Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Christmas Message

As Christmas is just around the corner, we thought that you might like to have a really simple statement of affairs from the guy whose name is above the door, so to speak.

Our Jim Piper caught-up with Neil Morris to talk about the ongoing fundraising, the financial plans, the voyage home (not the Star Trek movie) and Bonnie Tyler's wig.

Merry Christmas to all of our listeners here and around the world (channelling Nicholas Parsons there) and we'll see you on the other side.

BK and the podcast team

Monday, 21 December 2015

Phantoms. A Point. Pants.

This week's show is right here.

As the Phantoms came into town, we welcomed Dan Breen (off of from hockey radio stuff in Peterborough) to the show.

I'll admit it. We talked about hockey a little bit. And we talked about fundraising for ill-fitting pants, jumpers and trying to get Jim Piper into a Bonnie Tyler wig.

But it was fun. We'll be back in more serious mode after the festivities.

Until then, enjoy whatever it is you people do over the next two weeks and see you on the other side.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Bees and Beesley

It's the second show in two days and it's available right here.

The Bees visited the WMMP this Sunday and though it was not a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination, it was a Phoenix bench that just met the required minimum number against a only-slightly-deeper Bees bench.

Phoenix needed that win tonight and, despite the weirdest last 9 minutes of officiating we'd ever seen, it lifted the spirits.

Ben Russell joins Mark for the post-game chat.

Now, we played some more "What's in my Christmas dubstep stocking?" and Chris Beesley (the best commentator in the EPIHL) won a great gift.  The lovely, red, silk boxers with the mistletoe hung where you do not want to see.  And he has agreed that he will wear them on the balcony next weekend if we raise £50. Check out the main Podcast page for a sponsorship box for that within the next 24 hours.  There will be video.

In the meantime, the Christmas jumper and hat are still just about being tolerated (I HATE THEM!) and are earning some cash. Thanks to all that have contributed.  You are a lovely lot. I'll be wearing them next weekend too, not doubt.

So, for now, bye bye!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Happy Xmas (War Is NOT Over)

The show for Saturday night's War of the Roses first leg is right here and ready for you now.

The game was great! For two periods. It then went a little bit erm.. horribly wrong.

We are joined by Roger Williams from Steeldogs TV this week! We gave him a special Christmas present.

But at least we got to play What's In My Christmas Dubstep Stocking!!!!

My huge thanks go to the players (past and present) who have given me their stocking-filler favourites for the feature.

£15 raised on that game alone. Another £15 tomorrow. And, so far, £65 raised for my degrading and horrid Christmas jumper.  Thanks to Dave Pullen for the loan of his glamorous Christmas hat!  It doesn't fit over my headphones but I did my best.

We hear from scrapper, Jacob Corson-Heron as he joins Mark, post-game.



Tuesday, 8 December 2015

A Little Update

Not quite the show you were awaiting but we thought we'd take the opportunity to share some thoughts.

All being well, we'll speak to Mr Scholes another day.

There is, of course, the Tigers fan forum tomorrow night so maybe there'll be some news out of there.

BK and J"T"P

Monday, 7 December 2015

Hard Times

Listen to this week's episode right here.

This week's show begins with a fairly long interview with Neil Morris about the state of the Phoenix and the news of this week. It is a surprising listen in places. Less so in others.

Let me assure you of this though: the interview is not edited at all. Everything that NM said is making its way into the show.

Now, I realise that there will always be those who derive enjoyment from others' misfortunes. There will be those who look at our hard times or WS's withdrawal as validation of their decision to abandon Phoenix or to chose another club over Phoenix this season.
Conversely, there will always be those who think that Phoenix can do no wrong.
What I would say to both camps this week is for them to show some decency and some strength of character by not crowing, nitpicking, sniping or b****ing about this on social media. The club has a hard enough fight with its fate already without people stabbing at the Faithful in their time of difficulty.
Remember this: ice hockey is a minority sport in the UK. Its survival is contingent upon it being appealing to potential fans, the press and investors. Seeing a sport that is riddled with bitterness and sharp-tongued, score-settling is unappealing to everyone. Don't fool yourself that what happens in Deeside doesn't impact on Manchester or Sheffield, Nottingham, Basingstoke or Whitley blinking Bay. It does. So grow up.

Oh, yeah. There was some hockey on too. Bison took a deserved win. Listen for more details.