It’s the earliest in the day that Brian and Galen have ever recorded, and Brian was up late at an Avett Brothers concert the night before, so it’s time for some cobweb podcasting. There is much caffeine involved.
Topics include an extended discussion on the state of podcasting, spurred by a great live question from our friend @AssemblyCall. How will the commingling of podcasting and radio work going forward? Also, talk on The Athletic’s recent round of expansion, and a debate on the merits of pie vs. cupcakes vs. cake.
Galen is back from Hawaii and highly recommends it. Brian had a flooded basement today and does not recommend it.
This week’s topics include the media’s over-the-top coverage of Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship; the need for college sports to have independent oversight; what sports media students should do to start the academic year.
Also, a discussion on the worst idea they’ve heard all year.
Topics this week include: Brian’s daughter’s new Kindle and the state of the Apple ecosystem; layoffs at the New York Daily News; innovation in the newspaper industry; journalists stepping away from Twitter and what’s gone wrong with the platform.
Brewery of the month: Trillium Brewery.
Topics include: Galen’s New Door; The Lost Steely Dan Demos; The Evolution of Sports Media vis a vis LeBron’s Decisions; Media Organizations picking winners and losers; The Gatekeeping Power of 21st Century Sports Media.
In their Season 7 finale, Brian and Galen spend the entire hour breaking down the current NCAA Men's Basketball scandal. Why is media coverage of this story seemingly stuck in 1989? What does it mean for the future of college sports? What will bring real reform?
Thanks for listening this season! We'll talk to you again in April.
Beers of the Flip Side
Brian's Beer: Pauwel Kwak
Galen's Beer: Nuttercup
The boys tackle 8 topics in 61 minutes. Including:
The Parkland shooting victims and the use of social media
Crisis actors and national tragedies
The bash*t insane Newsweek story
The Mavericks story and #Meto
NCAA Vacating titles
Media framing of college basketball student sections
The Tom Crean rehabilitation tour
The Big Ten Tournament ticket apocalypse.
What Winter Olympic events would Galen and Brian be best at? Along with that, topics include Ron Borges and Tom Brady’s agent. How does a story like this even happen, and why do we spend so much time and energy talking about the Boston sports media? Who is the Steve Bannon of the sports world? The answer is obvious, but still interesting. Media coverage of bracketology. Get ready for quadrant talk, and a look at St. Bonaventure’s compelling case.
It’s our post-Super Bowl special, and there’s a lot of football talk. Galen tries to talk Brian into getting excited about the Bills pursuing Nick Foles. Topics include the Colts coaching debacle. What the heck’s going on in Indy? Who is the media going to paint as the villain here - Josh McDaniels or the team? Super Bowl LII. Why was Cris Collinsworth so bamboozled by the catch calls? Why was there no real buzz about the game? The ESPN App. Apparently, carriage fees remain ESPN’s heroin.
Topics this week include the Michigan State scandal and all its related fallout. Is the post-game press conference the appropriate site for investigative journalism? Do reporters have to be more performative in this digital media age? Is Tom Izzo a dead-coach walking? DK Sports and Deadspin. The new subscription only model for sports news sites is interesting, but are they good places to work?
Galen is back after the birth of his second child (Brian’s note: She is ADORABLE!). Topics this week include The media coverage of the Larry Nassar case. Why has there been so little coverage of this story? The boys give some theories, including comparing it to Penn State. The return of the XFL. Is anybody really asking for this? And is this all set up for Trump to be the commissioner in 2021? Bob Costas and the Super Bowl. What’s it mean that one of the most important sports broadcasters stepped away from hosting football coverage.
Beers of the Flip Side:
War Horse Lt. Dan IPA
Brian’s Blue Apron Substitute of the Week
This week, Brian and Galen talk about Lavar Ball and ESPN. Why do reporters insist on talking to him, and why is it wrong for NBA coaches to keep reporters from interviewing him. Logan Paul and YouTube Culture. That dude's an idiot, but what does his popularity say about media in 2018? Oprah 2020 Do the boys have Oprah Fever? (Spoiler alert ... no).
In the first episode of 2018, Brian and Galen talk about The Buffalo Bills’ playoff drought and the power of narratives in sports journalism; Central Florida and the college football playoff and how it’s Boise State all over again: College basketball season and how St. Bonaventure slayed the dragon that is Syracuse (one guess at who’s very excited about this).
In their Boxing Day special, Brian and Galen talk about Objectivity in Sports Journalism. What did the Tim Layden essay in Sports Illustrated get wrong? Why do some sports journalists care so much about being seen as objective. Fans vs. Sports Journalists. Why do sports journalists seem to hold fans in such disdain? What do fans really want from sports journalism? Predictions for 2018. What does the future hold for ESPN and for The Athletic?
Also … is there a dessert that Brian won’t eat?
Beers of The Flip Side
Topics this week include: The resignation of John Skipper. What should we make of the sudden departure of ESPN’s top executive. What’s next for the once-upon-a-Worldwide Leader in Sports? Spoiler culture. Brian saw The Last Jedi this weekend after avoiding the news all weekend. Why did he do that? What’s at the root of spoiler culture, and why does it not apply to sports? Our favorite Christmas media. Scrooge McDuck and George Bailey play prominent roles. That would actually make a fantastic movie.
Also — Brian tries LaCroix for the first time. And we find Galen’s high school musical video collection.
Wine of the Flipside:
The boys are back for an afternoon show. Topics for this week include: Quitting Twitter When You’re Famous. It’s all good for Wright Thompson to quit Twitter. But do the rest of us have that option? The NFL Network Sexual Assault allegations. Is it a surprise that it took this long for this story to come to the sports world? The Berenst(E)ain Bears Conspiracy Theory, the Mandela Effect and whether or not we are living in an alternative universe (and if Australia is there or not)?
Beers of the Flipside
Triptych Brewing Fleeting Galaxy
Topics this week include Herm Edwards at Arizona State and their New Leadership Model. What do we when the sports worlds tries to emulate startup culture. ESPN buying Fox Sports regional networks. This is late-breaking news, but what could it mean for sports broadcasting? Shows are kids watch. It turns out Dora the Explorer isn’t that bad after all. And maybe Princess Sofia isn’t as bad as Caillou, and that’s the nicest thing Brian can say about it.
Beers of the Flipside
Topics that Galen and Brian take on this week include Greg Schiano and “Twitter mobs.” What is it about Twitter that gives it so much power in our media environment? What the heck happened to Jason Whitlock? The Fall of Matt Lauer. How shocking is this particular story? Is the sports version of this coming anytime soon? Car subscriptions and treating what we have traditionally thought of as consumer goods as services. Brian is super intrigued by this.