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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 15

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-05-07

On the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Trey Wingo (ESPN) and Michael Woods (theSweetScience.com). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the NFL Draft, chat about the second round of the NHL and NBA playoffs, and of course spend a few seconds on the fight of the century. The book club returns with some uncertainty, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Trey Wingo is making his third appearance (0:30:29) on the podcast. Trey about hosting the NFL Draft in Chicago, explains why the extra space to spread the draft out offered something Manhattan couldn't and says why he thinks the NFL should take the show out west next year. Wingo also explains why he passed on Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, gives his take on fans having to decide between cheering for villains or walking away, and looks ahead to the rest of the NFL offseason.

-Michael Woods is making his third appearance (1:10:27) on the podcast. Woods talks about the Floyd Mayweather victory over Manny Pacquiao. Woods talks about the atmosphere in Vegas, the bizarre scenario around the press credentials, and some uncomfortable moments in the post fight press conferences. Woods also explains why Mayweather won, looks at what be next for both fighters, and what is next for boxing.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 14

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-04-28

On the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated, SI.com) and Jenny Vrentas (theMMQB, Sports Illustrated). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve (solo today) quickly looks at first round of the NHL playoffs and NBA playoffs, and looks ahead to the fight of the century. The show ends with One Last Thing.

-Chris Burke is making his eleventh appearance (0:12:17) on the podcast. Burke talks about the upcoming NFL Draft and his work on it for Sports Illustrated. Chris talks about why he thinks the quarterbacks will go first and second, explains why he thinks the Saints will take a WR and a pass rusher in round one, and names Jacksonville as the team that has the most leverage to swing the first round in one direction or another. Burke also talks about guys in the draft with red flags, the depth at receiver an explains that the draft is deep but doesn't have the top end talent that last year's draft did.

-Jenny Vrentas is making her third appearance (0:51:32) on the podcast. Jenny joins us to talk about her time in Buffalo working on a Sports Illustrated cover story about Rex Ryan. Jenny explains why she didn't eat her chicken wings, reveals that she was surprised to learn about Rex buying a house in Nashville, and explains why she thinks Rex was a good hire despite his focus on defense. Jenny also talks about spending time with Bills hall of fame player Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas. Jenny explains why they were upset when Doug Marrone quit, explains why they are so optimistic about Rex helping the Bills make the playoffs, and even talks about the draft for a few minutes before saying goodbye.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 13

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-04-23

On the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sportsl) and Will Leitch (Sports on Earth). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look at the first round of the NHL playoffs and NBA playoffs, and cover a few small NFL stories. Steve looks at the just released NFL schedule, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Jeff Passan is making his ninth appearance (0:33:28) on the podcast. Jeff talks the start of the baseball season, the Yankees not having a home grown star, and the value of recent 1.1 draft picks. Passan also talks about writing his book on the pitching arm for his son, wrestling in the mainstream media, and talking to Jane Leavy.

-Will Leitch is making his eighth appearance (1:25:34) on the podcast. Will talks about writing for Sports on Earth, writing about politics, and the challenges of doing a podcast. Will also talks about the Mets and Cubs, being annoyed with twitter, and improvements at ESPN.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 12

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-04-16

On the twelfth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Damon Hack (Golf Channel) and Mike Halford (Pro Hockey Talk). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look at the first round of the NHL playoffs, the start of the NBA playoffs,vand talk about the fall of Aaron Hernandez and the future of Adrian Peterson. The book club takes one last look at Eleventh Heaven by Rob Miech, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Damon Hack is making his ninth appearance (0:33:55) on the podcast. Damon looks back on Jordan Spieth's dominate performance at the Masters. Hack compares Spieth's performance this year to Tiger's domination in 1997. Damon wonders if the Spieth/Mcilroy rivalry can lead golf into the post-Tiger era without a massive drop-off Hack also talks about the future of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and what their performances this weekend might mean for their 2015 seasons.

-Mike Halford is making his second appearance (1:06:21) on the podcast. Mike stops by to preview the NHL Playoffs. Mike and Steve talk about the value of goaltenders, the new playoff format, and quality of the first round matchups. Halford also talks about the improvement of Tyler Myers, college hockey vs. major junior, and he makes a Stanley Cup Final prediction.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 11

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-04-09

On the eleventh episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Andrew Bucholtz (Yahoo!, Awful Announcing) and Rob Miech (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look at Duke's fifth national championship, look ahead to the NHL playoffs, and talk about a few odds and ends from the NFL. The book club takes a look at Eleventh Heaven by Rob Miech, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Andrew Bucholtz is making his first appearance (00:29:51) on the podcast. Bucholtz joins us to talk about breaking into sports journalism, moving to California, and playing board games. Bucholtz also talks about women in sports media, Katie Nolan, and the recent scandal in Chicago.

