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Featuring Alabama softball radio broadcasters Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson, Out of the Box is the newest available college softball podcast. The guys will talk about the national landscape, the SEC, and Alabama softball each episode, plus special guests from around the sport will frequently sto…

Out of the Box


    • Sep 30, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Back in Action and Out of the Box Office: Titanic with Sam Fischer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 97:45


    I'll never let go! It's time for another episode of Out of the Box Office, a movie podcast series that features various guests joining Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson to discuss their favorite films. Before diving into this week's movie (0:00-17:34), Tom and Gray chat with special guest Sam Fischer from Athletes Unlimited and Loyola Marymount softball fame about some of the news that's dropped recently. Tom finally gives his take on Lance McMahon's arrival at Alabama, and the gang looks over the recently-released SEC schedule for 2023 conference play. Then, Sam gives her thoughts on her best friend Amanda Chidester taking a job at Michigan before the crew dives into an edition of “Off the Wall” that answers some Facebook FAQs and responds to some strange comments about the podcast. After that, Tom, Gray, and Sam jump in and break down the 1997 mega-blockbuster “Titanic.” The group first covers what makes this film so special and then rolls into the segments: Memory Lane (28:59) Rhoads House Award for Best Scene (32:14) The “Go!” Award for Best Moment (39:03) The Alyson Habetz Herman Boone Run Through a Wall Award (42:10) Goldmines (43:46) Landmines (50:10) The JJ Smith Unsung Hero Award (59:12) Pinch Hitter (1:03:28) The “I'm On It” Quote of the Movie Award (1:05:25) Meme Generator (1:08:20) The Transfer Portal Award (1:10:16) Off the Wall (1:13:13) The Kelly Kretshcman/Jackie Traina/Haylie McCleney Award for MVP (1:24:29) Lastly, Tom, Gray, and Sam give you suggestions from the Rec Room—TV shows and movies the group has seen recently that you should watch as soon as you can (1:33:17).

    New Hires, Retirements, and Out of the Box Office: "Moneyball" with Tara Henry

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 71:11


    Is losing fun? It's time for another episode of Out of the Box Office, a movie podcast series that features various guests joining Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson to discuss their favorite films. Tom is out this week, so Gray chats with D1Softball's Tara Henry before diving into this episode's film (0:00-19:20). The two discuss Alabama hiring Lance McMahon as pitching coach, Carol Hutchins retiring from Michigan, Athletes Unlimited, and so much more. After that, Gray and Tara turn their attention to the 2011 sports movie “Moneyball.” They first go over what makes this film so special, talk about whether or not the movie should've received more awards, and then roll into the segments. Memory Lane (26:58) Rhoads House Award for Best Scene (29:46) The “Go!” Award for Best Moment (36:14) The Alyson Habetz Herman Boone Run Through a Wall Award (38:13) Goldmines (39:41) Landmines (46:19) The JJ Smith Unsung Hero Award (52:55) Pinch Hitter (55:20) The “I'm On It” Quote of the Movie Award (56:23) Meme Generator (58:48) The Transfer Portal Award (59:44) Off the Wall (1:01:29) The Kelly Kretshcman/Jackie Traina/Haylie McCleney Award for MVP (1:07:31)

    The Coaching Carousel and Out of the Box Office: "Shrek" with Sydney Littlejohn Watkins

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 73:02


    Do you know the muffin man? It's time for another episode of Out of the Box Office, a movie podcast series that features various guests joining Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson to discuss their favorite films. Before diving into this week's movie (0:00-27:54), Tom and Gray chat with special guest and All-American pitcher Sydney Littlejohn Watkins about the news that Alabama pitching coach Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro is taking the head coach job at Memphis. The gang expresses what Steph means to them and share some stories about experiences with the multi-talented coach. Then, Gray runs through a short list of potential names who could fill the pitching coach position at Alabama. After that, Tom, Gray, and Sydney dive into the swamp and break down the 2001 animated classic “Shrek.” The group first covers what makes this film so special, and then rolls into the segments: Memory Lane (32:58) Rhoads House Award for Best Scene (35:03) The “Go!” Award for Best Moment (38:05) The Alyson Habetz Herman Boone Run Through a Wall Award (39:58) Goldmines (41:34) Landmines (45:50) The JJ Smith Unsung Hero Award (51:21) Pinch Hitter (52:30) The “I'm On It” Quote of the Movie Award (55:30) Meme Generator (57:40) The Transfer Portal Award (1:00:22) Off the Wall (1:01:34) The Kelly Kretshcman/Jackie Traina/Haylie McCleney/Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro Award for MVP (1:06:09)

    Out of the Box Office—The Greatest Showman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 55:24


    Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've waited for! It's the premiere of Out of the Box Office, a movie podcast series that features various guests joining Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson to discuss their favorite films. For the first episode, frequent podcast guest Emily Pitek Clifford and professional softball player Sam Fischer join the guys to cover the 2017 musical smash-hit “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams. The gang goes over why this movie matters to them and then dives into the segments. Here's the rundown: Memory Lane (6:50) Rhoads House Award for Best Scene (10:00) The “Go!” Award for Best Moment (13:28) The Alyson Habetz Herman Boone Run Through a Wall Award (16:11) Goldmines (18:12) Landmines (22:15) The JJ Smith Unsung Hero Award (26:00) The “I'm On It” Quote of the Movie Award (28:49) Meme Generator (30:43) The Transfer Portal Award (32:34) Off the Wall (35:09) The Kelly Kretshcman/Jackie Traina/Haylie McCleney Award for MVP (43:08)

    Episode 56: Turning the Page

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 142:23


    The college softball season is over, a champion has been crowned, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to recap the 2022 season and get an early look at 2023. It's the Season Four Finale of the podcast, so buckle up! Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-28:52): Tom and Gray look back at the 2022 Alabama season and discuss some of the best moments from Team 26. Then, the guys give an early look at 2023 before discussing Oklahoma's run to the 2022 national championship and the huge ratings from the WCWS. Advancing to First (29:01-58:28): Tom and Gray take a look at all of the SEC teams and what the key personnel looks like for 2023. Then, the guys discuss some of the key portal people from outside the SEC. Stealing Second (58:40-1:34:30): Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy swings by to discuss memories from Team 26, what happened down the stretch, adjustments to be made going forward for the program, the reality of the transfer portal in the sport today, Montana Fouts, the rest of the pitching staff, Ashley Prange's impressive year, Ally Shipman, Jo Evans departing Texas A&M, the 2023 schedule, what excites him most about Team 27, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:34:47-1:55:13): Former Alabama All-American and current pitcher at AUX Sydney Littlejohn-Watkins joins the show to talk about Alabama's season, motivation for 2023, Florida's run to OKC, AUX in San Diego, playing with Haylie McCleney again, and so much more. Heading Home (1:55:20-2:22:23): To close the show, the guys present the “All-Name Team” and announce a champion. Then, Tom and Gray each present their podium winners for “Tom's Hungry” from 2022 before diving into one last “Off the Wall” and explaining what the off-season plan is for the podcast. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 55: Running Up That Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 112:22


    The Women's College World Series is almost here! After a weekend of watching Supers and Stranger Things, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down before the action starts in Oklahoma City. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-26:55): Tom and Gray react to the weird feeling of watching Supers without Alabama involved. Then, the guys look back at what happened in the Tuscaloosa Regional and address the transfer portal reports. Advancing to First (27:02-52:57): Arizona All-American and softball analyst Kenzie Fowler Quinn stops by to discuss the Wildcats advancing to OKC, the biggest surprises in the NCAA Tournament, who can challenge Oklahoma, Oregon State's Cinderella run to the World Series, the biggest takeaways from Supers, the drama of Arizona State-Northwestern, and much more. Stealing Second (53:07-1:05:27): Tom and Gray look at the Day-side of the WCWS bracket and also look back at some of the Regional storylines from that half. Rounding Third (1:05:45-1:23:27): Tom and Gray preview at the Night-side of the WCWS bracket and review some of the Regional storylines from that half. Heading Home (1:23:34-1:52:22): To close the show, the guys make picks for the WCWS and then dive into an “Off the Wall” that covers the transfer portal, reacting to players when their seasons end, and so much more. Plus, Gray explains his role in Oklahoma City with D1 Softball. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 54: The Best Time of the Year

