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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 4

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-02-04

On the fourth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Adrian Dater (Bleacher Report) and Steven Hyden (Celebration Rock). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look ahead to Super Bowl 50, riff about John Scott and the NHL All-Star game and Calvin Johnson's pending retirement. The book club formally introduces the new first book of 2016 called This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon by Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers. Finally, the show ends with Don chatting about the untapped market of e-sports and Steve talks about Joe Buck's love of Pearl Jam.

-Adrian Dater is making his third appearance (00:23:23) on the podcast. Adrian talks about his recent Bleacher Report piece on Jack Eichel. Dater talks about Jack on and off the ice, tries to understand what drives him, and compares his rookie season to Nate McKinnon's. Dater also talks about the All-Star Game, the Kennedy Compound, and buying a misprinted Kiss album.

-Steven Hyden is making his third appearance (01:41:57) on the podcast. Hyden joins us to talk about his new podcast, Celebration Rock. Steve and Steven go back and fourth on discovering new music, the 1992 VMA's, and Guns N Roses. Steve (host) complains about the Smashing Pumpkins and Steven (guest) previews his upcoming book featuring rock rivalries like Oasis vs. Blur.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 3

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-01-28

On the third episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Josh Levin (Slate, Shut Up and Listen) and David Shoemaker (Cheap Heat, ESPN). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look ahead to Super Bowl 50, riff about Blake Griffin breaking his hand on the face of a Clippers staffer, and look at the NHL's league leaders at the All-Star break. The book club formally introduces the new first book of 2016 called This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon by Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers. Finally, the show ends with Don earning his spot in the nerd Hall of Fame and Steve bashing Pro-Bowl replaced-replacement-replacements.

-Josh Levin is making his first appearance (0:25:56) on the podcast to talk about writing and editing at Slate.com and being the host of the awesome Hang Up and Listen podcast. Steve and Josh geek out on podcast talk covering topics such as being nervous, booking guests, and working on a panel. Josh recalls the Tracy Porter pick six, being in the house to see the Saints win the NFC Championship, and asks Steve how he became a Saints fan. Josh also talks about his relationship with Bryan Curtis, plugs a piece on Slate about Cam Newton, and explains the importance of listening.

-David Shoemaker is making his sixth appearance (01:14:29) on the podcast to talk about the business of professional wrestling and his love of the Carolina Panthers. Shoemaker talks about the Royal Rumble, the state of Divas wrestling on the main roster, trying to get over Roman Reigns and when a gimmick becomes a parody. Steve and David debate the hate of Cam Newton, David defends his switch from Cowboys fan to Panthers, and the guys agree Drew Brees is the greatest of all-time.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 2

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-01-20

On the second episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Bryan Curtis (Grantland) and Mike Harrington (The Buffalo News). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the NFL playoffs, the large number of underclassman entering the NFL Draft, and the strange saga of John Scott and the NHL All-Star Game. The book club update calls for support of That Metal Show and looks ahead to a Jon Wertheim project. Finally, the show ends with Don asking about when he should bring his daughter to Pearl Jam and Steve comparing Patrick Kane to Neil Peart.

-Bryan Curtis is making his fifth appearance (00:32:18) on the podcast to catch up and talk about the end of Grantland. Bryan talks about his relationship with Chris Connelly, Bill Simmons, and explains why he wasn't surprised the day Grantland ended. Bryan also talks about watching the NFL playoffs as a fan, gives his dream location to watch a Cowboys game, and reminisces with Steve about past Super Bowls. I'm positive that for the rest of the time Steve and Bryan talk about something, but it's mostly nothing, in a good "Seinfeld" way.

-Mike Harrington is making his third appearance (01:34:33) on the podcast. Harrington is on again to defend himself and his opinions versus those of the Buffalo Sabres lynch mob on twitter. Harrington explains why he is so concerned with the team's place in the standings, why he is disappointed with the Kane/Bogosian trade, and what he wants to see from the team in the last 30+ games. Harrington also talks about writing the Inside the NHL column for The Buffalo News, the catwalk in Calgary, and the cold weather in Manitoba and the magical season of Patrick Kane.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 1

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-01-13

On the season premier of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome SL Price (Sports Illustrated) and Chris Trapasso (NFL.com, Comeback Sports). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about Alabama winning another National Championship, the NFL Playoffs, and Alexander Ovechkin scoring his 500th NHL goal. The book club has no books so Steve shares an anecdote about NFL Confidential. Finally, the show ends with Don talking about his expectations for the Sabres and Steve waxing poetic about Sean Payton.

-SL Price is making his seventh appearance (00:24:08) on the podcast. Price joins us to talk about his piece on Serena Williams for the SI Sportsperson of the Year Award. Mr. Price explains why he thinks Serena was the right choice despite another tennis player having a better season, why the horse would have been a bad choice, and how this piece compares to the Sportsperson piece he wrote about Dwayne Wade. Mr. Price also talks about the National Championship game, finishing his book about Aliquippa football, and Chris Drury.

