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A fun, weekly-ish podcast, hosted by Jack Vita, that goes in-depth on sports, entertainment, reality TV, faith, and other various topics. But mainly sports.

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    Scott Rolen Enters MLB Hall of Fame, Baseball Hall of Fame Snubs, Mike Clevinger Scandal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 98:40

    Ryan Pacatte joins Jack Vita to discuss and break down the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Former St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen was voted into the Hall of Fame Tuesday by the BBWAA. No other players were voted in to be inducted, although Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton (72.2%) and closer Billy Wagner (68.1%) came close, and are on track to enter the Hall soon. 2000 National League MVP Jeff Kent was denied entry for the tenth time, and now falls off the writer's ballot. He will have a chance to enter the Hall of Fame through one of the veterans committees. Ryan and Jack discuss the Hall of Fame cases for players that did not receive induction in 2023, including Helton, Wagner, Kent, Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield, Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Andy Pettitte and Bobby Abreu. Later on, Ryan and Jack discuss the latest news stories from the MLB offseason, including Major League Baseball's investigation into Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger and a big trade between the Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins, where the Marlins sent Pablo Lopez and prospects to Minnesota in exchange for 2022 AL batting champion Luis Arraez. Ryan and Jack break it all down!

    Big Brother's Rachel Reilly, Survivor's Stephenie LaGrossa Talk The Traitors, Snake in the Grass

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 43:24

    Big Brother legend Rachel Reilly Villegas joins Survivor legend Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick and average podcaster Jack Vita for a fun conversation on the Jack Vita Show, discussing their time on USA's Snake in the Grass, and previewing their latest adventure: The Traitors, airing on Peacock beginning January 12, 2023. Rachel won Big Brother 13 in the year 2011. She has also won Fear Factor and Snake in the Grass, and competed on The Amazing Race three times, placing third on two separate seasons. Stephenie became the last remaining member of her Ulong tribe on Survivor's 10th season, Survivor: Palau. She quickly became one of the biggest fan favorites in the show's history, and was brought back to compete on the very next season, Survivor: Guatemala, where she placed second. She later appeared on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Snake in the Grass. Hear about how Stephenie and Rachel became friends after competing against each other on Snake in the Grass. Will they team up and work together this time? Rachel has a strong track record of winning on reality competition shows. Stephenie doesn't. Will Rachel win her fourth different show? Can Stephenie finally pick up the W this time around? Tune in for a very fun conversation with a pair of reality television icons!

    Houston Astros Pitcher JP France Talks Pitching, Minor Leagues, Mean Girls, Christian Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 77:15

    Houston Astros pitcher JP France has spent the last five years working his way through the Astros farm system. He was selected in the 14th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of Mississippi State University. In his last 17 appearances of the 2022 Triple-A season in Sugar Land, France logged a 2.52 ERA over 39.1 innings pitched. In November, France was placed on the Astros Major League active roster, and he hopes to make his Major League debut in 2023. His wife, Jessica McCain France, appeared on five different seasons of reality television series that aired on MTV between the years 2013 and 2016, including The Real World: Portland, The Challenge: Rivals II, The Challenge: Free Agents, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II, and The Challenge: Rivals III. Jessica is currently pregnant with the couple's first child, and is due to give birth very soon.   France visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss a wide variety of topics including, his love for hunting and the movie Mean Girls, life in the minor leagues, changes that have come to minor league baseball in recent years — some of which that are soon coming to MLB, such as the pitch clock — preparing for fatherhood, his Christian faith, his wife's reality television career, pitching, and much more.   France has pitched both as a starter and a reliever. He pitched primarily out of the bullpen towards the end of last season. How does pitching as a reliever differ from pitching as a starter? France explains. He discusses his pitch mix, how to mentally turn the page from a bad outing, and how he attacks hitters. Tune in to the Jack Vita Show for an episode you will not want to miss!   We featured JP's wife Jess on the Jack Vita Show last summer. Check it out here!

    Former Oakland A's Pitcher Ryan Dull Talks Stephen Vogt, Christian Faith, 'Survivor', Pitching

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 59:17

    Former pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays and current MLB free agent Ryan Dull visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss his life in baseball, his Christian faith, and his love for the long-running reality television show 'Survivor.' Ryan pitched for the A's from 2015 to 2019. He set a Major League Baseball record for stranding the most consecutive inherited runners. His jersey is in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2016, Ryan did not allow a single one of the 36 straight runners he inherited to score. Ryan discusses his time with the A's, and what it was like playing with Barry Zito and Stephen Vogt, and others. Ryan also shares about his Christian faith and what role religion plays in an MLB clubhouse. He talks about having fellowship and community with other Christians on his team. Ryan pitched for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League in 2022. Ryan shares about his time in independent league as he tries to get back to the show. Ryan's wife, Brittany Baldi Dull, was a contestant on multiple MTV reality competition shows, including The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II and Are You the One? Brittany currently hosts a popular sports lifestyle podcast, called "The BosBabes", available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and wherever podcasts are found. Ryan is also a huge fan of the Survivor. He has watched every season since he began watching during the show's second season, Survivor: The Australian Outback. Ryan and Jack talk Survivor. What are some of Ryan's favorite seasons, and who are some of his favorite characters? All this, and much more in a very fun conversation!

    Will Trevor Bauer Pitch in 2023? Correa's Medical Concerns, Eovaldi Contract (Feat. Survivor Historians Jay Fischer and Mario Lanza)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 111:19

    Cohosts of the Survivor Historian's Podcast Jay Fischer and Mario Lanza join Jack Vita for a lively conversation on the latest happenings from the Major League Baseball offseason. Since our last show, Trevor Bauer had his suspension reduced, making him available to play immediately in 2023. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that Bauer will be released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Dodgers have yet to announce their decision on Bauer. They have until January 6 to make a decision. Jay, Mario and Jack discuss whether Bauer will play in 2023, and where he might land. Jay is a lifelong Dodgers fan. He weighs in on the club's offseason, after saying goodbye to franchise staples Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner. Jay, Mario and Jack discuss the latest on Carlos Correa's potential contract with the New York Mets, after the club was reportedly concerned after Correa's physical. The Texas Rangers signed veteran pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to a two-year, $34 million contract. Jack shares why he believes it may have been the best signing of the winter. Along the way, the three chat about why teams are spending more this winter than they have in winters past, their thoughts on Steve Cohen's aggressive strategy and the Mets' $500 million payroll. Mario also shares his thoughts on his Seattle Mariners' offseason, after the club traded for Teoscar Hernandez and Kolten Wong and traded away Jesse Winker. All this, and much, much more in a fun MLB Hot Stove episode of the Jack Vita Show!

    MLB Free Agency: Correa to the Mets? Best Shortstop Contract? Best and Worst Signings of the Winter

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 105:28

    After a few weeks away, Jack is back to talk the latest from Major League Baseball's offseason with Ryan Pacatte. In the middle of the night, Carlos Correa's deal with the San Francisco Giants fell apart after a medical concern arose from his physical, and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen swooped in to give Correa a 12-year, $315 million contract early Wednesday morning. Correa is the last of the four All-Star free agent shortstops to find a new home this winter. Dansby Swanson agreed to a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, the Philadelphia Phillies inked Trea Turner to an 11-year, $300 million deal, and the San Diego Padres shelled out an 11-year, $280 million contract to Xander Bogaerts. Which team is getting the best contract among the four free agent signings? Ryan and Jack discuss, and also discuss what exactly happened between Correa and the Giants. Later, Ryan and Jack recap the major free agent signings of the winter, catching the listeners up on what they might have missed over the past few weeks, and also sharing which contracts they believe are the best and worst signings of the winter.

    Little League Star Philipp LaGrossa with Survivor Star and Baseball Wife Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 97:31

    Three-time Survivor star and MLB wife Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick returns to the Jack Vita Show, bringing with her a very special guest... her 11-year-old nephew Philipp LaGrossa!   Philipp's Toms River East Little League team won the New Jersey State Championship earlier this year, and came within a game of going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Virginia. Stephenie and Jack welcome Philipp to talk some baseball, Little League and more!   Hear about what Philipp's time was like playing on ESPN, and living in the dorms with his teammates! Philipp weighs in on his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, watching his aunt Stephenie compete on reality television, drinking slushies and eating popcorn and hot dogs at little league games, favorite memories from the experience, his dreams to big a professional baseball player, and much, much more! Along the way, Jack and Steph share some stories from their own youth sports careers, respectively. Philipp also makes some NFL and college football picks for the week. It's a light-hearted conversation filled with fun and lots of laughs! (0:00 - 1:20:30).   Later, on a different note, Stephenie catches us up on the latest from her life, and shares some heartfelt thoughts after the sudden passing of her brother, less than a year after the passing of another one of her brothers. Steph and Jack talk life, social media usage, sports and reflect a little bit on the past year, before entering into the holiday season. (1:20:30 - END).

    Dr. Sean Kenniff Dishes on Survivor: Borneo, Alphabet Voting Strategy, Life and Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 113:59

    Dr. Sean Kenniff is a neurologist and was a castaway on the first season of Survivor, Survivor: Borneo, on which he finished in fifth place.   On the latest episode of the Jack Vita Show, Sean joins Jack to discuss his time on reality television and share what he has been up to in the 22 years since he appeared on Survivor's first season.   The first season of Survivor, which aired in the summer of 2000, was a national phenomenon. 53 million people tuned in to the show's season finale, where Richard Hatch was awarded the million dollar prize. The show was such a huge success, it laid the groundwork for the franchise to create 42 more seasons, and counting, as Survivor has been on the air for over 22.5 years. Cast members from the first season became household names overnight, rubbing elbows with A-list celebrities at red carpet events. Sean shares about his experiences after the show, and how Survivor launched him to a career as a medical reporter at CBS. He also discusses what led him to applying for Survivor, what he hoped to get out of the experience, and how the cameras shaped his on-camera persona and strategy.   Sean dishes on his alphabet voting strategy. Why did he vote alphabetically? Sean explains the genius of the alphabet strategy. Sean also spills secrets about the first season of Survivor. Did production play a factor in the exit of Stacey Stillman? Sean shares his take and his experiences, pertaining to the Stacey Stillman lawsuit. Why didn't anybody outside of the 'Tagi 4' form an alliance? Has Sean been asked to return to Survivor?   Along the way, Sean and Jack talk life, and Sean shares how he became a Christian and why his relationship with Jesus is important to his life.   Sean recently created a new product, 'The Jerk at Work' doll. Sean shares about the creation and invention of his new product that he is rolling out this holiday season. Get your own in time for the holidays:

    Full 2022-2023 College Basketball Season Preview with Andrew Stem and Ryan Pacatte

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 81:31

    Last week, Jack and Omaha World-Herald reporter Andrew Stem gave a short preview of the 2022-2023 college basketball season, sharing their National Championship picks, along with some major storylines to keep an eye on this season. This week, Andrew and Jack are joined by Ryan Pacatte for an in-depth preview of all things college hoops!   In the latest episode of the Jack Vita Show, Andrew, Ryan and Jack take a look at every major conference, providing a detailed, in-depth preview. Which conference will be the best this season, the Big 12 or the Big Ten? And which conference is the next strongest, after those two? They take a look at the ACC, American Athletic Conference, SEC, Big East, Pac-12, Missouri Valley and highlight some of the best mid-major programs to keep an eye on in 2022-23. It's an episode you will not want to miss!

    World Series Recap + College Basketball Season Preview + TCU's CFP Chances + NFL Week 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 75:44

    Andrew Stem returns to the Jack Vita Show for the first time in too long, to recap and discuss the World Series, talk some NFL Week 9 news and games, preview the 2022-2023 college basketball season and share some thoughts on the latest from the College Football Playoff picture.   First, Jack congratulates Andrew on his Detroit Lions' 15-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers and discuss some story lines from the weekend, as well as the first half of the NFL season, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers' struggles, Tom Brady's potential turning point drive Sunday, and Geno Smith's 6-3 NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks (0:00 - 17:40).   Then, Andrew and Jack break down the final two games of the World Series, and discuss Rob Thomson's decision to pull Zack Wheeler in the sixth inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' Game 6 loss Saturday night at 70 pitches. Andrew and Jack have some thoughts on managers taking their starting pitchers out early from games, a modern baseball trend. Andrew and Jack break all things down and discuss how the Astros won their second World Series in franchise history (17:40 - 53:20).   Later, Andrew and Jack share some thoughts on the week's college football games, news and stories, and dissect the College Football Playoff picture. Do the College Football Playoff committee's rankings really mean anything, this early (53:20 - 1:02:00)?   Finally, Andrew and Jack preview the 2022-2023 college basketball season, beginning Monday. What are some early storylines to be on the look out for, and who are each of them picking to win the NCAA Tournament next March (1:02:00 - END)?   You can follow Andrew (@astem00) on Twitter, and check out his work at the Omaha World Herald!

    Former White Sox Outfielder Mike Huff Talks Astros, Phillies, World Series, White Sox' New Manager Pedro Grifol

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 69:14

    Former 9-Year Major League Baseball outfielder (Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays) Michael Huff visits the Jack Vita Show to break down the first five games of the 2022 World Series.   The Houston Astros took a 3-2 series lead with their 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Astros are in the driver's seat, with the series heading back to Houston for game six and game seven Saturday and Sunday. Mike and Jack discuss the Phillies' remarkable run and the impact manager Rob Thomson has had on his club since taking over for Joe Girardi midway through the season. They also discuss the Astros' pitching depth and outstanding ability to draft and develop talent. What changes might Jack and Mike make to the postseason in the future? Should Major League Baseball do away with the 2-3-2 playoff format? Should the American League and National League Division Series be a best-of-seven series, instead of a best-of-five, moving forward? Mike and Jack break down the World Series and preview the season's final two games of baseball.   Earlier this week, the Chicago White Sox named Kansas City Royals bench coach Pedro Grifol their new manager. Mike and Jack assess the hire, and discuss plenty of other baseball topics along the way!

    2008 World Series Champion Kyle Kendrick Talks Pitching, Philadelphia Phillies, 2022 World Series Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 62:05

    2008 World Series champion Kyle Kendrick visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss the 2022 American League Championship Series and National League Championship Series, preview the World Series, reflect on the Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 World Series run, Kyle's 10-year Major League Baseball career and much more!   Kyle made his big league debut with the Phillies in 2007. He was a member of the Phillies for all five of their National League East division titles between 2007 and 2011, as a key member of the Phillies' excellent pitching rotation. In 2008, Kyle's Phillies won the World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays; it was the Phillies' second World Series title in franchise history. Kyle reflects on some memories with the Phillies and shares how the 2022 Phillies stack up against his squads from over a decade ago. The Phillies will be appearing in the franchise's first World Series since 2009, beginning Friday.   Kyle and Jack analyze the Phillies' 2022 playoff run, and preview their World Series matchup against the Astros.   Kyle discusses the art of pitching and shares interesting stories from his playing career. Find out about the time that he took matters into his own hands and threw at a player on an opposing team, for showing up one of his teammates. Hear Kyle rank some of the great pitchers that he played with, including Cole Hamels, Pedro Martinez, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. When did pitchers start getting pulled at 100 pitches? Kyle discusses how the game of baseball has changed.   Kyle's wife is Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, three-time Survivor star and fan favorite (Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains), and recent competitor on USA Network's Snake in the Grass. Stephenie has appeared on the Jack Vita Show four times before. Kyle shares how he met Stephenie and what it has been like going out in public with her over the past 15 years. All this, and much more!

    Mickey Morandini Previews 2022 ALCS, NLCS; Recaps ALDS, NLDS; Talks Philadelphia Phillies, MLB Rule Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 67:11

    Former MLB All-Star and member of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies National League Pennant team Mickey Morandini returns to the Jack Vita Show, to discuss the latest from the Major League Baseball playoffs.   The American League Division Series and the National League Division Series are over. Mick and Jack provide a recap of the action, breaking down all four series from the past week. What, if anything, would Mick and Jack change about the MLB's new postseason format, and why did the top two seeds in the National League go down so quickly?   Later, they preview the ALCS and the NLCS. What will the New York Yankees need to do in order to finally get past the Houston Astros? What should fans expect from the NLCS between the Phillies and the San Diego Padres? Mick and Jack share their picks!   Follow Mickey on Instagram, @mickeymorandini12!

    Survivor Star and Baseball WAG Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick Talks Philadelphia Phillies' Return to NLCS, Favorite Ballparks, 2022 MLB Playoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 66:05

    CBS Survivor legend (Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains) and baseball wife Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick returns to the Jack Vita Show to talk some baseball!   Stephenie's husband, Kyle Kendrick, won a World Series as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and was a member of the Phillies throughout their golden era of baseball, when they won five straight National League East division titles between 2007 and 2011. Over the weekend, the Phillies closed out game four of the National League Division Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves 8-3 at Citizens Bank Park, clinching their first trip to the National League Championship Series since 2010.   Stephenie shares about her weekend in Philly with Kyle and their kids, and watching Saturday's historic game from a suite with other former Phillies players and their wives. She also reflects on fun memories from the Phillies' run over a decade ago, her favorite ballparks to visit, and discusses the 2022 Phillies, and her optimism for the team entering the NLCS, beginning Tuesday night, against the San Diego Padres.   Follow Stephenie on Instagram (@steph_lagrossa_kendrick) and on Twitter (@stephlagrossa38) for more from the Survivor great!

    2022 MLB Wild Card Series Recap + ALDS, NLDS Preview with Sports Spectrum's Jason Romano

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 71:10

    Jason Romano, director of media at Sports Spectrum and the host of the Sports Spectrum Podcast visits the Jack Vita Show to recap the first weekend of Major League Baseball playoff action and preview this week's American League and National League Division Series matchups.   Jason is a lifelong New York Mets fan. He shares his take on what happened to the Mets down the stretch of the season, why they didn't win the National League East, and why they will not be playing in the NLDS.   The Mets fell to the San Diego Padres 6-0 in game three of the National League Wild Card Series. The Padres picked up their first playoff series victory in front of fans since 1998. They advance to the NLDS and will play the number-one seeded Los Angeles Dodgers. It will be one of four Division Series that are interdivision matchups, as the Philadelphia Phillies will play the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners will play the Houston Astros. The Cleveland Guardians will take on the New York Yankees in the other ALDS series.   The Seattle Mariners swept the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto over the weekend to win their first playoff series since 2001. How will they fare against their division rival? The Phillies swept the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend in St. Louis, winning their first postseason series since 2010. Do the fighting Phils have a fighting chance against the Braves?   How will a series between the team with baseball's third-highest payroll — the Yankees — and baseball's team with the third-lowest payroll — the Guardians — shake out? The Guardians walked off the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th inning Saturday.   Jason and Jack break it all down!

    2022 MLB Wild Card Series Preview and Award Selections with Survivor's Albert Destrade

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 63:16

    Survivor: South Pacific second runner-up and world-class baseball coach Albert Destrade returns to the Jack Vita Show to preview the American League and National League Wild Card Series of the Major League Baseball playoffs, beginning Friday. He also shares his regular season awards selections for American League and National League MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year. The action begins Friday! #6 Tampa Bay Rays at #3 Cleveland Guardians #5 Seattle Mariners at #4 Toronto Blue Jays #6 Philadelphia Phillies at #3 St. Louis Cardinals #5 San Diego Padres at #4 New York Mets

    Mario Lanza Talks Seattle Mariners' Playoff Drought, Judge Home Run Chase, and is Julio Rodriguez the Most Exciting Rookie in Mariners' History?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 113:23

    Our resident Seattle sports guy, Mario Lanza (creator of The Funny 115, author of When It Was Worth Playing For, and host of the Survivor Historians and Staff Picks podcasts) returns to the Jack Vita Show for our annual baseball conversation together. This time, Mario's beloved Mariners are on the cusp of their first playoff berth since 2001, led by the soon-to-be American League Rookie of the Year. Is Julio Rodriguez the most exciting rookie in Mariners history? Mario and Jack dive deep into the Mariners' 2022 season, and assess the team's playoff chances, with just ten days remaining in the regular season. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Guardians clinched the American League Central for the fourth time in seven years, Sunday. If the season ended today, the Mariners would travel to Cleveland for a best-of-three Wild Card Series. Would the Mariners be better off playing the Guardians, or moving up to the no. 4 or 5 seed to face either the Toronto Blue Jays or Tampa Bay Rays? Mario and Jack have a discussion about Aaron Judge's phenomenal 2022 campaign, as he is just one home run shy of tying Roger Maris' single-season American League home run record, and Judge currently leads the American League in all three Triple Crown categories. Is Judge's 2022 season the single most impressive season from an offensive player, even more impressive than Barry Bonds' 2001 season? Should Shohei Ohtani be receiving more consideration for the AL MVP? All this, and much more, in a very fun episode of the Jack Vita Show!

    Bob Nightengale on Dodgers' Dominance, Aaron Judge/Albert Pujols Home Run Chases, White Sox' Miguel Cairo's Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 49:33

    Legendary baseball writer Bob Nightengale of USA Today visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss the latest baseball news from Thursday, September 15, 2022, including: the Los Angeles Dodgers clinching their ninth National League West title in ten years, Aaron Judge hitting his 57th home run of the 2022 season, Albert Pujols hitting the 697th home run of his career, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina breaking a 47-year-long record held by Detroit Tigers greats Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan Wednesday, the latest from the American League Central race between the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox, the White Sox winning 10 of their last 14, the New York Mets being swept at home by the Chicago Cubs, and much more! Who does Bob like for the American League MVP and National League MVP awards? What does the future hold for Chicago White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo and current manager Tony La Russa? Could Cairo move in and replace La Russa after the season, or could he receive a managerial gig elsewhere this winter? Should we be making a bigger deal about Aaron Judge's historic home run chase and Albert Pujols' quest for 700 home runs? Who will win the National League East, the Mets, or the Atlanta Braves? Bob and Jack assess the playoff field, with three weeks remaining in the regular season. All this, and much, MUCH more!