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 118:39


    Happy Postseason! The NCAA Tournament bracket is here, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down in every regional from coast-to-coast! Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-24:21): Tom and Gray give overall reactions to the NCAA Tournament bracket, including the UCLA-Arizona State debate and why the committee did, for the most part, a really solid job this year. Then, it's a quick look at the Tuscaloosa Regional coming up this weekend, featuring Stanford, Murray State, and Chattanooga. Advancing to First (24:32-41:53): The guys go through the left side of the bracket and discuss the biggest stories surrounding the regionals happening in Norman, Orlando, Evanston, Tempe, Los Angeles, Durham, Seattle, and Fayetteville. Stealing Second (42:06-58:34): The guys cross over and go through the right side of the bracket, looking at the most interesting storylines for the regionals in Blacksburg, Gainesville, Knoxville, Tuscaloosa, Stillwater, Clemson, Columbia, and Tallahassee. Rounding Third (58:56-1:29:23): Finally, Tom and Gray make some picks, going through every Regional and every potential Super Regional before arriving at eight possible WCWS contenders. Heading Home (1:29:31-1:58:39): To close the show, the guys answer NCAA Tournament questions from the mailbag, and then dive into an “Off the Wall” that makes fun of more ridiculous claims and comments from social media. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 53: MAYhem is Back, and It's Glorious

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 126:11


    The regular season is over, postseason is here, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country! Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-23:54): Tom and Gray look back at the extremely tight series with Missouri and try and explain what happened on the home run call in Game Three. Then, the guys discuss Coach Murphy's induction into the ASHOF and take a look at what might occur at the SEC Tournament for the Tide. Advancing to First (24:00-48:06): Tom and Gray go over all of the award races in the SEC one final time and then touch on a few big stories from the weekend. Next, the guys look at the SEC Tournament bracket and go over all the possible scenarios. Finally, it's the last FGCL Player of the Week award, and it's a doozy. Stealing Second (48:14-1:19:51): Jen Schroeder from ESPN, UCLA, and the 7Innings Podcast returns to the show to talk about the recent craziness in the sport, what went down in Tempe, the Pac-12 race, Arizona's bubbly situation, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, the SEC Tournament, SEC Player of the Year, the upcoming selection show, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:20:06-1:36:37): Bracketology is back! With the Selection Show less than a week away, Gray presents his seed list and answers questions from Tom (and that list will be updated daily going forward, so stay tuned). Heading Home (1:36:43-2:06:11): To close the show, Tom and Gray go through the entire SEC Tournament and make picks. Then, the guys dive into yet another version of “Off the Wall” that addresses comments about complaints after a win, social media reactions, and the lack of evidence used when people moan on Facebook. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 52: Get That Ship Outta Here

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 119:02


    May has arrived, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back from a weekend off to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-21:01): Tom and Gray take a brief look at the Western Kentucky loss and then discuss why the weekend off came at the perfect time. Then, the guys give a preview of the upcoming Alabama-Missouri series. Advancing to First (21:09-41:22): Tom and Gray go over all of the award races in the SEC before covering each series from this past weekend in the conference. Then, the newest FGCL Player of the Week is announced. Stealing Second (41:29-1:21:15): Gray is flying solo with two guests! ESPN's Madison Shipman and Kayla Braud drop by to talk about Arkansas winning the SEC, where Alabama stands right now, the fundamentals of situational hitting, Missouri's recent run, the clump in the middle of the SEC standings, the Player of the Year race, what could happen in Bedlam, the possible Virginia Tech over Oklahoma debate, and more. Then, “What's Good, Braud?” returns and a new game called “Get That Ship Outta Here” is introduced. Rounding Third (1:21:32-1:36:30): Bracketology is back! It's crunch time now, and Gray is ready to give his top sixteen seeds and answer questions from Tom about his list. Heading Home (1:36:39-1:59:02): To close the show, Tom and Gray make picks for Bedlam, UCLA-Arizona State, and all the SEC series. Then, the guys dive into another version of “Off the Wall” that first addresses comments being turned off and The Great Conspiracy. Then, the guys have a discussion about why this segment exists amid the greater conversation about mental health in sports that's happening now. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 51: Reset, Recharge, and Refocus

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 128:19


    We're a few days away from May, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country in a milestone episode! Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-19:37): Tom and Gray look back at the last week in Alabama softball and go over the disappointing results in College Station, including a breakdown of where things went wrong and what needs to happen going forward. Then, the guys preview the midweek at Western Kentucky before discussing why the bye week is coming at the perfect time. Advancing to First (19:46-38:33): Tom and Gray take a look around the SEC and discuss Arkansas sweeping Florida and maybe locking up a conference title, the craziness of LSU-Georgia, Missouri's turnaround, and much more. Stealing Second (38:41-1:19:56): The Out of the Box/In the Circle Crossover returns! Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson stop by for a roundtable discussion that touches on an MVP of the college softball season, the potential Supers host most primed to be upset, the most surprising and disappointing teams, the biggest stories potentially awaiting us when the year ends, and much more. Rounding Third (1:20:16-1:36:27): Bracketology is back! Gray gives his top sixteen seeds and answers questions from Tom about his list. Heading Home (1:36:35-2:08:19): To close the show, Tom and Gray make picks for the Florida State-Oklahoma State and all the SEC series. Then, the guys dive into another version of “Off the Wall” that addresses college vs. high school teams and how you should act around college athletes. Finally, “Tom's Hungry” returns after an epic food trip to College Station. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 50: The Voice of College Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 122:24


    Things are tightening up in conference play, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country in a milestone episode! Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-20:10): Tom and Gray look back at the last week in Alabama softball and go over the crazy comebacks, amazing stuff from Montana Fouts, the importance of Jenna Lord's game two home run, and so much more. Then, the guys preview the upcoming mid-week double-header and a road trip to College Station. Advancing to First (20:18-43:22): Tom and Gray take a look around the SEC and discuss the Pitcher and Player of the Year races, Arkansas winning the series with Kentucky, Florida and LSU grabbing sweeps, the trouble with Missouri, and Texas A&M's struggles winning tight games. Then, the guys present the newest FGCL Player of the Week. Stealing Second (43:28-1:07:15): The voice of college softball and 7Innings Podcast host Beth Mowins stops by to talk about thoughts on Alabama thus far, what Oklahoma's loss means for the rest of the season, ways the selection committee has evolved over the years, how the 7Innings podcast became a TV show, how softball's coverage can change in the future, the best off-air parts of covering the sport, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:07:33-1:24:43): Bracketology is back! Gray gives his top sixteen seeds and answers questions from Tom about his list. Heading Home (1:24:49-2:02:24): To close the show, Tom and Gray make picks for the Texas-Oklahoma State and all the SEC series. Then, the guys go over a more tame version of “Off the Wall.” Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 49: A Tradition Unlike Any Other

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 133:35


    We're about halfway through conference play, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. Here's your trip around the bases in an insanely packed show: At the Plate (0:00-19:12): Tom and Gray look back at the last week in Alabama softball and go over the impressive pitching, Lexi Kilfoyl's perfect game, quietly great performances from Kat Grill and Bailey Dowling, and more. Then, the guys preview the upcoming mid-week game and the huge series in Gainesville with Florida. Advancing to First (19:20-44:17): Tom and Gray take a look around the SEC and discuss the jumbled standings, Arkansas winning the last two in Oxford, Ashley Rogers' impressive work, the situation between Florida and Auburn, the danger zone for South Carolina, and perhaps an answer to “WHO'S PITCHING?!?!” for Kentucky. Next, Gray releases his first edition of Bracketology. Then, the guys present the newest FGCL Player of the Week. Stealing Second (44:26-1:15:30): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith stops by to talk about Lexi Kilfoyl's perfect game, her thoughts on a strange Montana Fouts stat, the inconsistent strike zones she's seen, the outlook of Florida thus far, the craziness that is LSU, the huge series between Virginia Tech and Florida State, concerns about Washington, stories with Joan Joyce, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:15:49-1:43:39): The Boxies are back! Tom and Gray give out midseason awards, including SEC Pitcher and Player of the Year, FGCL Player of the Year, National Pitcher and Player of the Year, and so much more, including several Alabama-centric awards. Heading Home (1:43:45-2:13:35): To close the show, Tom and Gray make picks for the Masters, Florida State-Virginia Tech, and all the SEC series. Then, the guys go into an “Off the Wall” that calls out a repeat offender on social media and the SC Top 10 producers. Finally, Tom gives his thoughts on WrestleMania. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 48: The Sweep, the Ship, and the Slap

