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Episode 21 - Talkin' Jacks Extra #1 - CLTvOTT

In the first edition of Talkin’ Jacks Extra, Ben and Alex preview the first game of the season! Charlotte hosts Ottawa Fury FC on St. Patrick’s Day and the guys tried their best to give you some insight into this week’s opponent. See everyone Saturday! Let’s pack the ‘Plex and cheer on the Jacks! We hope you enjoy the episode and thanks for listening! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter: @talkinjacks Music:...


Episode 20 - Pre-Season Wrap Up and Expectation Setting

The pre-season is over! The Jacks concluded their 2018 warm-up with a 2-1 victory over Old Dominion University and Ben and Alex were there to cover it. In this episode they break down the game and how the team looked as they round into shape for the start of the 2018 regular season. In part 2 they go over the many players that have been added to the roster both officially and unofficially as well. In part 3 they talk about the USL as a whole, and specifically the Eastern Conference and...


Episode 19 - Trialists Abound

Welcome back Jacks! On episode 19, Alex and Ben catch up on all the new additions to the squad: Jung-Soo Lee, Calvin Doum and Daniel Steedman. They also briefly discuss the departure of franchise leading goal-scorer Enzo Martinez to the Colorado Rapids. In the main section of the podcast they break down the Independence’s pre-season game against North Carolina FC. The Jacks fell 0-1 but Alex and Ben think there are a lot of positives to take away from the game. At the end they answered...


Episode 18 - Colorado Affiliation with the Rapids Rabbi

On this special episode of Talkin’ Jacks we had the pleasure of interviewing the Rapids Rabbi from SB Nation’s Burgundy Wave, a site dedicated to covering the Colorado Rapids of MLS. The Rabbi gave us a lot of insight on the affiliation between the Rapids and the Independence, players we might see be loaned to us in 2018 and more. Big thanks to him for joining us and thank you to everyone who asked questions on Twitter! We hope you enjoy the episode and thanks for listening!...


Episode 17 - Season 2 Premiere

We're baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! In our season premiere we talk about some of the off the field news surrounding the reported new owner and the renewed talks about Memorial Stadium. In part 2 we break down the roster as it stands on February 5th. Finally, we answered the many listener questions that y'all sent our way! If we missed your question, we sincerely apologize. Just let us know and we will get to it on the next episode! Thank you to everyone for listening, come on you Jacks! Music: "Good...


Episode 16 - Season Finale

Episode 16 - Season Finale by Talkin' Jacks


Episode 15 - Hello Darkness My Old Friend

The off-season began a little less than 24 hours ago for the Charlotte Independence. Ben and I kind of break down the game but really just had a little chat about why we are sad that the season is over and why it’s so much worse having happened the way that it did. Thank you all so much for listening as we kicked off this little project a little more than halfway through the season; we will be back to wrap up the season in later episodes! We love ya! Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb...


Episode 14 - The Playoffs Are Upon Us; What Could Go Wrong?

Episode 14 is all about the first round of the USL playoffs! Your Charlotte Independence come into their first round matchup with the Rochester Rhinos nursing a 5 game losing streak (BOOOOO) but Alex thinks there’s hope to turn it around before it’s too late! Ben doesn’t think so as much. We also went into detail about the Charleston game including Charleston Goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper’s player of the week type performance. This episode pairs well with caramel corn and hot apple cider or...


Episode 13 - Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack

In this episode Alex and Ben dive in to what went wrong for the Independence at Louisville Slugger Field agains Louisville City but also take some time to admire Caleb Calvert’s goalazo! Of course an episode about Louisville wouldn’t be complete without a rant about their field so that came up a few times as well. When we previewed Charleston we talked about a few options for a starting 11 and whether or not we could see any drastic changes before Saturday. Thank you always for listening...


Episode 10.5 - Midweek Turmoil

In an abbreviated midweek edition of Talkin’ Jacks, Alex and Ben talk about some of the things that went wrong to cause a 3-0 loss to the Charleston Battery (there were too many to cover all of them.) In the second half of the show, we talk about the tough task of facing the Tampa Bay Rowdies on short rest and on the road where they are one of the best teams in the USL. We will be back on Tuesday with a longer, more normal episode so stay tuned. Thank you for listening and hopefully the...


Episode 10 - Canadian Woes and The Southern Derby

After a disappointing draw against the Ottawa Fury left the Independence winless against Canadian teams this year, Alex and Ben discuss what went wrong and what went right that salvaged a point. In the second half of the show, we preview the Southern Derby against The Charleston Battery on Wednesday(rescheduled from 9/9) It's a busy week for Charlotte and for us, thank you for listening! CLTvOTT recap: Alex's MOTM: Austin Yearwood -...


Episode 09 - Podcast For a Rainy Day

There's no game to review, as the away trip to Charleston was rescheduled for September 20th. Ben and Alex attempt to preview the Ottawa Fury game but spend most of the episode talking about the race for the top 4 and the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Thanks for listening as always, and if you have questions, you know where to find us! Come On You Jacks! Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons


Episode 8 - Kickin' On

After a slight delay and some big personal news, Alex and Ben discussed the Charlotte Independence's 3-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers and previewed the Southern Derby matchup against the Charleston Battery! Plus we give an injury update on several injured Jacks. Thank you always for listening! Alex's MOTM: Lewis Hilton - assist, 4 chances created, set piece taking Ben's MOTM: Enzo Martinez - two goals scored, USL player of the week Enzo Player of the Month Voting:...


Episode 07 - Opposite Day in the USL

Alex and Ben discuss the good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday’s loss to Toronto FC II and wonder “what if” a lot. We tried to answer listener questions and we briefly talked about the next game against the Richmond Kickers before we got distracted by other things. Thank you to Soccer ’N’ Sweet Tea, thank you to those of you who donated to Ashley Mahoney’s cause and thank you all for listening. Toronto FC II Recap: Ashley’s...


Episode 06 - "Shocktop With a Splash of Orange Juice"

Link to Ashley Mahoney’s “Racing Against Cancer” fund: Please consider matching our donation of $27 or whatever amount you can give. Alex and Ben were in “studio” to discuss the Jacks’ results against Bethlehem Steel FC and Orlando City B and we talked about how we need to beat Toronto FC II. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TalkinJacks and like us on Facebook! Thank you so much for listening! Link to Bethlehem Steel recap:...


Episode - 05 Beatless Is Over, Time For a New Streak

Episode 5 is unfortunately jammed with 4 games to talk about, so we don't get into many details, but we discuss the Independence's less-than-stellar road trip and why we thought their 12 game beatless run came to an end. In the second half we preview this week's games and answer listener questions. As always, find us on social media and subscribe if you haven't! Thanks for listening! Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons


Episode 04 - We Are Top O' the League!

What a time to be alive! Our Charlotte Independence took first place in the USL East last weekend and we're here to recap how they did it! We also take just a minute to complain about the USL referees and the sand at Matthews Sportsplex before looking ahead to the Jacks week featuring a Wednesday-Saturday Canadian double. We hope you enjoy! If you want more content, make sure you stay tuned to! Thank you so much for listening! Come on you Jacks! Music: "Good to Be...


Episode 03 - Reviews and Previews - Feat. Chris Davis

Chris Davis joined us in studio for episode 03 of Talkin' Jacks! We discussed the beach soccer game against Richmond, the dominating performance against Bethlehem Steel and we look ahead to this weekend's big matchup against Louisville City FC. We appreciate your support and as always, thank you to Soccer 'N' Sweet Tea! Come on you Jacks! Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons


Episode 02 - Charlotte Independence Mid-Season Review

In the second episode of Talkin' Jacks, Alex and Ben take a deep dive into the first half of the Charlotte Independence's season and talk about how the team has performed in their first 17 games. We also give out our first half awards! This episode is extraordinarily long due to our tendency to ramble, we are working on that I promise! We appreciate your support and as always, thank you to Soccer 'N' Sweet Tea! Come on you Jacks! Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under...


Talkin' Jacks Episode 1

Alex and Ben introduce themselves, explain what Talkin' Jacks is all about and review the Charlotte Independence's most recent game against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons