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Before "PTI" or "First Take" or any of today's popular sports debate programs on TV, there was The Sports Reporters on ESPN. For nearly 30 years, every Sunday morning, top sportswriters exchanged in passionate, intelligent conversation about the major sports issues and personalities today. Now, anchored by Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica - two of The Sports Reporters longest-standing members - the magic of the show is in podcast form, enabling the hosts to continue their highly popular tradition ...
 
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Say hello to the Atlanta Hawks! They advance to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Milwaukee Bucks. Why it's about much more than a "super team". A changing of the guard in the NBA as some of the young stars announce themselves to the world. And why the right guy won the U.S. Open.…
 
Everyone was counting the Los Angeles Clippers out after the Kawhi Leonard injury but Paul George shows up big! Can he continue his hot play and repeat his game 5 performance? Why Utah possibly squandered a golden opportunity. How about those Atlanta Hawks?! They rally from 26 points down to beat the 76ers and take a 3-2 series lead. The Trae Young…
 
The Nets' Kyrie Irving suffers an injury leaving Kevin Durant to shoulder the load. Are the Nets in danger of being bounced from the playoffs by a hungry Bucks team? Who will step up and score? Why health continues to be a major story in these playoffs. Why is Giannis Antetokounmpo so criticized? His time to shine is now. Chris Paul and the Phoenix…
 
Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns is playing some inspired basketball and it's great to see the veteran shine during the playoffs. How the Suns are destroying the Nuggets. You know it's bad for Denver when the head coach says the team quit! Donovan Mitchell only seems to be talked about when the Jazz go on a playoff run. Why it's trick or treat with t…
 
The Clippers and Mavericks went the full 7 games but Kawhi and the Clips come up clutch. Ty Lue's coaching job. Does Luka need help? Can the Clippers go on and beat the Jazz? Breaking down the 2nd round matchups. Discussing the Lakers' exit. Will LeBron win another title in his career? Julio Jones is traded from the Falcons to the Titans... Wasn't …
 
Legendary Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, announces he will retire at the end of next season. Is he the best college basketball coach of all time? The guys discuss his Hall of Fame career. A major landscape shift in Boston as long time GM, Danny Ainge, announces his retirement... Is naming coach Brad Stevens to the position the right call? …
 
A string of nonsensical fan interactions in the NBA playoffs has taken away from some of the great games being played. How can the league stop it? Why do fans seem so angry at players? And does the media and team marketing feed into it a little? In actual game action... Who poses the greatest threat to the Nets in the East? Can the Lakers battle th…
 
The NBA playoffs are heating up and Madison Square Garden has roared back to life. The guys discuss the first round and look ahead to upcoming games. So much young talent in the league! Ja Morant, Trae Young, Luka Doncic all making playoff memories. Plus, is the NFL enjoying all this Green Bay Packers-Aaron Rodgers drama? It sure keeps the NFL top …
 
Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest golfer to win a major, defeating a talented field at the PGA Championship. Bob and Mitch discuss this remarkable accomplishment and debate if Phil could win another major. How the course and mother nature played a role. The mob scene at the 18th that left Brooks Koepka un-happy. And how Lefty's win counters the awf…
 
LeBron James hits a deeeeeep 3 pointer in the NBA's Play-In Tournament to clinch the 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and we couldn't be more excited! What a fun way to launch into the NBA playoffs. Breaking down all the action. Assessing the Lakers talent. Why the Warriors will be a tough out. Discussing Jayson Tatum's Larry Bird moment. …
 
The NBA playoffs are set but not set, set! Some intriguing play-in games highlighted by the Lakers and the Warriors... Despite being a low seed, are the Lakers the favorites? How will Utah and Phoenix fair after tremendous regular seasons? And what about the East? Do all roads lead through Brooklyn? Plus, remembering the great Sports Reporters prod…
 
If you have a problem with the play in game, then don't put yourself in a position to be in the play in game! The NBA is getting exactly what they want with all these play in game scenarios. The guys break it all down as we head toward the end of the regular season. Explaining the Boston Red Sox' early season success. The cautionary tale of Albert …
 
What is all this Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay Packers drama about anyways?! What does he want that he doesn't already have? The guys speculate and try to figure out what's really going on here. Plus, Russell Westbrook continues to impress with his stats and play. Where does he rank historically? And is the media "distracting" Kyrie Irving? The LA Dodger…
 
