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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 23

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-07-29

On the twenty-third episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Joe Posnanski (NBC Sports, Author), and Michael Fabiano (NFL Network, NFL.com). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the big news about Tom Brady's suspension, the Saints releasing Junior Galette, the potentially incredible MLB trade deadline, and ESPN dumping Colin Cowherd. The book club update features two new books and the show ends with Steve and Don discussing the fall of Hulk Hogan.

-Joe Posnanski is making his third appearance (00:18:40) on the podcast. Joe talks about writing his book "The Secret of Golf" and compares it to the unique experiences he encountered while writing his previous book, "Paterno". Posnanski also talks about the unique way that he set up the book, the relationship between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, and how their career paths reminds him of the players of today. Posnanski also talks about his relationship with the city of Kansas City, the MLB trade deadline, and the fall of Tiger Woods.

-Michael Fabiano is making his sixth appearance (00:52:19) on the podcast. Fabiano explains who he thinks is the top draft pick this year, looks at the second year wide receivers, and explains why you can never have enough running backs. Fabiano also talks about a couple players he seems to be consistently drafting in his mock drafts, who he seems to be avoiding, and why NFL.com is the best spot to do a mock. Michael also explains why John Cena doesn't suck and talks about all the different programs/podcasts/features for the fantasy player on the NFL Network and NFL.com.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 22

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-07-21

On the twenty-second episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports), and Jon Pessah (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss Jordan Spieth falling short at the British Open, the NFL turing heel on fantasy football, and the death of a Buffalo sports legend. The book club update features a new book and the show ends with Steve and Don discussing lonelyvirgil.net.

-Jeff Passan is making his tenth appearance (0:17:56) on the podcast. Jeff explains why he likes the home run derby, why Barry Bonds will never be in the Hall of Fame, and why he isn't ready to make a new World Series prediction. Passan also talks about the success of the Royals, the dominance of the Cardinals, and what to expect at the trade deadline.

-Jon Pessah is making his first appearance (0:48:40) on the podcast. Jon is on the podcast to talk about his book, "The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers." Jon talks about researching for the book, Bud Selig's legacy, and the effect that the steroid era has had on baseball.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 21

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-07-08

On the twenty-first episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Katie Baker (Grantland), Brett Martin (Author, GQ) and Kevin Lieber (VSauce2, YouTube). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the United States winning the World Cup, Florida State dismissing their quarterback for punching a woman in the face, and Don tries to guess what team the Major League Baseball all-stars play for. The book club update still features "Console Wars" and "The Game". The Show ends with Steve and Don discussing God's decision to chat with Russell Wilson.

-Katie Baker is making her sixth appearance (0:18:18) on the podcast to give a first hand account of the USWNT victory over Japan in the World Cup Final. Baker talks about the atmosphere in the stadiums and in Canada during the tournament, marching down the street with thousands of USWNT fans into the stadium before the final, and the hysteria in the stands after each of the four goals in the fist half. Katie also talks about Connor McDavid mania in Edmonton.

-Brett Martin is making his second appearance (0:41:43) on the podcast to discuss the Mad Man finale, the intense scrutiny that we put on all series finales, and watching the shows he covered in his book, "Difficult Men." Martin also talks about covering food for GQ, his upcoming book about food, and what he learned while writing "Difficult Men" that will help make his next book better.

-Kevin Lieber is making his first appearance (01:15:09) on the podcast to discuss his job as the head of the YouTube channel, VSauce2. Kevin talks about being discovered by YouTube, where the ideas for his videos come from, and the pressure (or lack there of) of getting clicks for his videos. Kevin also talks about going to college with Steve, rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and music he wishes he didn't listen to in high school.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 20

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-07-01

On the twentieth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Lina Cohn (ESPN, SportsCenter) and Mark Simon (ESPN, Stats and Info). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the the NHL Draft and Buffalo's reaction to Jack Eichel, the Women's World Cup, and Brett Favre in a Packers jersey. The book club update still features "Console Wars" and "The Game". The Show ends with Steve and Don debating the pros and cons of the new format for the Home Run Derby.

-Mark Simon is making his first appearance (0:37:42) on the podcast to discuss his role at ESPN and his incredible ability to recall the last out of the last 60 World Series. Simon talks about the origin of his viral video, the difference between tweeting to his 28K followers and the 1million followers on the @espnstatsinfo account. Mark also talks about why the Royals have been successful, who will win the A.L. East, and the development of Gerrit Cole.

