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Nothing Personal with David Samson

English, Sports, 1 season, 1240 episodes, 6 days, 1 hour, 24 minutes
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NPDS - Nothing Personal with David Samson is a daily sports podcast hosted by David Samson. David is dedicated to decoding the endless musings of players, owners and others in a concise, articulate and entertaining manner. Samson was in charge of a Major League Baseball team for 18 years, with winning a World Series ring, building a new ballpark, hosting an All-Star game, and buying and selling a franchise, among his many experiences and accomplishments. His breadth of knowledge covers all aspects of sport. This podcast will be the destination for fans of sports and entertainment who want to hear the truth about real situations as they occur each day. Every segment will give his audience a unique perspective, not found anywhere else. His voice is strong and unwavering, his brand is honesty and his reach is extraordinary. And remember, it's just business...It's nothing personal! Subscribe to Nothing Personal on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nothingpersonalwithdavidsamson
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Warner Bros. Discovery will match Amazon for NBA TV rights; Did Cubs wave white flag on season?; Jordan Love should NOT be in $50M club (Episode 1094)

Today’s word of the day is ‘match game’ as in matching rights as in the NBA as in TV Rights as in WBD as in TNT as ESPN as in NBC as in Amazon. Warner Bros. Discovery is trying to Match the Amazon deal. Will the NBA accept these terms? Will Amazon fight? Will WBD fight? (16:00) Brent Musburger and his family have bought back VSiN from Draftkings. (22:01) Did the Cubs wave the white flag? Is the season over? Sell, sell, sell! That’s what Jed Hoyer wants you to know. (27:50) What is the Red Sox plan for the trade deadline? Buyers or sellers? (36:20) Review: The Yards. (40:10) NPPOD. (41:55) Jordan Love is holding out. He wants a new deal. The Packers want to get him a deal. But still there’s no deal. (47:00) Let’s give a wait to see and update some wait to sees. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/23/202453 minutes, 43 seconds
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2024 Election Update: Joe Biden out, Kamala Harris in?; Astros stock up, Braves dealing with more injuries! (Episode 1093)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dropped out’ as in Joe Biden as in Kamala Harris as in Donald Trump as in 2024 elections. Joe Biden officially dropped out of the race. Pressure had been mounting for weeks. The Democratic Party has been pushing for this. Now what? Now where are we? (13:55) Sorry, St. Louis. 2nd time my show was canceled. This one definitely wasn’t my fault. Outages worldwide. Flights canceled. Hospitals down. Banks down. Over a simple software update? (23:00) NPPOD. (35:09) Review: Bonnie & Clyde. (38:30) It’s time to talk 2025 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. All eyes on Ichiro. (43:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Oakland Athletics firing 50% its non-baseball staff. (49:30) We have the start to the Copa America lawsuits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/22/202453 minutes, 49 seconds
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MLB Post All-Star Break preview! EVERYTHING you need to know about the Athletics development plans & the Rays new stadium (Episode 1092)

Today’s word of the day is ‘PAB’ as in Post All-Star Break as in 2nd part of MLB season as in playoff race as in trade deadline as World Series. Let’s take a look at what interests me. The AL East, the AL West, NL Wild Card, Paul Skenes! TRADE DEADLINE! (15:08) NPPOD. (17:15) Let’s break down everything that happened during the Las Vegas Stadium Authority got the Athletics plans. The development plans were made public so here we are. (36:55) Review: Faye. (38:45) Let’s discuss the Rays new ballpark. It’s not in Nashville. It’s not in Montreal. They are staying in St. Pete. Congrats to the Rays! (45:02) Last night was the RNC. Reports are out that Biden could drop out before the DNC. What is happening with the political climate in this country? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/19/202453 minutes, 47 seconds
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WNBA getting $2.2 BILLION in new TV deal! MLB Deal or No Deal: Will Jazz, Skubal, or Mason Miller get traded? (Episode 1091)

Today’s word of the day is ‘value’ as in what is the value as in WNBA as in media right as in $2.2 billion as in NBA value. Let’s discuss what the WNBA is getting from the NBA and beyond. What are the players going to do? What are the networks going to do? What are the leagues going to do? (15:50) Angel City FC is now under new management. Willow Bay and Bob Iger takeover. What does the valuation mean for the league? (23:50) The MLB All-Star Game was a ratings success again. Rob Manfred had more to say from the ASG. What did he have to say? Olympics and gambling. (36:08) Review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (39:30) Let’s get to some MLB trade talk. Deadline is 2 weeks away and we have some candidates. What should these teams do? (48:07) Caleb Williams was trying to do something the NFL had never seen with his rookie deal. He wanted clauses in his contract that were hilarious, and immediately turned down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/18/202453 minutes, 41 seconds
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MLB All-Star Game Takeaways: Every pitcher throws GAS!; Rob Manfred talks about future of baseball; NBA v. James Dolan (Episode 1090)

Today’s word of the day is ‘hey now’ as in hey now you’re an All-Star as in the MLB All-Star Game as in American League as in Ohtani as in throwing gas. (18:10) Rob Manfred spoke at All-Star weekend. What did he have to say? The future of baseball - robot umps, jerseys, streaming. (35:28) Review: Dancer in the Dark. (40:03) We have an update on the Athletics. John Fisher has spoken. And he made me LAUGH! (46:08) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Looks like James Dolan is back to fighting with the NBA again. This time it’s over the new NBA TV deal. Why is he so mad? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/17/202453 minutes, 59 seconds
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Home Run Derby: Did you like the new rules?; All-Star Game preview! Trump and Republicans have named the VP candidate (Episode 1089)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dinger’ as in home run derby as in Teoscar Hernandez as in long ball as in dong shot as in Bobby Witt Jr. How did you feel about it? Did you like the new rules? (13:30) Are you ready for the All-Star Game? It’s time! Paul Skenes. 105 MPH! I’m ready! (27:00) Let’s talk about the pre-all-star-break baseball. Payroll Payroll Payroll! (33:01) Review: Cyndi Lauper. (35:00) Donald Trump has picked his VP. The Republican’s are going with J.D. Vance. Who is he? What does this selection mean? (44:01) More and more Copa America madness. The president of the Colombian Soccer Federation was arrested! What!? How did that happen? This story is becoming more and more and more embarrassing!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/16/202453 minutes, 21 seconds
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Disgraceful: Former President Donald Trump shot at during rally; Copa America MADNESS as Colombia and Argentina fans rush gates (Episode 1088)

Today’s word of the day is ‘scenario’ as in what a weekend as in Trump shot as in CONMEBOL madness as in Wimbledon as in MLB Draft as in so much crazy took place. Some way more disgraceful than others. Former President Donal Trump was on the campaign trail and was shot at. One spectator was killed. The lone gunman was killed. What a disgraceful time we are in. (17:25) What happened in Miami for the Argentina v. Colombia game should never have happened. People storming the gates. Fans fighting. People crawling through air ducts! People without tickets forcing themselves in. Sad. (34:25) Review: Me. (36:25) NPPOD. (37:01) Home Run Derby is tonight! Who ya got!? (43:00) Jalen Brunson signed his new deal with the Knicks. Took a major, major discount for “roster flexibility” wow…. (49:33) Let’s wrap up the show with some things we couldn’t get to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/15/202453 minutes, 25 seconds
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Paul Skenes pulled from no-hitter! Did Pirates make right call!?; MLB Draft and trade talk!; Can TNT match Amazon for NBA rights? (Episode 1087)

Charity Lunch Link: https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/auction-pitch-lunch-with-david-samson-host-of-nothing-2990401 Today’s word of the day is ‘no-no’ as in no hitter as in Paul Skenes as in Pirates as in Brewers as in ace. Paul Skenes was pulled from a no-hitter through 7 innings yesterday. Pirates manager Derek Shelton had quite the BS to tell us about why he was pulled. (11:05) We are 2 days away from the MLB draft. Trade talks are heating up. The Astros want to make a trade badly it looks like. Now they’re in striking distance from the Mariners and the Wild Card. (25:16) NPPOD. (32:23) Review: The Bikeriders. (36:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about TNT trying to match an Amazon package to keep NBA rights. Hmmm. (47:15) What is the latest with the Athletics? Have you seen the weather in Las Vegas and Sacramento? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/12/202453 minutes, 46 seconds
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Uruguay v. Colombia turns ugly with players fighting fans in stands! Jaylen Brown calls out Nike! NBA new $76 BILLION deal! (Episode 1086)

Today’s word of the day is ‘malice’ as in Malice at Tepper’s Palace as in Copa America as in Uruguay as in Colombia. Colombia wins the semifinals match and then a HUGE brawl takes place. How does this happen? Why did this happen? (11:00) Kawhi Leonard has dropped out of Team USA. Why? Injury. Just 3 days ago he said he was healthy. He was replace by Derrick White, and Jaylen Brown is not happy! (20:15) The NBA is finalizing a $76 billion media rights deal. Oh my lanta. NBC. ESPN. Amazon. Games everyday. Streaming. TV. Everywhere. (33:48) Review: Captain Fantastic. (37:20) Jontay Porter is going to go to jail. Banned from the NBA for gambling scandal. Now jail. (44:25) Wander Franco has been moved to the restricted list. No more pay for him. (47:40) Bobby Miller was optioned to AAA. The Dodgers have no pitching and that wasn’t even enough to keep Miller up. (49:15) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/11/202453 minutes, 54 seconds
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Wander Franco charged in Dominican Republic; Cashman in stands to watch Yankees lose; Dodgers star-studded IL grows (Episode 1085)

Today’s word of the day is ‘charged’ as in Wander Franco as in the Tampa Bay Rays. Franco’s career is over. Charged I the Dominican Republic with crimes against a minor. Horrible. Disgusting. See ya. (6:40) The Yankees just keep losing. Worst team in MLB right now. How did they fall so far? (11:33) The Dodgers injured list is All-Star caliber. It’s unreal. Almost the entire rotation is on it. (15:20) Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy cannot be serious. I mean… what in the world was that. (30:20) Review: I Am Celine Dion. (33:31) NPPOD. (36:12) What are the Pittsburgh Pirates going to do? Publicly the owner says he’ll spend. Privately he told staff he won’t spend. Hmm. (46:31) A 16-year old star. Lamine Yamal. What a story for Spain.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/10/202453 minutes, 37 seconds
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Paul George felt 'disrespected' by Clippers offer! Jalen Brunson has MAJOR decision to make! Are NBA dynasties done like Curry says? (Episode 1084)

Today’s word of the day is ‘disrespected’ as in Paul George as in Clippers as in 76ers as in NBA. Was Paul George right to feel that way? The NBA contracts are out of control because of the TV money. George was offered $30 million a year! That’s disrespect? (7:00) Jalen Brunson has a huge decision to make Friday. Will he sign an extension or wait? If he signs Friday it’s one number. If he waits till Summer 2025 it’s a way bigger number! (16:00) Are dynasties done in the NBA? Steph Curry seems to think so. (23:00) Will Joel Embiid win a ring? Can his new Big 3 do it? (25:45) NPPOD. (32:45) Review: Top 5 Musicals. (37:33) The Dallas Stars have a new streaming plan. No more Ballys. Now a free service? (44:15) What is happening with Paramount and Skydance? What does the merger mean? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/9/202453 minutes, 40 seconds
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MLB All-Star youth movement! Will the Yankees ever win a series again!? NBA should investigate Lakers, but they won't! (Episode 1083)

Today’s word of the day is ‘19 yutes’ as in MLB as in All-Star Game as in young players as in Elly as in Skenes as in Witt. Youth takeover has come for the All-Star Game. Is this good for baseball? What about snubs? What about hosting the game but not having a bunch of players? (9:50) The Yankees are bad. Very very bad. What is happening with them? Is Aaron Boone safe? Is Brian Cashman going to make moves? Are they going to win a series again? (18:20) Cubs RP Colton Brewer is now on the 60-day IL. Not bad. Injuries happen. But breaking your hand punching a dugout wall? VERY bad! (24:00) Mike Trout is still hurt. Mike Trout hasn’t played on the Fourth of July since 2019. Mike Trout is always hurt. (27:50) Jose Miranda set a record for batting. It’s so impressive we have to mention it. (34:25) Review: Beverly Hills Cop: AxelF. (37:35) Lakers, Lakers, Lakers! LeBron, LeBron, LeBron! Bronny, Bronny, Bronny! (45:00) NPPOD. (47:10) Let’s discuss what’s going on with the NWSL. Angel City FC for sale? A new Disney movie? What about what’s happening in San Diego? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/8/202453 minutes, 43 seconds
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Nothing Personal Tour Live: A Night in Chicago (7/1/24)

Welcome to the Nothing Personal Tour! Let's talk Chicago sports! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/5/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 1 second
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Family! Bronny James introduced by Lakers, LeBron signs new deal with Lakers! Marlins DFA Tim Anderson as team continues to lose money (Episode 1082)

Today’s word of the day is ‘family matters’ as in family as in the Winslow family as in the Lakers family as in the James family. The Lakers introduced Bronny James with JJ Redick and Rob Plink. Just some unreal quotes. (11:20) The James family isn’t the only Laker family in the news. Klay Thompson’s dad was not happy with him. Mychal Thompson wanted his son to be a Laker. (17:10) Tim Anderson was DFA’d by the Marlins. The Marlins continue to pay players to not be there. (30:15) NPPOD. (34:30) Review: Furiousa. (38:00) Let me explain what’s happening with the Detroit Tigers broadcaster Craig Monroe. It’s not good. (46:00) The Florida Panthers have a new TV deal. Goodbye, Bally. Hello, Scripps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/3/202452 minutes, 19 seconds
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Boston Celtics announce the team is for sale! Warriors Dynasty is officially over! NHL made a very worrisome announcement yesterday (Episode 1081)

Today’s word of the day is ‘another step’ as in step transaction as in sale as in the Boston Celtics are for sale. Another team. Another couple billion. Why are the Celtics owners selling now? On the same day that Jayson Tatum signs a historic deal? (12:35) Klay Thompson is no longer on the Warriors. It’s over. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. 4 rings. 6 Finals. Countless 3-pointers. What else is happening in free agency? Are the Thunder that good now? What is the Lakers plan? (28:01) Review: The Bear Season 3. (32:35) NPPOD. (35:00) Let’s talk about All Star voting and the Boston Red Sox. (42:35) We have an update to everything that went down with the Blackhawks and Kyle Beach from a few years ago. The NHL announced 3 execs are allowed back in the league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/2/202453 minutes, 43 seconds
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Paul George joins Joel Embiid & Tyrese Maxey on Sixers! MLB June in Review and July Predictions! MLB changes HR Derby rules! (Episode 1080)

Today’s word of the day is ‘mayhem’ as in Monday Mayhem as in NBA Free Agency as in Paul George is now a 76er! The Clippers went for it and failed. 5 years. 0 rings. 0 Finals appearances. The PG and Kawhi Leonard partnership was for naught. (9:52) LeBron James opts out of his deal with the Lakers. Why? What else happened? Chris Paul is out of Golden State. (16:30) It’s time for the MLB June recap! What did I get right? What did I get wrong? (20:20) What will I predict in July? (26:20) Let’s talk top storylines from June. It’s Paul Skenes world. (36:20) Review: Ezra. (39:20) There was a big problem in Milwaukee this past weekend. An escalator malfunction at American Family Field led to 11 people getting injured. (45:50) NPPOD. (46:50) We have new rules for the Home Run Derby. Another change — will it work? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/1/202453 minutes, 42 seconds
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WHAT A JOKE BIDEN AND TRUMP WERE LAST NIGHT! LeBron and Bronny united in Laker Land! NFL Sunday Ticket case could cost league BIG! (Episode 1079)

Today’s word of the day is ‘king’s court’ as in LeBron James as in King James as in Prince James as in Bronny James. The Lakers did it. The Lakers drafted Bronny James with the 55th pick of the NBA Draft. Historic moment. (11:30) A jury has ruled against the NFL in its antitrust Sunday Ticket case. This could cost the NFL $14 billion. This could have a major impact on fans, on the league, on players. Let’s discuss what this all means. (24:25) Did you watch the presidential debate last night? The horror show that was Biden and Trump. (39:16) NPPOD. (42:10) Bryce Harper might be in some injury trouble. Hamstrings are bad. (45:20) Will Shohei Ohtani be in the home run derby? Are the Dodgers going to protect him? Does he need the protection? (50:10) How much is Stephen A. Smith worth? He wants big money. He wants to be everywhere. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/28/202453 minutes, 54 seconds
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France has taken over the NBA draft! Where was Bronny?; Texas Rangers learn firsthand why it's so hard to repeat! (Episode 1078)

Today’s word of the day is ‘drafty’ as in the NBA Draft as in France as in the takeover as in first round. Wemby took over the draft and the league last year from France. Now this year, we have 3 top 6 picks that are all Frenchmen. We also had some big announcements about the Heat and the Suns. The Heat signed Bam to a big deal, but reportedly Jimmy Butler won’t sign. Suns owner Mat Ishbia said Kevin Durant is a Sun and will be a Sun. (14:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Texas Rangers and why it’s so hard for teams to repeat as champions. (23:35) NPPOD. (33:10) Review: Singles. (36:41) Alex Morgan was left off the Women’s National soccer team. Why? Is this a Caitlin Clark situation? (42:20) What is going on in Arizona? We have the Diamondbacks trying to get stadium funding. Get ready! (47:20) Let’s talk about ticket brokers and why this is so important.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/27/202453 minutes, 34 seconds
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American League Wildness: Contenders keep losing, will Vladdy Jr be traded?; The Nova Knicks?; Nomination for A** of the year (Episode 1077)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Junior Circuit’ as in the American League as in baseball as in trades as in contenders as in the Yankees as in the Orioles as in the Mariners. What’s going on in the American League and what will contenders do? Is Vladdy Jr going to be traded? (17:30) NPPOD. (21:20) The Nets traded Mikal Bridges to the Knicks! The Nova Knicks are complete! What a wild night in NBA trades! (28:30) Is Klay Thompson going to stay with Golden State? (36:10) Review: Disciple. (39:25) We have a candidate for ASS of the year. (46:45) The Jaguars have a new stadium deal. More and more public money. Fans said it would never happen again. And it continues to happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/26/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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Florida Panthers are Stanley Cup champions! JJ Redick officially quits podcasting! Guardians are surprise team of the season! (Episode 1076)

Today’s word of the day is ‘champions’ as in Stanley Cup as in Florida Panthers as in South Florida. They got it done. Greg Cote is vindicated. Connor McDavid still won the Conn Smythe Trophy. But the Florida Panthers are the champions! (15:05) JJ Redick has been introduced about as Lakers head coach. He said he didn’t talk to LeBron about the job beforehand… hmmmmm. (27:30) Review:The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. (30:10) NPPOD. (31:00) The Cleveland Guardians are the best team in baseball. Yes, that team. Ramirez, and Naylor, and Kwan. How about Stephen Vogt in his debut? (39:30) The Arizona Coyotes are no more. We already knew part of that, but now we know all of it. (47:50) Charlotte is giving money to David Tepper. Sorry, everyone. Public-financing is never going away! (51:00) The Marlins are giving away team streaming. 2 months for fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/25/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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Stanley Cup Game 7! Is the LeBatard Show Curse real?; Marlins pitchers ALL hurt! Trevor Bauer wants to sue MLB? (Episode 1075)

Today’s word of the day is ‘historic’ as in history in the making as in Stanley Cup Game 7 as in Panthers as in Oilers. Are the Panthers going to win its first Cup? Are the Oilers going to overcome a 0-3 deficit? Is Connor McDavid still overrated? Did the LeBatard Show curse their own team? (11:00) JJ Redick will be the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. (18:25) Have you ever seen an injured pitching staff like the Marlins? 6 starters on the IL. Ranging from TJ to back injuries. How does something like this happen? Bad luck? (25:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Trevor Bauer tweeting about suing MLB if he remains unsigned. Okay. (34:30) Review: Tell Them You Love Me (37:25) Let’s get to some Monday Morning Major League quick hitters: game ending on a pitch clock violation; Diaz suspended for sticky stuff; rookie suspended for PED use 2 days after debut. (47:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/24/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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Samson Sit-Down: Mike Ryan

Let’s welcome in Mike Ryan Ruiz! He’s finally joining us on NPDS! We start things off with how he’s doing at Meadowlark Media and what his life is like as an EP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/21/202452 minutes, 18 seconds
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MLB HBP: Judge hit, Betts hurt, Arenado beaned; Should MLB retire No. 24?; Did LeBatard curse the Panthers? (Episode 1074)

Today’s word of the day is ‘bean’ as in hit by pitch as in MLB as in control as in velocity. What is happening in baseball? Why are so many batters getting hit? These past 4 seasons have been record-setting. Mookie Betts is out. Aaron Judge got hit. Nolan Arenado got hit. (10:52) Rest in peace to the great Willie Mays. Tonight MLB plays at Rickwood and it was meant to honor Mays who sadly died a few days ago. (19:30) Monty Williams got fired by the Detroit Pistons after one season. The Pistons now owe Monty $65 million. I cannot believe it. (27:30) The Boston Celtics won the title. Did you watch? Did you care? (35:30) Review: Goodfellas. (42:40) Are the Panthers going to blow a 3-0 lead? Is this really about to happen? (48:00) What is happening with the Chiefs and Royals with Kansas? Is Missouri going to lose both teams? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/20/202451 minutes, 48 seconds
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Samson Sit-Down: Ariel Helwani !!!

We’ve got Ariel Helwani on the show. Yes, that one. Let’s talk some Montreal. Let’s talk some MMA. Let’s see where this goes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/18/202452 minutes, 11 seconds
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Samson Sit-Down: Bob Costas

Welcome in Bob Costas! Broadcasting legend is back on Nothing Personal for the first time in 2022.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/17/202453 minutes, 7 seconds
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Panthers one win away from first Stanley Cup! TREVOR LAWRENCE GOT HOW MUCH!? The Big 12 is for sale! (Episode 1073)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Alberta’ as in Edmonton as in Canada as in the NHL Stanley Cup Final. The Florida Panthers now lead 3-0. Hockey in South Florida… huh! It seems improbable that this is the case. (7:10) Trevor Lawrence just got a monster deal from the Jaguars. What is Jacksonville doing? Lawrence still had 2 years left on his deal. Now, by total guarantee, he’s the 4th highest paid QB in the NFL. (18:55) The Big 12 is for sale. The name of the conference. The schools in the conference. The athletic departments in the conference. Everything is for sale now. (34:30) Review: Brats. (38:40) NPPOD. (39:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Dan Hurley and what he said on the Le Batard Show yesterday. Is this guy serious? (48:20) Let’s talk some baseball. Pitching and defense wins rings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/14/202452 minutes, 4 seconds
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Remembering Jerry West; Celtics have Mavs on sweep alert! Have we been played by BIG HOT DOG!? (Episode 1072)

Today’s word of the day is ‘the logo’ as in Jerry West as in the Lakers as in the Grizzlies as in the Warriors as in the Clippers. All star. Champion. Executive. What a legacy Jerry West leaves behind. (11:00) Are the Celtics going to sweep the Mavericks? The Celtics just look like a complete team. The Mavericks look like Luka and Kyrie. That’s it. That’s the series. (19:40) Dodgers made a trade for Cavan Biggio. Is this the Dodgers being the Dodgers or a nothing burger? (30:00) Review: Jurassic Park. (35:45) NPPOD. (37:40) Let’s update a bunch of wait to see predictions I’ve made. (45:20) The hot dog wars are back on. Netflix announced an eat off between Chestnut and Kobayashi! WHOA! (51:00) STAY OFF THE FIELD! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/13/202451 minutes, 55 seconds
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NBA Finals: who decides if Prozingis plays? Where in the world is Aaron Rodgers? WE'VE GOT A HOT DOG BEEF FOR THE AGES! (Episode 1071)

Today’s word of the day is ‘retinaculum’ as in an injury as in the ankle as in tendons as in Kristaps Porzingis as in the NBA Finals. Oh boy. What are the Celtics going to do? The team said whether he plays or not is up to the team doctors. Is this how the Mavericks get back into the series? (9:45) NPPOD. (11:45) NHL is not going to discipline players after the Stanley Cup game. Dirty hits. Players thrown out. Penalties. Everything. (17:05) Where is Aaron Rodgers? (29:01) Review: Rumble - The Indians who Rocked the World. (33:20) Mike Tomlin got an extension with the Steelers. Russell Wilson finally spoke. (39:50) We have a hot dog beef. Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Joey Chestnut banned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/12/202451 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dan Hurley turns down $70 MILLION Lakers offer! Let's talk some Stanley Cup! Buster Onley's hacked account led to baseball madness! (Episode 1070)

Today’s word of the day is ‘unrequited’ as in Dan Hurley as in the Lakers as in UConn as in left at the altar. That’s right, Dan Hurley turned down a massive offer the Lakers. The Connecticut governor got involved. His wife possibly was involved. Everyone was involved. But UConn is home and now the Lakers must scramble. (12:00) The Florida Panthers have taken a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. A chippy game. Players thrown out. Let’s talk about taxes though. People want different salary caps based off income taxes. HUH. (23:12) NPPOD. (32:27) Review: How to Rob a Bank. (38:40) The Yankees captain Aaron Judge called out fans for their treatment of Trent Grisham. This is important, because only someone like Judge could do this. (44:08) Buster Onley had his account hacked and panic broke out. (48:40) Luis Robert was not traded to the Phillies. Didn’t happen. But he is on the trade block. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/11/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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Are the Celtics just too good for the Mavs? Bryce Harper wants MLB in-season tourney! Caitlin Clark LEFT OFF Team USA (Episode 1069)

Today’s word of the day is ‘31-5’ as in the NBA Finals as in the Boston Celtics as in the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics took Game 2. It’s been ugly, but Tatum and Brown and Holiday are getting it done. Luka has been a turnover machine. The rest of the Mavs can’t shoot. (8:40) The Stanley Cup Final is happening. Did you watch Game 1? The Florida Panthers look like the worse team and still beat the Oilers 3-0. (16:00) Mets owner Steve Cohen met the media and talked about the Mets this year. He mentioned trades. He mentioned fans. He mentioned his new president. (24:17)The MLB London series took place and let’s discuss some things that were said. Bryce Harper wants an in-season tournament in London. Some Mets players joined in and said they agree going to London for two games is a bit much. (33:15) Review: Hit Man. (38:00) Caitlin Clark was left of Team USA. She’s not going to Paris for the Olympics. Why? (48:10) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/10/202451 minutes, 35 seconds
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Celtics take Game 1! Adam Silver talks Caitlin Clark, TNT, and media rights! Juan Soto hurt? I've HAD IT with social media! (Episode 1068)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Game 1’ as in NBA Finals as in the Boston Celtics as in the Dallas Mavericks as in blowout city. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis were just too much for Luka and company. (7:10) Adam Silver met with the media yesterday for the first time before the NBA Finals to be questioned on myriad of topics: Caitlin Clark, NBA TV rights, TNT, and more! Here’s what he said. (17:20) Let’s talk about the MLB London Series. Mets vs Phillies. Everyone wants to play overseas. Why? (25:30) What’s wrong with Juan Soto’s forearm? How bad is it? Is this the end for the Yankees? (34:02) Review: American Nightmare. (37:10) We are at a scary place with social media. Fake news. Misinformation. A.I. posts. How do we know what’s real or not? (43:00) NPPOD. (47:00) The Timberwovles sale is still happening. Or is it still happening? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/7/202451 minutes, 41 seconds
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NBA Finals Preview: Celtics or Mavericks - who do you have!?; Another Boras Four gets BOOED off field! Kansas wants the Chiefs! (Episode 1067)

Today’s word of the day is ‘finally’ as in the Finals as in the NBA Finals as in The Boston Celtics as in the Dallas Mavericks. Who do you have? Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown or Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving? Jason Kidd could be joining an exclusive group with a win. Joe Mazzulla would be in a league of his own with a win. (9:20) NPPOD. (19:00) Jordan Montgomery was booed off the field by Diamondbacks fans. He’s been bad. Boras Four. STINK! (30:06) Review: A League of Their Own. (34:20) There’s been quite the update on Jontay Porter. Remember he was ban for life from the NBA for gambling on basketball. This update is wild. (41:10) Kansas wants the Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Chiefs are in Kansas City, Missouri… not Kansas City, Kansas. (49:00) Dan Hurley is now the favorite for the Lakers head coach? What? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/6/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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MLB hands down lifetime ban to Marcano! MLB clears Shohei Ohtani as Ippei pleads guilty to fraud! (Episode 1066)

Today’s word of the day is ‘lifetime’ as in lifetime ban as in Marcano as in Padres as in Pirates as in MLB as in MiLB as in gambling. It’s the first lifetime ban in a century for an MLB player. MLB came out and dropped the hammer. (11:00) Ippei Mizuhara pleaded guilty yesterday and Shohei Ohtani has been cleared by baseball. Ohtani is good to go. (17:08) JJ Redick is the favorite for the Lakers head coach. Rich Paul said LeBron has nothing to do with the search. LeBron James has a podcast with JJ Redick. No dots to connect there! (29:00) Review: Review: The Anti-Social Network. (32:50) The Marlins had to DFA Avisail Garcia. And they owe him a big chunk of change. Congrats, Jeter! (40:15) NPPOD. (41:40) It’s time to talk about catchers. The positioning they have near the batter’s box is not right. MLB is going to fix it. (47:40) The Mavericks gave a contract extension to the GM the eve of the NBA Finals. Why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/5/202451 minutes, 51 seconds
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MLB player facing LIFETIME BAN for gambling; Stephen A. Smith's hot takes and Pat McAfee's apology for Caitlin Clark comments (Episode 1065)

Today’s word of the day is ‘existential crisis’ as in baseball as in MLB as gambling as in injuries as in Tommy John as in problems. We have a player facing a lifetime ban for the first time since gambling has become what it has. Tucupita Marcano of the Padres reportedly bet on baseball last year as a member of the Pirates. Woof. (12:34) More and more and more injuries happening to starting pitching. Elbow and elbows and elbows. (19:00) The Carolina Panthers want public money for stadium upgrades. It never ends. You might think it will, but it doesn’t. (25:00) Justin Jefferson is getting big money. WR are now the offensive money makers. Sorry RB, you aint coming back. (33:22) Review: Spacey Unmasked. (37:25) Sports media and hot take culture is at a boiling point. Where is the line? Where is the integrity? This Caitlin Clark conversation has become everything it shouldn’t. (46:00) NPPOD. (48:20) I made a mistake about Top 100 players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/4/202451 minutes, 37 seconds
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MLB May Review: Judge & Soto stay scorching hot for Yankees! Caitlin Clark, the WNBA, & what needs to be done (Episode 1064)

Today’s word of the day is ‘35.1 or 37.6’ as in how much of the MLB season is already over. Can you believe it? Let’s recap the biggest storylines from May. I’ll review my May predictions. And then we’ll look ahead to June. It all starts with the Yankees. (9:13) What were some of the biggest surprises in May? (14:34) Let’s review my May predictions. (16:19) Here are my predictions for June! (20:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the WNBA and Caitlin Clark. Hard fouls. Dirty fouls. Social media comments. Why do players dislike Clark so much? (36:30) Review: The Fall Guy. (39:00) Stanley Cup Final is here! Panthers vs Oilers! (42:09) Tommy Pham may not be in baseball much longer. (48:00) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/3/202451 minutes, 52 seconds
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Florida Panthers superfan! Donald Trump found GUILTY on all charges! Luka to the NBA Finals! Rays new renderings! (Episode 1063)

Today’s word of the day is ‘road wins’ as in the Florida Panthers as in the Dallas Mavericks as in playoffs! Let’s start with the Panthers taking a series lead against the Rangers. I was at the game. How are road teams so successful now? (8:00) Donald Trump was found guilty on all 34 felony charges against him. First president ever convicted of a crime. Wow. (21:10) The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the NBA Finals! Luka and Kyrie! Did you see Mark Cuban wasn’t the one who got the trophy? (29:50) NPPOD. (33:55) Review: A Man in Full. (36:50) The Tampa Bay Rays released new renderings for its new stadium in St. Pete. There’s still no deal. The project is massive. Will it get done? (46:30) The NBA media rights deals are not done yet. Is Warner Bros. Discovery out? Is TNT really going to lose the NBA? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202451 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dumpster fire: Could things get any worse for the Mets?; Pedro Grifol say Reinsdorf just wants to win!? (Episode 1062)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dumpster fire’ as in the Mets as in Steve Cohen as in Edwin Diaz as in Pete Alonso as in Jorge Lopez. What a day for the Mets yesterday. I cannot remember a day like this for a team. IL trips. Injuries. A player ejected, making a scene, then getting DFA’d. (13:30) Well things actually are worse for the Mets. Steve Cohen has hit a real roadblock when it comes to his casino of dreams. A NY senator does not want what Cohen wants. (25:50) White Sox manager Pedro Grifol came out in defense of owner Jerry Reinsdorf. This is why. (37:30) Review: In the Name of the Father. (40:30) NPPOD. (43:20) Scottie Scheffler had all charges dropped against him. (50:30) Breaking news: a new women’s basketball league is coming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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Timberwolves find life; Panthers tie it up; Did the Blue miss their window?; Latest on Athletics and Las Vegas (Episode 1061)

Today’s word of the day is ‘13/39’ as in Luka Doncic as in Kyrie Irving as in Mavericks as in Timberwolves as in NBA playoffs. The Mavericks shot terribly. The Timberwolves found late life. (9:13) The Panthers tied things up with an OT winner vs the Rangers. The 3rd straight overtime game! How can you not love playoff hockey!? (12:56) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Toronto Blue Jays and what’s gone wrong there. Did the Jays miss their window? (25:06) MLB announced that the Negro League stats will now be in the MLB history books. That means that all MLB stats have changed. Should they have? (38:00) Review: Atlas. (40:17) What’s the latest on the Athletics and Las Vegas? (46:20) Blake Snell said something that needs to be discussed. Is MLB finally done with Scott Boras? (51:02) Charter flight talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202451 minutes, 46 seconds
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ANGEL HERNANDEZ HAS FINALLY RETIRED! Ronald Acuña done for season; A look at the Dodgers/Mets; RIP Bill Walton (Episode 1060)

Today’s word of the day is ‘touched by an angel’ as in Angel Hernandez as in umpire as in see ya! The worst umpire in baseball, the worst umpire in my career is finally gone. Retired. (12:10) Ronald Acuña tore his ACL. Sad for him. Sad for the Braves. It’s his 2nd one in 3 seasons. (20:35) The Dodgers and Mets start a 3-game series today. Let’s take a look at both of these teams, expectations, moves, who needs this series more. (36:16) Review: Challengers. (39:30) We need to talk about the life of Bill Walton. (42:50) The Boston Celtics are headed to the NBA Finals. 2nd time in 3 years. The Pacers had chances and blew it. (47:44) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202451 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rob Manfred says NO to robot umps in 2025; DOJ is suing Live Nation - will that change ticket prices?; NCAA agrees to pay players! (Episode 1059)

Today’s word of the day is ’owners meetings’ as in Rob Manfred as in MLB as in umpires as in jerseys as in Athletics as in Nike as in Sacramento as in robots as in Ballys. These latest owners meetings were packed with great quotes from the commissioner. (17:20) Let’s talk about Ticketmaster. The Department of Justice has sued Live Nation Entertainment. What happens now? No more crazy fees? (29:05) Review: Survivor 46. (33:10) The Boston Celtics are running away with the Eastern Conference. Big win on Thursday. Pacers are hurt. (38:46) NPPOD. (42:40) The NCAA has agreed to let schools pay players. Welcome to the new world of college athletics. What is going to be the end of this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202451 minutes, 49 seconds
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NBA on cusp of $7 BILLION per year in new media rights! Why is Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner still talking!? (Episode 1058)