The 2021 NFL Draft lived up to the hype as big name quarterbacks go fast. Who did the best? The Patriots didn't have to trade up to get a QB. The Bears aggressively go after Justin Fields... What to make of it all?! The guys break it down and discuss. Does Aaron Rodgers have Tom Brady envy? The guys explain. Plus, in the NBA the Lakers continue to …
 
The NFL Draft is finally here! An intriguing crop of prospects has us salivating over the possibility of trades and draft day chaos. Where will the top QB's land? The guys discuss the scenarios. When is LeBron James going to return for the struggling Lakers? Chris Paul leads the Phoenix Suns to the playoffs. And Jacob deGrom continues to dazzle but…
 
The Dodgers and Padres treated us to a superb early season baseball series! What a month of April for the sport with so many outstanding storylines. The NFL draft is finally coming up this week. What will San Francisco do with the #3 pick? And why is Justin Fields falling on draft boards? Plus, discussing NBA hot topics! A historic run for Steph Cu…
 
The Sports Reporters trying to ameliorate our sports lives as the gents talk European Soccer for the first time, LeBron James controversial comments on Twitter. Are the Lakers going to be able to keep it together? Across the NBA, the league is off-kilter with so many players out with injuries. Great early MLB storylines with the A's riding the wave…
 
The Yankees are in last place in the American League East. The NFL Draft is weeks away and it stays at the top of the headlines. Trevor Lawrence makes news and has to reiterate his desire to play football. The Los Angeles Lakers are winning games with the return of Anthony Davis and Lebron James coming soon.…
 
It's an intriguing group of NFL prospects set to be drafted and the guys discuss all the different quarterback options. Why is it so hard to find the right QB? And why are teams so quick to move off from high draft picks if they don't pan out? Plus, how can baseball pick up the pace of play? And when sports and real life intersect...…
 
Hideki Matsuyama makes history at the Masters becoming the first Japanese man to win the prestigious golf major. The guys discuss all the wild moments that led to a memorable tournament. A missed call in MLB has us wondering why we even have a replay system. The Deshaun Watson saga keeps getting worse. When will the NFL stop ignoring it? And the pl…
 
The guys discuss all the storylines heading into the 2021 Masters Tournament! Nothing like a Sunday at the Masters... Winning is everything in the NFL but are teams too quick to move on from highly drafted QB prospects? The guys debate. And Deshaun Watson is starting to see his endorsement deals fall off... Will he even play this fall? A Kevin Dura…
 
UCLA and Gonzaga provide one of the all-time great moments in Final Four history as Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga hits a 3 pointer at the buzzer in overtime to send Gonzaga to the National Title game! The guys discuss that epic game and give a quick preview into the showdown that everyone wanted from the start of the season, Baylor vs. Gonzaga. Plus, MLB …
 
The 2021 MLB opening day is here! The guys discuss some of the bigger storylines heading into the season. Why it's a battle for New York and Southern California... Plus, how will the presence of fans be handled across the league? The NCAA Tournament has it's Final Four set! Can UCLA continue it's wild run? Will Gonzaga cap off a perfect season? How…
 
What a weekend of College basketball as the west coast puts on a strong showing. Can Gonzaga complete its undefeated season? Will USC or UCLA reach a Final 4? Can Oregon State keep its Cinderella season alive? Michigan looks formidable but can they win it all without their best player? The guys are talking college basketball! Plus, a big time trade…
 
The NCAA Tournament is heading to the Sweet 16 - Elite 8! The guys discuss the intriguing matchups and storylines. Plus, as the NBA trade deadline looms, who will make a move? And why are there so many injuries in the NBA this season? Was the league asking for trouble?By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
Basketball parody! The NCAA Basketball Tournament is providing some exciting action and perhaps some miss seeded teams? How the parody in college basketball is making for a wild tournament where the top seeds are going down, and the lesser known are thriving. Biggest surprise so far? And was the Big Ten overrated? Plus, the Lakers lose LeBron to th…
 
The Dallas Cowboys get their man as they sign Dak Prescott to the richest contract in franchise history! Super Bowl or Bust for the Cowboys? Dak is great and all, but who's playing defense? Plus, this is March! The guys talk a little NCAA Hoops. And reflecting on the sports world under Covid-19.By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
NBA All-Star game thoughts. Has the game "devolved" over the years? Are we heading toward a four point shot? Is there still tradition around the game? Blake Griffin to sign with Brooklyn... How will he fit in there? Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have had an intriguing relationship over the years. Why won't they just pay him already? Will the Cowboys…
 
