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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 27

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-09-29

On the twenty-seventh episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Anthony Day (filling in for Don) welcome Alan Sepinwall (HitFix) and Kyle Brandt (NFL Network). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Anthony chat about Josh Gordon checking into rehab, the end of the baseball season, and the upcoming Ryder Cup. The book club is flush with four books and more information about your chance to win the new SL Price book. The show ends with Anthony talking about the Presidential Debate and Steve taking Paula to his doctor appointment.

-Alan Sepinwall is making his first appearance (00:35:55) on the podcast. Sepinwall joins us to talk about his book, "TV: The Book." Alan explains why The Simpsons is the best show ever, talks about debating with his co-author (Matt Zoller Seitz) in his kitchen, and explains the difference between a favorite show and the best show. Allan also talks about this year's new shows, binge watching, and how being a TV critic since his days at the Star Ledger.

-Kyle Brandt is making his first appearance (01:15:06) on the podcast. Brandt joins us to talk about his love of Pearl Jam, being on The Real World but never doing a Challenge, and leaving the Jim Rome Show for the NFL Network. Kyle also talks about Howard Stern, the Ultimate Warrior, and bad chicken wings. Steve begs Kyle to revive his amazing podcast called Twenty Questions and Kyle leaves us all with a glimmer of hope.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 26

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-09-22

On the twenty-sixth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters, host Steve Bennett welcomes Don Banks (NFL.com). Steve kicks us off announcing a special abbreviated version of the show. The book club is loaded with four books and big news about a giveaway. The podcast ends with Steve paying tribute to his grandmother.

-Don Banks is making his third appearance (0:02:24) on the podcast to talk about the first few weeks of the NFL season. Banks talks about the legacy of Bill Belichick, the Bill Parcells coaching tree, and the early slumping of Aaron Rodgers. Don also talks about a piece he has about the Drew Bledsoe injury that launched Tom Brady's career on NFL.com.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 25

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-09-15

On the twenty-fifth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jon Wertheim (Sports Illustrated) and Adrian Dater (Bleacher Report). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don get pumped talk about the first week of football season and look ahead to the second, discuss the World Cup of Hockey, and speculate on the future of CM Punk. The book club is loaded with three books and big news about a giveaway. The podcast ends with Don talking about streaming video and Steve talks about Rich Hill missing out on a chance to pitch a perfect game.

-Jon Wertheim is making his fifteenth appearance (0:23:36) on the podcast to talk about his role as executive editor at Sports Illustrated. Mr. Wertheim talks about Sports Illustrated and Twitter teaming up to stream an NFL game, the sudden change of CEO at Time Inc, and the emergence of The MMQB. Also, Wertheim tells us if he thinks Marshawn Lynch is coming back to the NFL, gives his thoughts on CM Punk's future, and recaps the year that was in tennis.

-Adrian Dater is making his fifth appearance (01:06:20) on the podcast. Adrian is in Toronto covering the World Cup of Hockey for Bleacher Report. Adrian and Steve talk about Team North America, Phil Kessel's absence, and the return of ESPN to hockey. Dater also talks about Alex Ovechkin threatening to go to the Olympics in South Korea with or without the NHL, his Kiss pinball machine, and Patrick Kane's hairline. Finally, Steve and Adrian make a special announcement.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 24

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-09-08

On the twenty-fourth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Trey Wingo (ESPN) and Matt Yoder (The Comeback, Awful Announcing). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don get pumped up for the start of football season, Steve tries to explain the World Cup of Hockey to Don, and the guys go over the first week of the College Football season. The book club returns to talk about two new books and an exciting giveaway. The podcast ends with Don talking about Stranger Things and Steve tries to put the importance of Drew Brees into perspective.

-Trey Wingo is making his fourth appearance (0:23:25) on the podcast. Trey starts off by paying tribute to his friend and colleague John Saunders before taking out some frustration on his alma mater, Baylor University. Trey explains the four stages of the NFL season, talks about the Drew Brees extension, and looks ahead to some of the things he is most excited about during the start of the regular season.

-Matt Yoder is making his third appearance (0:47:23) on the podcast. Yoder (now a writer for the comeback.com and awfulannouncing.com) joins us to talks about the start of football season. Matt and Steve gush about the Drew Brees contract, give their thoughts on the 2016 New Orleans Saints, and Matt hypes Michael Thomas. Matt also updates the progress of thecomeback, lays out both sites plans for football season, and talks about sports radio in Columbus, Ohio.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 23

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-08-26

On the twenty-third episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports) and Danny Kelly (theringer.com). Reconvening for a special second show of the week, Steve and Don make their over/under picks for the NFL season and close out the show with all kinds of different NFL and NCAA football predictions.