    Survivor Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick TELLS ALL on USA Network's 'Snake in the Grass'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 84:43

    Three-time Survivor star and wife to World Series champion Kyle Kendrick, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, recently came out of retirement to compete on a new reality competition show called Snake in the Grass on USA Network. It was her first appearance on reality television in over 12 years.   Stephenie was thrust into the jungle of Costa Rica with fellow Survivor legend Cirie Fields and Big Brother icons Rachel Reilly Villegas and Janelle Pierzina DeSanto. The four women competed in a series of challenges and survived a night in the jungle, while one of the four attempted to sabotage missions as 'the snake.' The other three needed to identify the snake in order to win their share of $100K. If the snake went unidentified, the snake would win $100K.   Two weeks after the airing of the episode featuring the four reality titans, Stephenie visited the Jack Vita Show for an in-depth recap of her experience on her new reality TV venture. She shares everything that was running through her mind during the 36 hours of competition and discusses what it feels like to be back on reality television after all these years. She compares Snake to Survivor and shares what it was like competing on a different show, now as a mother of three! Steph is back, tell a friend!   This conversation includes spoilers for the fifth episode of Snake in the Grass titled 'Survivor vs. Big Brother'. If you have not seen the episode and would not like to be spoiled yet, do not listen to this conversation. Come back later, once you have! It's a great hour of television; you will not be disappointed.   If you missed either of our two previous podcast episodes with Stephenie, go back and check them out for more on Snake and Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

    MTV Challenger Brittany Baldi Talks Atlantic League Baseball, How Reality TV and the Media Landscape Has Changed

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 121:55

    High Point Rockers emcee and former MTV Challenger (The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II) Brittany Baldi visits the Jack Vita Show to reflect on her time on reality television and discuss a wide variety of topics including how the media and reality television have changed, life as a baseball WAG, how potential rule changes coming to Major League Baseball have functioned while being tested in independent league baseball, and much more! Brittany made her reality television debut on MTV's Are You the One? in 2014, then appeared on the 26th season of MTV's The Challenge, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II. Her soon-to-be husband Ryan Dull is a professional baseball player who currently pitches for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League, where Brittany currently works as the team's emcee and host. Ryan has pitched five years in MLB with the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to serving as the High Point Rockers emcee, Brittany hosts 'The BosBabes' podcast, a lifestyle sports podcast where she interviews a large collection of fascinating guests from the world of sports and entertainment. Brittany talks about life as a baseball WAG and tells the story of how she and Ryan met. She and Jack exchange thoughts on how the media landscape is changing and how doors are opening up for independent content creators. They discuss the benefits of creating independent content and share stories from their own experiences in content creation. Then they discuss Brittany's time on The Challenge and how they have seen reality television change over the last decade. Later, they dive deep into independent league baseball, discussing what makes the Atlantic League experience special, while taking note of what rule changes could be coming to Major League Baseball from the Atlantic League. The Atlantic League is not affiliated with MLB, but the two leagues have a partnership in which MLB has been able to test potential rule changes in the Atlantic League. The Atlantic League has been at the forefront of change in the sport. MLB announced Friday, September 9, that it will be adding a pitch clock, putting restrictions on defensive shifts, and increasing the size of its bases from 15-inch bases to 18". All three of these modifications have been tested in the Atlantic League since 2019. The Atlantic League also tested the extra inning tie-breaker that MLB has used since 2020. It's currently testing a rule that would allow baserunners to "steal first", allowing a batter to take off to first base in the middle of an at bat on any passed ball. Find out from Brittany how some of these rules have functioned in the Atlantic League and what could be coming to MLB in the future. You can follow Brittany on Instagram (@brittanybaldi) and Twitter (@brittany_baldi). Subscribe to her podcast, 'The BosBabes' on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Spotify, and wherever podcasts are found.

    Former Colorado Rockies GM, MLB Network Analyst Dan O'Dowd Talks Moneyball, Executive Career and Christian Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 81:46

    Former Colorado Rockies' general manger and current MLB Network analyst Dan O'Dowd visits the Jack Vita Show to reflect on his career working in baseball, break down the latest Major League Baseball news, and share about his strong Christian faith.   Dan joins Jack to reflect on his time working with the Rockies and Indians, sharing stories from his experience working in MLB front offices. Dan talks about what it was like working for the Indians at the time that the 1989 film Major League was released. As a real life friend of Oakland Athletics' executive president Billy Beane's, he also shares his thoughts on another baseball movie: Moneyball. Just how true is Moneyball to reality?   Dan also tackles some of the latest MLB news with Jack. What are Dan's thoughts on Major League Baseball shrinking the size of September active rosters from 40 to 28 players in recent years? If the Major League Baseball Players Association does represent minor league players moving forward, what does that mean? What could it entail for the future of minor league baseball?   Dan puts several of today's teams and farm systems under the microscope and shares which teams he would buy stock in moving into 2023. Dan and Jack discuss the Cubs' rebuild. Should the team be active this winter in free agency, or wait a little longer for more of the organization's young talent to reach the Major League level? Which teams are doing it right, and which teams are doing it wrong?   Later, Dan shares the story behind his incredible Christian faith. How did he come to know Jesus, and why is his faith so important to him? (1:03:20 - END)   Check out Dan's booming tech company WIN Reality, which simulates a virtual reality experience for baseball and softballs hitters, in order to improve their swings.

    'Big Brother' Legends Janelle Pierzina and Rachel Reilly Talk BB, 'Amazing Race', 'Snake in the Grass'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 43:06

    A pair of Big Brother legends, Rachel Reilly Villegas (Big Brother 12, winner of Big Brother 13, The Amazing Race 20, Amazing Race 24, Amazing Race 31) and Janelle Pierzina (Big Brother 6, Big Brother 7: All-Stars, Big Brother 14, Big Brother 22: All-Stars, Amazing Race 31) visit the Jack Vita Show to reflect on their time on Big Brother and The Amazing Race, and discuss their latest adventure: USA Network's Snake in the Grass. Rachel and Janelle look back on their time on Big Brother and discuss how the franchise has changed over the years. Janelle first played in 2005 and most recently played in 2020. What was it like being disconnected from the world in the chaotic year that was 2020? What would Rachel and Janelle change about Big Brother, and why does Janelle think Big Brother should entirely get rid of its live feeds? Why did Rachel and Janelle say "no" to CBS' The Challenge: USA, and what are their thoughts on the new show thus far? What do these ladies feel is changing reality television for the worse, as a whole? Later, they preview and discuss their new show, Snake in the Grass, with their episode airing on Monday, August 29 at 11pm ET. They will be teamed up with 'Survivor' stars Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick and Cirie Fields! Find out what we can expect from their upcoming episode! Get ready to laugh, because it's another hilarious edition of the Jack Vita Show you will not want to miss! You can follow Janelle (@janellepierzina) and Rachel (@rachelreillyvillegas) on Instagram.