Today’s word of the day is ’7 billion’ as in NBA as in ESPN as in Amazon as in NBC as TNT. Is TNT left out of the NBA game because it got a little too cocky? What does this mean for the players? What does this mean for the WNBA? (15:36) The NHL and NBA playoffs are going on right now. The Panthers took down the Rangers at MSG. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks held off the Timberwolves in the NBA. (29:45) Review: Parenthood. (33:45) Why is Hal Steinbrenner still talking!? The Yankees are winning! You don’t have to say the quiet part out loud! (42:18) NPPOD. (47:45) Private equity has come for college sports. College football is an expensive game. Lawsuits are an expensive game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202451 minutes, 46 seconds
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What were the 'Josh Hader Rules' and could more MLB players use them? Celtics steal Game 1! GOODBYE NFL CHAIN GANG!? (Episode 1057)

Today’s word of the day is ’Hader Rules’ as in Josh Hader as in rules to pitching as in the Brewers as in the Padres as in the Astros as in arbitration. What were the Hader Rules and could any other MLB player use them? (17:05) The Boston Celtics stole Game 1 vs the Pacers in OT. A thriller! (27:01) NPPOD. (31:28) Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. (35:31) Is the NFL finally entering the modern world? Is it time we finally retire the chain gang? Is it happening!? (43:45) Aaron Rodgers is back. So his quotes are back. (46:20) It’s NIL talk again. We have our first giant lawsuit. Yay! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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Chris Sale has found his groove in Atlanta! Cole & Senga updates! Why is Fanatics suing Marvin Harrison Jr!? (Episode 1056)

Today’s word of the day is ’aces wild’ as starting pitchers as in aces as in top of rotation guys as in Chris Sale as in Gerrit Cole as in Kodai Senga. Let’s give some health updates! We’ll start with Chris Sale. He has been lights out these past few weeks. Hasn’t given up a run in 20 straight innings. Past 5 starts have been close to perfect. (14:45) Gerrit Cole is still on the IL. He’s trying to find his way back from an elbow issue. (17:46) Kodai Senga had a setback. Last week it was mechanics. This week it’s a setback. (21:30) David Fletcher, welcome to the Mizuhara club. The former Angels 2B was caught up in the same illegal gambling ring that Ippei Mizuhara was. (32:30) Review: Arthur The King. (36:14) NPPOD. (41:36) Fanatics is suing Marvin Harrison Jr. Why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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NBA Playoffs: Does home court advantage matter anymore!? Shota Imanaga is hot, Edwin Diaz is not; WNBA Aces investigation (Episode 1055)

Today’s word of the day is ’home court disadvantage’ as in Game 7 as in NBA Playoffs as in Pacers as in Knicks as in Timberwolves as in Nuggets. The Pacers crushed the Knicks to advance. Shooting a record percentage from the field. Knicks had no response. And I was there to witness it. (7:11) The Denver Nuggets blew it. 20 point lead at home in a Game 7 and they lost to the Timberwolves. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert did it. Nikola Jokic and the reigning champs went home. (14:35) The Dallas Mavericks advanced on free throws! What a wild ending vs the Thunder. (19:45) NPDS MLB weekend in review! Let’s start with Shota Imanga and what he’s been able to do for the Cubs this year. What about Edwin Diaz and his bad bad bad pitching form? Paul Skenes crushed it on Friday for the Pirates. (33:30) Review: Bronx Zoo ’90. (37:20) What is going on with the Las Vegas Aces? Another investigation into the Aces because of benefits. (46:08) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/202451 minutes, 52 seconds
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Scottie Scheffler arrested outside PGA Championship!? Hal Steinbrenner wants Juan Soto to be a Yankee for life!? (Episode 1054)

Today’s word of the day is ’exceptional circumstances’ as in Scottie Scheffler as in arrested as in PGA Championship. What!? (9:10) Is Juan Soto going to be a Yankee for life? That’s what Hal Steinbrenner said. Why would he say that!? Never say that! (21:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? What is going on with Steve Cohen and the Mets? Sellers? (32:45) Review: One Life. (37:20) It’s time to talk some hockey! Go Rangers Go! Brad Marchand for the Bruins said something that he definitely should not have! (44:00) Basketball talk! Were the Nuggets asleep for Game 6? (46:20) NPPOD. (51:00) We need to talk about MLS and Messi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202451 minutes, 51 seconds
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NFL Schedule: Get ready to see A LOT of Chiefs & Jets games! NFL on Netflix on Christmas! First glance at the Caitlin Clark Effect! (Episode 1053)

Today’s word of the day is ’addicted’ as in my phone as in as in 3am chat room conversations with Apple. (4:50) Alright, time to get to the NFL. We had schedule releases, but first let’s chat about Harrison Butker again. The NFL commented on his thoughts. What was interesting about the schedule? Who runs primetime? Who isn’t part of these games? (14:30) NFL on Netflix on Christmas. Football all the time. Football! Football! Football! (18:50) NBA Playoff update! The Celtics are moving on! The Luka’s have taken a series lead over the Thunder! The Cavaliers season ended and 2 seconds later we had to hear about Mitchell and Bickerstaff’s futures… why!? (26:10) NPPOD. (32:40) Review: The Truman Show. (37:10) The Astros find themselves in poor light again. Ronel Blanco has been suspended for 10 games for sticky stuff. Here we go again! (44:20) The Caitlin Clark Effect is real. Record-setting debut. But will it impact the rest of the league? (50:30) Let’s talk about the Atlanta Braves. Do you like that they’re owned by a public company and not by a single person?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202451 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nikola Jokic is too good! The Knicks are 1 win away! Caitlin Clark struggles in her WNBA debut! Are the Jaguars still moving to London? (Episode 1052)

Today’s word of the day is ’prowl’ as in on the prowl as in Nuggets as in the Knicks as in playoff basketball. Nikola Jokic is incredible. He dominated the DPOY in Rudy Gobert. Rudy Gobert also had to pay a big fine for doing the money gesture at the refs! (12:00) Knicks fever! Get excited! One win away from a conference finals! (16:13) Caitlin Clark debuted in the WNBA. It was a shaky start for sure. 10 turnovers. Fever lost by 21 points. (21:00) NPPOD. (22:45) Are the Jaguars moving to London? Nope! Another new stadium deal! (34:00) Review: Last Stop in Yuma County. (36:33) Harrison Butker gave a commencement speech and boy was it a doozy. He said some things that could find himself in hot water with the Chiefs. (45:00) We have another Bally’s, Diamond Sports, RSN, and MLB update. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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NFL schedule slowly trickles out; Get excited for more Tom Brady! Where will Bronny James go? MLB teams that will buy or sell! (Episode 1051)

Today’s word of the day is ’greedy’ as in the NFL as in schedule release as in kickoff games as in networks as in Tom Brady as in Patrick Mahomes. The NFL continues to just win every offseason. It’s ridiculous! (11:05) LeBron James was wining it up at the Cavaliers playoff game last night. But it’s time to talk about Bronny James. Is he worth a draft pick? He was cleared medically by the NBA. (18:35) The Boston Celtics took a 3-1 series lead over the Cavaliers. No Donovan Mitchell, no matter. What about the Mavericks blowing a late home lead against the Thunder? Hit your free throws! (26:22) WNBA season is here. The Caitlin Clark era is here! (31:45) Review: Rather. (37:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about which teams will be buyers and who will be sellers. This early!? (45:00) MLB is on Roku. What does this say about the health of MLB broadcast rights?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202451 minutes, 36 seconds
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MLB Weekend in Review: Skenes debut, Senga health, Seth Lugo bargain! NBA Playoffs: Oakley not invited, why Murray wasn't suspended (Episode 1050)

Today’s word of the day is ’debut’ as in first career start as in Paul Skenes as in the Pittsburgh Pirates as in top prospects. Skenes made his first start against the Cubs and it was insane. One of the worst pitching innings in baseball happened after Skenes was removed. (8:11) Kodai Senga injury update! (14:30) The Yankees are heating up. Aaron Judge is heating up. Panic down. (17:00) Seth Lugo is performing at an elite level for the Royals. Who saw that coming? (21:50) The Knicks lost both road games to the Pacers. The Pacers blew them out the water in Game 4. Woof! (28:20) The Denver Nuggets have tied up the series vs the Minnesota Timberwolves. Can not count them out! (36:13) Review: Love Lies Bleeding. (39:50) The Suns have hired Mike Budenholzer to a huge contract. Another giant contract given away by Mat Ishbia. Why is he doing this? (44:20) Did anyone know the NBA draft lottery was yesterday? Atlanta Hawks are the draft lottery winners! A 3% chance and they did it! Sorry Pistons fans… another year another stinker and another loss in the lottery! (50:30) NPPOD.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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Suns owner Mat Ishbia strikes again as he fires Frank Vogel after ONE season! NFL on Netflix on Christmas! What happened to the Cardinals? (Episode 1049)

Today’s word of the day is ’full support’ as in Frank Vogel as in Mat Ishbia as in the Phoenix Suns as in Kevin Durant as in Devin Booker. Vogel gets fired after one season. Signed a monster contract and that’s that. Booker and Durant keep cycling through coaches. What is happening? (12:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Hornets hiring an ast. coach from the Celtics who are in the playoffs. (18:23) We have a Patrick Beverley update. (20:00) Netflix in on Christmas? Netflix in on the NFL? Oh boy… remember when they didn’t want live sports? (29:21) Review: Monkey Man (35:40) NPPOD. (38:50) The St. Louis Cardinals have lost their way. (46:40) Is it time to trade Mason Miller? Will the Athletics get the best deal now? What is the trade value of a closer? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202451 minutes, 34 seconds
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Pirates calling up young phenom Paul Skenes! Ohtani former interpreter to plead guilty! Another day, another streaming bundle! (Episode 1048)

Today’s word of the day is ’anticipation’ as in the Pittsburgh Pirates as in Paul Skenes. His time has come. He throws gas. He could be the next great. Why are the Pirates calling him up now? Why not wait? (11:20) Ippei Mizuhara will plead guilty to federal crimes. He used $17 million of Shohei Ohtani’s money to pay off gambling debts. What a wild case this has been. (19:30) The New York Knicks have done it again! 2-0 series lead. Playoff basketball. Jalen Brunson is a bad man! And Nikola Jokic has won his 3rd MVP. Wasn’t even close. (24:11) NPPOD. (31:46) Review: Inglorious Basterds. (36:00) It’s time to talk streaming bundles. Another day, another bundle. When will it end? (45:20) The WNBA is going to have chartered flights for players. It’s a new thing for them. Good for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202451 minutes, 49 seconds
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Is the Astros dynasty over? GM says team still too good to be sellers! Japanese rookie aces and MLB's warning on "draft dodging" (Episode 1047)

Today’s word of the day is ’prophetic’ as in the Houston Astros as in dynasty as in Dana Brown as in when is it time to move on. The Astros have been bad this year. Pitching has been horrendous. Verlander is getting rocked. 11 games under .500. 0-5 vs the Yankees this season. Bu the GM says the team is too good to sell! (11:00) Shota Imanaga and Yoshinobu Yamamoto have found their grooves. Let’s talk about the contracts. Let’s talk about how good they have been. (18:12) MLB draft talk! The league sent memos to teams about draft dodging. Huh!? (32:20) We have 2 new tour dates! (35:40) Review: The Long Game. (38:05) NPPOD. (42:50) Commissioners met with the media to discuss what’s going on with gambling. In the fallout of Jontay Porter it’s all about integrity of the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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Knicks win Game 1 with VERY QUESTIONABLE late calls by officials! Is Pat Riley done with Jimmy? Bally's CEO on Athletics! (Episode 1046)

Today’s word of the day is ’preordained’ as in determined as in fate as in the Knicks won another thrilling finish against the Pacers in Game 1. The officiating was very questionable. The calls were very close. Some of them seemed like a joke. Is the NBA behind this? (9:20) The Timberwolves crushed the Nuggets. What a defensive effort. The reigning champs are down 2-0 now. Woof. (12:31) Pat Riley gave his end-of-season presser on the Heat. He had some things to say about Jimmy Butler. Will Butler get an extension? Will the Heat make big changes? (23:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Bally’s CEO on John Fisher’s attempt to relocate the Athletics. What did he have to say? (35:00) Review: The Idea of You. (40:00) Walker Buehler returned for the Dodgers yesterday after missing all of 2023. 2nd Tommy John surgery. Dodgers need him to be good, can he ever be great? (42:00) We have a new college football bowl game sponsor! (48:00) What is going on at college campuses?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202451 minutes, 41 seconds
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Marlins start fire sale with trade of Luis Arráez! Lakers fire Darvin Ham! What a weekend of racing! (Episode 1045)

Today’s word of the day is ’future’ as in the Miami Marlins as in the San Diego Padres as in Luis Arráez has been traded already. It’s only May! Why would the Marlins do this now? What does this mean for the team’s future? Why did the Padres make this move so soon? (15:40) The Lakers have fired Darvin Ham. Two seasons is all he got. Why did LeBron James do this? (19:55) Alek Manoah returned for the Blue Jays and he got rocked. Blue Jays manager said the team still believes in him. Should they? (22:50) Patrick Beverley apologized for his antics. (31:08) Review: Roast of Tom Brady. (36:00) Upset city in the Miami Grand Prix. Lando Norris wins the race. Max Verstappen finishes second. (44:00) NPPOD. (47:35) We’ve got lawsuit talk! We’re back to the Tampa Bay Rays and what’s going on with the limited partners there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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Nothing Personal Tour Live: A Night in New York City with Pablo Torre (4/29/24)

Nothing Personal Tour Part 1 wraps up live from New York City. I'm joined by my good friend Pablo Torre! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 12 seconds
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Knicks send 76ers home! Bucks eliminated and Pat Bev's likely suspension! ANOTHER Athletics & Vegas update (Episode 1044)

Today’s word of the day is ’40’ as in 40 points as in Jalen Brunson as in 3-straight games with 40 points as in goodbye 76ers. The process is over. Joel Embiid’s season is done again. (8:15) The Bucks have been eliminated by the Pacers. The Pacers have done it to the Bucks all season. Patrick Beverly is going to get fined big. Doc Rivers was a waste. Giannis was hurt. And Dame wasn’t enough. (17:10) NPPOD. (19:26) Another update on the Athletics in Vegas! This time it comes from an earnings call with a Bally’s executive. What did he have to say? (31:42) Review: The Talented Mr. Ripley (36:45) What are the Yankees going to do with Aaron Judge? He has been ice cold this year so far. Will Aaron Boone move him in the lineup? (43:06) MLB on Roku? It could be happening. Sunday morning on Roku. And players hate it! But what does it mean for the health of broadcasting rights? (49:20) What is happening with the NCAA? How close are we to players being employees? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202451 minutes, 38 seconds
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Sixers buy tickets to keep Knicks fans out of Philly!? Deion Sanders honeymoon phase is OVER at Colorado! (Episode 1043)

Today’s word of the day is ’spooked’ as in scary hours as in the Knicks as in the Sixers as in playoff basketball! Sixers owners and old owners have purchased tickets to keep out Knicks fans! WHAT? How do you feel about this? (14:00) The Mavericks crushed the Clippers in Game 5. Where was Kawhi Leonard? (16:55) The Celtics gave the Heat a beatdown. Series over. Celtics move on. Is it time for the Heat to move on? (19:14) NPPOD. (20:35) It’s over for Deion Sanders and the Colorado honeymoon. The way he has handled adversity. The way he’s handled his critics. It’s a madhouse! (32:00) Review: Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (38:10) We should all be consultants. That’s the best grift. Sports consulting. (46:00) More stadiums and stadiums and stadiums. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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MLB April in review: Biggest storylines, surprises, disappointments! Mike Trout is injured again! Just can't stay healthy (Episode 1042)

Today’s word of the day is ’17.2-20.3’ as in the percentage of the season that has past in MLB so far. April is over. First month of the season already done. Let’s go over top storylines, biggest surprises, and biggest disappointments! (8:55) What have the biggest surprises of April been? (14:30) What have the biggest disappointments been? (22:05) Mike Trout is injured again. Always. This time it’s his knee. (32:30) Review: The Who’s Tommy. (35:00) Let me talk about my favorite author. (41:30) NBA playoff updates. The Knicks blew it. Wonderful! (45:30) NPPOD. (49:00) We need to talk about Dave & Busters. What is going on? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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Lakers Decision Time: LeBron James' future, Darvin Ham's job; Huge moves happening with Paramount; Another Athletics update! (Episode 1041)

Today’s word of the day is ’ham-mered’ as in Darvin Ham is likely gone as in LeBron James can’t beat the Nuggets as in what are the Lakers going to do. Why would they invest in 40-year old LeBron? Why would they draft Bronny James? (14:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Bob Bakish and what’s going on at Paramount. (21:30) It’s time to talk about the Athletics again. Always the A’s. (31:00) Review: An American Bombing. (35:30) NPPOD. (38:00) Yankees and Orioles are playing a 4-game series. Orioles took Game 1. How meaningful is it? (42:30) F1 is having some problems. A cease and desist letter was sent by them over Trump fundraising! (47:10) Tyson v. Paul has been sanctioned. Give me a break!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202451 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why did the Falcons draft Penix and pay Kirk Cousin!? MLBPA BLASTS Nike over uniforms! Orioles send Holliday back down! (Episode 1040)

Today’s word of the day is ’consensus loser’ as in mock drafts as real drafts as NFL draft as in Atlanta Falcons as in Kirk Cousins as in Michael Penix. What were the Falcons thinking? Let’s try and break down this selection of Penix Jr and why Atlanta would do this after giving Cousins $180 million. (12:00) David Tepper showed up to a Charlotte bar that had a sign that was critical of him outside it. Looks as if it was a friendly encounter, but was it necessary? (17:20) We have an update on the MLBPA fight against Nike’s uniforms. They blasted Nike over it. Not Fantatics! Wonder why… MLB did not comment. (24:35) Jackson Holliday was sent down to the Minors after 10 games. He hasn’t been good at the MLB level. (29:20) The Kansas City Chiefs & Royals are no longer working together on stadiums. Public voted against them. Now they’re against one another. (36:48) Review: Half Baked 2. (40:00) NPPOD. (43:00) The Phoenix Suns got swept in the first round. See ya. $260 million roster and they get nothing. Perfect. (47:20) Joel Embiid said he’s not calling out Philly fans but then called out Philly fans for all the Knicks fans that showed up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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MAILBAG: NPDS Tour and more! Biggest sports business stories I'm following! Building a stadium!

It’s another mailbag! Sorry still out of the country! Did you enjoy the NFL draft? Did your team get everything right? (2:11) Someone asked me about the NPDS Tour and how things are going. Thank you for asking. (14:40) Let’s talk about the biggest sports business stories that interest me moving forward. It’s it just the RSNs? (28:40) Why aren’t cities building stadiums for multiple team use? (34:40) Someone asked me if there was something I wish I paid more attention to while building Marlins Park. (40:30) Do the Olympics still matter? Paris games are coming up in under 100 days. The clock is ticking. The Dream Team is there! (47:40) Someone asked me about my love of movies and how it relates to my life. What else would I have done? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202451 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chicago Bears announce $5 BILLION stadium project day before NFL Draft! What will Jerry Jones do with Cowboys? Blake Snell to IL! (Episode 1039)

Today’s word of the day is ’rinse & repeat’ as in another stadium as in another press conference as in another handshake deal as in the Chicago Bears. Another big time announcement with renderings! (13:45) What are the Dallas Cowboys doing? Jerry Jones has decisions to make on all his top players. Micah Parsons the DE is up soon. Dak Prescott is up soon. CeeDee Lamb is up soon. Uh oh! (23:00) Quick side note on Deshaun Watson and his trip to Saudi Arabia. Are you kidding me? (28:30) Review: Milk. (32:50) Blake Snell is on the IL. Bad starts. Bad ERA. Now hurt. (42:30) NPPOD. (45:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the draft. How much goes into drafting or trading players when it comes to character vs talent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ohtani and Betts red hot starts being held back by Dodgers pitching! Update on White Sox stadium plans; MAJOR FTC ANNOUNCEMENT! (Episode 1038)

Today’s word of the day is ’expectations’ as in the Dodgers as in World Series as in Shohei Ohtani as in Mookie Betts as in Freddie Freeman as in 100 games as in slow start. The Dodgers were supposed to be juggernauts, but why have they not performed like it? Ohtani and Betts have. The bats are alive, but the record is mediocre. (10:25) Hey, White Sox fans… are you ready for a new ballpark? Are you excited? Worst record in baseball, but Reinsdorf still wants a stadium deal with public money! (21:30) We have an update on the NBA TV rights deals. ESPN and TNT will be able to match ANY offers the NBA gets. Linear, yes. Streaming, yes. Will this impact bids from NBC or Apple or Amazon? (35:03) Review: Kiss Me Kosher. (39:30) NPPOD. (43:30) We have a MAJOR announcement from the FTC. Noncompete clauses.. goodbye! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202451 minutes, 38 seconds
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LeBron James and Joel Embiid call out refs! Aaron Boone gets ejected 5 pitches into a game! WHAT IS GOING ON!? (Episode 1037)

Today’s word of the day is ’mental fortitude’ as in running as in the London Marathon as in tired as in sore. Yes, I ran the marathon. Yes, I am exhausted. Yes, I’d do it again. (5:20) The Denver Nuggets have taken a 2-0 series lead on the Los Angeles Lakers. Nikola Jokic is too much, too good. But, the big story was LeBron James calling out the referees. Oh boy. (17:22) Even more drama in the Knicks and Sixers game. The Knicks score 6 points in 14 seconds. Were there fouls? Were there timeouts? None were called! (24:20) Aaron Boone’s ejection was caught on live video with audio. Shocking stuff for fans. MLB has a problem. (37:23) Review: Ripley. (38:24) What’s going on at college campuses is pretty stark. Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pulled his funding from Columbia. (48:00) What’s the latest on the Athletics move to Vegas? Is it happening? Is it not happening? (51:20) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202451 minutes, 37 seconds
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MAILBAG: London Marathon and running; NFL Draft Week! Fanatics and MLB's uniform problem

Mailbag time! I’m in London right now having just run the London Marathon. Someone asked me about getting started running a marathon. This is what you do. (12:35) NFL Draft week is here! It all happens on Thursday. What will the Bears do? What will the Commanders do? What will the Patriots do? (21:30) Let’s talk about beat reporters. Who controls them? Do teams do it? (33:45) Boras clients. Bad spring. Better fall? (41:33) Let’s talk about uniforms. It’s Fanatics now. Sweat everywhere. Now late orders to teams. Fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202452 minutes, 5 seconds
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Nothing Personal Tour Live: A Night in Pittsburgh

Nothing Personal Tour hits Pittsburgh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 50 seconds
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Nothing Personal Tour Live: A Night in Nashville (4/15/24)

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4/20/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 56 seconds
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NHL Hockey is going to Utah! Goodbye, Arizona! Hello, Salt Lake City!; INJURIES STINK! Will Heat and Pelicans overcome them? (Episode 1036)

Today’s word of the day is ’relocated’ as in relocation as in Arizona as in Utah as in Coyotes as in *blank* as in hockey! The team has been sold to Ryan Smith, the owner of the Utah Jazz. But! The Coyotes name and likeness stays in Arizona. Oh? (21:30) NPPOD. Let’s talk about NBA playoff injuries. Jimmy Butler hurt. Zion Williamson hurt. (34:10) Review: Steve Martin Documentary. (38:40) Mets are at the Dodgers tonight. Remember when the Mets were bad? Remember when the Dodgers would go 162-0? (44:20) We have another update on Larry Nassar. Disgrace. Disgusting. Pathetic. (50:50) Let’s talk about Boban and the free chicken shots. Should the NBA have an issue with this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202451 minutes, 45 seconds
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NBA bans Jontay Porter for gambling violations! Robert Kraft vs Bill Belichick!?; What's happened to the White Sox, Rockies, & Astros!? (Episode 1035)

Today’s word of the day is ’banned’ as in gambling as in NBA as in Jontay Porter as in Adam Silver as in see ya. Jontay Porter, younger brother of Michael Porter Jr, has been banned from the NBA. Betting on games… really? Giving confidential information away? Bad bad bad! (14:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me if Robert Kraft would really torpedo Bill Belichick’s chances at a job with the Falcons… whoa. (27:50) Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once. (30:00) What has happened to the Chicago White Sox? They are bad. They have been bad. Will it get any better? (36:45) What has happened to the Colorado Rockies? They are bad. They have been bad. Will it get any better? (40:00) What happened to the Houston Astros? Bad bullpen. Bad pitching. Big money to them. (45:00) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202451 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is the Warriors dynasty officially done? WNBA draws record-breaking viewership: can they capitalize on Caitlin Clark's impact? (Episode 1034)

Today’s word of the day is ’the end’ as in it’s the end of the dynasty as we know it as in the Golden State Warriors as in see ya. The Kings beat the Warriors by 24 in the play-in tournament. Klay Thompson missed every shot he took. Steph Curry couldn’t get hot. What happens next? (11:00) The Lakers have advanced to the playoffs. Now they play the Denver Nuggets. LeBron and Anthony Davis vs Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray… again! But a big shoutout to Zion Williamson and his performance last night. (16:30) The WNBA draft was the biggest ever. Blew MLB & NHL out of the water. Caitlin Clark’s impact is real. Can the WNBA capitalize on this? (34:50) Review: Boys State. (39:45) Did you watch the Masters? The final round was down 20%. YIKES! (45:30) NPPOD. (47:50) Jerry Reinsdorf is going to take his teams off NBC and put them on Stadium. Who owns Stadium? Reisndorf! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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Caitlin Clark WNBA Era has begun! Tyler Glasnow drops MLB truth bomb about pitchers! Let's explain the Marlins decision on Meyer (Episode 1033)

Today’s word of the day is ’fever’ as in Indiana Fever as in Caitlin Clark as in the WNBA draft as in expansion. Caitlin Clark was the first pick in the WNBA draft. Did you watch? Did you know? What’s next for the league - expansion? growth? TV deal? (9:00) Tyler Glasnow went on a podcast and said some things that many won’t be happy to hear. He talked about throwing hard and getting hurt. The same things we say happens here! (18:25) California politicians are mad at Shohei Ohtani. Why? TAXES! (31:30) Review: Snack Shack. (35:15) The Marlins optioned its best pitcher yesterday. Max Meyer is coming back from Tommy John surgery. Why was this move made? (42:40) NPPOD. (47:10) We have an update on the Rashee Rice incident. Drag racing. Crashing. Leaving the scene. Now being sued. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202451 minutes, 45 seconds
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NBA regular season is over! Playoff time! MLB velocity problem continues! Jackson Holliday's very tough start to career (Episode 1032)

Today’s word of the day is ’82’ as in the NBA regular season is over, but first we have to talk Boston Marathon! It’s today! (3:13) Alright, it’s time for some NBA talk. Did you know the regular season ended? Here’s what stood out to me! (14:40) How did the weekend go for baseball? Strider Tommy John surgery. Jackson Holliday tough start. More problems with velocity. (32:27) Review: Scoop. (36:45) The Masters! Did you watch? It was all Scottie Scheffler! What about Tiger Woods? Not great! (41:30) NPPOD. (43:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Bad Bunny and his MLB agency. What happened here? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202451 minutes, 39 seconds
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Nothing Personal Live Tour: A Night in Boston with Dave McGillivray (4/10/24)

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4/14/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 58 seconds
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Nothing Personal Tour Live: A Night in Atlanta featuring Dan Uggla and Juju Gotti (4/8/24)

Nothing Personal Tour continues on from Atlanta! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 22 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter stole $16 MILLION from him, placed 19,000 bets and down $40 MILLION! WHAT!?!?!?! (Episode 1031)

Today’s word of the day is ‘affidavit’ as in 37 pages as in Ippei as in Shohei Ohtani as in FBI as in gambling as in $16 million. This Ohtani has exploded. His former translator is accused of stealing $16 million now. WHAT!? (20:30) O.J. Simpson died at the age of 76 from cancer. Let’s talk about his legacy. (34:20) Review: One Love. (39:20) Jordan Montgomery has fired Scott Boras. It happened. (44:10) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202451 minutes, 46 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani off the hook!? Former interpreter to plead guilty!?; Arizona Coyotes moving to Salt Lake City!? (Episode 1030)

Today’s word of the day is ‘guilty plea’ as in Ippei as in Shohei Ohtani as in theft as in fraud as in Dodgers. What happened? Did Shohei gamble on sports? Did he know anything? The feds are saying no right now. (9:44) Are the Coyotes moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City? Goodbye, Phoenix? No Tempe? No Scottsdale? How would this work? (19:32) I need to update you all on yesterday’s trademark discussion about the Las Vegas Athletics. (27:00) Review: Valley Girl. (31:15) Adam Silver has a lot going on. Playoffs starting. New TV rights deal. WNBA growth. Now he’s got betting problems. Timberwolves problems. (44:00) NPPOD. (45:40) It’s Masters week! Get excited!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202451 minutes, 36 seconds
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Orioles call up top prospect Jackson Holliday! Emotional day for the Boston Red Sox; Former Dodgers pitcher charged & will never pitch in MLB again (Episode 1029)

Today’s word of the day is ‘window’ as in wins as in success as in Houston Astros as in Toronto Blue Jays as in the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles have called up its top prospect Jackson Holliday. The Orioles won 101 games last season. They have a young team filled with young prospects. But why did the Orioles make this move now? (11:20) What an emotional day for the Boston Red Sox. The team honored the 2004 champions. The team honored Tim Wakefield. The team lost to the Orioles. The team lost Trevor Story for the season. (20:32) Julio Urias is done. His career is over. The former Dodgers ace is a free agent and will stay that way. Charged with 5 misdemeanors for domestic violence incident. 2nd time he’s been involved in this in his career. (33:12) Review: Endgame. (37:01) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about John Fisher, the mess, team valuations, trademarks, and more! (47:05) NPPOD. (48:20) It’s time we update on the late spring signings. What happened to Blake Snell? J.D. Martinez? Jordan Montgomery? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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UConn basketball goes back-to-back! Can WNBA capitalize on NCAA Women's TV boom!? MORE AND MORE PITCHING INJURIES! (Episode 1028)

Today’s word of the day is ‘champion’ as in UConn as in back-to-back as in dynasty as in college basketball runs through Connecticut. UConn smoked Purdue in the championship game last night, 75-60. Made it look easy. (9:33) What is the WNBA going to do? Can the TV money come in? Is the Caitlin Clark impact going to reach that league? How can they capitalize right now? (21:20) More pitching problems! More elbow soreness! Framber Valdez hurt! Gerrit Cole speaks out! Justin Verlander speaks out! Shane Bieber speaks out! (37:00) Review: Origin. (44:00) The Miami Marlins quietly declined Skip Schumaker’s deal for 2025. Why? He was just manager of the year! (49:09) Arte Moreno did something hilarious over the weekend. We have to talk about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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South Carolina's perfect season ends with title win over Caitlin Clark!; MLB has a pitching problem: what will fix it!? (Episode 1027)

Today’s word of the day is ‘undefeated’ as in perfect season as in South Carolina as in Dawn Staley as in Caitlin Clark. What a tournament it was for the women’s side. Breaking records. Breaking viewership records. What happens next? (12:55) John Calipari is leaving Kentucky! For Arkansas!? (17:05) NPPOD. (20:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? What is happening with these pitcher injuries!? Is it the pitch clock? Is it velocity? (33:26) Review: Life & Beth S2. (36:08) Stephen Strasburg has officially retired. He hasn’t pitched since 2022. He hasn’t pitched much since 2019. (42:10) Angels broadcaster Wayne Randazzo went off on MLB during a broadcast. All the issues. All the problems. Woof. (49:20) We’ve got some Scott Boras news. Because Scott Boras needs to stay in the news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202451 minutes, 39 seconds
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Nothing Personal Live Tour: A night in Philadelphia! (4/2/24)

The inaugural Nothing Personal Live Tour has kicked off! First stop was in Philadelphia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 4 seconds
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Athletics officially in Sacramento (for now) - What did John Fisher, Vivek Ranadivé, and Rob Manfred say; Did the Dodgers bully a fan over Ohtani home run ball? (Episode 1026)

Today’s word of the day is ‘intimate’ as in closeness as in personal as in the Athletics are moving to Sacramento for an interim period. A 14,000 seat ballpark that hosts a Triple-A team. John Fisher spoke. Vivek Ranadivé spoke. Dave Kaval spoke. Mayors are speaking. (17:25) Let’s try and investigate what happened with Shohei Ohtani’s first home run ball. Did the Dodgers bully a fan? (36:25) Review: The Lionheart. (39:36) Marlins young ace Eury Perez is getting Tommy John. Bad news. Sad news. The Marlins cannot afford to lose anymore pitching. (46:50) NPPOD - Final Four is here! (49:45) We have a little issue in New York City. No not that issue or that issue or that issue. But the NY Marathon problem. Met Transportation Authority tried to squeeze the marathon officials for $750K! What? The Governor said absolutely not! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is a college football SUPER LEAGUE coming!?; When do MLB teams press the panic button!?; Is Sacramento trying to steal the Athletics? (Episode 1025)

Today’s word of the day is ‘super league’ as in college football as in promotion as relegation as in no more conferences. That’s what’s happening now. We have leaders of the new college world trying to do things to fundamentally change college sports. Is a super league even able to happen? Even college basketball is looking for more alternatives. Fox is launching its own NIT alternative. (12:50) Let’s talk about when to hit the panic button in baseball. Steve Cohen spoke with CNBC about the slow start, about spending money. What about the Marlins? (25:00) We still have to talk about LIV and PGA. The drama continues. The merger has yet to happen. And now the players are starting to get upset. (33:30) Review: About Time. (38:10) Let me discuss Larry Lucchino and his life, and legacy. (41:01) NPPOD. (42:40) Another update on the Oakland Athletics. The team reportedly met with Sacramento officials about playing there for the next 3 seasons. Or is Sacramento trying to leverage a moment? (50:20) Let’s end the show with some settlement talk. Pat Fitzgerald filed a huge lawsuit against Northwestern over wrongful termination. Northwestern wanted it to go away… a judge has said not so fast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202451 minutes, 51 seconds
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Kansas City vote: does a NO vote mean the Chiefs AND Royals are leaving!?; Latest update on the Oakland and the Athletics! (Episode 1024)

Today’s word of the day is ‘cheesesteak’ as in Philly as in live in Philadelphia as in my first live show. What a night. What an experience. (3:30) What a moment for women’s sports! Iowa-LSU shattered records in viewership. Caitlin Clark effect is real! (9:30) Kansas City said NO to the sales tax. Does this mean the Chiefs and Royals are leaving town? (21:10) Ted Leonsis is keeping his teams in D.C. after saying he was going to Virginia. Oh? Why is that? (30:10) Review: To Kill a Tiger. (35:20) Let’s talk about Oakland and the Athletics again. What happened at the BIG meeting? (48:02) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202451 minutes, 52 seconds
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Iowa's Caitlin Clark drops 41 in win vs LSU to advance to Final Four! We have the first no-hitter of the MLB season! MAJOR votes in Kansas City tonight! (Episode 1023)

Today’s word of the day is ‘palindrome’ as in same forwards as backwards as in today’s date as in what are we talking about? Let’s get to women’s college basketball. Caitlin Clark. Angel Reese. Iowa. LSU. What a moment. What a night! But something Angel Reese said postgame was really upsetting. Let’s discuss. (13:00) NPPOD. We’ve got a no-hitter! First of the season! Ronel Blanco of the Astros! (21:35) Tony Clark’s pay was released. He’s made about $4 million last year. Is this important? Should we care? (32:35) Review: Apples Never Falls. (38:00) We have a major vote in Kansas City today. Will the Royals and Chiefs receive funding for stadiums? Vote yes or Vote no! (46:00) We have a shareholder fight at Disney! Get the gloves! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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MLB Opening Weekend takeaways! Athletics attendance woes and new Oakland offer! NCAA should be ASHAMED of what happened ahead of NC State v. Texas! (Episode 1022)

Today’s word of the day is ‘early returns’ as in baseball is back as in weekend baseball is back as in Juan Soto as in Mookie Betts as in the Angels as in the Athletics. What am I even talking about? Yankees swept the Astros in Houston! Mookie Betts is unreal for the Dodgers! The Angels had a team meeting after 2 games! Is that a record? And the Oakland Athletics attendance is no good, very bad — and now Oakland has a new stadium lease offer. (24:20) March Madness! The men’s Final Four is set. NC State is on a Cinderella run! Purdue! Alabama first ever Final Four! And UCONN is looking for back-to-back! (32:10) NPPOD. (37:30) Review: One Day. (39:50) What the heck happened in the Women’s NCAA Tournament game between NC State and Texas? The 3-point line was the wrong length? What? How does this even happen? (48:08) The latest twist in the Timberwolves saga is a mean one! Glen Taylor told Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore to kick rocks. Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore are now on a rampage to try and get the Timberwolves from Glen Taylor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202451 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dodgers and Orioles look GOOD, Athletics abysmal attendance will continue! Why did the Timberwolves sale to ARod collapse!? (Episode 1021)

Today’s word of the day is ‘commencer’ as in something French that David said as in Opening Day was here as in what happened in baseball. The Dodgers look great. The Orioles look great. The Diamondbacks look great! Reviews and reviews and reviews! (23:00) What happened with the Timberwolves sale!? It as supposed to be a done deal for Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore to become majority owners and then yesterday Glen Taylor said, nope! HUH!? (34:22) Review: The Beekeeper. (37:20) NPPOD. (40:08) We finally have an update on Wander Franco. He’s on administrative leave until June 1. He will still be paid. (42:50) Draymond Green was ejected again. Draymond Green apologized again. The Warriors cannot have this happen any longer. (47:30) The crypto man is now in jail. Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison. See ya! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202451 minutes, 53 seconds
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MLB OPENING DAY IS HERE! Are the Yankees good? How are the Dodgers spending this much!? The Baltimore Orioles have a new owner! (Episode 1020)

Today’s word of the day is ‘opening day’ as in baseball is back as in no more offseason as in real games as in home runs as in strikeouts as in World Series. It’s here and it’s beautiful. (9:00) Let’s do some predictions! Win total season people! Do you believe in the Yankees? Can the Diamondbacks replicate their run from last year? How about the Athletics? Another sad season coming for the A’s. (14:45) NPPOD. (17:30) David Rubenstein is now the owner of the Baltimore Orioles. No more Angelos in Baltimore. What is the future of the team? How does this vote go? (24:30) The Dodgers just keep spending! More and more and more money. More and more and more deferrals! Will Smith gets $140 million! (31:08) Review: The King’s Speech. (37:20) The Washington Wizards & Capitals are staying in D.C. Why? Because it always happens this way! (42:22) Caitlin Clark got a monster offer from Ice Cube to play in the Big 3. $5 Million! Will she accept? Probably not. (45:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about incentives and if teams would actual sit a player so they wouldn’t collect. Interesting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202451 minutes, 47 seconds
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MLB Predictions and stories to follow this season! MVP! World Series! Disappointments! Scott Boras officially loses the offseason (Episode 1019)

Today’s word of the day is ‘limb’ as in out on a limb as in predictions as in 2024 MLB season is here! Let’s start things off with Jordan Montgomery and the Diamondbacks first. Day before the season starts and we have a signing. The Diamondbacks made it to the World Series last season and are all in this season. (6:10) Alright, let’s get to some predictions! What to watch for! Stories to follow! MVP! World Series! We predict it all! (25:20) ESPN is likely to opt-out of its broadcast deal with MLB. Why? Is this a sign things are bad for baseball? (32:35) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about how MLB would handle a suspension for a player with deferred money. (36:50) Review: Miller’s Girl. (39:30) Did you see this story about the Utah women’s basketball team? Subjected to racial threats in Idaho as part of the tournament. What is happening? (44:35) NPPOD. (45:50) We have more updates from the NFL owners meetings. More new rules. More games on weekdays. More kickoff changes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202451 minutes, 53 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani says he NEVER bet on baseball or any other sport!; NBA has some explaining to do after Jontay Porter prop bet investigation! (Episode 1018)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dishonest’ as in where is the truth as in not a press conference as in Shohei Ohtani as in Ippei as in the Dodgers as in gambling. Why did Ohtani do that? Why would his lawyers and reps and the team have him do that? Press not allowed to ask questions? (15:20) We have another gambling issue. This time in the NBA with Jontay Porter of the Raptors. Prop bet problems. (25:00) We have new rules in the NFL. No more hip-drop tackles. Defense is NOT happy about the change. (35:30) Review: Ricky Stanicky. (38:20) What is going on with Deion Sanders? He said his son and Travis Hunter will pick their NFL teams. Interesting. (45:00) NPPOD. (48:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Buffalo Bills new stadium and the price of season tickets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202451 minutes, 51 seconds
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MLB opens investigation into Shohei Ohtani! What does this mean for Ohtani and the Dodgers!?; Is the fight for power inside the MLBPA over!? (Episode 1017)

Today’s word of the day is ‘clarity’ as in crystal clear as in details as in maybe the truth as in Shohei Ohtani is expected to meet the media today. He has yet to address the media since the firing of his interpreter in South Korea over the alleged illegal gambling or theft or whatever it is has happened. (16:30) Everyone is excited for Opening Day and it’s all bad news right now. MLBPA fighting. Power struggles. Where’s the baseball? (26:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Jackson Holliday and the Orioles and service time manipulation! (36:55) Review: Quiet on the Set. (42:20) What is going on LSU head coach Kim Mulkey? Going after a Washington Post writer. Let’s discuss the hit piece stopper. (46:38) The NCAA had to pull a ref from the women’s tournament over a conflict of interest! What are we doing!? (50:20) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202451 minutes, 31 seconds
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Dodgers fire Shohei Ohtani's interpreter over alleged 'MASSIVE THEFT' after close to $4.5 million in gambling debt! (Episode 1016)

Today’s word of the day is ‘translate’ as in translator as in Shohei Ohtani as in Ippei Mizuhara as in gambling. What is happening here? Did Ohtani have a gambling problem? Was his money stolen by his interpreter? Is Ohtani going to get suspended? WHAT IS GOING ON!? (20:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about why the MLB season started in South Korea with games being played with West Coast teams. (30:35) NPPOD. (32:45) Review: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. (36:50) Let’s talk about employees stealing from employers. It happened in Jacksonville. It may have happened with Ohtani. And now it’s happened with the Minnesota Timberwolves. (44:00) The NFL rules are changing. Every year it’s something new. Is it for the players? Is it for the fans? (49:25) Yamamoto got shelled in his first start for the Dodgers. Bad start, that’s it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202451 minutes, 38 seconds
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A bomb threat before Dodgers-Padres in Korea!? MLBPA just got even uglier! Jazz Chisholm calls out former teammates! (Episode 1015)

Today’s word of the day is ‘opening day lite’ as in Dodgers as in Padres as in South Korea. Why is it happening now? Why is next week Opening Day for every other team? Something crazy has happened before the game even started… a bomb threat! (5:15) There is a Game of Thrones happening inside the MLBPA right now like we’ve never seen. Scott Boras. Bruce Meyer. Tony Clark. Howard Marino. Players. Agents. Whoa! (17:00) Jazz Chisholm spoke on The Pivot podcast and called out his former veterans. Why? What was the goal of that? (30:00) Review: Wonka. (32:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Nationals owner Mark Lerner writing a letter to the fans. (41:20) What is going on in the ACC? Another lawsuit! This time it’s Clemson! They’ve joined FSU in trying to get out of the TV deal. (48:50) What is happening with the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves? Is Alex Rodriguez in trouble? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202451 minutes, 34 seconds
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Blake Snell FINALLY signs! MAJOR FIGHTING inside the MLBPA! Trevor Bauer is back... with a Mexican pro team? (Episode 1014)

Today’s word of the day is ‘definitive loss’ as in Blake Snell as in Scott Boras as in the San Francisco Giants. Why is this a loss for Snell? Is this a loss for Boras? (8:50) We have fighting! The MLBPA is reportedly facing a mutiny. What is happening? Is another lockout coming? (23:15) There are so many injuries. The Houston Astros lost another pitcher. Bryce Harper has a back issue. Byron Buxton has a back injury. (36:15) Review: Ferrari. (41:20) The Bauer Hour is back! Bauer announced he’s going to pitch against the Yankees… as part of a Mexican pro team! (45:00) The Big East is mad. Every school that misses the tournament is mad. More statements. More words. (50:45) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202451 minutes, 41 seconds
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MLB season starts this week! Dodgers v. Padres! What did Cohen have to say about Mets!? Justin Fields & Kenny Pickett traded! (Episode 1013)

Today’s word of the day is ‘two sleeps’ as in baseball is back as in the Dodgers as in the Padres as in Seoul as in Opening Day as in the Mets as in the Marlins as in the Cardinals! Ohtani and the Dodgers kicks things off on Wednesday against the Padres. (8:35) Eury Perez is being shutdown. It is bad news for the Marlins. Why did they say it was a blister!? (12:00) What’s going on in Mets land? Steve Cohen met the media to talk Pete Alonso, to talk expectations, to talk farm system. Fun times! (16:20) Why did the Cardinals extend Oli Marmol? What was the point before this season? (25:00) Review: Madame Web. (27:23) Let’s talk football. The Steelers signed Russell Wilson, traded Kenny Pickett, and then traded for Justin Fields. Wow. Why did they trade Pickett? Why did the Bears accept so little? (35:00) March Madness is here! Go Yale! Go Wisconsin! But what about all these teams saying no to the NIT? Ridiculous! (42:30) NPPOD. What happened to scoring in NBA games? (47:40) A chocolate scheme in Maryland is crazy. The PTSA treasurer used $29,000 of chocolate sales on himself and gambling! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202451 minutes, 29 seconds
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Is MLB Spring Breakout a good enough showcase for young stars?; Are the Chiefs threatening to leave Kansas City!? (Episode 1012)

Today’s word of the day is ‘breakout’ as in Spring Training and Spring Breakouts as in the inaugural MLB showcase. Did you watch the games? Did you see the top prospects? (9:10) Who is the Yankees Opening Day starter? Not Gerrit Cole. Not Carlos Rodon. Not Marcus Stroman. (13:10) What is going on with the Kansas City Chiefs? Are the moving? Are they threatening to move? (26:30) Review: Agrylle. (29:12) Penguins heist. No not stolen Penguins! Stole Jaromir Jags bobbleheads! (32:40) Aaron Rodgers was forced to release a statement. Politics! (34:40) NPPOD. (36:35) Nick Saban can’t stop talking. Retired and now he hates college football. NIL is out of control, but is he the right person to tell us? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202447 minutes, 10 seconds
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Padres trade for Dylan Cease!; Yankees ace Gerrit Cole done for at least 1-2 months!; Aaron Rodgers... Welcome to politics! (Episode 1011)

Today’s word of the day is ‘PSA’ as in Preller Strikes Again as in the San Diego Padres have traded for Dylan Cease from the Chicago White Sox. Grade the trade! You get an A! You get a B! Wait, but you get an A! Let’s talk about why each team made these trades. Why did the Padres make this trade? What is the White Sox plan? (13:45) Gerrit Cole really is injured. The Yankees do wha the Yankees do. Still haven’t given a definitive timeline. But he’ll be out. Bad news. (21:08) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about team doctors. Dr. Neal ElAttrache is the Dodgers team doctor, but he’s also the No. 1 doctor that other players see. (31:47) Review: Gladiator. (36:00) Aaron Rodgers. Welcome to politics. (47:10) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202446 minutes, 58 seconds
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. may want AARON RODGERS as his VP!?; Yankees injuries continue to pile up as Judge joins Cole in MRI World (Episode 1010)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dummy call’ as in a fake audible as in a fugazi as in Aaron Rodgers as Vice President… what!? Yup, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has Rodgers as a potential candidate. Is this real life? (11:06) Another day, another Yankees injury. Aaron Judge this time with an MRI on his abs. Gerrit Cole MRI results still aren’t out. All is well with the Yankees. (24:50) Review: The ABCs of Book Banning. (30:25) The State of the State of Florida. What’s happening there? Why it’s important. (33:50) NPPOD. (38:12) Let’s talk cap space! Patrick Mahomes restructures his deal for Chiefs cap space. Fun! (45:00) We finally have the result of the Jaguars employee who stole milllllions from the team. He got 6 1/2 years! Woof. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202446 minutes, 53 seconds
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UH OH! Yankees ace Gerrit Cole getting MRI on elbow! NFL Free Agency: Barkley v. Tiki, BIG business of Kirk Cousins (Episode 1009)

Today’s word of the day is ‘elbow discomfort’ as in fatigue as in MRI as in Gerrit Cole as in the Yankees. UH OH! Bad news bears once again for Boone and Cashman. Let’s talk about the MRI process. The news process. And what all this could mean. (14:50) Saquon Barkley left the Giants for rival Eagles. Big no no to some. Tiki Barber took exception to this and called out Barkley. Barkley then responded. Let’s discuss the RB market and should there be loyalty. (22:22) Kirk Cousins makes money. That’s it. Just good enough. Smart enough. Lucky enough. (30:16) Review: The Teachers’ Lounge. (33:36) What happened with J.D. Davis and the San Francisco Giants. He won his arbitration hearing, but now find himself out of a job. HUH? (45:45) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202447 minutes, 15 seconds
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2024 Oscars Recap from the extra Stained Carpet! Trevor Bauer pitches... did you watch?; Are the Bears now staying IN Chicago? (Episode 1008)

Today’s word of the day is ‘stained carpet’ as in the Oscars as in the Academy Awards as in watch party as in Oppenheimer as in Jimmy Kimmel as in John Cena as in Emma Stone as in Barbie as in movies! Let’s do a little recap of the night and what happened. (13:20) Did you see Trevor Bauer pitch? Did ya? He pitched for the Asian Breeze against a bunch of minor leaguers and no one watched. No scouts there. Is it over? (22:20) Mookie Betts is now the shortstop for the Dodgers. No longer 2nd baseman. What happened? What goes into a move like this and why so close to start of season? (34:25) Rudy Gobert has been fined $100K by the NBA. He did a money gesture to the refs. And then doubled down after the game. Woof. (40:00) NPPOD. (42:30) What are the Bears doing? No more Arlington Heights? Back to the city? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202446 minutes, 50 seconds
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Netflix to air Jake Paul v. Mike Tyson fight... HUH!?; Ben Simmons career is OVER!; Trevor Bauer is pitching for which team!? (Episode 1007)

Today’s word of the day is ‘jab’ as in punch as in uppercut as in hook as in Jake Paul as in Mike Tyson as in Netflix. What is happening? What is Netflix doing? (13:35) Is Ben Simmons’ career over? The millions and millions and millions of dollars he’s been paid to not play. Often hurt Simmons is out for the year again. Woof. (29:00) Review: Perfect Days. (34:55) Trevor Bauer is back in baseball. On a foreign travel team that you have to pay to play for. Huh….. (39:36) NPPOD. (41:33) Is the Wizards/Capitals move to Virginia dead? It sure looks like it despite what Ted Leonsis and the Virginia governor are saying. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202449 minutes, 12 seconds
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Spring Training overreactions: Yamamoto struggles in 2nd start; Rodon can't find his velo!; Nick Saban sounds off on why he retired! (Episode 1006)

Today’s word of the day is ‘overreaction’ as in this players stinks as in he’ll never be good again as in he’s the best player we’ve ever seen! What are we talking about? MLB Spring Training! Yoshinobu Yamamoto had a bad start… STINKS! Carlos Rodon still can’t find his fastball… this actually might not be an overreaction! Juan Soto is scorching! (11:00) Nick Saban had enough. That’s why he left coaching. He sounded off to ESPN on his decision. (24:45) Review: Sound of Metal. (30:50) NPPOD. (32:50) What is happening in Chicago with stadiums? Bears want a stadium. White Sox want a stadium. (41:10) The same thing is happening in Kansas City. Stadiums! Stadiums! Stadiums! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202447 minutes, 16 seconds
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MLB Spring Training: Injuries, injuries, & injuries!; We FINALLY have the new Athletics stadium renderings for Las Vegas! (Episode 1005)

Today’s word of the day is ‘injuries, injuries, injuries!’ as in Lucas Giolito as in Sonny Gray as in Justin Verlander as in Kyle Bradish as in Kodai Senga. It’s all about spring training injuries and teams trying to avoid this. Giolito signs a big deal for the Red Sox and now he’s done. Sonny Gray will likely miss Opening Day with a hamstring. Justin Verlander will start on the IL. (15:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Athletics new renderings… hahahaha. (29:45) Review: All of Us Strangers. (34:00) Let’s talk about the Dartmouth basketball union vote. What happened? What happens next? (43:10) NPPOD. (44:05) Arch Manning has opted out of EA Sports 2025 college football game. Why? To focus on playing field… huh? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202447 minutes, 17 seconds
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Broncos take on $85 MILLION in dead cap after releasing Russell Wilson; Caleb or Fields: Who is making the decisions for the Bears? (Episode 1004)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dead cap’ as in ghost money as in Russell Wilson as in Denver Broncos as in $85 million. That’s it for Russ. 2 seasons and Sean Payton had enough. The fighting at the end of the season about the contract was always going to end this way. (17:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Chicago Bears and the decision to be made about Caleb Williams or Justin Fields. Who makes this decision? (30:00) Review: Zone of Interest. (34:12) We have an Acuńan update. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Phew. (36:20) Scott Boras is back. It’s been a spring training tour with him. Always with the quotes. Never ends. (41:40) The Zach Wheeler deal was a big one. Huge money. But another Boras guy had something to say. (43:30) NPPOD. Let’s talk about Bronny and LeBron James.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202447 minutes, 57 seconds
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How concerned are the Braves over Ronald Acuna's knee?; Another Boras client settles for short-term deal! (Episode 1003)

Today’s word of the day is ‘optimistic’ as in being encouraged as in things will go right as in this is our year as in Ronald Acuna has a knee issue and the Braves are trying to remain calm. Reigning NL MVP. He was scratched from a game on Friday and received an MRI and now he’s in Los Angeles to meet with his surgeon. Uh oh. (9:30) Another short term deal for a Scott Boras client. This time it’s Matt Chapman to the San Francisco Giants. (22:02) Review: Poor Things. (28:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Big Ten and the SEC wanting to get automatic byes in the playoffs. Will it happen? (39:10) Caitlin Clark broke another record. All-time scorer in Division 1 for Men’s or Women’s basketball. (42:05) NPPOD.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202448 minutes, 13 seconds
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Caitlin Clark announces decision to enter 2024 WNBA draft!; The Great Wendy's Backtrack!; F1, Red Bull Racing have a major problem (Episode 1002)

Today’s word of the day is ‘fever’ as in the Indiana Fever as in the Iowa Hawkeyes as in Caitlin Clark as in the WNBA. Clark announced she is going to the WNBA draft. She will forgo her final year of eligibility. Is this a smart business move? Could she make more in NIL and sponsor deals? (12:50) It’s time to talk Wendy’s again! Looks like the company is backtracking its dynamic pricing. Why? (19:15) F1 scandal has hit the circuit before the season starts. Principal of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner was under investigation for some nefarious activity. He was let off the hook, but a leak! (32:03) Review: The Leftovers. (37:30) NFL is not going to ban the “tush push”. Are you okay with that? What other rules or technology is the NFL working on? (44:00) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202447 minutes, 25 seconds
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NFLPA release player survey: Chiefs & Commanders worst teams! Dolphins & Vikings best!; Will Scott Boras comments lead to more fighting? (Episode 1001)

Today’s word of the day is ‘leap year’ as in today as in February 29 as in every four years as in class is in session. The NFLPA released a player survey where they graded every team in the league. In all categories from training to facilities to owners to food to family care. The Chiefs win Super Bowls but it appears players do not like the team! The Commanders ranked last again… duh. (21:00) What is the latest with the Commanders outside of the survey? FedEx backed out of the stadium naming rights. A bill just passed in DC for RFK Stadium. Is the team moving? (29:20) Review: Thelma & Louise. (34:00) Scott Boras of course showed up to the Cody Bellinger press conference with the Cubs. What did he have to say? (43:45) NPPOD. (46:06) Wendy’s is going to start dynamic pricing. How does that make you feel? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202447 minutes, 58 seconds
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It's Episode 1000 of Nothing Personal and Coca joins! He is real! Being a sports fan, his Top 5 movie list, and more! (Episode 1000)

Today’s word of the day is ‘1000’ as in the 1000th episode of Nothing Personal! And it's with Coca! That's me, I'm Coca! I write these things everyday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202449 minutes, 4 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani set to make Dodgers Spring Training debut! NFL Problems: Top picks skipping combine & and the collapsing RB market! (Episode 999)

Today’s word of the day is ‘debut’ as in Shohei Ohtani as in Los Angeles Dodgers as in Spring Training as in gameplays. Ohtani is set to make his debut in Spring Training today. Dave Roberts spoke about the plan to get Ohtani some at-bats. MLB Network will air the game. Biggest free agent signing of all-time! (11:35) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Spring Training: what should fans look for? What do front offices look for? (25:20) Review: Anyone But You. (28:10) NFL Combine is here. Top prospects are starting to opt-out way more than usual. New trend? Just this year? Is the NFL happy about it? (35:30) The running back market has crashed. Players aren’t getting top dollar. Teams are passing on franchise tagging running backs. Will it ever bounce back? (41:30) NPPOD. (44:00) Pistons lost to the Knicks. Monty Williams lost it on the refs in the postgame presser. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202448 minutes, 16 seconds
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Cody Bellinger signs short-term with Cubs: Did Boras or Cubs blink first?; Athletics update! It's time to ban court-storming! (Episode 998)

It's David's birthday! Everyone go wish him a happy birthday! And celebrate with a piece of cake for yourself! (calories don't count for birthday cake!) Today’s word of the day is ‘blinked’ as in Scott Boras as in the Chicago Cubs as in Cody Bellinger. It finally happened. Cody Bellinger has signed a deal. It’s not the longterm deal most people thought he’d get. Who won this standoff? What’s next for the Boras Boys? (11:20) Let me talk about my weekend and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. (19:05) It’s time for an A’s update! (30:30) Review: American Fiction. (34:00) We need to put an end to court-storming. Enough is enough. (40:00) NPPOD. Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans suspensions for a fight! The drama! (43:45) Steve Kerr got an extension. Big money. Matches up the years with Curry. End of an era? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202447 minutes, 12 seconds
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Spring Training planning, nightmare injuries, and Kodai Senga's shoulder; White Sox owner explains his billion dollar request (Episode 997)

Today’s word of the day is ‘opportunistic’ as Spring Training as in baseball is back as in injuries as in the Mets got bad news about Kodai Senga. Wonderful. Shoulder injury and he’s shut down. This is a team’s worst nightmare. (18:30) The White Sox want a new stadium. The White Sox want public money. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf spoke with the media… why? (29:28) Review: Bitconned. (37:20) The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a deal with Mitch Keller yesterday. Wonder why they did that! (40:20) NPPOD. (42:30) The Marlins signed someone! It was Tim Anderson. Woohoo! (44:40) It’s time to talk uniforms again! See-through pants!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202447 minutes, 8 seconds
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The NFL can't be happy with Antonio Pierce's 'Mahomes Rules'; Justin Fields, Instagram, and the social media craze (Episode 996)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Mahomes Rules’ as Antonio Pierce as in Maxx Crosby as in the Las Vegas Raiders. New head coach Antonio Pierce says he wants the Raiders to get to Patrick Mahomes like the Detroit Pistons did to Michael Jordan. Why are coaches saying these things in public!? (13:45) This new world we live in is crazy. Justin Fields unfollows the Bears and the world knows in seconds. Huge story! Why? (30:35) Review: Shawshank Redemption. (36:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about The Athletic’s latest piece on Bob Nutting and the Pittsburgh Pirates. (45:45) NPPOD.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202448 minutes, 12 seconds
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Owner's Playbook: Arizona Diamondbacks relocating or just renovations?; Are the Nationals no longer for sale? Stadium Cycle Continues! (Episode 995)

Today’s word of the day is ‘playbook’ as in the owner’s playbook as in the plan as in stadiums as in public money as in the Arizona Diamondbacks are next on the list. Owner Ken Kendrick spoke about needing money for the stadium. Will they leave Phoenix? Is this a threat? Is it not a threat? (13:02) Are the Washington Nationals no longer for sale? What the heck? Let’s explain this horse hockey! (21:10) Tony Clark met the media and spoke out about the deferred comp, the uniforms, and more! (32:12) Review: Hell Camp - Teen Nightmare. (36:40) What is going on with the Red Sox? Rafael Devers is speaking out about the roster. Does Alex Cora have a future with the team? (45:30) Let’s talk about some Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202447 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mike Trout's future with Angels without Shohei Ohtani; The Boras Boys Club: Rendon hates baseball, Bellinger still unsigned, Soto future (Episode 994)

Today’s word of the day is ‘easy way out’ as in Rocky 4 as in Mike Trout as in the Angels as in Ohtani as in Arte Moreno as in the other LA team. What did Trout say about his future? Does he want a trade? Will he finish his career in LA? (10:00) If Trout just turns to his left he’ll see Anthony Rendon talking about how much he hates baseball. Yes, that one. Said baseball is just a job. Nice! (19:00) What are the Cubs up to? Owner Tom Ricketts called out Scott Boras. Is the team signing Cody Bellinger? (32:00) Review: Flamin’ Hot. (39:05) Another Boras client speaks! It’s Juan Soto time. The new Yankee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202446 minutes, 31 seconds
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Can the NBA All-Star Weekend be fixed? Does it need to be?; White Sox prepared to ask for $1 BILLION from the state! (Episode 993)

Today’s word of the day is ‘168’ as in the NBA All Star Game as in 211 points as in 186 points as in the East beat the West in a game that saw 168 three-pointers attempted. Did you watch? Did you enjoy it? Is the game broken? Will players care again? It’s the whole weekend! The dunk contest is still broken too! (12:50) Let’s talk about the White Sox. Another stadium needed. Another attempt to get public financing. Chicago, baby! (27:46) Review: The Iron Claw. (32:35) Let’s talk about leadership in the clubhouse. Nolan Arenado spoke about the problems the Cardinals faced last year. (41:25) Let’s talk about Rob Manfred again.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/19/202447 minutes, 26 seconds
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announces he is stepping down in 2029! WHOA!; Why doesn't MLB have a free agency deadline!? (Episode 992)

Today’s word of the day is ‘lifetime’ as in Rob Manfred as in MLB as in commissioner as in Rob Manfred announced he’s stepping down in 2029. He also spoke of myriad of things: retirement, free agency, jerseys, Athletics, Diamond Sports Group. Let’s go through his comments. (17:35) The Athletics met with Oakland officials yesterday. What was said? Any progress? (28:00) Review: Suncoast. (34:00) The 49ers fired DC Steve Wilks after the Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. Was he Kyle Shanahan’s scapegoat or was there something more? (40:20) NPPOD - the Milwaukee Bucks have been so bad since Doc Rivers took over. WOOF! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202447 minutes, 8 seconds
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Shooting at Chiefs Super Bowl parade leaves one dead, at least 21 others injured by gunfire (Episode 991)

Today’s word of the day is ‘infuriating’ as in here we go again as in gun violence as in the Chiefs Super Bowl parade turned into mayhem when a shooting broke out. 1 dead. At least 21 other shot. Children shot. What the ****! (22:32) Justin Verlander had a setback. The Astros aren’t happy. The Mets kind of are. (27:40) The drama of the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg has reached a new level we may have never seen before. Nationals owe Strasburg big money, but he’ll never pitch again. The team knows it. He knows it. But they want him at Spring Training…. Why? (38:21) Review: Arthur. (41:24) Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart was arrested for punching Suns’ Drew Eubanks before the game yesterday. What? (47:50) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202447 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why haven't Snell, Bellinger, Montgomery, or Chapman signed yet!?; Athletics set to meet with Oakland officials over stadium lease! (Episode 990)

Today’s word of the day is ‘pfp’ as in pitchers fielding practice as in spring training as in baseball is slowly coming back as in free agents. What do I mean? Why hasn’t last year’s Cy Young Award winner been signed? How about the best bat on the Cubs? How about a World Series winning pitcher? How about a Gold Glove third baseman? (15:35) The Athletics are meeting with Oakland for a lease extension. Is this step 1 of a new deal? Is this step 1 of the Athletics coming back to Oakland? (27:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me a question about Jen Pawol getting to umpire Spring Training games. Is the gender barrier breaking in baseball? (34:35) Review: Lost. (40:10) NPPOD. The Warriors tried to trade for LeBron James! What? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202448 minutes, 57 seconds
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Mets willing to let Pete Alonso test free agency!? Why?; Stadium deals and stadium deals and stadium deals and stadium deals! (Episode 989)

Today’s word of the day is ‘happens to be represented by Boras’ as in you’ve watched this show long enough to know as in David Stearns as in Pete Alonso as in Scott Boras as in baseball is a day away from being all the way back! Mets new president David Stearns spoke about Pete Alonso and him unlikely to get a new deal this season. (15:05) Jorge Soler signed a new deal with the Giants. 3 years, $42 million! Sorry Marlins. (16:12) What is the latest going on with MLB TV Deals? The Twins and Rangers now have one-year deals with Ballys. Hmm. (29:00) Review: The Eternal Memory. (34:00) What’s happening with the Wizards, Capitals stadium deal in Virginia? It appears to be dead. But is it really? Ted Leonsis said it was a done deal during a presser with the governor! (40:12) NPPOD. (40:28) More and more and more and more and more stadium deals and proposals continue to pop up. Please listen to us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202446 minutes, 32 seconds
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BACK2BACK! Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chiefs repeat as Super Bowl champs!; Why did former Mets GM get season-long ban? (Episode 988)

Today’s word of the day is ‘repeat’ as in back-to-back as in the Kansas City Chiefs have done it again. Patrick Mahomes is magic. Travis Kelce finished strong. Andy Reid made the right decisions. The defense stepped up. It was all inevitable. What stood out? Did you like the new overtime rules? What was Shanahan thinking taking the ball first? (31:15) What were your favorite commercials from the Super Bowl? This is why most people tune in! (35:20) NPPOD. (41:08) Former Mets GM Billy Eppler got a season-long ban! What? For allegedly fabricating injuries to mess with rosters. And he was the only one blamed! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202447 minutes, 51 seconds
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Super Bowl Weekend: Chiefs or 49ers - who wins!?; Rob Manfred meets media to talk: Athletics, Vegas, Streaming, and more! (Episode 987)

Today’s word of the day is ‘58.5 hours’ as in Super Bowl weekend as in Super Bowl as in Brock Purdy as in Patrick Mahomes as in the 49ers as in the Chiefs! What are my top 5 storylines for the big game? Why isn’t anyone talking about Brock Purdy? His story is amazing! (12:20) Rob Manfred has spoken. He has risen from the hotels in Orlando and what did he have to say? Did he see his shadow? Athletics! DTC! More Athletics! More Vegas! (28:00) Review: Griselda. (31:20) Adolis Garcia signed a new deal with the Texas Rangers to avoid arbitration. Let’s take a look at the details and why he did it. And let’s take a look at some Josh Hader comments. (40:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Michigan court case about guns, culpability, and the “Michigan Mom” ruling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202447 minutes, 4 seconds
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Are Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs really villains?; How the 49ers capitalized on the NFL's minority hiring incentive program (Episode 986)

Today’s word of the day is ‘anti-hero’ as in Taylor Swift as in Travis Kelce as in Patrick Mahomes as in the Chiefs. When did they become the bad guys? How did this happen? Patrick Mahomes was asked about being a villain, but is he really a villain for winning? (11:30) The NFL minority hiring incentive program is causing quite a stir. Teams are getting draft picks for getting coaches and executives hired away. The 49ers are at the top of that list and owners aren’t happy. (25:40) Review: Silence of the Lambs. (30:03) Netflix announced that a new documentary series will be shot this year Hard Knocks style on the 2024 Boston Red Sox. I have some thoughts because the Marlins did this! (35:50) NPPOD. (37:00) Let’s discuss some things about the MLB owners meetings taking place. What will they talk about? The olympics? Why have the World Baseball Classic AND the Olympics for baseball? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202446 minutes, 48 seconds
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The New Sports Streaming Future: ESPN, Fox, Warner/Discovery team up for new service, ANOTHER update on Vegas and the Athletics (Episode 985)

Today’s word of the day is ‘bundle’ as in streaming as in cable as in ESPN as in Fox as in TNT as in ABC as in FS1 as in sports. Here we go again. We’re back to the TV bundle. These companies announced yesterday that a new streaming service is coming this fall. (13:30) We have another update on yesterday’s exciting Las Vegas mayor statements. Carolyn Goodman walked back her statement on the Athletics. Wonder why! (25:04) Review: Reacher. (28:20) Jose Altuve is a Houston Astro for life. He signed a 5-year extension through his age-39 season. And Clayton Kershaw is back with the Dodgers. He won’t pitch most of the season though. (39:00) NPPOD. (43:00) Let’s talk about the circus…. I mean Super Bowl Week from Las Vegas. Gambling. Radio Row. Drinking. Partying. IT’S A LOT! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202446 minutes, 47 seconds
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Roger Goodell talks Taylor Swift, Streaming Future, Refs, NFL Brazil! We have MAJOR UPDATE on the Athletics and Vegas! (Episode 984)

Today’s word of the day is ‘manipulative presser’ as in Super Bowl week as in invite-only as in Roger Goodell met the media and he had some interesting things to say. Taylor Swift, check. Streaming, check. NFL Brazil, check. Grass fields, check! (17:00) Josh Harris held an introductory press conference for Dan Quinn yesterday. What an odd search it was. No Ben Johnson. No Eric Bienemy. Kliff Kingsbury snubs Raiders. (31:00) Review: Bookie. (33:40) We have another update on the A’s to Vegas! A teacher union is suing the state. And now the mayor of Las Vegas is coming out against the team moving to the city! What!? (42:33) NPPOD - Super Bowl props! (46:05) Bobby Witt signed a huge deal with the Royals. The details are something, for sure! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202446 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ohtani, Betts, and Dodgers ready to be MLB Villains; Messi and Inter Miami's booed out of Hong Kong (Episode 983)

Today’s word of the day is ‘29’ as in 30 MLB teams as in 29 other teams as in the Los Angels Dodgers as in Shohei Ohtani as in Mookie Betts as in Freddie Freeman as in Gavin Lux. The Dodgers are ready to be villains. They don’t care if you’re upset with them for spending a BILLION. (16:15) Theo Epstein is back in baseball on the ownership side. We told you it would happen. He’s now a minority owner of the Red Sox and part of Fenway Sports Group. (27:50) Review: Slow Horses. (32:30) The Jacksonville Jaguars are out $22 million because of a former employee. He spent about $20 million of it gambling! And now the Jaguars want that money back from Fanduel. Good luck! (43:10) The Hong Kong Messi Mess. That’s what happened with Inter Miami. Disaster! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202447 minutes, 57 seconds
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Baltimore Orioles trade for Corbin Burnes! Dan Quinn goes from Cowboys DC to Head coach of DC; Bad week for the 76ers! (Episode 982)