-Linda Cohn is making her first appearance (01:09:18) on the podcast to discuss her time at the NHL Draft, her 23 years as a SportsCenter anchor, and being a woman in the sports media. Linda tells us what makes Jack Eichel special, explains why she thinks it was a mistake for the NHL to leave ESPN, and why she thinks Mila Kunis would be the perfect actress to play her in an ESPN movie. Linda also talks about playing hockey at SUNY Oswego, explains why she is so proud to have hosted more episodes of SportsCenter than anyone, and why she enjoys the USNWT compete in the World Cup.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 19

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-06-24

On the nineteenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated) and Greg Wyshynski (Yahoo! Puck Daddy). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the the NHL and NBA drafts, the U.S. Open, and P. Diddy fighting in the UCLA weight room. The book club update still features "Console Wars" and "The Game". The Show ends with Steve complaining about Junior Galette and Don wondering what is the best Sabres jersey to buy.

-Lee Jenkins is making his twentieth appearance (0:30:10) on the podcast to discuss the start of the end of the NBA season. Jenkins explains why he thinks it will be tough for the Warriors to repeat, why he doesn't necessarily think the Cavs would have won with Love and Irving, and why he thought LeBron was the finals MVP. Jenkins also talks about Stephen Curry, the game evolving away from big men, and looks ahead to the NBA Draft.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his eleventh appearance (01:05:44) on the podcast. Puck Daddy joins us to figure out if the NHL had a good season, explain why the ratings were down in Canada (and why he doesn't talk about it with Marek), and looks ahead to possible expansion. Wysh also talks about fighting with Sabres fans on twitter, fights with more Sabres fans (Steve and Don), and finally admits Sabres nation has been right all along (maybe this happened and maybe it didn't).

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 18

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-06-16

On the eighteenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Ed Sherman (Chicago Tribune, Sherman Report) and Mike Johnson (PwInsider). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the the NHL and NBA Finals before Don plays a game called "Who's in First?". The book club update still features "Console Wars" and "The Game". The Show ends with Steve reviewing the Rush concert.

-Ed Sherman is making his sixth appearance (00:23:23) on the podcast. Sherman stops by to chat about the Blackhawks winning their first Stanley Cup in Chicago since 1938. Ed talks about spending time on the ice with the players and their families, the massive rating that the game scored in Chicago, and refuses to return Patrick Kane to Buffalo. Mr. Sherman also talks about Bill Simmons leaving ESPN, Fox Sports preparing for their first U.S. Open, and the odd dismissal of Jason Whitlock from his website The Undefeated.

-Mike Johnson is making his second appearance (00:57:19) on the podcast. Johnson joins us to look back on the life of Dusty Rhodes. Johnson talks about his impact on the wrestling business, his creativity inside and outside of the ring, and looks back on some of his best promos and matches. Johnson also makes some time to talk about John Cena, his feud with Kevin Owens, and tries to explain why the smart marks hate him so much.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 17

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-06-09

On the seventeenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jon Wertheim (Sports Illustrated) and Blake J. Harris (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the first Triple Crown in 37 years, the NHL and NBA Finals, and the start of the Women's World Cup. The book club returns with two new books, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Jon Wertheim is making his thirteenth appearance (0:29:36) on the podcast to discuss the French Open. Jon talks about Serena's claim as the greatest of all time, the upset in the Men's final, and the health of tennis in France. Jon also talks about podcasts at Sports Illustrated, his piece on Ronda Rousey, and plans for the magazine this summer.

-Blake J. Harris is making his second appearance (1:07:41) on the podcast to promote his book, "Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation." Blake talks about the success of the book (now available in paperback), the upcoming documentary based on the book, and why having Seth Rogen attached to project has been so huge. Blake also talks about Nintendo possibly making apps, the battle between Microsoft and Sony, and his next project.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 16

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-06-03

On the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Steve Rushin (Sports Illustrated) and Tas Melas (NBA Network, The Starters). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look ahead to the NHL and NBA Finals, chat about the FIFA scandal, and discuss what a Triple Crown champion would mean for horse racing. The book club returns with two new books, and the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Steve Rushin is making his second appearance (00:29:19) on the podcast to talk about poetry that is overtime in the NHL Playoffs. Rushin talks about the grind of a multi-overtime game on the players, coaches, and even broadcasters. Rushin tells us why Al Michaels says he will never call hockey again, praises Doc Emrick, and explains the interesting dynamic of a postgame interview with the OT goal scorer. Rushin also explains why he picks stories to write, looks ahead to the NHL and NBA finals, and reminisces about the article he wrote for Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary issue.

-Tas Melas is making his sixth appearance (01:02:20) on the podcast. Melas stops by to preview the upcoming NBA Finals. Melas explains why he thinks the Golden St. Warriors will be champions, downplays the importance of the series to LeBron James legacy, and tells us about the importance of the Cavs bench. Melas also talks about the problem with the NBA's first round, the excitement of having two relatively new teams in the Finals, and explains why hackaguy hurt the playoffs this year.

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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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