S7 E12: Staccato Vanilla Notes

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.

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Modelo Especial
Alto Real Red Wine

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S7 E11: Mild Biscuity Malted Backbone

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?

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Rhinegeist Truth
Lagunitas Born Yesterday

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S7 E10: Wishful Liberal Thinking

 

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.

 

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War Horse Lt. Dan IPA

Brian’s Blue Apron Substitute of the Week
InstantPot

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S7 E9: Butch Vig's Assistant

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).

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S7 E8: Reportorial theater

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).

 

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S7 E7: You're popping a lot less

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?

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Panther Porter

 

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S7 E3: Trolltastic Moments

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.  

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Republique Cabernet Sauvignon

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S7 E2: Gin's Always Been Good To Me.

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.

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Ellicottville Brewing Co. Coldspresso

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S7 E1: Super-Active Snapper

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.

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LazerSnake American IPA - 3 Floyds Brewing

Blanche de Chambily - Unibroue

Galen’s Blue Apron Substitute
The Spice House

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