Thank you to everyone who voted! We won Best Baseball and Best Sports Business podcast! LET’S GO! Today’s word of the day is ‘fly’ as in birds as in Baltimore as in Orioles as in David Rubenstein as in Camden Yards as in Corbin Burnes. The Milwaukee Brewers traded Burnes to the Orioles yesterday. The return was interesting. The Orioles are primed for a run. The Brewers are primed for a serious rebuild. And because Burnes is a Boras guy, let’s talk about James Paxton. (19:50) Dan Quinn is headed to Washington. The Commanders brought the DC from the Cowboys. It’s Josh Harris first hire. Was it the right hire? (28:15) Review: Priscilla. (30:55) It has been a bad week for the 76ers and Joel Embiid. First the debacle in Denver. Then he missed another game. Then he played and left and played and got hurt. And now he’s hurt hurt. And the 76ers were fined. (36:30) Alabama’s former baseball coach was given a 15-year show-cause penalty for his involvement in a betting scandal. What happened? It’s a doozy! (42:52) NPPOD. (45:20) It’s the Steroid Games. Huh? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202448 minutes, 17 seconds
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Update on sale of Baltimore Orioles! Jerry Jones says Cowboys will go "all in" next season.. huh!?; What does SSG investment mean for PGA Tour (Episode 981)

Today’s word of the day is ‘collective goal’ as in the Baltimore Orioles as in David Rubenstein as in a new ownership group as in the World Series. Yesterday it was believed that the Angelos family would hold on to control of the team until the passing of Peter Angelos. Well, it looks like Rubenstein will takeover immediately. (13:30) The Dallas Cowboys are going all-in! Can you believe it? Does that mean Bill Belichick is coming? More players? Better players? (19:40) We have an update on the Jackie Robinson statue. Still looking for who did it. (24:35) Review: Slumdog Millionaire. (29:30) We have another update on the PGA Tour. They got their money. But not from the Saudi’s. What does it mean for the members? (37:20) NPPOD. (41:30) Lewis Hamilton is leaving Mercedes and headed to Ferrari. This is Ronaldo to Barcelona. Messi to Real Madrid! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202446 minutes, 36 seconds
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Baltimore Orioles selling for $1.725 BILLION!?! Is the Angelos family moving on!?; Why is Ben Johnsons staying in Detroit? (Episode 980)

Today’s word of the day is ‘hunt for orange October’ as in Tom Clancy as in the Baltimore Orioles as in the Angelos family as in selling time! The Baltimore Orioles will reportedly be sold for $1.725B for David Rubenstein. What does this mean for the team? What does the transaction look like? What are the details? (13:20) Ben Johnson is choosing to stay in Detroit. He reportedly told the two remaining teams (Commanders, Seahawks) he’s out on head coaching to be the OC with the Lions. Why? (27:36) Review: Bobi Wine - The People’s President. (31:45) We have another update on the NHL players and the sexual assault in Canada. It turns out the reports of the players was true and they had to turn themselves in. The Calgary Flames released a statement about their statement on Dillon Dube and his mental health. (35:45) NPPOD. (36:20) It’s time for an update! Just yesterday we talked about Embiid and the 65-game limit. And later that day it became news! (39:40) Roger Goodell had to be deposed in court. Why? What did he say?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202447 minutes, 5 seconds
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Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and the 65-game MVP requirement; ANOTHER update on the Athletics (Episode 979)

Today’s word of the day is ‘tweak’ as in tweaked an ankle as in tweaked a knee as in tweaking some rules. What am I talking about? Joel Embiid is playing like an MVP. THE MVP. But he tweaked a knee and because of that he may not be eligible to win a postseason award. Why? Because of the new 65-game limit. Nikola Jokic is the favorite. Luka Doncic is having a great season too. (12:10) NPPOD. (13:33) Kadarius Toney went off on the Chiefs. Andy Reid responded. It could end in a mess. (26:00) Review: The Greatest Night of Pop. (31:15) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Ken Rosenthal’s article on the Athletics and Las Vegas. (41:40) Jackie Robinson statue was stolen from a park in Kansas. Why?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202445 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mahomes, Kelce, Swift headed to Super Bowl!; 49ers EPIC comeback vs Lions!; Vince McMahon resigns from WWE/TKO (Episode 978)

Today’s word of the day is ‘lake Vegas bound’ as in the Super Bowl as in Las Vegas as in the Kansas City Chiefs as in the San Francisco 49ers. Why Lake Vegas bound? Because that’s where the teams will be staying. The Detroit Lions were aggressive all season. But was Dan Campbell too aggressive when it mattered? (9:00) The Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl. The Ravens were so close but the Chiefs made winning plays. (19:13) NPPOD. (20:10) Adam Silver is being extended as commissioner of the NBA through 2030. He has some big items he needs for basketball: TV deals, CBAs, expansion! (29:15) Review: 20 Days in Mauripol. (33:35) What is happening with Vince McMahon? Is this the WWE storyline he can’t survive? This lawsuit is scary. (44:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Detroit Tigers signing Colt Keith to a longterm deal without him having played a game yet. Why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202447 minutes, 49 seconds
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AFC and NFC Championship Weekend!; Will any team hire Bill Belichick?; Another round of... Athletics to Vegas updates! (Episode 977)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘championship weekend’ as in NFC as in AFC as in football as in the NFL as in Patrick Mahomes as in the Chiefs as in Lamar Jackson as in the Ravens as in Jared Goff as in the Lions as in Brock Purdy as in the Niners. (17:00) NPPOD. (20:25) Raheem Morris got the Falcons job. He’s back. Was the interim in 2020. That means Bill Belichick is out. Where will Bill go? The Panthers hired Dave Canales. Not Bill Belichick. David Tepper gave another coach a 6-year deal! (31:30) Review: Self Reliance. (34:50) We have another fun Athletics update. John Fisher spoke in Vegas… and it was a disaster. (43:20) Patriots WR Kayshon Boutte has found himself in some gambling heat. He bet on himself at LSU… literally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202447 minutes, 22 seconds
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Jim Harbaugh laughs at NCAA on way to Los Angeles Chargers; Doc Rivers takes over Bucks; Hockey Canada scandal rocks NHL (Episode 976)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘football personified’ as go football as in Jim Harbaugh as in Michigan as in Los Angeles as in the NCAA as in the NFL. Jim Harbaugh is back in the NFL as the head coach of the Chargers. No more NCAA scandals. He leaves to join Justin Herbert in LA. (12:00) The Milwaukee Bucks felt they had a sickness so they hired Doc Rivers. He’s back. From ESPN to Milwaukee. Giannis and Dame did it. But will it result in a ring? (28:20) Review: Love Actually. (35:30) A scandal has rocked Hockey Canada for years now and it’s now gotten worse. The NHL is involved. Canadian government is involved. And it’s all bad. Where is the commissioner? Oh, he’s releasing statements about Utah! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202447 minutes, 29 seconds
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Baseball Hall of Fame class announced!; Giannis & Lillard got Adrian Griffin fired for Doc Rivers?; NBA ref report: not great! (Episode 975)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘Cooperstown’ as in the Baseball Hall of Fame as in Adrian Beltre as in Joe Mauer as in Todd Helton as in not Billy Wagner or Gary Sheffield. A little surprising to see Helton and not Wagner, but there’s always next year! Except for Sheffield. (11:33) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me why the Milwaukee Bucks fired Adrian Griffin. Woof. And for Doc Rivers!? (21:33) NPPOD. (26:15) Review: Oscar Noms. (31:35) What is going on with the refs? We had the NBA come out and say there were 10 incorrect calls in the final 2 minutes of the Hornets-Timberwolves game! 10! (38:00) Todd Bowles met the media and spoke about the Buccaneers loss to the Lions. Why didn’t they call a timeout? (43:46) So the Miami Heat have finally traded Kyle Lowry for Damian Lillard! Just kidding! They got Terry Rozier from the Hornets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202446 minutes, 20 seconds
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2024 Baseball Hall of Fame: Who gets in? Who gets snubbed?; WWE Monday Night Raw is headed to Netflix!? WHOA! (Episode 974)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘announcement’ as in Baseball Hall of Fame as in Oscars as in today is a big day. Who is getting into the Hall? Adrian Beltre? Joe Mauer? Billy Wagner? Alex Rodriguez? Gary Sheffield? (20:50) Anthony Rendon hates baseball. He has to. He came out and said seasons should be shortened. Of all players to say that… him!? (30:30) Review: The Boys in the Boat (34:11) Raw is Netflix! Netflix is in the live sports world now and it’s a partnership with the WWE. Whoa! (41:40) Are you for or against court storming? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202446 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bills season ends wide right... again!; DraftKings refunding Deebo bets; Lamar vs Mahomes! Lions vs Niners! (Episode 973)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘wide right’ as in the Buffalo Bills as in history as in field goals as in losses as in the Bills did it again. Tyler Bass meet Scott Norwood. But, the Chiefs are back in the AFC Championship. 6th straight season. Patrick Mahomes is inevitable. (3:35) Deebo Samuel got hurt. Draftkings issued a refund. FanDuel did not. Hmm. (11:45) Eagles have fired the defensive coordinator Sean Desai after just one season. Matt Patricia is also on the way out. Change is coming. (16:05) Let’s talk more football. Lamar Jackson balled out. Dan Campbell and the kneecap biters did it again. (27:00) Review: Fargo. (30:48) What happened with Sports Illustrated? (38:20) NPPOD. (39:40) We have an update on the Boston Red Sox. Friday it was Craig Breslow. And now we have Sam Kennedy speaking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202446 minutes, 43 seconds
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State of College Football: Transfers, NIL, lawsuits, and 9th year players!?; NFL playoff picks for the weekend! Sox Update: Boston & Chicago (Episode 972)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘eligibility’ as in transferring as in college athletics as in football as in what is going on!? 9th year players? 7th year players? What happened to 4 years? We’ve got the DOJ involved now. We have conferences fighting with teams. And of course, NIL. (15:30) NPPOD - it’s NFL playoff football! Get excited! (27:12) Review: Boy Swallows Universe. (30:02) Red Sox fans are very mad at the team right now. What is Boston doing? (38:36) Are the White Sox staying in Chicago? Is the flirting done with Nashville? (43:35) Are the Astros going to sign Josh Hader? He wants more money than Edwin Diaz! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202447 minutes, 14 seconds
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It's Jerry's World: Cowboys bringing back Mike McCarthy; Eagles Sirianni presenting owner with masterplan! Is Amazon saving the RSNs? (Episode 971)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘layers’ as in a cake as chocolate as in vanilla as in sponge as in fondant as in sprinkles as in Jerry Jones as in Mike McCarthy. The Cowboys are bringing back McCarthy for year 5. Sorry, despondent fans. (10:30) Nick Sirianni is meeting with Jeff Lurie with a plan. What plan? The same plan Doug Pederson had when he got fired? (18:23) Is Amazon here to save Diamond? What does that even mean? Can it happen? Is this the future? (32:30) Review: Tootsie. (37:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the sudden death of a Warriors assistant coach and why the team canceled the game. (44:10) NPPOD. (45:00) What are the Clippers plans for the future? New stadium. All-Star Game. Kawhi longterm. What about James Harden? Or Westbrook? Or Paul George? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202448 minutes, 37 seconds
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Knicks, Rangers owner James Dolan bombshell lawsuit; An update on the Athletics relocation; Another new MLB team plans for its TV future (Episode 970)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘due process’ as in court as in lawsuit as in James Dolan as in the Knicks as in the Rangers as in Madison Square Garden. What happened now? A lawsuit was filed against Dolan for alleged sexual assault. Also named in the suit is disgraced Harvey Weinstein. Adam Silver said he’s only aware of the article, not the story. (14:30) What’s happening with Jim Irsay? A report has come out that he overdosed in December. Could he be forced to sell? (17:00) What is going on with the Athletics relocation? Any word? Any whispers? Any rumors? (29:00) Review: You Are What You Eat. (35:30) The St. Louis Cardinals are getting ready for the end of regional sports networks. What do they have plans for? What could the collapse mean for competition? (43:00) NPPOD. (43:50) We have another story about Saudi Arabia and sports washing. What happened now? Just your ole intimidation, harm, and corruption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202447 minutes, 58 seconds
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Mahomes v. Allen Playoff Trilogy: Swifties battle Bills Mafia!; What happened to the Eagles!?; Caleb Williams or a Bears trade? (Episode 969)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘trilogy’ as in number 3 as in the NFL playoffs as in the Buffalo Bills as in the Kansas City Chiefs as in Josh Allen as in Patrick Mahomes. We did it, folks. Chiefs at Bills. It’ll be the third time we see it in the past 4 seasons. (9:48) The Eagles collapsed. It happened. From 10-1 to 1-6 and out in the first round. Woof. Could Sirianni be out? Bill Belichick is making the rounds! (18:20) Did you see the Cowboys-Packers ratings? 40 million viewers! Every league, every show, every network wants what the NFL has. (21:45) What is happening with the NFL and ESPN? (30:48) Review: Top 5 takeaways from the Emmys. (37:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about MLB’s international signing period, how it works, and why teams do it. (42:55) NPPOD. (43:30) Caleb Williams has declared for the NFL draft. Who saw that coming? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202447 minutes, 48 seconds
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Jerry Jones "floored" by Cowboys historic loss to Packers! How's that Deshaun Watson trade looking? Dolphins still can't overcome the cold! (Episode 968)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘floored’ as in Jerry Jones as in the Dallas Cowboys as in the Green Bay Packers as in Mike McCarthy as in playoffs, baby! The Cowboys got smoked, bbq’d, and run out of Jerry World. Is Mike McCarthy done? How about you Packers fans? Are you in love with Love yet? (13:10) Did you watch the Browns-Texans in the Watson-less Bowl? CJ Stroud lit up the Browns. Joe Flacco threw pick sixes like they were beads at Mardi Gras. And Deshaun Watson wasn’t playing. (15:34) The Miami Dolphins still cannot win games in the cold. The Kansas City Chiefs looked like the Chiefs again. And Taylor Swift went home happy! (21:20) No knee caps are safe around Dan Campbell, but he can coach! The Lions won a playoff game! Goff wins, Stafford loses! (23:20) The Buffalo Bills game got postponed because of snow. How do these decisions get made? (32:40) Review: American Symphony. (35:35) The Chicago Bulls held a Ring of Honor ceremony during a game and the fans viciously booed the picture of Jerry Krause. Why? What were they thinking? (46:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/15/202447 minutes, 26 seconds
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The New Patriot Way: Belichick is out, Mayo is in; MLB Arbitration: Soto, Alonso settle, which players didn't? (Episode 967)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘responsibility’ as in the Patriots as in Robert Kraft as in Bill Belichick as in the Patriot Way. Yesterday was the joint press conference between Kraft and Bill and we saw the amicable split. What happens next? Why did the move happen now? (9:33) MLB Arbitration deadline happened and what stood out? Juan Soto and the Yankees set a record. Pete Alonso settled with the Mets. Vlad, Adolis, and Arraez didn’t get deals done. And the Yankees signed free agent Stroman! (27:41) Review: Immediate Family. (31:30) We are seeing more and more Succession in real life. Now we’re seeing it with the McNair Family in Houston. (39:30) NPPOD. (42:32) And the Emmy goes to… who!? What did ESPN do? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202448 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bill Belichick out in New England! Nick Saban out in Alabama! Pete Carroll out in Seattle! WHOA! (Episode 966)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘centrifuge’ as in carousel as in spinning and spinning and spinning as in Pete Carroll then Nick Saban and then Bill Belichick! What a day. The end of multiple eras. Let’s start with Billy B and the New England Patriots. (14:00) Nick Saban has retired from Alabama. Another legendary coach. Why now? NIL? Is he tired? Too much competition? Transfer portal? (23:30) Pete Carroll is out in Seattle. We thought that’d be the biggest news of the day… and it wasn’t close! (31:55) Review: Continental Divide. (37:20) NPPOD. (39:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the NFL and the retirement package deals they are giving to employees. Why is this happening? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202447 minutes, 13 seconds
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Disney Nightmare continued: Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Kimmel feud again; NBA refs cause Raptors coach to lose his mind! (Episode 965)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘enough already’ as in we get it as in please stop as in Jimmy Kimmel as in Aaron Rodgers as in Pat McAfee as in it’s never ending. Why? Why so public? What is Disney doing? What is ESPN doing? (14:10) The Tennessee Titans fired Mike Vrabel. Fine, that’s their decision. But, when asked about trading him… the owner said it would take too long? Huh? (28:07) Review: Good Grief. (34:23) NPPOD - The Raptors head coach went off on the refs. My lanta! (44:00) What is going on with MLB and Amazon and Diamond Sports Group? Let’s update you on the future of streaming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202448 minutes, 10 seconds
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Michigan wins the National Championship! What will Jim Harbaugh do next!?; Draymond Green says Adam Silver stopped his retirement! (Episode 964)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘euphoria’ as in excitement as in Michigan as in the Wolverines as in Jim Harbaugh as in college football as in the Michigan Wolverines are the champions of the college football world. What is next for Harbaugh? More suspensions? Back to Michigan? Headed to the NFL? (13:20) We have to update the Wait To See. Accountability! (15:20) We interrupt this Wait To See to talk about Josh Harris and the Commanders. (24:20) We are back to Wait To See. (35:20) Review: Anatomy of a Fall. (37:51) NPPOD. (42:00) Draymond Green says he would have retired if it weren’t fort for Adam Silver. What? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202447 minutes, 3 seconds
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ESPN Nightmare continued: Pat McAfee calls exec a "rat" on air; NFL Black Monday: Commanders fire Rivera mid-show! (Episode 963)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us now: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘decision pt.2’ as in choices as in business as in ESPN as in Pat McAfee as in Norby Williamson. What are we talking about? Friday was a day ESPN wished it could forget. (15:20) The NFL playoffs are set! Who made it? Who fell apart? Coaches are getting fired! GMs are getting fired! It’s all happening live! (23:50) Should Dennis Allen keep his job with the Saints? The team doesn’t think so! (34:10) Review: Golden Globes. (40:40) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/202447 minutes, 6 seconds
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Trevor Bauer apology tour has started - Will any MLB team sign him?; Is Darvin Ham about to be Vogel'd by the Lakers (Episode 962)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘last gasp’ as in the final stand as in the apology tour as in Trevor Bauer is back. He appeared on Fox News and apologized for being Trevor Bauer. Why now? He wants a job. (14:30) We spoke about the Chris Sale trade and then something happened. The Braves gave him a new deal. WHAT!? (26:40) Review: Apollo 13. (32:15) Darvin Ham about to be out? Is he about to get Frank Vogel’d? What is wrong with the Lakers? (39:26) NPPOD - let’s discuss the Brooklyn Nets and the NFL playoff scenarios for Week 18. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202447 minutes, 24 seconds
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Disney Nightmare: Why Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers, and Jimmy Kimmel beef is terrible for ESPN/ABC business (Episode 961)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘decision’ as in a company decision as in making a choice as in ESPN as in ABC as in Disney as in Aaron Rodgers as in Pat McAfee as in Jimmy Kimmel. What happened? What happens next? (19:10) The Jets also have a decision to make. Aaron Rodgers is coming back next year. Is Zach Wilson? (31:34) Review: Four Daughters. (36:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Rory McIlroy and his apology for the criticism aimed at players who left for LIV checks. (43:15) NPPOD. (44:40) What happened with Kyrie Irving, the Utah Jazz, and a couple of rabbis? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202448 minutes, 36 seconds
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What will the Rays do with Wander Franco?; Chris Sale and cash traded to Braves!; Yamamoto has an elbow clause!? (Episode 960)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘cause’ as in termination for cause as in contract details as in Wander Franco as in the Tampa Bay Rays. We haven’t heard from Franco since last august because of an investigation into a relationship with a minor. Details are starting to trickle out of the Dominican Republic about his arrest for not appearing in court. What is baseball doing? (17:07) The Atlanta Braves have traded for Chris Sale. They also get a wheelbarrow full of cash so they’ll only pay Sale $500K. Why did the Red Sox do this? Why would the Braves do this? (27:45) Yoshinobu Yamamoto contract details have come out. Elbow clause!? (37:50) Review: Saltburn. (40:20) The NFL has fined David Tepper $300K for his drink throw. And then he released a lame statement. (45:20) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202447 minutes, 28 seconds
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Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper celebrates the new year by throwing a drink on a Jags fan!?!?!? (Episode 959)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast! Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘champagne showers’ as in the New Year is here as in let’s celebrate as in David Tepper, the owner of the Carolina Panthers, celebrated the new year by throwing a drink on a Jaguars fan. I cannot believe it. The NFL has a Tepper problem. (13:50) What in the world is happening with Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos? Sean Payton said one thing. Russell Wilson said another thing. All bad. (28:25) Review: Maestro (33:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me if Florida State getting blown out by Georgia means the CFP Committee got things right. (42:30) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202447 minutes, 17 seconds
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HOLIDAY MAILBAG 3: New Year's resolutions; Top 10 movies of 2023; Top 10 TV shows of 2023; Top stories to watch in 2024

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast - Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is… cmon… did you guess… ‘mailbag’ as in another one as in DJ Khaled as in the end of the year is here but we are not but we kind of are! We start with my 2023 resolutions and how I did… spoiler alert! … not great! (8:45) Okay, we’re onto the 2024 New Year’s resolutions. These ones will be done! (14:20) Someone asked how some franchises are so successful and some are such failures — is there a secret sauce? — time for some self-reflection. (22:34) It’s time for some Meadowlark Media business time. Let’s answer a question. (33:40) Top Stories for 2024. These are things I want you to pay attention to. Please. (42:15) Here are my top 10 movies of 2023! (47:40) It’s time for the top 10 TV shows of 2023! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/28/202353 minutes, 28 seconds
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HOLIDAY MAILBAG 2: If I was MLB commissioner for a day; Relationship between a front office and the broadcast team

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast - Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is… you guessed it… ‘mailbag’ as in we are not here but we are here for you. You have questions. We have answers. Someone asked me if I were commissioner for a day what would I change or add to make the game more attractive to a younger demographic. How perfect. (21:12) MLB is launching a top prospects showcase during Spring Training. MLB is doing what it can. (33:50) How do players get taxed? The Lakers win the in-season tournament and the players won $500,000 — they won in Nevada, they play in California, and the league office is in New York. How does this work for tax purposes? (43:33) Let’s talk about the relationship between a team’s front office and the broadcasters. Who picks them? Who hires them? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/202347 minutes, 16 seconds
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HOLIDAY MAILBAG: Planning promotional giveaways; Do stadium surveys matter?; Top 5 athletes I'd vacation with

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast - Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘mailbag’ as in Christmas as in Kwanza as in New Years as in it’s holiday mailbag time because NPDS is out of the country. But, the show goes on! How are giveaways done? Who makes up the schedule? Why are certain items given away on a day? Who plans it? (15:03) What is a new stadium survey? Do they even matter? Do teams just send them out for funsies? (29:40) A lifelong Clevelander asked about stadium renovations. The Guardians are removing the upper deck seats and adding partytime playhouses. Does this mean teams now are under the impression that smaller is better? (37:05) Who are the top 5 athletes I’d want to take on a weekend vacation… interesting. (44:00) Walking about the stadium and Guaranteed Rate Field doesn’t allow you to walk around the lower concourse. Why is that? They have more food options and I want to explore the stadium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/26/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dodgers $1.16 BILLION spending spree: Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Glasnow, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto! (Episode 958)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast - Best Sports Business Podcast! You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘$1.16 BILLION’ as in the Dodgers and in Shohei Ohtani as in Tyler Glasnow as in Yoshinobu Yamamoto as in the Los Angeles Dodgers have taken over. How ddi this deal happen? How long is the contract? Is it a Shohei style deal? What do the Yankees and Mets do now? (17:40) MLB has new rules for 2024. Sorry players. The Competition Committee voted and it passed. Why? Because the owners hold a majority on the committee! (32:10) Review: Survivor 45. (38:10) It’s the NFL Weekend Takeover! 7 standalone games! Thursday! Saturday! Sunday! Monday! FOOTBALL! (42:00) NPPOD. (45:20) Have you seen Zion Williamson’s contract clauses? Health and conditioning is a big one! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/202347 minutes, 7 seconds
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Yoshinobu Yamamoto and a VERY SERIOUS OFFER!!!; THE SUPER LEAGUE IS BACK! GET READY! (Episode 957)

We’ve been nominated in two categories for the Sports Podcast Awards! Best Baseball Podcast -Best Sports Business Podcast - You can vote for us here: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘serious’ as in a very serious offer not just an offer as in not just a regular offer or a bad offer. It’s a VERY SERIOUS offer that the Mets are readying for Yoshinobu Yamamoto. What does that even mean? (12:20) Are the Wizards and Capitals moving to Virginia or not? The Governor is on board. A State Senator is fully off board. Which matters? (22:54) Review: The Big Chill (28:20) The Super League is back! Who wants in!? Apparently nobody! (38:05) What’s happening with MLS? (43:00) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202347 minutes, 16 seconds
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Zach Wilson's mom says QB hid concussion symptoms; Aaron Rodgers played all Jets fans!; SPORTS PODCAST AWARDS! (Episode 956)

VOTE FOR NOTHING PERSONAL IN BEST BASEBALL AND BEST SPORTS BUSINESS PODCAST: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/shortlist-category/ Today’s word of the day is ‘nightmare’ as in bad news as in the worst possible situation as in the New York Jets are back again. Zach Wilson’s mom went public and said Zach hid his concussion symptoms during the Jets loss to the Dolphins. Oh boy. The Jets had said it was dehydration. (14:35) Aaron Rodgers was back on Pat McAfee’s show and guess what he did… said he wasn’t going to play today! Hurray! Who could have seen that one coming? (25:55) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Tommy DeVito and what happened with his appearance at a New Jersey pizzeria. (33:16) We’ve been nominated for Sports Podcast Awards: Best Baseball Podcast and Best Sports Business Podcast! VOTE VOTE VOTE! (36:19) NPPOD. (39:21) Review: The Persian Version. (42:29) Let’s talk about ticket prices. The Detroit Lions are winning games. The Detroit Lions are now increasing ticket prices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202347 minutes, 21 seconds
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Streaming Paywall: How Amazon's reported investment in Diamond Sports Group will impact your viewing! (Episode 955)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘paywall’ as in pay per view as in Netflix as in Amazon as in Max as in everything you want to see is going to be behind a paywall. Remember the cable bundle? Welcome back! Let’s talk about the RSNs and what’s happening with MLB. (16:00) What was the conclusion of the Nationals and Orioles settlement? Hundreds of millions of dollars! Now that that’s wrapped up what will happen to each club? (27:25) Review: Little Richard - I Am Everything. (30:55) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Miles Bridges not being let into Canada for an NBA game. Will he get paid? What happens when this happens with your player? (37:40) NPPOD. (43:15) NFL Brazil! Are the Miami Dolphins heading down to South… America? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202346 minutes, 48 seconds
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Cooligans - David Samson schools us on the business of soccer!

We have a real businessman on the today's episode, as David Samson, host of Nothing Personal with David Samson, joins the show to teach us about sports business from the front office's perspective!  This might be the smartest Cooligans episode of all time! We're honored to be joined by former Miami Marlins team president and fellow member of the Meadowlark family, David Samson, to learn about the business of soccer. Christian and Alexis ask questions about the MLS-Apple TV deal, the Glazer family's battle with Manchester United supporters, Todd Boehly's shortcomings at Chelsea, and much more. You're guaranteed to walk away from this episode more informed than you were before. Let us know what you think in the comments! Make sure to check out David's podcast, Nothing Personal with David Samson, for more sports business coverage! Exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/SoccerCooligans This is where we put everything we shouldn't say 😉 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202353 minutes, 47 seconds
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Jets Eliminated: Should Aaron Rodgers return?; NFL Coaching Carousel heating up!; Dinner with Yamamoto (Episode 954)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘activate’ as in you are scrambling to get your gifts as in Christmas is approaching as in New Years is approaching as in Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared. Are the Jets going to play Rodgers? 13th straight seasons without playoffs. 8th straight losing season. Zach Wilson hurt again. Is it worth it? (12:00) The NFL hot seat is scorching right now. It’s that time of the year. Brandon Staley and the Chargers are done. That’s what happens when you get blown out by the Raiders on primetime. What about Ron Rivera and the Commanders? Is it time? (27:50) Review: The Family Plan. (33:00) Wine and dine time. It’s the pursuit of Yoshinobu Yamamoto. We’ve now got dinner party time! This time it’s the Mets. Then the next day it was the Yankees. Who will he sign with? (40:00) NPPOD. (44:20) Max Scherzer is done until at least June/July. Back surgery. The Mets are paying big money to the Rangers for this too.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/202346 minutes, 55 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers meet the media and say what?; Are the Tampa Bay Rays becoming the St. Pete Rays? (Episode 953)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘presser’ as in press conference as in introduction as in Shohei Ohtani as in the Los Angeles Dodgers as in media frenzy. What a day yesterday. What did Ohtani have to say about his surgery, his contract, and his future. (17:30) Not only did the Dodgers introduce Ohtani, but they traded for Tyler Glasnow. Financial bullying! (22:40) What is going on with the Tampa Bay Rays? A city council member wants the name changed to St. Pete and the team is refusing. Could it collapse the deal? (31:40) Review: Modern Romance. (36:10) What is happening with the Washington sports teams? Are the Wizards and Capitals moving down the road to Virginia? (43:20) NPPOD. (47:00) What is happening with Inter Miami’s new stadium? Remember it was supposed to be privately funded. Well, not anymore! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/15/202348 minutes, 29 seconds
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NBA suspends Draymond Green INDEFINITELY!; Bucks-Pacers argue over game ball! What is the Shohei Ohtani Clause (Episode 952)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘repeated history’ as in again and again and again as in not learning as in Draymond Green has been suspended indefinitely for what the NBA is calling repeated history. What does it all mean? Why indefinite? What are these requirements? (11:45) What happened with the Pacers and the Bucks? Arguing. Chasing down tunnel. Over a game ball? REALLY? (21:00) The Shohei Ohtani Clause. What is that? Things in his contract that most players will never get! (32:33) Review: Fletch. (37:20) NFL is going to Brazil! More international games. Less domestic games. How do you feel? (45:00) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/202347 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dodgers, Yankees, Mets all after Yoshinobu Yamamoto; Juan Soto using Scott Boras talking points; NBA ejections galore (Episode 951)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘full court press’ as in pressure as in the clock is ticking as in defense as in aggressive as in Yoshinobu Yamamoto is the most coveted free agent on the market right now. The 25-year Japanese star has met with the Mets in Japan, and now the Yankees and Dodgers in California. (15:00) The San Francisco Giants signed Jung Hoo Lee to a 6-year, $113 million deal. They were in on Ohtani. They made an offer. Not enough. (20:00) Juan Soto met the media as a Yankee for the first time yesterday… via Zoom. What? The Yankees needed to do better. Soto kept deflecting to Scott Boras. Wonderful. (29:15) Review: The Adults. (34:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about international Winter Baseball. The Venezuelan League. The Dominican League. Stars are playing. MLB players are getting hurt. (41:07) NPPOD. Nikola Jokic ejected for saying something to the refs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202347 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dodgers Financial Bullying: How Shohei Ohtani's $700 million deal really works (Episode 950)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘creditor’ as in credit cards as in buy now, pay later as in the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting away with paying Shohei Ohtani just $2 million for 10 years and then $68 million per year after that! WHAT! Here is a full breakdown of everything, I mean everything, you need to know about these payments. (37:20) Review: Leave the World Behind. (39:45) The Los Angeles Lakers are hanging an in-season tournament banner. Yup, champagne showers and banners. (43:02) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani: Dodgers make him first $700 MILLION man!; Mahomes, Reid, Chiefs SOUND OFF on refs! (Episode 949)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘wonderful people’ as in you, the fan, and the people that Ohtani met along the way. That’s what his agent said. Everyone is wonderful when you’re getting $700 MILLION! Let’s talk some more about the Shohei Ohtani deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. (10:31) We have a referee problem. Trust level is just not there. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid sounded off on refs after the Chiefs lose on Sunday night. Adam Schefter had a report about another crew blowing calls. (30:15) Review: Killers of the Flower Moon. (35:48) NPPOD. What did you think of the in-season tournament? Fan? Not a fan? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/202346 minutes, 34 seconds
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🚨 SHOHEI OHTANI JOINS THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Shohei Ohtani has signed a $700 MILLION deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers! Sorry, Anaheim! Sorry, Toronto! Sorry, San Francisco! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/202329 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bills head coach Sean McDermott apologizes for 9/11 analogy in 2019!; Brian Cashman and Yankee DNA! Are the Orioles going to sell!? (Episode 948)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘communication’ as in speaking as in speeches as in motivation as in locker room addresses as in Sean McDermott could use some help with his. He had to apologize for citing the 9/11 terrorists in a 2019 team address. WHAT!? (8:05) Brian Cashman got his guy. Juan Soto. The Yankee DNA is back. George Steinbrenner has risen! (17:05) Are the Baltimore Orioles about to sell? Could it be!? All these teams are for sale! (29:12) Review: Wind/Float. (37:00) Why did Jerry Reinsdorf meet with the Mayor of Nashville? Are the White Sox moving!? (42:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202346 minutes, 8 seconds
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Juan Soto traded to the Yankees! We told you the Padres HAD TO trade him!; GTA Duval: ex-Jaguars employee steals $22 MILLION from team! (Episode 947)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘damn yankees’ as in the New York Yankees have done it again. This time they trade a bunch of prospects to the Padres for Juan Soto. What went wrong for the Padres? What went right for the Yankees? (18:20) Eduardo Rodriguez has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Loved Detroit. Didn’t want the Dodgers. But he’ll take $80M from Arizona! (22:00) Shohei Ohtani update! What happens if the Blue Jays miss out on Soto and Ohtani!? Then what!? (31:20) Review: Fearless. (35:10) The Jacksonville Jaguars were robbed. By an employee. For $22 million! (44:10) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202348 minutes, 23 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani Watch: Did Dave Roberts ruin Dodgers chances to sign star!?; MLB Winter Meetings... a bunch of CRICKETS! (Episode 946)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘crickets’ as in where is the news as in the MLB Lottery as in MLB Winter Meetings as in no big trades as in no big signings. Wake up MLB! Wake up agents! The media is hungry! (11:30) What’s happening at the winter meetings? Anything? Anything!? ANYTHING!? (16:19) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? (26:23) Review: Love Has Won. (32:40) The Oakland* Athletics plan! Will they get free agents? Will they have a stadium? (39:55) NPPOD. (41:20) Florida lawmakers are ready to sue the NCAA over the CFP results. Perfect! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202348 minutes, 28 seconds
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Robert Saleh forced to respond to reports that Zach Wilson doesn't want to start!?; Ohtani meets with the Blue Jays! (Episode 945)

HOLIDAY MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘apprehensive’ as in the Jets as in Zach Wilson as in Robert Saleh as in Aaron Rodgers as in how could it get worse? Well with the Jets it can always get worse. (12:45) Shohei Ohtani has reportedly met with the Toronto Blue Jays!? (18:30) Mookie Betts is now a 2nd baseman. Every day. Gold Glove in right field and now the infielder for the Dodgers. (29:20) Review: May December. (34:24) Jim Leyland is in the Baseball Hall of Fame! (38:40) NPPOD. (43:35) James Harden finally opened up with his divorce from Daryl Morey and the Sixers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202347 minutes, 33 seconds
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College Football Playoff leaves FSU at home because... SEC means more; Latest on Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto! (Episode 945)

MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘musical chairs’ as in someone is in when the music stops but someone is also out. Let’s look at the College Football Playoff. Florida State did everything it needed to to get in… and they were left out. Alabama the brand name gets the final spot. Why? Because it’s a TV product! (15:45) We have the MLB Winter Meetings! Trades are happening! Mariners trade! Are we now on Ohtani Watch? $600M bidding war!? (29:20) Soto stalemate? Do the Yankees not want to up the trade? Are the Padres asking for too much? (35:45) Review: The Holdovers. (38:25) Eagles and Niners was a thrashing. The Niners took out some revenge on the Eagles. But the bigger story was a scuffle on the sidelines! (45:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202346 minutes, 44 seconds
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Brewers sign top prospect to richest deal ever! Will it work better than the last few?; MLB Winter Meetings: How to prepare (Episode 943)

MERCH SALE: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘risk’ as in calculated risk as in risk management as in the Milwaukee Brewers did something that has not worked out for many teams. They gave a top prospect a top end deal and they’re hoping it works out! (13:40) The New York Yankees decided to release a stament about the death of Henry Kissinger. Huh? (23:50) Review: Rustin. (28:10) NFL Flex is here for Monday Night Football. Goodbye Patriots/Chiefs and hello, Eagles/Seahawks. (34:30) NPPOD. (36:00) MLB Winter Meetings start on Sunday. How do you prepare for them? Why do they still take place? (43:00) What is happening with the PGA? Wasn’t there supposed to be a deal with LIV? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202346 minutes, 54 seconds
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Juan Soto Trade: Should the Yankees go all-in!? Why are the Padres trading him?; MLB Winter Meetings: Is Shohei Ohtani going to sign? (Episode 942)

MERCH SALE: davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop Today’s word of the day is ‘rental’ as in one year as in short term as in Juan Soto as in the San Diego Padres as in the New York Yankees. The rumors now are the Yankees want Soto, but the Padres are asking for a lot. Is it worth it? Should the Yankees go all in for Soto? (15:33) MLB Winter Meetings are about to start on Sunday. What should we expect? Is this when Soto gets traded? Is this when Shohei Ohtani signs? (21:05) Is Aaron Rodgers going to return? Should he return? Do fans want him to return? (30:50) Review: Inception. (36:25) Let’s give a Mark Cuban update. He is not running for president. (41:00) NPPOD. (44:40) Andre Dawson wants to change his Baseball Hall of Fame team. What? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202346 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mark Cuban is selling the Dallas Mavericks!??!; The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in ANOTHER mess!; WWE/UFC merger update (Episode 941)

Holiday sale still going on: davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop Today’s word of the day is ‘shark tank’ as in let’s make a deal as in business as in Mark Cuban as in the Dallas Mavericks. What is happening here!? Could Mark Cuban really be selling the team? I never saw this coming! (15:11) What the heck is going on with Chicago Blackhawks? The team released a player. Rumors are lighting the internet on fire. A young superstar that now has to deal with it all. (30:20) Review: Lessons In Chemistry. (34:45) What is going on with the WWE and the UFC merger? A lawsuit! (43:00) NPPOD. (46:50) We have a David Tepper update. He is a patient man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202347 minutes, 47 seconds
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Carolina Reaper: Panthers owner David Tepper fires Frank Reich after 11 games; Sports Illustrated accused of using AI to write stories! (Episode 940)

MERCH SALE: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘Carolina reaper’ as in the pepper as in the grim reaper as in hot seat as in David Tepper as in the Carolina Panthers have fired Frank Reich. 11 games into his first season. Tepper is onto coach number 6 (interims included) in 7 years. (17:38) Sports Illustrated using AI to write stories!? Say it ain’t so! (34:07) Review: Oppenheimer. (40:07) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the St. Louis Cardinals and the latest additions to the team. (45:12) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/202346 minutes, 55 seconds
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NFL Operation Scapegoat: Commanders fire DC, but are these head coaches next!?; CFB NIL has gone wild! (Episode 939)

CYBER MONDAY SALE BUY SOMETHING FOR THE FAM: https://davidsamsonpodcast.com/shop/ Today’s word of the day is ‘operation scapegoat’ as in someone needs to be fired as in the owner says to the GM who says to the coach fire someone, anyone. The Commanders fired its defensive coordinator after Thanksgiving. Who is next? Panthers? Patriots? Chargers? (15:40) College football is out of control. Buyouts. Transfer portal. NIL. Conference expansion. You name it. (26:55) Review: Better Call Saul. (32:40) The Arizona Diamondbacks have a deal! The season pass! It’s not Six Flags, but it’s close! (41:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/202346 minutes, 13 seconds
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Thanksgiving Beatdown: Has Josh Harris seen enough of the Ron Rivera Commanders?; Jim Irsay threatens lawsuit; Popovich bizarre mic moment

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: davidsamsonpodcast.com Welcome to the Black Friday show! Let’s start off with a story about my Thanksgiving day. It was a day for sure. (7:20) Josh Harris has to have seen enough of the current Commanders. Blown out on Thanksgiving. National game. Division game. Losing 45-10 to the Dallas Cowboys. Ron Rivera’s seat is so hot right now he could have cooked the turkey. (15:20) Jim Irsay has some things to say. He had a bizarre interview on Real Sports. Then he decided to go on a social media rage and threaten to sue ‘First Take’. (24:26) Gregg Popovich had a moment in a game I’ve never seen before.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202347 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tom Brady has a few problems with the NFL; Steelers 1st in-season firing in 81 years; Knicks owner James Dolan hates the NBA (Episode 938)

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘mediocrity’ as in eh as in average as in subpar as in the NFL and Tom Brady. What does this mean? Tom Brady has a problem with the league. With the coaches. With the players. With the rules. THE RULES HE HAD A PART IN CREATING! (12:55) Mike Tomlin said the firing of Matt Canada was his call alone. First in-season head coach or coordinator change in over 80 years. (23:00) Review: Four Weddings and a Funeral. (26:15) James Dolan is tired of the NBA. He’s tired of Adam Silver. Why? (33:00) NPPOD. (41:25) Mike Shildt has been hired to manage the Padres. Will it work? (45:30) Brad Ausmus has replaced Carlos Mendoza as the new Yankees bench coach. Uh oh, Boone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202346 minutes, 36 seconds
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MLB race to sign Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto is on! Max Scherzer claims top doctors have major problem with pitch clock! (Episode 937)

BLACK FRIDAY SALE HAS STARTED: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘saikou’ as in the best as in Yoshinobu Yamamoto has been posted to MLB. What does that mean? Who is he? Why does every team want him? Every rumor is this team is in on him. That team wants him. Who doesn’t want him!? (12:50) When Max Scherzer speaks, we listen… because it’s going to be HORSE HOCKEY! And he did it again. This time it’s the pitch clock. (24:45) Zach Wilson has been benched. It finally happened. Is Saleh going to get benched next? (29:35) Review: Albert Brooks - Defending My Life. (32:55) NPPOD. (35:10) The Knicks are suing the Raptors for $10 million. No big deal, right? Well, they called out Adam Silver and said he wouldn’t be able to do his job correctly in hearing this case. Interesting. Jimmy Dolan Special! (41:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Brandon Woodruff being non-tendered. He’s hurt. Teams want him. Why not the Brewers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/202346 minutes, 45 seconds
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Phillies sign Aaron Nola to new massive deal: Is Bryce Harper renegotiation next?; NFL investigating Bengals over Joe Burrow injury... why? (Episode 936)

If you wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘7/172’ as in 7 years as in 172 million as in Aaron Nola has gotten the biggest deal the Phillies have ever given to a pitcher. Did they get better? Was it worth it? (11:30) Should the Phillies tear up Harper’s contract and give him a new one? A raise? More years? (21:50) What happened with the Bengals and Joe Burrow? Was he hurt before the game? Was he hurt during the game? Should the Bengals be penalized? (33:55) Review: The Boy Who Lived. (39:00) NPPOD. (44:00) Let me talk about my weekend. It was a fun one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/20/202346 minutes, 42 seconds
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Oakland Athletics Relocation: MLB owners unanimously vote in favor of relocation - What does it all mean? What will happen next? (Episode 935)

IF YOU WANNA TALK TO SAMSON: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘relocation frenzy’ as in relocation as in MLB as in Oakland as in Las Vegas as in John Fisher as in Rob Manfred. The vote happened. It was approved. What happens to the Athletics now? (31:45) Review: She Came to Me (34:23) MLB Awards Recap. (40:40) Jim Harbaugh has accepted his 3-game ban. Why? Why did Michigan give up its legal battle vs the Big Ten? (43:35) Formula 1 in Vegas has been a disaster.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/202348 minutes, 15 seconds
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Do the Browns regret that Deshaun Watson contract yet?; Draymond Green deserved more than a 5-game ban!; What's happening with Kelly Oubre? (Episode 934)

IF YOU WANNNNNNNNNA TALK TO SAMSON: davidsamsonpodcast.com Happy Birthday Day, we’re always thinking about you. Today’s word of the day is ‘230’ as in 230 million as in 230 Million guaranteed dollars as in Deshaun Watson as in the Cleveland Browns. Deshaun Watson is out for the year. He still gets paid. Do the Browns regret this deal yet? 12 games in 2 years. That’s it. (9:45) Draymond Green was suspended for 5 games for putting Rudy Gobert in a chokehold. Was that enough? (22:45) Review: LA Story. (29:00) Ron Washington was introduced as the Angels new manager. Did anyone ask him about Ohtani? He spoke about Trout and Rendon. The GM says they’ll be aggressive this offseason. (36:00) NPPOD. (38:30) What is happening with Kelly Oubre? He suffered an injury that he says was caused by a car accident. The police are saying they can’t find video of the incident. What? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/16/202347 minutes, 21 seconds
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Remembering Padres owner Peter Seidler; What is next for the Padres?; Athletics owner John Fisher responds to Oakland fans! (Episode 933)

If you wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘fan’ as in a big fan as in the Padres biggest fan as in yesterday the San Diego Padres announced that Peter Seilder had died at 63. The owner of the Padres was the team’s biggest fan and he tried and tried to win. (10:10) John Fisher, owner of the Athletics, had a little run in with Athletics fans in Arlington. Let’s see what he had to say! (26:00) Review: Escaping Twin Flames. (30:50) Giancarlo Stanton’s agent has responded to Brian Cashman. Uh oh. (40:25) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Buffalo Bills firing the OC after another loss. (47:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202346 minutes, 31 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani reportedly only wants to play for contender!; Cashman's harsh criticism of Stanton; Craig Counsell says sorry to Brewers fans (Episode 932)

MERCH: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘winning’ as contender as in Shohei Ohtani as in the Angels as in free agency. What does winning have to do with it? Well, reportedly Ohtani wants to play for a contender. Does that mean no more Angels? (13:25) Brian Cashman had some harsh words about Giancarlo Stanton. Why? (19:15) Craig Counsell was introduced as the next Cubs manager. What happened? What did he say? (31:35) Review: Sly. (34:40) The Houston Astros succession plan has been activated. Goodbye Dusty. Hello Espada. (39:50) NPPOD. (42:40) Zion Williamson talked about buying into the Pelicans program. What does that mean? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202347 minutes, 12 seconds
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Jim Harbaugh, Michigan taking Big Ten to court over suspension! Texas A&M will pay Jimbo Fisher $76 MILLION to NOT coach! (Episode 931)

If you wannnnnnnnna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘temporary injunction’ as in Jim Harbaugh as in Michigan as in the Big Ten as in college football. It has been a wild 72 hours in the college football world, but let’s start in Happy Valley. Michigan goes to play Penn State and Jim Harbaugh was not there. The Big Ten suspended him on Friday night! (12:10) Jimbo Fisher was fired by Texas A&M and the school owes him $76M! Just insane! $76M to not coach! What a life! (30:50) Review: The Killer. (35:32) NPPOD. (40:00) The Mavericks TV announcer went off on James Harden. Why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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Panthers owner David Tepper LOVES firing coaches... Is Frank Reich next?; RSN trouble means MLB payroll problems! (Episode 930)

Merch Merch Merch! davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘teppermental’ as in David Tepper as in the Carolina Panthers as in Frank Reich as in Bryce Young as in Carolina, we have a problem. Tepper fires coaches everywhere. Fires soccer coaches. Fires NFL coaches. Is Frank Reich next? (11:00) MLB is going to have a payroll problem. We are already seeing it. Regional Sports Networks are causing financial issues for teams! We told you this would happen! (24:20) Review: Dumb Money. (33:30) Oakland Athletics update… again! (41:05) NPPOD. (43:20) What’s going on with Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin? A lawsuit! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202348 minutes, 10 seconds
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Scott Boras takes center stage at MLB GM Meetings... lucky us!; Michigan readies itself for battle with Big Ten! (Episode 929)

Merch and things: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘hibernation’ as in bears as in winter as in polar bears (?) as in Scott Boras as in MLB GM Meetings. Oh boy. What did Scotty have to say? He talked free agents. He talked World Series. He talked pitch clock. (14:35) Los Angels hire Ron Washington! We told you it would happen. The Bruce Bochy Effect! (20:24) What the heck is happening with Michigan v. Big Ten? It’s gotten insane. It’s become a witch hunt to see who has done more sign-stealing. Michigan is ready for battle. (33:02) Review: The Morning Show Season 3. (37:00) SAG-AFTRA and the studios have reached a tentative agreement. What does it mean for the future of Hollywood? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/202347 minutes, 55 seconds
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Cashman calls Yankees "pretty f****** good!" - what did he mean!?; MLB Meetings: Here's EVERYTHING that's being discussed! (Episode 928)

Merch Merch Merch Merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘indignant’ as in GM Meetings as in scrums as in media sessions as in Brian Cashman as in the Yankees. What happened? Well, the GM Meetings are taking place in Scottsdale. What happens there you ask? Let’s discuss. (18:45) The Ohtani Sweepstakes have begun. He was the talk of the town. Everyone wants him. Everyone has a plan. How else are teams preparing for this offseason? What happens if you lose out on Ohtani? (24:45) What else is happening at the GM Meetings? Who’s talking? (35:00) Review: Fingernails. (39:13) Adam Silver has a lot of problems right now. Referees. LeBron. All-Star Game. In-Season Tournament. TV Rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202347 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chicago Cubs shock MLB! Fire Ross and hire Craig Counsell!; Mets hire Yankees bench coach!; Will any MLB player accept a qualifying offer? (Episode 927)

If you wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘managerial madness’ as in you’re fired as in you’re hired as in David Ross as in Craig Counsell as in the Chicago Cubs as in WHAT!? Craig Counsell leaves the Brewers for division rival Brewers! (16:20) The New York Mets have hired Carlos Mendoza! Who? The Yankees bench coach. What happened with Counsell!? (18:50) The Arizona Diamondbacks extended Torey Luvullo again. That’s right. Twice in one year! (22:00) The Chicago White Sox are hard resetting on the team. Fired the front office. Now declined an option on Tim Anderson. (31:22) Review: What the Health. (35:40) What is the qualifying offer? How does it impact a team? Will players accept it? (41:45) NPPOD. (43:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me how it works when a team posts a player and how an MLB team signs that player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202348 minutes, 2 seconds
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Roger Goodell wants more and more and more international NFL games!; Marlins hire Rays GM to takeover baseball ops; MLB option roundup! (Episode 926)

Merch Merch Merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘euros’ as in Europe as in NFL as in expansion as in international revenue as in Roger Goodell wants to win the world. London games. Germany games. Mexico games. Brazil games? Spain games? Goodell wants this, but will it work? (15:48) NPPOD. (18:15) The Miami Marlins have a new president of baseball ops. The Marlins go to Tampa and hire away GM Peter Bender. What does this mean for the Marlins? (30:32) Review: Nyad. (36:20) Opt-in. Opt-out. Picked up. Who’s a free agent now? Joey Votto. Eduardo Rodriguez. Marcus Stroman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/6/202348 minutes, 14 seconds
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Biggest MLB offseason storylines you need to know! Big Ten wants Michigan, Harbaugh punished ASAP!; The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried continues (Episode 925)

BUY MERCH: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘free agency’ as in Shohei Ohtani as in the off-season as in Clayton Kershaw as in Blake Snell as in storylines. What is happening? What should you pay attention to? Does Fox still want baseball? Who is going to manage your team? (21:00) What the heck is happening with Michigan? All the Big Ten schools are out to get Harbaugh and Michigan now. They want punishment. (31:00) Review: Locke. (35:10) SBF and FTX are finished. Done. Convicted. See ya! (39:05) NPPOD. (42:15) Craig Breslow was introduced as the Red Sox new Chief Baseball Officer. Where as John Henry? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/202346 minutes, 34 seconds
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Texas Rangers win the World Series! Padres having cash problems!? What does that mean?; We're talking hockey today! (Episode 924)

New tees and hoodies available now: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘1st ring’ as in you always remember your first as in the Texas Rangers have won the World Series! Corey Seager wins his 2nd MVP. Marcus Semien played 179 games this year. What a night for Texas and Bruce Bochy! (8:35) What happened with the Padres yesterday? A report came out about a loan the team needed to get to afford payroll. What does that mean? (24:40) Review: Old Dads. (27:28) What the heck is happening with the Ottawa Senators!? They are a mess. New owner. Old problems. (33:20) Bobby Knight died. His legacy is a tough one. (36:30) Inter Miami has canceled its China trip. Why? (44:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me why Jorge Soler and the Braves are being sued by a fan who was hit by a foul ball last year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Rangers one win away from World Series crown! Raiders fire Josh McDaniels and GM while you were sleeping!; Fan violence needs to stop! (Episode 923)

NEW MERCH HAS DROPPED: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘27 outs’ as in that’s all that the Rangers need to win it all. The Diamondbacks were behind 10-0 in the blink of an eye. No Garcia. No problem. Corey Seager is just on fire! (9:50) While we were sleeping the Raiders fired its head coach and GM. Josh McDaniels, goodbye. Dave Ziegler, goodbye. Mark Davis has more changes to his head coaches than most people changes their underpants! (22:50) Review: Milli Vanilli. (27:00) What in the world is happening with the RSNs? MLB, and additional sports, are in a battle with Diamond Sports Group. How will this impact your team? (36:12) We have fan violence taken to a new level. What happened in France is just unacceptable. It’s just sports! (44:22) Saudi Arabia is getting the World Cup. Unopposed. No other bidders. Who could have seen this coming? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202346 minutes, 53 seconds
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Rangers take 2-1 World Series lead, but lose Scherzer AND Garcia!; James Harden gets traded to Clippers! Here's the latest on the Athletics move! (Episode 922)

NEW MERCH DROP TOMORROW: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘69’ as in 69% as in the World Series as in 69% of the time it works every time. As in the team that takes a 2-1 lead in a 7-game series has a 69% chance of winning. That would be the Texas Rangers. Scherzer hurt? Adolís Garcia hurt? Oh boy. (23:00) James Harden has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. It happened. Harden gets his wish. The 76ers are free of him and his baggage. (33:33) Review: Pain Hustlers. (38:00) We have an update on the Athletics relocation to Las Vegas. Here is what’s happening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202347 minutes, 16 seconds
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World Series is a series! Diamondbacks looking to end Rangers road record!; NFL Trade Deadline is tomorrow! Michigan pulls its contract extension from Harbaugh! (Episode 921)

We have new merch dropping Wednesday! davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘best of 5’ as win 3 more games and the season is over as in win 3 more games and you’re the World Series champions! Who will it be? The Texas Rangers had one of the greatest comebacks you’ll ever see in Game 1! In Game 2 the Arizona Diamondbacks turned on the jets and crushed the Rangers! Now we’re in Arizona for games 3, 4, and 5! (20:00) The NFL Trade Deadline is tomorrow! Are you excited? Are you ready? Is your team trading everyone? Who do you want to trade for? (31:13) Review: Billions. (36:30) Michigan has reportedly rescinded the contract extension the school had ready for Jim Harbaugh. Uh oh. (43:25) What is going on with stadiums? Everyone wants a stadium. The Tampa Bay Rays are trying. The Kansas City Royals are trying. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/202347 minutes, 43 seconds
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World Series Game 1: Diamondbacks or Rangers!? Who has the advantage?; NBA v. Load Management is here thanks to Harden and Sixers!; Michigan sign-stealing update! (Episode 920)

Buy merch here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘Game 1’ as in the first game of the World Series is tonight! Diamondbacks! Rangers! What are the keys to the series? Who has the advantage? The red hot underdog Diamondbacks? What about the star power of the Rangers offense? (20:00) The NBA is battling load management this year. Fines are on the horizon. Where is James Harden? Are the Suns resting stars already? (32:10) Review: Poisoned - The Dirty Truth About Your Food. (37:35) The Michigan sign-stealing is insane. The more and more layers that get uncovered… how is Jim Harbaugh still the coach? Did he know? Did he not know? (46:25) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/202347 minutes, 36 seconds
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How the Diamondbacks and Rangers prepare for the World Series!; Craig Counsell to the Mets?; The Chicago Bulls hold players-only meeting after Game 1!?!? (Episode 919)

Talk to Samson here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘36 hours’ as in the World Series as in first pitch as in final preparations as in what are the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers doing. Let’s discuss how teams plan for Game 1. What are the nerves like? What are the players and coaches doing? (13:20) Is Craig Counsell to the Mets a lock? We all saw it coming when David Stearns got the Mets job. Interesting. (19:00) What about the Brewers? They need a new manager. And now they need a stadium bill to pass. Oh boy! (30:00) Review: Savior Complex. (38:10) The NBA season started for most teams last night. 1 game. That’s it. And the Bulls lost. No big deal right… wrong! The Chicago Bulls already held a player-only meeting! (43:00) The NBA All-Star Game is reversing course and going back to a standard format. No more draft. No more Elam Ending. It’s East vs. West. (45:20) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/202347 minutes, 20 seconds
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Arizona Diamondbacks upset the Phillies! The World Series is set!; 20 Year anniversary of the Marlins World Series win!; Bob Melvin leaves Padres for rival Giants! (Episode 917)

If you wanna wanna wanna wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘cold blooded’ as in snakes as in big moment as in no emotion as in the Diamondbacks have done it! Down 3-2 to the Phillies. 2 games in Philadelphia. And the Arizona Diamondbacks got it done! Ketel Marte! Corbin Carroll! Brandon Pfaadt! Ginkel and Sewald! All take down Schwarber and Harper and Turner and Castellanos as Wheeler and Nola! (22:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? It’s the 20-year anniversary of the Marlins World Series victory! Can you believe it!? (33:00) The San Francisco Giants are hiring Bob Melvin! What?! (40:00) NPPOD (44:50) Jim Irsay violated the NFL code. He tweeted out private comments from the league office yesterday. Uh oh! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202348 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Texas Rangers are headed to the World Series! Adolís Garcia is a BAD MAN!; Underdog Diamondbacks force Game 7! The NBA returns -- here's what I'm watching! (Episode 917)

Talk to Samson here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘pennant’ as in World Series berth on the line as in the Texas Rangers as in the Houston Astros as in Game 7 as in baseball! The Rangers did it. The Astros fell apart at home. How did this happen!? Adolís Garcia had a series to remember! He had a Game 7 that will forever be remembered! (17:42) We have another Game 7! The Arizona Diamondbacks did it again! Tommy Pham! Lourdes Gurriel Jr! Can the Phillies win a Game 7 at home!? Are the underdog Diamondbacks going to spoil it all!? (29:35) The NBA returns tonight! Let’s go through some of the biggest storylines I’m paying attention to. From Giannis to LeBron to Jokic to the Suns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202345 minutes, 59 seconds
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Adolis Garcia silences Astros fans with grand slam! It's time for Astros-Rangers Game 7! Can the Phillies close out D-Backs?; Michigan State football is at it again! (Episode 916)

If you would like to talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘Game 7’ as in not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, no 6, but Game 7! Winner takes all! World Series berth on the line. Astros. Rangers. Here we go! (22:04) It’s time to talk Phillies/Diamondbacks! Arizona has surprised a lot of people and made this a series. Can they win on the road? I don’t know! (28:30) Review: Bottoms. (33:18) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Bob Melvin and his future with the Padres. Is he going to leave for the Giants? (41:37) Michigan State cannot get out of its own way. Every week it’s something new. First Mel Tucker, now we have the team putting Hitler up on the videoboard pregame. Of course! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/202347 minutes, 18 seconds
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Astros blast off on Rangers in Game 4! Series is now tied! Diamondbacks walk-off in Game 3 win over Phillies! Michigan sign-stealing scandal! (Episode 915)

If you wannnnna talk to Samson: davidsamsondpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘meatloaf’ as in MA! THE MEATLOAF! as in the singer as in 2 out of 3 ain’t bad as in the Houston Astros have tied things up with the Texas Rangers. The Astros fell behind in the series at home 0-2 then went and won the first 2 on the road in Arlington! So now we get one more for Texas at home than 2 in Houston (if needed) (11:15) Diamondbacks walk it off against the Phillies! What a game! There was something interesting that happened with Brandon Pfaadt. Let’s discuss! (25:06) Review: The Ringleader. (30:00) Michigan football is under investigation again. This time for sign-stealing… which isn’t illegal, but what Michigan allegedly did is! In-person scouting of teams to steal signs. And now a laptop might be involved! (38:25) NPPOD. (42:30) The fighting at sporting events needs to stop. The NFL has a problem and every week it gets worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/202348 minutes, 41 seconds
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Astros chase Max Scherzer out early, win Game 3 vs Rangers! Can the Diamondbacks quiet the Phillies bats?; Where in the world is James Harden? (Episode 914)

Talk to Samson here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘mad max’ as in fury road as in Max Scherzer as in the Texas Rangers as in the Houston Astros chased Scherzer out in 4 innings. Scherzer was making his first start since 9/12 with a shoulder injury and he got shelled. The Astros got a game, do we now have a series? (14:20) Will Arizona make this a series? Can Arizona make this a series? (23:20) Review: Sitting in Bars with Cake. (27:30) Where is James Harden? Is he still on the Sixers? Has he been traded? Will he show up? Is the NBA going to have to step in? (39:00) What you say will have consequences. Right or wrong.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/202347 minutes, 6 seconds
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Phillies continue to homer apart the Diamondbacks! Can Arizona make it a series!?; Can the Astros get to Max Scherzer!? (Episode 913)

If you wannnnnnnnna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘rattled’ as in rattlesnake as in shook as in nervous as in Diamondbacks as in the Phillies are good. Last night we saw what the Phillies are built to do. Hit dingers. Pitch lights out. Kyle Schwarber goes yard twice. Trea Turner goes yard. Nola doesn’t allow a run. What can Arizona even do? (10:45) Are the Astros finished? Will Max Scherzer pitch like an ace? Can anything happen!? It’s the postseason so yes! But this is a BIG game! (17:25) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Dave Roberts returning to the Dodgers and Aaron Boones returning to the Yankees. Make it make sense! (30:45) Review: Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning. (36:40) Trevor May announced his retirement… and then ripped A’s owner John Fisher. Wooo! (45:30) Kevin Porter Jr. was traded to the Thunder. He was arrested last month on charges of felony assault and strangulation. Why did this trade happen? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/202347 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why did the Marlins and Kim Ng part ways? Rangers take 2-0 series lead over Astros! Phillies homer and homer and homer in Game 1 win! (Episode 912)

You can reach us here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘one step’ as in closer as in 2-0 series as in the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros again! A terrible first inning by Framber Valdez and the Rangers were up 4-0 in the blink of an eye. Yordan Alvarez tried his hardest to get Houston back into it but it wasn’t enough. And onto Arlington we go! (10:00) The Phillies cannot stop hitting home runs. Schwarber homer. Harper homer. Castellanos homer. Can the Diamondbacks silence those bats? (15:14) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Marlins and Kim Ng. What happened? Why would she leave? (29:30) Review: The Burial. (34:00) Is this the end of Bill Belichick and the Patriots? They are a bad football team. They need to rebuild from the ground up. Is Belichick the right person for that? Will Robert Kraft want that? (41:50) NPPOD. (43:30) Baseball and Softball are back in the Olympics. Will stars be playing?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202347 minutes, 33 seconds
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Rangers take Game 1 of ALCS in Battle for Texas against Astros! Do the Diamondbacks have a chance against Phillies!? (Episode 911)

Buy our merch! davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘buckle’ as in belt buckle as in Texas as in Houston as in the battle for Texas in the ALCS. The Rangers took Game 1. Got 2 runs off Verlander and that was enough. The Rangers have still yet to lose in the postseason! (10:30) Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks… who ya got!? (21:45) Review: Fair Play. (28:40) The San Francisco Giants have interview Alyssa Nakken for the manager job. Let’s talk about how historic this is and how historic it can be. (35:00) The Red Sox cannot find a replacement for Chaim Bloom… really? Cmon! (42:20) Is the Super Bowl heading to London? Could that actually happen!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/202346 minutes, 55 seconds
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Atta boy! The Phillies have eliminated the Braves again!; Battle for Texas preview: Astros vs Rangers! (Episode 910)

If you wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘atta boy’ as in Bryce Harper as in Nick Castellanos as in Trea Turner as in the Philadelphia Phillies have eliminated the Atlanta Braves again. Back-to-back seasons in the NLDS to reach the NLCS. How did they get it done? Braves had the best record in baseball and got 1 postseason win to show for it. And let’s stop talking about the playoff format! (15:45) It’s the battle for Texas! Rangers vs Astros! Houston back for the 7th-straight time! Texas trying to reach the World Series for first time since 2011. (25:30) Review: Dreamin’ Wild. (30:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about MLB teams when it comes to payroll, revenue, and profits. How does it work? What about the Rays president saying the team can increase payroll? (42:30) NPPOD.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/202347 minutes, 39 seconds
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Dodgers get swept by Diamondbacks! Does LA need to make changes!?; Bryce Harper got angry and made Braves pay!; Yankees president calls out Marlins and Rays (Episode 909)

If you wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘ugh’ as in woof as in really as in cmon as in here we go again as in sweeps! Diamondbacks swept the Dodgers! What? How did the Dodgers collapse again? The Arizona Diamondbacks. The underdogs! (10:50) The Phillies have the lead! Bryce Harper is beast. That’s it. The Braves got him angry. It is now the story of the series. (19:40) The Houston Astros are back in the ALCS. They have lived there. 7-straight appearances. We have an All-Texas ALCS. (28:21) Review: Wes Anderson Shorts. (34:50) The Yankees can’t help themselves. Hal Steinbrenner is going to make changes. Big changes? Probably not. And his president Randy Levine took some shots at the Florida teams. Unfair! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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Rangers headed to ALCS! Astros looking to make it all-Texas ALCS!; A quick shoutout to Barry Melrose!; Is LeBron the next Jordan? (Episode 908)

If you wanna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘three’ as in three games as in the LDS as in three wins are needed. The Houston Astros are now one win away from getting back to the ALCS. The bats came alive and the Minnesota Twins could do nothing about it. The Astros are too good. (8:30) The Texas Rangers are headed to the ALCS for the first time since 2011. The Baltimore Orioles didn’t have a chance. Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, Evan Carter. (16:00) Let me take a moment to share some more thoughts on Israel. Many reached out to speak with me, and I’d like to say something about it. (28:00) Review: Flora and Son. (31:50) The NHL season has started and something important happened. Barry Melrose announced he’s stepping away from ESPN after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. (36:25) LeBron James wants an NBA team in Las Vegas. He wants to own it. Is he the next Jordan? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202347 minutes, 9 seconds
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MLB Divisional Series: Braves late-game magic ties series with Phillies!; NFL turf monster has gone global!; My thoughts on what's taking place in Israel (Episode 907)

If you want to talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘home’ — we’re going to talk sports to start the show. Playoff baseball. And then we’ll get to Israel and Palestine. Let’s begin with the Braves and Phillies. What a game! Is playoff rust a thing with #1 seeds? Can that be real? The Diamondbacks are going to do it. The Dodgers are cooked! (12:50) We have more turf drama. This time it has gone global. Tottenham plays at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The field is gras… but not when the NFL is there! It’s on turf! And the NFL players there hate the turf! (23:00) Review: Golda. (28:00) Here are my thoughts on what’s taking place in Israel right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202351 minutes, 52 seconds
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MLB Divisional Series: Here's what has interested me!; Can someone explain what happened with the Miami Hurricanes?; Blue Jays GM puts blame on manager (Episode 906)

BUY MERCH: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘underway’ as in happening as in started as in not ended as in the MLB postseason is here and the Divisional Round is here. What’s been happening? For all you football distracted people, we’ve got you covered! Let’s start with the Rangers and Orioles. Texas is too good. Baltimore is too young. (13:50) The Astros and Twins split the games in Houston. Carlos Correa is having himself a postseason for Minnesota. It’s what he does. (21:05) The Diamondbacks ran Clayton Kershaw out of LA in Game 1. Never seen anything like it. (30:27) Review: Reptile. (35:45) What happened with the Miami Hurricanes? I still cannot believe it. What am I missing? (42:00) The Blue Jays GM blamed the manager for a pitching change in a postseason game. Really? HORSE HOCKEY! (45:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/202347 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why didn't Mets tell the truth about Billy Eppler's resignation? MLB Divisional Round previews! Fitzgerald suing Northwestern for $130 MILLION! (Episode 905)

BUY MERCH: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘flushed’ as in flushing as in swept away as in resigning as in Billy Eppler is out of Flushing. What happened? Why did the Mets GM choose to resign now? MLB is investigation Eppler over Injured List violations? What? (15:00) Let’s chat about the MLB Divisional Series! Rangers or Orioles? Twins or Astros? Diamondbacks or Dodgers? Phillies or Braves? (27:20) Review: The Super Models. (31:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Pat Fitzgerald suing Northwestern for $130 MILLION!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202348 minutes, 48 seconds
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MLB Wild Card: You get a SWEEP! and you get a SWEEP! and you get a SWEEP! and you get a SWEEP!; World Cup updates and trying to find Messi (Episode 904)

Check out the new Wait to See tee: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘swept’ as in sweep as in postseason baseball as in four series as in four sweeps as in MLB is despondent! Where were the Rays fans again? Record low crowds. 99 win team, swept at home. Sad. The Texas Rangers were just better. (9:10) The Minnesota Twins won a postseason series! Stop the presses! It happened. 21 years in the making! (16:20) The Diamondbacks sweep the Brewers! Milwaukee jumps out to another lead early… and Arizona fights back again! (19:50) We have an NLDS rematch! Phillies vs Braves! Was the Marlins season a success? (23:30) NPPOD. (28:40) Review: Joy Ride. (31:45) World Cup 2034 is coming. Get ready! Where will it be? (39:30) Where is Messi? Has anyone seen him? (45:40) Pete Alonso is now a Scott Boras client. Yay! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/202347 minutes, 54 seconds
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MLB Wild Card: Rays have RECORD LOW attendance for Game 1 loss!; When is okay to do a champagne shower?; Mariners Pres. has one of the WORST quotes EVER (Episode 903)

Please buy our new shirt! (or some stickers!): davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘elimination’ as in gone as in destroyed as in see you later as in four teams in the Wild Card Round are facing elimination already. It happens that quickly! Let’s start with the Rangers and Rays. Where were the fans? How big of a problem is this? Can you believe there was a live break-in during the Rays-Rangers game? It was an announced that the Speaker of the House had been ousted! What about champagne showers? When are they appropriate? (21:00) The Twins won a postseason game! Can you believe it? (22:45) The Diamondbacks won it. Down early and then the bats came alive. (25:00) Zach Wheeler pitched a gem and the Phillies took Game 1. Can the Marlins fight back? (27:00) NPPOD. (32:15) Review: Only Murders in the Building Season 3. (35:50) Sorry, Mariners fans. This was quite the press conference from Jerry Dipoto. (44:00) Aaron Rodgers is back… in the media, that is. Wonderful! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202347 minutes, 14 seconds
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MLB Wild Card preview and picks! Will any team sign Trevor Bauer next season?; Padres making no front office changes, Angels fire manager (Episode 902)

NEW MERCH ALERT: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘wild card’ as in MLB as in postseason as in baseball as in let’s go! Let’s preview it all! Rays and Rangers! Twins and Blue Jays! Brewers and Diamondbacks! Marlins and Phillies! And what are my picks!? ALSO! WE HAVE A NEW MERCH DROP! (19:45) Review: Saint of Second Chances. (24:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Trevor Bauer and the latest update on his settlement. They wanted to know if Trevor Bauer would be signed back by an MLB team. (39:40) What did the Padres announce yesterday? No changes! Can you believe it? (44:35) The Angels have fired Phil Nevin. They’ll be looking for their 4th manager in the past 6 seasons. How fun! (46:30) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202347 minutes, 27 seconds
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MLB Regular season is over! Let the postseason begin!he Marlins are back in! Mets and Giants fire managers! The Bears are still BAD! (Episode 901)

NEW MERCH DROPPING TOMORROW: davidsamsonpodcast.com We’re going to start things off with a word on Tim Wakefield who died at age 57. Special shoutout to Miguel Cabrera. What a career. What a player. (5:55) Today’s word of the day is ‘it’s over’ as in the regular season has come to an end… it’s now time for the MLB postseason! The best time of year! The Astros win the AL West on the final day! Now the Rangers go to Tampa! Who else made it? The year of the small revenue teams! (13:35) Let me talk about the Marlins. Please understand me here! (19:55) The New York Mets have fired Buck Showalter after just 2 seasons. 100+ wins last season. Fired this season. (24:35) Gabe Kapler has been fired by the Giants. Won 107 game and NL West in 2021, and now he’s out of a job. Fired with 3 games left in the season. (28:00) Let’s revisit some Wait to Sees we had about the MLB regular season! (38:45) The Broncos came back from 28-7 down and beat the Bears! What is happening with the Bears!? It keeps getting worse! (42:45) The Buffalo Bills beatdown the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Is it time to pump the breaks on the Miami parade? (44:45) Zach Wilson played the game of his life vs the Chiefs. And they lost. Taylor Swift wins again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/2/202347 minutes, 17 seconds
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Final weekend of MLB regular season is here and there's A LOT to play for!; Curt Schilling can't help himself! Did the Trail Blazers really ask Dame to tank!? (Episode 900)

Get yourself a Horse Hockey! tee here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘final weekend’ as in Friday as in Saturday as in Sunday as in the regular season in MLB is about to be over! So much is still on the line! Will the Marlins have to play a half-inning on Monday!? Did the Cubs implosion continue? Who wins the AL West? Who makes the AL Wild Card!? (12:30) The Baltimore Orioles have won 100 games. The Baltimore Orioles have won the AL East. The Baltimore Orioles have finished with the best record in the American League. (17:20) Angel Hernandez is at it again. Because of course. (21:10) Curt Schilling violated clubhouse rules. Curt Schilling violated Tim Wakefield’s trust. (30:00) Review: Grand Tourismo. (33:45) A story was released about Damian Lillard and his fallout with the Portland Trail Blazers. What happened? Tanking accusations. Bad ones. (39:35) Inter Miami is raising prices. We knew that would happen. How much they raised them is the bigger deal. (43:45) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/202347 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sorry, Heat fans! Damian Lillard traded to the Milwaukee Bucks out of nowhere!; MLB Postseason races are WILD! Cubs? Marlins? Astros? Mariners? (Episode 899)

MERCH AND MORE: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘buck’ as in a doe as in a deer as in antlers as in Giannis as in Milwaukee as in Damian Lillard has been traded to the Bucks! Not Miami! Not Toronto! Player empowerment finished? Not so fast! (12:20) The MLB postseason is so close! Big losses! Big wins! Teams crumbling! Teams making runs! This is baseball! Cubs? Marlins? Should the Brewers pick their opponent? (30:10) Review: Wilderness. (34:40) What is culture in the clubhouse? How right does it need to be? Let’s take a look at the San Francisco Giants. Let’s take a look at the New York Jets. (46:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/202347 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mets-Marlins rain delay disaster! How could this happen!?; Josh Harris wants all. the sports teams!; Colin Kaepernick letter to Jets leaked by J. Cole? What? (Episode 898)

You can talk to Samson here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘tarp’ as in rain as in rain delay as in groundscrew as in the Mets and Marlins game was postponed after hours of talking about the field. The Marlins are furious. What happened? How could this happen? (10:15) Josh Harris opens up to ESPN about why he needed to own the Washington Commanders. He is on a quest. He now has 4 Infinity Stones of franchises. (19:40) Colin Kaepernick wrote a letter to the Jets. It was released by J. Cole. What did the letter say? Will the Jets give him a chance? (32:35) Review: Theater Camp. (36:00) Is Damian Lillard getting traded? We’re going into Month 4 of this. Now the Raptors are the favorites? What happened to the Heat? Is he going to stay a Blazer? (42:35) NPPOD. (44:55) Time to talk Swifties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202347 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why the Bengals front office felt they needed to play Joe Burrow; Broadway Joe says Zach Wilson has to go!; I was RIGHT about the San Diego Padres (Episode 897)

Ya wannnna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘aspiration’ as in hope as in expectations as in belief as in the Cincinnati Bengals want a Super Bowl. 2 seasons ago it was a Super Bowl loss. Last season was an AFC Championship loss. Now Joe Burrow has a calf injury and he doesn’t look good. Last night he struggled, but they won. How do teams handle these player injuries? (10:30) What are the Jets doing with Zach Wilson. He is bad. The team is losing. Saleh is doubling down. Joe Namath is fuming. (28:55) Review: Bank of Dave. (36:20) What is going on with the Padres? Everything we told would happen. (47:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202347 minutes, 46 seconds
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Recapping the 4x4x48 Challenge; The Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos are down BAD! Can it really get worse!? (Episode 896)

Donate, if you wanna talk to Samson, or buy merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘mentality’ as in the mind as in the brain as in the drive as in the 4x4x48 Challenge was grueling. Rain. Cold. Winds. Sleep deprivation. Tears. But we did it. (10:45) The Bears are in a bad place. Bad week. DC resigns. Stolen equipment. Getting blown out with Taylor Swift in attendance. Bad bad week. (17:35) The Dolphins dropped a 70 Burger on the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Sean Payton is in the deep end. Russell Wilson is a shell of himself. Woof. (22:35) That wasn’t the only big L in Colorado this weekend. The Buffs got beat bad. Deion Sanders first bit of adversity. (31:25) The Writers Guild has an agreement in place with the studios! The strike is almost over! What needs to happen next? (36:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about about retirement tour gifts. How are they chosen? Did the Athletics drop the ball on the Miggy Tour? (44:30) NPPOD - What has happened to the Houston Astros? They have sputtered. Fallen apart. May now miss the postseason! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/202346 minutes, 38 seconds
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Welcome to FIFA's Golden Bachelor: Jerry Jones, Stan Kroenke, John Mara try and win Gianni Infantino's heart; Tommy Pham calls out the Mets! (Episode 895)

DONATE HERE: https://give.michaeljfox.org/fundraiser/4638040 Today’s word of the day is ‘rose’ as in the Golden Bachelor as in Gianni Infantino as in Jerry Jones as in Stan Kroenke as in John Mara as in the NFL owners want FIFA’s rose. Why? The World Cup Final is at stake! Millions and millions and millions of dollars at stake. And the battle is on! (14:20) The Mets. Here we go again. Disaster season gets worse and worse and worse. What happened now? (28:30) Review: Just One Mile. (34:40) NPPOD. Amazon is bringing ads. Get ready to pay more. The Cubs are in some trouble! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202347 minutes, 21 seconds
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What in the world is going on with the Chicago Bears!?; Investigation into fan death at Patriots/Dolphins game; James Dolan hates being an owner (Episode 894)

Donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation here and let's help find a cure for Parkinson's: https://give.michaeljfox.org/fundraiser/4638040 Today’s word of the day is ‘storied’ as in historic as in past time as in historic as in the Chicago Bears. What is happening with this team? Did Justin Fields call out his coaches did he not? Are the Bears leaving downtown or are they not? Did the defensive coordinator resign or did he not? What is happening!? (24:45) Something happened at the Patriots game over the weekend and a fan died. It could be from a fight with a rival fan. It may have been caused by health reasons. (36:15) Review: Virgin River Season 5. (37:40) James Dolan doesn’t like being an owner. Hates it. Despises it. His words! (44:40) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/202346 minutes, 50 seconds
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Did Rams head coach Sean McVay know the spread!?; Is the Tampa Bay Rays stadium deal?; Michigan State v. Mel Tucker: The $79M battle (Episode 893)

Wanna Talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘oblivious’ as in ignorant as in didn’t know it as in didn’t see it as in Sean McVay said he had no idea what the spread was in the Rams and 49ers game. What happened? Why is it important? (13:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Tampa Bay Rays new stadium. What are the big talking points from the team’s presser yesterday? (25:40) Review: The List (28:35) What’s going on with Mel Tucker and Michigan State? He’s going to get fired. Is he going to get paid? (39:40) NPPOD. (42:20) Merger Alert! It looks as if the XFL and USFL will be merging. Spring football! Will it ever work? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tampa Bay Rays are staying in St. Pete! Goodbye relocation, hello expansion!?; NFL files grievance against NFLPA over running backs! Mahomes gets his BAG! (Episode 892)

Link to donate to Parkinson's Research/4x4x48 Challenge: https://give.michaeljfox.org/fundraiser/4638040 Today’s word of the day is ‘never a doubt’ as in the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to Montreal. They are not going to Vegas. They are not going to Orlando. They are staying in St. Pete. 30,000 seat stadium. Fixed domed. (12:45) We have a fight between the NFL and the union right now. The league is alleging that the NFLPA told running backs to fake injuries in contract negotiations. What!? (26:35) Review: Winning Time S2. (31:15) Patrick Mahomes is back to being the highest paid player in the league. The Chiefs re-worked his deal to give him $210M guaranteed over the next 4 years. Why did they do it? (41:50) NPPOD. What is wrong with the Padres? Why did this season fail so spectacularly? The team fell apart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202347 minutes
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Shohei Ohtani season is over! Is his career with Angels done too!?; Dodgers win NL West for 10th time in 11 years: does lack of rings impact dynasty talk? (Episode 891)

Today’s word of the day is ‘procedure’ as in plan as in an outline as in an operation as in Shohei Ohtani is going to get one. Will be it be Tommy John? Will he get a bionic arm? Will it just be plasma injections? What is it and what’s his future!? (11:20) The Dodgers have won the West again. 10 titles in 11 years. Sorry Padres fans. (28:55) Top 5 Most Memorable Actor Expressions in Movies. (32:30) Mike Babcock has resigned. Welp, guess that podcast was right! (37:10) NPPOD. (40:35) Alexander Mattison posted messages that he received after the Vikings loss. Racist. Garbage. Fans all need to be better. People need to be better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/202346 minutes, 14 seconds
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Boston Red Sox, Mookie Betts, and the downfall of Chaim Bloom; Is foreign money coming to takeover the NFL?; Where is Alek Manoah? (Episode 890)

Wanna talk to Samson or buy merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘CBO’ as in Chief as in Baseball as in Officer as in the Red Sox have fired Chaim Bloom after (almost) 4 seasons with the club. Why now? What did Bloom do wrong? The Mookie Betts trade? Was that on him? (14:10) Is foreign money coming to the NFL? Does this sound familiar? Could it be the Saudi fund? Hmmmmm… (24:30) Review: Kielce. (28:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Alek Manoah and where he is. Huh!? (39:10) NPPOD. (43:10) What is the future of the Portland Trail Blazers? Why haven’t they been sold? (45:40) What are the Suns doing with TV? Do you need an antennae? We’ll give them to you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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NFL players want grass, Roger Goodell says some want turf... which ones?; Max Scherzer likely done for the season; Thunder get VERY generous new arena deal (Episode 889)

Wanna talk to Samson or buy merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘artificial’ as in turf as in grass as in bermuda as in the NFLPA wants grass and Roger Goodell says maybe, maybe not. Are the players going to get the change? Goodell says he’s heard ‘mixed opinions’ from players. Which players? (14:15) Max Scherzer is done for the year. Another injury. The Rangers are despondent. What of all the teams that also went all-in at the deadline? At the waiver deadline? (27:20) Let’s do something different today. I have a question. (31:55) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Oklahoma City Thunder new arena deal. It blew my mind. (38:50) What is the future of the Rays? Are they for sale? Are they moving? Are they real? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/202347 minutes, 4 seconds
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Are the Jets Zach Wilson's team now? Or just for now?; New NFL lawsuit alleges Cowboys, Bills owners said racist remarks about players! Mets set to hire David Stearns (Episode 888)

Wanna talk to Samson or buy merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘tactfully’ as in tactics as in game planning as in carefully choosing next step as in Aaron Rodgers is done for the season and now what? Robert Saleh took the microphone and tried to rally the troops around Zach Wilson. (12:10) A new lawsuit has been filed against the NFL by longtime writer Jim Trotter and it’s a banger. He has alleged that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Bills owner Terry Pegula said racist remarks about players. Uh oh. (29:00) Review: Barbie. (33:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Columbus Blue Jackets and what’s going on with new coach Mike Babcock. (40:10) NPPOD. (42:45) The Mets are set to hire David Stearns. The hottest name in baseball. The first president of the Mets ever. Here we go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202347 minutes, 41 seconds
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Thrill & Agony: Jets win on walk-off punt return in OT, lose Aaron Rodgers to feared Achilles tear 4 plays into debut; Another day, another athlete arrested for domestic violence (Episode 887)

You wanna talk to Samson or buy merch: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘misery’ as in pain as in agony as in heartbreak as in Aaron Rodgers was injured 4 plays into his Jets debut. Horrifying. Team fears an achilles tear. But, hey, the Jets still won on a walk-off punt return TD in overtime! (16:20) Another day, another NBA player charged with domestic violence. Here we go again. (24:10) The Dodgers have scrubbed Julio Urías from the team. Locker gone. Murals gone. (29:45) NBA wants to fight against load management. First it was awards. Now it’s nationally televised games! (35:45) Review: Kim v. Kanye - The Divorce. (40:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me if players comments impact MLB decisions when talking robot umps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202347 minutes, 1 second
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22 years since 9/11/01... Mel Tucker is the latest in the "College Sports Has a Problem" cycle; Nationals owner releases statement on Strasburg (Episode 886)

It’s been 22 years since 9/11/2001. Let’s take some time to remember and reflect. Michigan State has suspended head football coach Mel Tucker amid a Title IX investigation into sexual assault and an inappropriate relationship with sexual assault advocate Brenda Tracy. What happened? Why did Michigan State wait so long to announce the suspension? What happens next? (18:45) Art Briles was on the field after the Oklahoma win. It never ends. (26:00) Review: Somebody, Somewhere. (30:50) Nationals owner Mark Lerner released a statement about the Stephen Strasburg canceled retirement ceremony. What did he have to say? Did he clean up the mess? (36:50) NPPOD. - Can Aaron Rodgers live up to the hype? Are the Jets more than just offseason talk? (40:00) Is Mike Trout going to get traded? He has a no-trade clause! (44:30) Mariners P George Kirby unloaded after a loss because he felt he didn’t want the ball anymore. What? A pitcher wanted to come out of a game? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chiefs don't look like Super Bowl contenders! Joe Burrow is now the HIGHEST PAID player EVER! What in the world is happening with the Nationals!? (Episode 885)

HORSE HOCKEY! davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘we’re off!’ no not us taking a break as in the NFL season is here as in the Chiefs vs the Lions as in Patrick Mahomes as in Dan Campbell bitting kneecaps as in footballllll!!!! (5:45) Joe Burrow is now a paid man. $275M. On the eve of the football season. At the start of the Chiefs game. NFL quarterbacks are getting big big big money. (10:45) Justin Jefferson wants a new contract from the Vikings. He’s going to get a new deal, but unlike others he’s still playing games. (12:30) Quick detour on the U.S. Open and protesters. Welp. (16:55) Back to Justin Jefferson! (19:25) Goodbye, Danny Boy. The times we had together. But it’s now time for Josh Harris to lead the Commanders and everything will be different. (30:25) Review: In the Company of Rose. (36:30) What in the world is happening in Washington right now? No, not the politicians. No, not the Commanders. We’re talking about the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg! (44:35) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/202347 minutes, 51 seconds
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Could USC star Caleb Williams REALLY skip the 2024 NFL Draft!?; Chiefs have a Chris Jones sized problem!; Update on the Marlins and Dodgers ace Julio Urías (Episode 884)

Get your Horse Hockey! shirt here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘apple’ as as in two bites as in two chances as in Caleb Williams could skip the NFL draft. What? The reigning Heisman Trophy winner going back to school for another year? Could it happen? That’s what his father said! NGTH! (9:10) The Kansas City Chiefs have a problem. Where is Chris Jones? Star defensive tackle is holding out over a new deal. (17:35) Nick Bosa has gotten paid. Big money! (20:50) NFL predictions! (28:20) Review: Unknown - Cave of Bones. (33:40) The Marlins are facing big challenges in the wild card race. Sandy is hurt. Soler is hurt. But the team keeps winning. (36:10) Julio Urías has been placed on the Administrative Leave list. Same place as Wander Franco. The Dodgers also canceled a bobblehead night for Julio. (40:35) NPPOD. (44:00) Cheating in marathon running is at an all time high. And it doesn’t work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/202347 minutes, 55 seconds
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Giancarlo Stanton joins the 400 HR Club; Scherzer v. Verlander for first time ever!; Where was Ohtani on picture day!? (Episode 883)

NEW MERCH ALERT! Horse Hockey! tee is now live! davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘400’ as in Mark McGwire as in Babe Ruth as in Alex Rodriguez as in Giancarlo Stanton. He did it. Last night he became the 4th fastest to join the 400 club! (15:40) NPPOD - we’ve got Max Scherzer v. Justin Verlander today! First time ever! Two hall of famers. Teammates. (23:20) Review: Telemarketers. (25:50) Where was Ohtani!? Los Angeles Angels had a stand-in for him in the team photos. What? (31:35) It’s time to take a trip to the U.S. Open. What happened? Novak didn’t lose. American Ben Shelton has arrived. Coco Gauff is making history. (41:20) Are you for this new Vegas giveaway or do you think it’s a bit much? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202346 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dodgers ace Julio Urías arrested for felony domestic violence... again; Shohei Ohtani's agent gives update on injury; Is this the end for Anthony Rendon? (Episode 882)

NEW MERCH DROPPING TOMORROW AT 8AM ET ON DAVIDSAMSONPODCAST.COM Today’s word of the day is ‘you’re out’ as in no more strikes as in no more chances as in Julio Urías has been arrested and charged with felony domestic violence again. He was suspended 20 games in 2019 for the same thing. He’s a pending free agent. What will MLB do? What will the Dodgers do? (12:20) Shohei Ohtani’s agent has gone public with Ohtani’s future. Kind of. (20:45) What is it with the Angels? Let’s take a look at Anthony Rendon and his tenure with the team. What did he have to say about his injury? Nothing. (30:00) Review: House of Cards. (34:45) What is Cody Bellinger worth in free agency? Would you give him $200M? (42:20) NPPOD. (44:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the 3rd Wild Card spot and if MLB caused problems with it. What problems? Teams buying when they should sell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/202347 minutes, 51 seconds
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Braves flex on Dodgers this weekend!; Deion Sanders brings Colorado into the Prime time; Oakland mayor has had enough of John Fisher (Episode 881)

Today’s word of the day is ‘domination’ as in the Atlanta Braves as in the Los Angeles Dodgers as in Ronald Acuña and the Braves took 3 of 4 from Mookie Betts and the Dodgers. Was this an NLCS preview? Are the Braves just too good? (11:35) Deion Sanders is in the prime time. Colorado with a major upset alert in Sanders debut. His son played phenomenal. Set records. How did Colorado pay for Deion? (23:20) Review: Past Lives. (27:40) We have another Oakland update. It never stops. This time Oakland mayor Sheng Thao has taken the gloves off against Athletics owner John Fisher. (36:35) NPPOD. (39:40) The pitch clock is here to stay in the postseason. Players didn’t want it. But MLB does. (45:40) The Baltimore Orioles made a late waiver claim from the Marlins for a player who was good for them in the past. He cannot pitch in the postseason… so why do it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/4/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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White Sox fans are NOT HAPPY with owner Jerry Reinsdorf's decision on new GM; The Guardians have claimed everyone! Why!?; ESPN pulls the plug on Charter at kickoff! (Episode 880)

Today’s word of the day is ‘energized’ as in excited as in pumped up as in game changing as in the White Sox have named a new GM. Who is it? Someone promoted from within. How energized are White Sox fans!?!?! (16:25) Waiver claims! The Guardians have taken them all! You waive a player and they’re going to Cleveland! (26:20) Review: The Flash. (28:45) Disney and Charter are in a fight. Bad for fans. ESPN went dark right before the kickoff of Utah and Florida. Uh oh. (38:10) NPPOD. (40:50) It’s Scott Boras time! Welcome back! What did he do now? Just called out the Dodgers over Cody Bellinger. Web it up! davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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Mets fire back at claims of Pete Alonso being toxic, but will he be traded?; Update on Wander Franco; Barstool Sports enters layoffs (Episode 879)

For everyone asking about the Wait to Sees, Movie Reviews, and David's Top 100: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jl_qRYCA04IqNp-pmcfGQoaF6rA_7f4RigR1ZPY7dQo/edit?usp=sharing Today’s word of the day is ‘it’s not personal’ as in business as in Pete Alonso as in the New York Mets are having a season to forget. What now? Pete Alonso was called “toxic” but the Mets say that’s BS! What about a trade? It can happen. (13:20) Another bad update with Wander Franco. Another complaint filed against him. (24:20) Review: John Wick 4. (29:30) Barstool Sports has entered the layoffs world. Reportedly 25% of the company has to be cut. This is on the heels of the break up with PENN Entertainment. (36:50) NPPOD. Braves vs Dodgers alert! Betts and Freeman vs Acuña and Olson! (41:00) The Indianapolis Colts have entered the dysfunction market. Welcome! Danny Snyder is gone. Jim Irsay is at the plate! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/202347 minutes, 30 seconds
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Angels waive Giolito, Yankees waive Donaldson, Bader; MLB cannot allow what happened in Colorado and Chicago to happen again (Episode 878)

Today’s word of the day is ‘surrender’ as in give up as in waving the white flag as in the Los Angeles Angels have given up. Waiving players they traded for to make a playoff push. The Yankees waive Donaldson and Bader. The Mets waived Carrasco. Mike Clevinger got waived. (18:45) MLB, MLBPA will get involved in player safety even more now after what took place in Colorado and Chicago. How did these things take place? How were safety measures lacking so much that this happened? (30:10) Review: BS High. (34:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me if expansion will put an end to relocation threats… hmmm. (41:30) NPPOD. (43:15) Free drinks for everyone in Milwaukee! How? If the Jets lose at one bar! But! There are conditions! Go here please: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202346 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ronald Acuña tackled by fans on field in Colorado! NL MVP race could be most exciting finish ever!; Scherzer booed in return to Citi Field! (Episode 877)

Today’s word of the day is ‘danger’ as in scary as in fan behavior as in Ronald Acuña was tackled by fans in Colorado last night. What the hell is going on? How did this happen? What will MLB do now? (10:30) NL MVP race is on fire. Acuña. Betts. Freeman. Olson. Two sets of teammates in the top 4. Let’s go! (18:05) Max Scherzer was booed last night in his return to Citi Field. He had some things to say about his time with the Mets. (28:20) Review: You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah. (32:25) What in the world is happening at Petco Park? A story came out about a non-profit makings hundreds of thousands of dollars as a vendor in San Diego… and it’s fake! (42:10) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202347 minutes, 33 seconds
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How were 2 fans struck by bullets during White Sox game!? Updates on Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics stadium situations (Episode 876)

Talk to Samson here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘security’ as in metal detectors as in police as in cameras as in a shooting took place at a White Sox game. Or did it? Two fans in the outfield were struck by bullets. How? 1 died and several were injured during a shooting at an Oklahoma High School football game. WTF! What about in Jacksonville? A racist murdered 3 Black people. Unreal. (27:30) Review: Depp v. Heard. (31:10) What is the latest on the Milwaukee Brewers? No, not the win streak, but the stadium! (37:00) Oakland mayor Sheng Thao is readying a list of demands from MLB if the Athletics need to extend its lease at the Oakland Coliseum. (41:10) NPPOD. (43:50) What the heck is happening in Spain right now!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/202347 minutes, 34 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani should reconsider playing again this year! Stephen Strasburg retires, but still paid! The BIG drama inside the White Sox front office (Episode 875)

davidsamsonpodcast.com davidsamsonpodcast.com davidsamsonpodcast.com davidsamsonpodcast.com davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘deflection’ as in misdirection as in pass it somewhere else as in who’s to blame for Shohei Ohtani’s injury? Him? The team? Lady Luck? Anyone? (12:35) Stephe Strasburg has retired. Kind of. He will still get paid his full contract AND the deferred money. (28:50) Review: Like Harvey, Like Son. (33:50) How bad were things inside the White Sox front office? What led to the end of Rick Hahn and Kenny Williams in Chicago? (39:10) The NFL is here. Joint practices. Fights. Preseason games. The field where it happens. (45:20) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/202347 minutes, 19 seconds
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Shohei Ohtani suffers 2nd career UCL tear! How much will it cost him in free agency!?; Oakland Athletics owner finally speaks... SOFTBALL ALERT! (Episode 874)

Visit davidsamsonpodcast.com for merch or if you wannna talk to Samson Today’s word of the day is ‘crestfallen’ as in despondent as in sad as depressing as in Shohei Ohtani has hurt his elbow again. Another UCL tear. Will he need Tommy John surgery again? How many millions will he lose out on now? Will he ever be the same? (17:20) John Fisher has finally spoken. He’s the owner of the Oakland Athletics. And he only sat down with a paper in Nevada. None in Oakland. Wonder why. (37:00) Review: How to Blow Up a Pipeline. (45:00) Baker Mayfield has some off the field distractions. $12M worth of them. (46:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chicago White Sox clean house! Fire longtime GM and EVP of baseball!; Wander Franco being erased from Rays stadium; Harden gets fined (Episode 873)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Southside blues’ as in Chicago as in White Sox as in Jerry Reinsdorf as in overhaul as in you’re all fired. Reinsdorf fired his two main men. Both the guys who oversaw the baseball operations. Are the White Sox moving? To where? To What? (28:00) An update on Wander Franco. He has been moved to admin leave. The Rays have been removing his picture from everywhere around the stadium. (34:50) Review: Untold - Hall of Shame. (39:00) NPPOD. (40:30) James Harden has been fined $100K for his comments about Daryl Morey and the playing for the Sixers. What happens next? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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Orioles owner says team will have to DRAMATICALLY raise stadium prices to keep young stars!?; Athletics stadium update; Commanders owner talks Harden (Episode 872)

Leave a question or buy some merch! davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘dramatically’ as in over the top as in the Baltimore Orioles as in John Angelos as in what is he thinking? He spoke with the New York Times said in order to pay for his young stars he’ll have to raise prices around the stadium! (20:00) The Oakland Athletics have hired a contractor for its new stadium in Las Vegas. What does it mean? Anything? (30:45) Review: Untold - Jake Paul Problem Child. (34:30) What is happening with James Harden and the Sixers? He called Darryl Morey a liar. Now Josh Harris has spoken. (40:20) NPPOD. (41:40) Michigan has suspended Jim Harbaugh for 3 games this season. You won’t believe who they play. It’s all a joke! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/202347 minutes, 40 seconds
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Astros call team meeting after being swept by Mariners! Gunnar Henderson doesn't "settle" for cycle; Pete Alonso's big blunder! (Episode 871)

If you wannnnnnnna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘veteran’ as in team meeting as in getting swept as in keeping composure as in the Houston Astros needed to get together and talk things through. The postseason races are going crazy and the Astros could miss out on them. The Mariners are hot. The Blue Jays are waiting. The Red Sox are surprising. (11:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Gunnar Henderson was a single away from the cycle, but legged it out for a double — would I want that? (19:20) Pete Alonso made a mistake. The internet crushed him. Was it fair? No. (28:10) Review: No Hard Feelings. (32:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Los Angeles Angels already calling up its 2023 draft pick this season. What? (45:10) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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Messi thinks MLS can be as good as Europe - will it ever get to that level?; Who are the MLB investigators?; How can you calculate Ohtani's worth? (Episode 870)

ASK SAMSON: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘Not Messi’ng Around’ as in Messi as in MLS as in is he good or bad for the league? He’s run wild. Scores in every game. Social media exploded. But he met the media and said some things about the MLS and US Soccer and was he being truthful? (15:00) Sports owners are all making real estate plays. That’s what’s been happening. Always has. Let me explain what the Carolina Hurricanes are doing as all other teams are doing with new stadiums. (19:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about who does the investigations for MLB. Interesting. (29:40) Review: Prisoner’s Daughter. (33:50) How much money is Ohtani going to get? How can you get to that number? Who can calculate his worth? (45:00) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/18/202347 minutes, 10 seconds
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Aaron Judge airs frustrations as Yankees continue free fall; Marcus Stroman's Cubs dilemma; Another twist in the Michael Oher story (Episode 869)

Today’s word of the day is ‘O’Captain, My Captain!” as in Derek Jeter as in Don Mattingly as in Babe Ruth as in Lou Gehrig as in Aaron Judge. The New York Yankees have fallen apart. Last in the AL East. Under .500 and in danger of having its worst season in almost 30 years. (14:30) Marcus Stroman wanted an extension from the Cubs. He didn’t get it. Now he’s hurt. Oh boy. (25:10) Review: King of Clones. (33:45) We have an update to the Michael Oher story. The Tuohy family has responded with claims that Oher is attempting a shakedown. This has gotten ugly. (49:45) NPPOD. (41:10) The Kansas City Royals need a new stadium. Here we go again! Welcome to the cycle! Submit your So You Wanna Talk to Samson questions here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/202347 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tampa Bay Rays facing major problems on and off the field!; Update to the update to the update on the Oakland Athletics (Episode 868)

Talk to Samson HERE: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘bad timing’ as in not great as in coincidence as in bad luck as in snowball as in the Tampa Bay Rays are in trouble. Not just the Wander Franco situation, but the pitching staff. Tommy John might be a player on the team because of all the elbow injuries. (17:15) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about signing younger players to longterm deals versus signing older players to longterm deals. (26:20) Review: Heart of Stone. (29:20) Angel Hernandez has lost his lawsuit appeal against MLB. He was suing the league over discrimination. (36:20) NPPOD. (40:00) We have an update to the update to the update to the update on the Oakland Athletics! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202347 minutes, 59 seconds
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Blindsided by the 'real' Blindside story; Update on the Wander Franco situation; Justin Verlander responds to anonymous Mets (Episode 867)

If you wannnnnna talk to Samson: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘blindsided’ as in didn’t see it coming as in tricked as in hoodwinked as in led astray as in Michael Oher is alleging that he was not adopted by a family, but instead got Britney’d. What is happening? Why is this coming out now? (14:15) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the restricted list in MLB and what the latest update is on Wander Franco. (25:55) Review: The Thief Collector. (30:00) Justin Verlander had to respond to criticism from anonymous Mets calling him a diva and detached from his teammates while in New York. Why is this coming out? (36:14) NPPOD. (39:45) It’s the Messi Effect. He has taken over MLS. He was taken over stadiums. But is everyone happy about it? (44:50) The alleged Neymar contract with Saudi Arabia is a doozy. One of the biggest contracts ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/202347 minutes, 24 seconds
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MLB, Tampa Bay Rays investigating serious allegations against Wander Franco; James Harden sounds off on Daryl Morey in China (Episode 866)

You can ask David questions for the show here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘allegations’ as in investigation as in MLB and the Rays have a problem with their star Wander Franco. Serious allegations were brought to light during the game yesterday and it’s all weird. Scheduled day off? Hat giveaway? Leaving during the game? (11:45) James Harden is done with the Sixers. It’s over. They ended trade talks, but Harden said nope. He wants out and took to a mic in China and sounded off on Daryl Morey. (24:35) Review: Hijack. (29:10) What happened with the Orioles and broadcaster Kevin Brown? Took another strange turn. (37:30) NPPOD. (38:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Brewers stadium situation and what will happen with the team. What about the Orioles? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/202347 minutes, 2 seconds
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Juan Soto is tired of the Padres just "giving up" when things go wrong!; We have an Athletics/Oakland update... kind of! Marlins/Yankees 20 years later (Episode 865)

Today’s word of the day is ‘give up’ as in surrender as in no mas as in Juan Soto and the San Diego Padres have a problem. The young superstar is tired of the losing. In danger of missing the postseason? Yes. In danger of losing Soto? Yes. (11:45) We have an update on the Athletics situation. Kind of. Athletics president Dave Kaval spoke with the media over night. What did he have to say? (29:55) Review: The Beanie Bubble. (36:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about former players being named managers and what the expectations are when they are hired. (41:30) Marlins/Yankees 20 years later… (46:30) NPPOD STORE IT UP THIS WEEKEND: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/202347 minutes, 40 seconds
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Philly Phenom! Another no-hitter thrown in MLB!; Did the White Sox purposefully leave Middleton off video board!? Northwestern's problems aren't getting fixed! (Episode 864)

Today’s word of the day is ‘dividends’ as in trade as in grade the trade as in Michael Lorenzen has thrown a no-hitter in his 2nd start with the Phillies. Was the trade worth it!? You betcha! (8:20) Did the White Sox leave Keynan Middleton’s name off the board last night on purpose? Let’s investigate! (15:55) NPPOD (17:55) Northwestern is a mess. An absolute mess. Removing the coach has done nothing to help change the culture. (28:00) Review: The Out-Laws. (30:55) What is the latest update on the Buffalo Bills stadium? Here’s what’s happening and what you should know. (39:45) Ron Rivera has walked back his comments on Eric Bieniemy. Took a day. Why even speak? Think first! (44:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Daniel Jones and the hate he gets. How do organizations drown out the noise? Go to this website! I double doggy dare you! davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202347 minutes, 23 seconds
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ESPN Bet coming soon: Why ESPN made the deal with PENN Entertainment, Why PENN decided to let go of Barstool (Episode 863)

Today’s word of the day is ‘divest’ as in Barstool as in ESPN as in PENN Entertainment as in gambling as in sportsbooks as in blockbuster deals. ESPN Bet is here and Barstool Sportsbook is no more. ESPN’s new $2B deal with PENN will see a new sportsbook enter the market. Why now? (28:55) Review: You Hurt My Feelings. (33:40) We have more Commanders drama. It never ends with that team! (41:00) The Atlanta Braves are built different. The team has 4 players (Acuna, Allies, Olson, Riley) that have played in the team’s first 111 games. And they are great. And they keep winning. (44:50) NPPOD Buy Merch, Be Happy: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202347 minutes, 38 seconds
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Baltimore Orioles quietly suspend broadcaster for delivering game notes!? WHAT!?; White Sox comment on culture problems (Episode 862)

Today’s word of the day is ‘egregious’ as in bad as in bad PR as in bad ownership as in the Baltimore Orioles just love the bad. What happened? The Orioles quietly suspended a broadcaster for giving game notes. That’s it. Huh!? (15:55) We have the suspension report from the White Sox-Guardians brawl. Tim Anderson got more games and lost the fight! What else is happening in the White Sox clubhouse? We’ve got the front office against the players. (27:50) Review: The Lincoln Lawyer. (31:20) The Pac-12 became the Pac-9 and then overnight became the Pac-4. Is the league done? Where has the NCAA been throughout all of this? (40:20) NPPOD. (45:30) Wait to see update MERCH IT UP: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/202348 minutes, 35 seconds
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MLB meets MMA: Ramirez drops Anderson in White-Sox/Guardians brawl; Are the Angels still cursed?; USWNT receive hate that's nothing to do with soccer (Episode 861)

Today’s word of the day is ‘brawl’ as in fight as in punch as in Tim Anderson as in Jose Ramirez as in knockout. What happened? Should it have happened? What happens next? Just take a look at the White Sox clubhouse for answers on how bad things have gone. (16:10) Are the Angels cursed? They have to be. Buyers at the deadline and still can’t win. Shohei Ohtani on fire… still can’t win. (27:00) Review: 65. (30:10) The USWNT had its earliest exit from the World Cup ever. After the loss… the hate was strong from the critics. But was it about soccer? Nope. (38:55) NPPOD. (41:55) The Pac-12 is dead. It was ended overnight. What was supposed to be a new media rights deal ended with 4 schools remaining. The Big Ten is now 18. The Big 12 is now 16.  GO HERE NOW: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/202346 minutes, 58 seconds
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MLB, Yankees need to re-examine how Anthony Rizzo injury was handled; Political donations hidden behind Orlando Magic; Did Eduardo Rodriguez just want more money? (Episode 860)

Today’s word of the day is ‘cognitive impairment’ as in concussion as in brain injury as in Anthony Rizzo is on the IL. What happened? The Yankees say it’s from a hit to the head in May! What? (13:20) LEt’s update what happened with Domingo German. It’s just all bad for the Yankees. (18:45) The Orlando Magic find themselves in a weird spot. The NBPA released a statement after it was uncovered the team gave Ron DeSantis a donation. (32:30) Review: The Crowded Room. (37:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? (44:45) NPPOD If you didn't know by now.... we have merch! And more to come so sign up here: davidsamsonpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/202348 minutes, 2 seconds
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Pac-12 collapsing? Big Ten and Big 12 poaching? Florida State looking to escape ACC!?; Mets owner meets the media to talk 2024 and beyond (Episode 859)

MERCH ALERT: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘poach’ as in poachers as in stealing as in snaking as in college football as in the Pac-12 is crumbling. What is happening with college athletics!? The Big Ten is looking to steal more schools. The Big 12 stole Colorado. Florida State wants out of the ACC! (16:15) Mets owner Steve Cohen had to meet the media. He flew to Kansas City to that. What does the future of the Mets look like? Are they punting on 2024? (27:10) Review: Happiness for Beginners. (32:30) Domingo German has been added to the restricted list. His career may be over. (40:10) NPPOD. (42:20) The gambling problems are getting worse. Look at what’s happening in Iowa! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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Houston Astors big day! Valdez throws no-hitter! Team trades for Verlander! MLB Trade Deadline Aftermath! What happened to the NFL Running Back? (Episode 858)

MERCH ALERT: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘we’re back’ as in back as in here as in returned as in vacation as in look at us! (6:20) Astros Framber Valdez throws a no-hitter! How cool! First left in Houston history to get that done. What else did they do? Landed Justin Verlander! (10:20) It’s time for the GM Round Up! What did the executives have to say post-Trade Deadline? Brian Cashman, hello! Billy Eppler, hello! A.J. Preller, hello! Mike Elias, hello! (30:20) Review: Platonic. (33:45) What is going on with running backs? Saquon didn’t get his deal. Jonathan Taylor didn’t get a deal. Colts owner Jim Irsay said oh well! (45:14) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/2/202347 minutes, 17 seconds
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MLB Trade Deadline: Mets trade Scherzer AND Verlander! WHAT! Shohei Ohtani NOT traded! Did the Yankees do ANYTHING!?

