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Off Guard


Off Guard

Each Week, Off Guard explores one idea from the world of sports in three unconventional ways. Host Perdita Felicien eases fellow athletes into frank and funny discussion. Pete Mahovlich and Bob Cole savour Hockey Night nostalgia. Coach and Dad, Jamie Strashin packs a minivan full of stories about families at play.

Updated: Weekly
Download episodes from this podcast for: 3 years


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Not if, how

On the cusp of her 39th birthday, recently divorced Michelle struggles with a complicated new romance.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:39]

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Secrets in sport

Mark Tewksbury talks about gold medals and gay athletes.

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[mp3 file: runs00:18:03]

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Ripples in a pond

In Fault Lines CBC Vancouver Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe guides you through two disastrous scenarios so you can prepare yourself.

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[mp3 file: runs00:25:52]

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Catch of the day

How one of the strangest, and frankly blandest-tasting animals you’ll ever encounter, might just be exactly the fish the planet needs.

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[mp3 file: runs00:39:33]

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Episode 8: Money

Tax Time! Let's talk money. Perdita checks with track pals whose fortunes are in good hands. Former Leaf Stew Gavin manages athlete's jackpots. Jamie watches new money flow into adult Play. Pete and Bob reminisce about off-season side hustles in the NHL.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:34:28]

Episode 7: Fear

The athlete's frenemy: Fear sharpens performance, and motivates practise. It protects. The cdn ski team opines on fear. Perdita and Silken Laumann and Dr Cal Botterill explore it. Jamie sees parental fear. Pete and Bob fear the enforcers of NHL lore.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:35:05]

Episode 6: Style

Personal Branding is having a day. Perdita and sprint/style star Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce talk from Kingston JA. Steph Curry's stylist Sheraine Robinson weighs in. Jamie see kids' swag needs skyrocket. Pete and Bob admire NHL Stylistos past and present.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:32:56]

Episode 5: Elevens

Sports is a numbers game, and this week it's eleven. Perdita follows the Can-Am beef in soccer 11s. Jamie watches 11 yr olds commit to one sport, despite expert advice. NHL jersey elevens get Bob Cole and Pete Mahovlich reminiscing about great 11s.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:28:58]

Episode 4: Rule Benders

Who can resist BENDING rules in pursuit of victory? Perdita and Canadian Pro racer Mike Woods discuss the scofflaws of cycling. Jamie Teen-Ref Strashin celebrates whistle blowers. Misters Cole and Mahovlich consider the craftiest coaches in the NHL.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:35:56]

Episode 3: Seabiscuit

Off Guard salutes athletes who transcend body norms. 'Runner of the Century' Ed Whitlock breaks records at 85. Jhonas Enroth is NHL's smallest goalie. A compact teen shares his pro hockey dreams. At 6'5" Pete Mahovlich towered over the league.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:38:37]

Episode 2: Chirping

Trash Talk, Smack, Jawboning. Perdita questions the power of a stadium-wide'BOO!' Jamie hears the worst chirping from parental yaps, and Bob and Pete share vintage NHL wisecracks.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:38:40]

Episode 1: All Stars

Perdita discusses the double-edged sword of athletic stardom. Jamie watches house leagues fade as 'rep' and 'elite' teams balloon. Bob and Pete consider how All Star games have changed...for the better!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:35:37]