-Rob Miech is making his third appearance (01:12:26) on the podcast. Miech joins us to talk about his book, Eleventh Heaven. Rob explains that he almost wrote this book back in 1995 and tells us why he didn't. He also talks about his relationship with Ed O'Bannon, traveling all over the world to research the book, and being blown off by the Golden State Warriors GM.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 10

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-04-02

On the tenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Luke Winn (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com) and David Shoemaker (Grantland). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look ahead to the Final Four, the Frozen Four, and look back at Wrestlemania XXXI. The book club takes a look at Eleventh Heaven by Rob Miech, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Luke Winn is making his eighth appearance (00:32:17) on the podcast. Winn joins the podcast to look back on the first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament and to look ahead to the Final Four. Luke talks about covering the classic game between Notre Dame and Kentucky, speculates on the remaining team with the best chance to beat Kentucky, and explains why anything short of a National Championship would be a total bust. Winn also talks about Duke, the value of fewer early round upsets, and the players to keep an eye on this weekend.

-David Shoemaker is making his fourth appearance (0:52:41) on the podcast to talk about the business of professional wrestling. Shoemaker talks about his weekend in San Jose for WrestleMania XXXI, covering wrestling in the mainstream, and even looks ahead to WrestleMania XXXII in Texas. Shoemaker also talks about a renewed importance for the Intercontinental Championship, the future of John Cena, and try to figure out just how great WrestleMania XXXI actually was.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 9

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-03-25

On the ninth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Stewart Mandel (Fox Sports), Ryan Lambert (Puck Daddy, College Hockey News) and Mike Johnson (Pro Wrestling Insider). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the overhaul of the Saints and Bills, and look ahead to Wrestlemania XXXI. The book club takes a first look at Eleventh Heaven by Rob Miech, and Steve has a quick chat with Yale hockey players Anthony Day and Mike Doherty. The show ends with One Last Thing.

-Stewart Mandel is making his seventh appearance (00:25:46) on the podcast. Stewart joins us to talk about the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament and to look ahead to the rest of the tournament. Mandel talks about a wild first day and why he thinks so many favorites won the rest of the weekend. Mandel speculates about who could give Kentucky the best game, talks about the players he is most excited to see on the grand stage, and gives his predictions for the final four and the national champion.

-Ryan Lambert is making his first appearance (00:53:26) on the podcast. Lambert covers college hockey for the Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo Sports and offers his opinion on the field of sixteen chosen for the NCAA tournament. Lambert explains why he thinks the pairwise is an acceptable way to choose the field, discusses the committees decision to move Providence to the East Regional, and talks about the players not named Jack Eichel that he is excited to watch this weekend. Lambert says that the NCAA should drop automatic tournament bids, ranks the conferences from best to worst, and explains why the thinks seven or eight teams could win the national championship this year.

-Mike Johnson is making his first appearance (01:32:52) on the podcast. Johnson squeezes in The Sports-Casters just before he steps onto a plain headed to California for Wrestlemania. Johnson talks about main stream sports writers covering wrestling, the challenges of his job Wrestlemania week, and being one of the first people to have wrestling podcast. Johnson talks about the possibilities for the main event, what the WWE will do after the show, and predicts who will win the big matches on Sunday.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 8

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-03-05

On the eighth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports) and Jonah Keri (Grantland). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NHL trade deadline, the start of NFL free agency (recorded before the Bills trade for LeSean McCoy), and discuss what might be next for Ronda Rousey. The book club takes one last look at the Red Army documentary, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his tenth appearance (0:38:27) on the podcast. Puck Daddy joins us to recap the NHL trade deadline. Greg tries to explain the outrage over the Sabres moves, explains the difference between their deadline and the Coyotes, and goes over other winners and losers. Wyshynski also talks about who he thinks should with the Hart Trophy, handicaps the race for the last few playoff spots, and brags about Maryland basketball.

