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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 12

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-04-22

On the twelfth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com), and Ben Reiter (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the start of the NHL and NBA playoffs, talk about a handful of NFL stories including an announcement of an announcement, and shockingly take Colin Cowherd's side on a poor attempt at race baiting by Deadspin. Also on the show, the guys update the book club featuring Jonah Keri's Expos book, and close the show with one last thing.

-Lee Jenkins is making his seventeenth appearance (00:36:13) on the podcast to discuss the start of the NBA Playoffs. Jenkins explains why he thinks the Oklahoma City Thunder will win the West, why it only took him one game to change his pick in the East from Indiana to Miami, and why he thinks Joakim Noah deserves MVP consideration. Jenkins also tries to explain why the West is so much better than the East, why he always expects college stars to be one and done, and why he assumes Kevin Durant will be the MVP.

-Ben Reiter is making his sixth appearance (01:13:19) on the podcast to talk about the start of the Major League Baseball season. Reiter talks about the stories he is following for future columns, explains why the Brewers and Diamondbacks have surprised him for different reasons, and tries to understand the different perceptions of Bryce Harper and Yasiel Puig. Reiter also chats about Craig Kimbrell, the patience of the Cubs, and the clever signing of Scott Kazmir.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 11

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-04-15

On the eleventh episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy Blog, Yahoo! Sports) Damon Hack (Golf Channel) and Sam Coatta (Union Dutchmen, National Champions) to the podcast. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the Masters, look ahead to the Stanley Cup and NBA Playoffs, and talk about a Phil Ivey taking down a Casino for 12 million dollars. Also on the show, the guys preview and make picks for the first round of the NHL playoffs, start Jonah Keri month for the book club, and close the show with one last thing.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his eighth appearance (0:19:21) on the podcast. Greg joins us to preview the first round of the NHL playoffs. Greg talks about the new playoff format and if he thinks brackets will be good or bad for the NHL. Greg also explains why he thinks that the Sharks vs. Kings is the best first round playoff matchup, talks about players that could potentially break out this spring, and explains why he thinks each coach is feeling the pressure of the playoffs right now. Also, Greg explains why he doesn't cover the Frozen Four, and why Sabres fans shouldn't panic if they don't win the draft lottery (they didn't).

-Damon Hack is making his eighth appearance (0:40:51) on the podcast. Damon joins us to chat about the Masters. Hack talks about the absence of Tiger Woods and his effect on television ratings, the emergence of Jordan Spieth, and explains how Bubba Watson has won 2 of the last 3 green jackets. Hack also looks ahead at the storylines that will occupy golf fans from now until the US Open, golf without Tiger Woods, and looks back at his time at Sports Illustrated.

-Sam Coatta is making his first appearance (01:14:25) on the podcast. Coatta joins us to talk about winning the National Championship for the Union Dutchmen (ECAC Hockey). Coatta talks about growing up playing hockey in the state of hockey, playing in the USHL for the Sioux Falls Stampede, and why he decided to play college hockey at Union College. Coatta also talks about winning three ECAC Tournaments and making two trips to the Frozen Four, how the pain of last years loss and watching Yale win the National Title last year helped Union this year, and talks about how the team's confidence was a huge factor in winning the whole thing. Before going back to his celebration, Sam has the last word and thanks everyone that has helped him in his hockey career.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 10

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-04-08

On the tenth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Chris Ballard (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com) Jeff Pearlman (Author) and David Shoemaker (Grantland) to the podcast. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the NCAA basketball tournament and UConn's 4th National Title since 1999, look ahead to the Frozen Four, and talk about a Masters without Tiger Woods. Also on the show, the guys declare six more things the greatest of all time (1991), look ahead to a busy few months for the book club, and close the show with one last thing.

-Chris Ballard is making his third appearance (0:22:45) on the podcast. Chris joins us to talk about SI Longform, his piece on a dubious streak, and how Longform represents a new direction at SI. Ballard talks about the origin of his story, explains expectations at Division III schools, and talks about his own experience as a college athlete.

-Jeff Pearlman is making his fourth appearance (0:41:57) on the podcast. Pearlman's new book "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980's" is our book club book of the month for March. Pearlman talks about how he decided to write a book about the Lakers, how he sold that idea to a publisher, and explains why working on the book was a much needed escape for him after "Sweetness" was released. Pearlman discusses starting a book, why he doesn't write for any specific "audience," and how he avoided writing another book about the Magic/Bird rivalry. The interview ends with Pearlman dashing any hopes that he will someday write a hockey book, but he does say that he already pitching his new project about football.

