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363. A Tribute to Vin Scully
Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully died on August 2, 2022. He was the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 seasons, beginning in 1950 when the franchise was located in Brooklyn, New York. He retired in 2016. His tenure is the longest of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. He also called nationally televised football and golf for CBS from 1975-1982 and was NBC Sports' lead baseball play-by-play announcer from 1983 to 1989.
In this episode, for the first time in 8 years, an interview between Seth and Scully from August 24th, 2014, is presented. That interview was part of the Mets Pre-Game Show on the Mets Radio Network. It has not aired anywhere since its initial broadcast in 2014.
Following the Scully interview, National Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch joined the podcast. Rawitch spent 15 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he served as Vice President of Communications, also overseeing the Community Relations department. He joined the Dodgers in 1995 and spent parts of five seasons in the marketing department before moving to Public Relations. He also spent 10 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and also worked with MLB.COM before landing his current role with the Hall of Fame. With the Dodgers, he worked closely with Scully, sharing his unique insight into the man behind the microphone and his off-air persona.
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Vin Scully was 94.
362. Former Hockey Player/Current Announcer Peter McNab
One of Seth's early sports heroes, Peter McNab joins the show to discuss his extensive career. Peter played in the NHL between 1973 and 1987. He played for the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, and ultimately, the New Jersey Devils. There he played for his father Max McNab, who was the team's general manager. Upon his retirement, he moved to the broadcast booth, where he called Devils' games from 1987-1995. Then, he moved to Colorado and became the TV analyst for the Colorado Avalanche since their move from Quebec in 1995.
This episode covers his career but focuses on the Devils' stint as well as the early years of the Avalanche. Seth stated he began watching hockey with the Devils' first game, and Peter was instrumental in those formative years. McNab's first season in the booth was the year the Devils made the playoffs for the first time in their history and concluded with their first-ever Stanley Cup Championship.
Furthermore, Seth covered the Avalanche from 1996-1998, intersecting with McNab once again.
Peter has been battling cancer and has been continuing his role with the Avs 2022 Stanley Cup Championship (which not enough time in the podcast is spent on).
361. NCAA College Realignment w/Andy Staples, The Athletic
With the recent announcement that USC and UCLA were moving from the PAC-12 to the Big 10, many questions were raised about the future of college football, and subsequently, college sports overall. Andy Staples has covered college football at the Athletic since 2019. He covered college football for Sports Illustrated from 2008-19. He also hosts "The Andy Staples Show,” a podcast available everywhere you can find this episode. He also can be found on Sirius/XM's College Sports Channel.
Some questions were raised during this episode: Will other PAC-12 schools follow USC and UCLA? Will the SEC and Big 10 further evolve into super conferences with new revenue streams that other schools will not be able to compete with? Then, how will lower-tier schools and conferences compete in the national landscape? Where does Notre Dame fit into all this? How are streaming services the impetus behind major college conference realignment?
Follow Andy on social media @Andy_Staples.
360. Formula-E 2022 NYC E-Prix w/USA Driver Oliver Askew
This episode was recorded on July 16-17th, 2022 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York at the site of the 2022 New York City E-Prix, Rounds 11 and 12 of Season 8 of the Formula-E Championship.
Oliver Askew drives He currently competes for the Avalanche Andretti team. He is in his rookie season in Formula E. in the Formula E World Championship for Formula E. He is the 2019 Indy Lights champion. Growing up in Melbourne, Florida, Askew had many options to pursue his driving career. His journey did not take him to NASCAR but rather to this global circuit.
Formula-E play-by-play announcer Jack Nicholls, who did Episode 208 of the podcast, rejoined the show to discuss Askew's place as an American in the Formula-E circuit.
Also, André Lotterer of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, who was in Episode 345 of the show, discussed his recent announcement to leave electric racing to return to Endurance racing for Porsche.
359. The Britney Griner Case in Russia w/ESPN's TJ Quinn
In February 2022, WNBA star Britney Griner was arrested and detained in Russia after she was stopped at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and accused by Russian authorities of having vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. Last week, Griner told a Moscow court she would like to plead guilty to the charges, saying she had brought the vape cartridges into Russia unintentionally, explaining she had not meant to leave them in her bag. The Biden administration has classified Griner as “wrongfully detained” and American officials believe Russia seized her to use as bargaining chips with the United States.
TJ Quinn is an Investigative Reporter/Senior Writer for ESPN. He has been covering the Griner case from the US since shortly after Griner's arrest became public. He has been on Sports with Friends twice previously. Once, to discuss his illustrious career (Episode 244). He also came back on to discuss his battle with Long Covid-19 (Episode 319).
358. Rob Maaddi, Associated Press Lead NFL Reporter
For 20 years, Rob Maaddi covered both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Phillies for the Associated Press. In 2021, he moved to a national role as an NFL writer. Now, as 2022 is close to getting underway, Maaddi is the new lead NFL reporter for the AP.
In this episode, Maaddi discusses the differences between covering a team vs. an entire league. He discusses how meaningful relationships are in reporting, and how today's social media makes that problematic.
On the NFL front, Maaddi discusses the Russell Wilson trade to Denver, the Deshaun Watson investigation, Nick Foles' legacy, and the new NFL Thursday Night Football package on Amazon Prime.
Maaddi authored a book on the Eagles Super Bowl Championship entitled, “Birds of Pray: The Story of the Philadelphia Eagles' Faith, Brotherhood, and Super Bowl Victory.”
Follow Rob on social media @RobMaaddi.
One of the best guests to ever be on the show
This was a fun show Seth clearly respects the man a good deal
Great show but no one cares about racing!!!