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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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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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