-David Shoemaker is making his second appearance (01:24:12) on the podcast. Shoemaker stops by to discuss his week in New Orleans for the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony, Wrestlemania XXX, and last night's Raw. Shoemaker talks about the underwhelming response to the Ultimate Warrior, the shock of the end of the Undertaker's perfect record at Wrestlemania, and the potential (or lack of) for a long title run for Daniel Bryan. Shoemaker also comments on the brilliance of the WWE Network and explains why he is surprised he likes it as much as he does.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 04 Episode 09

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-03-25

On the ninth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jane Leavy (Author) Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) and Matt Tabrum (Denver Pioneers) to the podcast. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament, look ahead to the first weekend of the NCAA hockey tournament, and a sad and somber day in the history of Buffalo sports. Also on the show, the guys declare six more things the greatest of all time, look ahead to a busy few months for the book club, and close the show with one last thing.

-Jane Leavy is making her fifth appearance (0:22:36) on the podcast. Jane joins us for the first time on this podcast to talk about women in sports and how their role has changed, stayed the same, or maybe even changed again during her time in sports. Jane also talks about Derek Jeter and compares the end of his Yankees career to the end of "her guy" Mickey Mantle and other Yankee legends. Jane also talks about how Jeter's farewell tour will be different from Mariano Rivera's. Jane leaves us with news that she is currently working on her next project about Babe Ruth and reaches out to any listeners that might have information could help the project she hopes to get on shelves in 2016.

-Will Leitch is making his second appearance (0:50:17) on the podcast. Will joins us to talk about covering the NCAAA basketball tournament in Buffalo, what makes covering the tournament unique and complains about the NCAA's inconsistent rules about selling beer at their events. Will also talks about the sweet life of a St. Louis Cardinals fan, explains why he was cool with the controversial call against the Cardinals in last years World Series, and explains why he isn't as excited as some for instant replay to be expanded in Major League Baseball. Will also talks about going full time at Sports on Earth, explains how the site transitioned from the loss of Joe Posnanski, and explains how diverse writing has increased traffic at the site.

-Matt Tabrum is making his first appearance (1:31:07) on the podcast. Matt joins us to talk about the preparing to play in the upcoming NCAA hockey tournament as a member of the Denver Pioneers. Matt talks about how a foot injury nearly ended his hockey career, playing in the USHL, and earning his scholarship at Denver. Matt also talks about adjusting to a new coach winning the first ever NCHA Championship, and looks ahead to a first round matchup against Boston College in the NCAA's. The interview also starts with a fantastic story about my mom trying to bust into a hotel room that Matt just happened to be toweling off in.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 04 Episode 08

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-03-18

On the 150th edition of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Luke Winn (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com), and Ed Sherman (Sherman Report, Chicago Tribune). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament, one of the NFL's most outspoken owners checking in for rehab, and explain why their will be a new NCAA Champion in hockey and congratulate one of our own. Also on the show, the guys update the book club featuring books by Ed Sherman and Jeff Pearlman and close the show with one last thing.

-Luke Winn is making his seventh appearance (0:33:25) on the podcast. Luke makes his annual post selection Sunday visit to discuss the bracket, break down what the committee did right and wrong, and try to figure out if this is one of the poorest constructed brackets ever. Also, Winn explains why the MidWest region is so loaded, takes a shot at the beautiful city of Buffalo, and explains why he thinks Creighton could make a serious run despite their faulty defense. Winn also explains the rise of Virginia, the fall of Syracuse, and reveals his Final Four.

-Ed Sherman is making his fifth appearance on the podcast. Sherman stops by to chat about his new book, Babe Ruth's Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's Greatest Home Run. Sherman's book was our book club book of the month for February and even into March for a couple of extra weeks. Sherman explains why he decided to write a book about this specific topic, talks about the challenge of writing about a story that happened 80 years ago, and describes reviewing the films that exist about the historic event. Sherman wouldn't tip his hand as to what conclusion he has come to after writing the book but talks about the opinions of Tom Verducci, Keith Olbermann and Bob Costas.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 04 Episode 07

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-03-11

On the seventh episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jim Florentine (That Metal Show), and Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the fallout from the NHL trade deadline, look ahead to the NCAA Tournament, and explain what happens when seven overtime periods can't decide the winner of the Ohio State hockey championship. Also on the show, the guys update the book club featuring books by Ed Sherman and Jeff Pearlman, declare more the GOAT, and close the show with one last thing.

-Jim Florentine is making his first appearance (00:16:26) on the podcast. Jim talks about hosting That Metal Show, the decision to change the show's venue from Los Angeles to New York, and why the ability to be more current can be a double edged sword for the show. Jim also talks about the show's relationship with VH1 Classic, explains why Stump the Trunk appears in every show, and looks back on the metal scene when he was growing up. Florentine also gives his opinion on the scandal that tore apart his beloved Miami Dolphins, evaluates Ryan Tannehill, and explains why even as a Dolphins fan he is glad the Bills won't be playing any more games in Toronto.

