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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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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 34

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-12-11

On the thirty-fourth episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Luke Winn (Sports Illustrated) and Corey Masisak (NHL.Com). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, the college football playoff, and the Heisman Trophy finalists. The book club update continues to focus on "The Death of WCW," "Hockey Stories," and the new Al Michaels' book. Finally, the show ends with Pick4. Steve is red hot so pay special attention to his picks.

-Luke Winn is making his seventh appearance (00:28:01) on the podcast. Winn joins the podcast to talk about the college basketball season. Luke explains the impact of the one-and-done freshman this season, explains why he wrote about Wisconsin in the SI preview issue, and picks a few mid-majors that could make an impact come tournament time. Luke also talks about the evolution of his power rankings column, Oklahoma's improved defense, and St. Bonaventure's fancy uniform.

-Corey Masisak is making his first appearance (01:00:31) on the podcast. Corey explains how he became the man at NHL.Com to write the power rankings column and how Luke Winn's column on SI's website was an influence. Corey also talks about writing for a league website and the limitations and privileges it provides. Masisak also talks about covering the World Jr's, teams tanking for McDavid, and the first half of the NHL season.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 4 Episode 33

posted by Sports-Casters at 2014-12-03

On the thirty-third episode of the fourth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Stewart Mandel (Fox Sports) and Steve Hyden (Grantland). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL, the MLS Final featuring Buffalo native Bobby Shuttleworth, and the inappropriate behavior of sports blogger. 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.

-Stewart Mandel is making his seventh appearance (01:00:12) on the podcast. Stewart joins us to talk about the last weekend of the college football season and how it will effect the first ever college football playoff. Stewart explains what will happen if Alabama loses, why the committee hasn't been impressed with Florida State, and breaks down the arguments from TCU and Baylor. Stewart also handicaps the Heisman race, wonders if any programs other then UAB are in trouble, and sets up the Fox Sports coverage the rest of the season.

-Steve Hyden is making his second appearance (01:39:56) on the podcast. Hyden joins us to talk about his experience at a legendary Pearl Jam concert, explains his championship belt column, and looks back at the year in music. Hayden also talks about Sonic Highways, what is left of rock n roll, and tries to explain why music awards shows give the awards to junk (my words).

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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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