadcast deal with Corus, being reunited with Giulio Caravatta and some of the storylines he’s excited for as training camp begins this weekend.

Childhood friends Garry Peters and Kenny Ladler join 1st and Now to talk about growing up in the ATL, big games in college and reuniting in Lions secondary.

EPISODE 51 | ATL DUO PRIMED FOR GREY CUP RUN

With a return to the field hopefully getting closer by the day, Matt catches up with Lions defensive backs Garry Peters and Kenny Ladler. The childhood friends talk about growing up in Atlanta, playing big games against big opponents in college and excitement to kick things off in Kamloops later this summer with an exciting group.

 

 

Defensive line coach Leroy Blugh joins 1st and Now to talk about his gig with the Lions and his hall of fame career as a player.

EPISODE 50 | HALL OF FAMER LEROY BLUGH TALKS LIONS D-LINE

Defensive line coach Leroy Blugh stops in for a discussion on some of the talented players in his position group being brought to camp. It’s a nice mixture of CFL and NFL experience. Blugh also talks about his relationship with head coach Rick Campbell and looks back on his Hall of Fame career as a player.

Tackling the CFL Draft! Lions co-GM Neil McEvoy joins 1st and Now to break down the process of picking top National prospects May 4th.

EPISODE 49 | CFL DRAFT, LEGENDARY BROADCASTERS & EXCITEMENT FOR 2021

Lions co-GM Neil McEvoy stops by for a look ahead to the CFL Draft on May 4th! How excited is he for this year’s class of Canadian content? That plus he and Matt kick around some stories about a few British Columbia broadcasting legends.

EPISODE 48 | SCOUTING SEASON HEATS UP

Matt checks in with Lions co-GM/head coach Rick Campbell for a preview of both the Global Draft on Thursday and Canadian Draft set for May 4th. How stoked is Campbell to land an impact Global player at first overall? He also looks ahead to planning for training camp in this uncertain world.

Sukh Chungh is ready to hit someone in another uniform. He joins 1st and Now to talk about what has kept him busy throughout this last year of craziness.

EPISODE 47 | SUKH CHUNGH READY FOR BIG RETURN

Matt is joined by Lions offensive lineman Sukh Chungh. The former Terry Fox Ravens star talks about preparation for his 6th CFL season, offseason hobbies that include re-building a classic car and the pride he takes in being a role model to younger Sikh children pursuing their sports dreams.

EPISODE 46 | BONUS CHAT WITH LEMAR DURANT

Coquitlam native Lemar Durant joins Matt for a bonus episode. The receiver talks about a hobby he picked up during the COVID shutdown, his excitement level for getting back on the field and his thoughts on the Lions team that’s being constructed for a big return in 2021!

Former Lions defensive back Davis Sanchez joins 1st and Now to talk 2011 memories, his second career on the TSN panel and much more!

EPISODE 45 | FROM NORTH DELTA TO BRIGHT TSN LIGHTS

Matt is joined by former BC Lions defensive back and current TSN football analyst Davis Sanchez. The North Delta native looks back on some fond memories of his time in the den plus talks about his transition into broadcasting. In 2020, Sanchez realized just how much he loves being part of the CFL on TSN family.

 

New addition Lucky Whitehead joins 1st and Now to talk about his path to the Lions and some of the great things that have happened along the way.

EPISODE 44 | DO YA FEEL LUCKY?

Matt is joined by new Lions receiver Lucky Whitehead. The dynamic playmaker talks about what sold him on signing with the squad, some of the highlights of his time with the Dallas Cowboys and the scary incident which saw his dog Blitz get kidnapped and held for ransom.

From his first touchdown to climbing the Lions' all-time receiving list and some crazy highlight-reel catches, a timeline of Bryan Burnham's best moments.

EPISODE 43 | FREE AGENT FRENZY

Co-GM and head coach Rick Campbell joins the show to look ahead to free agency and discuss some of the great pieces the Lions have already brought in. Campbell also can’t wait for the chance to see what Bryan Burnham can do in this 2021 offence, after the All-Star re-signed last week.

EPISODE 42 | DAVID MACKIE

Matt Baker talks with Lions fullback David Mackie on his new contract, his new role as a member of the special teams leadership group and how he has kept himself busy during the pandemic growing his personal training business back east.

Rick Campbell and Neil McEvoy talk about sharing the GM duties with Lions and how plans for building a winner in 2021 continue to heat up.

EPISODE 41 | CO-GMs On 2021 AND MORE

Rick Campbell and Neil McEvoy join episode 41 to talk about their appointment as Co-General Managers and how plans are moving forward on a return to contention in 2021. The two football lifers took vastly different paths to their current positions, but both share the common goal!

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!