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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 ...
 
Mike Lupica, one of the most prominent columnists in America, brings his experience and insider's knowledge, coupled with a provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous worlds of professional sports, and politics to this weekly podcast. Every week join Mike and a special guest as they tackle the topics of today!
 
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The baseball playoffs continue to excite as the championship series' are underway. The Braves walk-off on the Dodgers in back to back games. It's bombs away in the Red Sox-Astros series... What else will we see? Dissecting the pitching moves and shifts. And how can we cut down on game length? Plus, the NBA is set to tip off and the guys preview the…
 
Discussing the Jon Gruden email scandal griping the NFL. How much bigger does this get? And what it means for private communication going forward. Plus, Kyrie Irving explains his reasoning for not receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. Does he have a point or is it a short sided view? And baseball has their Championship series' set except out west where t…
 
The MLB playoffs are in full swing and the guys are here to discuss! What a weird and wild play in the Red Sox-Rays series. Was the ground rule double ruled fairly? And how do the Rays rebound? Why Max Scherzer's time to shine is now. Plus, a compelling weekend of football has the guys giddy with excitement! Alabama goes down to Texas A&M! What doe…
 
The Dodgers walk it off in the bottom of the 9th to eliminate the Cardinals and advance to play the Giants in the NLDS. Get ready for a fun postseason! The guys preview the AL and NL Division Series. And is time for a new vision for the Yankees? Plus, Urban Myer really stepped in it. Talking about the Jaguars situation and what it means for Meyers'…
 
Some sports weekends are just better than others! The big game between Brady and the Buccaneers and Belichick's Patriots didn't disappoint. What other games caught our eye over an exciting Week 4 NFL weekend? Plus, the MLB season provided all you could've ask for. Recapping the postseason participants and how they got here. And Cincinnati football …
 
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers head up to Foxboro for a return to Tom's old team, the Patriots! How is this going to play out? You have the game and then you have the Soap Opera! Discussing other Week 4 NFL games of note. Plus, why it's Cincinnati's time to shine as they play Notre Dame in what might be the programs biggest game. Talking the endless …
 
Are you not entertained?! What a fun and unpredictable weekend in the NFL. The guys discuss the major games and why it really is a QB driven league. Plus, Team USA dominates the European side at the Ryder Cup. Why player selection is huge. And major takeaways from the event. And as the regular season in MLB winds down the wildcard races are heating…
 
Some intriguing match-ups in NFL week 3 action. Show me what you got Justin fields! The Bears' rookie is set to make his starting debut. Will the Browns give him his "welcome to the NFL moment"? Or will he shine? The Packers meet up with the 49ers... What is up with Aaron Rodgers' behavior? And the Buccaneers head to LA for a battle with the Rams..…
 
Some interesting matchups in the NFL Week 2. Is it really "must win" time for some teams so early in the season? Bama-Florida has our eye in College Football. And the Giants and Dodgers are running away from the field but one of them will be a Wild Card Team!? Talking MLB and wild card scenarios.By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
A return to sports normalcy! A jammed packed weekend has the guys giddy to talk sports. A fun and entertaining Week 1 in the NFL saw second year Quarterbacks shine. Who caught our eye? What stood out? And who got a reality check!? Ohio State is defeated by Oregon and Oregon looked dominant. What the win means for Oregon and what it does to Ohio Sta…
 
Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here! The guys whip around the league and preview some of the great matchups this weekend. Plus, remembering some of the best moments from Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame career in baseball.By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
Football is on the mind! And boy does it go from 0-60 real fast!? The guys discuss the major college football games from over the weekend. And we start to focus our attention on the NFL. Who are the top teams entering the season?By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
The unvaccinated in sports remains a big mystery. Why are athletes refusing to get the Covid-19 Vaccine? The consequences these athletes now face and are athletes being irresponsible? Plus, MLB playoff races are tightening up! And some tasty college football games to sink our teeth into. Don't miss the Sports Reporters Podcast!…
 
Javier Baez of the Mets, and the PGA's Bryson DeChambeau, both had some fan interaction over the weekend that has the guys discussing the role of fans in sports. Where do you draw the line? Examining the fan/player relationship. The entertainment aspect of it all. And more. Plus, the NFL wraps up the pre-season and we saw a glimpse of what Trevor L…
 
The LA Dodgers and San Diego Padres played a 16 inning baseball game that saw some unbelievable numbers! The guys marvel at the stats and discuss the second wild card spot up for grabs. Do we like this new format? And why we're setting up for a fantastic finish to the season. Plus, more NFL quarterback decisions are being made as teams start to nam…
 