    Survivor Legends Cirie Fields and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick Talk 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains', 'Snake in the Grass'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 77:41

    A pair of Survivor legends, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains) and Cirie Fields (Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Micronesia, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Game Changers) visit the Jack Vita Show to reflect on their time on Survivor, and discuss their latest endeavor: USA Network's Snake in the Grass.   Stephenie and Cirie reflect on their time on the doomed Heroes' tribe. Why couldn't the Heroes get it together, and why did both Stephenie and Cirie exit the game so early? Find out some behind-the-scenes information about the dynamics of the Heroes' tribe, Stephenie and Cirie's time at Ponderosa (and pre-jury trip), how Survivor has changed over the years, what Stephenie and Cirie would change about modern Survivor, and much more!   Later, they preview and discuss their new show, Snake in the Grass, with their episode airing on Monday, August 29 at 11pm ET. They will also be teamed up with Big Brother stars Janelle Pierzina and Rachel Reilly! Find out about how this opportunity came about, how these two Survivor greats prepared for their return to reality television, and what we can expect from their upcoming episode! Get ready to laugh, because it's a hilarious edition of the Jack Vita Show you will not want to miss!   You can follow Stephenie (@steph_lagrossa_kendrick) and Cirie Fields (@cirie_fields) on Instagram, and don't miss their upcoming episode of Snake in the Grass!

    MLB All-Star Break: All-Star Snubs, Home Run Derby Draft, Mid-Season Award Winners, Trade Deadline Buyers and Sellers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 90:21

    Baseball fan Tabitha Bingham visits the Jack Vita Show for a mid-season checkup. She and Jack assess the 2022 MLB All-Star rosters and discuss who the biggest snubs were, then they do a Home Run Derby draft, making their selections for Monday night's Home Run Derby. After that, they share their mid-season awards winners for AL and NL MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. Tabitha is a lifelong Cubs fan; she and Jack talk Cubs and who they expect the lovable losers to trade before the deadline. They also take a look at where teams stack up at the halfway point, which teams might be selling and which teams might be buying at the deadline and which teams they would buy stock in entering the second half.

    The DRAGON SLAYER, Coach Ben Wade Talks Survivor, Coaching, Leadership, Life and Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 54:00

    Survivor legend, reality television icon, decorated soccer coach, musician, orchestra conductor and renaissance man Coach Benjamin Wade visits the Jack Vita Show. Coach discusses his time and experiences on Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: South Pacific, his life outside of Survivor, how young people can improve their lives and find meaning, coaching soccer and leadership, his faith, his upcoming projects, and more. Coach shares some juicy information from Heroes vs. Villains and South Pacific that didn't make the air, and enlightens us with plenty of philosophy and wisdom along the way! Coach has retired from podcasts, so this is a rare interview! Check out Coach's YouTube channel, Twitter (@the_real_coach), Instagram (@dragonslayercoach) and coaching lessons coming to mintted! Our apologies as Jack experienced some microphone problems in this episode, so the audio quality isn't up to this show's standards. We'll do better in the future.

    Baseball Wife and Former MTV Challenger, The Real World: Portland Cast Member Jessica McCain France Talks Sports, Reality TV and Christian Faith!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 103:10

    Minor league baseball wife, former 'The Real World: Portland' cast member, and four-time Challenger (on MTV's 'The Challenge') Jessica McCain France visits the Jack Vita Show for an in-depth conversation covering a wide variety of topics. Jessica's husband, J.P. France, is a AAA pitcher in the Houston Astros' farm system. J.P. was recently named the Sugar Land Space Cowboys' player of the month for the month of June. Jessica tells the story of how she and J.P. met, and shares about their journey together through the minor league system. She gives a peak behind the curtain of the life of a minor league baseball player and his family, and answers age-long the question, "Is Bull Durham an accurate depiction of minor league life?" She also reflects on her experience on The Real World and The Challenge (The Challenge: Rivals II, The Challenge: Free Agents, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II, and The Challenge: Rivals III), answering a number of behind-the-scenes questions about both shows. Since competing on her final season, Jessica has met her husband, gotten married, moved several times and is now pregnant with her first child. Jessica catches us up on her life and tells the powerful story of her miraculous pregnancy, and how God showed up in her time of need. Jessica and Jack have a very real conversation about life and faith, that you will not want to miss! The life of a minor league baseball wife (0:00 — 20:05) The Real World: Portland and The Challenge (20:05 — 1:11:55) Jessica's pregnancy, testimony and Christian faith (1:11:55 — END)

    2022 MLB All-Star Picks, Bryce Harper OUT, Mariners-Angels Brawl

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 97:40

    Chad Vautherine returns to the Jack Vita Show to share his MLB All-Star selections with Jack. Jack and Chad debate over many positions, while Jack shares his picks as well. But first, Chad and Jack discuss Bryce Harper's thumb injury and how it will impact the Phillies' playoff hopes this season, a crazy brawl between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle Mariners from the weekend, and Ole Miss winning its first college baseball national championship. Make sure to cast your votes for the All-Star Game before phase one of the voting closes Thursday! Jack was without his usual microphone for this episode, so our apologies in advance for the audio quality. We'll do better next time.

    Bob Nightengale On Managerial Changes, Players with THE MOST Trade Value and Utility Men in the All-Star Game?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 36:21

    USA Today veteran baseball writer Bob Nightengale visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss the latest from the world of baseball, and answer the question, should there be a category for utility players on the MLB All-Star ballot, as Buck Showalter suggested over the weekend? Bob and Jack discuss whether adding a utility man column to the ballot would make sense. Bob also adds what he would change about the All-Star Game. Should we be making a bigger deal of Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina's farewell tours? Was Bob surprised by the firings of Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon, and which manager could be out next? Is Tony La Russa's job safe? Bob and Jack discuss the importance of defense. Should we buy stock in the red-hot Cleveland Guardians? Which player in Major League Baseball currently has THE MOST trade value? Bob and Jack run through some names. They also discuss the current state of the Cubs and White Sox, and the Dodgers' injuries piling up, and some early thoughts on what kind of moves we could see at the trade deadline.

    Former MLB Outfielder Michael Huff Talks 2022 Home Run Famine, Pitch Clock, White Sox's Early Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 91:36

    7-year Major League Baseball outfielder and Northwestern and New Trier product Michael Huff visits the show to reflect on his big league career and break down the latest news from around the league. Michael discusses his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, telling stories from his playing days and reliving some of his favorite experiences from 90s MLB - such as his first big league at bat (vs. Tom Glavine), playing on the 1993 AL West Division champion White Sox and leading the White Sox's team chapels, being in a Bible study with Blue Jays' teammates Paul Molitor, Joe Carter and John Olerude in Toronto, getting picked up by the Cleveland Indians (and receiving a call from assistant general manager Dan O'Dowd), training Michael Jordan and much more! Later, Michael and Jack discuss the White Sox's early season struggles (standing at 19-20 on May 21) and what needs to happen in order for them to win the AL Central for the second straight year, MLB's lowest home run per 9-inning rate since 2015, the league's lowest K/9 rate since 2018, and a return to "old school" contact-first baseball. They also discuss how the pitch clock is making a difference in minor league baseball and how it could improve (or worsen) the game at the Major League Baseball level next year. Michael and Jack take a look at the standings as of May 21, and assess where teams stand right now. How many teams are in true contention right now? Check out Michael's work as the director of youth baseball with the Chicago White Sox and find out how to get involved at

    Brian Urlacher Talks 2006 Chicago Bears, Best Bears Quarterbacks, Hall of Fame Career

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 88:59

    NFL Hall of Fame linebacker and Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher visits the Jack Vita Show to reflect on his 13-year Hall of Fame career with the Bears, and take a trip down memory lane. Brian shares his pick for best Bears quarterback of the new millennium, shares stories from playing on one of the greatest defenses of all-time, and shares his thoughts on the franchise now, the modern NFL and modern college football. Brian answers a wide variety of questions submitted by the listeners. He talks playing for Lovie Smith, living in Chicago, retirement, autograph signings, Jack's idea to get Brian on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, his interactions with Chicago-born celebrities, where the Bears have gone wrong, his love for movies and TV shows, and much more!

    Scot Pollard on 2000s NBA, 2002 Lakers-Kings Game 6, Malice at the Palace, Survivor: Kaoh Rong

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 87:53

    11-year NBA player and 2008 NBA champion Scot Pollard visits the Jack Vita Show to talk his time with the Kansas Jayhawks, the new Big 12 (and Kansas' future in the Big 12), dealing with internet trolls, his hilarious "Kids, do drugs" joke from 2007, his time on Survivor's 32nd season (Survivor: Kaoh Rong), his time playing with the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, as well as many other topics along the way and stories from his time in the NBA. Scot fouled out of game 6 of the 2002 NBA Finals, a game that was accused by disgraced NBA official Tim Donaghy of being "fixed" by the league. What are Scot's thoughts on what may or may not have gone down that night in Los Angeles? Scot was also on hand for the 2004 'Malice at the Palace' as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Hear Scot's thoughts on the melee that ensued and the 2021 Netflix documentary on one of the worst nights in professional sports history. How does Scot feel about the reputation of the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers that went to the NBA Finals? Panned by many as "one of the worst teams to reach the Finals, that was carried by LeBron James", Scot was a member of the team. What are his thoughts? Scot shares about playing with the 2008 Celtics, after playing with Paul Pierce at Kansas, and much more!

    Marquee Sports Network's Elise Menaker Talks Cubs, New Trier, Seiya Suzuki, Miggy's 3,000th Hit, Pujols' Retirement Tour

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 42:38

    Elise Menaker (@EliseMenaker on Twitter and Instagram) is a reporter, analyst and host on the Big Ten Network as well as the Chicago Cubs' television network, Marquee Sports Network. She played softball professionally in Sweden, is a member of the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame, and last year made history as a member of the second-ever all-women Major League Baseball broadcast, when she, Melanie Newman and Alanna Rizzo called the Cubs-White Sox game on YouTube last summer. Elise also attended New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, the same high school Jack attended! Elise and Jack talk New Trier (which happens to be the high school Mean Girls was based off of), Elise's broadcasting career, women in sports broadcasting, the Cubs' start to their season, the emergence of Seiya Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera getting his 3,000th hit, Albert Pujols' final season, the Mets' impressive start, an ugly scene from Saturday's Yankees-Guardians game, and plenty more baseball along the way!

    2022 MLB Preview Series — AL Central and World Series, Playoff Picks (Feat. Jake Paliga)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 92:41

    We've reached the final leg of our six-part MLB Preview Series! In the final chapter, Jake Paliga and Jack preview the AL Central and share their playoff and World Series picks, as well as their bold predictions for the 2022 season. The Minnesota Twins finished dead last in the Central a year ago. After a very active offseason that brought in Carlos Correa, Sonny Gray, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela, will the Twins turn it around in 2022 and go from worst to first (0:00 - 21:40)? The Kansas City Royals haven't put together a winning season since 2015. With top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. opening the season with the Royals' big league club, will Kansas City finally buck that trend (21:40 - 31:55)? The Detroit Tigers also improved their team, adding Javier Baez, Austin Meadows and Eduardo Rodriguez to their promising, young nucleus. Will the Tigers turn a corner in 2022 (31:55 - 43:40)? The Cleveland baseball team enters its first season as the "Guardians"? The Indians won 80 games last year, but didn't do much to improve their lineup. What exactly is the plan in Cleveland, and how will the team perform (43:40 - 1:00:55)? The Chicago White Sox won the AL Central in 2021. Now, with a healthier roster, the Sox look to repeat as division champs and make a move towards an AL pennant. How far will they go in 2022 (1:00:55 - 1:11:20)? Finally, Jake and Jack share their playoff picks, Jack's win total revisions (from earlier in the preview series), Division Series, Championship Series and World Series picks. They also share some other bold predictions along the way. Episode complete with win total projections for each team in the AL Central!

    Final Four + NCAA Men's Championship Game Recap with Coach Jason Karys

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 44:45

    The 2022 NCAA Tournament is over, and with it, we have a champion. The Kansas Jayhawks are world champions for the first time since 2008! Stonehill College assistant basketball coach Jason Karys calls in to the Jack Vita Show from the Final Four in New Orleans, primed to discuss the weekend's games, including Kansas-North Carolina, a Duke-North Carolina game for the ages, the 2022 NCAA Tournament as a whole, One Shining Moment, the Valparaiso basketball alumni competing in The Basketball Tournament, and more!

    2022 MLB Preview Series — NL West (Feat. Albert Destrade)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 96:39

    For our fifth installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, former Survivor contestant and baseball coach Albert Destrade (@Zero_Votes on Twitter) returns to the Jack Vita Show to preview the NL West! The Arizona Diamondbacks were the worst team in the National League a season ago. After extending infielder Ketel Marte, what will 2022 look like for them (0:00 - 24:15)? Over the last 15 months, the Colorado Rockies have said goodbye to stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. A few weeks ago, they said hello to Kris Bryant. What should fans expect from Bryant this season, and how will the Rockies perform (24:15 - 46:00)? The San Diego Padres are coming off an extremely disappointing 2021. Picked by many to win the NL West, the Padres finished 79-83, in third place of the division. What needs to happen in order for the Padres to breakthrough and get back to the postseason for the first time in a non-COVID season since 2006 (46:00 - 1:06:35)? The San Francisco Giants greatly exceeded expectations in 2021, winning 107 games, and with it, the NL West crown. After losing Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman and Buster Posey, how much regression will be see from the Giants, or will the Giants repeat as division champs (1:06:35 - 1:19:15)? The Los Angeles Dodgers are hungry for another World Series, and added the best first baseman on the planet Freddie Freeman to an already potent lineup. How will the Dodgers look in 2022 (1:19:15 - END)? Episode complete with win total projections for each team.

    2022 MLB Preview Series — NL Central (Feat. Ryan Pacatte)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 88:51

    In the fourth installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, Cincinnati Reds fan Ryan Pacatte returns to the show for a comprehensive preview of the NL Central. Had Major League Baseball expanded its postseason to include six playoff teams in each league, the Reds would have made the playoffs in 2021. Over the winter, the Redlegs lost three big bats from their lineup, as Nicholas Castellanos signed with the Phillies, and the Reds traded Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to the Mariners. They also lost pitchers Sonny Gray, Wade Miley, Amir Garrett and Michael Lorenzen. Ryan sets the table for the 2022 Reds, and he and Jack estimate how they might perform in 2022 (0:00 - 28:45). The Pittsburgh Pirates are in full-rebuild mode. What should baseball fans watch for from the Buccos this season (28:45 - 37:25)? The Chicago Cubs are also rebuilding. After gutting the heart of their order last year at the trade deadline, what happens next on the North Side (37:25 - 54:35)? After firing their manager Mike Schildt and ending the 2021 regular season as baseball's hottest team, what's the trajectory for the St. Louis Cardinals entering 2022? And how should Major League Baseball recognize Albert Pujols' final season (54:35 - 1:11:45)? The Milwaukee Brewers won 95 games a season ago; will they repeat as division champions (1:11:45 - END)? Episode complete with win total projections for each team.

    2022 MLB Preview Series — NL East (Feat. Mickey Morandini and Jordan Morandini)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 85:01

    In the third edition of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, former Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini and his son Jordan Morandini visit the Jack Vita Show to tackle the NL East. The NL East is consistently the most highly touted National League division, but it has a tendency to underdeliver. Will it truly live up to its billing this year, as the Phillies, Mets and Marlins all look for significant improvement in 2022, and the Braves defend their World Series crown? The Nationals took a big step backwards last year, and appear to be in a rebuild; where will they stand in 2022 (0:00 — 15:25)? After a disappointing 2021 season, the Marlins have a lot of young talent coming up through the pipeline; could they be a sneaky dark horse team (15:25 — 27:30)? After adding Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Mark Canha and Starling Marte, will the Mets *finally* turn a corner this season (27:30 — 41:05)? Mickey and Jordan give a full break down of the Phillies and share why they remain optimistic, despite the club currently being the NL team with the longest postseason drought (41:05 — 1:03:05). Finally, the defending world champions enter 2022 in an interesting spot, having replaced Freddie Freeman with first baseman Matt Olson. How big of an impact will the change make for the Braves, and how will the team perform in what looks to be a highly competitive division, with Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. returning to the club? Episode complete with win total projections for each club!

    2022 MLB Preview Series — AL East (Feat. Jonathan 'JJ' Jaggard)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 105:28

    In the second installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, Yankees fan Jonathan 'JJ' Jaggard visits the show to put the AL East under the microscope. The AL East was baseball's best division last year, and there's no reason it shouldn't be in 2022. The Yankees and Red Sox shook up their rosters, while the young Rays and Blue Jays are another year older, another year wiser. JJ and Jack take a close look at each team, while providing their win total projections. After signing Trevor Story, how will the Red Sox follow up their 2021 season, in which they got all the way to the ALCS? Why Story at second base instead of Bogaerts (0:00 – 22:15)? The Blue Jays lost the reigning Cy Young Robbie Ray, while trading for all-star third baseman Matt Chapman. With Vladdy Jr., Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez entering their prime, will the Blue Jays reclaim the AL East crown for the first time since 2015 (22:15 – 38:50)? The Baltimore Orioles lost 110 last year. With more young talent joining their big league roster, how many will they lose in 2021, and how far away are they from making a move in this division (38:50 – 55:15)? After parting ways with Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela and bringing in Isaiah Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson, how might the Yankees improve in 2022 (55:15 – 1:19:55)? Will the Tampa Bay Rays three-peat the AL East (1:19:55 – END)?

    Sweet 16 + Elite Eight Recap with Boise State Basketball Coach and Former Valpo Player Lexus Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 62:34

    Lexus Williams is the assistant to the head coach, Leon Rice, at Boise State. He previously played at Boise State and Valparaiso. He's best known for his game-winning half-court shot that he hit at the buzzer at Oregon in 2018, ending the Ducks' 28-game home win-streak. Lexus visits the Jack Vita Show for the first time to recap the second weekend of the 2022 NCAA Tournament's games, talk Boise State's best basketball season in school history, reflect on Valpo basketball memories (and his big shot vs. Oregon), and hype Valparaiso's alumni team in The Basketball Tournament, The Cru, which is hoping to get the call to TBT this summer. Hear Lexus and Jack's thoughts on the best and worst games of the weekend, as well as set the table for the Final Four.

    2022 MLB Preview Series — AL West (Feat. Anthony Franze and Mario Lanza)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 99:48

    The 2022 MLB Preview series is here! In the first edition, Anthony Franze (chief meteorologist at NewsWest9 in Midland, Texas) and Jack put the AL West under the microscope. But first, they provide a quick summary of Major League Baseball rules changes, playoff expansion, and more from the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. If you were wondering what you missed and what's new, you've come to the right place. Anthony and Jack share some thoughts on the league's changes (0:00 - 20:30), then dive right into previewing each team's season. Anthony is a diehard Rangers fan who is VERY excited about what the Rangers did this past winter, adding Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray and Mitch Garver; how many wins better will the Ranger be from 2021, when they finished a dismal 60-102 (20:30 - 38:00)? How will Shohei Ohtani follow up his historic 2022 season, and how will the Angels fare with a healthy Mike Trout returning to their team (38:00 - 48:30)? The Oakland A's are in the process of wildly making over their team and reloading their farm system. Why did the A's move Matt Olson and Matt Chapman, and what would it take in order for the A's to become a bigger spender in the future (48:30 - 1:00:10)? The Seattle Mariners improved their roster and have even more high-level prospects on the way. Are they ready to compete for the division crown (1:00:10 - 1:13:25)? After losing Carlos Correa, is the Astros' window slowly closing? What should we expect from Houston in 2022 (1:13:25 - 1:24:45)? Jack and Anthony provide win total projections for each team. Finally, Mario Lanza, creator of and host of the podcasts Staff Picks and Survivor Historians leaves a voicemail with his outlook for the 2022 Seattle Mariners' season, a season that he is very excited about.

    NCAA Tournament First Weekend Reaction with Valparaiso Basketball Associate Head Coach Luke Gore

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 65:13

    Valparaiso men's basketball associate head coach Luke Gore returns to the Jack Vita Show to recap the first weekend of the 2022 NCAA Tournament! Listen as Coach Gore and Jack break down the first weekend's most thrilling moments, shocking upsets, best games and more! Later, Coach Gore talks Valpo basketball, coming off a disappointing 2021-22 season. What happens next, and how will the Beacons move forward in 2022-23?

    March Madness for Dummies 2.0 (Feat. Cousin Mia Jeffery)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 55:48

      Not all who fill out NCAA Tournament brackets are college basketball junkies. In fact, year in and year out, casual fans that tend to not watch much college basketball prior to the Tournament are the ones that win their office pools. Jack brought on a non-college basketball fan to have on the show, and have them fill out their bracket on-air. Today he is joined by his cousin, Mia Jeffery for that very purpose. Mia, who has watched a total of seven minutes of college basketball this season, takes us through her bracket and explains how she arrives at the decisions she's come to. Last year, Mia's sister Zoe joined us for March Madness for Dummies, and somehow picked the NCAA Tournament champion, the Baylor Bears! She picked Baylor because she thought the name "Baylor Bears" was cute. How will Mia fare? Want to play in the official Jack Vita Show bracket pool, and win money, as well as an appearance on this podcast? Go to to sign up. Hurry, pool closes Thursday morning! Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show and follow along on Facebook (, Twitter (@JackVitaShow) and YouTube (, so you don't miss any of our NCAA Tournament coverage!

    2022 March Madness Bracket Preview!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 111:11

    Minutes after the Selection Show, Jack and Ryan Pacatte are LIVE to provide a full, comprehensive preview of the field of 68 in the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament! Get a first look at the round of 64 matchups, potential upsets, sleeper teams and hear who Ryan and Jack are favoring heading into the Tournament! It's an episode you will NOT want to miss!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 35:33

    Jack is back with 9-year NFL tight end (and former Bachelorette contestant) Clay Harbor for a special emergency podcast in the wake of Tuesday's super-trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos for two first round picks, two second round picks, and three starters, including budding star Noah Fant. Clay joins Jack to break down the trade from both sides. Who won the trade? Is it a win for both parties? Much to Clay's chagrin, Aaron Rodgers is staying put in Green Bay and plans on owning Clay's Bears for the foreseeable future. Carson Wentz has been traded from Indianapolis to the Washington Commanders. Jack and Clay provide an update on the ongoing MLB labor dispute, and Clay offers his perspective as a former NFL player that had to sit through the 2011 NFL lockout.

    Survivor: Africa's Clarence Black Talks Juwan Howard, Detroit Sports, Christian Faith and Survivor

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 100:28

    Survivor: Africa contestant, army officer and sports radio veteran Clarence Black visits the Jack Vita Show to talk Michigan head coach Juwan Howard swinging at Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft and Howard's five-game suspension, the MLB lockout, the Detroit Tigers' exciting future, memories from the 2004 Detroit Pistons' championship season, former Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford collecting a Super Bowl ring, Clarence's love for America and his Christian faith, Clarence's time on Survivor, his casting story, his place in reality TV history, his side of #beangate, and much more!

    Jon Root Previews Super Bowl LVI, Talks Lousy Pro Bowl, MLB Lockout, NFL Head Coaching Hires and Christian Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 59:45

    Jon Root (@JonnyRoot on Twitter and Instagram), host of the sports show Breakaway on Turning Point USA, visits the Jack Vita Show to chat about Major League Baseball's lockout, a flurry of NFL head coaching changes across the sport, how we could improve the Pro Bowl, storylines entering Super Bowl LVI, his Christian faith and the importance of reading the Bible, and plenty more along the way! With spring training scheduled to start in a matter of days, what gives? Why doesn't Major League Baseball have a deal in place for the 2022 season? Between the players and the owners, who is responsible for this mess? Jon and Jack share which NFL head coach hires they are the most intrigued by, and which ones raise the most questions. Jon shares about his recent conversation with Rams' long snapper and former college teammate Matthew Orzech from his latest latest episode of Breakaway, as he and Jack provide their Super Bowl picks. Lastly, Jon discusses the importance of reading the Bible and finding hope in his relationship with Jesus Christ, in a time when people don't know where to find hope. Join us for a very fun and enlightening conversation you won't be able to find anywhere else!

    Garrett Powell On Tom Brady's Retirement, Brian Flores, Harbaugh, Conference Championship Games, MLB Hall of Fame, Super Bowl 56

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 106:39

    Former Bachelorette star, current golf pro and fan favorite on the Jack Vita Show Garrett Powell returns to the show in the wake of Tom Brady announcing his retirement. Garrett is a lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and along with Jack, discusses how he thinks Brady arrived at his decision to move on, his impact on the sport of football, and what happens next for the Bucs at the quarterback position. Garrett and Jack recap the weekend's AFC and NFC conference championship games, talk storylines entering Super Bowl 56, Matthew Stafford's underrated (Hall of Fame?) career, Joe Burrow's swag, what did the Chiefs in and more. Later, they talk Jim Harbaugh potentially leaving Michigan for the NFL, Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL, MLB Hall of Fame voting (and the age-old steroid question - is the Hall broken?) and Garrett's confrontation with Luke P on their two-on-one date on The Bachelorette (Hannah Brown's season).

    College Football National Championship + NFL Coaching Changes + Playoff Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 66:28

    Jake Paliga returns to the Jack Vita Show to break down the College Football Playoff national championship game (0:00 - 19:30) and Sunday Night Football's near-tie game that almost sent both the Raiders and the Chargers to the playoffs (19:30 - 30:10), talk NFL coaching and front office firings from "Black Monday" (30:10 - 47:45), and preview the Super Wild Card Weekend of the NFL Playoffs (47:45 - END). Along the way, they discuss the Vikings', Bears', Dolphins', Jaguars', Seahawks and Giants' situations, as each team enters the offseason with a number of questions. What are Jack and Jake's thoughts on the firings of Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy, Joe Judge and Brian Flores, and what happens next for the franchises they are departing? Will Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins be moved this offseason? Jack and Jake also rank this weekend's games from "Super Wild Card Weekend", and give their picks for the weekend.

    College Football National Championship + NFL Coaching Changes + Playoff Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 49:40

    Jake Paliga returns to the Jack Vita Show to break down the College Football Playoff national championship game, talk NFL coaching and front office firings from "Black Monday", and preview the Super Wild Card Weekend of the NFL Playoffs.

    College Football Playoff Semifinal, Best/Worst Bowl Games, Conference Showings, Matt Corral, Players Sitting Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 49:40

    In the first episode of the Jack Vita Show of 2022, Andrew Stem returns to talk bowl season. The College Football Playoff semifinal round has concluded, and the National Championship stage is set. What are Jack and Andrew's takeaways after yet another lame college football Final Four round? They also talk best bowl games of the 2021-22 bowl season and the best and worst conference showings from bowl season. Which conferences surprised and which ones disappointed? Matt Corral has taken a beaten on social media for his decision to play in the Sugar Bowl, a game in which he left with an ankle injury, potentially jeopardizing his draft stock. Jack defends Matt Corral's personal decision to play, and Andrew reacts. What is the future for draft prospects playing and sitting out of bowl games, and how can college football keep its best players from opting out? Finally, Jack and Andrew preview Monday's National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.

    9-Year NFL Tight End Clay Harbor Talks NFL Week 16, Matt Nagy, Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Career, Time on 'The Bachelorette' + 'Bachelor In Paradise'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 76:33

    9-year NFL tight end and 'The Bachelorette', 'Bachelor In Paradise' contestant Clay Harbor visits the Jack Vita Show to recap NFL Week 16 (2021) and discuss Matt Nagy's future with the Chicago Bears, Nick Foles' impressive performance in Seattle, and what changes may be coming soon for the Bears, Russell Wilson's future with the Seahawks and in the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals taking over the AFC North, Clay's time playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints, his best stories playing with Tom Brady and Drew Brees, memories from Michael Vick's fantastic 2010 season in Philly, DeSean Jackson's walk-off punt return touchdown at the Meadowlands, Clay's adventures looking for love on reality television and 'The Bachelor' franchise (The Bachelorette season 14 and Bachelor In Paradise season 6), Clay's favorite Bible verse, his relationship with Christ, his Christian faith, and much more! Follow Clay on Instagram (@ClayHarbs82) and Twitter (@ClayHarbs82)!

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