We talk about all things related to the Philadelphia sports scene: Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and Penn State football.
The "Simmons Saga" lingers, but the 76ers are tipping off the new season. It should be interesting, and Philly Pressbox Radio welcomes longtime Sixers reporter Dei Lynam (97.5 The Fanatic) to help us preview the season. Jim "Chet" Chesko and guest co-host "Boop" Vetrone also talk Eagles and Flyers, and Bill Furman makes at least a cameo appearance as we try to give you another perfect week of NFC East predictions. Plus, some thoughts about the departure of Zach Ertz (he's a different kind of "bird" now) and the passing of a couple of our favorite former guests, MLB All-Star Ray Fosse and former Eagle Dennis Franks.
The Eagles win but now face the defending champion Bucs on a short week, the Ben Simmons/Sixers saga escalates and the Phillies' offseason will yield lots of tough decisions. Bill and Chet talk about all of that on this week's show, but there's also plent of Flyers talk, as HockeyBuzz.com's Bill Meltzer visits to help us preview the Orange & Black's 2021-22 season. Also on the agenda: that tough Penn State loss out in Iowa and our Week 6 NFC East predictions!
The Eagles drop another one, the 76ers' preseason is under way and the Phils season is (mercifully) over. Bill Furman and guest co-host Freddy Burns discuss all of that and more, while Jim "Chet" Chesko has an interview with Aimee Levin and Alison Platt Tarnopol about this weekend's Susan Love Family Golf Classic in Voorhees. Also. NFC East Week 5 predictions!
The Eagles laid an egg in a Monday night visit to Dallas, the Phillies can pretty much forget about a trip to the postseason, and Ben Simmons continues to distance himself from the 76ers as his (former?) teammates open training camp. Ahh, the Philadelphia sports scene! Oh, visiting Philly Pressbox Radio this weel: Hall of Fame football writer Ray Didinger to tell us if the Birds can turn their season around, Ray's son -- David Didinger -- a terrific sports camera man, plus a visit from Bob Vetrone Jr, aka "Boop," who will hit Bill and Chet with some Philly sports trivia questions. We'll make our Week 4 NFC East picks, too!
The Eagles left a bunch of points on the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers and are now 1-1 heading into a Monday night game down in Dallas against the hated Cowboys. We'll talk Birds and more with former Eagles beat writer Paul Domowitch. Also on the show: the latest on the Phillies ... and a chat with WMMR producer Chris "Pancake" Ashcraft about his passion for Philly sports, his amazing collection of sports hats, and working with Pierre Robert at 93.3 FM every day. Plus, we make our Week 3 NFC East predictions (we stunk it up badly in Week 2!) and a couple other surprises, too.
Do you feel better about the Eagles now after that impressive Week 1 trouncing of the Falcons? Bill and Chet talk about it and what lies ahead for the Birds with Bleeding Green Nation's Brandon Lee Gowton. Also: long-time Phillies reporter Paul Hagen stops by to reflect on the passing of late Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter and whether the fading Phils still have a shot at the postseason. In addition, we talk about the 2-0 Penn State Nittany Lions and get some betting tips from Bob Vetrone Jr., aka "Boop." Oh ...What are the best fall craft beers? (Hey, we talk about all of the important stuff!)
The 2021 NFL season kicks off this weekend, and who better than Eagles longtime radio voice MERRILL REESE to help us preview the Birds' first year under new head coach Nick Sirianni. Plus, BOB VETRONE JR., aka "Boop," visits to talk about sports betting, the Phillies and a whole lot more. Of course, Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko talk about Penn State's season-opening win out at Wisconsin ... and also unveil their official predictions for how the 2021 Eagles season will go!
On our show this week: PennLive.com's David Jones on the 2021 Penn State Nittany Lions and Philadelphia Eagles ... and Lehigh Valley IronPigs broadcaster Pat McCarthy on Phillies' minor-leaguers and his recent two-game stint filling in for his dad, Tom McCarthy, on Phils telecasts. Plus, we unveil our 2021 Philly Pressbox Radio Hall of Fame class ... and -- oh yeah -- the Ben Simmons mess!
