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Steve Bennett is the host of this podcast about sports, sports media, and the way sports and sports media intertwine in the world around us.

Steve Bennett


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    24 Inch Podcast 23- Survivor Series 88

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 128:22


    On the 23rd episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the November 24, 1988 PPV known warmly as, Survivor Series 88. On this night, Hulk Hogan and Macho Man led a team of Mega Powers against a group of scoundrels put together by the Million Dollar Man. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about their own Thanksgiving traditions and Seth Rollins getting jumped at RAW. After the break, the guys give give the biographies of three wrestlers in the main event and briefly go over the history of the Richfield Coliseum. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in November of 1988 (HINT: He was selling out). Steve reads the news from November of 1988 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with baseball awards, a very important election, and a rough run for Mike Tyson. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from the Survivor Series including an incredible match tucked between the tag match and the main event. The guys break down each match on the card, rate them, and finish by marking out and lathering them all with praise. Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of the Mega Power's team vs. the heel team led by Ted DiBiase. Also on this episode, we plug some shows, read some emails, and give the schedule for the rest of the year. Intro: 00:02:49 History of: 00:24:23 The News/Matches: 00:51:00 Plugs/Emails: 01:46:49 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast


    24 Inch Podcast 22- vs. Adrain Adonis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 131:12

    On the 22nd episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the July 26, 1986 house show in Philadelphia, PA at the Spectrum. On this night, Hulk Hogan was in the main event against the adorable one, Adrian Adonis. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the show Heels being renewed and the third season of Dark Side of the Ring ending with a thud. The guys also discuss Ric Flair's heat with the WWE and speculation about Hulk Hogan's health. After the break, the guys give a brief history of the PRISM Network. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the life and career of Adrian Adonis. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in July of 1986. Steve reads the news from July of 1986 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with more espionage, baseball accomplishments, and a tragedy in rock n roll. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from the Spectrum including a great performance by Tito Santana. The guys break down each match on the card, talk about a rare heel tag match, and the first dog collar match in Pennsylvania. Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Adrian Adonis. Also on this episode, Paula Bennett returns to help us share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and we announce a special episode this coming Thursday. Intro: 00:01:38 History of: 00:20:41 The News/Matches: 00:50:28 Plugs/Emails: 01:38:47 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 24- Greg Wyshynski, Andrew Marchand

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 102:31


    Steve interviews Greg Wyshynski (00:10:04) from ESPN. Greg was on the second episode of The Sports-Casters in 2011 and was on the first episode of this season back in January. Today, he returns to talk about the Jack Eichel trade, the start of the NHL season, and working for ESPN as a rights holder. Join us for the hockey discussion, but stay for the incredible disagreement about Eichel's neck surgery. Also, Andrew Marchand(00:56:01) from the New York Post returns. Andrew and Steve talk about a plethora of sports media topics including Premiere League rights fees, The Manning Cast, the future of the Sunday Ticket and much more. Steve also vents about World Cup Qualifying (yes, he does this twice during the episode) and they talk about his Grandmother's journey to the United States from Italy. Steve starts the show venting about World Cup qualifying (I know), Jorginho's sudden failures at the spot for Italy, and then blows what's left of his. The book club has has books by Dana O'Neil and James Andrew Miller and the announcement of a third book. The show ends with one last thing about NFL officiating, literally the worst thing ever. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 23- Jonathan Vilma, Rich Podolsky

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 124:37


    Steve interviews Jonathan ViIma (00:17:54) from Fox Sports. Much to the pleasure of the host, Jonathan is making his debut to talk about his young career in broadcasting AND his time as a Super Bowl winning Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints. Jonathan talks about being a rookie broadcaster the year of COVID, how the game is different from when he played, and his chemistry in the booth with Kenny Albert. Jonathan and Steve look back at the 2009 season, Jonathan's epic game against the Falcons. and the ridiculous bounty-gate scandal. Best of all, Jonathan breaks down Tracy Porter's Super Bowl winning pick-6 of Peyton Manning and explains how his decision before the snap let to the interception. Also, Rich Podolsky(00:55:12) the author of a new book about the NFL Today makes his debut. Rich explains why he wrote the book, working on the show and many of the characters on it. Rich explains his sympathy for Jimmy the Greek, the impact the show had on football, and the show's interesting relationship with gambling. Paula starts the show and answers a fee questions before she has some questions of her own for Steve. Steve discusses the Jack Eichel trade and the Jameis Winston injury before blowing his stack over Mike Thomas. The book club has has books by Dana O'Neil and James Andrew Miller. The show ends with one last thing about Steve watching the end of the World Series with Paula and how she makes everything a little better. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 21- SNME 11-2-85

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 115:03

    On the 21th episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the November 2, 1985 episode of Saturday Night's Main Even. On this night, Hulk Hogan teamed with Andre the Giant to face Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the show Heels and Steve reports a great success at the before mentioned Trunk or Treat event. After the break, the guys give a brief history of Saturday Night's Main Event. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the long history of the Hersheypark Arena. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in November of 1985. Steve reads the news from October of 1985 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with more plays, Steve's first World Series, and not enough pop culture. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from SNME including all of the fun antics in-between the matches. The guys break down each match on the card, talk about Ricky Steamboat's special ability to build heat, and an appearance from Jimmy Hart's briefs. Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy. Also on this episode, Paula Bennett returns to help us share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for rest of season 1. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:17:32 The News/Matches: 00:42:38 Plugs/Emails: 01:27:57 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 22- Katie Baker, Jeff Agrest

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 128:08

    Steve interviews Katie Baker(00:11:39) from The Ringer. Katie is back to talk about all of the different things she writes about at Ringer, including hockey, television, and movies. Before that, Steve and Katie look back to a piece she wrote for Grantland about Yale winning the Frozen Four. Also, Katie and Steve debate the end of a League of Their Own, talk about Katie's transition from Goldman Sachs analyst to sports writer, and spend a few minutes comparing the work at Ringer to the work at Grantland (RIP). Also, Jeff Agrest(01:07:53) from the Chicago Sun-Times joins us to talk about sports media. First, Jeff and Steve talk about the NHL's debut on TNT and ESPN. They also look back at the NHL's time on NBC. Next the guys go over a bunch of sports media headlines. Finally, Jeff and Steve discuss the Chicago Sun-Times and the legacy of Roger Ebert. Steve starts the show with discussion of the baseball playoffs. The book club has two new books and a strong maybe. The show ends with one last thing about how Steve loves Halloween much more as a dad than he did as a kid. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 20- vs. Stan Hansen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 116:20

