Will Hibbard joined me in studio and we mourned the loss of Craig Sager, broke down the NBA and MLB CBAs, and talked about scum players and people in college football. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to full Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
The penultimate show of the semester included a lot of bowl game picks and an interview with Franchise Hockey Manager 3 producer Jeff Riddolls. We’ll see if Joel recovers from the burns he endured from all of my hot NBA takes late in the show. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to full Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Anthony Sernus and Joel Lohoua hosted with me and we had a lot of fun. There were also two interviews: one with Marc Sterne (Denison ’91), who works as a producer for the Tony Kornheiser show, and the other with Gary Gorski of Wolverine Studios, who talked about their recent releases. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to full Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Have you ever wanted time to both stand still and pass in an instant? That’s where I’m at right now. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, winter break, just a few weeks away. But I have so many loose ends to tie up between now and then that I also wish I had ample amounts of time to get everything done.
I’ll survive, but I might not sleep.
I say this because of how college forces you to react. You have to be ready to fit writing an essay into your schedule because a professor hands you an assignment sheet. Doesn’t matter what other work you have. Whatever the consistent parts of your schedule are, this is all piled on top of them.
One of the consistencies in my schedule this semester has been bi-weekly podcast reviews for Awful Announcing. As someone who wants to do sports talk for a living, writing about sports shows has helped me hear what I do and don’t like. I did that before, but never in such an official capacity. These podcast reviews, which started during the summer, have been a lot of fun to write. Links to all of my reviews from during the semester are below.
Sept. 1 – ESPN’s In The Gate Podcast: Who would have thought I’d review a horse racing podcast? I got an e-mail from the show’s host and thought it would be a unique listen. I’m still subscribed to this one.
Sept. 15 – MLB Network’s Intentional Talk: I love this show. I really like Millar and Chris Rose. I really hate that I can’t listen until the following morning, which was a deal-breaker because of the immediacy of baseball season.
Oct. 1 – FS1’s Skip and Shannon: Undisputed: Here’s your prototypical “Embrace Debate” show, complete with an awful host whose schtick has gotten very stale. I was not expecting to like Shannon Sharpe, but he’s been good.
Oct. 15 – ESPN’s The Lowe Post: One of the NBA’s best writers is also one of its best podcasters. You should already be subscribed.
Nov. 1 – NBATV’s The Starters: There are so many fantastic NBA podcasts. Like The Lowe Post, it’s phenomenal. It might also be the funniest sports podcast I’ve ever heard.
Nov. 15 – FOX Sports’ Make Me Smarter Football Podcast: Mike Lombardi is a smug know-it-all. It’s not even because he did a bad job when he worked for the Browns. It’s because he’s the type of person who cannot admit to being wrong. Ever. I’m still subscribed to this one…for now.
Be sure to check Awful Announcing on Dec. 1, when my next podcast review goes live.
I’m home for Thanksgiving break, which means I don’t have classes but still have tons of homework. It also means the fall sports season (at least at the Division III level) has wrapped up. Denison football finished 8-2, the best mark in three decades. I covered the team all season for the Denisonian, which made me the Chris Mortensen of Big Red Football.
When school resumes, it’ll be basketball season, and I’ll be covering the men’s team for the paper. For now, here are links to all of my game stories for football season. The paper doesn’t publish every week, so some games won’t be here.
Similar to Will Leitch’s weekly newsletter, I’m also going to *attempt* to be objective about my work.
Week 3 – A Destruction of Oberlin – It’s a great school, but they are not good at sports. Tough to write about a blowout with a word count.
Week 5 – O-who? – I worked the live stats for this game. Baird always gets a lot of tackles, but none of us in the press box realized just how many he had until after the game. I thought the quotes I got in this one were pretty good.
Week 6 – Hiram Comeback – This was the first (and last) road game I attended in person in my four years. I went home for the first two games of the ALDS on Thursday and Friday before going to this game on Saturday. It was about 45 degrees outside but I wore shorts. And my dad won the 50/50 raffle, so we made money going to the game. I thought the quote from Sernus was phenomenal (his always are) and I teased the Wittenberg game pretty well. Speaking of which…
Week 7 – Historic Witt Win – A historic victory deserves a well-written game story. I got a lot of quotes and felt the drama of the game was captured well. Plus, it was the front-page lead story, which was awesome because I saw my name as soon as I picked up the paper.
Week 9 – Undefeated No More – It’s a simple lead, but it works. I tried to make it more about DePauw getting the win than Denison taking the L, despite it being an ugly performance from the Big Red. Another good quote from Sernus. He makes me look like a smarter writer.
Week 10 – Senior Day/Wabash Loss – It’s tough playing from behind. I thought I set the scene pretty well, blowing up the balloon before letting the air out with a single word. Tough loss on senior day.
Editorial – Butthurt Indians Fan? – For the same issue, I wrote a short editorial about the World Series. It was probably the best baseball game I will ever see in my lifetime, and I’m really glad I was able to attend it with my father. In the story, I was able to get a dig in against Aroldis Chapman, which is probably the best single moment from anything I wrote in the fall. Can’t wait until March.
Week 11 – Season Finale – Good quotes, good storylines, and a good end to the season. I’m proud of this one. Aside from the Witt story, I think this is my best game story of the season.
That’s it for football season. I’ll have another post this week with all of my podcast reviews from the last few months.
If you’ll recall, I spent the summer interning with ABC6/FOX28 in Columbus. That was a TV news job. In the months since, I haven’t really had the opportunity to get in front of the camera…until last week, when I recorded the Denison men’s basketball season preview video for the Denison Sports Network. I chatted with head coach Bob Ghiloni for the video, which you can watch below or by clicking this link.
The show aired a little later last night, but it was still a fun two hours of sports talk! David Pick and Ben Golliver talked basketball with me for this week’s show, while I talked to myself in studio. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play!
I was in pain talking baseball last night, so I decided to talk about other sports stuff instead. There were also two interviews, with Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical’s Front Office Insider, and Gus Ramsey, who spent twenty years behind the scenes at ESPN. Listen to both interviews below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
WDUB public relations director Greg Watson joined me in studio for this week’s show. We talked about Cleveland (AKA the center of the sports universe), the NBA, and more. There was also the debut of an interview with Skip Griparis, who played Monte the color analyst in Major League.
Griparis is a comedian, impressionist, and musician from Illinois, but he is also known for his only movie role, as Monte in Major League and Major League II. Monte is the color commentator who was always short on words. While Griparis enjoys being known for the role, he also has plenty of stories and memories as a touring musician and successful impressionist. Griparis shared plenty of stories during the interview.