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Who will play in Super Bowl 56? The time to find out has finally come! The guys set up an exciting conference championship weekend in the NFL. Rams v 49ers and Chiefs v Bengals. Plus, discussing the many elements to the baseball Hall of Fame debate. Should players who got caught using steroids be allowed in?
What an epic weekend of NFL football! The AFC and NFC Championship games are set after the greatest weekend of football the guys' have ever seen. Breaking down the surprising victories by the Bengals and 49ers. Discussing how the Rams were able to hang on and knock off the defending champs in Tampa. And some of the purest QB play we have witnessed was played in Kansas City, as the Chiefs defeat the Bills in an OT thriller. Get caught up with the all the exciting NFL action right here on the legendary Sports Reporter Podcast!
The NFL playoffs are heating up and the guys preview the exciting weekend of action. How to beat Tom Brady? Can San Francisco stay hot? Is this the Bills' year? Plus, the NCAA adopts a new transgender policy. Is this a problem without a solution? Making sense of the ruling. And is the Russell Westbrook, LA Lakers experiment over? What led to the stars benching? And who's really running things in LA?
The NFL playoffs are off and running and the guys react to the early results. A disastrous ending for the Cowboys in Dallas. Brady and the Bucs make it look easy. Cincy swag! Chiefs take a minute, but finally get it going. Buffalo dominates New England. And the QB's take center stage for LA and Arizona. A Rams-Cards preview. Plus, Novak Djokovic has is visa revoked by the Australian government and must leave the country. How this complicates his tennis future... Will his covid vax status continue to be an issue moving forward?
More NFL playoff games equals more excitement! The guys set up a massive weekend of NFL playoff football. Plus, discussing the Georgia victory over Alabama for the College Football National Championship. Football early and often on the legendary Sports Reporters Podcast! Don't miss it.
The NFL playoffs are set and we couldn't be more thrilled with how the regular season ended. The guys discuss the wild finishes and set up the playoff picture. Plus, Alabama and Georgia are set to square off for a College Football National Championship. The guys discuss the game and preview some of the keys to look for. Klay Thompson was silky smooth in his return for the Warriors. Are they favorites again? And did Novack Djokovic get the "star treatment" down under? He can stay in Australia but the saga is far from over.
The world's #1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, won't be participating in this year's Australian Open because of his vaccination status and it has turned into an international incident! Plus, Antonio Brown gives his side of the story in his dramatic exit last Sunday. What to make of that situation? Kyrie Irving makes his Nets debut with mixed fanfare. Should he be celebrated? Why do the Nets put up with his situation? And don't forget about Week 18 in the NFL! There's still a ton to play for in the last weekend of the regular season. The guys sort it all out. Don't miss a loaded Sports Reporters Podcast!
A New Year Packed with Football! The guys unpack the weekend in College Football. Plus, all the storylines out of the NFL discussed as we head for the playoffs! Don't miss this episode of the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The entire sports world mourns the loss of the great John Madden. The guys take a look at his legacy and share some fun stories. Plus, the College Football Playoff takes center stage as the semifinal games kick off. Is Cincinnati in prime position to pull off the upset of Alabama? Is it Michigan's time to shine? And some interesting Week 17 matchups in the NFL as the playoffs are in sight. Happy New Year's from the Sports Reporters Podcast!
Another fun and wild NFL Weekend! We assess the top NFL teams in the AFC and NFC. Who has the best chance of being the top seed and earning a bye? Plus, why Seattle and Pittsburgh are at a crossroads. Can Baker Mayfield be a franchise quarterback? And who is the MVP of the league right now?
Covid continues to impact the sports world. Why it's a separation Sunday in the NFL. And discussing if "super teams" hurt the game of basketball. Happy Holidays from the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The Covid-19 virus is becoming a major issue for the Sports World once again. Where's it all going? It was another one of "those" Sunday's in the NFL! Top NFC players struggle while Dallas sneaks into top seed contention. Who is the class of the AFC? Plus, Tiger Woods and his son Charlie had a great showing at the PNC Championship... How should we feel about Tiger Woods? Anthony Davis suffers another injury. How big of a deal is it that he continues to be hurt? And the Phoenix Suns keep winning. Is this the new norm in the West?
The Jacksonville Jaguars pull the plug on the Urban Meyer experience ending an embarrassing stretch for the team. The Trevor Lawrence Factor. Will Urban coach again? And a broader look at college coaches making the jump to the NFL. Plus, discussing the big games of the weekend in the mighty NFL. And Deion Sanders lures a top recruit down to Jackson State University... Could this be the begging of a trend in College Football? Is Deion Sanders primed to be the next big coaching star?
