June 14, 2017

Ep. 102 - The Great STL Bicycle Debate

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We're back again, kids! If you were with us live on Monday, you got to see the whole show on Facebook Live! If you catch us live, be sure to comment and let us know you're there - we love to hear from you guys about our show topics so chime in! 

This week, Kelly and Hoss gave a recap of the Granite City Carnie and their time in the 'I Dood It' tent. Man, some people get really serious about the game and prizes. 

Next, Kelly voices her annoyance with bicyclists on the road in St. Louis. Now, we all know that STL isn't the most bike-friendly place and bike lanes are only in certain areas. No one likes getting caught behind a cyclist and having to go 5mph behind them until you can pass, but what are the rules for biking on a main road? Should they stick to the sidewalks? Are we all overreacting and road-raging for no reason?

Did you guys see the story about the Kansas City man that was exonerated after 17 years in prison over a mistaken identity? The resemblance between this guy and the real criminal is unreal. Check out the story here. 

Then we somehow got to talking about our first cars and how crap-tastic they were and Kelly announces her brother's 'new' car that he is totally stoked about. Check out the sweet new ride!

Finally, some of our listeners will be sad to hear that the beloved reality show castoff series 'Bachelor in Paradise' has been suspended. (insert sad trombone). A contestant on the show has alleged that the producers of the show didn't protect her when she got totally wasted and made some ... ahem ... bad decisions. Read the full story here. Let us know if you need some emotional support for this loss...

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June 8, 2017

Ep. 101 - Kelly joined the roller derby this week and find out why she was mad at Hoss for 10 years without him knowing...

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Hey there, party people! We're back again with episode 101 of the Kelly Manno Show! I know, we totally skipped blogging the 100th episode - but really, you just have to go back and listen to it for full effect. There's lots of pictures and video so when we get done sorting through all of it, we'll give you a nice little recap on the blog. OK? GEEZ GET OFF MY BACK! (ahem) In the meantime...

If you didn't know, we like to pimp out Kelly and Hoss for hosting events all over town. If there's a trivia night, event, bingo or church picnic around, we want to host it! This coming weekend, Kelly and Hoss get to go hang at the 'carne' in Granite City in the I Dood It tent! What the heck is 'I Dood It', you ask? In short, its a game, but you have to be from Granite City to know anything about it or its origins. Tune in to hear the details of what this game entails and where you can find us this weekend. Come hang out with us and maybe you can be the one shouting 'I Dood It'!

If you're interested in having Kelly and Hoss come host your event, you can email us at HeyKelly@KellyManno.com for info!

Next, we get to reminisce about the good ol' radio intern days where Kelly and Hoss first met. Did you know that Kelly had a grudge against Hoss for about 10 years and he had no idea? Good times...

Also, we found out that Mary Kay Letourneau and her Husband/Former Student, Vili Fualaau filed for a separation this week. They're claiming its for 'tax purposes' for his business but people seem to think that its really over. Its been over 20 years, a few kids and a prison sentence or two... but are these two 'meant to be'?

Guys, do you remember Chico and the St. Louis Six? Those cows that busted out of their slaughter truck and made a run for freedom? (check out episode 95 for the whole story). We got some great news today - The Gentle Barn has raised enough money to start a Gentle Barn in St. Louis! YAY!! We know its partly because of the listeners of the Kelly Manno Show, so we wanted to give you guys a huge Thank You for helping to make this possible! Jay and Ellie are just the best and we know that this is a huge win for the St. Louis animal-loving community! They'll always need donations, so if you can, go to their website to contribute to help the St. Louis Six and keep operations going in STL. Congrats Gentle Barn!

Lastly, Kelly started roller derby. Yep. It happened. She attended her first practice this week with the St. Chux Derby Chix and what an experience it was! Tune in to hear the run down of how a practice goes with the most badass girl athletes you've ever seen.

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May 18, 2017

Ep. 99.5 - We're planning out our 100th episode and the Instagram account with all the butts you want!

Hey hey fans! As promised, we're not prepared at all for our 100th episode yet, so we're totally cheating and calling this episode 99 and a half. Yes, of course we can do that. We do what we want.

ANYWHO... Speaking of our 100th episode, we're planning it out now! Yay! Set your alarms, a reminder, carrier pigeon, whatever you need to do to remember May 24th at 7pm for the Kelly Manno Show radio podcast 100th EPISODE! And since we're crazy like that, we're going to be doing the show from a yet-undisclosed Walmart in the area. You'll have no idea, we'll have no idea, THEY will have NO IDEA we're coming. How long do you think we can last until we are politely ushered out?

To try to guess just HOW long we'll be spending in jail next Wednesday, Kelly called up her buddy Paul the cop, who is the owner of Ultimate Defense Firing Range in St. Peters to get his opinion on just how much we'll be breakin' the law.

