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Some interesting matchups in the NFL Week 2. Is it really "must win" time for some teams so early in the season? Bama-Florida has our eye in College Football. And the Giants and Dodgers are running away from the field but one of them will be a Wild Card Team!? Talking MLB and wild card scenarios.
A return to sports normalcy! A jammed packed weekend has the guys giddy to talk sports. A fun and entertaining Week 1 in the NFL saw second year Quarterbacks shine. Who caught our eye? What stood out? And who got a reality check!? Ohio State is defeated by Oregon and Oregon looked dominant. What the win means for Oregon and what it does to Ohio State's playoff chances... Plus, the baseball season is rounding 3rd and heading for home! Some individual milestones to take notice of. And the AL East continues to be tight... Did the Blue Jays just score another run? And what a US Open Tennis tournament! Novak Djokovic was chasing history but ran into a younger more athletic version of himself. And the rising star of Emma Raducanu on the Women's side... The guys discuss it all on a jammed packed Sports Reporters Podcast!
Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here! The guys whip around the league and preview some of the great matchups this weekend. Plus, remembering some of the best moments from Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame career in baseball.
Football is on the mind! And boy does it go from 0-60 real fast!? The guys discuss the major college football games from over the weekend. And we start to focus our attention on the NFL. Who are the top teams entering the season?
The unvaccinated in sports remains a big mystery. Why are athletes refusing to get the Covid-19 Vaccine? The consequences these athletes now face and are athletes being irresponsible? Plus, MLB playoff races are tightening up! And some tasty college football games to sink our teeth into. Don't miss the Sports Reporters Podcast!
Javier Baez of the Mets, and the PGA's Bryson DeChambeau, both had some fan interaction over the weekend that has the guys discussing the role of fans in sports. Where do you draw the line? Examining the fan/player relationship. The entertainment aspect of it all. And more. Plus, the NFL wraps up the pre-season and we saw a glimpse of what Trevor Lawrence can do. Just how good can he be?
The LA Dodgers and San Diego Padres played a 16 inning baseball game that saw some unbelievable numbers! The guys marvel at the stats and discuss the second wild card spot up for grabs. Do we like this new format? And why we're setting up for a fantastic finish to the season. Plus, more NFL quarterback decisions are being made as teams start to name starters, and boy are we excited to see how it all plays out!
As we inch closer to the start of the NFL regular season, the guys discuss the lack of starting QB's playing in this year's pre-season. Is it risky or smart to not play starters in the pre-season? Plus, other pre-season NFL themes. The New York Yankees have won 10 in a row as first place in the NL East is in sight. Identifying the San Diego Padres issues. And is Miguel Cabrera the best right handed hitter to ever play the game of baseball? He hits his 500th Homerun and the guys discuss his great career.
Will we ever see Trevor Bauer and Deshaun Watson play again? How their situations are similar and how they eventually play out. Was Naomi Osaka getting unfair questions at a recent press conference? Examining the dynamic between athlete and journalist. A fun matchup between Shohei Ohtani and Miguel Cabrera. And Joel Embiid gets paid... Risky investment for the 76ers?
Major League Baseball is setting up for a tremendous September finish. The guys go around the league and discuss each division. Plus, NFL rookie QB's were on display over the weekend in pre-season action. Anyone catch your attention?
Discussing why baseball is so special to so many. Plus, divisional races are taking shape! The AL East is tight and unpredictable. The Padres might get left out in the NL West. And the NL East... it's wide open! The NFL pre-season kicks off this weekend... the guys discuss all the intriguing storylines heading into the season.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have concluded and the guys discuss some of the best moments. What will this Olympics most be remembered for? How will history judge these athletes? Plus, discussing Payton Manning's Hall of Fame career. Where does he rank among the greats? And why hasn't the NFL, or other pro sports leagues for that matter, mandated the Covid-19 vaccine?
Olympics Update: Kevin Durant leads Team USA to the men's basketball gold medal game against France. Is USA a lock for the gold? US Men's 4x100 relay team fails to qualify for the final... How is that possible? Simone Biles wins beam bronze. Discussing her coverage throughout the Olympics. Plus, Max Scherzer dazzles in his LA Dodgers debut. Should he be considered as one of the best right handed pitchers of all time? The free agency moves continue in the NBA... Kemba Walker set to join the Knicks. The Lakers fill in their roster with veterans, but can they stay healthy throughout the whole year?