Do the Phillies have what it takes to get back into serious contention for a division title? Joining Bill and "Chet" to talk all-things Phils is long-time Phils reporter and columnist BOB BROOKOVER. Plus, some Eagles talk (how 'bout that preseason loss to the Patriots?), and we unveil this year's slate of candidates for our Philly Pressbox Radio Hall of Fame.
A first for Philly Pressbox Radio: an interview with the mom of a big-league ballplayer! Stephanie Brogdon, mother of Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon, joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talk about her son's background and his rise to becoming a Major Leaguer, the emotional rollercoaster that a ballplayer's parent goes through ... and whether it might be time for baseball to go with a robo-ump behind home plate. Expect some Eagles talk, too, course ... and we have another visit from the great singer-songwriter Willie Nile, who has just released a terrific new album called "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
Bill and Chet get to talk about a first-place Phillies team and the start of what should be an interesting Eagles preseason on this edition of Philly Pressbox Radio! TOM KELLY of our Edge of Philly Sports Network cousin Pattison Ave. Phanatics makes his first visit to this show to talk all-things Philly sports. Plus, we have a conversation with the Washington Post's TRAVIS ANDREWS about how some college athletes are taking advantage of the new Name-Image-Likeness rules. Other potential topics: Why is Ben Simmons still a Sixer? What's Bobby Bowden's legacy? Why does beer taste so good on a hot day? (*Please follow Philly Pressbox Radio on YouTube if you haven't already.)
Eagles legend Bill Bradley joins Bill and Chet to reflect on 1970s-era Birds football and his excitement about Harold Carmichael's Hall of Fame induction this weekend. (Expect some great stories from "Super Bill"!) Plus, Jack Fritz of SportsRadio WIP and a co-host of the "High Hopes" podcast visits to talk about this year's up-and-down Phillies season and their trade-deadline moves.
This week, there's lots of talk about the Phillies ahead of the trade deadline, plus the latest news on the Eagles and Flyers ... and Bill and Chet visit with former CSN reporter Leslie Gudel ... discussing the N-I-L mess, and next month's Kendall's Crusade One-Armed Golf Challenge. (Technical issues forced us to scrap a planned visit with former Eagles All-Pro safety Bill Bradley.)
The Phillies are an even .500 at the All-Star break, but are they legitimate contenders? Should teams mandae players to be vaccinated against Covid-19? The Eagles are two weeks away from training camp and the 76ers have a slew of off-season decisions to make. Philly Pressbox Radio talks about those issues and many others as WIP's JAMES SELTZER makes a return visit to the show. (Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko have co-hosted this weekly podcast since 2014. Please subscribe!)
Inquirer.com sports columnist Mike Sielski makes a return visit to Philly Pressbox Radio to talk about the Philadelphia sports scene -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Plus, a preview of Mike's next book, "The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality," and Bill and "Chet" give their midseason grades for this year's Phillies and much more.
Always plenty to talk about regarding the Philly sports scene, and this week we cover as much of it as we can with long-time sports writer and reporter ED BARKOWITZ -- some sports-betting talk with Ed, also. Plus, Phillies talk with the team's "director of fun and games," JOHN BRAZER; the Phils have some cool events and promotions coming up! Also, some talk about Marc Zumoff's surprising decision to retire, the news John Facenda will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and --- oh, some beer talk as well!
Well, the 76ers' season ended far sooner than we had been hoping, and a certain 6'10" point guard is getting the bulk of the blame ... but he wasn't the only issue. Now what? We'll talk about all of it with Inquirer.com Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey. Also on this week's show, Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko discuss the still-struggling Phillies and give a few summer thoughts about the Eagles. Oh -- another Random Chet segment is on the agenda, too!
