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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 32

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-11-19

On the thirty-second episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Mike Harrington (The Buffalo News) and Matt Crossman (SB Longform, Bleacher Report, Rolling Stone). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, the start of the Major League Baseball hot stove, and Connor McDavid's injury. 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.

-Mike Harrington is making his second appearance (00:30:48) on the podcast. Harrington talks about the divide between himself as someone covering the Buffalo Sabres and the fans cheering for the team to finish dead last. Mike explains his reservations about the current group of Sabres prospects, speculates if fans would be patient enough to let Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel develop enough to lead the Sabres to the playoffs, and wonders if Terry Murray is the right general manager to accomplish the rebuild. Before he goes, Mike also admits that the ECAC is one of college hockey's elite conferences (sort of).

-Matt Crossman is making his fifth appearance (1:10:33) on the podcast. Matt joins us to talk about the exciting end of the NASCAR season. Matt gives the pros and cons of the new elimination style Chase for the Cup, explains why Miami is the best spot for the final race, and speculates on the narrative had Ryan Newman wrecked Kevin Harvick to win the championship. Matt also talks about Jeff Gordon's legacy, writing for Rolling Stone magazine, and what he would say to Neil Peart.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 31

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-11-12

On the thirty-first episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Richard Deitsch (Sports Illustrated), Chris Burke (Si.Com) and David A. Dorsey (Fort Myers News-Press). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, Steve's trip to Monday Night Raw, and the start of another Yale Hockey Season. The book club update closes out Fourth Down in Dunbar and looks ahead to two new books. Finally, the show ends with Pick4.

-Richard Deitsch is making his twelfth appearance (00:31:24) on the podcast. Deitsch talks Major League Baseball playoffs, Erin Andrews, and the first year of Fox Sports 1. Steve and Richard talk about the WWE Network, the Artie Lange controversy on twitter, and who Richard is currently sparing with.

-Chris Burke is making his tenth appearance (1:04:25) on the podcast. Burke talks about the incredible rookie wide receivers, tries to figure out the Saints, and explains why the AFC might come down to another Brady vs. Manning showdown. Burke also updates his work at SI, talks about podcasting, and explains why Aaron Rodgers could decide the NFC.

-David A. Dorsey is making his first appearance (1:32:59) on the podcast. Dorsey joins us to talk about his book, "Fourth Down in Dunbar." Dorsey explains why the book is about more than football, explains the dangerous life in Dunbar, and explains the politics of high school football in the area. David also talks about the challenges of finding an audience for his book, interviewing Deion Sanders, and explains why he thinks Sammy Watkins is going to win the hearts of Buffalo sports fans.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 30

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-10-30

On the thirtieth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, Don is still out so Steve goes at it alone for the first time in podcast history. Steve welcomes Christopher McDougall (Author) to the podcast. Steve starts the show by recapping the World Series, giving a few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints, and by wishing Cleveland and LeBron James well as they start the NBA season. The book club update features Fourth Down in Dunbar and several other books and looks ahead and what is coming. Finally, the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Christopher McDougall is making his first appearance (0:16:09) on the podcast. McDougall joins us to talk about editing The Best American Sports Writing Anthologies 2014 edition. McDougall explains how he was picked to the guest editor of the book, picking the articles, and the reaction from the writers who had their pieces selected. McDougall also talks about the success of his book "Born to Run." Before ending, Steve and Chris discuss Chris' next project, the pressure of his next book, and what he hopes his anthology will be remembered for.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 29

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-10-24

On the twenty-ninth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters, Don is out celebrating the birth of his son so Steve is joined by Adam Lazarus. Steve and Adam welcome Bob McKenzie (TSN, NBCSN) and Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Adam talk about the NFL, the World Series, and the NHL's decision to suspend a player for domestic violence. The book club update features Fourth Down in Dunbar and several other books. Finally, the show ends with One Last Thing.

-Bob McKenzie is making his first appearance (1:11:04) on the podcast. McKenzie joins us to promote his book, "Hockey Confidential: Inside Stories from People Inside the Game." Bob talks about picking the stories for the book and why his kitchen at the cottage motivated him to write it. Bob and Steve talk about Connor McDavid, The Tragically Hip, and deciding between major junior hockey or the college route.

-Lee Jenkins is making his nineteenth appearance (1:42:54) on the podcast to discuss the start of the NBA season. Jenkins looks back at breaking the Lebron James story in the summer and looks ahead to Lenbron's impact on Cleveland this winter. Lee also talks about the Lakers need to finish at the bottom, the lack of depth in the Eastern Conference, and what he expects from the defending champion Spurs.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 28

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-10-08

On the twenty-eighth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy Blog, Yahoo! Sports), Jenny Vrentas (theMMQB) and Dan Wolken (USA Today). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, the Major League Baseball playoffs, and look back at a upset filled weekend of college football. The book club update features Fourth Down in Dunbar and makes a big announcement. Also, the show has some technical difficulties and ends with Pick4.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his ninth appearance (0:23:38) on the podcast. Puck Daddy joins us to preview the start of the NHL season. Greg says the Blues could end the Kings and Blackhawks dominance of the Western Conference, wonders if anyone can beat the Bruins in the East, and handicaps the race for Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

-Jenny Vrentas is making her second appearance (0:46:12) on the podcast. Jenny joins us to discuss the pros and cons of a NFL team in London, explains her feelings about covering the NFL as a female, and tells us why she is excited to see who wins the NFC East.

-Dan Wolken is making his sixth appearance (1:09:22) on the podcast. Wolken joins us to sort out all of the upsets in college football. Dan makes his picks for the playoffs if the season ended today, explains the scene after the Ole Miss win over Alabama, and talks about creating pie graphs for the USA Today.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 27

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-10-02

On the twenty-seventh episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Mike Tirico (ESPN, Monday Night Football), Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports) and Jim Florentine (That Metal Show). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, look ahead to the Major League Baseball playoffs, and preview a loaded weekend of college football. The book club update introduces Fourth Down in Dunbar, and the show closes with Pick4.

-Mike Tirico is making his third appearance (0:24:36) on the podcast. Mike talks about spending his summer in Brazil covering the World Cup, the positive reaction to the coverage, and the disappointment in knowing ESPN won't be covering the next World Cup. Mr. Tirico also talks about social issues in the NFL, having an opinion in the 21st Century, and explains why he has decided to use the word Redskins. Also, Mike talks about dealing with criticism, chasing the perfect broadcast, and the future of John Gruden.

-Jeff Passan is making his eighth appearance (0:55:34) on the podcast. Jeff talks about covering Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium and the Kansas City Royal's walk off victory a week later. Jeff evaluates to Wild Card round, previews the LCS, and makes a World Series pick.

-Jim Florentine is making his second appearance (1:37:49) on the podcast. Jim talks about doing radio, the end of the Opie and Anthony Show, and appearing on rival radio shows. Jim also talks about Cowboy's Stadium, explains why he hates fantasy football, and blasts Roger Goodell and the owners for the way they handled a grim September.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season Episode 26

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-09-25

On the twenty-sixth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Andrew Sharp (Grantland) and David Shoemaker (Grantland). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, insult the commissioner, look ahead to the baseball playoffs, and wonder if Jameis Winston is a good teammate. The book club returns for the long awaited book of the year announcement and show closes with pick 4.

-Andrew Sharp is making his first appearance (0:31:48) on the podcast to talk about his time in Buffalo covering the Bills for Grantland. Sharp also talks about living in Washington as Cowboys fan, what D.C. thinks about the team's name, and what the future holds for RGIII. Also, Sharp declares Buffalo the most beautiful city in the world, wonders if EJ Manuel will ever be the quarterback the Bills hoped he would be when they drafted him, and looks ahead to the rest of the NFL season.

-David Shoemaker is making his third appearance (0:59:28) on the podcast to talk about the business of professional wrestling. Shoemaker talks about the paperback version of his wrestling book, dealing with PR representatives when writing it, and explains why Slam is no longer a part of his podcast. Also, Steve and David go over Steve's list of love and hate since he returned as a fan of wrestling. The guys talk about the WWE Network, the Diva's division, and polarizing nature of John Cena.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 25

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-09-09

On the twenty-fifth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jane Leavy (Author) and Sal Capaccio (WGR Radio). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, the change to Penn State's sanction, and the U.S. Open. Five on Fantasy looks back at week 1 and ahead to week 2 and the show closes with the return of pick 4.

-Jane Leavy is making her sixth appearance (0:30:11) on the podcast. Jane joins us to discuss the end of the historic career of Derek Jeter, how Mickey Mantle would have fared in 21st century America, and where the Yankees go now that the last of the "core four" is retiring. Jane also updates us on her upcoming book about Babe Ruth, gives her opinion on the Ray Rice incident, and continues to resist my pleas for her to join twitter.

-Sal Capaccio is making his first appearance (1:53:26) on the podcast. Sal joins us to talk about the Bills staying in Buffalo thanks to new owner Terry Pegula. Sal also talks about his new job as sideline reporter for the Bills radio network, balancing his duties as a reporter with his life as a fan, and life as an on-call radio personality.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 24

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-09-04

On the twenty-fourth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Trey Wingo (ESPN), Michael Fabiano (NFL Network, NFL.Com), and Stewart Mandel (Fox Sports). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, MLB and Tony Stewart's return to racing. Five on Fantasy tracks the players that rose and fell during the month of August, Steve and Don each give four over/under NFL win total predictions, and the show closes with a wedding themed One Last Thing and Super Bowl predictions.

-Trey Wingo is making his second appearance (0:30:30) on the podcast. Trey talks the house that RGIII built at Baylor, the new sets at ESPN studios, and how the HD era in television has changed the way we look at sports. Trey looks back at the offseason in the NFL, talks about the summer of Manziel and Sam, and addresses social issues in sports. Moving to the playing season, Trey talks about the importance of home field in the NFC, the potential regression of the Panthers and the 49ers, and makes a Super Bowl prediction that makes Steve giddy.

-Michael Fabiano is making his fifth appearance (01:09:21) on the podcast. Fabiano explains why you should play fantasy football on NFL.com. Fabiano also explains fantasy football after the draft and what you should do to improve your team after the draft. Fabiano declares you should start your studs and gives other fantasy tips that will help your team going forward.

-Stewart Mandel is making his sixth appearance (01:35:29) on the podcast. Since we last talked to Stewart he has moved from Sports Illustrated to Fox Sports and he talks with us about his decision and the new opportunities he has at Fox. Stewart also looks back at the first weekend of college football, looks ahead to some of the best games this season, and talks about the new playoff system and the effect it will have on college football.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 23

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-08-05

On the twenty-third episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Aaron Schatz (Football Outsiders) and Phil Taylor (Sports Illustrated). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, MLB and other news in the world of sports. Five on Fantasy makes a return to the show, and the guys give their over under predictions.

-Aaron Schatz is making his third appearance (00:35:44) on the podcast. Aaron and Steve talk all things NFL, including their shared wish to know more about offensive line play.

-Phil Taylor is making an appearance (01:19:59) on the show to discuss the Ray Rice suspension and the fan and media backlash.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 22

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-07-30

On the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jason LaCanfora (CBS Sports) and Jeremy Taggart (Rock Star). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the Ray Rice suspension and the subsequent fallout, Derek Jeter becoming 7th on the aft-time hit list, and go around the league with several NFL stories. Also on the show, a brief book club update that doesn't update much, and the show ends with one last thing.

-Jason LaCanfora is making his sixth appearance (00:33:16) on the podcast. Jason and Steve look back at the World Cup and look ahead to the future of soccer in the United States. Jason also talks about covering the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings and the delicate nature of covering the Vladimir Konstantinov tragedy and Jason speculates on how it would have played out in the twitter era. Finally, Jason and Steve chat about the National Football League. Jason recaps what he has heard about the Bills sale and the chance that Terry Pegula lands the team. Also, Jason talks about Sammy Watkins, JFF, and everything else he has witnessed on the first week of his training camp tour.

-Jeremy Taggart is making his first appearance (1:16:29) on the podcast to chat about the decision to walk away from Our Lady Peace. Jeremy joined the band as an 18 year-old stud and recently left to become a free agent drummer. Jeremy talks about making music with the band, saying goodbye to Mike Turner, and recalls some of his favorite moments backing OLP. Jeremy also shows his range by talking about LBJ, the World Cup, hockey, and the tragic decision by Matt Chamberlin to join the Saturday Night Live band instead of Pearl Jam.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 21

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-07-16

On the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jon Wertheim (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com), Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports) and Ian Rapoport (NFL Media). Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about Lee Jenkins breaking the Lebron James news and the impact on the NBA, the final week of the World Cup and Brazil's worst nightmare, and a bizarre MLB All-Star game. Also on the show, five on fantasy looks at rookies and potential break out players this season, a quick book club update that doesn't update much, and the show ends with one last thing.

-Jon Wertheim is making his twelfth appearance (0:24:03) on the podcast to give background on Sports Illustrated and Lee Jenkins breaking the Lebron James story. Wertheim is very candid about his role as executive editor of the magazine and what part he played in helping to shape the story. Mr. Wertheim also answers questions about criticisms that SI has received about the article, the decision to ghost write it as a first person narrative, and the preparations required to post a story that would receive 6.5 million hits. Wertheim also talks about SI's continued transition from print magazine to multi-media platform, the business of podcasting, and difficult business decisions. Also, Wertheim recaps his time at Wimbledon.

-Jeff Passan is making his seventh appearance (1:10:25) on the podcast from Target Field in Minnesota just hours after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Passan talks about Adam Wainwright and his comments about grooving a pitch or two to Derek Jeter. Passan also gives his opinion on Mike Trout being named the All-Star Game MVP, blasts MLB for "making the game count," and speculates on how the All-Star game shapes Bud Selig's legacy. Passan also talks about a dreadful Home Run Derby, looks ahead to the second half of the season, and gives more insight on his upcoming book about the pitching arm.

-Ian Rapoport is making his first appearance (1:49:42) on The Sports-Casters proper but his third appearance on one of our podcasts. Rapoport starts by talking about being a new father in the 21st century and being away from home. Steve and Ian then discuss the non-playin season in the NFL, why Ian loves the NFL draft, and the issue of tiping draft picks on twitter. Rap also discusses the Jimmy Graham arbitration and eventual long term contract, explains why the Saints system prevented bad blood between Graham and the club, and looks ahead to exiting summers in Buffalo and Cleveland.

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