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 123:07


    Conference play is in full swing, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-22:02): Tom and Gray look back at the last week in Alabama softball and go over some major moments from Columbia. Then, the guys preview the upcoming mid-week games and the huge series in Tuscaloosa against Georgia while also covering a lineup possibility. Advancing to First (22:12-37:56): Tom and Gray take a look around the SEC and discuss the insanity of the conference race, the return of Ashley Rogers, Florida's issues, Kentucky's dramatic series win, Missouri's continued struggles, the wildness of LSU-Arkansas, and more. Then the guys present the newest FGCL Player of the Week. Stealing Second (38:09-1:07:11): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and former Tennessee player Madison Shipman stops by to talk about supporting her sister Ally's move to Alabama, what Tennessee looks like in the circle, why Florida's offense isn't producing, what happened in Georgia-Texas A&M, the safety base conversation, lessons from Kentucky-Auburn, the best pitcher in the SEC, takeaways from Oklahoma-Baylor, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:07:36-1:21:01): Tom and Gray go over the newest RPI Update and dive into big games around the country in Week Seven. Heading Home (1:21:12-2:03:07): To close the show, Tom and Gray step outside of sports and discuss the Oscars controversy in a small edition of “Out of the Box Office.” Then, the guys go over SEC series picks, then dive into an “Off the Wall” centering on more ludicrous comments. Finally, “Tom's Hungry” returns after a great trip to Columbia. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 47: Chillin' with Dylan

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 112:01


    Conference play is fully underway, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. The episode also features live reactions to Tuesday's game between Oklahoma and Kentucky. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-20:07): Tom and Gray look back at the last few weeks and go through positives and negatives. Then, the guys preview the upcoming mid-week matchup at UAB and a road series at South Carolina. Advancing to First (20:15-37:06): Tom and Gray take a look around the SEC and discuss Arkansas winning in Knoxville, Florida's Game Two issues, Mississippi State's sweep, whatever just happened in Texas-LSU, the excitement of Auburn-South Carolina, Missouri's rough out-of-conference weekend, and more. Then the guys present the newest FGCL Player of the Week. Stealing Second (37:14-1:08:12): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and former Alabama player Kayla Braud stops by (with daughter Dylan!) to talk about Alabama's last few weeks, the safety base discussion, the pitching situation at Tennessee, whether Auburn is for real, concerns with Florida, the Oklahoma Sooners, what happened with Washington against Cal, Florida State's strange losses, Virginia Tech as a national title contender, and much more. Plus, “What's Good, Braud?” returns, and Kayla teases the movies she wants to discuss this offseason on “Out of the Box Office.” Rounding Third (1:08:41-1:22:28): Tom and Gray play “On Second Thought” and look back at the Landmine or Goldmine predictions from the premiere, and then go through the newest RPI. Heading Home (1:22:35-1:52:01): To close the show, Tom and Gray make SEC series picks and then dive into an “Off the Wall” explaining why more people in seats is better than less (seriously), why dire complaints after wins are stupid, and why you shouldn't expect the worst if somebody isn't playing in a game. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 46: On the Road in Baton Rouge at Uncle Earl's Bar

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 60:42


    From Uncle Earl's Bar in Baton Rouge, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are here to talk all things softball with a fun cast of characters. It's another short episode, so the guys are changing the format again and turning the 6-4-3 double play. Here's the Out of the Box version of the pitcher's best friend, in (essentially) unedited form: 6 (0:00-12:21): Tom and Gray explain the schedule changes with the Alabama-LSU series and then each provide three keys for the weekend. 4 (12:33-32:45): Tom and Gray examine the other SEC series this weekend and discuss an interesting query put out on Twitter by Missouri head coach Larissa Anderson. Then, SID extraordinaire and frequent contributor Nathan Sheehan introduces a game of “Fair or Foul,” giving Tom and Gray a chance to debate some statements. 3 (32:55-1:00:43): Somehow, “Off the Wall” returns as the guys look at crazy reactions to the ever-shifting TV schedule. Then, Tom goes through all the good eats in Baton Rouge in “Tom's Hungry,” and Nathan Sheehan returns for the first edition this year of “Nate's Thirsty.” Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 45: Slap and Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 61:13


    Ahead of the craziest two-week stretch ever, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back in a shorter episode to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. A smaller episode changed up the format too! Here's the play: Slap (0:00-27:32): Tom and Gray take one more quick look at the Crimson Classic, then discuss the start of SEC play this weekend and then the two non-conference games early next week. Then, the guys look at Five Big Things around the SEC from this past weekend, including LSU's topsy-turvy results, Florida's rebound, and the search for Makinzy Herzog. Run (27:47-1:01:13): Tom and Gray examine the recently revealed RPI, pick another FGCL Player of the Week, look at big games around the country this weekend, and then make their first official SEC series picks of the season. Then, “Off the Wall” returns as the guys look at complaints about hits vs. runs, common opponents, tickets, and more. Reminder: There will be an "On the Road" episode of the podcast from Uncle Earl's Bar in Baton Rouge on Saturday at a time TBA. Also, there will be another edition of "Out of the Box: Going Home After Alabama vs. Florida State" on Wednesday following the game. That'll be on Twitter Spaces under the Out of the Box account (@OutoftheBox_Pod). Radio Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to Alabama games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 44: Limitless King Cake and Dinner Krewe Chaos

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 142:31


    It was another weekend of insane softball action, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. It's a chaotic episode filmed across multiple days and featuring more guests and games than ever before, so buckle up. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-25:44): Tom and Gray go over the upcoming podcast schedule, then break down the Mardi Gras Mambo and what made Montana Fouts so good, who stepped up on offense, and where the team stands right now. Then, the guys preview a mid-week matchup with UAB and the T-Mobile Crimson Classic with Texas and Miami (Ohio). Advancing to First (25:51-50:00): Tom and Gray take a look around the SEC and discuss the vibes around Tennessee after the Nutter, Missouri's impressive weekend, chaos in Orlando for Florida, Texas A&M's showings against Oklahoma State, South Carolina's disastrous weekend, the enigma that is Arkansas, and so much more. Then the guys present the newest FGCL Player of the Week. Stealing Second (50:07-1:23:11): D1 Softball writer and UCLA Bruin Tara Henry joins the show to talk about Oklahoma-Tennessee, the status of the Lady Vols, the Sooners looking somewhat mortal, Megan Faraimo's issues giving up the long ball, Missouri's fight, what to do with Washington, the Big Ten race, Clemson-Virginia Tech, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:23:36-1:49:52): In a segment unlike any other, Gray sits down at Automatic Seafood and Oysters in Birmingham with Emily Pitek Clifford and ESPN's Jen Schroeder and Ashleigh Shanley to play “The Mad Hatter.” Each person pulls a team out of a hat and provides some thoughts on that squad. Heading Home (1:50:01-2:22:31): To close the show, Tom and Gray dive into a lengthy “Off the Wall” addressing more misguided complaints about ESPN, the crane, and sac bunts. Then, “Tom's Hungry” returns for a lengthy food discussion after a truly epic trip to Lafayette and Youngsville. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 43: Tightening the Screws and Bama U

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 129:42


    College softball is in full swing now! After a weekend that had a postseason feel, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-27:55): Tom and Gray start off explaining how you can listen to this weekend's Alabama games in Youngsville and why there isn't streaming (Thursday is on ESPN+), plus the dangers of clicking links in the comments. Then, the guys look back at the Bama Bash and discuss the impressive defense, timely hitting, and incredible pitching before talking a bit about Virginia Tech and previewing the Mardi Gras Mambo. Advancing to First (28:01-54:48): Tom and Gray spend more time with the SEC and look at the teams who played in Clearwater, Florida's weekend, Kentucky's wild trip to Tucson, Texas A&M's numbers, Georgia's confusing loss, Missouri's offensive issues, the trouble with Arkansas, and much more. Then the guys present the newest FGCL Player of the Week and a new nickname for Florida State's Mack Leonard. Stealing Second (55:00-1:26:22): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and Texas A&M Aggie Amanda Scarborough returns to the show and discusses all things St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, including the epic primetime game on Sunday, where UCLA goes from here, the various problems at Texas, Washington's pitching depth, the Ashley Rogers situation, the battles between Alabama and Virginia Tech, Jocelyn Alo's record-tying swing, and much more. Rounding Third (1:26:30-1:38:38): Tom and Gray give winners and losers from the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational and then look at the best non-SEC games in Week Three. Heading Home (1:38:43-2:09:42): To close the show, an old segment returns as Tom gets “On Our Soapbox” and talks about the need for softball to become more media friendly and ways neutral site tournaments can improve. Then, “Off the Wall” returns as the guys discuss why it's important to actually watch the games if you're going to comment on them and why you shouldn't complain about only having radio to the radio guys. *record scratch* BUT WAIT—if you think the show is over, you'd be wrong. Tom and Gray pop in at the end for a bonus “Off the Wall” (begins at the 2:04:50 mark) addressing the complaints on Twitter about the use of Bama U. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 42: Streaming Wars

