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Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg zoom in on the moment at major tournaments that make champions, then bring Doug Ferguson on-board to recap the second round and preview the third at the British Open. Also on the show: another day without luggage and anything good to eat.
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg take a personal interest in the story of Jhonattan Vegas’ lost golf clubs at the British Open, then AP golf writer Doug Ferguson weighs in on Tiger Woods and the rest of the first-round results at Carnoustie. Also on the show: cameos by Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau, as well as the AP’s Steve Douglas. On the menu: when eating Indian food, why choose chicken when there’s lamb?
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg pay their respects to the late Jim O’Connell, a giant of college basketball, then bring on newly minted U.S. citizen and “Men in Blazers” co-host Roger Bennett to demonstrate soccer really can explain the world. Also on the show: AP’s Chris Lehourites recaps/previews the games and then the hosts recap a week’s worth of eating in the City of Big (Pork) Shoulders.
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg recall the wackiest World Cup celebration they’ve seen before being joined by FOX analyst and former US national team member Aly Wagner to preview France vs. Belgium and talk about the audience response to women broadcasters calling the games. Also on the show: AP soccer writer Steve Douglas from St. Petersburg on the semifinal matchup. On the menu: What dunderhead at Costco banished polish sausages from the menu?
It's two years until the 2020 Olympics, and so there's plenty of Olympic sports to talk about right now - golf, basketball and swimming among them. Guest host Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press talks to four-time Olympian Sue Bird about the state of the WNBA and her future plans, as well as has a chat with four-time Olympian Ryan Lochte about his latest turbulent chapter. Plus, Tim Dahlberg and AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson wrap up the British Open, golf’s third major of the year. Finally, we tell the tale of how an act of kindness by a now-departed football coach changed one kid's life.
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg worry whether England has gone bonkers ahead of its World Cup semi against Croatia, then assess the Three Lions’ chances to advance with former English star and FOX analyst Warren Barton and the AP’s Rob Harris. Also on the show: an interview with Sir Geoffrey Hurst, hero of England’s 1966 Cup triumph, and a wrap-up of France’s 1-0 win over Belgium in the first semi with Chris Lehourites. On the menu: R.I.P. Pillsbury Dough Boy.
Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg salute the World-Cup back-to-back champions U.S. women’s team, pan their male counterparts and recall the 1989 earthquake that put the World Series on pause. Then FOX baseball host Kevin Burkhardt joins them to preview MLB’s mid-summer classic. On the menu:  You going to eat that pickle?
Guest host Rob Maaddi kicks off Super Bowl coverage live from Radio Row in Atlanta with a conversation with NFL executive Troy Vincent, who says changing overtime rules is on the table. Maaddi downplays the significance of trash talk and chats with AP sports writer Greg Beacham about Rams coach Sean McVay’s uncanny ability to remember every play. Football comedian Costaki Economopoulos checks in with his unique brand of sports jokes and AP NFL writer Simmi Buttar breaks down the Patriots. 
Ice Cube’s crossover dribble into the sports world has him leading the BIG3 basketball league for a second season. Guest host Larry Lage of The Associated Press kicks it with the entertainment mogul about 3-on-3 hoops, music and movies to tip off a star-studded lineup of guests. Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter opens up about the lives of his children along with his passion for the Chicago Cubs and music. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford discusses how fatherhood has changed his perspective. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league wants a cut of the action from gambling profits if anyone wants to use its assets. NBC Sports and MSG Network hockey analysts Anson Carter wraps up the podcast, expanding on his thoughts about a move he didn’t like made earlier this year by USA Hockey.
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg are horrified by the headlines, but heartened by the distractions the NFL and an upcoming heavyweight title fight offer. Then AP college football writer Ralph Russo gets the pair up to speed on the playoffs, the Heisman Trophy race and all things gridiron. On the menu: How did you celebrate National Men Make Dinner month?
Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg debate whether a Final Four long on experienced teams and short on “one-and-done” stars signals a shift in the power dynamic between coaches and athletes. Then they’re joined by AP sports writers Dave Skretta and Dave Campbell on-site for a preview of the games and how Minneapolis is rolling out the red carpet (and chain-link fences). On the menu: Where’s the beef?
