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The “Never Played the Game” podcast is hosted by WSB-TV Sports Director Zach Klein.

The “Never Played the Game” podcast is hosted by WSB-TV Sports Director Zach Klein.


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The “Never Played the Game” podcast is hosted by WSB-TV Sports Director Zach Klein.






Episode 86 - Bruce Heppler - Head Golf Coach at Georgia Tech

Zach visits with the 9-time ACC Coach of the year and finds out how someone with a CPA working in Salt Lake City, goes on to be a member of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. From recruiting Tiger Woods.. to the pranks from Matt Kuchar.. to never winning a National Title.. Bruce Heppler delivers.


Episode 85 - Georgia Tech Quarterback TaQuon Marshall

Zach sits down with the Yellow Jackets senior quarterback and discuss his decision to go to Georgia Tech over Duke.. his demanding class schedule... the rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs and winning the ACC this season..'Rockin Rings' and playing in the Final-4 Playoff


Episode 84 - Pod Stays, Jeff Schultz Leaves the AJC

Schultzy has decided to break up the band. After nearly three decades in Atlanta, Jeff Schultz has moved on from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Why he felt the time was right for the next chapter in his career and how Zach plans to dominate and entertain the podcast without him :)


Episode 83 - Alex Anthopoulos - Atlanta Braves General Manager

Zach and Jeff visit with 1st year Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on his journey from a former HVAC owner in Canada to MLB Executive of the Year. Alex opens up on the death of his father, paying his way to 'Scouting School', leaving a dream job as GM of the Toronto Blue Jays, receiving the call to interview for the Braves and how long it will take to bring Atlanta a World Series title.


Episode 82 - Braves Hot Start, Falcons Draft, Julio Jones Disappears and did Bud Quit on the Hawks

Zach and Jeff discuss the surprising start by the Braves who closed out the month of April as the National League's highest scoring team. Were the Falcons correct in drafting Calvin Ridley, a wide receiver in the 1st round? What to make of Julio Jones deleting his Falcons memories from his social media accounts and did Mike Budenholzer quit on the Hawks?


Episode 81 - Thomas Dimitroff - Atlanta Falcons General Manager

Zach and Jeff visit with Atlanta Falcons General Manger right before the 2018 NFL Draft. The two ask TD about: Mowing the lawn by day for the Cleveland Browns and watching film with Scott Pioli at night. Why the NFL combine can hurt more than it helps How many players are realistic for the Falcons at #26 Why are quarterbacks so hard to evaluate How close was he to being fired a few years ago His relationship with Head Coach Dan Quinn His passion for cycling and helping those in Atlanta


Episode 80 - Masters 2018 Preview with Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Zach and Jeff preview the 2018 Masters with Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The best hole.. the best food..the best Masters tradition... who will win? Plus.. if Tiger Woods get another green jacket, will it be a bigger story than Jack Nicklaus' victory in 1986?


Episode 79 - Atlanta Braves 2018 Preview -

Zach and Jeff discuss the 2018 Braves season, but before they look ahead, they must revisit the end of 2017 when the franchise parted ways with then GM John Coppolella. Jeff spoke with Braves CEO Terry McGurik about what went down. Plus, the expectations for Dansby Swanson and when will future Hall of Fame infielder (Jeff's words) Ronald Acuna make his big league debut.


Episode 78 - March Madness: Crean in at UGA, Legend of Ron Hunter and UMBC with greatest upset ever?

Zach and Jeff discuss the wild opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament - For the first time ever, one regional failed to have a top 4 seed make it to the Sweet 16. Plus, was UMBC's win over #1 UVA the greatest upset in Soprts.. and is Tom Crean the right fit at Georgia?


Episode 77 - Mark Fox out at Georgia - NCAA Tournament breakdown and why we love Ron Hunter and GSU

Zach and Jeff discuss the firing of Mark Fox as Georgia's basketball coach. Who should replace him in Athens. What about GSU's Ron Hunter? Plus, a look at NCAA Tournament bracket and the return of Tiger Woods


Episode 76 - ACC/SEC Basketball Tournaments and NFL Questioning at the combine

Zach and Jeff discuss Georgia Tech's one and done at the ACC Tournament and Georgia's run in the SEC Tournament - Plus... How, two years after the Falcons asked inappropriate questions at the NFL Combine, another NFL team is asking about one's sexuality. What should be done to that NFL team?


Episode 75 - Chipper Jones on guns, the NRA and assault rifles

Zach and Jeff react to comments made by Braves legend Chipper Jones. In a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chipper, an avid outdoorsman and hunter, denounces assault rifles. You will hear from Chipper on his upbringing and why he's pro guns and anti AK-15's


Episode 74 - Braves begin Spring Training - Mark Fox's Future at UGA

Zach and Jeff discuss the start of Braves spring training. New GM Alex Anthopoulos discusses traditional scouting vs analytics, young prospects in the minors and the outlook for the 2018 season. Plus, what will it take for UGA head basketball coach Mark Fox to return next season.


Episode 73 - NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson

Zach visits with 7-Time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson on his 'legendary' water polo career... having a cold beer to forget the 2017 season..his future at Hendrick Motorsports, his chances at Daytona, what needs to happen to win the Great American race in 2018, his 'Welcome' to NASCAR moment and what he would tell a "Rookie Jimmie Johnson"


Episode 72 - Todd Stansbury - Georgia Tech Athletics Directory

Zach and Jeff visit with Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury on changing the culture inside the athletics department. How does he feel about head football coach Paul Johnson and is the support still there for head basketball coach Josh Pastner? Where does he stand on recruiting, facilities, the importance of beating UGA and an 8-team football playoff? Stansbury recently joined the College Football Playoff committee and discusses that, plus who he was cheering for in the title game, Alabama or...


Episode 71 - Super Bowl Preview - New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles

Jeff is in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl and had a chance to visit with the players and coaches from both teams. He and Zach discuss if anyone is interested in this game outside of Boston and Philly and who walks away with the Vince Lombardi trophy. Also.. what the Patriots did to "piss off" Falcons owner Arthur Blank


Episode 70 - Braves Legend Chipper Jones to Hall of Fame - Mark Purdy on why he did not Vote for him

Zach and Jeff visit with veteran sports writer and columnist Mark Purdy. Purdy was 1 of 12 voters who did not cast a ballot for Braves legend Chipper Jones. Why? What about Barry Bonds, Pete Rose and will there ever be someone who gets in with 100% of the vote.


Episode 69 - Falcons Season Ends with 4 incomplete passes on 1st and Goal - Will Sark Return?

Zach and Jeff discuss then end of the Falcons season and the 1st and goal sequence that determined their fate. A shovel pass? To a 3rd string running back? Should Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian return? Will He? Plus, the impact on UGA LB Roquan Smith leaving for the NFL


Episode 68 - Georgia Falls in National Championship Game - Falcons on to Philly

Zach and Jeff discuss what happened to UGA in title game vs Alabama. Refs? Too much Saban? Tua? We hear from Saban and Kirby Smart on when the game turned. Plus, the Falcons head to Philadelphia for a divisional playoff game against the Eagles.


Episode 67 - UGA Wins Rose Bowl.. Bring on 'Bama and Falcons Open Playoffs in LA

Zach and Jeff discuss where Georgia's win in the Rose Bowl ranks among the all-time great games in sports. Plus, their predictions against Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Also, the Falcons prepare to defend their NFC Championship title in LA against the Rams