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 113:04


    College softball is off and rolling! After a wacky opening weekend, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to break everything down involving Alabama, the SEC, and a lot of the hot topics around the country. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-18:16): Tom and Gray look back at a very successful weekend in Tucson at the Candrea Classic and touch on the pitching staff's impressive start, newcomers swinging the bat well, and the power explosion. Then, the guys preview the Easton Bama Bash and the marquee matchup at Rhoads between Alabama and Virginia Tech. Advancing to First (18:22-41:57): Tom and Gray go through the opening weekend results in the SEC and discuss LSU's struggles, Florida's impressive win over Michigan, underwhelming weekends from Arkansas and Missouri, Tennessee's offensive struggles, Auburn and Texas A&M taking care of business, and much more. Then, the first FGCL Player of the Week for the 2022 season is awarded. Stealing Second (42:05-1:12:55): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and UCLA Bruin Jen Schroeder returns to the show and talks about Oklahoma-UCLA in Week One, Alabama's statement against Arizona, Washington's offense, LSU's issues, Miranda Elish's return, the upcoming St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, Alabama-Virginia Tech, Tara Henry's connection to Reese Witherspoon, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:13:15-1:28:20): The mailbag is back! Tom and Gray go through your questions and answer them as best they can. Then, the guys look at big non-SEC games in Week Two. Heading Home (1:28:25-1:53:04): To close the show, Tom and Gray play “The Overreaction Game,” deciding which crazy statements Gray comes up with are the biggest and smallest overreactions to Week One. Then, “Off the Wall” gets feisty as the guys explain streaming contracts, why blaming ESPN is misguided, and why you shouldn't send novel-length emails to coaches to provide “tips.” Finally, Tom and Gray discuss where they ate in Tucson in the return of “Tom's Hungry.” Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    Episode 41: A Titanic Season Premiere

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 160:24


    College softball is back! To get you ready for the new season, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are here to breakdown everything you need to know about Alabama, the SEC, and much more in the Season Four Premiere. It's the longest episode in podcast history (it will never be this long again this season), so don't be afraid to break it up over a few days. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-30:22): Tom and Gray thoroughly examine the 2022 Alabama roster, go over stats from the scrimmages last weekend, discuss possible lineups, and go through an incredibly fun schedule for Team 26. Advancing to First (30:27-57:31): Tom and Gray discuss the preseason All-SEC team before diving into all 13 schools from the Southeastern Conference. Then, the guys reveal the 2022 All-FGCL Preseason Team. Stealing Second (57:39-1:23:42): ESPN analyst and 7Innings Podcast contributor Jenny Dalton-Hill kicks off the season four guestlist and discusses Mike Candrea Weekend in Tucson, Oklahoma's repeat quest, Oklahoma State's legitimacy, the SEC outlook, the depth of the ACC, UCLA's status as the Pac-12 favorite, Arizona's 2022 identity, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:23:56-1:57:58): Softball aficionado Emily Pitek Clifford joins the guys in-studio for "Pitek's Point of View,” covering topics like Alabama Softball Trivia Night, the upcoming 2022 season, Team USA's roster, Cat Osterman's retirement, the state of women's college sports right now, and the story of #KatAtPetco. Heading Home (1:58:03-2:40:24): To close the premiere, it's an extremely loaded final segment. Tom and Gray make bold declarations for the upcoming season in the "Landmine or Goldmine" segment, and then also present their 2022 SEC preseason polls. Plus, the guys give a preseason “Off the Wall” and make a pick for the Super Bowl. Note: The Crimson Tide Sports Network's softball radio affiliate has changed. To listen to games, tune in to 97.5 FM Tuscaloosa, download the 97.5 FM app (https://t.co/MC0HVxSw2T), or visit https://nick975.com/listen-live/popup/.

    2021 Softball Media Days, Day 4: Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and the Fall Ball Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 149:46


    The Out of the Box Boys are back for the final episode of the second year of Softball Media Days, presented by Anthony Cinello Realty! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson finish off the series talking with more SEC head softball coaches about their teams. Let's get started!  First, Tom and Gray preview Day 4 of Softball Media Days and discuss a little bit about the upcoming conversation with Alabama's Patrick Murphy while celebrating his inclusion in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 (0:00-10:05).  Then, Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy leads off and discusses incoming transfers, Montana Fouts, the full pitching staff, Bailey Dowling, lineup possibilities, the options in right field, the plethora of talented freshmen, Lexi Kilfoyl's hitting, the non-conference schedule, the NCAA Gender Equity Report, and much more (10:10-52:05).  Next, Mississippi State head coach Samantha Ricketts stops by to talk about the turnaround last year, replacing Fa Leilua, offensive returners, Annie Willis and the pitching staff, the transfer portal, conference realignment, and much more (52:11-1:20:28).  Finally, Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans swings by to discuss the team's response to close losses, Makinzy Herzog, Haley Lee, other offensive returners, the rest of the pitching staff, new faces in the program, rule changes, and so much more (1:20:33-1:52:07).  With the coaches finished, Gray and Tom go into the “Fall Ball Special” and discuss what they saw from Alabama in Tuscaloosa, including some stats from the four games at Rhoads. Plus, the mailbag is back and the guys give a way-too-early SEC Top Five, in no particular order (1:52:13-2:20:00).  To close the show, Tom and Gray recap the fourth episode and say some parting words at the conclusion of Softball Media Days (2:20:04-2:29:46).  —Softball Media Days 2021 is sponsored by Anthony Cinello Realty, part of Alabama Beach Realty! Find a spot to buy, rent, sell, or more on the Alabama beaches at anthonycinellorealty.com.

    2021 Softball Media Days, Day 3: Florida, LSU, South Carolina, and Ole Miss

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 136:22


    The Out of the Box Boys are ready to keep on rolling with the second year of Softball Media Days, presented by Anthony Cinello Realty! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back for another week of talking with more SEC head softball coaches about their teams. Let's get started! First, Tom and Gray preview Day 3 of Softball Media Days and discuss a little bit about the upcoming conversation with Florida's Tim Walton (0:00-7:58). Then, Florida head coach Tim Walton leads off and discusses last season, offensive returners and filling out the lineup, Skylar Wallace, Reagan Walsh, the catcher position, the pitching staff, hosting the SEC Tournament, new Mercer head coach Lindsay Fico, conference realignment, and much more (8:03-49:10). Next, LSU head coach Beth Torina stops by to talk about replacing Aliyah Andrews, offseason focuses offensively, defensive improvements, further developing the pitching staff, breakout players, creating the 2022 schedule, the best restaurants in Baton Rouge, and much more (49:17-1:15:36). Then, South Carolina head coach Bev Smith swings by to discuss the reaction to missing the NCAA Tournament last year, replacing Kenzie Maguire and Mackenzie Boesel, returners on the team, Leah Powell and Kelsey Oh, new faces in the program, and so much more (1:15:43-1:43:06). Finally, Ole Miss head coach Jamie Trachsel finishes off the day talking about how the team responded during the offseason, gaining momentum from 2021, Tate Whitley, power in the lineup, the addition of Bre Roper, the pitching staff, all the new faces, and much more (1:43:12-2:10:33). To close the show, Tom and Gray recap the third episode and tease Day 4 of Softball Media Days (2:10:40-2:16:22). —Softball Media Days 2021 is sponsored by Anthony Cinello Realty, part of Alabama Beach Realty! Find a spot to buy, rent, sell, or more on the Alabama beaches at Anthonycinellorealty.com.

    2021 Softball Media Days, Day 2: Arkansas, Georgia, and Auburn

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 102:28


    The Out of the Box Boys are ready to keep on rolling with the second year of Softball Media Days, presented by Anthony Cinello Realty! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are here to talk with more SEC head softball coaches about their teams. Let's get started! First, Tom and Gray preview Day 2 of Softball Media Days and talk a little bit about the upcoming conversation with reigning SEC Coach of the Year Courtney Deifel (0:00-6:37). Then, Arkansas head coach Courtney Deifel leads off and discusses when she knew last year would be special, lessons from Super Regionals, Mary Haff's upcoming final season, the impact of Autumn Storms, the pitching staff around Haff, using the transfer portal, the offense without Braxton Burnside, stealing bases, conference realignment, and much more (6:44-31:18). Next, first-year Georgia head coach Tony Baldwin stops by to talk about the process of getting the job, filling out his coaching staff, takeaways from 2021, returning offensive threats, replacing Mary Wilson Avant, rule changes, the best restaurants in Athens, and much more (31:25-1:08:22). Finally, Auburn head coach Mickey Dean swings by to discuss takeaways from last year, improving the offense, Makayla Packer, the pitching duo of Shelby Lowe and Maddie Penta, Shelby Lowe's offseason improvements, new players in the program, lessons he's trying to teach the team about life, and so much more (1:08:26-1:36:06). To close the show, Tom and Gray recap the second episode and tease Day 3 of Softball Media Days (1:36:12-1:42:28). —Softball Media Days 2021 is sponsored by Anthony Cinello Realty, part of Alabama Beach Realty! Find a spot to buy, rent, sell, or more on the Alabama beaches at Anthonycinellorealty.com.