MERCH ALERT: davidsamsonpodcast.com Today’s word of the day is ‘trade deadline’ as in trades in you’re gone as in you’re staying as in you’re packed up and out the door! What happened during the MLB Trade Deadline? (5:30) The New York Mets are selling. They are kicking everyone out the club. Scherzer gone. Verlander gone. Pham gone. Robertson gone. (23:20) What is the No-Trade Clause? How do players use it? Why would someone not go to a contender? (27:20) The St. Louis Cardinals sold. Flaherty sold. Hicks sold. Montgomery sold. DeJong sold. (29:30) What did the Yankees do? Nothing. Made one trade at the deadline. That’s it. What did Chaim Bloom say about the Red Sox? ( 37:55) Shohei Ohtani was not traded. What is the Angels plan? Are they ready to lose him? (44:00) What did the Padres do? Anything? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Summer Mailbag: MLB Trade Deadline is Tomorrow! The Conine Trade; Is it Worth it to Trade for a Toxic Player?

Reminder! NPDS will be back tomorrow evening to recap the trade deadline! Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Tomorrow is the MLB trade deadline and you all had some questions! Questions not exactly about the deadline but about trades in general! (7:45) How did Jeff Conine make it to the Marlins? How did that trade go down? Is this how most trades go down? (28:55) Someone asked me about Cincinnati Reds ownership and if they knew the Diamond Sports fiasco was on its way so they cut spending. Interesting. (38:00) Someone asked me about trading for a player with a checkered past. This was based off someone like Antonio Brown. How is this handled? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/202344 minutes, 38 seconds
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Summer Mailbag: Advice to Break into Sports Industry; Why Tatis and De La Cruz Signed with BLA

Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Let’s start with a question about some college advice. Someone asked for advice to a college sophomore that was interested in sports administration. (12:10) Do teams have insurance coverage on players? Does insurance cover all expenses on an injured player? (23:10) What about Fernando Tatis Jr and his suspension or motorcycle accident? (27:50) Elly De La Cruz first home run ball was caught by a young fan. The kid held out for a trade. He got meet and greets, signed baseballs, signed hats, signed bat. Was that good enough? (36:20) What is Big League Advantage? Why do players sign up for this? Is it worth it?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/202343 minutes, 4 seconds
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Samson Sit-Down: Mina Kimes - ESPN NFL Analyst

Mina Kimes joins us today! She is the new queen of the NFL commentary world. We talk how we started in the business, Yale, new media, front office roles, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/202348 minutes, 2 seconds
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Samson Sit-Down: Pablo Torre - Friend, Co-worker, Visionary

We’ve got Pablo Torre back! Meadowlark. Shows. Technology. Planning. Purpose. Friendship. Fun. Entertaining. Words. Sentences. Things! Go to pablo.show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202347 minutes, 24 seconds
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Samson Sit-Down: Brad Williams, Comedian

We’ve got the hilarious Brad Williams on the show today! Where will this conversation go? Who knows! For all of Brad's tour dates head to: https://www.bradwilliamscomedy.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/24/202350 minutes, 36 seconds
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Summer Mailbag: How Do MLB Road Trips Get Planned?; What’s the Experience of a Superstar Getting Sent to Minors

Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Let’s start with a question on road trips! Not personal ones, those are the best. Someone asked about baseball road trips and how they are planned and executed! (23:30) What is it like for MLB superstars in the minor leagues for rehab starts or to “fix” something? (30:40) How do teams decide to release or trade a player if you’re responsible for part or full salary of a player? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/202345 minutes, 23 seconds
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Summer Mailbag: Favorite Memories of My Time in Montreal; Favorite Marathons I’ve Run

Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Let’s start with a question about my time in Montreal. Someone asked me about my favorite moments and memories in Montreal. But this actually turns into a conversation about what happened in my time in Montreal. (27:00) Someone asked me about my top 5 marathons. You know we love to run here so let’s get it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/202343 minutes, 22 seconds
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Summer Mailbag: MLB Limits Spending on Technology; Facial Hair Policies; Are Rain Delays Good for Teams?

Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Let’s start things off with technology. The world is changing and so is baseball. Small Revenue v. Big Revenue teams. MLB wants to slow down what teams can spend on off the field tech. Why is that? (24:30) The Yankees still have a facial hair policy, why? Is it necessary? Why did I have that briefly with the Marlins. (33:20) Are rain delays actually good for teams? No, not the playing team… the front office business. How do they work? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/202339 minutes, 14 seconds
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Summer Mailbag: Making the Home Run Derby; Should a Small Revenue Team Offer Shohei Ohtani a 3-Year, $75M per Deal?

Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Let’s start things off with the Home Run Derby! Do front offices like when their players participate? Who decides who is in it? Who has the final say? (16:20) Someone asked me if a small market team that is a player away offering Shohei Ohtani and short term deal but with huge money attached. Hmm. (28:30) When do you know if it’s time to buy or sell? How soon before the deadline?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/202339 minutes, 25 seconds
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MLB Pre-All Star Break Recap; Post-All Star Break Preview: Surprises, Disappointments, Biggest Storylines you need to watch!

This is the first episode of our Summer Mailbag Series! We'll have episodes each weekday (but one) while we're on vacation! Thank you for listening! Welcome to the Summer Mailbag Series! Let’s start things off with baseball! Let’s do some chattering about the pre-All Star Break and post-All Star Break! What are the biggest disappointments so far? (10:00) Biggest surprises… yes, the Marlins. (14:50) Shohei Ohtani! Shohei Ohtani! Shohei Ohtani! (22:30) What are the Yankees going to do? Big trades? More firings? (24:20) What are the Phillies up to? (28:10) Trades! Trades! Trades! Trades! (33:45) Prediction updates for awards and postseason! (35:10) Manager hot seat! (38:20) What will the top offseason storylines be? There will be firings. There will be signings. There will be fighting. There will be.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/17/202344 minutes, 50 seconds
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MLB All-Star Break is over! Let the games begin! Baltimore Orioles GAUNTLET of a schedule! Northwestern's terrible week continues! (Episode 857)

NPDS Summer Mailbag Series will begin on Monday while David is away! We have shows for you each weekday (except July 27)!!! We'll be back on August 1 at 6pm for a LIVE MLB trade deadline show! Enjoy! Today’s word of the day is ‘we’re back’ as in All Star Break is over and regular season baseball is back as in I’m back at home (for today) as in post-all star break news is here. We’ll have trades. We’ll have teams fall apart. We’ll have teams make runs. We’ll find out what the Baltimore Orioles are made of by mid-August. Their schedule is a gauntlet! (19:30) Northwestern has fired its baseball coach after one season. Two days after firing its football coach for the same hostile work environment. (33:10) Review: Asteroid City. (38:00) Is ESPN for sale? Maybe. Maybe not. (43:50) Rory McIlroy is so against LIV Golf it’s admirable. Any chance he gets to poo poo it he will.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/202348 minutes, 23 seconds
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Daniel Snyder, Roger Goodell, John Gruden, and the NFL's dirty secrets; Yankees give in to jersey patch deal; Cardinals readying for fire sale? (Episode 856)

Today’s word of the day is ‘blackmail powerpoint’ as in blackmail as in powerpoint as in dirty secrets as in presentation as in Daniel Snyder had one ready to go in a way to strong-arm NFL owners and Roger Goodell. Or did he? What the heck is happening here? (26:10) Review: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. We also need to discuss the writers and actors strike and what it means for TV/Film. (34:30) The New York Yankees have a jersey patch sponsor. Uh oh. (39:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the St. Louis Cardinals president and what he said about trading players. I needed today to be Friday so bad! But whatever! We make the best of it! Keep going! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/202347 minutes, 39 seconds
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2023 MLB All-Star Game: Biggest Takeaways; Rob Manfred talked expansion, rules, fans; Oakland mayor flies to Seattle to meet with Manfred! (Episode 855)

Today’s word of the day is ‘shine’ as in bright as in focused as in MLB All-Star Game was here and it was great… kind of. What happened? What were the story lines? Are the jerseys as bad as we think they are? (16:40) Rob Manfred met with the media during the All-Star Game. He talked expansion. He talked about fans. He talked about the rule changes. And of course, the Oakland Athletics. Oakland mayor Sheng Thao travelled to Seattle to meet with Rob Manfred. And then she sat down with Ken Rosenthal to tell all. (33:10) Review: Beau is Afraid. (36:20) Tony Clark also met with the media. What did he have to say? Pitch clock! I was also not a fan of the All Star jerseys! Bring back the regular team uniforms! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/202346 minutes, 41 seconds
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Did you enjoy the Home Run Derby?; Shohei Ohtani Recruitment Campaign begins; Northwestern HAD TO fire Pat Fitzgerald! (Episode 854)

Today’s word of the day is ‘slurpee’ as in 7/11 as in free slurpee day as in why are we talking about this? (2:10) Vlad Guerrero Jr. wins the home run derby! Julio put on a show but didn’t make the finals! Did you enjoy it? Did it move to fast? (8:40) The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes are going to be crazy. Free agency. Losing. Ohtani is asked about it all. What is going to happen? (18:20) The Yankees have fired their hitting coach and hired a new one. Same old story. What did Brian Cashman want done differently now? (27:55) Review: Paint (31:20) Pat Fitzgerald as fired by Northwestern. Northwestern had a problem. Has a problem. Could still be a problem. (42:00) Bob Huggins still thinks he’s the basketball coach at WVU. West Virginia said no. He said yes. West Virginia said no. What? Slow news day, huh? Appreciate you all for sticking with us! Enjoy the all-star game tonight and a free slurpee today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/202347 minutes, 30 seconds
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What in the world is happening at Northwestern!? Bob Huggins v. WVU; MLB All-Star break is here! Did you watch the draft? (Episode 853)

Today’s word of the day is ‘hazing’ as in terrible behavior as in toxic as in cover ups as in Northwestern football has a problem. We have a suspension. We have letters. We have allegations. We have backlash. What the hell is going on here!? (13:00) What the hell is going on at WVU!? Bob Huggins is saying he didn’t resign? Then what did he do? (28:10) Review: Wham! (31:10) NPPOD. (33:10) We’ve made it to the MLB All-Star Break! MLB Draft happening! Home Run Derby is here! (41:20) We have a new NBA in-season tournament! Are you excited!? If Pete Alonso wins the derby tonight the Mets are making the playoffs! Book it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/10/202347 minutes, 21 seconds
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Victor Wembanyama and Britney Spears walk into a bar... The Damian Lillard trade drama is too much! (Episode 852)

Today’s word of the day is ‘tapped’ as in slapped as in grabbed as in Britney Spears as in Victor Wembanyama as in this story cannot be real. What happened with Spurs security? Who do we believe? Is this what Wemby will have to deal with everywhere he goes? (25:55) Review: Clean. (29:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Damian Lillard’s agent now speaking out. This drama has become too much! (38:20) NPPOD Have a great weekend everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/7/202348 minutes
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Marlins win ANOTHER 1-run game! Yes, I am rooting for them!; De La Cruz gets bat-checked by Nationals!; Are the Braves for sale!? (Episode 851)

Today’s word of the day is ‘walk-off error’ as in game-winner as in bottom of the 9th as in the Marlins as in the Cardinals as in Miami has done it again. A one-run game is the Marlins specialty this year. (15:10) Elly De La Cruz is a phenom. He’s doing great and exciting things for the Reds. What happened that set off Nationals manager Dave Martinez yesterday? (29:30) Review: How Do You Measure a Year? (34:00) Are the Atlanta Braves for sale? What does this split Liberty Media is doing mean? (40:00) Yankees pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been suspended for the remainder of the season for violating the league’s Domestic Abuse policy. Another Yankees pitcher. (46:20) NPPOD It's another hot one! Stay hydrated folks! Summer officially feels here even though it's been here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/6/202347 minutes, 36 seconds
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America! Land of the free, Home of the hot dog! Angels curse continues: Trout is out, will Ohtani be dealt?; Dodgers pitching injuries may plague season again (Episode 850)

Today’s word of the day is ‘gluttony’ as in eating as in binging as in chow down as in hot dogs as in July 4th as in America! What is it with the hot dog eating contest that we just can’t look away!? (11:35) Mike Trout is out again. 6th time in 7 seasons. Broken bone in his wrist. The Angels simply cannot afford this. The postseason? Ohtani? Gone? (22:35) The Los Angeles Dodgers have some issues. Clayton Kershaw is hurt again. Dustin May is out for the season. Noah Syndergaard is still on the IL with a blister. Julio Arias has not been an ace. (33:00) Review: Somewhere In Queens. (38:00) The Mets did something that other teams don’t like. They trade for 2 players. Paid one of them $4M and DFA’d him immediately. Why? (43:30) NPPOD. (43:40) The NBA is working on new rules. Beware of the flop! Top of the morning! Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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Heat fans celebrate as Damian Lillard finally requests trade from Portland! NBA Free Agency frenzy! MLB All-Star Game rosters revealed! No Tatis Jr!? (Episode 849)

Have a SAFE and fun July 4 celebration/bbq/cookout! We will be back on Wednesday! Today’s word of the day is ‘frenzy’ as in free agent frenzy as in crazy spending as in big money as in Damian Lillard as in the NBA is a frenzy! Dillion Brooks $80M! Tyrese Halliburton and Desmond Bane getting $200M! LaMelo Ball $200M! What!? (4:30) Damian Lillard has finally requested a trade. Welp. Where’s he going to go? He wants Miami, but does Portland want him to go to Miami? (8:20) What other NBA signings stood out? Where is Draymond going? Is Kyrie leaving Dallas? Westbrook knows his worth. (18:00) We have our MLB All-Star lineups! Woohoo! Yay! So many Braves! So many Rangers! (31:55) Review: The Idol. (34:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Aroldis Chapman trade and if the Royals should have waited. (40:30) NPPOD. (45:00) Supreme Court rulings are out. What happened? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/202347 minutes, 53 seconds
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NFL has already suspended NINE players for sports betting this year!; Do not trade for James Harden if you want a ring! Supreme Court ends affirmative action (Episode 848)

Today’s word of the day is ‘prop’ as in prop bets as in over as in under as in how long will the national anthem be as in what color is the gatorade as in the NFL has a problem. It’s trying to be addressed as 9 players have now been suspended this year already. (12:00) James Harden wants a trade. Shocking. Would be his 4th team in 2 years. Lovely. (23:55) Review: South Beach Shark Club. (30:00) MLB has announced the starting lineups for the All-Star Game. What stood out? (38:20) NPPOD (41:45) US Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote to end affirmative action. What happened and what does this mean? Have a great weekend everyone! It's the weekend so do something fun! Get some fresh air! Eat that burger! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/202347 minutes, 45 seconds
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Domingo Germán throws a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics!; Is Mets owner Steve Cohen preparing the team for a fire sale!? (Episode 847)

Today’s word of the day is ‘perfection’ as in perfect as in no runs as in no hits as in no walks as in no errors as in Domingo Germán threw a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics for the Yankees! First Dominican-born player to do so. Was horrible in his previous starts. How mad is MLB at who did it? (17:40) What else is happening in Oakland? Why didn’t this perfect game happen in Las Vegas!? (28:20) Review: McGregor Forever. (32:10) Steve Cohen spoke yesterday about the Mets. What did he have to say? Something we have been preaching for 2 years! (43:20) NPPOD Have a great day! If you're reading this know how much I appreciate your support of the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/202346 minutes, 55 seconds
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Big Moneyball: Mets GM meets the media after Steve Cohen announce Wednesday presser; Do the San Diego Padres have major clubhouse issues? (Episode 846)

Today’s word of the day is ‘straight’ as in give it to me straight as in no lies as in Steve Cohen has had enough. He tweeted about a press conference on Wednesday, but on Tuesday Billy Eppler took the mic. Why? What is happening? What could be happening? (18:45) How can the San Diego Padres be this bad!? Tatis Jr. Soto. Machado. Bogaerts. Snell. Darvish. Musgrove. How are they so bad!? (32:10) Review: Take Care of Maya. (40:35) NPPOD. (45:40) Is Alek Manoah broken? Can he be fixed? I tried something a little different today with the presser! If you don't like it just DM and tell me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/28/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is the Dame Lillard Trade Saga FINALLY over!? NBA new luxury tax rules are changing everything!; NHL voids a trade over CBA violation!? (Episode 845)

Today’s word of the day is ‘reset’ as in roster reset as in trades as in salary dumps as in free agents as in the draft as in what is Damian Lillard doing? Are the Blazers keeping him? Trading him? What is happening with the new CBA that teams are dumping salaries? Are teams scared? (17:35) The NHL has stepped in and voided a trade. Why did it happen? Should it have happened? (29:10) Review: Extraction 2.(33:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about sportsbooks and the deals with teams that have gone south. (41:50) NPPOD. (43:10) ESPN anchor Sage Steele is in a lawsuit against ESPN, Disney. What happened? What will happen? I am currently sick! I blame it on the weather! The sun hasn't been out in the Northeast in what feels like a month! It's supposed to be summer!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/202347 minutes, 44 seconds
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Rob Manfred had more to say about Oakland A's fans! How hurt is Aaron Judge? When will he be back!?; The Mets trade a vet in the middle of a game! WHAT!? (Episode 844)

Today’s word of the day is ‘inaction’ as in no action as in lack of action as in Rob Manfred was in London and made some comments about the Oakland A’s fans… again. Did he walk things back? Did he say sorry? Or did he double down? (10:00) What is wrong with Aaron Judge’s toe? How bad was it? How bad is it? (23:20) Review: The Bear S2. (28:00) NPPOD. (30:20) Will we ever see a MLB team forfeit? Would the Rockies losing 25-1 to the Angels be a time where a Mercy Rule should be in effect? (38:10) It’s time for MLB trade talk! What are teams thinking? Buying or selling? Taking on terrible contracts? Today feels like the most Monday Monday of all the Mondays! Wooof! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/26/202346 minutes, 48 seconds
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LIV Golf was just the beginning! Parent company of Wizards, Capitals and Mystics makes deal with Qatari Wealth Fund!; Arizona Diamondbacks latest team to be dropped by Diamond! (Episode 843)

Today’s word of the day is ‘sovereign fund’ as in LIV Golf as in Saudi Arabia as in Qatari Wealth Fund as in Washington Wizards as in Washington Mystics as in Washington Capitals. Foreign money is here. Just like it came for European soccer. What does it mean? (16:10) Mike Dunleavy Jr first move was to trade away Jordan Poole. And it’s what he said a few days ago that we need to talk about. (18:10) Diamond Sports Group announced yesterday that it is seeking approval to ditch the Arizona Diamondbacks TV deal. Uh oh. (28:00) Review: Working - What We Do All Day. (33:40) The MLB London Series is here. Why is it happening? What is the big deal surrounding European games? (40:30) NPPOD. (43:50) Tampa Bay Rays have benched Wander Franco. Why? Have an incredible weekend everyone! Try and get some fresh air! I'll do that after binge watching The Bear Season 2! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/202347 minutes, 57 seconds
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2023 NBA Draft! It's time for the Wembanyama takeover! Are Overtime Elite and G League Ignite the real deal alternatives? Rob Manfred and Astros cheating and Oakland issues! (Episode 842)

Thank you to everyone who listens and shares NPDS! What a great honor to be a Pick of the Month! Thank you! Today’s word of the day is ‘il arrive’ as in he’s coming as in NBA Draft night is here as in Victor Wembanyama is here. The 7’4 unicorn from France is here to take over the NBA. The Spurs will get him. Is Pop ready? How will they handle him? (10:30) Who is making the pick for the Charlotte Hornets? It will not be Michael Jordan! And this is a huge decision! What about alternates to college basketball? It’s happening! (18:00) Rob Manfred did a sit-down interview with TIME magazine and covered myriad topics. Astros scandal. Oakland issues. (31:10) Review: White Men Can’t Jump. (35:00) Major League Baseball is being sued by former scouts who allege the league kept a blacklist of “non-hirable scouts” based on age. (43:40) NPPOD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/22/202347 minutes, 25 seconds
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The AL East is a gauntlet! Are the Rays for sale? Are the Orioles for sale? Is Cashman really "happy" with the Yankees? Is Chaim Bloom on the hot seat? (Episode 841)

Today’s word of the day is ‘tightrope’ as in the AL East as in closing in on MLB halfway point as in the Rays lead MLB as in the Orioles are on their heels as in the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Red Sox are all in striking distance of the Wild Card. (6:00) Are the Rays for sale? Are the Rays getting a new stadium? Are the Rays ever going to fill up a stadium? (11:30) What is going on with the Baltimore Orioles? Is the team for sale? A settlement just took place with the Nationals that sees Baltimore paying $100M over a settlement. (16:15) What is happening with the Yankees? Cashman is “happy” with the team. Even with that payroll? (20:40) What is Chaim Bloom’s future in Boston? Can the Red Sox keep momentum going? (24:00) NPPOD. (29:10) Review: Sweeney Todd. (32:10) Is Las Vegas ready for an NBA team? Is it happening? Is the Oak View Group proposal a real one? (36:55) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Damian Lillard and if this a player I’d want on my team. (42:10) It’s time for sub talk! Have a great Wednesday, party people! The weekend is so close! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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If the Suns are listening to Isiah Thomas they have a MAJOR problem! Would you trade Zion Williamson? Is Draymond Green going to be the first of the Warriors Big 3 to leave? (Episode 840)

Today’s word of the day is ‘uh oh’ as in oh no a in a mistake as in a problem as in the Phoenix Suns as in Mat Ishbia as in Isiah Thomas as in Chris Paul. CP3 is doing a media tour and said that Isiah and Mat didn’t want him anymore. Ishbia said Isiah didn’t have a role in the team but yet he does. Uh oh! (10:20) Is Zion Williamson getting traded? Would you trade him? Everything off the court with him is bad. (19:20) Is this the end of the Warriors dynasty? Is Draymond Green that important to the Warriors? Green has declined his player option and he’s now a free agent. (27:45) Review: Shiny Happy People. (35:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Braves optioning a player before a game in which his Dad was going to throw the first pitch. (41:00) NPPOD. (42:30) Did you know the Texas Rangers are the ONLY MLB team without a Pride Night? Shoutout to orcas. If you're an orca and you're reading this just know I am no enemy of yours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/20/202347 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ja Morant suspended! Has now cost himself close to $50M!!! Bob Huggins resigns after DUI arrest! Pirates bus driver arrested for DUI while driving team! (Episode 839)

Today’s word of the day is ‘back seat’ as in Ja Morant as in Bob Huggins as in the Pittsburgh Pirates. We’ll start with Ja Morant and his suspension. 25 games. No pay. Was it enough? (15:10) Bob Huggins was arrested for a DUI over the weekend. He had a BAC of .21. Just unreal. This is his second major distraction of the offseason and now he is gone. Retired. Resigned. Fired. (22:50) Pittsburgh Pirates team bus driver was arrested and charged with a DUI… while driving the team! WHAT!? (32:50) Review: It Ain’t Over. (36:55) Bradley Beal is being traded to the Phoenix Suns. Does this trade make sense? Can the Suns afford this trade? (44:40) NPPOD. Have a great day today! And as you can see from the theme of the show DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202346 minutes, 34 seconds
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Athletics to Vegas: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, Oakland mayor get into war of words over Athletics relocation and Oakland fans! (Episode 838)

Today’s word of the day is ‘realization’ as in coming to grips as in seeing it clearly as in Rob Manfred has met the media and he had some things to say and it was all about the Oakland Athletics. What happened? What did he say? Was it a disaster? (26:30) What about Pride Night? Manfred addressed this too. (35:30) Review: Chantilly Bridge. (37:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Miami Heat and Conor McGregor sexual assault accusations that happened at the arena. What? At the arena? (45:30) NPPOD Have a great weekend!!! Eat that burger you've been dreaming about! Maybe add in some ice cream for fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/202347 minutes, 58 seconds
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The St. Louis Cardinals have lost their way! What did Hal Steinbrenner have to say about the Yankees? The Athletics move to Las Vegas is not a done deal yet!!! (Episode 837)

Today’s word of the day is ‘The Cardinal Way’ as in winning as in rings as in playoffs as in what has happened to St. Louis this season? The team is failing. The team is blowing saves. The team is the worst in the National League right now! Where did it all go wrong!? (13:50) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talked rookie Anthony Volpe and his poor start. He also brought up last year’s trade deadline moves and what’s to come. (28:50) Review: Creed III. (36:45) Are the Athletics in Las Vegas yet? Is the deal done? Is the stadium built? Are the moving trucks there? Are the jerseys released? (46:55) NPPOD HAVE A GREAT DAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! IT'S THIRSTY THURSDAY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/202346 minutes, 58 seconds
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Vegas is having a moment! Golden Knights win Stanley Cup! Athletics move one step closer to Vegas move despite reverse boycott in Oakland! (Episode 836)

Today’s word of the day is ‘sin city’ as in Las Vegas as in Vegas, baby as in Golden Knights as in Athletics as in Carson City as in Florida Panthers as in Oakland as in hockey as in baseball! What a day it was for Nevada! We had the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup. An expansion team within 6 years! Wow! (15:40) We had the Senate vote yes to give public funds to John Fisher. How did this happen? What was in the amended bill? (28:45) We had a reverse boycott! In Oakland! Stadium packed! Sell the team! Fire Fisher to the moon! (34:30) Review: Blackberry. (38:50) The Ottawa Senators are being sold for $950M! What does that mean for the league? (43:40) NPPOD It's officially baseball season! That's it! No NBA. No NHL! Baseball is king! But the Mets still STINK! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202346 minutes, 54 seconds
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Denver Nuggets are your NBA champions! Nikola Jokic is the world's most interesting superstar!; Oakland fans holding reverse boycott at Athletics game! (Episode 835)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Rocky Mountain high’ as in Denver as in Colorado as in Nikola Jokic as in Jamal Murray as in Mike Malone as in Nuggets as in NBA Finals as in 2023 NBA champions. The Miami Heat were close to sending this to a Game 6 back in South Beach, but came up short. What a finals. What a player Nikola Jokic is. (15:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Oakland fans holding a reverse boycott. What is the front office doing about this? Do they care? What is even happening to Athletics to Vegas? Is that close? (32:20) Review: Brad’s Status. (35:00) How many pitches is too many pitches? Stanford let Quinn Mathews throw 156 pitches in a game. 334 pitches in a 10-day period. Let’s discuss. (40:30) NPPOD. (45:00) The Athletic fired 20 journalists yesterday. From covering the local beat to now being a national audience. Hmm… Nikola Jokic is the most interesting man in the world. It's official. Go enjoy your horses this summer, big guy. You deserve it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202346 minutes, 21 seconds
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Mets owner Steve Cohen learning hard way: Rings have to be earned, not bought! Phillies having major pitch clock problems! Will the Nuggets win it all tonight!? (Episode 834)

Today’s word of the day is ‘hedge fund’ as in Steve Cohen as in New York Mets as in stink! How are the Mets this bad? Highest payroll in baseball. Home Run leader. Verlander. Scherzer. And they’re 9.5 GB of the Braves! Behind the Marlins! (16:20) Pitch clock problems! The Phillies are alleging that the pitch clock at home is moving faster than every other ballpark! What!? (27:30) Review: Smartless. (30:45) Blue Jays DFA relief pitcher Anthony Bass. It took them long enough. Why did they handle it like they did? (38:40) NPPOD (43:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me if Billy the Marlin was ever hurt like Burnie was by Conor McGregor… oh boy! It's a gloomy Monday in the northeast, but that shouldn't stop you from trying to have a great day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202347 minutes, 41 seconds
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LIV Golf wants everyone "except that little b***h Rory", PGA Tour board member wants to be Liam Neeson in Taken; MLB TRADE DEADLINE TALK! Mets, Padres, Mariners need moves made (Episode 833)

Today’s word of the day is ‘except Rory’ as in every golfer in the world who wants to golf on LIV except Rory as in LIV is still out to get Rory McIlroy and Rory McIlroy is out to get LIV. What happened now? Will it ever end? Will the merger work? (14:45) It’s time for teams to start thinking trades. How long can you wait? Can the Mets, Padres, and Mariners afford to wait? Are the Royals ready for a fire sale? (30:45) Review: Arnold. (33:10) Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the IL for a blister on his pitching hand. Is that the truth? What about Alek Manoah? He’s not hurt, is he? The Blue Jays sent him to SINGLE A! (41:00) NPPOD. Have a great weekend! Do something fun! The air seems better? Maybe? Go outside! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/202347 minutes, 6 seconds
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Messi to Inter Miami could be biggest signing in sports history!; Jokic, Murray have historic night in Nuggets win over Heat; PGA, LIV fallout Day 2 (Episode 832)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Messi’ as in Lionel Messi as Miami as in Inter Miami as in MLS has landed the whale. Messi is headed to Inter Miami on a deal that we haven’t seen in league history. Streaming money, adidas money, team money, all the money… except turning down a cool billion of Saudi money. (18:10) The Denver Nuggets have taken a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat. And the Nuggets made history. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray became the first teammates in NBA history to record 30-pt triple doubles in the same game. HISTORY! (29:00) Review: Missing. (32:00) What’s Day 2 of the LIV, PGA merger like? Rory McIlroy finally spoke. Jay Monahan spoke again. More mess. (39:00) NPPOD. (43:20) What is the update on Athletics to Vegas? Is there any? I'm slightly under the weather today. Being sick stinks on ice! But! I hope you all have a great day for me! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/202347 minutes, 16 seconds
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Jacob deGrom season is OVER! Do Rangers regret giving him $185M?; LIV Golf takeover! How the PGA Tour folded to Saudi money and which sports may be next! (Episode 831)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Tommy John’ as in Jacob deGrom as in 5 years as in $185M as in the Texas Rangers are mad as in Jacob deGrom is done for the season and needs Tommy John surgery. Did the Rangers know? Was this inevitable? (13:40) LIV Golf and PGA Tour announced a merger yesterday. What happened? What changed? What will change? Is the Saudi-backed business good for golf? (35:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about what happens next with Saudi money. Will this money trickle into MLB? NFL? NBA? MLS? NHL? Where does it end? (44:00) NPPOD. It's a weird one in the northeast still! Air quality isn't great so instead of the usual "get some sun" -- i'll say be safe, everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202347 minutes, 9 seconds
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Is the Oakland Athletics deal to move to Las Vegas officially DEAD!? What's going on with the Bears move to Arlington!? LeBron to Dallas? NO CHANCE! (Episode 830)

Today’s word of the day is ‘stalled’ as in not moving as in paused as in the Las Vegas legislative session ended and the Athletics stadium bill did not pass! What does this mean? No public financing! What about a special session? Doesn’t look likely! (17:00) Are the Bears moving to Arlington Heights or not? What is happening here? Stadium deals! (21:55) LeBron to Dallas? Kyrie Irving wants to make it happen. Leaking this during the NBA Finals? Woof. (32:30) Review: 3000 Years of Longing. (37:00) Why is Matt Ishbia overpaying for coaching? Does the team need this? How does the league feel? (44:00) NPPOD No Stanley Cup or NBA Finals tonight!? What do we do with our free time!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202347 minutes, 55 seconds
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Heat Culture too much for Denver Nuggets in Game 2 despite 41 from Jokic! Does Golden Knights success mean anything for Athletics in Vegas?; Worst MLB contract of all time! (Episode 829)

Today’s word of the day is ‘3’ as in best of 3 as in 3 wins needed as in the Miami Heat won Game 2 of the NBA Finals by doing what they do best… not giving up. Denver Nuggets had another Jokic game, had a huge lead, and still lost at home. Now Miami gets the home court advantage for the final 5. (14:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me why I don’t think the Athletics would work as well as the Golden Knights have in Vegas. Interesting. (28:55) Review: Victim/Suspect. (37:40) Stephen Strasburg is done again. He signed a 7-year, $245M deal in December 2019 and has started just 8 games. Worst contract all time? (45:50) NPPOD. It's Monday... a bit chilly right now.. but that won't stop us from having a great day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202347 minutes, 42 seconds
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Is there any chance the Heat can stop Nikola Jokic in the NBA Finals?; Adam Silver met the media to discuss Ja Morant investigation and Eric Lewis burner account! (Episode 828)

