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AA Podcast #109 - Dan Dakich
February 19, 2015 12:11 PM PST
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Our latest podcast features a man who has kept us pretty busy in the new year - ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich. His outspoken analysis and straight-shooting style has led to dustups with everyone from Boston radio hosts to Big Ten coaches to midwestern mayors. In addition to his work at ESPN, Dan hosts a weekday radio show in Indianapolis where he talks about sports and society. In this podcast we talk with Dan about a wide-ranging number of topics that include...

- HIs relationship with college basketball fans, especially on Twitter.
- How he uses Twitter and how he deals with criticism.
- His advocacy against chewing tobacco and how comfortable he is talking about societal issues on his radio show.
- Battling depression while head coach at Bowling Green, how he's been committed to having fun as a broadcaster, and why he'd never go back to coaching.
- The stress that coaches are under daily and how Urban Meyer taking a year off from coaching may have helped him most.
- Why his mission in a game broadcast is to provide teaching tools for other coaches.
- His "Danny Awards" and some of his favorite broadcasters to work with and around sports.
- Whether or not fans can tell if an analyst is interested in getting back into coaching
- The state of Big Ten hoops this season: why Michigan State and Ohio State will be dangerous in March.
- Why Dan thinks it's 100% that Kentucky runs the table and what similarities they share with the 1976 Indiana team.
- How to improve the attractiveness of college basketball.

All that and so much more on this week's AA Podcast.

AA Podcast #108 - Brent Barry
February 11, 2015 11:34 AM PST
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On today's podcast we look ahead to All-Star Weekend with NBA on TNT and NBATV analyst Brent Barry. In his lengthy career in the Association, Brent was a two-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs and a former NBA Slam Dunk champ. We chat with Brent about his family ties in broadcasting, the prep for All-Star weekend, and who the best shooter is in the NBA. Topics include...

- Following in his dad (Rick) and brother's (Jon) footsteps into broadcasting.
- His experience in the dunk contest and 3 point shootout and how players prepare for the individual showcase.
- Criticism of the dunk contest and whether or not it can be saved. Also, why the 3 point shootout is the main attraction this year.
- Who the best shooter is in the NBA and why it's both Steph Curry and Kyle Korver.
- The evolution in the NBA game and the importance of the three.
- Can Atlanta and Golden State's style survive in the postseason?
- Gregg Popovich's 1000th win and the side the media and fans dont' see.

AA Podcast #107 - Sean Grande
January 22, 2015 11:26 AM PST
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For the latest edition of the AA Podcast we're pleased to be joined by the play by play voice of the Boston Celtics, Sean Grande. In addition to being the Celtics radio voice for more than a decade, Sean has experience working in a number of different capacities across the sports world including college football, the Frozen Four, and the Boston Red Sox. He also happens to be one of the biggest wrestling fans in sports along with friends Michelle Beadle and Bill Simmons. So of course you know we're going to dive into this Sunday's Royal Rumble and even the time Sean had dinner with The Iron Sheik and Fred Lynn. Other topics include...

- The Celtics entering full-on rebuild mode and the strategy of gathering assets.
- The astounding number of players that have passed in and out of Boston in the past month.
- The challenges of calling an NBA team that's in a rebuild versus when the franchise has been to the mountain peak and winning a championship.
- Which young players might be part of Boston's plan to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference.
- The Hawks as maybe being the story of the year in the Association.
- What's the latest with Grande's good friend Bill Simmons and his uncertain future.
- The differences in working in the studio and the broadcast booth.
- Sean's picks for most underrated in sports media.
- His friendship with Jim Ross and having JR call NBA games with him.
- How he got into wrestling as a Bob Backlund guy and his hilarious silent protest at Summerslam '88 against Hulk Hogan.
- Why Daniel Bryan should be the guy to win this year's Rumble and not Roman Reigns.
Grande also brags about being the only guy to achieve the triple crown of appearing on the AA Podcast, The BS Report, and The Ross Report. I don't know why we're mentioned in the same breath as those other two, but I'll take it.

AA Podcast #106 - The Ohio State National Championship Edition
January 14, 2015 05:27 PM PST
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It's a special episode of the AA Podcast as we have a tripleheader of guests with a Columbus flavor. Our trio of guests join us to talk about Ohio State's victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game from their varying perspectives covering the Buckeyes.

First, Matt Barnes of NBC 4 in Columbus gives us his perspective on the trip to Dallas, following the team this season, and the win over the Ducks.

Second, Dave Biddle from Bucknuts.com examines some of the national media storylines and the "Ohio Against the World" mindset of the team and the fanbase. We also take a deep dive into Urban Meyer's recruiting success and whether or not the Big Ten is really back.

Finally, Beau Bishop of 97.1 The Fan and WBNS examines the remarkable storylines from this season and putting what we just witnessed into historical perspective.

AA Podcast #105 - Richard Deitsch, 2014 Year in Review
December 23, 2014 08:16 AM PST
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Continuing our annual tradition at AA, we welcome Sports Illustrated media scribe Richard Deitsch for your special 2014 Year in Review podcast. We chat about the biggest sports and media stories of the year (including Darren Rovell blocking him on Twitter, naturally). Topics include...

- How the media handled the massive NFL stories this year of Michael Sam's coming out and the domestic violence crisis.
- ESPN's year in journalism for good (Don Van Natta/OTL) and bad (ESPN & Media Reports)
- The Bill Simmons suspension and what might be in the future of The Sports Guy.
- Did 2014 represent progress for women in sports media?
- Did Twitter take a turn to the dark side in 2014? Richard and I are in agreement on this one.
- Gus Johnson's soccer experiment coming to an end and Fox taking the World Cup baton from ESPN.
- The current state of Fox Sports 1 and NBCSN.
- A rundown of RD's Media Awards including Doc Emrick as his person of the year.