-Jeff Passan is making his sixth appearance (00:41:15) on the podcast to talk about his trip to Sochi to cover the Olympics. Passan talks about staying up in the mountains, compares his experience to Vancouver, and explains why even for the media the Olympics was mostly a bust. Passan also talks about transitioning to baseball season, updates us on his book, and gives us a few baseball stories to follow during spring training. Passan also destroys my well thought out, saved, and perfectly delivered Craig Kimbrel joke by going off on a cake made for Bobby "Cocks."

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 04 Episode 06

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-03-04

On the sixth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Pablo S. Torre (ESPN the Magazine, Around the Hord), and Jay McKee (Former Buffalo Sabre). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the end of the Ryan Miller era in Buffalo, look ahead to the NHL trade deadline, and second guess Fox's decision to go to a three man booth for the World Series. Also on the show, the guys update the book club featuring books by Ed Sherman and Jeff Pearlman before closing the show with one last thing.

-Pablo S. Torre is making his fourth appearance (00:18:38) on the podcast to to talk about his decision to leave Sports Illustrated for ESPN, being on television, and how his position at ESPN might evolve. Torre also swears that the scoring system at Around the Horn is legit, explains why he thinks the show has survived as long as it has, and talks about the producers infusing new talent. Torre also brings some weak Harvard trash talk and tried to defend endowment smack at a urinal.

-Jay McKee is making his first appearance (00:53:12) on the podcast to talk about the staff infection that cost the Sabres a Stanley Cup, the trade of Ryan Miller, and the instability in the Sabres organization. McKee also talks about being a free agents, discusses the factors a player considers before signing with a new team, and closes with his greatest memories as a Buffalo Sabre.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 05

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-02-25

On the fifth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Pete Weber (Nashville Predators), Matt Crossman (Sports on Earth, Blecher Report) and Anthony DiMoro (Sports Rants) to the podcast. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the Winter Olympics, talk about a unique Sunday in sports, and discuss an unfortunate tweet aimed at Michael Sam. Also on the show, the guys declare six more things the greatest of all time, look ahead to a busy few months for the book club, and close the show with one last thing.

-Pete Weber is making his first appearance (00:23:29) on the podcast. Pete joins us to talk about his incredible career in sports broadcasting. Pete talks about calling some of the greatest moments in Buffalo sports history, his current position with the Nashville Predators, and how losing effects a broadcast. Pete also shares the story of his heart attack and explains why the personnel for the Predators and the Minnesota Wild helped save his life.

-Matt Crossman is making his fourth appearance (00:53:07) on the podcast. Matt joins us to talk about the end of his time at Sporting News, working for Sports on Earth and Bleacher Report, and gushes about the chance to do longform and cover sporting events. Matt also helps recap a wild Sunday in Daytona that ended with Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning his second Daytona 500. Matt also talks about how finances have effected NASCAR, puts Jeff Gordon's career into perspective, and looks ahead to the rest of what is a long NASCAR season.

-Anthony DiMoro is making his first appearance (01:21:37) on the podcast. Anthony joins us to talk about the launch of the WWE Network and explains why he feels the WWE missed a great opportunity to have one of the best days in the company's history. Anthony also discusses his website SportsRants.com and explains it's origin, mission, and how fans of our show can get involved.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 4

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-02-11

On the second episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Bryan Curtis (Grantland), and Rob Pizzo (NHL Radio on Sirius/XM). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the start of the olympics, talk about the bravery of Michael Sam, and talk the latest set of bazaar news out of Cleveland about the Browns. Also on the show, the guys update the book club featuring a book by Ed Sherman before closing the show with one last thing.

-Bryan Curtis is making his second appearance on the podcast to to talk about some of his recent work as a staff writer at Grantland. In the last week, Curtis has published a piece about being a top 100 college football recruit on signing day and another about a guy from Long Island that maintains a website about hockey fights.

-Rob Pizzo is making his third appearance on the podcast to talk the upcoming men's hockey tournament at the Olympic games. Pizzo talks about the United States decision to start Jon Quick over Ryan Miller and Canada's decision not to make one just yet. Pizzo also compares the pressure on Canada as it compares to the Russians and makes a homer pick for the gold medal.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 3

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-02-04

On the third episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jonah Keri (Grantland), Luke Winn (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com) and Ed Sherman (Sherman Report) to the podcast. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at a dreadful Super Bowl, look ahead to the Olympics, and look closer at the Richie Incognito controversy. Also on the show, the guys declare six more things the greatest of all time, look ahead to a busy few months for the book club, and close the show with one last thing.

