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.
The boys are back with their Thanksgiving special. Topics include: ESPN Layoffs and the evolution of Sportscenter and the network. What does ESPN want to be? Kryie Irving’s Flat Earth Beliefs and why reporters feel the need to write about it. Open-Access Journals and the flaws in the academic publishing system.
Brian learns that Australia may not exist, and he’s fascinated.
Also, they have their first Internet Outrage That They Didn’t Take Part In.
The boys are back with a new theme song, a new streamlined format and the same-old background noises. Topics include ESPN on Snapchat and what it means for sports media and for the social media platform; Twitter at 280 and whether or not the new character count fundamentally changes Twitter; Does College Basketball Need Saving? and what people really want from the sport.
Galen’s Blue Apron Substitute
The Spice House
It’s a mid-afternoon edition of The Flip Side, and it’s a quick episode. Something something about Galen having to “teach class” because he’s a “university professor.” Whatever.
The boys begin with Brian talking his weekend trip to Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum, where he saw (among other things) a 40-pound colon. True story. Galen fills Brian in on the sad state of Everton’s season, and Brian realizes he picked his new favorite soccer team poorly.
There are two main topics today. The first is Red Lobster’s secret Endless Shrimp menu. This begets a larger conversation about why certain restaurants have secret menus and which one would be the best (hint, it’s Taco Bell).
Then it’s on to The Athletic and the comments its founder made to the New York Times on Monday and the ensuing kerfuffle. The boys go beyond the internet outrage machine to talk about what it all means for the future of sports journalism.
It’s a Throwback … Monday? The boys are back at their classic time for an old-school edition of The Flip Side.
They start with high praise for friend of the show Lauren Smith, who became an official Ironman this weekend. That eventually segues into talk of a New York Times story showing how Trump voters view the NFL, how tribalism is affecting our world and how partisanship is a hell of a drug.
The main topic is Twitter - or, in Galen’s words, why Twitter has no chill. Brian thinks Twitter feels very different than it did even a few years ago and that it is becoming less vital. Galen still believes in what Twitter can be, even if people take everything on there way too seriously. There’s no answer to be had, but it’s a good discussion on the present state and potential future of social media.
They boys also talk about the baseball playoffs and why they are both awesome and interminable.
There is also the potential of a live in-kitchen show next week.
Brian’s beer: Bisonberry Ale
Galen’s beer: Burning Hands IPA