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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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    • Jan 27, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 49m AVG DURATION
    • 1,016 EPISODES

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    Latest episodes from The Bench with John and Lance

    01/27/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 46:29

    In the final hour of The Bench the guys are joined by Stephen Devadanum and Eric Sandler from culture map and discuss everything going on around the city of Houston this weekend and the best places to eat around the city. At the bottom of the hour Five Star joins the guys to give his picks ahead of the weekend and John and Lance wrap up the show with some news of the weird. 

    01/27/2022 Five Star gives his picks on The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 13:10

    01/27/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 50:51

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance discuss the most desired Head Coaching positions in the NFL. The guys then discuss the Texans future including draft picks, cap space and management. At the bottom of the hour the guys continue discussing the Texans front office.

    01/27/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 54:23

    In the first hour of The Bench the guys discuss head coaching vacancies around the NFL and react to the Broncos hiring Green Bay Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new Head Coach and the chances of Aaron Rodgers following him to Denver. The guys also discuss possible trade destinations for Deshaun Watson and the guys also discuss the latest on James Harden amid trade rumors. At the bottom of the hour Host of "Cody & Gold" on 610 Sports KC Alex Gold joined The Bench. The guys discuss salaries of quarterbacks around the NFL and the cap to finish off the first hour. 

    01/27/2022 Host of "Cody & Gold" on 610 Sports KC Alex Gold joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 13:24

    01/26/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 48:16

    In the third hour of the show John and Lance talk about David Ortiz being selected for the Hall of Fame and how his numbers compare with Lance Berkman; they talk about Astros prospects we could see if the season ever starts in 2022; University of Houston Basketball Forward Fabian White Jr. joins the show to talk about the Coogs season so far; and the end the show with News of the Weird.

    01/26/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 46:09

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk with New York Giants Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey about Special Teams play and how important a good Place Kicker and Punter are for a team; they talk about draft prospects ahead of the Senior Bowl; and they break down the MLB HOF only electing David Ortiz and not Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. 

    01/26/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 56:16

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Rockets getting blown out by the Spurs; the wheels could fall off in Brooklynn soon and the Rockets own a lot of picks from the Nets in the near future; former NFL GM and EVP Mike Tannenbaum joins the show; and would you go back in time and draft a HOF Kicker in the 1st Round if you knew he would be a HOFer?

    01/25/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 48:25

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk about players in the College Football Transfer Portal; CBS Sports Writer Dennis Dodd joins the show to talk about CFP Expansion; they try to decide which fast food franchise the Texans are most like; and they finish the show with News of the Weird.

    01/25/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 48:18

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk about which coach would be best for Davis Mills to grow with; the MLB Hall of Fame Class will be unveiled tonight; NFL Draft Scout Matt Miller joins the show; and they talk about getting the naming rights for the Oilers from the Titans.

    01/25/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1z

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 53:51

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about rumors that the Rockets could keep Eric Gordon and Christian Wood at the trade deadline; is Tom Brady going to retire in the offseason; will Aaron Rodgers return to Green Bay next season; and they go over a list of draft prospects who could be drafted too high.

    01/24/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 46:54

    John and Lance start the final hour of the show by talking about Jimmy Garoppolo's play thus far in the postseason. Friend of the show, Gilbert, calls in and shares a song dedicated to Tom Brady no longer being in the playoffs. The guys also talk about what Bengals kicker Evan McPherson said before kicking the game-winning field goal against the Titans on Saturday.

    01/24/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 49:44

    During the second hour of the show, the guys continue to break down the Divisional Round games. They also talk about possible scenarios for the Packers' Aaron Rodgers following their stunning loss at home to the 49ers. John and Lance also discuss what this past weekend's playoff performances mean for the Texans' search of a new head coach.

    01/24/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 53:17

    After a thrilling Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, John and Lance share their thoughts on the weekend's games including the Chiefs remarkable, come-from-behind, overtime victory over the Bills. Callers also share what they learned over the weekend.

    01/21/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 48:04

    In the final hour of the show the guys continue to give their picks for the divisional round of the playoffs this weekend. American Actor; Plays Kerry Stone on "Ozark" Season joined The Bench to discuss everything about the show. At the bottom of the hour the guys talk more about Josh McCown and the Texans Head Coaching position before wrapping up the show with some News of the Weird. 

    01/21/2022 Eric Ladin American Actor; Plays Kerry Stone on "Ozark" Season joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 21:44

    01/21/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 51:42

    In the second hour the guys talk about Dak Prescott and the comment he made about the officiating crew following their Cowboys loss to the 49ers in the playoffs. The guys then discuss triple A baseball teams implementing robotic strike zones. At the bottom of the hour the guys talk about the future of the Big 12 after they announced an expansion. The guys finish the second hour by giving their picks for the NFL playoff games this weekend.

    01/21/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 51:57

    In the first hour of The Bench John and Lance discuss Josh McCown interviewing for the Texans Head Coaching position and his close relationship with Nick Caserio. The guys then discuss Penny Hardaway and the struggles within the Memphis basketball team and also discuss the success of the UH basketball team. At the bottom of the hour the guys discuss Davis Mills and the Texans coaching staff. John and Lance finish off the first hour discussing Kansas City Chiefs' player Willie Gay being arrested and what it means for the Chiefs ahead of their game against the Bills. 

    01/20/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 56:09

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance discuss the Rockets win over the Utah Jazz last night before switching gears to talk about Carlos Correa signing with Scott Boras and where this means he could wind up post lockout. Bottom of the hour the guys discuss a former Texans player going at the organization and they wrap up the hour seeing what the Athletic thinks the Texans will do in their latest mock draft.

    01/20/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 47:48

    In the second hour the guys take a look at where the NFL standing totals for the previous decade and where the Texans compare to the rest of the field along with other news and notes around the NFL. Bottom of the hour Roosh Williams calls the show to discuss the Rockets and they wrap up the hour talking about a video of a field reporter getting hit by a car on live TV. 

    01/20/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 46:26

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk more about Carlos Correa signing with Scott Boras and what it could mean for his future then the guys are joined in studio with Culture Maps Stephen Devadanum and Eric Sandler to discuss what's going on around the city of Houston. Bottom of the hour Five Star calls in to give his picks for the weekend and they wrap up the show as usual with "News of the Weird".

    01/20/2022 Gambling Expert, Five Star, Joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 9:29

    Gambling Expert Five Star called in to the show to give his favorite plays for this weekend. 

    01/20/2022 Stephen Devadanum of CultureMap Joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 12:39

    Stephen Devadanum of CultureMap Joined The Bench to talk about the latest restaurant news around the city.

    01/20/2022 Nobel and Roosh Show Host Roosh Williams Joined the Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 11:42

    Roosh Williams calls in to talk about the Rockets win over the Jazz and moves they could make at the deadline

    01/19/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 46:47

    In the final hour of The Bench John and Lance continue the conversation on Carlos Correa and if him resigning with the Astros is a possibility. ESPN College Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg joined The Bench to discuss the UH Basketball team, Texas and Texas A&M and the field this year. The guys wrap up the show with some news of the weird.

    01/19/2022 ESPN College Basketball Analyst Seth Greenberg joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 16:58

    01/19/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 47:34

    To start the second hour Former Houston Oilers Safety and Current Prairie View A&M Head Coach Bubba McDowell joined The Bench. The guys then discussed Joe Burrow and some comments he made after the Bengals wild card win against the Raiders. At the bottom of the hour the guys talk the divisional round of playoffs and break down all the matchups. The guys wrap up the second hour discussing the Sugar Land Skeeters changing their name. 

    01/19/2022 Former Houston Oilers Safety and Current Prairie View A&M Head Coach Bubba McDowell joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 12:13

    01/19/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 55:11

    In the first hour John and Lance react to Carlos Correa hiring Scott Boras as his agent and what that means for the Astros and other teams pursuing him during free agency. The guys then discuss Nick Caserio and Deshaun Watson and the relationship between the quarterback and the Texans being damaged beyond repair. At the bottom of the hour the guys discuss some UH men's basketball after they picked up another conference win despite all the injuries they've sustained before switching the conversation back to Nick Caserio before wrapping up the first hour. 

    01/18/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 43:35

    In the final hour of the show John and Lance talk with NFL Insider Adam Caplan about the Eagles and and other stories around the NFL; they talk about Daniel being the bad guy in "Karate Kid"; they talk about Kliff Kingsbury having trouble finishing out seasons; and the end the show with News of the Weird.

    01/18/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 53:21

    In the second hour of the show John and Lance talk about Jerod Mayo being a big Head Coaching candidate and how emotional intelligence plays into being a good leader; Bryan Broaddus of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas joins the show to talk about the Cowboys playoff exit; and they talk about Carlos Correa and him possibly re-signing with the Astros.

    01/18/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 52:19

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about the Cardinals loss to the Rams and JJ Watt being eliminated from the playoffs; the Texans want to interview Jonathan Gannon of the Eagles; and how incompetent are the Texans as a whole?

    01/17/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 44:19

    During the final hour, the guys talk more NFL, including what the Texans should do with regards to offseason moves and the upcoming Division Round of the playoffs. Lance then shares a story before they dive into News of the Weird.

    01/17/22 The Bench Hour with John and Lance hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 52:58

    John Granato and Lance Zierlein talk about the NFL playoffs and discuss changes within the Texans. Then ESPN National Reporter Mike Reiss who covers the New England Patriots joins the show.

    01/17/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 53:25

    Following the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs, John and Lance recap the games from Super Wild Card Weekend, including the close finish between the Cowboys and the 49ers. They also break down the latest in the Texans' search for a new head coach. The guys also talk about the Rockets picking up a road win against the Kings.

    01/14/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 46:14

    In the final hour of The Bench John and Lance discuss Jerod Mayo and the possibility of him becoming the Texans next Head Coach and also discuss the direction of the Texans organization and what the next steps are to return to a winning organization. At the bottom of the hour Senior MLB Writer for The Athletic Evan Drellich joined The Bench to discuss the latest on lockout between the Owners and MLBPA, the likelihood of having spring training start on time and the likelihood of a full season. John and Lance finish up the show with some news of the weird. 

    01/14/2022 Senior MLB Writer for The Athletic Evan Drellich joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 13:17

    01/14/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 48:27

    In the second hour the guys continue discussing the firing of David Culley and whether or not he was a good Head Coach and take calls from listeners to discuss the Texans organization and the firing of David Culley. At the bottom of the hour Head Coach of UH Men's Basketball Kelvin Sampson joins John and Lance to discuss the success of his team, injuries and the University of Houston before wrapping up the second hour. 

    01/14/2022 Head Coach of UH Men's Basketball Kelvin Sampson joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 18:17

    01/14/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 54:11

    In the first hour of The Bench John and Lance react to the Texans firing Head Coach David Culley and who some potential replacements could be. ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter joined The Bench to discuss the Texans Head Coaching vacancy, the top potential candidates and Deshaun Watson. At the bottom of the hour John and Lance discuss some of the comments Adam Schefter made during their conversation and then the guys finish up the first hour discussing Brian Flores, his time in Miami and his relationship with Tua Tagavailoa.

    01/14/2022 ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 15:42

    01/13/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 51:12

    In the first hour of the show John and Lance talk about David Culley's future with the Texans and also breaking down some post game comments from the season finale. Bottom of the hour the guys are joined by Heather Dinich to talk about what's preventing the expansion of the CFP and they wrap up the hour with more discussion on what the Texans should do with Coach Culley.

    01/13/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 50:40

    In the second hour the guys talk about the Rockets win over the Spurs last night along with reasons to be excited for the second half of the season, before switching gears to the NFL and talking about the playoffs. Bottom of the hour Lance gets to talk a little about O-Line prospects before talking about the Texans and they wrap up the hour discussing more NFL playoff match ups

    01/13/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 45:20

    In the final hour of the show the guys get a call from Gilbert then CultureMap Editor and Food Editor Stephen Devadanum and Eric Sandler join the guys to discuss the latest around the city food wise. Bottom of the hour Five Star calls in to give his picks for Wild Card weekend in the NFL along with his thoughts on who should win the MVP and they wrap up the show with News of the Weird.

    Gambling Expert, Five Star, joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 12:29

    Five Star calls in to give his favorite plays for Wildcard weekend

    01/13/2022 Stephen Devadanum and Eric Sandler from CultureMap Joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 12:50

    01/13/2022 Senior CFB Writer for ESPN.com Heather Dinich joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 12:55

    Heather Dinich calls in to the show to talk about what is potentially holding up CFP expansion, could expansion help prevent players from opting out along with other aspects.

    1/12/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 47:36

    In the final hour Josh Norris who handles Content Strategy and Production for Underdog Fantasy joined The Bench. The guys then discuss more on Stetson Bennett after he won the National Championship. At the bottom of the hour the guys talk all things NBA and then John and Lance wrap up the final hour with some news of the weird. 

    01/12/2022 Josh Norris who handles Content Strategy and Production for Underdog Fantasy joined The Bench

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 16:29

    1/12/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 46:30

    In the second hour John and Lance discuss rapper Kodak Black and his great experience at the Florida Panthers game. The guys then discuss the CFP National Championship and the great time that quarterback Stetson Bennett had after the game. At the bottom of the hour John and Lance break down the first round of the NFL draft and where they expect to see prospects get drafted. They wrap up the second hour discussing more on the NFL teams with head coaching vacancies. 

    1/12/2022 The Bench with John and Lance Hour 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 55:31

    In the first hour of the show the guys discuss the top head coaching vacancies in the NFL and which opening is at the top of their lists. The guys then discuss the state of Texans and what their plans should be in the offseason and the upcoming NFL Draft. At the bottom of the hour John and Lance discuss more on Deshaun Watson and then wrap up the first hour discussing the College Football Playoff. 

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