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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 19

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-07-21

On the nineteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Robert Mays (The Ringer) and Mark Simon (ESPN). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the first half of the Major League Baseball season, recap the All-Star break, and go over some rumors in the world of sports. The book club is a mid-week update from Steve about the status of the weekly shows. The podcast ends with Don talking about playing Pokemon Go.

-Robert Mays is making his first appearance (0:24:47) on the podcast. Robert talks about the differences and similarities between Grantland and The Ringer before transitioning into football. Robert talks about being excited about Kevin White, explains why he thinks the Vikings are going to have a good season, and gives Bills fans some hope. Mays also explains why he likes fantasy football, talks about the start of training camp, and offers only a vague clue on his vision for The Ringer's NFL podcast.

-Mark Simon is making his second appearance (0:59:26) on the podcast. Mark talks about the San Francisco Giants history at the trade deadline and what that might mean about this season, explains what he would do if he were in charge of the Yankees, and speculates as to what other contenders might do at the deadline. Mark also tells a story from his new book about the Yankees called, "The Yankees Index."

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 18

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-06-30

On the eighteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jason Concepcion (The Ringer, After The Thrones) and Steven Hyden UPROXX, Celebration Rock Podcast). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the NHL Draft, talk about two huge trades to kick off NHL free agency, update the two huge soccer tournaments, and doubt the retirement of Lionel Messi. The book club says goodbye to Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me" and focusses on the new Frank Deford book. The show ends with Don talking about Orange is the New Black, and Steve talks about Bill Simmons new show on HBO.

-Jason Concepcion is making his first appearance (0:28:37) on the podcast. Jason talks about attending the Berklee College of Music, underrated guitar players, and finding talent in the subway. Jason also talks about Game of Thrones, appearing on the After the Thrones show on HBO, and clears up some of Steve's confusion about the show. Jason also talks about the NBA, isn't crazy about Buddy Hield being in New Orleans, and as a Knicks fan is ominous about their decision to acquire Derrick Rose.

-Steven Hyden is making his fourth appearance (01:06:42) on the podcast. Hyden joins us to talk about his book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me." Steve and Hyden skip over the Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana rivalry to instead focus on Cyndi Lauper vs. Madonna, Kanye West being a jerk, and the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 17

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-06-24

On the seventeenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tas Melas (The Starters, NBATV) and Adrian Dater (Bleacher Report). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the conclusion of the NHL and NBA seasons, LeBron James and Sindey Corsby's legacy, and the exciting soccer being played in the Copa America and European Championship. The book club covers the last few chapters of Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me" and introduces a new book by the great Frank Deford. The show ends with Don talking about his daughter playing soccer and Steve talks about an embarrassing weekend for the USGA.

-Tas Melas is making his eighth appearance (00:33:30) on the podcast. Melas stops by to help try and put the Cleveland Cavaliers championship into perspective. Tas talks about LeBron's legacy, the Warriors decision to go for 73, and explains how the series changed after game 4. Melas also explains what the loss means for Steph Curry, talks about some of his favorite picks at the NBA Draft, and looks ahead to the summer for The Starters.

-Adrian Dater is making his fourth appearance (01:09:51) on the podcast. Adrian looks back at the Stanley Cup Final and talks about the Pittsburgh Penguins dominance, the play of Sidney Crosby, and the team's overall improvement since January. Dater also looks back on the 2016 playoffs, shakes his head at the St. Louis Blues, and comments on the rabid fan support the Penguins had. Dater also talks about expansion into Las Vegas, the NHL Awards, and speculates as to what might happen in Buffalo during the NHL Draft.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 16

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-06-03

On the sixteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports One) and Dr. Catherine Pearlman (The Family Coach, The Sports-Parent). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the finals in the NHL and NBA Playoffs before detailing a miserable week for college football. The book club covers the first few chapters of Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me." The show ends with Don talking about advertising on sports jerseys and Steve talking about the good and the bad of the first few days of The Ringer.