We also chatted about some cool stuff we found on the internet - you know how we do. First up is the group of kids that voluntarily got pepper sprayed in the eyes for a class in high school. Kudos to those guys, because DAMN that looked painful.

Also, have you guys seen the Instagram account for Cheeky Exploits (@cheekyexploits)? Its basically pictures of people in lovely landscapes with their butts out. I'm sure we spent way too much time talking about people's asses but some of these are downright artistic! And along the same lines, former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney got in the news this week by posting a video of her dancing in a tank top and black thong on Instagram (@mckaylamaroney). We think she's trying to 'reinvent' herself for a music career, but people are all mad because young girls might see her as a role model. She's put it out there that she isn't and doesn't want to be seen as a role model but is she chained to her past as a gymnast?

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May 11, 2017

Ep. 99 - Jordan Slone from Hounds is in the studio and covers that are better than the originals

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You guys, its episode 99 of the Kelly Manno Show and you know what that means... Crap, we gotta come up with something great for our 100th episode and FAST. You guys weren't expecting something expertly planned and put together were you? Whew, good. We'll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime, you can listen to THIS show, yay! Our beloved St. Louis Blues are out of the running for the Stanley Cup this year (sad trombone) but we've got lots of love for this team still. Also, listen in for an update on last weeks 'lady who kicked in some guys windshield' story. You'll never guess what that whole thing was over. Picture the dumbest thing to get mad over, and its still not bad enough. We also run through the new MTV 'genderless' awards and... wait, what does that mean? Listen in to find out.

Next, we've got Jordan Slone from Hounds (formerly Clockwork) in the studio today chatting with us about the band and whats going on and, most importantly, whats next for them. Jordan gets to stick around, too, as well all weigh in on what we think are the best cover songs that are better than the originals. I'll post some of our top picks here, but you'll have to listen in to hear our #1s! We still want to hear from you! Did we miss any life-changing covers in our review? 

Fiona Apple, Across the Universe (originally by The Beatles)

Johnny Cash, Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails)

Grace Potter, Jolene (originally by Dolly Parton)

Dynamite Hack, Boyz n the Hood (originally by Eazy-E)

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May 5, 2017

If the Blues lose tonight....

Here we go again Blues fans- another "back against the wall" game for our boys tonight. A situation we have all been in too many times. The minute I wake up I'll think about the game. I will spend the whole day a bundle of nerves, which is bat-shit ridiculous as this game has absolutely zero influence on my actual life. But alas, I'm a sports fan, and that's what we do.

I'm a tomboy by nature. It's hard to find a sport I don't like. Football, Baseball, Nascar....but hockey won my heart at a young age. It isn't just a sport, it's a culture. I've been a part of this culture my whole life. It started when I was 10 years old and my best friend Sara Currans family had season tickets to the Blues games. They took me to the first game and I was hooked. Walking into the old Arena was more exciting for me than walking into Disney World.  I watched the Golden Brett dazzle crowds. I loved the grit of players like Gino Cavillini. I remember sitting at Sara's kitchen table before every game making signs. My most favorite one I ever made said "Rob Ramage do some damage!" - I thought I was pretty clever. 

I also grew up in an ice rink. I was a competitive figure skater for 14 years in a small town with only one rink. The figure skaters shared everything with the hockey players, even the locker rooms. They smelled awful, but I weirdly got used to it. My first job was a skate guard at the rink for the open sessions...the only girl employed with all the hockey players. 

Every boyfriend I had in high school was a hockey player.

I married a hockey player, then gave birth to one. 

I'm a Blues fan because I live in St. Louis, but I'm a hockey fan because I love the sport.  

After last year's long playoff run, the writing was on the wall for this to be THE season for the Blues. It was our 50th anniversary in the league, we had our first Winter Classic, it would be Hitchcock's swan song... It was like watching a fairytale novel play out, something they will make a movie about one day. 

And then the rug was pulled out. Armstrong dismantled the core of a team that took us the furtherest we've been in the playoffs in 16 years. He failed to retain our hard hitting team, and exchanged it for a small, fast young one, causing the whole season to start sinking. The team played terribly, our coach was fired, and one of our best young thoroughbreds, Robby Fabbri, sustained a season ending injury... causing most of us to give up hope on any kind of post-season run.  But game by game, point by point, when the dust settled and the sun rose, so did the Blues, who clawed their way to a spot in the playoffs. 

In full clarity I've never played hockey.  I am far from an expert, but I know a hell of a lot more than the bandwagon fans who don't know the difference between hybrid icing and a hybrid car. 

Oh, the bandwagon fans...who don't watch a game all season but are suddenly hockey experts on Facebook during the playoffs, talking shit they know nothing about. Country singer Carrie Underwood included, who is married to the Nashville captain and blamed the refs for our win in game 2 on twitter. Carrie, honey look: I love your music. I voted for you on American Idol, but the officiating that entire game was shit. Stick to your day job, cupcake. 