The guys discuss the Tokyo Olympics. The Lakers set up their version of a Big 3... Will it work? A flurry of moves at the MLB trade deadline. Winners and losers examined.
USA star gymnast, Simone Biles, brings the mental health and anxiety associated with competing on the world stage into focus. Was it the right call for her to step aside for the team and all around events? Discussing the pressure these young athletes face. Plus, Aaron Rodgers shows up to Packers training camp and surprises us all with an articulate explanation of what's been going on! Who could disagree with him? The NBA Draft is tonight... Names to keep an eye on. Any trades going to happen on draft night? The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching and the guys discuss.
Olympic updates and observations. Why the NFL is not playing around this year when it comes to Covid-19. And the Cleveland Indians officially change their name to the Cleveland Guardians... Is this the beginning of the end for Native American team names?
Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 50 points in an NBA Finals Game 6 masterpiece! Leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first title in 50 years. The guys discuss all the historical context and put it all into perspective. Is the SEC eyeing its own championship game? What to make of the possibility of Oklahoma and Texas joining the already stacked SEC. Dodgers-Giants renew their rivalry... Do the Dodgers have a closer issue? The Red Sox continue to play outstanding baseball. What did we miss on them at the beginning of the season? And the Olympic opening ceremonies are set to take place with no fans in attendance. Will they be able to get through the games without interruption?
Collin Morikawa wins the Open Championship in a very old fashioned way. Are we watching the beginning of the next star in golf? Why his style of play is a breath of fresh air. Jordan Spieth is kicking himself for some bad putts in the 3rd round. Jon Rahm will always be in contention. And poor Louis. Plus, the Milwaukee Bucks take a crucial game 5 and are now one win away from an NBA title. Are they ready to take the next step and win it all? Can the Suns rally? And Covid-19 is already impacting the Olympics. How will this play out in Tokyo? Are the Olympics still important?
The NBA Finals are all tied up at 2 games a piece and we are set for a wild finish. The guys discuss Giannis' epic block in Game 4. Khris Middleton's clutch shooting. Devin Booker comes up big in points but should he of fouled out? Is Chris Paul wearing down? And who's in control of the series? Plus, The Open Championship is underway across the pond at The Royal St. George's Golf Club. Who you got? Can Jordan Spieth find a way to win or will Louis Oosthuizen come through? And are these the least anticipated Olympics we've had? Discussing Sha'carri Richardson punishment. USA Basketball in trouble?
The NBA Finals are heating up as the Bucks take a critical Game 3 at home. Who steps up to play Robin to Giannis' Batman? Where did Devin Booker go for the Suns?And why we're still looking for that "one moment" in the NBA Finals. Plus, the guys discuss the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England. And Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon proving he is the most complete champion. Discussing his place among the tennis greats.
Robert Wuhl is in for Mitch and Bob and he and Mike Lupica have a full show for you! The NBA Finals are set to tip-off between two teams that don't have much Finals experience. Does this series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns have the makings of a classic? Will Giannis take the court at all? Can CP3 finally win a championship? Who do you like for the MVP of the series? There are some interesting MLB divisional races shaping up as the sport heads into the All-Star break. It's amazing how fast MLB cleaned up the sticky stuff. And the Trevor Bauer situation continues to get uglier by the day. What will ultimately happen? Plus, some Wimbledon thoughts. Is Roger Federer the Muhammad Ali of tennis?
Welcoming Robert Wuhl to the mound, in for Mitch. The gents talk NCAA's new NIL policy... NBA playoff discussion... Will Hawks Giannis or Bucks Young play tonight? A wild night in MLB involving a crazy game in the Bronx... Stop and frisk policy, is it working? As always, Parting Shots... Wahl asks, can you vote for an MVP who rarely plays?
It has been a fun, wild and surprising NBA playoffs so far and we can't wait to see what happens the rest of the way! The guys discuss all the latest in the NBA and the conference finals. Plus, the Yankees and the Red Sox are heading in two different directions. We dive into the reasons. And the sweet smell of the Wimbledon grass is upon us! Don't miss the Sports Reports Podcast.
