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The biggest sports talk duo to ever hit Houston airwaves is still going strong after 2 decades in the market. John Granato and Lance Zierlein mix insightful sports analysis with irreverent humor and quick wit. You never know what you're going to hear, but it'll be like nothing else you ever have. Listen weekdays 7-11am live on ESPN 97.5 & 92.5 FM or anytime on demand at http://espn975.com.

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    • Sep 27, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • daily NEW EPISODES
    • 51m AVG DURATION
    • 713 EPISODES

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    Latest episodes from The Bench with John and Lance

    09/27/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 50:25

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk about Carson Wentz and the Colts injuries; Patrick Mahomes hasn't looked like himself so far this season; they talk about the new AP Rankings for College Football; and finish the show with News of the Weird.

    09/27/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 50:30

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk with Bill Ingram about the Rockets getting ready for the 2021-22 season; they recap some of the stories from college football over the weekend; Bob Nightengale from USA Today joins the show to talk about the Astros playoff push; and they talk about how much fun the Ryder Cup was for Team USA.

    09/27/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 54:19

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros getting swept in Oakland over the weekend; they talk about rookie QB performances three weeks into the NFL season; Jay Glazer seems to be the only one with connections to report on a potential Deshaun Watson trade; and they talk about what they learned from the weekend.

    09/24/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 44:55

    In the final hour of The Bench John and Lance discuss more about the Texans game and also some college football ahead of the weekend. At the bottom of the hour Del Olaleye joins John and Lance to discuss some of the top teams in college football and they also break down some of the upcoming games this weekend. 

    09/24/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 52:51

    In the second hour the guys discuss the atmosphere and the crowd at NRG Stadium vs the Panthers before switching the conversation to the Astros. They also discuss the American League playoff picture and whether the Astros would rather face the wild card game winner or the Chicago White Sox. They finish off the hour discussing the crowd at NRG Stadium and try to decipher just how many people were at the game. 

    09/24/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 53:42

    In the first hour of The Bench, John and Lance discuss the Texans loss against the Carolina Panthers. They discuss what they saw from Davis Mills and the rest of the offense without Tyrod Taylor. At the bottom of the hour NFL analyst Greg Cosell joins the guys to talk about all the big storylines from around the league. 

    09/23/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 47:54

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Texans-Panthers Thursday Night Football game; Eric Sandler and Stevie D from CultureMap stop by to give you some good ideas of what to do and where to eat this weekend; Former Texans QB Brandon Weeden joins the show to talk about the Texans and what Davis Mills might be going through after a short week and being named the starter; and we end the show with News of the Weird!

    09/23/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 49:47

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros getting  closer to locking up the AL West and whether or not they should go all out to try for the number 1 seed in the playoffs; they talk about spice preferences with hot chicken sandwiches; Nick Saban berated the media again; College Football insider for SI Pat Forde joins the show to preview the week 4 games; and UH Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen joins the show to talk about the matchup against Navy this weekend.

    09/23/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 55:04

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros getting the win in extra innings over the Angels and how difficult it will be for Dusty Baker to decide on the playoff roster; they preview the Texans Thursday Night Football matchup with the Panthers; they talk about Davis Mills' characteristics that his teammates and coaches like about him.

    09/22/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 49:04

    To start the third hour the guys discuss some college football and go over the top teams in the country and see who has the best odds to make the college football playoff. At the bottom of the hour AJ Hoffman joins the show to discuss what college football games you should be paying attention to in terms of betting this weekend. 

    09/22/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 52:22

    In the second hour of The Bench John and Lance discuss the Texans defense and how they will matchup against Sam Darnold in the Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers. They also discuss the Houston Rockets and what they should do with John Wall and if a Ben Simmons trade is possible.

    09/22/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 55:04

    In the first hour John and Lance discuss Astros pitching and what players they would have on the postseason roster and what players they would leave off. They also discuss Davis Mills starting for the Texans with Tyrod Taylor injured. At the bottom of the hour the guys discuss Brooks Koepka, Bryson Dechambeau and the Ryder cup. They wrap up the first hour discussing quarterbacks from around the NFL. 

    09/21/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 48:26

    In the final hour the guys continue their discussion on the Texans and what's to come this season. Midway through the hour Sage Rosenfels joins The Bench and talks all things Texans and what kind of job  Coach David Culley has done so far.  

    09/21/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 50:44

    Going into hour 2 of The Bench John and Lance discuss Texans head coach David Culley's questionable decision on Sunday. Later they discuss the Packers bouncing back in a big way last night. Then they talk the Astros bench and what our starting lineup could look come playoff time. Finally towards the end of the hour the guys talk about possible moves the Astros could make this coming offseason. 

    09/21/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 56:22

    To start out today's show the guys talk the Astros blow out win last night over the Angels. Early on in the hour Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher joins and discusses his start to the season and some upcoming games. Then later the guys talk about the Texans quarterback situation and Deshaun Watson's future with the Texans. 

    09/21/2021 Former Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels joins The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 26:09

    Former Texans QB Sage Rosenfels joins The Bench to discuss the Texans season so far and their quarterback situation with Tyrod Taylor out. 

    09/21/2021 Texas A&M Head Coach Jimbo Fisher joins The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 15:52

    Coach Fisher joins The Bench to talk about his strong start to the season. 

    09/20/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 45:37

    During the final hour of Monday's show, John and Lance talk college football, more about the Texans, unruly fan behavior during Sunday's games -- including Patrick Mahomes' brother, Jackson, pouring water on Ravens fans following the Chiefs loss to the Ravens.

    09/20/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 50:47

    The guys discuss Lance's injury as well as the Texans having to turn to rookie QB Davis Mills for their primetime Thursday Night Football matchup against the Panthers, following Tyrod Taylor's injury.

    09/20/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 54:55

    John and Lance start the show by giving their reaction to the Texans' loss to the Browns on Sunday. They also recap the Astros' victory and chat about potential postseason scenarios.

    09/17/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 51:40

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk about the bloody mess Lance left for Joel Blank in the ESPN 97.5 studio; Lance has found a new passion in frisbee golf; and college football expert Del Olaleye joins the show to preview week 3.

    09/17/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 50:23

    In the second hour John and Lance are joined by Cleveland Browns Beat Writer Mary Kay Cabot to preview the matchup with the Texans; the great Fred Four joins the show give an update on SportsMap Elite; they talk about the best backup QBs in NFL History; and they talk about the newest version of “Hard Knocks” that will follow the Colts during the season.

    09/17/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 52:31

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros big win in Arlington to bring them one game closer to locking up the AL West; Correa is getting hot down the stretch further cementing his case for a BIG Payday; Chris Mortenson thinks Deshaun Watson will play sometime this season; and NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell joins the show to talk about this weekend's matchups.

    09/16/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 49:15

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance go over the Rollling Stone's List of the Top 500 songs of all-time; Stevie D from CultureMap joins the show to talk about what's going on in Houston this weekend; and they end the show with News of the Weird.

    09/16/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 50:48

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros and what kind of deals they could make in free agency; College Football expert Pat Forde joins the show to talk about some of the big matchups this weekend; and Head Coach of the University of Houston Football Team Dana Holgorsen joins the show to talk about the win over Rice and the home opener this weekend against Grambling.

    09/16/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 53:28

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros win over the Rangers; the preview the Texans heading to Cleveland for Week 2; the talk about Nick Saban's favorite joke to use on players; and they talk about if the Texans can afford a middle of the round pick if they win too many games.

    09/15/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 49:34

    In the final hour of The Bench John and Lance discuss the Texans upcoming game against the Browns, what they expect out of both teams in week 2 and which team they expect to cover the spread. They discuss David Culley and the job he's done so far and the expectations they have for him the rest of the season. RJ Bell of PreGame.com joins the show at the bottom of the hour to break down all the must see matchup's for week 2. 

    09/15/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 51:54

    To start the second hour John and Lance are joined by ESPN Insider and former NFL General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum joins The Bench to discuss all things NFL before discussing UT's game against Rice this weekend. At the bottom of the hour the guys discuss Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, whether Rodgers is a good teammate and if they expect them to bounce back in week 2. 

    09/15/2021 ESPN Insider and Former NFL General Manager Mike Tannenbaum joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 17:17

    09/15/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 53:59

    In the first hour of The Bench John and Lance talk about the rockets and John Wall mutually agreeing to part ways and focus on their young core. At the bottom of the hour they discuss the Astros blowout loss to the Rangers, before changing the topic to the Texans and discussing the job David Culley and Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelley have done. 

    09/14/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 49:23

    In the third hour of the show John and Lance talk about rumors of drama between Dusty Baker and the Astros Front Office; former Texans QB Sage Rosenfels joins the show for two segments to talk about the Texans Week 1 recap against the Jags; and they finish the show with News of the Weird.

    09/14/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 53:10

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk with Del about the effects of Hurricane Nicholas; they talk about Monday Night Football and the Manning Brothers broadcast; they go over a list of the best jobs in college football; they talk about the Texans and David Culley meeting with the media; and they talk about if Dusty Baker will be around next season with the Astros. 

    09/14/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 54:07

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros win over the Rangers; Jose Siri's first start and hitting two HRs; David Culley and Texans players met with the media yesterday; and the great Monday Night Football thriller!

    09/13/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 52:24

    ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein kickoff the show discussing the Texans winning their season opener over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the defense seeming to be buying in to Lovie Smiths system, the latest asking price for Deshaun Watson surfaced and they wrap up with some Astros talk.

    09/13/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 50:02

    ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein spend the second hour talking about Arkansas beating the Longhorns on Saturday night, what was the best game of the weekend, the Jaguar fans dumb chant and listeners sound off on their teams performances this weekend.

    09/13/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 46:50

    ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein finish up the show with a continuation of overreaction Monday after all the action from over the weekend, they go over the rest of the league and wrap up with news of the weird.

    09/10/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 51:10

    In the final hour the guys talk about the Big 12 officially extending invitations to BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. College Football Expert & Host of The "Respect My Decision" Podcast, Del Olaye joins John and Lance to preview week 2 of College Football and preview some of the bigger games. 

    09/10/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 50:43

    In the second hour the guys go over all the matchups around the NFL in week 1 and discuss which ones they're most excited for. At the bottom of the hour gambling expert Tony "The Hatchetman" Valentine joins the show to talk some football and gives his picks in some of the games. 

    09/10/2021 Gambling Expert Tony "The Hatchetman" Valentine joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 19:26

    09/10/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 54:46

    In the first hour of The Bench, John and Lance discuss the Thursday night football game between the Cowboys and Buccaneers. They talk about which players stood out and looked good and which ones didn't impress them as much. They also discuss the Texans receiving a 3rd round pick, as well as a conditional pick from the Saints for Bradley Roby. At the bottom of the hour NFL analyst Greg Cosell joins the show to talk all things NFL.

    09/09/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 47:25

    In the final hour John and Lance talk about golf and the Ryder Cup coming up. They also discuss the Texans trading Bradley Roby to the New Orleans Saints. They wrap up the third hour talking Texans and Astros.

    09/09/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 52:36

    In the second hour of the show the guys make predictions around the NFL including playoff field, division winners, MVP and more. At the bottom of the hour Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde joins the show to recap week 1 of college football. Also at the bottom of the hour, UH head football coach Dana Holgorson joins the show to talk about their game against Texas Tech, and their upcoming game against Rice.

    09/09/2021 NFL Correspondent James Palmer joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 15:39


    09/09/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 54:58


    In the first hour of The Bench, John and Lance discuss the Astros loss against the Mariners and talk about some of Dusty Baker's bullpen decisions. NFL Network's James Palmer joins the show to talk all things NFL before week 1, and wrap up the first hour talking what they are looking forward to from the Texans this season. 


    09/08/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 51:30

    In the final hour of The Bench the guys continue the conversation about the Astros and the drama going on between Jake Odorizzi and Dusty Baker. They also react to the Texans trading Bradley Roby to the Saints. At the bottom of the hour RJ Bell from PreGame.com joins the show to talk all things NFL betting ahead of week 1. 

    09/08/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 48:03

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk about some of the college football storylines from week 1 of the season. Next, they discuss 9/11 ahead of the 20th anniversary, and they have Former HBO Sports President and current executive producer of the documentary "Extra Innings From 9/11: 20 Years Later joins the show. 

    09/08/2021 Former HBO Sports President and current executive producer of the documentary "Extra Innings From 9/11: 20 Years Later joined The Bench.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 20:16

    Former HBO Sports President and current executive producer of the documentary "Extra Innings From 9/11: 20 Years Later joined The Bench.

    09/08/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 56:41

    In the first hour of The Bench the guys discuss the Astros walk off win against the Seattle Mariners, Jake Odorizzi's frustration with Dusty Baker and Brent Strom and the Astros lead on the White Sox in the AL playoff race. At the bottom of the hour the guys discuss the Texans signing of Danny Amendola.

    09/07/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 48:58

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Texans-Jags Week 1 matchup; they talk about social media worrying about Todd McShay's health; former Texans QB Sage Rosenfels joins the show to preview the Texans-Jags season opener; they talk about Mac Jones potential and why he should be starting in New England; and they finish the show with News of the Weird.

    09/07/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 54:20

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros and the push down the stretch for the postseason; fans fighting in the stands all over college football opening weekend; Host of Soccer Matters and Houston Dynamo Analyst Glenn Davis joins the show to talk about the US Men's National Team trying to qualify for the World Cup; and TJ Watt may not be on the field for the Steelers in Week 1

    09/07/2021 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 54:25

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Astros big win over the Mariners Monday night; Texas A&M Football Head Coach Jimbo Fisher joins the show to talk about the win over Kent State and heading to Denver to take on Colorado; David Culley named Tyrod Taylor the starting QB for the Texans and it surprised some people; and they recap opening week of College Football.

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