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Shorter than a book, but more compelling than a generic soundbite. Host Mike Yam presents a series of entertaining interviews with notable members of the sports and entertainment world. Their stories will take you onto the field, into the locker room and explain "the business" of entertainment.

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Shorter than a book, but more compelling than a generic soundbite. Host Mike Yam presents a series of entertaining interviews with notable members of the sports and entertainment world. Their stories will take you onto the field, into the locker room and explain "the business" of entertainment.

    E 37. Kevin O’Neill Former Toronto Raptors head coach and Arizona/USC basketball

    E 37. Kevin O’Neill Former Toronto Raptors head coach and Arizona/USC basketball

    Kevin O’Neill spent 25 year coaching college basketball with stints as a head coach at Northwestern, Marquette, Tennessee, Arizona and USC. Along with his college experience he was he head coach of the Toronto Raptors and spent time as an assistant with numerous teams. KO explains how coaches get jobs, how common he thinks cheating is in college basketball, and some of his best memories from the NBA. Some of those moments include beating Allen Iverson and the 6er’s when he was with the Pistons and coaching Vince Carter.

    Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam on Twitter and Instagram

    @GiveMeAsense

    • 1 hr 2 min
    E.36 Portland Trail Blazers TV Analyst Lamar Hurd

    E.36 Portland Trail Blazers TV Analyst Lamar Hurd

    Portland Trailblazers TV analyst and former Oregon State basketball star Lamar Hurd had a dream of playing in the NBA. On The Give Me a Sense podcast, Hurd shares his story of moving away from home in the 6th grade to dedicate his life to the game. His journey found him turning down Baylor after committing, landing at Oregon State and having what he describes as a “rollercoaster” career in college. Lamar played overseas and when he was on the verge of potentially making the NBA, he walked away to coach kids. He has a fascinating story and after hearing him you’ll understand what passion really is.

    Lamar Hurd: @L_Hurd

    http://www.theothersideofbasketball.org

    Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam // @GiveMeAsense

    • 58 min
    E35. Eric Byrnes 11 year MLB veteran

    E35. Eric Byrnes 11 year MLB veteran

    Eric Byrnes was an electric baseball player who spent 11 years in the major leagues. He’s the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. He shares some great stories from playing in the bigs - the highs and lows and the run in he had with A’s GM Billy Beane in the parking lot after he was sent down to the minors. Byrnes has made the successful transition from baseball to a new sport; he competes as an ultra marathon runner. Eric created a documentary on running the Western States Endurance Run, which is a 100 mile race completed in 1 day. 

    It’s an amazing story which includes hallucinations, torn up feet and Lance Armstrong. You can find the documentary on vimeo here:

    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/diamondtotherough/187851807

    All portion of the proceeds go to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

    Eric on Twitter:

    @byrnes22

    @Diamond2Rough

    Instagram: @ebyrnes22

    Facebook: Eric Byrnes

     

    Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram:

    @Mike_Yam

    Facebook: Mike Yam

    • 1 hr 12 min
    E34. Hall of Fame Coach Mike Montgomery

    E34. Hall of Fame Coach Mike Montgomery

    Mike Montgomery is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. Montgomery was a powerhouse coach making Stanford into a consistent force in college hoops. Over his 32-year collegiate coaching career with Stanford and Cal, Montgomery made 16 NCAA Tournaments, captured 6 conference championships, and piled nearly 700 victories. After his time at Stanford, he made the jump to the NBA, taking over the Warriors. Montgomery is honest about his time with the team and the challenges he faced with at that level. 

    If you’re a basketball fan, you’ll love hearing his stories.

    @GiveMeAsense

    @Mike_Yam on twitter and instagram.

    Facebook: “Mike Yam”

    • 54 min
    E33. Chad Brown 3x Pro Bowl LB with Steelers, Seahawks, Patriots

    E33. Chad Brown 3x Pro Bowl LB with Steelers, Seahawks, Patriots

    Chad Brown kicks off season 2 of The Give Me a Sense Podcast. After winning a national championship at Colorado, Brown was selected in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the Steelers. Brown explains what made Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren and Bill Belichick different, but successful. You’ll have a much better understanding of why the Patriots win as much as they do.  

    In our conversation you’ll hear what life is like in the NFL, the adjustment to life without football and how close “Ballers” on HBO is to being real.

    Chad Brown: @ChadBrown94

    Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam on Twitter and Instagram 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    E32. Rick Nueheisel former Colorado, UW and UCLA Head Football Coach

    E32. Rick Nueheisel former Colorado, UW and UCLA Head Football Coach

    Rick Neuheisel was a Rose Bowl MVP quarterback at UCLA, who made a successful transition from playing, to coaching and now broadcaster. I was fortunate enough to work with him for 3 seasons at Pac-12 Network and we swapped some stories about the first few years after we launched. Rick explained how he built cultures when he arrived at a program, what some of the best wins felt like and how the losses were crushing. Unlike the pros (he was the offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens), he had to recruit players out of high school and told some funny stories including jumping off a cliff in Hawaii with Manti Te’o. 

    If you’re a sports fan I can guarantee you’ll enjoy this conversation.

     

    Rick Neuheisel: @CoachNeuheisel

    Mike Yam: Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam 

    Facebook: Mike Yam

    • 38 min

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