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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 13

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-04-28

On the thirteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Puck Soup) and Neil Best (Newsday). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the first round of the NHL Playoffs, the impact of Steph Curry's injury, and look ahead to the NFL Draft. The book club focuses on the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, "The Arm." The show ends with Don talking about the upcoming video game console announced by Nintendo and Steve talks about the NHL draft lottery.

-Greg Wyshynski is making his thirteenth appearance (00:28:23) on the podcast. Puck Daddy joins us to look back at the first round of the NHL playoffs and ahead to the second round. Greg talks about the Kings, Blackhawks, and Ducks all losing in round 1, the future of Bruce Boudreau, and the Islanders big upset. Greg looks ahead to the Penguins and Capitals matchup in the second round, the Blues and the Stars battle, and the chances that the Predators have against the Sharks. Before leaving, Greg talks about his new podcast with Dave Lozo called Puck Soup.

-Neil Best is making his fourth appearance (00:56:31) on the podcast. Neil covers the sports media for Newsday and also occasionally covers other things for the paper. Neil talks about his time covering the Rangers and Penguins series, the Rangers stunning exit, and what the future holds for the core of the team. Best also talks about ESPN firing Curt Shilling, the Mike and the Mad Dog reunion, and Mike Tirico leaving ESPN for NBC. Steve and Neil wrap up talking about Cornell hockey and try to understand why they have so many Canadians on the team.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 12

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-04-14

On the twelfth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Damon Hack (Golf Channel) and Ben Reiter (Sports Illustrated). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the epic collapse by Jordan Spieth at The Masters, the end of Kobe Bryant's career, and look ahead to the NHL and NBA playoffs. The book club focuses on the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, "The Arm." The show ends with Don getting excited about Pearl Jam and Steve explains how periscope is changing the concert experience.

-Damon Hack is making his tenth appearance (0:24:00) on the podcast. Damon looks back on Jordan Spieth's collapse at the Masters. Hack speculates on how this might impact the rest of Spieth's season and career. He also teaches us about Danny Willet, explains how the Olympics will impact this year's major schedule, and jokes about writing a game story as the honored guest at a religious right of passage. Damon also uses his expertise as a born and raised citizen of Los Angeles, California to look back at the career of Kobe Bryant.

-Ben Reiter is making his eighth appearance (00:57:28) on the podcast to talk about the 2016 MLB season. Ben talks about the juggernaut Cubs, the awful Braves, and the fading Angels. Reiter also talks about the hot starts of the White Sox and Orioles, the ugly start by the Twins, and the panic of the Mets fans. Ben also talks about watching Kobe Bryant's final game at a bar in Hollywood.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 11

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-04-07

On the eleventh episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jonathan Abrams (ESPN, Author) and Anthony Day (Yale Graduate, National Champion). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the epic ending to the college basketball season, the start of the Major League Baseball season, and look ahead to the NHL and NBA playoffs. The book club says goodbye "Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution" by Jonathan Abrams and focuses on the long awaited book by Jeff Passan, "The Arm." The show ends with Don geeking on computer gaming and Steve looks ahead to a history making weekend of rock and roll across the country.

-Jonathan Abrams is making his first appearance (0:25:15) on the podcast to talk about his book, "Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution." Jonathan talks about how the book focuses not just on the success stories but also the failures. Johnathan talks about the one and done era, its effect on college basketball, and gives the rules he would implement if he ran the NBA. Jonathan also talks about being the biggest baby face at Grantland, writing oral histories, and becoming a New York Times bestseller.

-Anthony Day is making his fifth appearance (as a guest) (0:57:41) on the podcast to talk about his new position as the official golf analyst/commentator for The Sports-Casters. After the first day of The Masters, Anthony talks about why Jordan Speith has such command on the course, gives a few golfers he thinks could climb the leaderboard over the weekend, and explains why he still thinks Tiger Woods could win another major. Anthony also talks about his three year run of either going to The Masters or winning the Frozen Four, remembers what it was like to win a National Championship, and talks about the unique aura and drawing power of his National Championship ring.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 10

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-31

On the tenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Ryan Aber (The Oklahoman) and Matt Crossman (NASCAR.com, Southwest Magazine). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the Final Four in basketball and the Frozen Four in hockey, players from the women's soccer team making a wage complaint, and the hockey writers in Buffalo deciding to nominate Ryan O'Reilly for the Masterson trophy. The book club features "Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution" by Jonathan Abrams and introduces a long awaited book by Jeff Passan. The show ends with Steve talking about the Mike and the Mad Dog reunion.

-Ryan Aber is making his second appearance (00:20:45) on the podcast. Ryan covers the Oklahoma Sooners football and basketball team for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Aber talks about the Sooners run to the Final Four and how the buzz in Oklahoma compares to the football team's run to the college football playoffs. Aber also talks about Buddy Heild's place on the list of all-time great Sooner basketball players, the matchup against Villanova, and a potential game for the National Championship against Roy Williams and North Carolina.

-Matt Crossman is making his sixth appearance (0:46:46) on the podcast. Matt joins us to talk about two articles he has fresh off the presses. Matt first talks about a piece he wrote for NASCAR.com about two paralyzed racers and their families uniting in the face of tragedy. Next, Matt talks about a piece he wrote for the magazine on Southwest Airlines about kids who have lost their fathers to military service and a camping trip they take with other veterans. Also, Matt talks about his business as a freelance writer and he ranks the best Rush songs and the best non-Christmas holidays.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 9

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-17

On the ninth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tim Keown (ESPN the Magazine) and Kevin Armstrong (NY Daily News). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don get ready for March Madness, talk about the abrupt retirement of Adam LaRoche, and look back at the first 8 days of the Gawker v. Hulk Hogan trial including testimony from a former guest of the show. The book club says goodbye to the 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 and stats fresh with a new book called, Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution by Jonathan Abrams. Finally, the show ends with Don talking about Facebook turing into shit, and Steve tries to figure out what Yale hockey means to him.

-Tim Keown is making his first appearance (0:24:59) on the podcast to talk about his ESPN the Magazine feature on Bryce Harper. Tim compares Harper to Cam Newton, talks about how Bryce wants to change some of the unwritten rules in baseball, and Harper taking the next step towards being the face of baseball. Tim also talks about his position at ESPN the Magazine, explains why he loves his beat (or lack there of), and hints at a future story about the demographics that make up youth baseball in the United States.

-Kevin Armstrong is making his first appearance (0:59:37) on the podcast to talk about his feature in the New York Daily News about the unique basketball gyms in Brooklyn. With the NCAA Tournament set to make its debut at Barclays, Kevin wrote about the windows on the top of roofs, the visiting player benches that don't exist and the unique ways money has been raised in some of Brooklyn's toughest neighborhoods to build new gyms. Kevin also talks about hockey at BC, the front and back page cover wars in New York City, and gives a prediction for the Final Four.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 8

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-10

On the eighth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jon Wertheim (Executive Editor, Sports Illustrated) and Ed Sherman (Chicago Tribune). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the start of NFL free agency, look ahead to selection Sunday and the NCAA basketball tournament, and talk about an SI cover story on Patrick Kane. The book club says goodbye to the 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 talking about Better Call Saul, and Steve explains why Jeramy Carroll should be the new singer of the Stone Temple Pilots.

-Jon Wertheim is making his fourteenth appearance (0:22:00) on the podcast to discuss the book he co-authored with Sam Sommers 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." Jon explains how this book is similar to his previous book Scorecasting and how it's different. Jon explains why we love free stuff so much, why NFL quarterbacks aren't as handsome as people think, and why hockey goons would rather fight at home. Before going back to his day job, Wertheim chats about Ronda Rousey, his piece for 60 Minutes Sports on Holly Holm, and keeps us up to date on the happenings at Sports Illustrated.