-Jonah Keri is making his ninth appearance (01:52:26) on the podcast. Jonah talks about living a dream and writing a book about the Montreal Expos. Keri talks about what is different about the recently released paperback version of the book, explains why interviewing Felipe Alou was the highlight of researching the book, and speculates about what book he might like to write in the future. Keri also talks about the start of the baseball season. Keri explains why he think the National League might be better than the American League, talks about the strength of the NL Central, and is skeptical about the Kansas City Royals

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 7

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-02-26

On the seventh episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Anthony Cumia (The Anthony Cumia Show) and Gabe Polsky (Director). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about injuries to Pat Kane and Derrick Rose, the latest in the Adrian Peterson saga, and Josh Hamilton's relapse. The book club changes course and focuses on a sports documentary, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Anthony Cumia is making his first appearance (00:28:19) on the podcast. Cumia talks about starting his own program, why he doesn't like to call it a podcast, and explains the difficulties of leaving a team to be a solo act. Anthony also talks about battling with Howard Stern, moving his show to New York City, and almost getting fired after a beach party in Angola, NY.

-Gabe Polsky is making his first appearance (01:15:54) on the podcast. Polsky explains why he decided to make a documentary about the Soviet National hockey team, talks about using the film as a character in the film, and describes his reaction when he learned that ESPN was making a documentary about similar subject.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 6

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-02-19

On the sixth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Chris Ballard (Sports Illustrated), Kenny Alebert (Fox Sports, New York Rangers), and Pete Weber (PBP Nashville Predators). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the Sabres blockbuster trade with the Winnipeg Jets, the Yankees decision to retire three more numbers, and the SNL 40 special. The book club changes course and focuses on a sports documentary, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Chris Ballard is making his fourth appearance (0:48:14) on the podcast. Chris joins us to talk about his reporting on the Golden State Warriors. Ballard talks about the job that Steve Kerr has done as head coach, his interest in the team beyond Stephen Curry, and the teams that could give the Warriors the most trouble in the playoffs.

-Kenny Albert is making his thirteenth appearance (01:09:59) on the podcast. Kenny talks about the New York Rangers. Albert is the radio play by play man for the team and also calls NHL games on the NBCSN. Albert compares this year's Rangers to last year's squad, explains the development of Chris Kreider, and the maturity of Rick Nash. Albert also explains why he think the Rangers and Islanders rivalry could intensify when the Islanders move to Brooklyn.

-Pete Weber is making his third appearance (01:25:39) on the podcast. Pete joins us to talk about the Nashville Predators. Pete is the television PBP man for the team and enlightens us on the maturation of Seth Jones, the emergence of Filip Forsberg, and the dominance of Shea Weber. Mr. Weber also explains why the Anaheim Ducks could be a tough matchup for the Predators, looks back at his time in Buffalo, and the story of Anders Lee.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 5

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-02-11

On the fifth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jimmy Traina (Fox Sports) and Jeff Pearlman (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about life after football the mid point of the basketball season, and the debacle that was the GRAMMYs. The book club changes course and focuses on a sports documentary, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Jimmy Traina is making his second appearance (00:29:44) on the podcast. Traina is finally back to set the record for the longest gap between his first and second appearance on the podcast. Traina talks about Howard Stern, the future of the Howard Stern Show, and explains why he thinks Howard is the GOAT. Traina also talks about his move to Fox Sports, being careful on twitter, and the difficulty of booking a podcast.

-Jeff Pearlman is making his fifth appearance (01:28:50) on the podcast. Pearlman joins us to talk about his book Showtime (recently released on paperback), his negative experience when his book "Sweetness" was released, and the nightmare of publishing a book about a topic at the same time as another author. Pearlman also talks about Nirvana, tracking book sales, and being open and personal on his blog.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 4

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-02-04

On the fourth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Bryan Curtis (Grantland) and Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown, Grantland). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the Super Bowl, the host of problems that several NFL players are already having in the offseason, and Bill Raftery and Grant Hill getting a promotion. The book club changes course and focuses on a sports documentary, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Bryan Curtis is making his third appearance (00:35:23) on the podcast to to talk about his time in Arizona covering the Super Bowl for Grantland. Curtis talks about the bizarre Marshawn Lynch interactions with the media, the reaction to the final seconds of the game in the press box, and explains the mood in the Seahawks locker room after the game. Curtis also talks about his role at Grantland as a sports generalist, explains why he sometimes misses being on a specific beat, and why he thinks he has the best job in sports writing he will ever have.

-Sean McIndoe is making his third appearance (01:14:26) on the podcast. Sean talks about the National perception of the Sabres, explains what he thinks personally about their tanking, and why the pressure will be even greater on their GM Tim Murray the second after he drafts Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McIndoe also talks about the health of hockey, the falling ratings of the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game in the United Stated and Canada, and the healthy environment that Grantland creates for hockey writers.

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