As we inch closer to the start of the NFL regular season, the guys discuss the lack of starting QB's playing in this year's pre-season. Is it risky or smart to not play starters in the pre-season? Plus, other pre-season NFL themes. The New York Yankees have won 10 in a row as first place in the NL East is in sight. Identifying the San Diego Padres …
 
Will we ever see Trevor Bauer and Deshaun Watson play again? How their situations are similar and how they eventually play out. Was Naomi Osaka getting unfair questions at a recent press conference? Examining the dynamic between athlete and journalist. A fun matchup between Shohei Ohtani and Miguel Cabrera. And Joel Embiid gets paid... Risky invest…
 
Major League Baseball is setting up for a tremendous September finish. The guys go around the league and discuss each division. Plus, NFL rookie QB's were on display over the weekend in pre-season action. Anyone catch your attention?By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
Discussing why baseball is so special to so many. Plus, divisional races are taking shape! The AL East is tight and unpredictable. The Padres might get left out in the NL West. And the NL East... it's wide open! The NFL pre-season kicks off this weekend... the guys discuss all the intriguing storylines heading into the season.…
 
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have concluded and the guys discuss some of the best moments. What will this Olympics most be remembered for? How will history judge these athletes? Plus, discussing Payton Manning's Hall of Fame career. Where does he rank among the greats? And why hasn't the NFL, or other pro sports leagues for that matter, mandated the Cov…
 
Olympics Update: Kevin Durant leads Team USA to the men's basketball gold medal game against France. Is USA a lock for the gold? US Men's 4x100 relay team fails to qualify for the final... How is that possible? Simone Biles wins beam bronze. Discussing her coverage throughout the Olympics. Plus, Max Scherzer dazzles in his LA Dodgers debut. Should …
 
USA star gymnast, Simone Biles, brings the mental health and anxiety associated with competing on the world stage into focus. Was it the right call for her to step aside for the team and all around events? Discussing the pressure these young athletes face. Plus, Aaron Rodgers shows up to Packers training camp and surprises us all with an articulate…
 
Olympic updates and observations. Why the NFL is not playing around this year when it comes to Covid-19. And the Cleveland Indians officially change their name to the Cleveland Guardians... Is this the beginning of the end for Native American team names?By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 50 points in an NBA Finals Game 6 masterpiece! Leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first title in 50 years. The guys discuss all the historical context and put it all into perspective. Is the SEC eyeing its own championship game? What to make of the possibility of Oklahoma and Texas joining the already stacked SEC. Dod…
 
Collin Morikawa wins the Open Championship in a very old fashioned way. Are we watching the beginning of the next star in golf? Why his style of play is a breath of fresh air. Jordan Spieth is kicking himself for some bad putts in the 3rd round. Jon Rahm will always be in contention. And poor Louis. Plus, the Milwaukee Bucks take a crucial game 5 a…
 
The NBA Finals are all tied up at 2 games a piece and we are set for a wild finish. The guys discuss Giannis' epic block in Game 4. Khris Middleton's clutch shooting. Devin Booker comes up big in points but should he of fouled out? Is Chris Paul wearing down? And who's in control of the series? Plus, The Open Championship is underway across the pon…
 
The NBA Finals are heating up as the Bucks take a critical Game 3 at home. Who steps up to play Robin to Giannis' Batman? Where did Devin Booker go for the Suns?And why we're still looking for that "one moment" in the NBA Finals. Plus, the guys discuss the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England. And Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon proving he …
 
Robert Wuhl is in for Mitch and Bob and he and Mike Lupica have a full show for you! The NBA Finals are set to tip-off between two teams that don't have much Finals experience. Does this series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns have the makings of a classic? Will Giannis take the court at all? Can CP3 finally win a championship? Who …
 
Welcoming Robert Wuhl to the mound, in for Mitch. The gents talk NCAA's new NIL policy... NBA playoff discussion... Will Hawks Giannis or Bucks Young play tonight? A wild night in MLB involving a crazy game in the Bronx... Stop and frisk policy, is it working? As always, Parting Shots... Wahl asks, can you vote for an MVP who rarely plays?…
 
It has been a fun, wild and surprising NBA playoffs so far and we can't wait to see what happens the rest of the way! The guys discuss all the latest in the NBA and the conference finals. Plus, the Yankees and the Red Sox are heading in two different directions. We dive into the reasons. And the sweet smell of the Wimbledon grass is upon us! Don't …
 
Trae Young delivers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals sending the Hawks to a 1-0 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks. Where does Trae's performance rank among the all-time great playoff moments? How does Milwaukee slow him down? Plus, analyzing the Western Conference Finals... Did the Clippers leave the door open for the Suns to take game…
 
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…
 
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