Today’s word of the day is ‘1’ as in Game 1 as in 1 win as in the Denver Nuggets cruised to a Game 1 win. Nikola Jokic is too much. The Heat cannot stop him for 4 games. Will not happen. (8:20) Adam Silver met with the media yesterday and he had some things to say. Did he have to say any of it? TV deals. Streaming. Refs. And Ja Morant! (16:30) We’ve got another Twitter burner account situation! This time it’s an NBA referee! What!? (29:40) Review: Dave Season 3. (34:20) We have an update to the MLB v. Sinclair case. The judge has ruled in favor of MLB. What now? (38:40) NPPOD. (42:20) What is going on in the NFL? The disconnect between Goodell and the players is staggering. Does he care? Have a great weekend! We've got the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals this weekend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/2/202347 minutes, 26 seconds
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NBA Finals are here! Playoff Jimmy or The Joker!? Who will cement their legacy!?; Rob Manfred testifies: MLB has gone to battle with Sinclair over TV rights (Episode 827)

Today’s word of the day is ‘4’ as in 4 wins as in the NBA Finals start tonight and that’s all that’s left for either the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat to be crowned champions. Nikola Jokic. Jimmy Butler. Jamal Murray. Bam Adebayo. Michael Porter Jr. Caleb Martin. Coach Spo. Coach Malone. Let’s go! (16:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Rob Manfred saying teams will get 80% of money back after losing out on Diamond Sports Group money. (33:55) Review: Ted Lasso. (37:50) How did Minnesota pay off its stadium debt 23 years early? (44:50) NPPOD. It's the NBA Finals! Who wins it all!? I want to see Jimmy Butler get a ring, but the Denver Nuggets are a WAGON! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/202346 minutes, 45 seconds
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Diamond Sports Group loses San Diego Padres broadcast rights! Future of MLB television is here! Get Ready! Dodgers Dilemma: What is happening in LA? (Episode 826)

Today’s word of the day is ‘takeover’ as in Diamond Sports Group as in Bally’s as in San Diego Padres as in broadcasts rights as in the Padres rights are now owned by MLB. How did that happen? What does it mean for the Padres? What about the future of MLB broadcasts? (27:30) Review: Cherry. (31:00) What is going on with the Dodgers right now? Clayton Kershaw, Blake Treinen, Trevor Williams speak out against Dodgers re-inviting a group to a game. (42:50) NPPOD. (44:50) Bob Myers is leaving the Golden State Warriors. After 4 championships. After 2 NBA Executive of the Year awards. Is this the end of the dynasty? HUMP DAY! Have a great day! Enjoy the weather if you can! Get that sun in your life! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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Miami Heat headed to the NBA Finals! What do Celtics do with Mazzulla, Brown, and Tatum? Would you pick Sixers over Celtics, Suns, Bucks!? (Episode 825)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Game 7’ as in the final game as in 151-0 as in the Boston Celtics got run off their home court by the Miami Heat as in the Heat held the Celtics to a season-low in points as in the Miami Heat are headed to the NBA Finals! How did it get done? What do the Celtics do now with Mazzulla and Brown and Tatum? (18:20) Nick Nurse is now the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Is this a good deal for both parties? Is Joel Embiid okay with it? Would you pick the Sixers over Bucks, Celtics, Suns? (30:00) Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5. (35:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Anthony Bass and his social media post and whether or not I would allow a player to play who had different views than me. Interesting. (44:20) NPPOD. Wow, did the Celtics stink it up in Game 7 or what? South Florida is on fire right now! Congrats! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202347 minutes, 39 seconds
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It's Game 7! Celtics look for history! Heat looking to avoid embarrassment! THERE IS NO ATHLETICS TO VEGAS DEAL YET! NOTHING IS DONE! (Episode 824)

Thank you for listening today! We appreciate you all! Enjoy the day off if you have it. Eat a hot dog! Today’s word of the day is ‘tip in’ as in Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are headed to Game 7 as in the Heat have blown a 3-0 lead as in the Celtics get to host Game 7. What happened? How did it happen? Did the Heat blow this? Did the Celtics win this? (14:40) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Athletics to Vegas deal. Is it final? What is next? Is it not final? (34:45) Review: Succession Season 4. (39:45) Aaron Boone needs to relax. He’s now been suspended because of the amount of ejections he has this season. He has more ejections since he became Yankees manager than any other manager in baseball. Why? (45:30) NPPOD - Welcome back, Liam Hendriks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202348 minutes, 10 seconds
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Uh Oh! Are the Celtics going to make history against the Heat!?; NBA looking to end all the flopping! Rob Manfred warns Milwaukee could end up like Oakland!? (Episode 823)

WE WILL HAVE A SHOW ON MONDAY! Have a beautiful and fun and safe weekend! Today’s word of the day is ‘panic’ as in is it going to happen as in is history being made as in the Boston Celtics have taken Game 5 against the Miami Heat and we have a series again. PANIC! What happened? Did the Celtics remember they are the better team? Is Jimmy Butler too tired? (12:00) The NBA wants to get rid of flopping. How will they do it? (23:30) Review: Love & Death. (29:10) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Milwaukee Brewers and the stadium. Is there a chance the team could move? What about Rob Manfred’s comments on Milwaukee and Oakland. (44:10) NPPOD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202347 minutes, 40 seconds
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Florida Panthers are in the Stanley Cup Finals! NO NFL PLAYER SHOULD MAKE MORE THAN PATRICK MAHOMES!!! Ja Morant cryptic posts end with welfare check (Episode 822)

Today’s word of the day is ‘27’ as in 27 years since the Florida Panthers have been to the Stanley Cup Finals as in the Florida Panthers are back in the finals as in go hockey go! Will the Miami Heat be joining them? (8:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Patrick Mahomes and his contract. Should he re-work his? He is by far the best QB in the NFL, but he’s the 7th-highest paid one! (18:45) Ben Roethlisberger opened up about why he didn’t want Kenny Picket to be good. Most people feel this but don’t say this! (26:35) Review: Survivor 44. (30:10) What is happening with Ja Morant? A welfare check was done on Ja Morant after cryptic social media posts. (38:00) NPPOD. What is going on with the Chicago Cubs? What about how good the Texas Rangers have been? Have a great day! Will today end with 2 South Florida teams in a league final! WHO KNOWS! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/202346 minutes, 51 seconds
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Big Money, Slow Starts: Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers; The shameful treatment of Vinicius Jr in Spain (Episode 821)

Today’s word of the day is ‘length’ as in long term as in length of contracts as in Trea Turner as in Xander Bogaerts as in Rafael Devers as in Carlos Correa. What’s going on with them? All got big deals. All have slow starts. Is it worth it? (13:50) Roger Goodell is here to say. Boo him all you want. But the extension is here. (25:45) Review: The Covenant. (30:30) What’s happening in Spain right now needs to be addressed. Vinicius Jr needs all the support he can get. What happens when a league and country don’t do enough to protect a player? (42:20) NPPOD Let's be better today! I'm going to go for a run. Get some fresh air! Let's have a day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202347 minutes, 25 seconds
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NFL Thursday flexing is here: the owners want you to know they did it for you!; Tom Brady owns the Raiders... not really! NO CHANCE LeBron retires! (Episode 820)

Today’s word of the day is ‘incredibly focused’ as in paying the most attention as in the NFL is back! Well, not yet. But flexing is back. NFL owners meetings are happening and votes are happening and things are changing… but the owners want you to believe it’s good for you! (16:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Tom Brady’s ownership. And he’s working for Fox. Will he play too? (31:55) Review: Big George Foreman (37:30) NPPOD. (42:15) Is LeBron James retiring? Have a great day, party people! Do something fun! Eat some pizza for lunch or something! Get that burger! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202346 minutes, 32 seconds
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Celtics can't stand the Heat, it's time to get out the kitchen! Will the Rays or Athletics saga end anytime soon?; Are the Padres good enough to not be sellers? (Episode 819)

Today’s word of the day is ‘insurmountable’ as in the Miami Heat took a 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics last night as in the Denver Nuggets took a 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. How strange it is? Two teams nobody trusted for different reasons are 1 game away from the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler and the undrafteds. Nikola Jokic and the non-superstars. How? (11:25) What’s the best Finals matchup? Heat vs Nuggets? Don’t think so! Let’s talk about what Adam Silver is feeling right now. (19:00) Are the Rays and Athletics issues ever going to be solved? Are the Rays for sale? Are the Athletics moving? (27:50) Review: Anna Nicole Smith - You Don’t Know Me. (33:45) The Padres are bad. They can still get better. But how do they do that? Spending hasn’t worked. (43:00) NPPOD - Yankees DFA Aaron Hicks. Happy Monday! Get excited! Drink that coffee! Eat that bagel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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MAILBAG: What's the pitch for Shohei Ohtani?; What roles do Owner, President, VP, GM play in front office; Do stadium naming rights deals matter?

Welcome in to a mailbag episode! You ask the questions and I answer them! Someone asked me if I were president of a high revenue team would I start my Shohei Ohtani pitch now or is it too early? (13:45) Someone asked me about the roles in a front office: President, VP, GM, etc. (27:45) Someone asked me about service time and exactly how it works: bring up a player, send them down, end season on big league roster, but start next season in AAA. (39:45) Someone asked me about naming rights deals for fields and if there is any ROI on these. Thank you all for your questions! We're going to need a lot more for July so keep on sending them! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/202347 minutes, 25 seconds
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Spurs win the Wembanyama golden ticket! Doc Rivers gets fired by Commanders owner Josh Harris; Arizona Coyotes are going to have to leave Arizona! (Episode 818)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Spur’d’ as in the San Antonio Spurs as in Victor Wembanyama is headed to the rodeo as in Greg Popovich is back. Can you feel it? Can you feel the energy for Wembanyama madness in Texas? (13:30) We have a Ja Morant update! It’s not a big update. Adam Silver was “shocked”. Ja Morant said he’s sorry. What now? (17:00) Doc Rivers has been fired. See ya. Everyone knew that was the case. Josh Harris just had to make it official. Josh Harris had some other things going on that got leaked about the Commanders. (29:10) Review: Still - A Michael J. Fox Movie. (35:20) What is happening with the Arizona Coyotes? Tempe said no to its stadium projects. Sorry. See Ya. Will the NHL make them move? (43:30) NPPOD Is today really only Wednesday? Feels like a Monday. But it's actually my Friday! What a weird week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202347 minutes, 53 seconds
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GENERATIONAL! Bally's Chairman says Athletics to Vegas is generational opportunity! NBA Tanking for generational Wembanyama! ... and the Mets STINK right now (Episode 517)

Today’s word of the day is ‘generational’ as in Shohei Ohtani is a generational talent as in Victor Wembanyama is a generational talent as in Bally’s Chairman says that the Athletics moving to Las Vegas would be a generational opportunity. What? Is that true? Are the Athletics for real moving? How bad are things in Oakland? (14:10) Who get Victor Wembanyama? He’s supposed to be the unicorn of all unicorns! When do we yell RIGGED! (25:40) Review: The Mother. (28:00) What is the latest on the lawsuit against the Arizona Cardinals? Terry McDonough added something to the lawsuit. (33:20) NPPOD. (40:50) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Mets and Nationals rain delay. What happened? Also, how bad are the Mets right now… What are your power rankings of screaming RIGGED! tonight? I say if the Rockets, Mavericks, or Hornets win the lotto we scream it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202347 minutes, 11 seconds
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NBA has to suspend Ja Morant AT LEAST half of next season! The Process is DONE. It's time for the 76ers to move on. Suns owner is making all the new owner mistakes (Episode 816)

Today’s word of the day is ‘two strikes’ as in strike one as in strike two as in three strikes you’re out — or is it? Could two strikes be the end? Let’s see what Ja Morant is up to. For the 2nd time this season Morant has been suspended for appearing on video with a gun. He didn’t learn. Will he ever? (15:00) The Celtics ended The Process. It’s done. Finished. See ya. (27:30) Review: Air. (33:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about what Mat Ishbia has done with the Phoenix Suns and what it all means. The Suns fired Monty Williams. The Suns tried to start a streaming deal violating bankruptcy laws. The Suns said they weren’t bringing in Isiah Thomas and then did. The Suns owner got into a tussle with Jokic during a game. (40:30) NPPOD - What’s next for the Golden State Warriors dynasty? Do you run it back? Happy Monday! Have yourself a day. Hope everyone had a great weekend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202347 minutes, 44 seconds
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NFL Schedule Released! Aaron Rodgers brings Jets into the prime time! What's latest on Tom Brady to Vegas? And Manchester United! And Commanders! And Senators! (Episode 815)

Today’s word of the day is ‘flex’ as in look at my muscles as in look at my things as in the NFL can kick a team out a TV spot if it wants to! The NFL schedule release has become this big deal. Teams are released tiktoks and twitters and instagrams to show off. But what did we see in the schedule that matters? (10:30) Tom Brady is in deep discussions to become a limited partner of the Las Vegas Raiders. What does this mean? What about Manchester United? What about the Washington Commanders? What about the Ottawa Senators? (28:45) Review: Renfield. (33:00) NPPOD. (36:10) Mark Jackson admitted to mistakenly leaving Nikola Jokic off his ballot. How should voting work for awards? (44:00) Top prospect Eury Perez is making his Marlins debut tonight. He’s the youngest pitcher to debut in Marlins history. It's hot dog weather! Yes!!!! I'm going to a ballgame tonight and you bet I'm getting a hot duggggg! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/202347 minutes, 34 seconds
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WVU announces MAJOR punishment for Bob Huggins... JK! How Ja Morant missed out on $39 MILLON! JJ Redick to the Raptors!? As head coach!? (Episode 814)

Today’s word of the day is ‘wrong’ as in not right as in Bob Huggins as in WVU. What happened? Suspension of 3 games. $1M reduction of salary. New contract is year-by-year. Sensitivity training. LOL. (12:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Ja Morant and what it means to not make All-NBA this year. Well, it means he’s missing out on $39M! (27:00) Review: Rye Lane. (30:45) Will JJ Redick be the latest booth to bench? The Toronto Raptors reportedly interviewed Redick for the team’s vacant head coaching job. (40:15) NPPOD. It's Thursday! Get outside and get some sun! Some fresh air! Take an extended lunch! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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Is it the heat or the Heat that's impacting the Knicks? Lakers resting starters!? Was the Scherzer signing a bust!? Athletics have ANOTHER Vegas location! (Episode 813)

Today’s word of the day is ‘weather’ as in the weather or the heat or the rain or the snow or the humidity or the Miami Heat? Which one has been the Knicks biggest problem? Stop with the hot takes! Stop the excuses! Should the Lakers rest starters in Game 5 vs the Warriors? This was another take! (10:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me if the Max Scherzer signing was a bust for the New York Mets. What is happening with him? Is he a bust? (17:30) NFL Schedule release! Get excited! The international games have been announced! The Jaguars will become the first team to play back-to-back weeks in London! (24:30) Review: 38 at The Garden (31:10) We have another update to the update to the update: the Athletics have found another location in Las Vegas. (38:50) NPPOD. (43:10) What is the latest on Tiger Woods? He broke up with his girlfriend via a lawyer. In a very messy way. And now she’s suing him. HUMP DAY! Let's go! Hope everyone is having a great week! If you read this have a great day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Do the Knicks even care!? Julius Randle thinks the Heat just want it more! Bob Huggins and Glen Kuiper should be fired! (Episode 812)

Today’s word of the day is ‘more’ as in doing more as in being more as in wanting more as in Julius Randle and the New York Knicks don’t want it more than Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat do. What is happening? Last week the city was beaming with pride with this Knicks team. Now? Out hustled, outplayed, out everything! (11:15) What shouldn’t you say into a microphone? WVU coaching legend Bob Huggins used homophobic slurs when referring to Xavier fans on Cincinnati radio. Unreal. Will he be fired? (19:35) Athletics play-by-play Glen Kuiper used a racial slur when trying to highlight his trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Oh no. (31:30) Review: Acidman. (37:30) What is happening with Andrew Luck and the Commanders? Tampering! (43:35) NPPOD - Iowa and Iowa State hit with gambling violations are student-athletes reportedly violated gambling policies. Happy Tuesday! Be kind to others. That's a good lesson to learn from today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202347 minutes, 38 seconds
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Will Nikola Jokic be suspended for shove of Suns owner!? What happened to the Cardinals way!? Yankees have a Rodon problem! (Episode 811)

Today’s word of the day is ‘elbowing’ as in Nikola Jokic as in Mat Ishbia as in will this altercation lead to suspensions? Fines? Who was at fault? Should an owner know better? Should Jokic have been ejected? (14:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the St. Louis Cardinals and the mess they are in. What is going on with Wilson Contreras? What is going on with that team? (26:10) Review: John Mulaney: Baby J. (29:15) What is going on with the Yankees and Carlos Rodon? From a forearm strain to chronic back issues!? HOW!? (36:00) NPPOD. (39:50) What is happening at Churchill Downs? The off track drama overshadowed what happened during the main race. Happy Monday! It's a beautiful day outside where I live! It's starting to warm up! GET SOME SUN! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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Bucks fire Mike Budenholzer: Championship or Bust in the NBA! Alabama adds gambling scandal to school activities; MLB Orlando? No chance! (Episode 810)

Today’s word of the day is ‘refocus’ as in focus but again as in when you fail you have to do things. The Milwaukee Bucks have fired Mike Budenholzer after five seasons. That’s what happens when you get upset in the first round by an 8th seed. Should it be? Or was this always going to happen? It’s championship or bust season in the NBA! (17:10) We have a betting scandal! This takes us to the University of Alabama baseball team. What happened? How did this happen? (28:10) Review: The Son. (38:40) NPPOD. (43:20) Is baseball coming to Orlando? At all? Ever? It's the weekend, party people! We made it! You made it! Have some fun or relax or whatever! But try not to think about work! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/202347 minutes, 12 seconds
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Brian Cashman wants ALL the blame for Yankees problems; Angels new media policy; NBA OWNER BEEF! Suns owner calls out Cavs owner! (Episode 809)

Today’s word of the day is ‘convict’ as in Brian Cashman finally got in front of the media to try and calm down the fanbase calling for everyone’s job. The team is hurt. $152M on the IL. But whose fault is this? Is it just bad roster construction? Or something else? (12:30) The St. Louis Cardinals have a serious problem. (13:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Los Angeles Angels new media policy with assistant coaches. The team will refuse an interview if questions are deemed “too negative”. Hmm. (25:10) Review: Jesus Revolution. (32:30) We have NBA owner beef! Dan Gilbert vs Matt Ishbia. Cavaliers vs Suns. What is happening here!? (37:50) NPPOD. (40:20) What is the latest on the Washington Commanders sale? MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU TODAY! I don't watch Star Wars, but I can appreciate people's dedication to it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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NFL Draft 2020: Worst first round of all time!? Does Green Bay have faith in Jordan Love? Grizzlies finally had enough of Dillon Brooks! (Episode 808)

Today’s word of the day is ‘5th year’ as in 5th year options as in the 2020 NFL Draft as in a record-low number of first round picks have worked out. The biggest name is probably Jordan Love and what happened with him and the Packers. No 5th year deal, but a new one-year deal? What? (16:00) The Memphis Grizzlies have decided to let Dillon Brooks enter free agency. We all knew this could happen. And it did. Why? Is this Memphis trying to grow up? Fall guy? (24:55) Review: On a Wing and a Prayer. (27:55) Is the pitch clock causing more injuries? Is this something baseball was worried about? Max Scherzer says just get in shape! (36:45) NPPOD. You ever start forgetting what day of the week it is? Is today Tuesday? Wednesday? Who knows! But what I do know is you're going to have a great day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202347 minutes, 12 seconds
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LeBron v. Curry! Let's celebrate greatness! Bryce Harper has changed baseball FOREVER! Bauer being Bauer... here we go again! (Episode 807)

Today’s word of the day is ‘LeBron v. Curry’ as in legacy as in greatness as in the NBA Playoffs as in Lakers vs Warriors. Let’s talk about these GOATs. What are we about to see? Can you watch this series and just appreciate both? What about the MVP award? It comes out tonight. Giannis? Embiid? Jokic? (17:35) Bryce Harper is return from Tommy John surgery faster than any player ever. How should the team treat him? (28:50) Review: Space Oddity and the writer’s strike. (34:50) Trevor Bauer was called out by his teammate in Japan for a “disrespectful” sword celebration he wanted to use during strikeouts. (39:50) NPPOD. (44:30) The Florida Panthers are blocking international fans from buying tickets to its home playoff games against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Why? tacooooo tuesday!!!!!! Who do we have winning MVP tonight? I think it should be Jokic! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202347 minutes, 8 seconds
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NHL upsets everywhere! MLB after one month: Big Payrolls are struggling to get hot! Small payrolls are surging! Maybe not the Athletics... (Episode 806)

Today’s word of the day is ‘1/6’ but first we need to talk about what happened in the NHL on Sunday. The Kraken were released! Big time upsets in the NHL. How does it feel to break the regular season record for most wins and then get bounced in the first round? Ask the Boston Bruins! (7:10) Okay we’re back to 1/6! This means the season is almost over? No! We’re just getting started but you can sense some early trends. Game speed, homers, stolen bases, hits… all up. (9:10) What’s going on with the biggest payrolls in baseball? STRUGGLING! (21:20) Bottom payroll teams are surging! Rays! Orioles! Pirates! Maybe not the Athletics! (32:00) Review: The Diplomat. (35:00) Jacob deGrom is back on the IL. What happened now? (43:40) NPPOD Have a beautiful Monday, people! If no one else cares about your day.... I DO! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202347 minutes, 2 seconds
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Lamar Jackson, Ravens agree to MONSTER deal! CARDINALS TAMPERING ALERT! Was Giannis right about Bucks not failing? (Episode 805)

We started a NPDS Discord channel: https://discord.com/invite/wSdqRmer Today’s word of the day is ‘Lamar’ as in Lamar Jackson as in the Baltimore Ravens as in a deal finally got done! How did they get there? What did the deal cost? What about Joey Cool? Will he get a Watson deal? (11:50) What happened with the Arizona Cardinals? We have tampering! The Arizona Cardinals are a mess. They had to swap 2nds with the Eagles over the hiring of Jonathan Gannon. (27:00) Review: Wildflower. (31:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Giannis’ comments about failure. Was the season a failure? (39:40) NPPOD. (43:00) MLB fun police! New Era puts a stop to the Atlanta Braves celebration big hats. Why is that? Have a great weekend everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202347 minutes
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NFL Draft Day! Does CJ Stroud's test score matter to teams? When do trades get made?; Titans getting new stadium! Jordan Walker demoted! (Episode 804)

Today’s word of the day is ‘on the clock’ as in the NFL Draft as in Kansas City as in who’s getting picked as in the event of the offseason. Let’s talk about big boards and trades and red flags and tanking. (17:45) The Tennessee Titans are getting a new stadium. The cycle continues. It will always continue. (32:10) Review: A Good Person. (35:20) St. Louis Cardinals have demoted its top prospect Jordan Walker. Why now? Performance? Service time manipulation? Both? (42:10) NPPOD. It's NFL Draft day people! I hope your team gets everyone you want! Except the Steelers! BOOOO! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/202347 minutes, 10 seconds
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Are the Pittsburgh Pirates changing before our eyes!? What is wrong with Chicago White Sox!? Jets GM has to defend Aaron Rodgers trade! (Episode 803)

Today’s word of the day is ‘richest’ as in richy rich as in money as in big deals as in the Pittsburgh Pirates finally paid Bryan Reynolds. Can you believe it? The first 9-figure deal in team history. The Pirates are the story of the season. But… don’t get ahead of yourselves. (13:30) What is wrong with the Chicago White Sox? Are they broken? Cursed? (22:30) Jets GM Joe Douglas had to defend the Aaron Rodgers trade already. What did he say? (32:30) Review: Judy Blume Forever. (34:55) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Marcel Ozuna and why he’s still on the Braves. Oh boy. (43:00) NPPOD. Hump Day!!!!!!! It's here people! We almost made it through another week. Have the best day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202347 minutes, 16 seconds
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Jimmy Butler was the hero Miami needed; Aaron Rodgers finally to the Jets; MLB to Vegas close to done?; Tucker Carlson AND Don Lemon fired! (Episode 802)

Today’s word of the day is ‘the butler did it’ as in Jimmy Butler as in Jimmy Buckets as in Heat Culture as in the Miami Heat came back to beat the Milwaukee Bucks after a historic performance by Butler. And I was there! (8:25) Aaron Rodgers is a New York Jet. It happened. Finally. Who won the trade? (17:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Rob Manfred’s comments on the A’s being more competitive in Vegas. (29:35) Review: Ghosted. (32:30) Ice Udoka is the new coach of the Houston Rockets. Welcome back. Why were you fired from the Boston Celtics again? (37:55) NPPOD. (41:55) What a day it was for political commentary TV yesterday. Fox News fired Tucker Carlson. CNN fired Don Lemon. Life goes on! Everyone have a great day! Remember to try and do something that'll make you smile at least once a day! You deserve it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202347 minutes, 23 seconds
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NBA Playoffs: Is Dillon Brooks a villain? Is Doc Rivers right about suspending instigators?; NFL and Gambling; Pete Alonso's future payday (Episode 801)

Today’s word of the day is ‘villain’ as in Joker as in Bane as in Thanos as in Dillon Brooks? The Grizzlies outspoken forward was ejected from a Game 3 loss for hitting LeBron James in the groin. After the game Brooks decided not to meet with the media. Why now? (14:15) Doc Rivers opened up about the Draymond Green incident and the future of the NBA because of suspensions. What did he have to say? (20:15) The NFL has suspended 6 players for breaking the gambling policy. The big name was Jameson Williams, who was suspended for 6 games. The league has a problem. (32:50) Review: Jury Duty. (36:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Mets and Pete Alonso. When is he going to get his big deal? (44:00) NPPOD Have yourself a great day, people! It's Monday, but that doesn't mean it has to be a stinker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202347 minutes, 19 seconds
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EPISODE 800! Why was Max Scherzer suspended without a fight? Diamondbacks DFA Madison Bumgarner; Why was Embiid not ejected?

It's episode 800 today! Woohoo! Thank you all for listening! Party it up this weekend for us! Today’s word of the day is ‘suspended’ as in no appeal as in sticky stuff as in foreign substance as in Max Scherzer has been suspended by MLB for 10 games. Why did this happen? Did Scherzer use the sticky icky? (15:00) Madison Bumgarner’s time in Arizona is over. The team announce it will DFA him and pay him to just go away. This happens ALL the time! (20:45) We are already having public CBA negotiations in MLB. Rob Manfred vs Tony Clark is back in action. Why now? (30:30) Review: The Promise. (34:30) NPPOD. Why was Joel Embiid not ejected? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202346 minutes, 6 seconds
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MLB Sticky Stuff: Max Scherzer ejected after foreign substance check; Are the Athletics DEFINITELY moving to Las Vegas now!? (Episode 799)

Today’s word of the day is ‘sticky stuff’ as in sticky icky as in foreign substance as in 4/20 as in Max Scherzer was ejected over alleged sticky stuff usage yesterday. It was a huge event. Max said he did nothing. Umpires said liar! Max said he swears he just used rosin. Umpires said more lies! (17:35) Are the Athletics finally leaving Oakland? The team announce it is closing in on a deal to buy land to build a stadium in Las Vegas. (34:30) Review: Square Grouper (36:20) Should Tua walk away from football? He said it’s his decision. And it is. (42:00) NPPOD Happy 4/20 to all those that celebrate. Have yourself a day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/202347 minutes, 50 seconds
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MLB Deal or No Deal: Springs TJ surgery, Hunter Greene, Pablo Lopez extensions; Draymond Green HAS been suspended! Wow! (Episode 798)

Today’s word of the day is ‘caution’ as in think first before acting as in giving out contracts to players that are under long term contracts. What am I talking about? Look at the Julio, Acuńa, Wander deals. Seem good. What about Jeffrey Springs? David Fletcher? Will Pablo Lopez and Hunter Greene work out? (16:30) Draymond Green has been suspended for Game 3 of the Warriors-Kings series. We told you it would happen. (25:40) MLB is testing out new rules again. Will these one make it to the big leagues? (37:30) Review: When You Finish Saving the World. (39:40) NPPOD. Hump DAYYYYYYYYYYYY! Let's go people! Can almost smell the weekend from here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202347 minutes, 53 seconds
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Should Draymond Green be suspended?; Fernando Tatis Jr return, Juan Soto big time struggles! (Episode 797)

WE had technical difficulties today! We lost the internet and couldn't find it! John Taffer wanted to SHUT! US! DOWN! But we rose up through the flames like a PHOENIX! Today’s word of the day is ‘stomped’ as in foot as in chest as in Draymond Green as in Domantas Sabots as in the Warriors are now down 0-2 to the Kings and might be without Draymond Green. What happened here? Is the NBA going to do something? (15:10) Fernando Tatis Jr is returning to the San Diego Padres! First time since 2021. How will that go? (22:05) What is wrong with Juan Soto? Not batting for averaging. Not bringing in runs. Is he still worth $400M? (29:30) Review: Unstable. (32:30) Jalen Hurts just got a monster payday from the Eagles. What does this mean for Lamar Jackson? Can the Ravens get something close done? (37:20) NPPOD. (39:20) Athletics fans are planning a reverse boycott. What does this mean? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202346 minutes, 47 seconds
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NBA Playoffs: Kings big upset of Warriors upstaged by E40 ejection; Marlins marketing 'mistake'! More MLB umpire problems! (Episode 796)

Today’s word of the day is ‘playoffs baby’ as in the NBA Playoffs are here and things are happening. Giannis hurt. Morant hurt. Herro hurt. Knicks win. And the Warriors lose to the Kings! What happened in that game though? Kings security ejected rap legend E40. (14:25) Marlins marketing mistakes. Here we go again! What did the team do now? (26:40) Review: American Manhunt - The Boston Marathon Bombing. (31:40) Cody Bellinger was called for a pitch clock violation. What was the big deal? Well, he was getting a standing ovation from Dodgers fans and the ump shouldn’t have called it! (38:40) Foreign substance ejection! No not the pitcher, it was the Twins manager Rocco Baldelli this time! (43:50) NPPOD. Go watch the Boston Marathon! Today is the day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202346 minutes, 48 seconds
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Washington Commanders will reportedly sell for $6.05 BILLION! Goodbye, Danny Boy! What's happening with Zion and Ja!? (Episode 795)

Today’s word of the day is ‘6.05B’ as in 6 billion and 50 million as in the Washington Commanders are selling to Josh Harris and his group. Is this the end of the Danny Boy content machine? Will he and Tanya ride off into the sunset? (20:20) Do the Pelicans have a problem? CJ McCollum appears to call out Zion Williamson for not playing in the Play-In Tournament. Uh oh. (31:45) Review: Tetris. (35:55) What is happening with Ja Morant? He still has problems that continue to grow. His lawyers released a statement that he is countersuing a teenager alleging he will miss out on $30M because of All-NBA voting. (42:55) NPPOD. Have an incredible weekend, everyone! Do something fun! Go out to dinner and treat yourself. YOU DESERVE IT! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202348 minutes, 24 seconds
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MLB Expansion: Utah joins fight with Nashville, Portland, and Las Vegas to get a team!; Jeff Bezos OUT of Commanders sale!? (Episode 794)

Today’s word of the day is ‘32’ as in the number of teams MLB wants as in two more to go as in what happens with Oakland and Tampa will impact the next two. So who’s in? Salt Lake City wants in. Nashville wants in. Portland wants in. Las Vegas wants in. (10:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Diamond not paying TV deals to teams. This person wanted to know if players would still be getting paid. (27:55) Review: Lewis Capaldi - How I’m Feeling Now. (33:45) Jeff Bezos is reportedly out of the running for ownership of the Washington Commanders. What happened? (39:30) NPPOD. (42:00) Beer for sale! Beer for sale! Beer for sale! How are teams selling alcohol now that MLB game speeds have increased? It's a beautiful day in the northeast! Sun is shining! Stay hydrated, folks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202348 minutes, 5 seconds
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MLB Early Takeaways: Rays remain perfect while Phillies, Astros, Mets, Dodgers, Cardinals struggle - DO NOT PANIC! (Episode 793)

Today’s word of the day is ‘it’s early’ as in the season has just begun as in your team isn’t that bad as in the other teams aren’t that good. The Tampa Bay Rays are undefeated still, 11-0. Will they stay perfect? Will the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Astros continue to struggle!? The Marlins finally got a player to hit the cycle, no not that cycle. (11:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Anthony Volpe getting benched by the New York Yankees. Let’s discuss how rookies have done this season so far. (22:20) Are the Arizona Diamondbacks getting a new stadium? Chase Field opened just 25 years ago! (32:55) Review: Avatar: The Way of Water. (37:55) NPPOD. (40:20) Zion Williamson speaks to the media and answers some questions about why he’s not playing. What is going on here? I'm going to my first Mets game of the year today! Hot dog time! Are you a ketchup or mustard person? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202349 minutes, 48 seconds
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Astros Cheating Exposed... AGAIN: Evan Gattis goes scorched earth! Rudy Gobert gets suspended; Can Daniel Snyder sell the Commanders already!? (Episode 792)

Today’s word of the day is ‘scorched Earth’ as in burn it down as in don’t care anymore so let’s expose it all as in former Houston Astro Evan Gattis went nuclear on twitter yesterday. What happened? What’s happening? Is he a trustworthy source? (13:00) Rudy Gobert has been suspended. Can’t believe it happened but it did. Wow. (23:20) Odell Beckham signs a one-year deal for $15M guaranteed. Good for him! (32:20) Review: Pretty Baby - Brooke Shields. (34:55) Daniel Snyder can’t help himself. There’s always story about the Washington Commanders doing something wrong. Here we go again. (43:35) Can the Charlotte Hornets keep its star point guard? Is LaMelo Ball’s future in Charlotte? We are sorry for talking about the Astros cheating again. We will stop! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202349 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mavericks call in the tanks, NBA calls for investigation; Rudy Gobert punches Kyle Anderson; 2nd MLB player steps away to focus on mental health (Episode 791)

Today’s word of the day is ‘Sherlock’ as in no s**t Sherlock as in Sherlock and Holmes as in another investigation. This time it’s on integrity in sports! This time the Dallas Mavericks have openly tanked in a way that was STUNNING to see! (14:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Rudy Gobert throwing a punch at Kyle Anderson on the bench of the Timberwolves game. Gobert got sent home! What a mess. Not to mention another player, Jaden McDaniels, punched a wall and lost. (26:15) We have a bunch of wait to sees to update! (34:55) Review: Beef. (38:55) Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows is stepping away from the team to deal with his anxiety. This is important. (44:50) NPPOD It's Monday, but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad day! Let's go, people! Have a day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202348 minutes, 52 seconds
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MLB rainouts with no rain!? Are game speeds going to impact beer and hot dog prices!? When will the sponsorships end!? (Episode 790)

Today’s word of the day is ‘rain out’ as in rain rain go away as in postponement as in the Mets postponed their home opener because of rain… that never came! How do decisions like this get made? Why are they made? (11:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about game speeds impacting in-stadium revenue. Are hot dog prices going up? Is beer going to be more expensive? Is this why there’s more sponsorships!? (29:10) Review: The Reluctant Traveler (32:50) What happens when a city and team go to fight? It’s happening with the 49ers. It’s happening with the Coyotes. (41:30) NPPOD. (44:10) Mavericks lose protest filed to NBA against game vs Warriors. NBA said sorry, but no. Have a great friday! Do something fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices