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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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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 3

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-01-21

On the third episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, Don is still out handling other business. Steve goes at it alone for the second time in podcast history. Steve welcomes Katie Baker (Grantland) and R.D. Reynolds (WrestleCrap, Author), and Bryan Alvarez (Wrestling Observer, Author) to the podcast. Steve starts the show by recapping the NFL conference championship games, giving a few thoughts on the first half of the NHL season, and explains why the UFC reminds his a little of the WWE. The book club update closes out a batch of books and looks ahead to what might be next. Finally, the show ends with a recap of the Pick4 season and One Last Thing.

-Katie Baker is making her fifth appearance (00:19:44) on the podcast. Baker joins us to talk about traveling to Green Bay for a Packers playoff game at Lambeau, the mood of the press box after the Dez Bryant catch, and how her experience there changed her perspective on the Packers game against the Seahawks. Katie also talks about getting married, gives her opinion on the ethics of tanking and teasing Mark Messier.

R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez are both making their first appearance (01:41:07) on the podcast to talk about their book, "The Death of WCW". The interviews were recorded separately and were done a week apart. The are presented on top of each other and the interview was structured to be one long interview. The guys talk about re-issuing a book after ten years, the state of the WWE, and Bryan even gives a Royal Rumble prediction.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 2

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-01-14

On the second episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome SL Price (Sports Illustrated), Ken Reid (Sportsnet) and John Hayden (USNTDP, Yale Hockey). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL playoffs, the college football playoffs, and the Sabres retiring Dominik Hasek's number. The book club update starts to focus on "The Death of WCW," "Hockey Stories," and the new Al Michaels' book. Finally, the show ends with Pick4.

-SL Price is making his fifth appearance (0:42:36) on the podcast. Price joins us to talk about his well received SI piece on John Elway. He jokes about Steve's "obsession" with twitter, talks about how authoring his Elway piece changed his viewing experience of last weekend's Broncos game, and tries to put Peyton Manning's legacy into historical perspective.

-Ken Reid is making his first appearance (01:16:12) on the podcast. Ken joins us to promote his book, "Hockey Card Stories". Reid talks about picking out the hockey cards, the awesome cover, and if he anticipates making Hockey Card Stories a franchise of books. Ken also talks about the World Junior Championship in Canada, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, and how Sportsnet is different since acquiring the rights to NHL Hockey games in Canada.

-John Hayden is making his first appearance (01:38:53) on the podcast. Hayden joins us to share his evolution as a mite hockey player to an assistant captain on the United States U-20 team at the World Junior Championships. Hayden talks about winning a couple of state championships, playing for the USNTDP and deciding to play college hockey at Yale. Hayden also talks about his future as a Chicago Blackhawk, getting chirped about coconut water, and squirms when trying to explains why he is the most eligible bachelor on the Yale campus (now that Dayzer has fallen).

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 1

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-01-07

On the season premier of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated) and Dan Wolken (USA Today). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL playoffs, the college football playoffs, and Canada finally winning gold at the World Junior Championship. The book club update starts to focus on "The Death of WCW," "Hockey Stories," and the new Al Michaels' book. Finally, the show ends with Pick4.

-Tom Verducci is making his third appearance (0:44:25) on the podcast. Verducci joins us to talk about calling his first World Series for Fox, working in a three man booth, and replacing Tim McCarver. Verducci also explains why he chose Madison Bumgarner to be the SI Sportsman of the Year, puts Bumgarner's World Series accomplishments into historical context, and examines the future of Sports Illustrated.

-Dan Wolken is making his seventh appearance (1:09:33) on the podcast. Wolken joins look back at the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, look ahead to the National Championship Game, and even spends a few minutes breaking down the other bowl games. Wolken also talks about Florida St.'s future, Ohio St.'s depth at quarterback, and makes his prediction for the championship game.

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