-Chris Trapasso is making his first appearance (01:16:48) on the podcast. Chris talks about being one of the editors of the NFL.com home page, what he does when NFL news breaks, and how fantasy football can impact a story. Chris also talks about working for the new Comeback Sports (http://www.thecomeback.com), the Buffalo Bills decision to extend Doug Whaley, and makes a few predictions for this week's NFL playoff games.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 41

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-12-29

On the season finale of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, Steve Bennett and Don Russ host the first ever clip show. Joe Buck, Linda Cohn, Anthony Cumia, and Molly Knight all are featured in a season five review. Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the HGH speculation surrounding Peyton Manning, Oklahoma and Joe Mixon embarrassing themselves at the College Football Playoff media day, and the Yankees risky trade. The season closes with Don riffing on Christmas morning at the Russ house and Steve singing the praises of the great Drew Brees.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 40

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-12-16

On the fortieth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jimmy Traina (Fox Sports), and Ryan Aber (The Oklahoman, Newsok.Com). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Adam Lazarus (Don is absent today with a scheduled case of scurvy) discuss the injuries in the NFL, Derrick Henry winning the Heisman, and Pat Kane and the Warriors having their incredible streaks end. The book club features a new book by the Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski and for the first time a CD. The show ends with the Steve droning on (as he did almost the entire episode) about why he thinks a horse should have been named Sportsman of the Year.

-Jimmy Traina is making his third appearance (00:41:38) on the podcast. Traina is back to talk about Howard Stern and his announcement that he is returning to SiriusXM for another 5 years. Traina gives his initial reaction to the announcement, how he sees the future of the show, and if he agrees with the direction of the comedy. Jimmy also talks about the upcoming Mike and the Mad Dog reunion, Bill Simmons, and recording a podcast. Steve and Jimmy talk about the difficulties of booking a podcast as Jimmy takes over the last few minutes of the interview.

-Ryan Aber is making his first appearance (01:36:21) on the podcast. Ryan covers the Oklahoma Sooners football and basketball team for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Aber talks about the Sooners rise after losing to Texas in October, why the team has improved so much on offense and defense, and explains a potential storm brewing for the Sooners (See: Joe Mixon, video tape).

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 39

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-12-08

On the thirty-ninth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com), and Don Jamieson (That Metal Show, Comic). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the College Football Playoffs, the playoff picture in the NFL, and Pat Kane's record setting point streak. The book club features a new book by the Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski and for the first time a CD. The show ends with the Steve and Don talking about the retirement of Neil Peart and the death of Scott Weiland.

-Lee Jenkins is making his twenty-first appearance (0:20:16) on the podcast to discuss the first 20-ish games of the NBA season. Jenkins explains what makes the undefeated Warriors so good, the continued excellence of the Spurs, and who can challenge the Cavaliers in the eastern conference. Lee also talks about the last several first overall picks, the Knicks striking gold, and the career of Kobe Bryant.

-Don Jamieson is making his first appearance (01:02:34) on the podcast. Don talks about his new CD with friend Jim Florentine, "Terrorizing Telemarketers, Volume 6." Don explains why it took six years since the last CD, explains the legalities of publishing the phone calls, and why failed relationships are to thank for the new work. Jamieson also talks about his passion for the Rangers and other New York sports teams, doing comedy at metal shows, and the future of That Metal Show.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 38

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-12-01

On the thirty-eighth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Joe Buck (Fox Sports), and Dan Levy (The Comeback, Awful Announcing). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss Oklahoma securing a spot in the College Football Playoffs, the playoff picture in the NFL, and Pat Kane's record setting point streak. The book club features a new book by the Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski and for the first time a CD. The show ends with the Steve talking about the future of Howard Stern.

-Joe Buck is making his first appearance (00:29:08) on the podcast. Joe joins us to talk about calling the World Series in a three man booth, working with Troy Aikman, and tells a story about a special guest in the booth with him when the Saints won the NFC Championship Game. Joe also talks about his new show on the Audience Network, Undeniable. Joe talks about how the idea for the show came to be, we compare the interview style to the interviews done by Howard Stern, and Joe reveals a few of his favorite interviews from the first season.

-Dan Levy is making his fifth appearance (1:03:03) on the podcast. Levy joins us to talk about a new website that he is editing and writing for called, The Comeback (http://www.thecomeback.com). Dan talks about what the site is trying to be, the mechanics behind finding the staff, and what how he thinks it might evolve during the first year. Dan also promotes a huge comic book project involving his superhero son, IronMax and explains why he can't wait to change his avatar on twitter.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 37

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-11-20

On the thirty-seventh episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jim Florentine (That Metal Show, Comedy Metal Midgets), and Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss Ronda Rousey being knocked out, the end of Jeff Gordon's career, and check in on the top teams in sports. The book club features a new book by the Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski and for the first time a CD. The show ends with the Steve talking about a live edition of That Metal Show.

-Jim Florentine is making his third appearance (00:17:35) on the podcast. Jim talks about his new CD with friend Don Jamieson, "Terrorizing Telemarketers, Volume 6." Jim explains why it took six years since the last CD, explains the legalities of publishing the phone calls, and how the business of selling CDs has changes since the last volume. Florentine also talks about what has gone wrong with the Dolphins, the development of Ryan Tannehill, and being annoyed with the NFL. Before checking out, Jim talks about developing comedy and the process of standup.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his twelfth appearance (00:56:28) on the podcast. Puck Daddy joins us to promote his new book, "Take Your Eye off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where to Look." Greg talks about why he wrote the book, how he made it appeal to hard core hockey fans, and why it works so well on the toilet. Greg also talks about including advanced stats, the NHL being mad at him, and hockey sticks. Greg gives quick thoughts on Jack Eichel, the new All-Star Game format, and saying goodbye to the fantasy draft.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 36

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-11-12

On the thirty-sixth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Adam Lazarus (Author), and Ed Sherman (Sherman Report, Chicago Tribune). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss injuries to Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger, the NCAA investigating Leonard Fournette, and the NHL Hall of Fame class of 2015. The book club is back with this year's edition of The Best American Sports Writing Series and a new book by the Puck Daddy Grey Wyshynski. The show ends with the Steve talking about the injury to Seth Rollins.

-Adam Lazarus has appeared as a guest and a host (00:32:03) 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 and Steve also talk about the first half of the NFL season. Adam explains why he thinks the Patriots are the best, what he thinks when he watches Peyton Manning, and why he thinks the Giants are the NFL's sleeping beast. Lazarus also picks a midseason MVP, insults Cam Newton (that might have been me), and picks the teams he thinks will be in Super Bowl 50.

-Ed Sherman is making his seventh appearance (01:09:57) on the podcast. Sherman joins us to talk about Chicago's love affair with the Cubs, their reaction to the Pat Kane rape accusations, and the end of Grantland. Ed also talks about his book, "Babe Ruth's Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's Greatest Home Run." The book has recently been released on paperback and Ed shares with us the thrill of promoting the book at the Hall of Fame and dining out with the Babe's daughter.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 35

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-11-06

On the thirty-fifth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tim Graham (The Buffalo News), and Matt Yoder (Awful Announcing). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series, the injury to Connor McDavid, and the fall of Colin Kaepernick. The book club is back with this year's edition of The Best American Sports Writing Series and a new book by a podcast favorite. The show ends with the guys saying goodbye to Grantland.

-Tim Graham is making his fifth appearance (00:38:47) on the podcast to discuss the fallout of the Patrick Kane case and his inclusion in this year's Best American Sports Writing anthology. Tim talks about covering the Kane case, dealing with trolls on twitter, and explains why he thinks it was handled fairly by the authorities. Tim also talks about the impact of his story on Darryl Talley, explains how it ended up being submitted for consideration by BASW, and explains why he was so proud to have the only newspaper story included in the anthology.

-Matt Yoder is making his second appearance (01:23:59) on the podcast. Yoder (the managing editor of Awful Announcing) joins us to talks about the demise of Grantland, why it happened, and what it means for micro sites. Matt also talks about the future of Bill Simmons, tells us what stories bring clicks to the site, and gives some details on a new website lead by Dan Levy.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 5 Episode 34

posted by Sports-Casters at 2015-10-29

On the thirty-fourth episode of the fifth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jeff Passan (Yahoo! Sports), and Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don discuss the start of the World Series, the end of the Ryan Mallet era in Houston, and wonder if Jonathan Quick is a great goaltender. The book club is back with this year's edition of The Best American Sports Writing Series and a new book by a podcast favorite The show ends with one last thing on pass interference in the NFL and the television show, Fargo.

-Jeff Passan is making his eleventh appearance (0:25:12) on the podcast. Jeff is literally headed from Kaufmann Stadium to the airport after game 2 of the World Series to sleep for a few hours and head to New York City. For some reason we start off with some chatter about Jackson Dell'Abate before getting into the first two games of the World Series. Jeff and Steve talk about the Royals stronghold on the series, second guess the Mets, and compare the Mets to past World Series teams with a 2-0 deficit. Jeff also talks about the maturity of the Royals, what it will take for the Mets to comeback, and if he cares about the outcome of the series.

-Eddie Trunk is making his first appearance (0:57:03) on the podcast. Eddie joins us to promote an upcoming appearance of That Metal Show in Buffalo and Syracuse, NY. Eddie talks about the future of That Metal Show, what the show is like in a live setting, and what it's like to work for VH1 Classic. Eddie also talks about the future of Rush, interviewing Alex Lifeson, and Stump the Trunk.

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