Episode 29 - Rodger Sherman
SB Nation's Rodger Sherman previewed nearly every team that made the NCAA tournament, but he wants you to know that doesn't mean his predictions are good or even just okay. Still, we decide to ask him about the surprises of the Sweet 16, which team from the state of North Carolina has the best chance to advance to the Final Four, and whether space travel will be commonplace before Northwestern makes the tourney. There's also a quick round of Ask Jane, covering Metallica, rivalry trophies,...
Episode 20 - Nebraska, Miami, Arizona State, and Claire Danes
No guests this week because we think we're capable of talking about the Huskers, Hurricanes, Sun Devils, and a variety of other college football teams without anyone's help! (We're probably totally wrong.) Plus, there's a round of Ask Jane and we settle which compass direction is college football's best.
Episode 18 - Minda Haas & Bill Hanstock
The World Series is underway, and either the Giants or Royals will take home the most fragile-looking trophy in sports. We talk to Bill Hanstock about why the Giants are America's unloved cousin and Minda Haas about how the upper limit for playoff ticket prices in Kansas City does not exist. There's also dessert chatter, mayoral trivia, and a very Florida story.
Episode 17 - Brian Barbour & Steve Pierce
Leaves are changing, Halloween is just around the corner, and that means one thing: college basketball season! Wait, no it doesn't. But we're talking to Brian Barbour about UNC hoops and Steve Pierce about BYU's basketball chances this year all the same, because we refuse to be constrained by your "calendar." Jane also rates random things by how Michigany they are. It's science!
Episode 16 - Listener Questions
What's the worst sandwich to get for Christmas? Which dead celebrity should you take to Disneyland? What SEC school is most like Newton's Third Law of Motion? Is going to law school a good idea? These and other important questions our listeners posed are answered by me, a confirmed idiot.
Episode 11 - Bill Connelly
Statistical virtuoso and good writerer Bill Connelly joins us to talk about muting college football broadcasts, which teams he thinks might over- and underachieve this season, why the Big 12 is unpredictable chaos, and which US Open player is best compared to UCLA. Plus, Jon answers reader questions that make no sense whatsoever!
Episode 10 - Sarah Kogod
Sarah Kogod tells us how pedicures lead to the best interviews, which NFC East team will frustrate its fans the most, why Rex Grossman has the greatest job, and whether Richard Sherman is more fun than pizza. Jon and Ryan also share their love of finding weird and sad NFL games. (Obviously nothing is more fun than pizza.)
Episode 9 - Avinash Kunnath
What is the Pac-12? Is it full of the right kinds of cholesterol? What happens if you put the Pac-12 in water? Does the Pac-12 come in Portuguese? These are not the questions we asked Pacific Takes founder Avi Kunnath about his favored conference, because they do not make any sense. But we do talk about Seventh Heaven and puberty, so.
Episode 7 - Mike Prada
True NBA fans know the purest basketball can only be found at the Vegas Summer League, where everyone shoots poorly and hardly anyone is paying attention. We talk to basketball fashionista Mike Prada about improving the Summer League trophies, Vegas nightlife, and why Tim Duncan should be destroying rookies for our amusement.
Episode 6 - Pete Holby
The Tour de France is one of the oldest and most elegant ways in which a person can nearly kill oneself for sport, and our guest Pete Holby helps us learn what makes it so appealing, whether it will ever appeal to a broader American audience, and why Lance Armstrong does not care what you think as long as he beats you.
Episode 5 - Seth Rosenthal, Rebecca Lawson, and Ricky O'Donnell
NBA Free Agency is in full swing, so Jon and Ryan go all-out with a triple header episode featuring Seth Rosenthal on the New York Knicks, Rebecca Lawson on the Dallas Mavericks, and Ricky O'Donnell on the Chicago Bulls. They're all faced with the same tough question: who will win the heart of basketball's greatest free agent, Chris "Birdman" Andersen?
Episode 2 - Cee Angi
Terrible impressions of Vin Scully calling a wrestling match, Jon's defense mechanisms as a Royals fan, and Paul Konerko the Teenage Witch. These are but a few of the distractions we sprinkle in around the knowledge and insight generously provided by baseball writer Cee Angi.