-Grant Wahl is making his third appearance (0:44:09) on the podcast. Wahl joins us to talk about his Sports Illustrated cover story on Lionel Messi and an exciting summer of soccer in the United States. Wahl talks about sitting down with Messi, his journey with Barcelona that started at age 13, and his excitement to play for Argentina in the United States. Grant also talks about the progress of the United States National Team, the status of the sport in the United States, and the pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann this summer. Wahl also talks about the fall of Mario Balotelli and predicts who will win the COPA America and the UEFA Euro this summer.

-Dr. Catherine Pearlman is making her first appearance (1:21:59) on the podcast. Pearlman joins us to promote her new podcast called, The Sports-Parent. Pearlman talks about why she created the podcast, hosting it with her husband (Author, Jeff Pearlman), and how she would like to see it evolve in the coming months. Pearlman also talks about becoming a family coach, the parenting controversy at the Cincinnati Zoo, and gives me advice ahead of having my first child. Dr. Pearlman and I also discuss various issues that sports parents encounter like playing multiple sports, playing a sport on multiple teams, etc.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 15

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-05-26

On the fifteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated, MLB Network) and Kenny Albert (NBC Sports, Fox Sports). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the conference finals in the NHL and NBA Playoffs before detailing a miserable new social media policy for the Buffalo Bills and a weird backtrack by their GM. The book club covers the first few chapters of Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me." The show ends with Don talking about embarrassing NFL jerseys and Steve mocking Tim Cook for claiming to see an iPhone in a 400 year old painting.

-Tom Verducci is making his fourth appearance (0:30:28) on the podcast. Verducci joins us to talk about his SI cover story on Vin Scully. Verducci shares details of sitting down with Scully for the articles, speculates on any involvement Scully might have with the World Series broadcast, and shares extra anecdotes that didn't make the article. Verducci also talks about his study of the cliff season for pitchers, Matt Harvey's struggles, and the dominate of Clayton Kershaw.

-Kenny Albert is making his fifteenth appearance (01:00:53) on the podcast. Kenny joins us to give a first hand description of the NHL's Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues. Kenny talks about the stars being stars for the Sharks, the disappointing series for Vladimir Tarasenko, and the buzz for the Sharks in the Bay Area. Kenny also talks about preparing to call the Stanley Cup Final on radio for Westwood One, calling baseball for Fox, and looks ahead to another season calling NFL football.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 14

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-05-06

On the fourteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports, Author) and Jeff Pearlman (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL Draft, the second round of the NHL Playoffs, and the slow start to the NBA Playoffs. The book club says goodbye the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, and looks ahead to what's next. The show ends with Don talking about earwax (as gross as it sounds) and Steve complaining about not understanding Game of Thrones.

-Jeff Passan is making his twelfth appearance (0:26:42) on the podcast. Steve and Jeff talked for years about Jeff's book, "The Arm" and Jeff is finally hear to talk about it. Jeff explains why reporting out of his comfort zone creates his best work, talks about finding injured baseball players who would allow him to follow their lives and explains why procrastinating on his book proposal ended up being a blessing in disguise. Jeff also tells a story about how Jane Leavy helped him land his dream interview for the book.

-Jeff Pearlman is making his seventh appearance (01:09:36) on the podcast. Pearlman joins us to give Steve advise about being a father, talk about the future of publishing houses, and making out during Black. Jeff also talks about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and his USFL book, and becoming a documentary film maker.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 13

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-04-28

On the thirteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Puck Soup) and Neil Best (Newsday). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the first round of the NHL Playoffs, the impact of Steph Curry's injury, and look ahead to the NFL Draft. The book club focuses on the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, "The Arm." The show ends with Don talking about the upcoming video game console announced by Nintendo and Steve talks about the NHL draft lottery.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his thirteenth appearance (00:28:23) on the podcast. Puck Daddy joins us to look back at the first round of the NHL playoffs and ahead to the second round. Greg talks about the Kings, Blackhawks, and Ducks all losing in round 1, the future of Bruce Boudreau, and the Islanders big upset. Greg looks ahead to the Penguins and Capitals matchup in the second round, the Blues and the Stars battle, and the chances that the Predators have against the Sharks. Before leaving, Greg talks about his new podcast with Dave Lozo called Puck Soup.

-Neil Best is making his fourth appearance (00:56:31) on the podcast. Neil covers the sports media for Newsday and also occasionally covers other things for the paper. Neil talks about his time covering the Rangers and Penguins series, the Rangers stunning exit, and what the future holds for the core of the team. Best also talks about ESPN firing Curt Shilling, the Mike and the Mad Dog reunion, and Mike Tirico leaving ESPN for NBC. Steve and Neil wrap up talking about Cornell hockey and try to understand why they have so many Canadians on the team.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 12

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-04-14

On the twelfth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Damon Hack (Golf Channel) and Ben Reiter (Sports Illustrated). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the epic collapse by Jordan Spieth at The Masters, the end of Kobe Bryant's career, and look ahead to the NHL and NBA playoffs. The book club focuses on the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, "The Arm." The show ends with Don getting excited about Pearl Jam and Steve explains how periscope is changing the concert experience.

-Damon Hack is making his tenth appearance (0:24:00) on the podcast. Damon looks back on Jordan Spieth's collapse at the Masters. Hack speculates on how this might impact the rest of Spieth's season and career. He also teaches us about Danny Willet, explains how the Olympics will impact this year's major schedule, and jokes about writing a game story as the honored guest at a religious right of passage. Damon also uses his expertise as a born and raised citizen of Los Angeles, California to look back at the career of Kobe Bryant.

-Ben Reiter is making his eighth appearance (00:57:28) on the podcast to talk about the 2016 MLB season. Ben talks about the juggernaut Cubs, the awful Braves, and the fading Angels. Reiter also talks about the hot starts of the White Sox and Orioles, the ugly start by the Twins, and the panic of the Mets fans. Ben also talks about watching Kobe Bryant's final game at a bar in Hollywood.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 11

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-04-07

On the eleventh episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jonathan Abrams (ESPN, Author) and Anthony Day (Yale Graduate, National Champion). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the epic ending to the college basketball season, the start of the Major League Baseball season, and look ahead to the NHL and NBA playoffs. The book club says goodbye "Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution" by Jonathan Abrams and focuses on the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, "The Arm." The show ends with Don geeking on computer gaming and Steve looks ahead to a history making weekend of rock and roll across the country.

-Jonathan Abrams is making his first appearance (0:25:15) on the podcast to talk about his book, "Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution." Jonathan talks about how the book focuses not just on the success stories but also the failures. Johnathan talks about the one and done era, its effect on college basketball, and gives the rules he would implement if he ran the NBA. Jonathan also talks about being the biggest baby face at Grantland, writing oral histories, and becoming a New York Times bestseller.

-Anthony Day is making his fifth appearance (as a guest) (0:57:41) on the podcast to talk about his new position as the official golf analyst/commentator for The Sports-Casters. After the first day of The Masters, Anthony talks about why Jordan Speith has such command on the course, gives a few golfers he thinks could climb the leaderboard over the weekend, and explains why he still thinks Tiger Woods could win another major. Anthony also talks about his three year run of either going to The Masters or winning the Frozen Four, remembers what it was like to win a National Championship, and talks about the unique aura and drawing power of his National Championship ring.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 10

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-31

On the tenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Ryan Aber (The Oklahoman) and Matt Crossman (NASCAR.com, Southwest Magazine). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the Final Four in basketball and the Frozen Four in hockey, players from the women's soccer team making a wage complaint, and the hockey writers in Buffalo deciding to nominate Ryan O'Reilly for the Masterson trophy. The book club features "Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution" by Jonathan Abrams and introduces a long awaited book by Jeff Passan. The show ends with Steve talking about the Mike and the Mad Dog reunion.

-Ryan Aber is making his second appearance (00:20:45) on the podcast. Ryan covers the Oklahoma Sooners football and basketball team for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Aber talks about the Sooners run to the Final Four and how the buzz in Oklahoma compares to the football team's run to the college football playoffs. Aber also talks about Buddy Heild's place on the list of all-time great Sooner basketball players, the matchup against Villanova, and a potential game for the National Championship against Roy Williams and North Carolina.

-Matt Crossman is making his sixth appearance (0:46:46) on the podcast. Matt joins us to talk about two articles he has fresh off the presses. Matt first talks about a piece he wrote for NASCAR.com about two paralyzed racers and their families uniting in the face of tragedy. Next, Matt talks about a piece he wrote for the magazine on Southwest Airlines about kids who have lost their fathers to military service and a camping trip they take with other veterans. Also, Matt talks about his business as a freelance writer and he ranks the best Rush songs and the best non-Christmas holidays.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 9

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-17

On the ninth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tim Keown (ESPN the Magazine) and Kevin Armstrong (NY Daily News). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don get ready for March Madness, talk about the abrupt retirement of Adam LaRoche, and look back at the first 8 days of the Gawker v. Hulk Hogan trial including testimony from a former guest of the show. The book club says goodbye to the first book of 2016 called, This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon by Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers and stats fresh with a new book called, Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution by Jonathan Abrams. Finally, the show ends with Don talking about Facebook turing into shit, and Steve tries to figure out what Yale hockey means to him.

-Tim Keown is making his first appearance (0:24:59) on the podcast to talk about his ESPN the Magazine feature on Bryce Harper. Tim compares Harper to Cam Newton, talks about how Bryce wants to change some of the unwritten rules in baseball, and Harper taking the next step towards being the face of baseball. Tim also talks about his position at ESPN the Magazine, explains why he loves his beat (or lack there of), and hints at a future story about the demographics that make up youth baseball in the United States.

-Kevin Armstrong is making his first appearance (0:59:37) on the podcast to talk about his feature in the New York Daily News about the unique basketball gyms in Brooklyn. With the NCAA Tournament set to make its debut at Barclays, Kevin wrote about the windows on the top of roofs, the visiting player benches that don't exist and the unique ways money has been raised in some of Brooklyn's toughest neighborhoods to build new gyms. Kevin also talks about hockey at BC, the front and back page cover wars in New York City, and gives a prediction for the Final Four.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 8

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-10

On the eighth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jon Wertheim (Executive Editor, Sports Illustrated) and Ed Sherman (Chicago Tribune). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the start of NFL free agency, look ahead to selection Sunday and the NCAA basketball tournament, and talk about an SI cover story on Patrick Kane. The book club says goodbye to the first book of 2016 called, This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon by Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers. Finally, the show ends with Don talking about Better Call Saul, and Steve explains why Jeramy Carroll should be the new singer of the Stone Temple Pilots.

-Jon Wertheim is making his fourteenth appearance (0:22:00) on the podcast to discuss the book he co-authored with Sam Sommers called, "This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon." Jon explains how this book is similar to his previous book Scorecasting and how it's different. Jon explains why we love free stuff so much, why NFL quarterbacks aren't as handsome as people think, and why hockey goons would rather fight at home. Before going back to his day job, Wertheim chats about Ronda Rousey, his piece for 60 Minutes Sports on Holly Holm, and keeps us up to date on the happenings at Sports Illustrated.

-Ed Sherman is making his eighth appearance (01:02:04) on the podcast. Sherman joins us to talk about the current SI cover story on Patrick Kane by SL Price. Sherman explains why he doesn't think the piece contains a pro Kane or NHL agenda, why SL Price was the perfect person to tell the story, and why it made sense for Sports Illustrated to put Kane on the cover. Sherman objects to the NHL's decision to use the word "unfounded" in their statement and explains why it was a mistake. Before he goes, Ed gives us an update on the status of his website, Sherman Report.

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