Now getting to the point. 

Tonight we find out the fate of our season. We either win the game to battle on 2 more, or we relive the same nightmare we have for 50 years like a never-ending loop of the movie "Groundhogs Day."

Of course hockey has always been a mouthy sport, from the players to the fans, and that's part of the charm. I remember taking my kids to their first playoff game 2 years ago, climbing out of the car saying "Okay kids, it's playoff hockey, you're gonna learn some new cusswords tonight!" 

If they lose tonight, it's okay to be mad at them. As sports fans, it's okay to invest your heart in a team and it's perfectly fine to be pissed as hell if they disappoint you. And if they lose because they played terrible then they should be held accountable for it. However, there is a colossal difference between being pissed off and being hateful, and we as fans need to grow up and learn the difference.

I've been a professional photographer for 12 years. Throughout those 12 years many Blues and Cardinal families have come to me as clients.  I spend time shooting the happy moments in their lives. When they get engaged, get pregnant, have a baby. The real stuff, the stuff life is really about. I love getting to know them, and their sweet families. Hockey players have a  reputation for being some of the nicest athletes around, and that reputation holds true.

They are husbands, fathers and sons. And I want to take a minute to show you another side of them. Because sometimes the things I hear people say, or read online after a season ending game make me question humanity.

These players have dedicated their entire lives to this sport. Moving away from home at 15, 2am college bus rides, the mental torture of bouncing around in the minors. And they did it all knowing the chances of them ever playing in the NHL were slim to none, but they took that risk and beat the odds.

They play through astonishing levels of pain without question. But the physical pain is no match for the biggest sacrifice of all.

They play when their families desperatly need them, and that's the part no one ever talks about. 

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Often we forget these players are men, not machines.

Earlier this year when Jake Allen hit a slump and the whole world wanted to burn him at the stake... he had a one week old baby at home.

Ryan Reaves' wife, Alanna, gave birth to their son last year and Ryan had to leave 3 days later for a 13 day road trip. 

When we had TJ Oshie, his daughter was born critical birth defect called"gastroschisis" google it at your own risk- it's not for the faint of heart. He missed one game. One. Imagine sending your husband to work one day after your daughter was born with that.

In 2014 New York Rangers forward Martin St Louis played game 5 in the semifinals the day after his mothers unexpected death.

Why do they do it? Because sacrifice is all these guys know. They signed up for this. They knew what the job required when they started. Their wives and girlfriends did too. They are "ride or die chicks" to the fullest. Most of them have to sit at games and bit their tongue until it bleeds. Unless you have the pleasure of sitting next to a spitfire like Erica Ott, wife of Steve Ott. The first time I met her she was 6 months pregnant cussing out a fan behind her talking shit on her husband...I knew we would be instant friends :)

But another reason they sacrifice is for YOU, the fans. Believe it or not, they really do care, and they want to make you proud of them. 

Their wives, kids, and parents attend almost all the games and sit right there in the crowd with you.

When you scream "Hey X You fucking suck you piece of shit" you're sitting 2 rows in front of his Dad who drove him to 5 am ice times and taught him how to lace his skates.

I attended a game earlier this year, we weren't playing very well.  I watched a fan yell  "Hey X, you would be more useful to us if you got taken off on a stretcher" - His 2 kids were in the same section and heard every word.

When you write on Facebook that you "hope a player gets hit by a bus so we don't have to finish their contract"...they have teenage kids that can read that.

Sadly, these are all actual quotes.

Oh wait....but they're rich.....so that changes everything. Right? If they lose tonight the fans go home and cry. But the players get to go home and cackle with laughter while they slide around on their millions like Scrooge McDuck? I mean it's not like they've wanted this since they were 5 years old or anything.

And 95 percent of our fan base makes me proud as hell. I was there when we applauded Ovi on his 3rd consecutive 30 goal season... The ovation for Kevin Fiala, as he was stretchered off the ice the last week...  The tearful ovations for  Backes, Oshie, and Jackman after returning to St. Louis for the first time following their days wearing the Note. The Bobby Plager jersey retirement, I could go on and on. 

But to the other 5 percent of you: If the Blues should lose tonight you can be pissed. You can yell and scream, and feverishly type on social media that they didn't want it bad enough, or that our defense was weak, or our offense wasn't aggressive. You are passionate and smart fans and you're allowed to pick the game apart piece by piece and hold them accountable for what they did wrong. That's part of being a devoted sports fan. 

But at the same time, show a little goddman respect for what these guys have sacrificed so that you can sit in the stands with a beer belly and a hotdog, or have a pizza party watching the game with your friends. A loss tonight will rock their worlds, not yours.

Or....we could just kick the Predators' ass and not have to bother with any of this silliness. Let's plan on that instead.

Let's Go Blues.