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Former Ohio State linebacker and Fox NFL analyst Chris Spielman and veteran Ohio media personality Bruce Hooley have taken their successful radio partnership to their own podcast, where they discuss all things Ohio State, NFL and professional and college sports, while also freely incorporating their Christian faith into meaningful, encouraging conversations about their lives as husbands and fathers and men striving to live by Biblical truth.

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Former Ohio State linebacker and Fox NFL analyst Chris Spielman and veteran Ohio media personality Bruce Hooley have taken their successful radio partnership to their own podcast, where they discuss all things Ohio State, NFL and professional and college sports, while also freely incorporating their Christian faith into meaningful, encouraging conversations about their lives as husbands and fathers and men striving to live by Biblical truth.

    James Franklin's failures; Luke Fickell takes his shot; A unique World Series; NIL in high school...no thanks

    James Franklin's failures; Luke Fickell takes his shot; A unique World Series; NIL in high school...no thanks

    10-24-23 We Tackle Life show notes:
    James Franklin is 1-9 against Ohio State...how does Penn State put up with that?

    Luke Fickell takes his shot at OSU on Saturday night.

    Ohio State hoops gets an exhibition win over Dayton. What are the Buckeyes' prospects this season?

    The Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers both lost 100 games two years ago and were way under .500 last year. Tell me again how we need to be patient as Reds and Guardians fans.

    Name, Image and Likeness payments to college athletes...should they be secret or public. And what would be the impact of NIL coming to the high school ranks?

    If you want to attend the Ohio prep football playoffs, it will cost you a lot more to pay in cash than to buy a digital ticket. Why is that?

    In the faith portion of the podcast, take care of the most important thing in life before it's too late to do so.

    Find out more at https://spielman-and-hooley.pinecast.co

    • 57 min
    OSU vs. USC, Texas or OU...Buckeyes' All-American Sammy Sasso victimized again, this time by media corruption

    OSU vs. USC, Texas or OU...Buckeyes' All-American Sammy Sasso victimized again, this time by media corruption

    10-8-23 Show Notes:
    Ohio State rolls Maryland, but how would the Buckeyes do against Texas, Oklahoma or USC, after all three played epic games on Saturday.

    Hey, Browns...draft that Arizona kid

    Why you never draft a running back early or pay him twice

    USC has Caleb Williams, who may win the Heisman Trophy again, and looks like he deserves it. But was that a character win for the Trojans against Arizona that revealed the presence of character or the absence of the same

    Hey, YouTubeTV....if you're going to have 55 key plays, make one of them the one that decided the outcome.

    Williams' two most spectacular plays show that he can do what no one else in college can do. At least, not both.

    A Travis Etienne memory OSU fans won't like

    NBC's coverage of the Ryder Cup now looms even worse than it was in the moment. And that's really bad.

    Ohio State All-American wrestler Sammy Sasso nearly died when two teenagers car-jacked him in mid-August. Now Sammy is in a wheelchair and fighting to resume his career, which gave the Columbus Dispatch license to victimize him all over again in the name of tolerance and sensitivity.

    Accountability matters...or should.

    The faith portion of the podcast discusses prayer...what it is and what can happen when it's visited upon a seemingly-impossible situation.

    Find out more at https://spielman-and-hooley.pinecast.co

    • 52 min
    How can you host a podcast and guest on a podcast at the same time?

    How can you host a podcast and guest on a podcast at the same time?

    Show notes, 10-7-23:
    Shoutout to the memory of my dad and Buckeye football Saturdays in Ohio

    This podcast is different in two ways than any We Tackle Life podcast before

    Some of my crew is headed to the OSU-Maryland game today...wish I could be with them

    You can meet the crew and meet someone even they would admit is way cooler where we all worship...play disc golf...pickleball...and more.

    If you're a Central Ohio coach of a high school team, I can hook you up with a free team meal

    5:00 Transition to Bruce as guest on the Warrior3Project.com podcast, with details on the past three weeks since his brain cancer diagnosis and tumor removal.

    After some details about Warrior3Project.com and the Warrior 3 Project 40-day challenge:

    9:30 How Brandon and I became friends involves our mutual friend, Chris Spielman

    11:00 How my life changed on my 63rd birthday

    12:00 Chris Spielman's first words when told I have brain cancer

    13:30 If you're under attack, it shows you're on the target

    17:00 Adversity in my life has been an ultimate blessing

    19:30 What has changed since the cancer diagnosis?

    20:00 Getting cancer doesn't spare you the responsibility life thrusts upon you

    24:00 Remember those you are responsible to above all others

    25:00 The "why bad things happen to good people" argument is a lie

    26:30 Squeezing the drips of good out of the wet towel of bad

    29:00 Which GPS are you following...Google's or Apple's or someone else's?

    30:30 Who checks your ego?

    32:00 When a coach needs more from someone, where does he go to get it?

    35:00 What's happened in the past is proof of what's possible in the future

    36:00 The danger of focusing on outcome instead of the path that gets you there

    37:30 The final profound thing Stefanie Spielman said should resonate with all of us

    44:00 If given five minutes to address a jam-packed Ohio Stadium today, what would I say?

    46:00 There's a fantastic gift card waiting for you. Will you take it? Will you use it?

    Find out more at https://spielman-and-hooley.pinecast.co

    • 48 min
    Ryder Cup goes South; So will Stefon Diggs; Mel Tucker has...and how you know you're wrong

    Ryder Cup goes South; So will Stefon Diggs; Mel Tucker has...and how you know you're wrong

    10-1-23 We Tackle Life podcast:
    The dearth of truthful reporting and commentary has consequences far beyond the Ryder Cup.