All that and a lot more on our 2014 Year in Review special. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

AA Podcast #104 - Sarah Spain, ESPN
November 26, 2014 07:42 AM PST
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In today's episode we welcome ESPN's Sarah Spain. Sarah is a contributor to espnW, ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, and appears on a number of television platforms. We talk about her increasing national exposure at ESPN, Chicago sports and a number of other topics including...

- Her start in the industry in Chicago.
- What has changed for her since becoming a national personality at ESPN.
- Increased platforms for women in sports media (and how ESPN has led the way) and where there are still areas for growth.
- The NFL seeing an increase in female fans this year.
- Our hopes of bringing Talk Soup to the sports world.
- Whether or not Jay Cutler is losing support in Chicago.
- The Derrick Rose panic-meter and how Jimmy Butler suddenly became an All-Star.
- Which team most defines the mood of the Chicago sports fan.

AA Podcast #103 - Dave Pasch
November 20, 2014 01:31 PM PST
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In this week's podcast we talk with one of the busiest announcers in sports - ESPN's Dave Pasch. We catch up with Dave in Houston in the middle of a four game stretch this week spanning the NBA, NFL, college football, and college basketball. We chat about the Arizona Cardinals being the best team in football and of course, his long, strange, trip with Bill Walton. Topics include...

-What it's like to work 6 games in 8 days and the differences in calling each sport.
-How he can loosen up and be a fan on radio broadcasts with the Arizona Cardinals.
-Seeing the Lakers in person and what their season might be like.
-Just how the Cardinals have got to 9-1 and the best team in the NFL.
-Can Drew Stanton become a Super Bowl winning quarterback?
-The prospects of Arizona hosting a home Super Bowl.
-Seeing the growth of J.T. Barrett at Ohio State firsthand.
-His partnership with Bill Walton and how he prepares for a telecast with the big redhead.
-The experience of being in Bill Walton's backyard teepee.

AA Podcast #102 - Allen Bestwick
November 08, 2014 08:08 AM PST
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With the NASCAR season nearing the checkered flag, we welcome ESPN's lead play-by-play voice for the sport, Allen Bestwick, to the podcast. With the new Chase format and the Texas pit road brawl, the sport is at a fever pitch at the moment. Allen joins us to chat about...

-His future at ESPN and moving on from NASCAR as the sport goes to Fox/NBC next year.
-Being able to call the Indy 500, Wimbledon and the British Open and what led to his decision to stay at ESPN versus staying with NASCAR.
-Whether or not NASCAR has finally found the right formula with their current Chase format being a true playoff.
-The Brad Keselowski-Jeff Gordon fight at Texas and how Keselowski is received by fans and the garage area.
-NASCAR's ratings and why finding an answer to growing the sport again is so complex.
-Why Kevin Harvick is the favorite in Phoenix this weekend.
-What to expect at Homestead for the first true championship race in NASCAR history.

AA Podcast #101 - Dustin Fox
October 30, 2014 10:32 AM PDT
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Cleveland is the epicenter of the sports world tonight. To talk about LeBron's return to the Cavs and the opening of the NBA season we're joined by Dustin Fox of 92.3 FM The Fan. As a national champion with the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes, we also chat about this year's OSU team and the first year of the college football playoff. Topics include...

-How LeBron's SI letter was the defining factor in winning people in Cleveland back.
-The enthusiasm of the city when James announced his return and tonight for opening night.
-How the excitement and optimism in the city surpasses even LBJ's first tenure with the Cavs.
-How different of an environment it is in Cleveland sports talk radio than a year ago at this time.
-The Browns as a possible playoff contender.
-Why claims of ESPN's SEC bias are a cop-out and why Michigan is the key to the Big Ten's return to prominence.
-This year's Ohio State team being a playoff contender.
-Why Urban Meyer and LeBron James will both be defined by championships in Ohio.

AA Podcast #100 - Jim Nantz
October 14, 2014 12:44 PM PDT
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Hello, friends. For the centennial edition of the AA Podcast we welcome the one and only Jim Nantz of CBS Sports. As the longtime play by play man for the NFL on CBS, The Masters, and the Final Four, nobody in sports broadcasting has a better list of assignments. This year Nantz has added Thursday Night Football to his busy schedule to mark his 30th year at the network. In this wide-reaching podcast, Jim talks to AA about...

- The new Thursday Night Football schedule and how he copes with non-competitive games.
- The effort being put into the TNF franchise behind the scenes and the work he puts into calling 2 NFL games some weekends.
- The current state of golf and the passing of the torch from Tiger to Rory. Why a duel at next year's Masters might be a historic occasion for the sport.
- Tiger Woods and the '97 Masters as the transcendent athlete and event that he has covered in his 30 year career at CBS.
- The surprising reason why his call of Devin Hester's opening kickoff return for a Super Bowl is his favorite call of all-time.
- The influence of great broadcasters of yesteryear like Jack Whitaker, Chris Schenkel, and Pat Summerall on his broadcasting career and living up to their legacies.
- His broadcast style, the current state of broadcasting, and what resonates with fans. Does he ever get caught up in what's written about the industry and his place at CBS?
- His goal to work 50 years at CBS and why he'd choose The Masters as his favorite event.
- His trademark game-ending or tournament-ending calls and why we might be seeing less of them in the future.
- His work with Alzheimer's research and the Nantz National Alzheimer Center.

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