Coming off a great homestand, the Phillies are now on a challenging West Coast trip and dealing with more injuries, and Phils TV voice Tom McCarthy joins us to talk about the team. Is Joe Girardi's club a contender or just a pretender? Plus, we're joined by sports columnist Frank Fitzpatrick who just announced his retirement after 41 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Expect some great stories from Fitz! Of course, there will be lots of 76ers talk, too, as the Sixers try to get past the Hawks in their second-round playoff series.Oh -- another "Random Chet" segment, too!
The Sixers' second-round playoff series is all even and the Phillies' season continues to have fewer ups than downs. We talk about that and much more with former Philly sports anchor Neil Hartman, who these days runs Rowan University's Center for Sports Communication. Plus, we welcome 79-year-old Ray Loewe, a U.S. Masters All-American swimmer, aka "The Luckiest Guy in the World" and host of the weekly podcast "Changing the Rules." And we'll squeeze in another "Random Chet" segment, too.
Can the 76ers end their series against the Wizards in front of a sellout crowd in Philly? Bucks County Courier Times sports columnist Tom Moore visits to talk all-things Sixers (and a little Eagles, too). Plus, making her first visit to the show is Sam Wilson, who is hosting a new, weekly baseball show with former Phillies legends Charlie Manuel and Larry Bowa, "Down the Line With Charlie & Bo," on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko are now in their 8th year of co-hosting the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable; thanks for finding us!
The 76ers' postseason run got off to a winning start, but some fans are still not thrilled. Meanwhile, the Phillies continue to confound us with subpar hitting, inconsistent pitching and terrible defense. Joining us to talk all-things Phils on this week's show: former longtime color analyst CHRIS WHEELER. (*Some audio difficulties -- sorry!) A "Random Chet" segment, some Eagles talk, and whatever else we get to on the show, too!
The Sixers are getting ready for the postseason and the Phillies are ... well, as inconsistent and frustrating as ever yet somehow contending for the top spot in the NL East. Expect lots of Phils and Sixers talk on this week's Philly Pressbox Radio show as TIM KELLY of Phillies Nation and TYRONE JOHNSON of Sixers Outsiders and 97.5 The Fanatic visit. Bill and Chet also discuss the Eagles' signing of Ryan Kerrigan and the election of Villanova Coach Jay Wright to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Expect some great baseball talk on this week as Phillies Nation's BRIAN MICHAEL visits Philly Pressbox Radio --we cover all the bases with Brian. Plus, Freddy Burns of Edge of Philly Sports stops by for some Sixers and Eagles talk -- the Birds' 2021 schedule is out! Now that the Flyers' season has mercifully ended, I guess we need to do an autopsy of that Orange and Black mess! And, yes, you'll get another Random Chet segment, too.
The NFL's 2021 draft is in the books, so ... how did the Eagles do? That's a main topic for this week's Philly Pressbox Radio show as Hall of Fame sports writer RAY DIDINGER joins Bill and Chet.to give his take on the nine guys selected by the Birds over the three-day draft and what it all means for the outlook for next season. Plus, Ray gives us a preview of his new memoir Finished Business about his 50 years covering the Philly sports scene. The book will be available later this month. Of course, you'll get some Phillies and 76ers talk and a new "Random Chet" segment, too.
In a Draft Night Eve chat, former long-time Eagles beat reporter Mark Eckel visits Philly Pressbox Radio to help Bill and Chet preview the 2021 draft. Will the Birds get it right this year? Plus, there's some Phillies and Sixers talk, and WMMR's Brent Porche stops by to discuss being a Philly sports fan and his 15 years at 93.3 MMR.
The NFL Draft is next week -- what will the Eagles do? -- and the 76ers continue to cling to 1st place in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Joining Bill and Chet to talk about the Birds and the Sixers is Bleeding Green Nation's Brandon Lee Gowton. Yes, you can expect some Phillies and Flyers talk, too, and ... heck, maybe even a little discussion about this Sunday's Academy Awards. (One of the hosts is a big movie guy!)
WIth the NFL draft fast approaching, what will the Eagles do in trying to fill their many needs? Inquirer.com's Paul Domowitch joins Bill and Chet to talk all-things Eagles. Plus, former Flyer Chris Therien stops by to talk about the Orange and Black's disappointing season. "Bundy"also discusses his struggles with alcoholism and his new role at Limitless Recovery, an intensive outpatient facility in Fishtown. There will of course be some Phillies and Sixers talk along the way, too ... and our memories of Veterans Stadium, which opened in April 1971.
This week's Philly Pressbox Radio show is a full one, as Bill and Chet talk about the Phillies' impressive start to the 2021 baseball season and also welcome some terrific guests: Krystle Rich, of 76ers Outsiders, visits to talk all-things Sixers ... and then we talk Flyers hockey and more with Kim Parent and Corey Favell (you may have heard of their dads!). Kim and Corey this week are debuting their "Parent/Favell Generation X Hockey Podcast." Hopefully there'll be time left for a "Random Chet" segment!
With the 2021 baseball season about to get started, longtime Phillies reporter PAUL HAGEN joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to preview the Phils' campaign. Can they compete in the tough NL East? Also, we chat with Delaware Blue Coats radio voice KAYLA SANTIAGO. The Rowan University junior is making a name for herself as a play-by-play broadcaster. Plus, we talk about the 1st-place 76ers, the struggling Flyers ... and there's another "Random Chet" segment, too.
It's Women's History Month, and we have two great ladies visiting Philly Pressbox Radio this week. Longtime 76ers reporter DEI LYNAM stops by to talk all-things Sixers as they depart on an important West Coast trip ... and author LUANNE LYONS POWELL visits Bill and Chet to discuss her new book "So This Is Love" and more. Plenty to discuss about the Philly sports scene, as always ... plus March Mandess -- and there's another Random Chet segment, too.
With Villanova, Drexel and Rutgers in the "Big Dance," we have NCAA Tournament talk for you on this week's show. Joining Bill and Chet is BettorsInsider.com contributor Bob Vetrone Jr. Find out what "Boop" has to say about the Philly sports scene, whether Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats might have another tourney run in them and which team is most likely to cut down the nets in April. Expect another "Random Chet" segment, too.
A couple of Philly legends visit Philly Pressbox Radio this week! Phillies radio voice Scott Franzke joins Bill and Chet to preview the Phils' 2020 season, and we talk all-things Flyers with former Broad Street Bully and current Flyers ambassador Bob "Hound" Kelly. There will be a bit of Eagles and Sixers talk, too, plus another "Random Chet" segment for your viewing and listening pleasure!
We had such a great time talking with Ray Fosse a couple of times last spring, we decided we needed to have him back for a return visit here in 2021. Fosse, a two-time All-Star with the Indians and two-time World Champion with the A's, gives Bill and Chet his thoughts about the upcoming baseball season, MLB's rules changes, the passing last year of former Phils great Dick Allen and several baseball Hall of Famers and much more. Plus, our weekly update on the Philly sports scene and another 'Random Chet' segment.
There's always plenty to discuss on the Philly sports scene and we have two great guests to help with that this week: Museum of Sports Show host Doug Shimell, whom you'll remember from his two decades as a reporter with NBC-10, and Inquirer.com Phillies columnist Bob Brookover -- he'll answer all of our questions about this year's Phils! Plus, Bill and Chet give their take on the Eagles' trade of Carson Wentz and the Flyers' not-so-great Lake Tahoe game, and tnere's another "Random Chet" to look forward to ... or not!
It's already been a bizarre offseason for the Eagles. We talk Birds with Delco Daily Times' BOB GROTZ this week -- the latest on the Carson Wentz mess and much more. Plus, Edge of Philly Sports' FREDDY BURNS joins Bill and Chet to talk Sixers. We cover the Phillies and the Covid-stricken Flyers as well, and you'll get another edition of "Random Chet."