    2021 Softball Media Days, Day 1: Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 115:50


    The Out of the Box Boys are back and ready to present the second year of Softball Media Days, presented by Anthony Cinello Realty! That's right, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are here to talk with every SEC school about softball over the next two weeks, and it's time to get it started! First, Tom and Gray preview Softball Media Days and discuss what went into getting everything together while also revealing the full schedule for the event (0:00-10:08). Then, Tennessee head coach Karen Weekly leads off and discusses the transition to solo head coach, the addition of Chris Malveaux to the staff, Ashley Rogers, pitching depth behind the ace, transfer portal pick-ups, the return of Amanda Ayala and Kiki Milloy, and the current state of the catcher position. Plus, Coach Weekly sounds off on conference realignment, rule changes, the non-conference schedule, and the NCAA's Gender Equity Report (10:17-43:55). Next, Missouri head coach Larissa Anderson stops by to talk about returning so many major offensive producers, Jenna Laird, improvements from the pitching staff, the team's mindset as one of the SEC favorites, offseason staff changes, conference realignment, food in Columbia, and much more (47:36-1:15:03). Finally, Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson swings by to discuss playing Alabama so much in 2021, Kayla Kowalik's ability, Erin Coffel's steadiness, figuring out the pitching staff, playing Tennessee in Fall Ball, the team's 2022 motto, the addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC, and more (1:15:46-1:49:37). To close the show, Tom and Gray recap the first episode and tease the second episode of Softball Media Days (1:49:42-1:55:51). —Softball Media Days 2021 is sponsored by Anthony Cinello Realty, part of Alabama Beach Realty! Find a spot to buy, rent, sell, or more on the Alabama beaches at Anthonycinellorealty.com.

    Top Five 2021 Alabama Moments: Number One

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 112:14


    It's time to reveal the top spot in the Top Five Alabama Softball Moments of 2021 podcast series as voted by our committee! Taking the Number One spot, it's the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th Innings against UCLA in the Women's College World Series. Before playing the clips, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson discuss what made this game so, well, perfect (0:00-6:51). Then, listen to the Crimson Tide Sports Network's radio call of the entire 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th innings between Alabama and UCLA, featuring an incredible start for the Tide, a clutch home run from Kaylee Tow, and perfection from Montana Fouts (7:03-1:36:46). Finally, the Out of the Box Boys wrap things up, recap the list, and preview what's to com on the podcast (1:37:01-1:52:14).

    Top Five 2021 Alabama Moments: Number Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 77:26


    As we near the top of the list, it's time to continue revealing the Top Five Alabama Softball Moments of 2021 as voted by our committee! Taking the Number Two spot, it's the 3rd, 6th, and 7th Innings against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament Semifinals. Before playing the clips, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson discuss what made this such a wild finish (0:00-6:08). Then, listen to the Crimson Tide Sports Network's radio call of the entire 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings between Alabama and Tennessee, featuring a Taylor Clark bomb, a Tennessee comeback, maybe the most iconic Bailey Hemphill moment ever, and Montana Fouts slamming the door shut in remarkable fashion (6:25-1:12:16). Finally, the Out of the Box Boys wrap things up and give a little tease about what moment will take the top spot, although at this point you can probably guess (1:12:24-1:17:26).

    Top Five 2021 Alabama Moments: Number Three

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 84:05


    It's time to continue revealing the Top Five Alabama Softball Moments of 2021 as voted by our committee!  Taking the Number Three spot, it's the 1st, 6th, and 7th Innings against Florida in the SEC Tournament Championship. Before playing the audio, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson discuss what made this game so special (0:21-6:47). *Note: an editing mistake leaves a couple seconds of silence early, so just fast forward to the :20 mark* Then, listen to the Crimson Tide Sports Network's radio call of the entire 1st, 6th, and 7th innings between Alabama and Florida, featuring another incredible Montana Fouts performance, first inning chaos, and an electric atmosphere at Rhoads (6:58-1:21:44).  Finally, the Out of the Box Boys wrap things up and give a little tease about what moment might be ranked second (1:21:55-1:24:05).

    Top Five 2021 Alabama Moments: Number Four

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 58:52


    It's time to continue revealing the Top Five Alabama Softball Moments of 2021 as voted by our committee! Taking the Number Four spot, it's the 3rd, 6th, and 7th Innings against Arizona in the Women's College World Series. Before playing the clips, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson discuss why this game was so much fun to broadcast (0:00-3:50). Then, listen to the Crimson Tide Sports Network's radio call of the entire 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings between Alabama and Arizona, featuring an incredible Montana Fouts performance, another Bailey bomb, and an awesome AB from Abby Doerr (4:02-54:19). Finally, the Out of the Box Boys wrap things up and give a little tease about what moment might be ranked third (54:32-58:52).

    Top Five 2021 Alabama Moments: Number Five

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 59:57


    It's time to reveal the Top Five Alabama Softball Moments of 2021 as voted by our committee! Taking the Number Five spot, it's the 5th and 7th Innings in Game One at Auburn. Before that though, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson discuss some of the things that have happened since the last episode of the podcast, including conference realignment and the retirement of Cat Osterman. Then, the guys share a few “honorable mentions” and discuss some details about that game against Auburn (0:00-26:02). Then, listen to the Crimson Tide Sports Network's radio call of the entire 5th and 7th innings, featuring that gargantuan Bailey Hemphill home run and an additional one in the seventh for good measure (26:09-56:18). Finally, the Out of the Box Boys wrap things up and give a little tease about what moment might be ranked fourth (56:28-59:57).

    On the Road at the FGCL: Sun, Beach, Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 66:26


    The podcast makes a triumphant return from Bradenton, Florida, at the Florida Gulf Coast League! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back to discuss the summer thus far, chat with some friends, and finally react to all of the recent news. Here's what's due up in the episode: First (0:00-46:09), Tom and Gray form an FGCL Roundtable with some of the coaches in the league. Erica Beach (Pioneers), Caitlin Gambone (Lynx), and Nikki Cuccio (Squeeze) join the guys to discuss takeaways from the summer, lessons in coaching, bonding with the players, strange situations during games, which players have stood out, and much more. Plus, there's an MTV show in the mix? Then (46:20-1:06:26) the guys react to the incoming transfers at Alabama, Ally Shipman and Ashley Prange, while also discussing rule changes, scheduling wishes for Alabama, and so much more, including a tease for the second edition of Softball Media Days and a quick discussion about pullout couches.

    Episode 40: Thank You, Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 158:43


    The season is over, a champion has been crowned, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are ready to review the softball year that was in 2021 and even look ahead a little bit to 2022. Here's your trip around the bases (it's a long one, but you can parse it out all summer...we took our time trotting around the bags): At the Plate (0:00-38:05): After a stupendous intro, Tom and Gray recap the WCWS and discuss Alabama's run in OKC, including Montana's perfect game against UCLA and what happened in the two games against Florida State. Then, the guys give a detailed tribute to every senior leaving the program. Advancing to First (38:11-1:11:09): At the risk of everything changing, the guys go through the entire SEC and take a glance at what rosters might look like in 2022 while also talking about which teams might contend for next year's conference title. Stealing Second (1:11:28-1:39:57): Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy joins the show to discuss his main takeaways from Team 25, the impact of the seniors, the potential for the pitching staff in 2022, Lexi Kilfoyl's WCWS performance, Bailey Hemphill's place in the Alabama power hitter rankings, the retirement of Mike Candrea and Lu Harris-Champer, ways to keep growing the sport, rules that need to be changed, and much more. Plus, Coach Murphy drops some breaking news about the coaching staff and gives a 2022 schedule sneak peek. Rounding Third (1:40:16-1:59:57): Fresh off watching Oklahoma win the national championship, ESPN analyst and All-American Kayla Braud joins the podcast to give her immediate thoughts on the win for the Sooners, life on the set of 7Innings Live during the championship series, whether this might be the best WCWS ever, Jocelyn Alo's place in history, takeaways from the season both nationally and at Alabama, and so much more. Plus, everyone plays one final round of “What's Good, Braud?” for the 2021 season. Heading Home (2:00:12-2:38:43): To close the show, the guys dive into the 2021 All-Name Team before explaining the wondrous meals in Oklahoma City for “Tom's Hungry.” Then, Tom and Gray decide their medalists for the year-long Tom's Hungry Podium before finishing off with an “Off the Wall” that details speculation around what players will do next year, evaluations of the season, and the fact that the segment even had to exist at all in 2021. Oh, and we're coming back for Season Four.