Sister Jean Delores Schmidt, the 99-year-old nun who stole the show at the Final Four, serves as a tour guide when hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg look back at the 2018 moments that warmed hearts, made us smile or get up and want to dance. There’s homecoming queens, rare displays of sportsmanship, random acts of kindness and a teddy-bear avalanche that will have you reaching for the Kleenex. On the menu: Chinese food for Christmas?
Bob Costas joins Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg to discuss his broadcasting life after letting go of the Olympics, why baseball has always been his first love, and whether the NFL’s day of reckoning is on the horizon. The hosts also recap the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments and preview the Masters. On the menu: Waffle House hash browns, smothered and covered.
Jim Litke checks in on sometimes co-host Tim Dahlberg, who spent the day mountainside tracking skier Mikaela Shiffrin's quest for more Alpine gold, then heads back to women's hockey to find out whether the USA v. Canada rivalry is as frozen solid as a skirmish at the end made it look.
Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg recall one of the great snafus in golf history, get some on-course sartorial tips from golf fashion guru Marty Hackel, and go in-depth on the first day of play at Masters with golf writer Doug Ferguson. On the menu: Waffle House _ again _ and Ferguson’s birthday feast.
Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg dissect the head-to-toe saga of woe that Antonio Brown brought to the Raiders, then bring on Oakland-based AP sports writer Josh Dubow to fit the pieces back together. Next up is USA Today columnist Nancy Armour on gymnast Simone Biles’ riveting performance en route to a sixth straight national all-around title. On the menu: The nectar of the gods.
Dodgers great and  TV analyst Orel Hershiser takes time out from spring training to join hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on a hunt for the soul of baseball.  Then the pair zoom through the Bryce Harper-to-Philly signing, the surprisingly risqué NFL scouting combine _ a.k.a the “Underwear Olympics” _ and why even LeBron James won’t make the Lakers a playoff team. On the menu: Some cheese doodles to go with that coffee?
Guest host Rob Maaddi reviews the thrilling games on NFL championship Sunday, explains his Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voting philosophy and shares his views on Carson Wentz’s relationship with Eagles teammates. AP NFL writer Barry Wilner joins Rob to discuss what the NFL can do about its officiating problem, AP deputy sports editor Oskar Garcia offers his thoughts on the NFL attempting to ban some prop bets and baseball writer Ben Walker tells us if he’d rather build a team around Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg wonder whether a U.S. team short on leadership and facing a historical deficit can thread the needle in singles and match the greatest comebacks in the event’s history. Then, golf writer Doug Ferguson and Steve Douglas review Day 2 action and weigh in on the captains’ final-day lineups. On the menu: Even good whisky can’t salvage a bad tuna fish sandwich.
Who'll win Super Bowl LII, by how much and why? Plus Hall of Fame talk, and the increasingly wacky world of prop bets.
ESPN college basketball sage Jay Bilas features in a wide-ranging episode. Hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg rank national-anthem performances at sporting events through the years, turn to AP football writer Barry Wilner for the latest on the NFL and bring on a special guest to preview Saturday’s championship game in the notoriously tough 8-and-under girls’ league in Las Vegas. On the menu: Tacos. Always tacos.
Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg ask college basketball writer Aaron Beard whether the FBI investigation and the cloud hanging over the game will dissipate anytime soon, then segue to spring training and baseball writer Janie McCauley for stories about the Giants, Cubs and her mountaintop meeting with pitcher Johnny Cueto.
Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg get a behind-the-scenes look _ thanks to the AP’s Larry Lage _ at what makes Spartans coach Tom Izzo tick. Plus they recap Day 1 action, preview today’s top games, and of course, talk about chow.
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg get the lowdown on Jeff Hall’s years-long quest to spread some of his brother’s ashes at every one of the major league’s 30 ballparks. Then they preview the World Series, deliver a round-by-round of Rockets-Lakers opening-week NBA brawl, and delve into how the NFL got its mojo back so soon. On the menu: Put down that mayonnaise. Now!
Welcome to the knockout stage of the World Cup, with eight great matches over the next four days. Guest host Tim Reynolds is no fan of penalty-shot shootouts to decide anything, especially a World Cup, and he rants about this with Stuart Holden of Fox Sports and AP colleague Chris Lehourites. Much more importantly: The guys talk about the pressure on Argentina, Mexico and others, who might emerge as the champion and they even break down the mind game between striker and goalkeeper in critical moments of matches.
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Jan 5th, 2018
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Aug 27th, 2019
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