-Jonah Keri is making his seventh appearance on the podcast. Jonah talks the flawed system Major League Baseball uses to select members of their Hall of Fame, how advanced stats have played into the selection process, and makes his case for Tim Raines. Keri also talks about the money the Yankees have spent in the offseason, the interesting arbitration case that the Braves will have with Craig Kimbrel, and says the Pirates might have a hard time duplicating last season's success. Keri also quickly talks about his upcoming book on the Montreal Expos that will be our book club book of the month for March.

-Luke Winn is making his eighth appearance on the podcast. Winn talks the great night that college basketball had in Syracuse on Saturday as the undefeated Orange defeated Duke in front of a record crowd. Winn also talks about where Arizona stands after the loss of one of their top players, explains why Wichita State is the real deal, and calls Iowa State one of his dark horse teams. Winn also tries to explain what's wrong with North Carolina, gives some props to Oklahoma, and calls Tyler Ennis the biggest surprise in college basketball this season.

-Ed Sherman is making his fourth appearance on the podcast. Sherman critiques Fox's job broadcasting the Super Bowl, explains why the result of the game didn't have much impact on the ratings, and gives Troy Aikman a little grief for sticking up for Peyton Manning. Sherman also talks about NBC's coverage of the Olympics, explains what events will be live, tape delayed, or both and notes that Olympic coverage is usually aimed at female viewers. Sherman notes that NBC does have a plan in place if the coverage has to view away from sports and focus on some kind of tragic news event. Lastly, Sherman tells us a bit about his new book, Babe Ruth's Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's Greatest Home Run. Sherman's book will be our book club book of the month for February and he will be back with us later to talk more about it.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 2

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-01-28

On the second episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Kenny Albert (Fox Sports), Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com) and Richard Deitsch (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com) to the Super Bowl Spectacular. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the Super Bowl, the plethora of NHL games being played outdoors, and all of the great college basketball that has been played while most of the country has been focused on football. Also on the show, the guys have a football themed greatest of all time segment, look ahead to next year's fantasy football drafts, and close the show with one last thing.

-Kenny Albert is making his eleventh appearance on the podcast. Kenny talks about covering the Seahawks for Fox this season and what he thinks they need to do to defeat the Broncos. Kenny also reflects back on his ninth season broadcasting Fox football games with Moose and Goose and speculates on what they might need to do to get a playoff game in the future. Albert also talks about calling a hockey game from Yankee Stadium and explains why he thinks New York City is a prefect venue to host a Super Bowl.

-Chris Burke is making his eighth appearance on the podcast. Burke talks about what the Seahawks will need to do to beat the Broncos and what the Broncos will need to do to beat the Seahawks. Burke also talks about what Richard Sherman can do to frustrate Peyton Manning, says who the X factor will be for each team, explains why a low scoring game will benefit Seattle. Burke also gives his take on my theory that the Seahawks are the NFL version of a WWE bad guy and talks about New York City as a Super Bowl host.

-Richard Deitsch is making his tenth appearance on the podcast. Deitsch talks about Sports Illustrated's decision to make Peyton Manning the Sportsman of the Year and if his appearance in the Super Bowl justifies the pick. Deitsch also talks about Fox's decision to give Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch a playoff game in their first season, the NFL's plan to split the Thursday night package, and explains why Mike Pereira will add a lot to Fox's coverage of the Super Bowl this week.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 1

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-01-21

The Sports-Casters are back. On the first episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated), and Mike Halford (Pro Hockey Talk). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at theAFC/NFC Championship Games, talk about another black eye for the NHL, and talk about some silly mistakes made by a couple of college athletes. Also on the show, the guys recap their holiday break and make some more GOAT declarations before closing the show with one last thing.

-Lee Jenkins is making his seventeenth appearance on the podcast to discuss his unique perspective on the upcoming Super Bow. Since July, Jenkins has done SI cover stories on Richard Sherman and Peyton Manning. Jenkins defends SI's decision to name Manning the Sportsman of the Year, talks about the changes he has made to his game, and looks ahead what the future might hold for Peyton is he wins another Super Bowl. Lee also gives some insight on the personality of Sherman, talks about goofing with him in his kitchen, and explains why many were put off by his post game tirade.

-Mike Halford is makin his first appearance on the podcast to talk about the Flames and Canucks brawl on hockey day in Canada, looks ahead to the Olympics, and explains what he thinks the Sabres should do with Ryan Miller. Halford also talks about writing for Pro Hockey Talk and explains where the NHL firs in at NBC Sports.

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