    Episode 39: On the Road in OKC at the 2021 WCWS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 76:07


    The WCWS is set, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are ready to prep you for all the action from the Renaissance Waterford hotel in OKC. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-13:41): Tom and Gray discuss everything that happened in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional, including Lexi Kilfoyl's triumphant return to form in the circle and the offensive balance. Then, it's a preview of the Tide's Thursday match-up with Arizona in OKC. Advancing to First (13:51-26:01): The guys discuss the top-half of the WCWS bracket and dissect the Oklahoma-James Madison and Oklahoma State-Georgia games. Stealing Second (26:15-38:59): The guys move down and discuss the bottom-half of the WCWS bracket and take a deep look at the Alabama-Arizona and UCLA-Florida State match-ups, while also reacting to the latest news involving an injury to Bruin pitcher Megan Faraimo. Rounding Third (39:06-59:40): Tom and Gray go around the bracket and make their WCWS predictions. Heading Home (59:46-1:16:07): To close the show, the guys dive into an “Off the Wall” that covers people giving up way too easily and then discuss “Tom's Hungry” before signing off.

    Episode 38: So Much at Steak

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 127:11


    The field of 64 has been cut down to 16, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are ready to recap all the action from Regionals as well as look ahead to Supers. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-15:53): Tom and Gray discuss everything that happened in the Tuscaloosa Regional, including Alabama's dominant pitching and the continued rise of Taylor Clark. Then, it's a preview of yet another matchup with Kentucky, this time in Super Regionals. Advancing to First (16:01-47:11): The guys discuss each and every Regional from last weekend, breaking down the surprises, the biggest moments, and the weirdest drama, including whatever that was out in Tucson. Stealing Second (47:27-1:19:27): D1 Softball's Tara Henry swings by to talk about steak bets (and you thought the episode title was a typo?), the feeling of watching postseason softball again, the biggest Regional surprises, Oklahoma's pitching issues, Washington's comeback in Seattle, Alabama's run, the Oklahoma-Washington Super Regional, UCLA, the drama between Ole Miss and Arizona, Softball on ABC this weekend, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:19:37-1:37:26): Tom and Gray go through each Super Regional and discuss what teams will need to do to punch a ticket to OKC. Heading Home (1:37:37-2:07:12): To close the show, the guys actually pick all of the Super Regional matchups, and then finish with an “Off the Wall” that dives into pitching change decisions and Super Regional TV times.

    Episode 37: A Bracket of Pure MAYhem...and John Cena

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 129:46


    The bracket is here, and Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are ready to break it all down ahead of the 2021 NCAA Tournament! Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-26:06): Tom and Gray give overall reactions to the NCAA Tournament bracket, including winners and losers from selection night and a deeper look into some of the issues with the postseason. Then, it's a quick look at the Tuscaloosa Regional coming up this weekend. Advancing to First (26:15-49:00): The guys go through the left side of the bracket and discuss the biggest stories surrounding the regionals happening in Norman, Seattle, Knoxville, Columbia, Stillwater, Austin, Athens, and Gainesville. Stealing Second (49:14-1:11:00: The guys cross over and go through the right side of the bracket, looking at the most interesting storylines for the regionals in Tuscaloosa, Lexington, Tucson, Fayetteville, Baton Rouge, Tallahassee, Tempe, and Los Angeles. Rounding Third (1:11:08-1:37:51): Finally, Tom and Gray make some picks, going through every Regional and every potential Super Regional before arriving at eight possible WCWS contenders. Heading Home (1:37:58-2:09:46): To close the show, the guys answer NCAA Tournament questions from the mailbag, and then look back at the SEC Tournament and discuss what made the week so special for Alabama and the conference as a whole. Then, “Off the Wall” makes a long-awaited return for the first time in a few episodes.

    Episode 36: The Show is in TTown

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 116:36


    With the postseason looming, Tom Canterbury and an allergy-ridden Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-19:06): Tom and Gray discuss every detail about Alabama's sweep against Ole Miss, including another awesome performance from the offense. Then, it's a preview of Alabama's SEC Tournament path. Advancing to First (19:14-51:15): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Florida's clutch weekend, Mississippi State's hot streak, Missouri's road win, and so much more. They also cover all of the SEC Awards, saying who should and will take home each conference honor. Then, the Week Thirteen FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (51:32-1:18:25): SEC Network analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and Tennessee legend Madison Shipman swings to talk about Florida sharing the title after sweeping Texas A&M, what Mississippi State has done right lately, issues with Georgia, Bedlam, and the SEC Tournament, including who will win, which top four team is in danger, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:18:32-1:30:15): Gray presents his fifth edition of Bracketology and fields Tom's questions about the seed list. Heading Home (1:30:22-1:56:38): To close the show, the guys give their SEC Tournament picks starting with the quarterfinals, and then present the “SEC Tournament in Tuscaloosa Starter Pack,” which will get all visitors ready for their journey to TTown this week.

    Episode 35: Hog Heaven and the Last Resort

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 130:50


    After a weekend that shifted lots around in the softball world, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-27:14): Tom and Gray discuss every detail about Alabama's sweep at Georgia, including the awesome performance from the offense. Then, it's a preview of the regular season finale against Ole Miss. Advancing to First (27:22-47:19): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Arkansas clinching the SEC, LSU's disappointing showing, Florida's clutch performance in Columbia, the SEC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year races, and much more. Then, the Week Twelve FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (47:43-1:15:33): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and Arizona legend Jenny Dalton-Hill swings to talk about Arkansas winning the SEC title, the strengths of Florida, Alabama's impressive performance of late, the big SEC awards, Bedlam, predetermined sites, and her thoughts on the debate of whether it's harder to win the SEC or the Pac-12 right now. Rounding Third (1:15:42-1:30:14): Gray presents his fourth edition of Bracketology and fields Tom's questions about the seed list. Heading Home (1:30:25-2:10:51): To close the show, the guys give their series picks for the SEC, and then are joined by SID extraordinaire Nathan Sheehan for "Tom's Hungry" and the world premiere of "Nate's Thirsty."

    Episode 34: Agents of Chaos

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 125:04


    After more craziness in softball, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-22:16): Tom and Gray discuss every detail about Alabama's week, including the two wins over Louisiana. Then, it's a preview of the upcoming road series this weekend in Athens against Georgia. Advancing to First (22:24-41:45): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Missouri's status as the agent of chaos in the SEC, South Carolina's surprising win at Florida, Mississippi State's first conference victory, LSU's road wins at Kentucky, and much more. Then, the Week Eleven FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (41:58-1:20:50): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and UCLA Bruin Jen Schroeder swings by for an extensive conversation that digs into Washington-UCLA, the possible blueprint to beat Oklahoma and who could execute that blueprint, the SEC title race, the many questions surrounding predetermined NCAA Tournament sites, the Big Ten's status as a wildcard in May, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:21:02-1:34:31): Gray presents his third edition of Bracketology and fields Tom's questions about the seed list. Heading Home (1:34:40-2:05:05): To close the show, the guys give their series picks for the SEC and then dig into another great “Off the Wall” before teasing a brand new food and beverage segment that will drop on next week's show.

    Episode 33: There's No Place Like Home Plate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 116:32


    After a wild weekend of softball, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-20:03): Tom and Gray take a look at Alabama's series loss at Florida and discuss some of the reasons why the Crimson Tide dropped two of three to the Gators. Then, after looking over some of the injuries on the roster, it's a preview of the upcoming week, including Wednesday's game against Southern Miss and a weekend showdown with Louisiana. Advancing to First (20:09-38:55): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including another Auburn series win, Kayla Kowalik's SEC POTY case, Georgia getting swept by Arkansas (and then what they did immediately after to Oklahoma), Missouri's sweep of Mississippi State, and much more. Then, the Week Ten FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (39:14-1:09:26): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and Alabama All-American Kayla Braud swings by to talk about the Georgia-Oklahoma game, Florida's series win over Alabama, the recent performances from Montana Fouts, the Arkansas-Florida race for a title, the Tennessee-South Carolina series, big games coming this week including UCLA-Washington, and much more. Plus, “What's Good, Braud?” returns, and Tom, Gray, and Kayla all react in real-time, mid-interview, to Georgia tying it up in the bottom of the seventh against Oklahoma (1:02:12 mark). Rounding Third (1:09:34-1:29:31): Gray presents his second edition of Bracketology and fields Tom's questions about the Top 16 seed list. Then, it's a quick RPI discussion as well as a Mini Mailbag! Heading Home (1:29:44-1:56:32): To close the show, the guys give their series picks for the SEC and some other big games around the country, and then dig into an “Off the Wall” that addresses complaints, provides some important information, and is a reminder that, yes, Alabama will make the postseason.