    On the 20th episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the April 13, 1990 match against Stan Hansen at the Tokyo Dome as part of Hulkamania 6. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about The Many Saints of Newark (they don't love it), halloween cereal (they love it), and discuss the golden age of cereal before trying to figure out what today is the golden age of. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Stan Hansen. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the long history of the Tokyo Dome. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in December of 1991. Steve reads the news from December of 1991 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with award shows, the fall of the Soviet Union, and some records in the wold of sports. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from the Coliseum Home Video release, Hulkamania 6. The guys break down each match on the tape, talk about all of the product placement on it, and mark out over a surprise appearance of the Mega Powers Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Stan Hansen. Also on this episode, Paula Bennett returns to help us share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode 21. Intro: 00:01:07 History of: 00:20:21 The News/Matches: 00:46:24 Plugs/Emails: 01:34:44 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 21- Sean McDonough, Rob Miech

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 93:17

    Steve interviews Sean McDonough(00:11:05) from ESPN and the Red Sox radio network. Sean is with us to discuss his new role as PBP1 on ESPN's coverage of the National Hockey League. Sean talks about his love for hockey, how he was considered for and ultimately landed the job, and what he needs to do to build his chops back up. Sean also talks about working practice games with his partners, his bucket list, and gives due respect to Gary Thorne and Doc Emrick. Finally, Sean talks about the AL Wild Card game at Fenway Park between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Sean called the game and talks about balancing three sports, the Aaron Judge play at the plate, and the early exit of Garrit Cole. Also, Rob Miech (00:51:37) from the Chicago Sun-Times joins us to talk about the rise of sports gambling. First, Rob and Steve talk about Steve's recent passion for Italian soccer on the international and club level. Next, Rob talks about writing about sports gambling for the Chicago Sun-Times. Finally, Rob and Steve discuss Bryce Harper and his lack of Championships. Steve starts the show with a hey now from his sweet guest host, Paula Bennett and they talk about her first few weeks of school. The book club has a new book and a strong maybe. The show ends with one last thing with Paula and Steve discussing their 80's wrestling entry in Paula's Trunk or Treat contest at school. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    Season 11 Episode 20- Joe Posnanski, Tim Neverett

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 95:16


    Steve interviews Joe Posnanski(00:14:21) author of a new book called, The Baseball 100. Joe first appeared on episode six of the podcast and is back today to promote his new book. Steve and Joe talk about why the book is so great for the bathroom, discuss some players appearing on a number that just makes sense, and Joe's decision to have Willie Mays at 1. Joe also talks about Greg Maddux, promoting the book on other shows, and reflects back on his many appearances on the podcast. Also, Tim Neverett(00:41:58) from the Los Angelas Dodgers play-by-play team joins us to promote his new book. Tim explains the grind of the 2020 MLB season, talks about Clayton Kershaw's triumph, and explains why the teams's broadcasters still aren't traveling to road games. Tim also reflects back on his time calling games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox. Steve starts the show with a hey now and looks back at the first three weeks of the New Orleans Saints season. The book club is looking for new books. The show ends with one last thing about Steve's trip to New Jersey for the first Pearl Jam concert in three years. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 19- vs. Big John Studd

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 131:52

    On the nineteenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into the October 13, 1984 card at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about Steve's trip to New Jersey, hanging out with John D'Amato and give a few thoughts on the latest controversy surrounding Dark Side of the Ring. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Big John Studd. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the long relationship between the World Wrestling Federation and the legendary, Spectrum. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in October of 1984. Steve reads the news from October of 1984 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with baseball playoffs, the cold war, and a huge movie release. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from the Spectrum on 10-13-1984. The guys talk about the difference between the early matches on a card now versus then, Greg Valentine winning the Intercontinental belt, and an awesome tag match featuring Sargent Slaughter and JYD. Finally, Steve and Dave break down the huge main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Big John Studd. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode twenty. Intro: 00:04:38 History of: 00:27:15 The News/Matches: 01:04:50 Plugs/Emails: 01:48:09 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 19- Nick Underhill, Marchand/Auerbach/Carucci MIX

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 120:26


    Steve interviews Nick Underhill(00:13:53) from New Orleans Dot Football to preview the New Orleans Saint's season. Nick is making his debut and talks with Steve about the Brees/Payton era before transitioning into the Winston/Payton era. Nick looks back at some of the best and worst moments and plays from the Brees years before jumping into what he thinks this year's version of the Saints will be like. Nick talks about what he had seen from the team on the fieId at that point and what he expects to see this season. We talk Jameis Winston, Marshon Lattimore, Michael Thomas, and Cam Jordan. Nick also tells us if he thinks the Saints will make the playoffs this year. (NOTE: This interview was recorded on August 13, 2021) Also, for the first time ever, Steve mashed together the best moments from the Andrew Marchand, Nicole Auerbach, and Vic Carucci interviews (01:05:51). We hear a snippet from each of their appearances on the podcast last month. Media talk from Marchand, college football from Auerbach and NFL from Carucci. Steve starts the show with a hey now and a rant about a guest that didn't work out. The book club wraps up some loose ends. The show ends with one last thing featuring Steve's NFL predictions. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 18, SummerSlam 1991

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 163:11

    On the eighteenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into SummerSlam 1991 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about The White Lotus, the return of CM Punk, and give a few thoughts on the latest SummerSlam. Also, Steve is coming to New Jersey. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Adnan Al-Kaissie. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the long relationship between the World Wrestling Federation and the legendary, Madison Square Garden. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in August of 1991. Steve reads the news from August of 1991 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with huge album releases, athletic achievements, and the 43rd Annual Emmy Awards. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from SummerSlam 1991. The guys rave about one of their favorite Intercontinental Championship matches, a cool six-man tag, and speculate as to why the wedding was just a wedding. Finally, Steve and Dave break down the weak main event of Hulk and Warrior vs Slaughter, Sheik, and Adnan. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page with the beautiful Paula Bennett and announce our plans for episode nineteen. Intro: 00:02:15 History of: 00:21:34 The News/Matches: 00:51:27 Plugs/Emails: 02:14:10 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 18- Vic Carucci, Andrew Marchand

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 104:33


    Steve interviews Vic Carucci(00:07:37) from SIRIUSXM to preview the NFL season. Vic is making his debut and talks with Steve about the day Jim Kelly arrived in Buffalo, coining the phrase "bickering Bills" and covering the 1990's Buffalo Bills. Vic and Steve then transition to talking about the upcoming NFL season. Vic says there is a group of top dogs in the AFC, a bunch on interesting quarterbacks entering the league, and makes his Super Bowl pick. Vic also talks about how expectations could hurt the Bills, explains that Patrick Mahomes is the best, and speculates as to who will be the best in the NFC East. Also, Andrew Marchand (00:52:39) from the New York Post joins us to preview the NFL season from a media perspective. Briefly, Andrew talks about the news he broke regarding Max Kellerman's future on First Take and at ESPN. After that, Andrew and Steve break down the booths, the pre-game shows, and the new broadcast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning. The guys also talk about gambling, Tony Romo, and searching for the next Tony Romo. Steve starts the show with a hey now from a very pretty little voice. The book club has three current books and the announcement of a book that is upcoming. The show ends with one last thing about Steve's obsession with a food truck that serves fried chicken. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 17- Jeff Passan, Nicole Auerbach

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 80:18

    Steve interviews Jeff Passan (00:05:29) from ESPN to talk about Major League Baseball. Jeff joins us from the highway in New Hampshire to wrap up the trade deadline, Also, Jeff talks about the Field of Dreams game, the great season that baseball is having, and lists a few of his ideal World Series matchups. Jeff and Steve also go through the contenders and look at their strengths and weaknesses going into the last 45 games of the season. Also, Nicole Auerbach (00:39:50) from The Athletic joins us for to preview the college football season. Nicole talks about covering college football as a student at Michigan and also shares a story about covering the hockey team in Alaska. Also, Nicole talks about the best teams in college football and why she thinks we will see them in the playoffs in January. Nicole explains why she loves Georgia, throws out some names for the Heisman, and gives her National Championship prediction. Steve starts the show with a hey now and a hello before rushing into the first interview. The book club has three current books and the announcement of a book that is upcoming. The show ends with one last thing about Steve's Howard Stern Show habits. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 17, SummerSlam 1988

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 167:09

    On the seventeenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into SummerSlam 1988 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the loss of two more wrestling legends, promote a very important podcast that debuts this fall, and Dave gives us a review of the Guns N Roses concert he attended at Giants Stadium. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Ted DiBIase. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the history of the legendary Madison Square Garden. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in July and August 1988. Steve reads the news from August of 1988 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with political conventions, natural disasters, and the 40th Annual Emmy Awards. Steve and Dave break down the entire card from SummerSlam 1988. The guys rave about an opening tag match that goes the distance, explain why some of the matches were booked, and speculate as to why Brutus Beefcake got the X instead of a shot at the Intercontinental title. Finally, Steve and Dave break down the epic main event between the Mega Powers and the Mega Bucks. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page with the beautiful Paula Bennett and announce our plans for episode eighteen. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:23:34 The News/Matches: 00:57:33 Plugs/Emails: 02:12:16 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 16- Stewart Mandel, Michael Fabiabo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 80:03


    Steve interviews Stewart Mandel (00:11:23) from The Athletic to talk about college football season. Stewart is joining Steve for the tenth consecutive August to preview the upcoming season but instead they burn almost all of the time talking about realignment. Why did OU and Texas bolt for the SEC? How will it effect the College Football Playoff? What happens to the Big 12? Does this benefit Texas or Oklahoma more? All of these questions and more are answered before Steve realizes he is out of time. Quickly, Stewart predicts the four playoff teams and a Heisman winner before bouncing out. Also, Michael Fabiano (00:40:24) joins us for for his annual visit to preview the fantasy football season. Micheal explains how he would set up the perfect fantasy league, chooses the best platform to play on, and gives a list of his favorites rules. Also, Michael gives us some players he is drafting a ton and a few more that he is staying away from. Finally, Fabiano gives us some tips on how to prepare for the draft and how to give ourselves to best chance to win a championship this year. Steve starts the show talking about how fed up he is with Michael Thomas. The book club has three current books and the announcement of a book that is upcoming. The show ends with one last thing about fantasy football. Does Steve love it? Hell no. Does he even like it at all? For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 15- Leigh Montville, Aaron Schatz

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 103:19

    Steve interviews Leigh Montville(00:16:38) the Hall of Fame sports writer and author of a new book that is part memoir and part recap of the 1969 NBA Finals. Leigh is a legend as is treated as such during the interview. He talks about working on teams loaded with other amazing sports writers at the Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated. Leigh also talks about being on the Howard Stern show after word got around that Gary was reading his Babe Ruth book. Leigh reveals the two athletes that he told his daughter she should marry. Also, Leigh goes over his new book, talks about travel and tech in 1969, and explains why he was on the job to change sports writing with a new style. Also, Aaron Schatz (00:54:29) joins us for for his annual visit to promote the Football Outsiders Almanac. Aaron talks about Josh Allen defying expectations and compares him to a QB from the NFC South. Aaron also talks about DVOA, the history of Football Outsiders going back to 1983, and reveals the best New Orleans Saints team to not win a Super Bowl. Finally, Steve and Aaron look ahead to the upcoming NFL Season. Aaron gives sleeper teams, Super Bowl favorites, and a few teams he isn't high on. Steve starts the show talking about the Jack Eichel disaster. The book club introduces four new books. The show ends with one last thing about a soccer award that has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 16, vs. Ravishing Rick Rude

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 147:29


    On the sixteenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's world title defense against Ravishing Rick Rude inside the Boston Garden on January 9, 1988. At the top, Steve and Dave give their thoughts on John Cena's WWE return, CM Punk, and a brief rundown of the 24 Inch Podcast archives. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Ravishing Rick Rude. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the history of the legendary Boston Garden. Then, Dave tells us what the Hulkster was up to in January 1988. Steve reads the news from January of 1988 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with fumbles, a Beatle's solo success, and a fight between George H. W. Bush and Dan Rather Steve and Dave break down the entire card from January 9, 1998 at the Boston Garden. The guys break down all the matches, a surprise tag team match, explain why Hogan and Rude didn't work together more, and end with a nugget about DiBiase being introduced as WWF champion. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode seventeen. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:30:13 The News/Matches: 01:03:30 Plugs/Emails: 01:58:06 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast


    24 Inch Podcast 15, 1996 Bash at the Beach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 162:10


    This episode of the 24 Inch Podcast is dedicated to the life and memory of Calvin Crowell. On the fifteenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's heel turn at the 1996 Bash at the Beach in Daytona, Florida. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the tragic passing of Paul Orndorff and their friend Calvin Crowell. After paying tribute, Steve and Dave tell us what they did with their summer vacation, talk about being Italian, and prepare us for a jam packed show. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Scott Hall. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the history of the Bash at the Beach and the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Finally, Dave tells us about Hulk Hogan on tour during July of 1996 (sort of). Steve reads the news from July of 1996 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled Olympics, Cal Ripken milestones, and other historic moments in pop culture. Steve and Dave break down the entire card at the Bash at the Beach from July 7, 1996. The guys break down cruiserweight wrestling, talk about the many gimmick matches, and question the length and order of the card. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's historic heel turn that shocked the world. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode sixteen. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:36:15 The News/Matches: 01:04:22 Plugs/Emails: 02:12:39 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast


    Season 11 Episode 14- Kenny Albert, Brian Raftery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 132:47

    Steve interviews Kenny Albert (00:12:23) from NBC Sports and FOX Sports. Steve and Kenny talk about Kenny's first ever Stanley Cup FInal as the voice of hockey for NBC Sports. Kenny also talks about being hired by TNT to continue to call hockey, working with Jonathan Vilma, and his upcoming assignment for the Olympics. Kenny also looks back on the legendary career of his dad, Marv Albert and shares a story about working with him at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Also, Brian Raftery (01:07:17) joins us for the first time to talk about his new podcast, Gene & Roger. Brian talks about why he decided to do a podcast on Siskel and Ebert, explains how COVID delayed the project, and tries to explain the deep impact on culture that Gene and Roger had. Brian also talks about his book about movies from 1999, Dana Carvey, and Rotten Tomatoes. Steve starts the show talking about the Buffalo Sabres falling off of his radar and why he enjoys the Azzurri so much. The book club is full with four new books and another annual tradition. The show ends with OLT about YouTube and trying to stay current. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    Season 11 Episode 13- Jimmy Traina, Pete Croatto

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 131:43

    Steve interviews Jimmy Traina (00:16:30) from Sports Illustrated and SI. com, Steve and Jimmy catch up on the latest sports media news. Jimmy explains he doesn't like soccer, the olympics, or much else on the sports calendar this summer. Steve and Jimmy talk about Howard Stern's vacation, the future of the Sunday Ticket, and the Maria Taylor/Rachel Nichols controversy. Jimmy also gives his thoughts on the upcoming Sopranos prequel. Also, Pete Coratto (01:04:02) joins us for the first time to talk about his new book, From Hang Time to Prime Time. Pete talks about the NBA's rise from tape-delay to prime time. Pete also talks about the review in the New York Times, the problems facing the NBA, and the legacy of David Stern. Steve starts the show talking about the New Orleans Saints, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Italian National team. The book club introduces four new books. The show ends with a tribute to Steve's friend Calvin Crowell. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 14, vs. Boris Zhukov

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 114:41

    On the fourteenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's match against Boris Zhukov on Prime Time Wrestling in May of 1988. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the sad video of a dying Paul Orndorff, a book about the summer of 1984 called, Glory Days, and get ready for another jam packed show. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Boris Zhukov. Also, Steve and Dave talk about the history of Prime Time Wrestling and share their memories of watching it. Finally, Dave tells us about Hulk Hogan on tour during May of 1988 (sort of). Steve reads the news from May of 1988 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled hockey playoffs. Steve and Dave break down the entire episode of Prime Time Wrestling from May 16, 1988. The guys break down Bobby and Gorilla's antics, talk about the unique matches that the show would air, and talk about the Outlaw, Ron Bass. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's match against Boris Zhukov. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode fifteen. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:23:00 The News/Matches: 00:52:49 Plugs/Emails: 01:37:07 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 12- Jon Wertheim, Brett Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 120:23

    Steve interviews L. Jon Wertheim (00:08:59) from Sports Illustrated and 60 Minutes to talk about his new book, Glory Days. First, Steve and Jon catch up talking about the reaction to the column that Jon wrote about The Sports-Casters. Next, Jon talks about writing Glory Days, the Karate Kid, Cyndi Lauper, Vince McMahon and more from the summer of 1984. Finally, Jon tries to explain the controversy at the French Open surrounding Naomi Osaka. Also, Brett Martin (01:01:24) joins us for the first time since 2014. Brett explains why it has been so long since he has appeared on the podcast. Brett also talks about The Sopranos, watching television and food. Steve starts the show with a very special guest. The book club has books by Pete Croatto. The show ends with a selection out of Frank Deford's NPR book about the difference between golf and tennis players. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    Season 11 Episode 11- Jay Mariotti, Dave Jordan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 120:28


    Steve interviews Jay Mariotti (00:10:11) to talk about his career, tell his side of the story, and to remember The National. Jay is on for the first time and Steve gets into his career at The National, at ESPN, and of course writing about sports in Chicago. Jay does most of the talking, explains why he left ESPN, and mentions that Roger Ebert once called him an impolite name. Jay also talks about the future of The Athletic, his own future, and Steve wonders if he was an early victim of cancel culture. It's one of the most surreal hours in the history of the podcast and I can't wait for you to listen to it. Also, Dave Jordan (01:14:21) joins us to talk about the book he wrote with Dave Parker. Jordan explains how he met Parker, how they worked together to write this book, and how he feels about how the book has been reviewed so far. Jordan also talks about the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1989 Oakland Athletics, and Parker's love of the Cincinnati Bengals. Steve starts the show setting up the Jay Mariotti interview. The book club has book by Jon Wertheim and Pete Croatto. The show ends with OLT celebrating Steve's first five years as a father. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 10- Jon Champion, Page Hamilton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 108:06

    Steve interviews Jon Champion (00:05:16) from ESPN and the Euro2020. Jon joins the show to preview the Euro 2020 that he will be calling from Bristol with Taylor Twellman. Steve and Jon talk about the Italy side and why it will look different this year. Also, a preview of the favorites to win, Jon picks a dark-horse, and Steve keeps asking him about Italy. Jon also talks about how Covid will effect the tournament, how the delay of the tournament will effect the players, and how he hopes to call the last few games live from inside the stadium. Also, Jon recalls his memories from Italy's dramatic victory over Germany at the 2006 World Cup. Also, Page Hamilton (00:43:54) from the rock band, Helmet makes his debut on the podcast. Page and Steve recorded this a few months back and Steve held it for the perfect moment. Page talks about his career with Helmet, being a music during the pandemic, and the wackiness of Fleetwood Mac. Steve asks Page about writing Unsung, working with his old bandmates, the future of the group. Page also talks about loving The Beatles, his favorite Helmet song, and more. Steve starts with a quick update before getting to the first interview. The book club has a new book by Jon Wertheim and two others. The show ends with a new segment dedicated to the late, great Frank Deford. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 13, Survivor Series 1987

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 137:56

    On the thirteenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's match at the Survivor Series in November of 1987. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about wrestling in the mainstream, the Mare of Easttown, and get ready for another jam packed show. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Slick. Also, Steve and Dave look back at the many times that Thanksgiving and wrestling have overlapped. Finally, Dave tells us about Hulk Hogan on tour during November of 1987. Steve reads the news from November of 1987 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled baseball awards. Steve and Dave break down the entire Survivor Series card from November 26, 1987. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about an amazing tag team match featuring 20 superstars, and an opening match filled with superstars. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's match against Andre the Giant and the rest of his team. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode fourteen. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:22:38 The News/Matches: 00:49:05 Plugs/Emails: 01:47:14 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 9- Pete Weber, Mike Schopp

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 114:11

    Steve interviews Pete Weber (00:09:22) from the Nashville Predators radio network. Pete joins the show to talk about calling 20 periods in five games, fans being back in the stands, and the Predators solid play against the Hurricanes so far. Pete talks about MLB returning to Buffalo, calling Buffalo Bisons games, and has a lovely story about Ted Darling. Also, Mike Schopp (00:48:05) from WGR 550 joins me to talk about sports radio after the pandemic. Steve and Mike talk about fixing baseball (does it need to be fixed?), the future of his radio show, and the Sabres Jack Eichel dilemma. Steve starts the with news about television ratings for some of the biggest sporting events since April 1. The book club has a new book by Jon Wertheim and two others. OLT ends the show with Steve telling the story of how Jon Wertheim ended up writing a profile about him for Sports Illustrated. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 12, vs. Macho Man (MSG DEC 85)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 114:40

    On the twelfth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's match against Macho Man Randy Savage at Madison Square Garden in December of 1985. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about an article about Steve that appeared on SI.com and the world seemingly opening up overnight. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Randy Savage. Also, Steve and Dave look back at the many times that Christmas and wrestling have overlapped. Finally, Dave tells us about Hulk Hogan on tour during December of 1985. Steve reads the news from December of 1985 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with curious reporting by the website that populates the stories for us. Steve and Dave break down the entire MSG card from December 30, 1985. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a fantastic match between Bret Hart and Jumping Jim Brunzell and a rare singles match for the smallest performers on the card. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's match against Randy Savage. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode thirteen. Intro: 00:02:00 History of: 00:18:19 The News/Matches: 00:46:02 Plugs/Emails: 01:28:56 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    24 Inch Podcast 11, vs. Mr Perfect

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 112:12

    On the eleventh episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's match against Mr. Perfect on Saturday Night's Main Event in April of 1990. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the most recent lapsed fan wrestling content on cable television and discuss what they did during the show's spring break. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Curt Hennig. Also, Steve and Dave look back at the many second generation wrestlers during the 80's and 90's. Finally, Dave tells us about Hulk Hogan on tour during April of 1990. Steve reads the news from April of 1990 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with curious reporting by the website that populates the stories for us. Steve and Dave break down the entire SNME card from April 28, 1990. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a fantastic match between The Hart Foundation and The Rockers and a strange match in the 12:55 slot. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's match against Mr. Perfect. Also on this episode, we share listener emails and comments from our facebook page and announce our plans for episode 12. Intro: 00:02:00 History of: 00:32:06 The News/Matches: 00:50:40 Plugs/Emails: 01:31:28 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 8- Neil Best, Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 141:59


    Steve interviews Neil Best (00:15:07) from Newsday. Neil joins to talk about a variety of sports media topics. Neil responds to Carton and Roberts beating The Michael Kay show in the ratings book, tries to explain why Michael Kay doesn't like him, and discusses gaining the trust of Mike Francesa. Best and Steve also talk about the NHL rights package, the possibility of more Mike and the Mad Dog, and Ivy League hockey. Also, Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock(001:03:03) joins us to talk about their new book about 1980's hard rock and heavy metal. The guys talk about deciding to write an oral history, hint at a movie about the book, and try to explain why John Bon Jovi is trying to pretend he didn't make hard rock and heavy metal music in the 1980's. Also, the guys talk about Skid Row and their feud with Sebastian Bach, the rise of grunge and its affect on 80's rock, and then end it all by creating super groups of the era. Steve starts the with some breaking news about the NHL's television rights package. The book club has two new books. OLT ends the show with Steve talking sharing his passions with Paula. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 7- Keith Law, Devin Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 108:12


    Steve interviews Keith Law (00:13:37) from The Athletic. Keith joins us to talk about some of his recent work at The Athletic and his book being released on paperback. Keith explains why this isn't a great MLB Draft to hold the 1.1 pick, talks about the best prospects in the upcoming draft, and talks about the best prospects not in Major League Baseball on opening day. Keith also talks about his book being released on paperback, the response to it, and questions he is often asked when doing interviews. Keith also spends a few minutes taking questions on board games. Also, Devin Gordon(001:00:33) joins us to talk about his new book about the New York Mets. The Mets have invented more ways to lose than anyone thought was possible and Devin has written the perfect book to document all of them. We talk about famous Mets losses like 1988 against the Dodgers, 2006 without swinging the bat, and 2015 agains the Kansas City Royals. The Royals? Yep. The book is a ton of fun and so was my time with Devin. Steve starts the withe the sports media minute. The book club needs a book. OLT ends the show with Steve talking getting the vaccine and then falling asleep for a few days. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 10, vs. The Rock (Wrestlemania XVIII)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 120:56

    On the tenth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's match against The Rock at WrestleMania XVIII in March of 2002. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the most recent WrestleMania and Steve talks about his relationship with Adnan Virk, the new broadcaster on Raw. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of The Rock (very brief). Also, Steve and Dave give a brief history of each venue that hosted WrestleMania 9-18. Finally, Dave tells us how Hulk kept busy before WrestleMania. Steve reads the news from March of 2002 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with news from Afghanistan and reality TV. Steve and Dave break down the entire WrestleMania XVIII card. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a fantastic match between Ric Flair and The Undertaker and a not so fantastic ladies match. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's match against The Rock and the epic crowd reaction. Also on this episode, we have a two new social media destinations for fans of the podcast, a bunch of listener comments and questions, and Paula has her own agenda to share with the audience. Intro: 00:02:00 History of: 00:19:25 The News/Matches: 00:51:20 Plugs/Emails: 01:33:52 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com Instagram: 24_inch_podcast

    Season 11 Episode 6- Andrew Marchand, Mike Triplett

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 106:30


    Steve interviews Andrew Marchand (00:18:04) from the New York Post. Andrew and Steve talk the new NFL television contracts and some of the changes that they will bring. Andrew also talks about JJ going to the Ringer, Michael Kay attacking Neil Best, and the New York City sports radio ratings battle. Also, Mike Triplett (00:59:20) from ESPN joins us to look back at the career of Drew Brees. Mike looks back at some of the great play, moments, and games in the Drew Brees era of New Orleans Saints football. Mike also talks about replacing Drew Brees, resigning Jameis Winston, and other tidbits from a busy Saints offseason. Steve starts the show by blasting the Grammy's (even though he was calling them the Emmy's). The book club updates Nothin' But a Good Time, and adds the first new baseball book of the year . OLT ends the show with Steve talking about upgrading his studio and the podcast equipment. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 9, vs. Sid (WrestleMania VIII)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2021 143:12

    On the ninth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's match against SID at WrestleMania VIII in April of 1992. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the WWE Hall of Fame and talk about Peacock cutting up WrestleMania VI and question if they are going to ruin the network for lapsed fans. After the break, the guys give a brief bio of Sid Eudy. Also, Steve and Dave give a brief history of each venue that hosted one of the first eight WrestleManias. Finally, Dave tells us how Hulk kept busy before WrestleMania. Steve reads the news from April of 1992 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with memorable moments in the world of sports. Steve and Dave break down the entire WrestleMania VIII card. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a fantastic title match between Ric Flair and Randy Savage and a not so fantastic tag title match. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown Hulk's match against Sid and the Warrior's famous run in. Also on this episode, we have a two new social media destinations for fans of the podcast, a bunch of listener comments and questions, and Paula has her own agenda to share with the audience. Intro: 00:00:00 History of: 00:25:38 The News/Matches: 01:02:31 Plugs/Emails: 02:00:41 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 8, vs. Mr. Wonderful

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2021 140:18

    On the eighth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's matches against Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff on Saturday Night's Main Event in October of 1986 and January of 1987. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the WWE Hall of Fame and read an important piece of feedback from a Sports-Caster's listener. After the break, the guys talk about the history of the steel cage match and give a brief bio of Paul Orndorff. Also, Dave tells us how Hulk kept busy between the two matches against Mr. Wonderful. Steve reads the news from October of 1986 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with iconic baseball moments. Steve and Dave break down the entire 10-04-1986 show from Cleveland and the entire 1-03-1987 show from Hartford. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a fantastic title defense by the British Bulldogs, and examine the second show's role in developing Wrestlemania III. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown both of Hulk's matches against Mr Wonderful. Also on this episode, we have a tweet asking about what would have happened if they decided to put the belt on Mr. Wonderful, and an email from Dave's best friend, Anthony. Finally, Steve and Dave lay out their plans for Wrestlemania season. Intro: 00:02:30 History of: 00:34:13 The News/Matches: 00:56:12 Plugs/Emails: 01:56:15 For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    Season 11 Episode 5- Joe Buck, Al Strachan

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 120:06


    Steve interviews Joe Buck (00:07:06) from Fox Sports. Joe and Steve talk about broadcasting during COVID, looking forward to the vaccine, and life during the pandemic. Joe also talks about why baseball is at the root of his polarization, the Mount Rushmore of sports broadcasters, and how he reacts to rumors that Troy Aikman might leave the booth for a GM job. Also, Al Strachan (01:12:15) formerly of Hockey Night in Canada joins to promote his new book. Al talks about the origin of hockey insiders, the politics behind the scenes, and the incredible chemistry when the red light was on. Al also talks about being trusted by Wayne Gretzky and how that impacted his career. Steve starts the show complaining (again) about the lifeless Buffalo Sabres. The book club has a new book and a new contest. OLT ends the show with Steve talking about his number being called for the COVID vaccine. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 7, vs. Dr. David Schultz

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2021 124:42

    On the seventh episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's victory over David Schultz at The Met in Minnesota. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about more snow, becoming lapsed fans, and the Miz becoming champion for the first time in a decade. After the break, the guys talk about the history of wrestling in Minnesota and give the bio of David Schultz and John Stossel. Also, Steve and Dave look back on the history of ABC's 20/20. Steve reads the news from June of 1984 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a month filled with iconic sports moments. Steve and Dave break down the entire 6-17-1984 show from the Met Center. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a very 84 house show, and compare the attendance with a recent show run by the AWA at the same building. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown the Hulkster's match against DR. D. Also on this episode, we have a tweet about live events and an email about Dr.D's upside had he stayed with the company. The guys talk with Mrs. Wonderful, and then look ahead to the next episode of the 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    Season 11 Episode 4- Sal Iacono, Michael McCarthy

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 99:15


    Steve interviews Sal Iacano (00:09:36) from Jimmy Kimmel Live. Sal joins to talk about his new book and explains why he decided to write it now. Sal also talks about being in the most famous Fantasy Football league (and getting kicked out of it), doing podcasts with out old friend Dameshek, and the insanity that was the first few months of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Also, Michael McCarthy (00:43:04) from Front Office Sports returns to talk about sports media. Michael talks about the terrible Super Bowl ratings, Phil Mickelson's life after golf, and the upcoming television rights deals for the NFL and NHL. Michael also talks about breaking the story about Jason Whitlock leaving Outkick, alternative sports media becoming political, and the future of this kind of content and the impact it will have on sports media. Steve starts the show complaining about the lifeless Buffalo Sabres. The book club is still quiet. OLT ends the show with Steve remembering his grandmother on what would have been her 92nd birthday. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 6, The War to Settle the Score