Unpacking another wild and entertaining NFL weekend! Why would Rodgers want to leave Green Bay? Brady and the Bucs hang on. Even though they won, is there cause for concern in Dallas and Kansas City? Trying to make sense of the Urban Meyers fiasco in Jacksonville. And a statement game situation between the Cardinals and Rams. Plus, Bryce Young of Alabama wins the Heisman Trophy. Is he pro ready?
The Patriots run past the Bills and look like one of the best teams in the AFC. Are they legit contenders? Discussing the Patriots sustained success over three decades. Some other big time matchups leave us wondering who will have a statement win? Can the Cowboys regain control of their division? Which version of the Chiefs will show up against the Raiders? The Ravens can't possibly loose back to back divisional games? And the Cardinals have the best record and are still trying to prove themselves... Plus, we discuss the NBA. There is the Warriors and Suns... and then everyone else! What's going on with the Nets and Lakers? And the Rockets have been a nice early season story.
The field is set for the College Football Playoffs! Did the committee get the final rankings right? Is the current system working or is it time to add teams? Plus, in the NFL, the cream is starting to rise to the top in the NFC, and the AFC is wide open. A football packed Sports Reporters Podcast, don't miss it!
The first Saturday in December has us set up for college football rankings chaos, as none of the conference championship games are locks! Discussing the possible ranking scenarios. Plus, the coaching carousel continues in college football. Some very important week 13 NFL match ups. Must win time for the Cowboys? How will the Cardinals present themselves? And MLB finds itself in its first lockout in 26 years. Is the season in jeopardy?
The guys discuss the latest news and developments in College Football. What to make of Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC? Michigan manhandles Ohio State. Alabama sneaks by Auburn. Where will everyone land in the rankings? Why a lot will be riding on conference championship games. Plus, the NFL plot thickens after week 12. Whose stock is going up and whose is pointing down?
The Cincinnati Bearcats finally break in to the College Football Playoff at the #4 spot. Still a lot of football to be played. Can they hang in there until the end? Why Ohio State v Michigan is a de facto playoff game. Can Michigan finally beat Ohio State? And why the two lose factor is the biggest question mark around this seasons' playoff. Plus, some tasty NFL action starting on Thanksgiving and going through the weekend. Who will step up and make a statement? Plus, what we are thankful for in sports right now.
The NFL continues to provide extremely entertaining storylines and we weren't disappointed this past weekend. Cowboys fall flat. Arizona continues to win. The Titans lose to the Texans? The Chiefs taking baby steps. And is it time for a change in Seattle? The College football playoff committee has to move Cincinnati up into the top 4, right??? What more do they have to do? And is CJ Stroud of Ohio State the Heisman frontrunner? Plus, Lebron James and Isaiah Stewart get into it on the court. What caused it? And other NBA storylines of note.
Mel Tucker of Michigan State is set to join Nick Saban as one of College Football's highest paid coaches. Is it smart for the Spartans to make such a move? And where are we heading in college athletics with these huge salaries for coaches? Discussing the rankings. What do discussions being held behind closed doors sound like? Plus, some crossroad games in the NFL this weekend. Why there isn't one great team this year. And Steph Curry is changing the game of basketball forever... Is it a good or bad thing for the NBA?
The NFL continues to delivery surprising results and fascinating matchups. The guys unpack what we just saw over the weekend. Plus, will Cincinnati get left out of the College Football Playoff? Discussing a wide open College Football season and much more.
With the NFL season at the halfway point, the guys discuss who the top teams are. Who's pretending? And who can make a playoff run? An assessment of the NFC and AFC! That's all on this week's episode of the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The underdogs get it done in Week 10 NFL action making for another wild and unpredictable weekend! The guys discuss the major stories in the NFL. And why this year in College Football is wide open. Is it time to expand the playoff? Don't miss the Sports Reporters Podcast!
Aaron Rodgers continues to be the talk of the league but this time for all the wrong reasons. Is he vaccinated is he not? Why lie about it? The guys discuss all the angles including if this will derail the Packers' season. Plus, some interesting games around the NFL to dissect. The Atlanta Braves complete an unbelievable year to win the World Series. Why it's all about the finish! And the Phoenix Suns have a problem. What to make of the in depth story about the culture and owner there... What jumps out at you?
The World Series is heading toward an epic conclusion and we couldn't be more entertained. Pitching survival has become the storyline... Are the Astros favorites even though they are down a game? Plus, in the NFL it was the weekend of the backup quarterback! Why the league is so hard to predict. Which teams have emerged as Super Bowl contenders? And Michigan falls to Michigan State in College Football... Examining Jim Harbaugh's coaching decisions and say hello to Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III!
The Atlanta Braves take Game 1 of the World Series. No one should be surprised by the Braves at this point. How the Braves and the Astros "got lost" in the season. And with Charlie Morton out, does that put the Braves and their pitching at a disadvantage? Plus, Michigan and Michigan State square in a battle of undefeated teams... Why college football rankings are merely placeholders. And a preview of Week 8 in the NFL.
As the NFL delivers another fun and compelling weekend, we begin to see the cream rising to the top. Who are the legit contenders so far? And baseball's fall classic is all set! As the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros meet in the World Series. Initial thoughts on a solid matchup.
The crazy swings of momentum are being felt across the MLB playoffs! The guys discuss all the thrilling moments in the Dodgers-Braves series and the Red Sox-Astros series so far. Why storylines in the regular season mean nothing in the postseason. Plus, is Baker Mayfield's time in Cleveland coming to an end? Will Deshaun Watson get traded? What is his status in the league currently? And the NBA tipped off and we already have some fun storylines to discuss. All that and more, on a loaded Sports Reporters Podcast heading into the weekend!
The baseball playoffs continue to excite as the championship series' are underway. The Braves walk-off on the Dodgers in back to back games. It's bombs away in the Red Sox-Astros series... What else will we see? Dissecting the pitching moves and shifts. And how can we cut down on game length? Plus, the NBA is set to tip off and the guys preview the season. NFL Week 6 did not disappoint. The guys discuss the differing QB styles through out the league. Who is the best team right now? And do we already know the final four in College Football?
Discussing the Jon Gruden email scandal griping the NFL. How much bigger does this get? And what it means for private communication going forward. Plus, Kyrie Irving explains his reasoning for not receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. Does he have a point or is it a short sided view? And baseball has their Championship series' set except out west where the Dodgers and Giants will have a winner take all Game 5! The guys discuss the baseball storylines catching their eye.
The MLB playoffs are in full swing and the guys are here to discuss! What a weird and wild play in the Red Sox-Rays series. Was the ground rule double ruled fairly? And how do the Rays rebound? Why Max Scherzer's time to shine is now. Plus, a compelling weekend of football has the guys giddy with excitement! Alabama goes down to Texas A&M! What does a Nick Saban post game speech sound like after a loss? NFL teams with statement wins in Week 5. Plus, discussing the Jon Gruden emails.
The Dodgers walk it off in the bottom of the 9th to eliminate the Cardinals and advance to play the Giants in the NLDS. Get ready for a fun postseason! The guys preview the AL and NL Division Series. And is time for a new vision for the Yankees? Plus, Urban Myer really stepped in it. Talking about the Jaguars situation and what it means for Meyers' future and what it means for Trevor Lawrence's development. Plus, games of interest in Week 5 of the NFL.
Some sports weekends are just better than others! The big game between Brady and the Buccaneers and Belichick's Patriots didn't disappoint. What other games caught our eye over an exciting Week 4 NFL weekend? Plus, the MLB season provided all you could've ask for. Recapping the postseason participants and how they got here. And Cincinnati football produces a statement win over Notre Dame. With Clemson and some of the other big-name schools down this season, is this the year for the Bearcats to make the College Football Playoff?
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers head up to Foxborough for a return to Tom's old team, the Patriots! How is this going to play out? You have the game and then you have the Soap Opera! Discussing other Week 4 NFL games of note. Plus, why it's Cincinnati's time to shine as they play Notre Dame in what might be the programs biggest game. Talking the endless possibilities in the American League Wild Card race... It sure makes the end of September fun.
Are you not entertained?! What a fun and unpredictable weekend in the NFL. The guys discuss the major games and why it really is a QB driven league. Plus, Team USA dominates the European side at the Ryder Cup. Why player selection is huge. And major takeaways from the event. And as the regular season in MLB winds down the wildcard races are heating up!
Some intriguing match-ups in NFL week 3 action. Show me what you got Justin fields! The Bears' rookie is set to make his starting debut. Will the Browns give him his "welcome to the NFL moment"? Or will he shine? The Packers meet up with the 49ers... What is up with Aaron Rodgers' behavior? And the Buccaneers head to LA for a battle with the Rams... Why Tom Brady is finally having fun. Plus, the Ryder Cup tees off today! Why we love this event and how team comradery can play a huge factor. And some very significant September series in MLB. The guys discuss it all right here on the Sports Reporters Podcast!
The football season is in full swing! An outstanding weekend of games has the guys discussing all the action. What caught our eye and has our attention? Find out right here on the Sports Reporters Podcast!
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?