Carson Wentz will soon be an ex-Eagle, apparently. That's a main topic for this week's show, plus Bill and Chet welcome first-time visit David Didinger to the show. David is a camera man for NFL Films and NBC Sports' regional networks and has worked 20+ Super Bowls, including this year's and Super Bowl LII, when he had Nick Foles "wired up" and caught that memorable "You want Philly Philly?" moment. And, yes, David is the son of Ray Didinger, who will very likely come up in our conversation. You'll also get some Flyers and Sixers talk and another "Random Chet" segment -- this one Valentine's Day related!
Glen Macnow has been covering the Philly sports scene since he joined the Inquirer in 1986, and since the early 1990s he's been a staple on Sports Radio WIP and has authored several books, while also being something of a food and beer expert. On this week's Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable, we get Glen's story -- "borrowing" the weekly "Tell Us Your Story" segment that Ray Didinger and Glen do every Saturday on WIP. In addition to chatting with Glen, there will be plenty of talk about the latest on the Philly sports scene courtesy Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko, including last Friday's passing of legendary Temple coach John Chaney.
It's always great when Inquirer.com sports columnist Mike Sielski visits Philly Pressbox Radio. This time, Mike gives Bill and Chet his take on the Eagles' hiring of Nick Sirianni as their new head coach, the first-place 76ers, the defensively challenged Flyers and the outlook for the Phillies as they get set to head to spring training next month. Plus, Mike gives us a preview about his forthcoming back about Kobe Bryant. Also, Bill and Chet discuss the Super Bowl LV matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers, and reflect on the late, great Hank Aaron.
What's the latest on the Eagles' search for a new head coach? Who will be the Birds' quarterback next season? Joining us to talk all-things Eagles is Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation. BLG is a big Sixers fan, so that's on the agenda, too, and Bill and Chet will get to the Flyers and Phillies as well. Plus, a review of the new movie "One Night in Miami."
With the NHL dropping the puck on a new season, Philly Pressbox Radio welcomes Chris Therien, aka "Bundy," to talk all-things Flyers. Plus, with the Eagles having fired Doug Pederson, "Big Al" Zaffiri of Edge of Philly Sports stops by to talk with Bill and Chet about the dysfunctional Eagles franchise. We'll squeeze in talk about that CFP National Championship game, the recent issues impacting the Sixers and ... oh yeah -- bobbleheads!
Well, the Eagles season is mercifully over. Now what? There are plenty of topics to discuss as the Birds' offseason begins, and who better to help us on that front than Hall of Fame sportswriter Ray Didinger. Always great to have R.Diddy join us! Also making a visit to our first Philly Pressbox Radio show of 2021 is Wall Street Journal sportswriter Rachel Bachman, who discusses the College Football Playoff system, why it always seems to be the same schools involved in the playoffs, and whether Alabama will win another title. Join Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko for what promises to be a great show! (Oh, we'll tell you who won our 2020 NFL Pick'em Competition ... and we debut a new "Random Chet" segment.)
The year 2020 has been one that we'll never forget -- mostly for negative things, and that includes much of what happened on the Philadelphia sports scene. We cover it all on our final Philly Pressbox Radio show of 2020 as Inquirer.com's Frank Fitzpatrick makes his annual visit to help us put a wrap on the year -- the good, the bad and the ugly! Plus, Bill and Chet talk about the Eagles getting eliminated from playoff contention in the awful NFC East, the first week of the 76ers' season (Bill still has issues with Joel Embiid!) and some of the many great Hall of Famers who left us over the past yea. And Chet and Fred's NFL pick'em competition is going down to the final weekend.