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 132:57


    On the sixth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's victory over Roddy Piper at The War to Settle the Score. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the Super Bowl, snow storms, and the passing of Butch Reed and Rusty Brooks. After the break, the guys explain the origin and history of the rock and wrestling connection. Also, they give biographies of Cyndi Lauper and Roddy Piper. Steve reads the news from February of 1985 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on one of the coldest months of the 1980's. Steve and Dave break down the entire 2-18-1985 show. The guys break down each match on the undercard, talk about a WWF Women's title switch, and break down every second of the tag titles match. Finally, Steve and Dave breakdown the portion of the card that aired on MTV. They talk about the prematch promos, the match, and the aftermath. Also on this episode, we have an email about Cyndi Lauper and a tweet about Wayne Gretzky. The guys talk with Mrs. Wonderful, and then look ahead to the next episode of the 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 3- Richard Deitsch, Damon Hack

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 163:42

    Steve interviews Richard Deitsch (00:40:21) from The Athletic. Richard joins to talk about sports media and his over decade long relationship with The Sports-Casters. Steve and Richard talk about the Barstool/NWHL controversy, the Conrad Thompson podcast empire, and the WWE's decision to move their network to Peacock. Also, Damon Hack (01:33:37) from Golf Channel returns to talk about the new Tiger Woods documentary. Damon and Steve go back and fourth debating the hits and misses of the documentary. Damon talks about race and Tiger Woods and the documentaries depiction of it. Also, Steve and Damon talk about Tiger the man, the golfer, and the father. Steve starts the show with his brother Anthony who visits to talk about his new job and other business. The book club announces the second book of 2021. OLT ends the show with Anthony talking about being the younger brother and Steve covers a special day with Paula. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    Season 11 Episode 2- Sean McDonough, Bryan Curtis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 127:21

    Steve interviews Sean McDonough (00:15:07) from ESPN. Sean talks about broadcasting during the pandemic and explains that all of his games have been called in the arena and why that is a positive and a negative. Then, Sean and Steve settle in and talk about several of the great calls from Sean's career. Sean talks about the 92 NLCS, Joe Carter, Michigan/Michigan State, and the College World Series. They talk about more great calls, Joe Buck, and voice cracking. Also, Bryan Curtis (01:01:01) from The Ringer makes his long awaited return. Bryan explains why he has been gone (sort of), talks about being a podcaster more than a writer, and making sure to exercise his writing muscles. Then, Bryan and Steve get sucked into a political death spiral. They talk about the new administration and how the media will cover it, big tech and conservatives, and getting news from balanced sources. Finally, they guys talk about Barstool, Outkick, and the upcoming Super Bowl ratings. Steve starts the show by critiquing the job he did interviewing Bryan Curtis. It's not a favorable review. The book club announces the first book of 2021. OLT ends the show with Steve talking about missing his brother. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 5, 1991 Royal Rumble

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 128:58


    On the fifth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's victory at the 1991 Royal Rumble At the top, Steve and Dave talk about Tom Brady making it to another Super Bowl and the shocking news that the WWE Network is moving to Peacock. After the break, the guys look back at the history of the Royal Rumble. Steve and Dave explain who invented the Rumble, why the first one aired on USA Network, and other background information on the event. Steve reads the news from January of 1991 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on one of the most intense months of the 1990's. Steve and Dave break down the entire 1991 Royal Rumble PPV. The guys break down each match, give a star rating for each, talk about a WWF title switch, and a great opening match. Finally, Steve and Dave go over every single entrance and elimination of the rumble match and grade the Rumble relative to the others. Also on this episode, we have an email about chicken wings and a tweet about eliminations, the guys talk with Mrs. Wonderful, and then look ahead to the next episode of the 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com


    Season 11 Episode 1- Jeff Passan, Greg Wyshynski, Don Russ

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 100:43


    Steve interviews Jeff Passan (00:10:01) from ESPN. Jeff and Steve look back at Jeff being the first guest to ever appear on an episode of The Sports-Casters. Jeff talks about why he still does this podcast even though he says no to most others. Steve explains a falling out he had with Jeff in 2012 and reads Jeff the email he sent to him to apologize. Jeff makes fun of Steve, Drew Brees, and the guys have a laugh until Jeff says goodbye to break news on ESPN. Also, Greg Wyshynski (00:25:34) returns to talk about being the second guest to ever appear on The Sports-Casters. Steve and Greg share memories of the old days and talk about Greg's podcasting career with several different hosts. Then, the guys talk about the return of the NHL, Greg gives his Stanley Cup pick, and Steve explains why he is optimistic about the Buffalo Sabres. Finally, Don Russ (00:56:14) returns to the podcast to talk with Steve about creating it. The guys talk about the goals they had when they started the show and go over why the did or didn't accomplish them. Steve starts the show by putting to bed the Payton/Brees era of New Orleans Saints football. The book club looks ahead to another year of great books. OLT ends the show with Steve looking back on 10 years of The Sports-Casters. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 4, Big Boss Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 114:16

    On the fourth episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's 1989 steel cage match against the Big Boss Man. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about Steve's love of the New Orleans Saints and watching playoff football over the weekend. After the break, the guys look back at the career of the Big Boss Man and figure out how a guy with almost no experience went from jobber to the main event in just a few years. Dave gives a brief history of wrestling on network tv and then Steve details the rise of Saturday Night's Main Event. Steve reads the news from May of 1989 while Dave cracks wise and adds his thoughts on a relatively slow news month. Steve and Dave break down the entire episode of Saturday Night's Main Event from 5-27-89. The guys talk about how Vince was reshaping the roster and preparing the company for the Rock n Wrestling era. The guys talk about the a new King in the WWF, a great tag team title match a squash featuring Jimmy Snuka, and breakdown the match between Boss Man and Hulk. Also on this episode, Steve and Dave give their rankings for Hogan vs. Bossman, talk with Mrs. Wonderful, and then look ahead to the next episode of the 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 3, The Iron Sheik

