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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 27

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-08-27

On the twenty-seventh episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Aaron Schatz (Football Outsiders), and Adam Lazarus (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the Jordy Nelson injury, Chris Carter's ridiculous advice, and Curt Schilling's dumb tweet. The book club talks more about the fantastic Alice in Chains book by David De Sola, and the show ends with OLT on a PC Howard Stern.

-Aaron Schatz is making his fourth appearance (00:27:39) on the podcast. Aaron talks about the 2015 Football Outsiders Almanac and helps to preview the NFL season through the eyes of Football outsiders. Aaron explains why the Patriots win total doesn't change much if the Brady suspension is upheld or overturned, when the Rams are the sixth most likely team to win the Super Bowl, and how his website can help fantasy football players.

-Adam Lazarus has appeared as a guest and a host (01:10:31) on the podcast. Aaron stops by today to promote his new book, "Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Disel, the Hogs, and the Glory Days of D.C.'s Football Dynasty." Adam explains why he decided to write about the Redskins, why John Riggins didn't sit down with him, and why the Joe Theismann injury represented a fork in the road for the Gibbs' Redskins.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 26

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-08-22

On the twenty-sixth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Lana Berry (The Lana Berry Podcast), and Bryan Curtis (Grantland). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the injuries to Kelvin Benjamin and LeSean McCoy, Jason Day's dominance at the PGA Championship, and the race for the A.L. East title between the Blue Jays and the Yankees. The book club talks more about the fantastic Alice in Chains book by David De Sola, and the show ends with Steve and Don discussing SummerSlam.

-Lana Berry is making her first appearance (00:22:40) on the podcast to talk about the Lana Berry Podcast featuring Lana Berry. Lana talks about why she started the show, how she got @lana on twitter, and how she build her impressive follower count. Lana also talks about how her looks have been a factor in her career, being a woman in the sports media, and makes some predictions for the rest of the baseball season.

-Bryan Curtis is making his fourth appearance (01:01:35) on the podcast to catch up and talk about his latest on Grantland about Jordan Spieth. Bryan also talks about the strange distribution of Cowboys fans across the country, what he is looking to write about in the fall, and Vince McMahon trying to fill Cowboys Stadium for Wrestlemania.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 25

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-08-14

On the twenty-fifth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated), and Molly Knight (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss Geno Smith having his jaw broken, the ugly Pat Kane news, and the red hot Toronto Blue Jays. The book club announces a new book about Alice in Chains, and the show ends with Steve and Don discussing NFL teams that cheat (all of them).

-Chris Burke is making his twelfth appearance (0:32:05) on the podcast. Burke talks about the start of the NFL pre-season, the quarterback situations in Buffalo and Cleveland, and looks at the chances that a few unemployed running backs find work. Also, Chris talks about the Ameer Abdullah hype, the development of rookie wide receivers, and the start of Hard Knocks.

-Molly Knight is making her first appearance (01:10:37) on the podcast. Molly joins us to talk about her book, "The Best Team Money Can Buy." Molly explains how she left New York a few years ago to quickly cover a story on the Dodgers and still hasn't left. Molly explains why she wrote the book, being accepted in the Dodger clubhouse and the player homes, and her feeling when the Dodgers didn't win the 2013 World Series. Molly also talks about Craig Kimbrel still waiting to enter the 2013 NLDS, promoting the book, and living with Lana Berry.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 24

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-08-06

On the twenty-fourth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Bryan Alvarez (Wrestling Observer, Author), and Blake J. Harris (Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss Arian Foster's injury and how it effects his fantasy value, baseball buzz in Toronto, and the NHL's deal with MLBAM. The book club update features two new books and the announcement of the book club book of the year. The show ends with Steve and Don discussing the death of Rowdy Roddy Piper.

-Bryan Alvarez is making his second appearance (00:23:39) on the podcast to talk the death of Roddy Piper, his impact on the business of professional wrestling, and explains why his role at Wrestlemania I was so critical to its success. Alvarez talks about Roddy's work in Oregon, his promos, and his uncanny ability to work everyone. Alvarez also looks ahead to SummerSlam, talks about John Cena, and The Rock.

-Blake J. Harris is making his second appearance (1:02:26) 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. (This is a replay of Blake's appearance on the show in June.)

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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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