Eagles talk -- yeah, they're still alive in the wacky NFC East with two weeks left in the season -- and a preview of the 76ers season on this Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable. As the NBA tips off, Bill and Chet are joined by Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey of Inquirer.com to get you set for the 72-game season. Plus, Edge of Philly Sports' Freddy Burns stops by for a final Fantasy Football segment and an update on his pick'em battle with Chet. Oh... an "airing of grievances" Festivus rant by Chet, too!
It's been a while, but we have an Eagles win to talk about! Joining Bill and Chet on this week's show is a former Birds wide receiver (one of our favorites, in fact), "Arkansas Fred" Barnett! So much to discuss regarding the Eagles here in December. Also on the agenda: the Phillies (Dave Dombrowski is now in charge!) and Sixers (a new NBA season is fast approaching!). Plus, Edge of Philly Sports' Freddy Burns pops in with some Fantasy Football tips.
Another week, another Eagles loss ... and now a quarterback controversy! Joining Bill and Chet on this week's Philly Pressbox Radio show is Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. Boy, do we have questions for Dave! Also on the show: some Phillies talk (including the sad passing of slugger Dick Allen) and Edge of Philly Sports' Freddy Burns pops in with his weekly Fantasy Football advice.
Eagles-Seahawks, Eagles-Packers ... lots of talk about those games and more with former Birds beat writer Mark Eckel, who also makes another "Fast Five" hot-seat visit! Also on this week's Philly Pressbox Radio show, Bill and Chet discuss Phillies cost-cutting moves and the fact that the Sixers season tips off in just a couple of weeks. Plus, Freddy Burns has Fantasy Football tips and much more.
Another loss for the bumbling Eagles ... a new era for the 76ers. Former Birds and Phila/Balt Stars TE Ken Dunek and longtime Sixers reporter Dei Lynam join Bill and Chet to talk about all of that and more. Plus, Edge of Philly Sports' Freddy Burns has his weekly Fantasy Football tips. Give thanks!!!
The Eagles continue to perplex us, sparking lots of questions about the play-calling, the ability of the quarterback, the makeup of the roster and much more. We talk about all of that on this week's show as Inquirer.com's PAUL DOMOWITCH joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko. Also on the agenda: the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, the Sixers' offseason (it's Draft Night!), and the Flyers new retro jerseys. Plus, Freddy Burns of Edge of Philly Sports has his Week 11 Fantasy Football advice
We cover the entire Philly sports scene with a great guest, James Seltzer, who's part of SportsRadio WIP's Midday Show and co-hosts the 'Go Birds' show. Find out what James has to say about the outlook for the second half of the Eagles' season, the recent moves by the 76ers (and that new black uniform!) and what to expect from the Phillies' offseason. Also, Freddy Burns joins Bill and Chet for more football talk, some Week 10 predictions and Freddy's Fantasy Football tips. Plus, Chet put James on the pop-culture hot seat for a game of trivia,and we reflect on the passing of Tommy Heinsohn and Alex Trebek.
It isn't often that Eagles fans are angry after a two-touchdown win over the hated Cowboys, but ... well, it's been that kind of year and it was that kind of game. Expect plenty of Eagles talk on this week's Philly Pressbox Radio show as Edge of Philly Sports' Freddy Burns joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talk Birds and much more, including what's ahead for the Phillies and 76ers in this important offseason. Plus, Fred has his Week 9 Fantasy Football advice and the guys make their predictions for some of the weekend's key games. You're elected -- now join us!
As Eagles fans know, it's "Dallas week." Neither the Eagles nor the Cowboys are having a great season (ok, it's been pretty bad for both), but the winner of Sunday night's battle will nevertheless sit alone in 1st place in the NFC East. Joining Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talks Birds and more is former Eagles special-teams captain KEVIN REILLY. Speaking of football, Freddy Burns of Edge of Philly Sports stops by with his Week 8 Fantasy Football tips, and he and Chet make their picks for some key Sunday games. Plus, the guys squeeze in some World Series talk, the Phillies free-agency plans and more.