Topics include: The growth of Next Door; Drawing strength from doubters, the future of social media.
The boys are back for their long-awated season 10! Topics include: the culpability of sports media in Kevin Durant's injury; the "hypocrisy" of news consumers; the stupidty of Axios; the best foods to watch being cooked.
The boys are back, with their ninth different recording platform. Galen needs to distract himself from Tuedsay’s Indiana-Northwestern game, and he talks about his experience with Chronic Hooser at Bloomington’s newest restaurant, Joella’s.
Brian and Galen talk about the two Fyre Festival documentaries and influencer culture. They also discuss the AFC and NFC Championship games and the various storylines from those games. Why aren’t referees in all sports required to speak to the media after games?
We’re back, Flipside Nation!
Galen is back teaching after his sabbatical, but Brian is still on hibernation during his endless winter break. The boys are back for the start of Season 9, and they are great fun to be state employees and not federal ones. This leads to a discussion about what a United States University would look like. The paperwork. The bureaucracy. The sprawling campus in Nevada. What conference would they join? Is Condoleezza Rice the natural for athletic director?
This gives way to a discussion about Max Read’s article in New York magazine about just how much of the internet is fake. Brian assures us that he’s not a bot, which is exactly what a bot would say. But seriously, what does it mean for our culture that metrics are such a definitive part of our media landscape? If so much of our world is built upon the premise that what we’re seeing is real, what does it mean when we have to question all of that? And while there’s a lot about the internet to hate, the maps are pretty solid.
Finally, there’s discussion of the NFL playoffs. Galen’s Colts look good, and Brian’s on the bandwagon. Also, how is it that 74 NBC cameras could not come up with a definitive angle of the double doing?
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The boys are back! Galen is back after traveling literally all over the world. He talks food in South Korea, Anchor Bar wings in NYC and what he learned on all his travels.
Galen and Brian talk about the challenges of a subscription model and what it means for the state of the game story; debate deleting Facebook; the challenges of covering college basketball.
Happy Holidays from The Flip Side!
Topics include: The Nathan Peterman Experience; Underrated Beatles Songs; Galen's DNA and the presidency.
Topics include: Is LaCroix good for you? Is social media? How Galen made Twitter more bearable. And how is it that the NFL isn’t dying anymore?
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