-Bruce Feldman is making his first appearance (00:03:55) on the podcast. Feldman joins us to preview the 2016 NCAA Football Season. Bruce talks about the best returning quarterbacks, explains why he is so high on LSU, and talks about a troubling situation hanging over Joe Mixon and Oklahoma football. Bruce also talks about a stacked third weekend of the season, makes his predictions for the playoffs, and talks about how Fox Sports has improved their coverage of the sport with the emergence of Fox Sports One and their other outlets.

-Danny Kelly is making his first appearance (00:37:45) on the podcast. Kelly talks about making the jump from SB Nation to The Ringer, reminisces with Steve about some past Seahawks vs. Saints games, and explains his role at The Ringer and how he sees their NFL coverage evolving this season. Kelly also talks about Jimmy Graham's disappointing first season in Seattle, his column on The Ringer about each team's x-factor, and looks ahead to a piece he wrote about the nickel defense.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 22

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-08-25

On the twenty-second episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome SL Price (Sports Illustrated) and Aaron Schatz (Football Outsiders). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the Olympics, search for any relevant news out of NFL training camps, and agree that Jimmy Vesey is dead to them. Five on Fantasy features a mock draft and podcast ends with Steve and Don paying tribute to The Tragically Hip.

-SL Price is making his eighth appearance (00:21:08) on the podcast. Price has just returned from Rio where he was covering the Olympics for Sports Illustrated. Mr. Price explains the logistics of covering the Olympics in Rio, talks about the politics of hosting the games, and explains why he thinks it would be a good idea to have the Olympics in the same place every four years. Price also talks about Katie Ledecky's dominace, Michael Phelps' attitude, and his mission to track down a Russian wrestler that looks like Alex Ovechkin.

-Aaron Schatz is making his fifth appearance (01:07:33) on the podcast. Aaron talks about the 2016 Football Outsiders Almanac and helps to preview the NFL season through the eyes of Football Outsiders. Aaron explains how the Browns win the Super Bowl once in every 1,300 simulations and what one of those seasons might look like. Schatz also explains why he likes the Seahawks, why he thinks the Bills will miss the playoffs again, and teases some huge improvements to the Football Outsiders website.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 21

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-08-04

On the twenty-first episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Joe Buck (Fox Sports) and Bryan Curtis (theringer.com). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look ahead to the start of the Olympics, search for any relevant news out of NFL training camps, and see how many teams in the first College Football AP Top 10 that Don can name. The book club is replaced this week by Five on Fantasy. The podcast ends with Don talking about Freaks and Geeks and Steve gushing about the 2016 New Orleans Saints.

-Joe Buck is making his second appearance (0:24:55) on the podcast. Joe talks about meeting Eddie Vedder, reminisces about his Dad, shares a story about calling Vin Scully, and talks about getting into a groove with John Smoltz. Buck also looks ahead to the second season of his show Undeniable, explains why he is so excited for football this season, and talks about twitter trolls and Artie Lange.

-Bryan Curtis is making his sixth appearance (01:20:16) on the podcast to catch up and talk about his new job as editor-at-large for http://www.theringer.com. Bryan talks about goals for the site, speculates as to why Bill Simmons didn't go all in with a basketball specific website, and looks ahead to the future of the website. Bryan also talks about covering politics, Oklahoma's dominance over Texas in football, and working with David Shoemaker (aka The Masked Man).

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 20

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-07-28

On the twentieth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Anthony Day (filling in for Don) welcome Molly Knight (Author) and Richard Lawler (Engadget). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Anthony chat about the first day of the PGA Championship, the start of NFL training camps, and college football's decision to avoid New Year's Eve in the future. The book club, having just awarded another book of the year winner, prepares to bow out temporarily for Five on Fantasy. The show ends with Anthony talking about Coldplay at Met Life Stadium and Steve talks about the new Ghostbusters movie and the idiots on twitter crying about it.

-Molly Knight is making her second appearance (00:18:22) on the podcast. Molly joins us to talk about her book, "The Best Team Money Can Buy." Having just had her book named book club book of the year Molly talks about promoting the book, writing a new chapter for the paperback version, and deciding when to end the book. Molly also looks ahead to her next book, talks about Clayton Kershaw's injury and the Dodgers chances of winning the World Series this year.

-Richard Lawler is making his first appearance (00:53:01) on the podcast. Lawler joins us to talk about his job as editor of the popular tech blog, Engadget. Lawler speculates what might come of the next couple of iPhones, Nintendo using their valuable IP's to make applications, and other tech related issues. Richard also talks about sports and technology, upcoming streams of NFL games, and explains how NBC will use tech this summer at the Olympics.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 19

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-07-21

On the nineteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Robert Mays (The Ringer) and Mark Simon (ESPN). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the first half of the Major League Baseball season, recap the All-Star break, and go over some rumors in the world of sports. The book club is a mid-week update from Steve about the status of the weekly shows. The podcast ends with Don talking about playing Pokemon Go.

-Robert Mays is making his first appearance (0:24:47) on the podcast. Robert talks about the differences and similarities between Grantland and The Ringer before transitioning into football. Robert talks about being excited about Kevin White, explains why he thinks the Vikings are going to have a good season, and gives Bills fans some hope. Mays also explains why he likes fantasy football, talks about the start of training camp, and offers only a vague clue on his vision for The Ringer's NFL podcast.

-Mark Simon is making his second appearance (0:59:26) on the podcast. Mark talks about the San Francisco Giants history at the trade deadline and what that might mean about this season, explains what he would do if he were in charge of the Yankees, and speculates as to what other contenders might do at the deadline. Mark also tells a story from his new book about the Yankees called, "The Yankees Index."

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 18

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-06-30

On the eighteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Jason Concepcion (The Ringer, After The Thrones) and Steven Hyden UPROXX, Celebration Rock Podcast). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don look back at the NHL Draft, talk about two huge trades to kick off NHL free agency, update the two huge soccer tournaments, and doubt the retirement of Lionel Messi. The book club says goodbye to Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me" and focusses on the new Frank Deford book. The show ends with Don talking about Orange is the New Black, and Steve talks about Bill Simmons new show on HBO.

-Jason Concepcion is making his first appearance (0:28:37) on the podcast. Jason talks about attending the Berklee College of Music, underrated guitar players, and finding talent in the subway. Jason also talks about Game of Thrones, appearing on the After the Thrones show on HBO, and clears up some of Steve's confusion about the show. Jason also talks about the NBA, isn't crazy about Buddy Hield being in New Orleans, and as a Knicks fan is ominous about their decision to acquire Derrick Rose.

-Steven Hyden is making his fourth appearance (01:06:42) on the podcast. Hyden joins us to talk about his book "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me." Steve and Hyden skip over the Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana rivalry to instead focus on Cyndi Lauper vs. Madonna, Kanye West being a jerk, and the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 17

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-06-24

On the seventeenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Tas Melas (The Starters, NBATV) and Adrian Dater (Bleacher Report). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the conclusion of the NHL and NBA seasons, LeBron James and Sindey Corsby's legacy, and the exciting soccer being played in the Copa America and European Championship. The book club covers the last few chapters of Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me" and introduces a new book by the great Frank Deford. The show ends with Don talking about his daughter playing soccer and Steve talks about an embarrassing weekend for the USGA.

-Tas Melas is making his eighth appearance (00:33:30) on the podcast. Melas stops by to help try and put the Cleveland Cavaliers championship into perspective. Tas talks about LeBron's legacy, the Warriors decision to go for 73, and explains how the series changed after game 4. Melas also explains what the loss means for Steph Curry, talks about some of his favorite picks at the NBA Draft, and looks ahead to the summer for The Starters.

-Adrian Dater is making his fourth appearance (01:09:51) on the podcast. Adrian looks back at the Stanley Cup Final and talks about the Pittsburgh Penguins dominance, the play of Sidney Crosby, and the team's overall improvement since January. Dater also looks back on the 2016 playoffs, shakes his head at the St. Louis Blues, and comments on the rabid fan support the Penguins had. Dater also talks about expansion into Las Vegas, the NHL Awards, and speculates as to what might happen in Buffalo during the NHL Draft.

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Podcast IconPodcast - Season 6 Episode 16

posted by Sports-Casters at 2016-06-03

On the sixteenth episode of the sixth season of The Sports-Casters hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports One) and Dr. Catherine Pearlman (The Family Coach, The Sports-Parent). Starting the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the finals in the NHL and NBA Playoffs before detailing a miserable week for college football. The book club covers the first few chapters of Steve Hyden's, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me." The show ends with Don talking about advertising on sports jerseys and Steve talking about the good and the bad of the first few days of The Ringer.

-Grant Wahl is making his third appearance (0:44:09) on the podcast. Wahl joins us to talk about his Sports Illustrated cover story on Lionel Messi and an exciting summer of soccer in the United States. Wahl talks about sitting down with Messi, his journey with Barcelona that started at age 13, and his excitement to play for Argentina in the United States. Grant also talks about the progress of the United States National Team, the status of the sport in the United States, and the pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann this summer. Wahl also talks about the fall of Mario Balotelli and predicts who will win the COPA America and the UEFA Euro this summer.

-Dr. Catherine Pearlman is making her first appearance (1:21:59) on the podcast. Pearlman joins us to promote her new podcast called, The Sports-Parent. Pearlman talks about why she created the podcast, hosting it with her husband (Author, Jeff Pearlman), and how she would like to see it evolve in the coming months. Pearlman also talks about becoming a family coach, the parenting controversy at the Cincinnati Zoo, and gives me advice ahead of having my first child. Dr. Pearlman and I also discuss various issues that sports parents encounter like playing multiple sports, playing a sport on multiple teams, etc.

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