Trae Young delivers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals sending the Hawks to a 1-0 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks. Where does Trae's performance rank among the all-time great playoff moments? How does Milwaukee slow him down? Plus, analyzing the Western Conference Finals... Did the Clippers leave the door open for the Suns to take game 2? Why Paul George needs to be more clutch in crunch time. Deandre Ayton is growing up right in front of our eyes. And why is there so much mystery surrounding Chris Paul and why he is out? Plus, have MLB pitchers been scared straight? And the NFL has their first openly gay active player... Has our country turned the page on this issue?
Say hello to the Atlanta Hawks! They advance to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Milwaukee Bucks. Why it's about much more than a "super team". A changing of the guard in the NBA as some of the young stars announce themselves to the world. And why the right guy won the U.S. Open.
Everyone was counting the Los Angeles Clippers out after the Kawhi Leonard injury but Paul George shows up big! Can he continue his hot play and repeat his game 5 performance? Why Utah possibly squandered a golden opportunity. How about those Atlanta Hawks?! They rally from 26 points down to beat the 76ers and take a 3-2 series lead. The Trae Young coming out party continues and just how important is Lou Williams to the Hawks' success? We need to discuss Doc Rivers and theses Sixers... Doc has some history with blown leads. Why hasn't Ben Simmons developed a better shooting form? And is Joel Embiid wearing down? Kevin Durant put on a playoff performance for the ages as the Nets are one win away from taking care of Milwaukee. How questionable coaching decisions are hurting the Bucks. And why it's time for Giannis to make a statement like KD did. MLB is not messing around with their crackdown on the "sticky stuff". Was it the right call to do this mid-year? Golf's US Open gets underway... Can Phil strike again?
The Nets' Kyrie Irving suffers an injury leaving Kevin Durant to shoulder the load. Are the Nets in danger of being bounced from the playoffs by a hungry Bucks team? Who will step up and score? Why health continues to be a major story in these playoffs. Why is Giannis Antetokounmpo so criticized? His time to shine is now. Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns are heading to the Western Conference Finals! Can the Suns win it all? Plus, Novak Djokovic is closing in on history. Discussing how he erased a two-set deficit to win the French Open. Is he the greatest tennis player of all time?
Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns is playing some inspired basketball and it's great to see the veteran shine during the playoffs. How the Suns are destroying the Nuggets. You know it's bad for Denver when the head coach says the team quit! Donovan Mitchell only seems to be talked about when the Jazz go on a playoff run. Why it's trick or treat with the Clippers. The Bucs can't hang with the Nets even with out Harden. When will Milwaukee get Giannis a true number 2? How will MLB regulate foreign substances on the baseball? Is it cheating or just pushing the edge? And a potentially devastating scandal is looming at the University of Michigan. What did former football coach, Bo Schembechler, know about inappropriate touching between a team doctor and players? If this turns out to be true... does he get the Joe Paterno treatment?
The Clippers and Mavericks went the full 7 games but Kawhi and the Clips come up clutch. Ty Lue's coaching job. Does Luka need help? Can the Clippers go on and beat the Jazz? Breaking down the 2nd round matchups. Discussing the Lakers' exit. Will LeBron win another title in his career? Julio Jones is traded from the Falcons to the Titans... Wasn't the price for him higher? Find out what the Titans gave up to get him. Jon Rahm gets informed of a positive Covid-19 test right after finishing the third round at the Memorial... Why it cost him big. And how come the PGA players aren't all vaccinated? If the PGA asks the fans to be... Shouldn't the players be? And where have all the stars gone at the French Open?!
Legendary Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, announces he will retire at the end of next season. Is he the best college basketball coach of all time? The guys discuss his Hall of Fame career. A major landscape shift in Boston as long time GM, Danny Ainge, announces his retirement... Is naming coach Brad Stevens to the position the right call? Who is going to coach the Celtics? And is Stevens really done with coaching at 44? In playoff game action: Luka Doncic and Trae Young just can't be stopped as the Hawks close out the Knicks and the Mavs inch closer to closing out the Clippers. Can the Suns close out the Lakers? Or will LeBron keep the champs alive? And Hall of Fame horse racing trainer, Bob Baffert, receives a two year suspension from Churchill Downs for a second positive drug test on his horse, Medina Spirit... Does this incident challenge his legacy?
A string of nonsensical fan interactions in the NBA playoffs has taken away from some of the great games being played. How can the league stop it? Why do fans seem so angry at players? And does the media and team marketing feed into it a little? In actual game action... Who poses the greatest threat to the Nets in the East? Can the Lakers battle through injuries? And speaking of health... Has that become the primary narrative in the NBA playoffs? Naomi Osaka officially withdraws from the French Open. The guys discuss the irony in her decision to leave the tennis tournament.