-Ed Sherman is making his eighth appearance (01:02:04) on the podcast. Sherman joins us to talk about the current SI cover story on Patrick Kane by SL Price. Sherman explains why he doesn't think the piece contains a pro Kane or NHL agenda, why SL Price was the perfect person to tell the story, and why it made sense for Sports Illustrated to put Kane on the cover. Sherman objects to the NHL's decision to use the word "unfounded" in their statement and explains why it was a mistake. Before he goes, Ed gives us an update on the status of his website, Sherman Report.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 7

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-03-03

On the seventh episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tas Melas (NBA Network) and Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the NHL trade deadline, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and Steph Curry's latest ridiculous game winning shot. The book club formally introduces the first new 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 talking about math problems on Facebook (I don't know why either) and Steve gives gives up his time to bring on Duane Steinel the goalie coach of the Depew Wildcasts hockey team to talk about his team's dramatic win at Super Sunday.

-Tas Melas is making his seventh appearance (00:28:27) on the podcast. Melas stops by to chat about the unbelievable run by the Golden St. Warriors, another ridiculous season for the San Antonio Spurs, and the Oklahoma City Thunder playing third wheel. Tas also talks about the Los Angeles Clippers chances to get in the mix, the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and the future of the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.

-Sean McIndoe is making his fourth appearance (01:01:04) on the podcast. Sean talks about the first Eichel vs. McDavid game and argues with Steve about Sabres fans and why he thinks they aren't as happy with Eichel as they "pretend" to be. Sean goes on to talk about the winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline, looks ahead to the playoffs, and explains why finishing first in the Central division is extra important this season.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 6

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-02-18

On the sixth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Richard Deitsch (Sports Illustrated) and Jack McCallum (SI.com, Author). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the NBA All-Stat Game, talk about yet another immature moment for Evander Kane, and discuss Ronda Rousey telling Ellen she thought about suicide after her fight with Holly Holm. 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 talking about an awesome new Nerf gun and Steve gives his take on Vinyl and reveals what else is filling his DVR.

-Richard Deitsch is making his fourteenth appearance (00:19:30) on the podcast. Deitsch joins us to talk about his exclusive interview with Sean Fennessey the editor-in-chief of Bill Simmons new website, The Ringer. Deitsch and Steve also talk about Michelle Beadle reconciling with the WWE and her strange twitter fight that followed with Mark Madden, the SI swimsuit issue, and the Shaun King and Jason Whitlock twitter fight and what it might mean for old mistakes coming back to haunt athletes in the era of social media.

-Jack McCallum is making his third appearance (01:02:04) on the podcast. McCallum joins us to talk about his SI.com piece on the 50 best NBA players in the league's 70 years of existence. Jack was part of a panel of journalists that picked the best 50 in 50 for the NBA 20 years ago. He explains why he decided to update his list, why he included Stephan Curry, and why he dropped players who were on the original list off of this one. Jack also explains why Lebron James is 5, Micheal Jordan is still 1, and reveals who the players were that just missed the top 50.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 5

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-02-11

On the fifth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Frank Schwab (Shutdown Corner Blog, Yahoo! Sports) and Luke Winn (Sports Illustrated). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at Super Bowl 50, the career of Marshawn Lynch, and talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs clearing cap space for Steven Stamkos. 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 complaining about Mike Harrington trolling Buffalo Sabres fans and Steve saying goodbye to Daniel Bryan.

-Frank Schwab is making his first appearance (0:26:54) on the podcast to talk about the Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50. Frank talks about what most of us missed when we picked the Panthers to beat the Broncos, the incredible game played by Von Miller, and the end of Peyton Manning. Frank and Steve talk about why people hate Cam Newton, his embarrassing post-game press conference, and look ahead to next season by talking about Frank's way too early power rankings.

-Luke Winn is making his ninth appearance (01:16:48) on the podcast. Winn joins the podcast to talk about his latest article in Sports Illustrated about the increased importance of the three point shot in college basketball. Winn talks about Oklahoma's chances to win the National Championship, speculates if their lack of depth or dependence on the three point shot is more likely to sink them, and handicaps Buddy Hield's player of the year chances. Luke also picks his final four, tells us if Duke is going to make the tournament, and chats about Ben Simmons.

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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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