    Episode 32: It Doesn't Get Bigger Than This

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 119:33


    After a jam-packed weekend of softball, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-21:05): Tom and Gray take a look at Alabama's series win at Arkansas and discuss the impressive weekend from Montana Fouts. Then, it's a preview of the upcoming week, including a massively critical series in Tuscaloosa against Florida. Advancing to First (21:14-37:08): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Auburn's wins on the road, wackiness in Lexington, South Carolina's first conference victory, and much more. Then, the Week Nine FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (37:35-1:13:00): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and friend of the pod Amanda Scarborough swings by to talk about evaluations of Alabama after the Arkansas series, Montana Fouts, Florida's offense and pitching staff, Arkansas' viability as a threat, confusion with Georgia and LSU, Florida State's spot in the national landscape, UCLA-Oregon, and what the NCAA Tournament might look like with predetermined sites. Rounding Third (1:13:10-1:26:35): Gray presents his first edition of Bracketology and fields Tom's questions about the seed list. Then, it's a quick RPI discussion. Heading Home (1:26:44-1:59:34): To close the show, the guys give their series picks for the SEC and some other big games around the country, provide another quality “Off the Wall,” and then dig into a legendary “Tom's Hungry” after an incredible trip to Fayetteville.

    Episode 31: The 2021 Midseason Boxies

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 112:39


    After another jam-packed weekend of softball, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-20:50): Tom and Gray take a long look at Alabama's sweep of Texas A&M as well as where the team is at the midpoint in SEC Play. Then, it's a quick preview of the upcoming series at Arkansas. Advancing to First (20:58-39:30): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Arkansas sweeping Auburn, Tennessee taking two from Kentucky, an offensive explosion in Athens, and much more. Then, the Week Eight FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (39:43-1:05:31): It's time for the Midseason Boxies! Tom and Gray hand out awards for the halfway point of college softball for Alabama, the SEC, the FGCL, and nationally, including Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year, and more. Rounding Third (1:05:56-1:23:38): The guys discuss the official announcement about predetermined Regional and Super Regional sites for the NCAA Tournament, and then take a gander at the new RPI as well as other games to watch this week. Heading Home (1:23:50-1:52:39): To close the show, Tom and Gray give their SEC series picks and then dig into an “Off the Wall” that asks the question: why are you arguing with statistical facts? DISCLAIMER: Gray's mic had an issue while recording, so some of the audio is a bit grainy. It's been fixed for the next show, so it shouldn't be an issue moving forward.

    Out of the Box: Off the Wall, Volume I

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 17:28


    In the first ever spin-off podcast, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return with the full, extended cut of the "Off the Wall" segment from Episode 30, "A Kick in the Butt." The guys will go over why, obviously, none of the coaches need to be fired, why creating fake Twitter accounts is never a good idea, and why the overall lack of nuance in the comments after a difficult, frustrating game was so disappointing. The Out of the Box Boys sincerely hope an episode like this never has to be done again.

    Episode 30: A Kick in the Butt

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 102:04


    After another wild weekend of softball, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown all of the action across the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-17:44): Tom and Gray take a long, hard look at Alabama's series loss to Kentucky and what the team needs to do going forward. Then, it's a preview of the upcoming series with Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa. Advancing to First (17:51-38:01): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Arkansas and Florida snagging sweeps, Ole Miss shocking Georgia, Texas A&M rolling over South Carolina, and much more. Then, the Week Seven FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (38:11-1:01:32): ESPN analyst and softball legend Michele Smith swings by to do a deep, analytical dive into the Alabama-Kentucky series, discuss what the Florida sweep of LSU means for both teams, hash out whether or not Arkansas is for real, glance over the Pac-12 powers, and provide her thoughts on the NCAA's decision to set predetermined hosting sites for Regionals and Super Regionals in the NCAA Tournament. Rounding Third (1:01:53-1:16:25): Tom and Gray take a look around the RPI and further discuss what predetermined Regionals and Supers sites could mean this season for the NCAA Tournament. Then, the guys take a look at the big games coming up this week around the country. Heading Home (1:16:47-1:42:04): To close the show, the guys give their picks for upcoming SEC series, provide a shortened “Off the Wall,” and then dig into “Tom's Hungry” after a strong meal trip in Lexington. For the FULL and EXTENDED edition of “Off the Wall,” check out the new “Out of the Box: Off the Wall” episode!

    Episode 29: Crossovers, Contingencies, and...Oprah?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 111:06


    After another crazy slate of softball, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown everything from the past weekend of action. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-22:34): Tom and Gray dissect the series against Tennessee, especially what the injury to Bailey Dowling means going forward. Then, it's a quick preview of the North Alabama game and the upcoming road series against Kentucky. Advancing to First (22:45-42:04): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC, including Arkansas sweeping Ole Miss, Mississippi State's struggles, a wild series in Athens, and more. Then, the Week Six FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (42:28-1:08:09): It's crossover time! Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson from In the Circle swing by for a different kind of segment. Eric, Victor, Gray, and Tom spend this time answering some open-ended questions and discussing some of the biggest topics in college softball. Rounding Third (1:08:16-1:24:43): Tom and Gray play a round of “On Second Thought,” going back and looking at old predictions from earlier this season. Then, it's a glimpse at the RPI and some big games coming this weekend. Heading Home (1:24:51-1:51:06): To close the show, the guys give their SEC series picks, and then dive into an “Off the Wall” that features one of the more baffling revelations in podcast history.

    Episode 28: A Strong Shot of Baileys

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 121:16


    After a wild weekend of SEC conference play, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to break down everything from the past weekend of softball action. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-20:52): Tom and Gray dissect the sweep of Auburn, the incredible pitching in the series, and the pair of Baileys doing damage at the plate for Alabama. Then, it's a quick preview of the (recently postponed) UAB game and a huge series in Tuscaloosa against Tennessee. Advancing to First (21:00-39:42): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC during the opening weekend of conference play, including Arkansas sweeping South Carolina, LSU's road wins at Tennessee, the battle of the enigmas in Gainesville, and an Egg Bowl stunner. Then, the Week Five FGCL Player of the Week is revealed. Stealing Second (39:51-1:06:39): ESPN analyst and former Tennessee softball player Madison Shipman swings by to talk about Arizona's struggles in Florida, what to expect from the Wildcats this weekend against Washington, the LSU-Tennessee series, Alabama's sweep, lessons learned in Florida-Kentucky, concerns for the SEC teams that got swept, and much more. Rounding Third (1:07:04-1:35:05): The voice of Tennessee softball Brian Rice joins the show to give a more extensive breakdown of the Lady Vols, including what happened against LSU, how the pitching staff looks behind Ashley Rogers, where Tennessee stands in the SEC right now, and much more. Plus, Winston Churchill quotes! Heading Home (1:35:17-1:59:15): To close the show, Tom and Gray look at other big games around the country and then give their SEC series picks. After that, they dive into a smaller edition of “Off the Wall” before the long-awaited return of Tom's Hungry.

    Episode 27: Second Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 105:02


    Conference play has arrived and, with the second season around the corner, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown everything from the past weekend of action all across softball. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-22:40): Tom and Gray dissect the Mississippi State win and the results from the T-Town Showdown, including a discussion about what Sunday's loss means for the team going forward. Advancing to First (22:52-44:31): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC during the fourth weekend of the year, including LSU's series win over Texas and Florida's split with Florida State. Then, Gray gives out the fourth FGCL Player of the Week award in “Gray's FGCL Corner.” Stealing Second (44:55-1:08:31): ESPN analyst and former Arizona softball player Jenny Dalton-Hill swings by to talk about Arizona's shocking loss to UCF, the upcoming start to Pac-12 play, UCLA's status with Rachel Garcia back, the blueprint against Oklahoma, impressions from Florida-Florida State, her early thoughts on South Carolina-Arkansas this weekend, and more. Rounding Third (1:08:43-1:15:21): Tom and Gray go through all the big non-SEC conference play games this week, including some interesting battles for Liberty out in Oklahoma and a pair of rematches between Iowa State and Missouri. Heading Home (1:15:34-1:45:02): To close the show, Tom and Gray give their first SEC picks of the season. Then, they dive into a classic edition of “Off the Wall” that will surely entertain you.