    Stefon Diggs has a big game, so his petulance and unreliability doesn't matter to Bill Cowher. It would, if Cowher had to coach him.

    Mel Tucker is contorting himself into, around and threw every legal loophole to get every dollar he can out of Michigan State University, which justifiably fired him for betraying his responsibility and charge to those from whom he sought that privilege.

    We can all take a lesson from Jesus honest, comprehensive answer to critics who looked to trip Him up with their fanciful concoctions.

    Find out more at https://spielman-and-hooley.pinecast.co

    • 39 min
    The We Tackle Life podcast returns!

    The We Tackle Life podcast returns!

    Show notes....9-25-23:

    Today, Season 6 begins with a new focus in light of a brain tumor diagnosis and upcoming cancer treatment.

    The podcast will return, still focused on sports, but more deeply than results.

    Toward that end, we could and should and must learn a lot from what happened at a high school game in Western Ohio on Friday night.

    USC is one of the best college football teams in the country. But it's not elite, nor are many programs, where it should be.

    You could see the US Women's Solheim Cup team flop coming, because of something that happened well in advance of the flop.

    Faith portion...when obedience really is, and why it matters.

    Find out more at https://spielman-and-hooley.pinecast.co

    • 37 min
    What to do with Chris Holtmann; How to speed up college football

    What to do with Chris Holtmann; How to speed up college football

    2-20-23 We Tackle Life podcast:
    Where have you been, Bruce?

    OK, now for some details on my newest gig

    OSU hoops is in the dumper

    Evaluating Chris Holtmann

    Everything was phenomenal three years ago

    Now, what if we grade Holtmann by his own standard

    Would OSU fire Holtmann if the Buckeyes don't win another game

    Is there any other way out of this mess?

    College football games are too long

    What are the proposals to fix it?

    How would these "fixes" change the game?

    Getting serious about the Great Commision

    Find out more at https://spielman-and-hooley.pinecast.co

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
245 Ratings

245 Ratings

Greg Warder ,

Excellent Podcast

Hi Bruce,

I truly enjoy the combination of sports and faith in each of your podcasts. I was so happy to see the podcast come back in February and your desire to keep these going each week again. Then they stopped again for a month or so now. I hope you are able to revive these and bring them back regularly. Thank you, Greg in Harrville

Jebzz11 ,

Excellent

I listen to every podcast. Insightful, succinct and entertaining. I’ve always enjoyed listening to Bruce, whether it was at the fan, on the pod or now on the Answer. He is committed to his faith and his values as evident in the faith portion of the podcast. Just wish he would do more episodes of We Tackle Life.

EveryNicknameIsTaken14 ,

Fundamentalism and Sports

Bruce- you’re not qualified to teach religion or fundamentalist Christian ideology on sky any front. Going to church and reading a Bible doesn’t make you an authority.

Unlike journalism or theology & pre-med, my degrees and advanced degrees, people who spread the great commission do not understand the first thing about it. I attended a southern Baptist church in a small town (New Albany 80’s-90’s and thank god it closed) but they always read the Bible in the prose form in a literal & denotative manner which the Bible wasn’t written in this form if you can read Greek and Hebrew, like every great religion, the Bible is best understood in poetic form- meaning figurative and in a connotation.

Somewhere, the fundamentalist Christian faith has spread a false premise about how Christianity spread. It’s not because of the great commission, Christianity spread through war (the bloodshed of 100’s of millions). through tribalism, feudalism, colonialism and also assimilating other societal/cultural beliefs into Christianity (up until recently) and lastly, most important money! Money is at the center of every Christian church.

Yes, you can try to tear my arguments down but I had to write a undergrad thesis, a masters thesis and a PhD thesis. One of my 3 thesis’s was written based upon this very topic. The great commission calls back to the original Covenant with God, in addition to being open to others, their culture and beliefs. Christianity was meant to be flexible, not a literal Rock or sledge hammer. Paul’s misogyny and prejudice has created so much misunderstanding of the teachings but most of Christ’s teaching can be found in the Old Testament, the Talmud and Pharisaic writings. His teachings were also being practiced by other parts of the world 500-1000 years before his birth.

So, if you wanna be more than a fundamentalist 6-week Bible study minister; take some theology classes at an accredited university. Maybe go study in the Middle East like I did for a semester. Otherwise, stick to journalism because no offense, outside of your a personal spirituality, repeating what comes our of your preacher’s mouth and your understanding is like a Journalist trying to cover Marvin Harrison Jr.

What happened to you after 97.1, you’ve lost all sense reality. I truly hoped this show was gone because of the conspiratorial politics, hate, prejudice, fear and fundamentalism this show spreads. Btw- Al churches should be taxed because rarely does the money taken in make it into the community just goes to the affiliated Convention to be passed around to those who don’t believe but no how to get rich and use religion to create fear/conformity out of others. Not what Christ taught, nor did he teach Paul’s moronic vision of the great commission. Paul changed and ruined Christ’s teaching and his only 2 commandments but who cares right. I’m
just some random nobody with nothing.

You sir need to properly educate yourself, as a journalist- figured you’d question everything. You should talk to Steve Deace (now he’s Catholic and a Michigan fan who went to MSU) he hosts an Iowa conservative podcast and radio show to spread fear and propaganda- using religion quite a bit, you’d love him.

There’s one funny thing ultra religious people fail to realize, every religion spreads the one sane central truth but it just goes over everyone’s heads.

BTW- The Transcendent has many faces, many races and many genders.

Awful podcast since the beginning! Bruce’s knowledge on sports in Ohio is shaky at best, he’s run himself out of every job he’s ever had because of his judgmental attitude.

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