The NBA playoffs are heating up and Madison Square Garden has roared back to life. The guys discuss the first round and look ahead to upcoming games. So much young talent in the league! Ja Morant, Trae Young, Luka Doncic all making playoff memories. Plus, is the NFL enjoying all this Green Bay Packers-Aaron Rodgers drama? It sure keeps the NFL top of mind and gives us plenty to discuss in the off season! But what is the end game in Green Bay? And discussing the value of the press conference and player interview... Naomi Osaka announced she will not do any press over at the French Open citing mental health. Do we need to hear from players as much? All this and much more on the legendary Sports Reporters Podcast!
Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest golfer to win a major, defeating a talented field at the PGA Championship. Bob and Mitch discuss this remarkable accomplishment and debate if Phil could win another major. How the course and mother nature played a role. The mob scene at the 18th that left Brooks Koepka un-happy. And how Lefty's win counters the awfulness of the Tiger Woods accident. Plus, the NBA playoffs kicked off with a bang! How the young stars stole the show. Cause for concern for the Lakers? Can Memphis continue to ride their momentum? A glimpse into what Brooklyn can do with their big 3. And thoughts on having the fans back at these games/events... It sure makes a difference.
LeBron James hits a deeeeeep 3 pointer in the NBA's Play-In Tournament to clinch the 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and we couldn't be more excited! What a fun way to launch into the NBA playoffs. Breaking down all the action. Assessing the Lakers talent. Why the Warriors will be a tough out. Discussing Jayson Tatum's Larry Bird moment. And then the guys get into some of the eye catching match ups in the first round... there are some tasty ones! Plus, its coast-to-coast fun in MLB. How do we account for all these no-hitters? And did Tony La Russa embarrass himself with his unwritten rules issue with his team?
The NBA playoffs are set but not set, set! Some intriguing play-in games highlighted by the Lakers and the Warriors... Despite being a low seed, are the Lakers the favorites? How will Utah and Phoenix fair after tremendous regular seasons? And what about the East? Do all roads lead through Brooklyn? Plus, remembering the great Sports Reporters producer, Joe Valerio.
Early thoughts on the 2021 NFL schedule. What's the value of the NBA regular season? Why we love the play-in tournament format. Shohei Ohtani dazzles for a last place team... What's up with the LA Angels?
If you have a problem with the play in game, then don't put yourself in a position to be in the play in game! The NBA is getting exactly what they want with all these play in game scenarios. The guys break it all down as we head toward the end of the regular season. Explaining the Boston Red Sox' early season success. The cautionary tale of Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera. The Kentucky Derby winner fails a drug test! Bob Baffert in the spotlight for his role. And a Rory McIlroy sighting on the PGA tour as he wins his first event since November of 2019.
What is all this Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay Packers drama about anyways?! What does he want that he doesn't already have? The guys speculate and try to figure out what's really going on here. Plus, Russell Westbrook continues to impress with his stats and play. Where does he rank historically? And is the media "distracting" Kyrie Irving? The LA Dodgers continue to lose in painful fashion as the NL West looks extremely competitive. When will the Mets' Francisco Lindor snap out of his slump? And some bad blood in the NHL.
The 2021 NFL Draft lived up to the hype as big name quarterbacks go fast. Who did the best? The Patriots didn't have to trade up to get a QB. The Bears aggressively go after Justin Fields... What to make of it all?! The guys break it down and discuss. Does Aaron Rodgers have Tom Brady envy? The guys explain. Plus, in the NBA the Lakers continue to make trouble for themselves as they slide down the standings. Will they be in the "play in game"? And if LeBron is 100% healthy, does it really matter what seed they get? Giannis and KD put on a show. And why the parody in MLB is making for an intriguing season.
The NFL Draft is finally here! An intriguing crop of prospects has us salivating over the possibility of trades and draft day chaos. Where will the top QB's land? The guys discuss the scenarios. When is LeBron James going to return for the struggling Lakers? Chris Paul leads the Phoenix Suns to the playoffs. And Jacob deGrom continues to dazzle but the Mets can't seem to get him a win.
The Dodgers and Padres treated us to a superb early season baseball series! What a month of April for the sport with so many outstanding storylines. The NFL draft is finally coming up this week. What will San Francisco do with the #3 pick? And why is Justin Fields falling on draft boards? Plus, discussing NBA hot topics! A historic run for Steph Curry... again! And Kevin Durant is back for the Nets and making it look so easy.
The Sports Reporters trying to ameliorate our sports lives as the gents talk European Soccer for the first time, LeBron James controversial comments on Twitter. Are the Lakers going to be able to keep it together? Across the NBA, the league is off-kilter with so many players out with injuries. Great early MLB storylines with the A's riding the wave.
The Yankees are in last place in the American League East. The NFL Draft is weeks away and it stays at the top of the headlines. Trevor Lawrence makes news and has to reiterate his desire to play football. The Los Angeles Lakers are winning games with the return of Anthony Davis and Lebron James coming soon.
It's an intriguing group of NFL prospects set to be drafted and the guys discuss all the different quarterback options. Why is it so hard to find the right QB? And why are teams so quick to move off from high draft picks if they don't pan out? Plus, how can baseball pick up the pace of play? And when sports and real life intersect...
Hideki Matsuyama makes history at the Masters becoming the first Japanese man to win the prestigious golf major. The guys discuss all the wild moments that led to a memorable tournament. A missed call in MLB has us wondering why we even have a replay system. The Deshaun Watson saga keeps getting worse. When will the NFL stop ignoring it? And the playoffs are in site for the NBA. Will the Nets see their big 3 on the court soon? And with the addition of Andre Drummond, are the Lakers poised to make another playoff run?
The guys discuss all the storylines heading into the 2021 Masters Tournament! Nothing like a Sunday at the Masters... Winning is everything in the NFL but are teams too quick to move on from highly drafted QB prospects? The guys debate. And Deshaun Watson is starting to see his endorsement deals fall off... Will he even play this fall? A Kevin Durant sighting in Brooklyn. And the Baylor Bears dominate Gonzaga to win the National Championship... Who would have thought the game would be a mismatch?
UCLA and Gonzaga provide one of the all-time great moments in Final Four history as Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga hits a 3 pointer at the buzzer in overtime to send Gonzaga to the National Title game! The guys discuss that epic game and give a quick preview into the showdown that everyone wanted from the start of the season, Baylor vs. Gonzaga. Plus, MLB makes the decision to pull the All-Star game out Atlanta, Georgia due to the states passing of new voting laws. What do we make of this decision? And taking a broader look at where sports and politics mesh. Should more sports teams be taking the lead on these types of issues?
The 2021 MLB opening day is here! The guys discuss some of the bigger storylines heading into the season. Why it's a battle for New York and Southern California... Plus, how will the presence of fans be handled across the league? The NCAA Tournament has it's Final Four set! Can UCLA continue it's wild run? Will Gonzaga cap off a perfect season? How about the Texas teams? Can Houston or Baylor win it all? And what is going on with the Tiger Woods car accident? The authorities announce they know what happened but won't tell us? What's really going on here?! That's all on this episode of the one and only, Sports Reporters Podcast!
What a weekend of College basketball as the west coast puts on a strong showing. Can Gonzaga complete its undefeated season? Will USC or UCLA reach a Final 4? Can Oregon State keep its Cinderella season alive? Michigan looks formidable but can they win it all without their best player? The guys are talking college basketball! Plus, a big time trade in the NFL ahead of the Draft... What will San Francisco do with their newly acquired 3rd draft selection? Did they give up too much? And what does the future hold for Jimmy G? And the Lakers and Nets add players via "buyout". Who benefits more? The Clippers add a winner in Rajon Rondo... Is it enough to put them over the top?
The NCAA Tournament is heading to the Sweet 16 - Elite 8! The guys discuss the intriguing matchups and storylines. Plus, as the NBA trade deadline looms, who will make a move? And why are there so many injuries in the NBA this season? Was the league asking for trouble?
Basketball parody! The NCAA Basketball Tournament is providing some exciting action and perhaps some miss seeded teams? How the parody in college basketball is making for a wild tournament where the top seeds are going down, and the lesser known are thriving. Biggest surprise so far? And was the Big Ten overrated? Plus, the Lakers lose LeBron to the ever pesky, "high ankle sprain". Who will step up and lead the Lakers as their record begins to slip a little? And allegations against DeShaun Watson continue to pile up... Is there a team still willing to trade for him?