    Episode 26: Lessons Learned and Accents Burned

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 117:44


    As conference play draws closer, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to breakdown everything from the past weekend of action all across softball. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-16:12): Tom and Gray dissect the Crimson Classic, especially the pitching performances and the injuries to the outfield. Then, the guys preview the week ahead, including a critical Wednesday game with Mississippi State. Advancing to First (16:24-39:40): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC during the third weekend of the year, and then talk about the very interesting games coming in week four. Then, Gray gives out the third FGCL Player of the Week award in “Gray's FGCL Corner.” Stealing Second (40:06-1:08:23): ESPN analyst and former Alabama Softball player Kayla Braud swings by to talk about the Big Four of 2021, Washington's problems, Oregon's upset of UCLA, Oklahoma's pitching plan, impressions of Alabama, concerns about Florida, Virginia Tech's COVID pause, and much more, including a brand new segment called “What's Good, Braud?”. Rounding Third (1:08:36-1:27:36): Tom and Gray play a round of Buy or Sell, scrolling through ten teams and debating whether they think they'll be a WCWS contender or not. Heading Home (1:27:45-1:57:45): To close the show, Tom and Gray give their Top Five College Softball Stadiums, and then dive into an “Off the Wall” about online criticism, the importance of accurate softball coverage, and much more.

    Episode 25: Sunshine, Clear Skies, and a Brand New Belt

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 127:44


    Another week of college softball is in the books! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back and ready to breakdown everything from the past weekend of action in this very full episode. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-26:24): Tom and Gray dissect the Easton Bama Bash, especially the two wins over LSU that should definitely result in Alabama winning the belt (if you know, you know). After covering most of the team, the guys then preview a very busy week coming up for the Crimson Tide. Advancing to First (26:32-49:14): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC during the second weekend of the year, and then talk about a huge slate on tap for week three. Then, Gray gives out the second FGCL Player of the Week in the “Gray's FGCL Corner” segment. Stealing Second (49:37-1:16:56): D1 Softball writer and former UCLA Bruin Tara Henry makes her debut on the show and talks about Rachel Garcia's injury, Washington's strange start, Arizona and Oklahoma's offensive abilities, reactions to Alabama and LSU, the ACC, her own “Off the Wall”-esque viral tweet, and much more. Rounding Third (1:17:05-1:41:48): Former Alabama player and SEC Network+ broadcaster Sydney Littlejohn Watkins stops by to discuss all things Crimson Tide, including her thoughts on the pitching staff, Bailey Dowling, two-out production, similarities to 2019, and much more. Heading Home (1:41:58-2:07:44): To close the show, Tom and Gray give their Top Five Montana Fouts pitching performances, and then preview some of the big week three games nationally. After that, it's another good “Off the Wall” that once again addresses the softball streaming landscape.

    Episode 24: Where's the Tylenol?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 117:57


    One week of college softball is in the books! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are back and ready to breakdown everything from opening weekend in the sport. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-24:37): Tom and Gray dissect Alabama's impressive opening weekend, especially the quality outings from the pitching staff as well as the starting infield competition. Then, they preview the Easton Bama Bash and take a closer look at the LSU game on Sunday. Advancing to First (26:01-47:20): The guys discuss everything that happened in the SEC during the first weekend of the year and cover big week two games featuring conference teams. Then, Gray gives out the first FGCL Player of the Week in the new “Gray's FGCL Corner” segment. Stealing Second (47:28-1:12:48): ESPN analyst, 7Innings Podcast contributor, and former UCLA catcher Jen Schroeder is back to talk about her alma mater's season opener, Washington's weekend struggles, impressions of Alabama, Oklahoma's offensive firepower, concerns about LSU, under-the-radar teams, no bat testing in 2021, and so much more. NOTE: The 2021 bat testing rules are even more complicated than discussed here, but that will be covered and clarified more in upcoming episodes. Rounding Third (1:12:57-1:32:54): The guys answer some questions in a mailbag segment, including queries about the infield, Alabama's SEC schedule, television's impact on the sport, cinderella teams, and which Alabama player or staffer would be the best Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant. Heading Home (1:33:03-1:59:00): To close the show, Tom and Gray each give their Top Five SEC Power Rankings and provide a quick “Tom's Hungry” involving the failed trip to Austin. Then, the guys give a HUGE “Off the Wall” that answers the age-old question: “What channel is this on?”

    Episode 23: A Season Unlike Any Other

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 134:48


    College softball is back! To get you ready for the season, Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are here to breakdown everything you need to know about Alabama, the SEC, and much more. Here's your trip around the bases: At the Plate (0:00-23:30): Tom and Gray thoroughly examine the Alabama roster, go through the schedule, discuss possible lineups, and sort through an incredibly deep Crimson Tide pitching staff. Advancing to First (24:54-53:19): Tom and Gray discuss the preseason All-SEC Team, the disconnect between the media and coaches in the preseason polls, and then dissect and preview each team in the Southeastern Conference. Stealing Second (53:27-1:15:48): ESPN analyst and 7Innings Podcast contributor Amanda Scarborough is back to talk about whether we'll see parity similar to 2020 this season, the Big Three in the SEC, how Texas will handle life after Elish, what to expect from opening weekend in Austin, the legendary possibilities for UCLA, and so much more. Rounding Third (1:15:58-1:43:24): Softball aficionado Emily Pitek joins the guys for "Pitek's Point of View" to discuss the 2021 season, the departure of Skylar Wallace, Alabama's schedule, what Rhoads with a limited capacity will be like, the Olympics, and much more. Heading Home (1:43:36-2:15:51): To close the premiere, it's an extremely loaded final segment. Tom and Gray make bold predictions for the upcoming season in the "Landmine or Goldmine" segment, and then also present their entire 2021 SEC predictions. Plus, the guys give a preseason “Off the Wall” going into opening weekend.

    Softball Media Days, Day 4: Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Ole Miss

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 138:22


    The Out of the Box Boys are back to conclude Softball Media Days! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson return to finish up this project with more SEC softball coaches for Day 4 of the event. Here's the rundown: First, Tom and Gray preview Day 4 of Softball Media Days and discuss Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Ole Miss (0:00-6:52). Then, Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy joins the program to discuss replacing Skylar Wallace, how things look at catcher, managing a big pitching staff, Bailey Dowling's development, the return of Claire Jenkins, the outlook of college softball in 2021, and much more (6:57-37:28). Next, South Carolina head coach Bev Smith swings by to discuss the health of the pitching staff, replacing Jana Johns, how the offense can progress in 2021, putting pieces together with an inflated roster, what it will take to make a WCWS push, and much more (38:32-58:32). After that, Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer stops by to talk about lessons learned in 2020, replacing Ciara Bryan and Justice Milz, Mary Wilson Avant's potential, CJ Landrum's impact, playing at Clemson last season, ways to improve the sport of softball, and more (58:40-1:30:13). Finally, in the last interview of Softball Media Days, new Ole Miss head coach Jamie Trachsel talks to the guys about her first few months on the job, the differences between coaching in the south versus the north, bringing Katie Rietkovich Browder to Oxford, the addition of Maddi Banks to the roster, the complications of scheduling in 2021, and much more (1:30:21-1:58:51). To close the show, Tom and Gray make way-too-early predictions for the 2021 season, say lots of thank yous, provide a quick “Off the Wall,” and give a few explanations for why having an event like this is important (1:58:57-2:19:19).

    Softball Media Days, Day 3: Kentucky, Texas A&M, and LSU

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 102:43


    The Out of the Box Boys have returned for Day 3 of Softball Media Days! Tom Canterbury and Gray Robertson are here to talk with more SEC softball coaches about their programs and the 2021 season in the second week of this very special project. Here's the rundown: First, Tom and Gray preview Day 3 of Softball Media Days and discuss Kentucky, Texas A&M, and LSU (0:00-5:05). Then, Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson joins the program to discuss some of the insane results from the 2020 season, why she creates difficult non-conference schedules, replacing Alex Martens and Bailey Vick, managing a deep pitching staff, the growth of Autumn Humes and Grace Baalman, and much more (5:13-33:17). Next, Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans stops by to talk about the 2020 season's ups and downs, the addition of Craig Snider to the staff, Makinzy Herzog's offseason rehab, incoming transfer pitcher Kelsey Broadus, Davis Diamond, scheduling concerns, College Station restaurants and more (34:23-1:06:44). Finally, LSU head coach Beth Torina swings by to discuss the lessons from the 2020 season, the returns of the seniors, pitching depth and how that helps strategically, Taylor Pleasants, the best places to eat in Baton Rouge, and much more (1:06:50-1:34:20). To close the show, Tom and Gray recap the third episode and tease Day 4 of Softball Media Days, which will feature Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Ole Miss (1:34:28-1:43:43).

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