James Harden's return trip to Houston is noteworthy. Why there is two stories here... How he's currently playing. And the way in which he got to Brooklyn. The guys discuss all the angles. And discussing the NBA All-Star game. Is it just a money grab at this point? And why has all the player complaining quieted down lately? Are you watching the skil…
 
The King continues to carry the Lakers in LA. Can he keep it up? Or will he burn himself out before the playoffs? When will Kevin Durant make it back into the lineup? James Harden's game continues to evolve but what a mess he left in Houston. Russell Wilson wants out of Seattle? Why now? The winning now factor in the NFL. And a broader discussion o…
 
As we inch closer to the NBA All-Star game and halfway through the season, the guys are taking stock of the NBA season so far. The biggest surprises and disappointments examined. Plus, exploring the Carson Wentz trade... Wentz seems to have gotten what he wanted leaving the Eagles with little in return?…
 
The San Diego Padres are throwing money around! They lock up the young and talented Fernando Tatis Jr. for 14 years! Is it World Series or bust for the Padres after all their off-season moves? And for these teams dishing out massive contracts... If it doesn't lead to a World Series victory, was it worth it? Draymond Green expresses his thoughts on …
 
The NBA is in full swing and the guys discuss all the major topics of debate in the sport. Anthony Davis' injury. A point guard emerges in Brooklyn. The Eastern Conference down a little this year? The Utah Jazz destroying opponents. And is the 3-pointer distorting the game? Plus, Urban Meyer found out real quick why the NFL is not college football.…
 
There really is no "off-season" in sports these days and with the Super Bowl behind us we turn our attention to the most important position in the sport, the Quarterbacks! The guys discuss the possible QB movement that could take place. Some intriguing and fascinating possibilities... Plus, should the NBA just skip this year's All-Star game? With t…
 
The Rams and the Lions pull off a rare QB swap! As the Rams trade Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford. Who got the better end of the deal? And what does this mean for Deshaun Watson and his chances of getting traded out of Houston? Is he out the door or will he stay and play? Plus, the guys discuss the lab experiment that is the Brooklyn Nets... Who ca…
 
Championship Sunday in the NFL did not disappoint as The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55! Discussing both the NFC and AFC Championship games in depth. Why experience matters in the crucial playoff moments. And where Buffalo and Green Bay go from here. Plus, tracking the big name QB movement and openings pos…
 
One of our favorites weekends of the sports calendar is upon us as the NFL's AFC and NFC conferences' crown their Champions! Can Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finish off their tremendous season with a Super Bowl appearance? Or will Tom Brady further his G.O.A.T legacy by leading the Buccaneers to a tough road win? Does their meeting earli…
 
A lot of story-lines to sink our teeth into as the NFL playoffs roll along. The AFC and NFC Championship games are set and the road to the Super Bowl will go through Green Bay and Kansas City. The guys discuss the four games that led us here. Plus, a brief preview of the Championship games and who could play for the Super Bowl. Don't miss a footbal…
 
We may be living through a global pandemic but sports continues to provide a lot of fun and drama! James Harden is finally traded out of Houston in a 4 team blockbuster deal. Do we like the fit of Harden, Durant and Irving together? Who's the odd man out? And who's playing defense? NFL Divisional Playoff games take center stage as the remaining eig…
 
A fun and entertaining weekend in the NFL as the playoffs are underway... The guys discuss all the compelling story-lines. Plus, can Alabama, and all their play-makers, complete its perfect season? Or is Ohio State poised for the upset in the National Title game?By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
With 3 NFL Playoff games on Saturday and Sunday, it's a football fans delight! Who will step up and leave a mark on this year's postseason? Can the young QB's of Buffalo and Baltimore prove their stellar regular seasons weren't a fluke and win when it matters most? Can the grizzled veterans like Rodgers, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Brees and Brady add …
 
The final weekend of the NFL's regular season did not disappoint as the playoff field is now set. The Cleveland Browns make it back to the post season for the first time since 2002! Were the Eagles really playing to win against Washington? The Packers look a cut above the rest and the AFC had a hell of a year as a whole. Is Buffalo poised to make a…
 
The College Football playoffs offer some exciting matchups but are we heading toward Alabama vs Clemson part 4? Does Ohio State have a path to beat Clemson? Why did Dabo provide the Buckeyes with "bulletin board material"? Can Notre Dame finally win one of these big games? Or is Alabama's high-powered offense just too much to handle? These are some…
 
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