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 115:04

    On the third episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's 1984 match against The Iron Sheik and the launch of Hulkamania. At the top, Steve and Dave talk about the since past Christmas holiday and then celebrate the lives and careers of the many wrestlers that we lost in 2020. After the break, the guys look back at incredible journey that led to the Sheik becoming the WWF World Champion. The guys track the Sheik from Iran to Minnesota and look at his career before the WWF. Steve reads the news from January of 1984 while Dave cracks wise and tries to guess the MVP of the NBA All-Star game. Steve and Dave break down the entire Championship Wrestling program from 1-28-84. The guys talk about how Vince was reshaping the roster and preparing the company for the Rock n Wrestling era. The guys talk about the first Piper's Pit, the return of Greg Valentine, and breakdown the match between Sheik and Hulk. Also on this episode, Steve and Dave give their rankings for Hogan vs. Sheik, do their best Sheik impressions with Mrs. Wonderful, and then look ahead to the next episode of the 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    Season 10 Episode 25- Jon Wertheim, Jeff Duncan

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2020 118:41


    Steve interviews Jon Wertheim (00:07:11) from Sports Illustrated and 60 Minutes. Jon joins us to talk about his recent work for 60 Minutes including his interview with Jerry Seinfeld. Jon also talks about his dream piece for 60 Minutes and explains why it's more about the story than the person telling the story. Jon also talks gives the state of the union at Sports Illustrated, looks ahead to his new book about 1984, and squeezes in some tennis and MMA talk. Also, Jeff Duncan (00:58:07) returns to talk about his new book, Payton and Brees. Jeff explains why he wrote about Brees and Payton now, breaks down the legacy of both and their legacy together, and gives his prediction on what the future holds for both men. Steve starts the show talking with Paula Bennett. The book club is filled with holiday gift recommendations. OLT ends the show with Steve looking back on the 10th season of The Sports-Casters and looking ahead to the 10th year. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    24 Inch Podcast 2, Kamala

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 89:57

    On the second episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands take a deep dive into Hulk Hogan's 1986/87 feud with Kamala. After a brief intro, Steve and Dave look back at the life and career of Kamala. The guys track Kamala from Memphis to Texas and look at his first two runs in the WWF. The guys talk about Kamala's complaints about payouts and tell a story about the Undertaker supposedly making $483,000 more than Kamala at SummerSlam 1992. Steve and Dave discuss the feedback they received about the first episode of the podcast, Steve reads the news from January of 1987, and Dave gives us an update on Hogan's house show work that month. Steve and Dave break down the entire Kamala and Hogan feud and breakdown the Madison Square Garden card in January of 1987. Dave explains the importance of the 12-26 show at MSG and tells a story about watching Hulk vs. Kamala with the late, great Uncle Tito. Also on this episode, Steve and Dave give their rankings for Hogan vs. Kamala, speculate as to why Kamala wasn't on the WrestleMania 3 Card, and the guys look ahead to the next episode of the 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    24 Inch Podcast 1, King Kong Bundy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2020 100:22

    On the very first episode of the 24 Inch Podcast, Steve Bennett and Dave Rowlands introduce you to a new podcast dedicated to Hulkamania. Steve and Dave discuss the backstory of the podcast, explain the different kinds of episodes they have planned, and give their own wrestling fan resumes. After the intro, Steve and Dave kick off the episode with a brief recap of how Hulkamania came to be, discuss the career of King Kong Bundy, and break down the decision to have Hulk vs. Bundy in a cage as the main event of WrestleMania 2. Steve and Dave break down the decision to have WM2 in three different locations, run down the card and go over all of the many celebrities involved with the event, and finally they break down the big match between Hulk and Bundy. Also on this debut episode, Steve and Dave explain the ranking system they will use for the show, talk about the house show circuit before WrestleMania 2, and look ahead to the next episode of, 24 Inch Podcast. For more information follow us on twitter @24InchPodcast Email us: 24InchPodcast@gmail.com

    Season 10 Episode 24- Bob McKenzie, Damon Hack

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 113:32

    Steve interviews Bob McKenzie (00:14:19) from NBC Sports and TSN in Canada. Bob is promoting his new book Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II. Bob explains how he got involved with the franchise and what went into the decision to publish a second volume. Bob gives the back story behind the chapter in the book that he wrote and tells us what his favorite in the book is. Bob also talks about the Sabres offseason under new GM, Kevyn Adams and other NHL related topics. Also, Damon Hack (00:48:20) returns to talk about the 2020 Masters. Damon breaks down the dominating victory by Dustin Johnson, the disappointing weekend for Tiger Woods and the inconsistent play by Rory McIlroy. Damon also talks about his Los Angelas Dodgers and Lakers winning championships this year and explains what it was like to experience history with his sons. Steve starts the show talking about the reaction he got to his monologue on the Ivy League canceling Men's Ice Hockey. The book club has only one book left in 2020. OLT ends the program with Steve being forced by an odd source to consider the relationship he has with his father. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com

    Season 10 Episode 23- Kenny Albert, Glenn Kenny

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 110:42


    Steve interviews Kenny Albert (00:12:23) from NBC and Fox Sports. Kenny talks about being in the NHL's inner bubble, teaming up with Jonathan VIlma, and calling a high school football game. Kenny also talks about Doc Emrick retiring, the NFL's safety protocols. and the Howard Stern Show. Also, Glenn Kenny (01:02:22)debuts to talk about his new book about the cinematic classic, Goodfellas. Glenn explains why he wrote a book about Goodfellas, the bizarre life of Henry Hill, and meeting Martin Scorsese. Glenn also talks about Joe Pesci, his favorite scenes in the movie, and the movie starting with a violent scene. Steve starts the show talking about the Ivy League's decision to cancel hockey season. The book club talks about a new book not working out and lays out the plan for the rest of 2020. OLT ends the program with Steve bringing on a guest to make a very special announcement. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


    Season 10 Episode 22- Ben Reiter, Brandon Sneed

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2020 116:42


    Steve interviews Ben Reiter (00:08:10) from the new podcast, The Edge. Ben is back to talk about his new podcast on the Astros cheating scandal. Ben talks about being the Astros guy, how he felt when he heard about the scandal, and how he has enjoyed doing a podcast. Ben also talks about the end of the 2020 World Series and explains how he feels about the analytics that lead to the Rays taking Blake Snell out of the game. Also, Brandon Sneed (00:50:12)debuts to talk about his new book about Oklahoma Sooners coach, Lincoln Riley. Brandon explains how a story for Bleacher Report turned into a book, talks about Lincoln Riley deciding not to participate in the book, and discusses why he thinks it will be a long time before Riley leaves OU for the NFL. Steve starts the show talking about how something unexplainable has kept him out of the podcast room the last week. The book club adds a new book from Canada. OLT ends the program with Steve passionately discussing Drew Brees. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_casters Email: thesportscasters@gmail.com


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