55 episodes

Every media analyst gets asked "How did you get your job?" Now NFL.com's Matt Harmon and The Backyard Banter Podcast finally gives them a chance to answer.

The Backyard Banter Podcast The Backyard Banter Podcast

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    • 5.0 • 95 Ratings

Every media analyst gets asked "How did you get your job?" Now NFL.com's Matt Harmon and The Backyard Banter Podcast finally gives them a chance to answer.

    Episode 54: Kyle Crabbs - Build my own chair at the table

    Episode 54: Kyle Crabbs - Build my own chair at the table

    A fellow upstart in the industry from 2013, Kyle Crabbs spent some time chatting with me on the latest Backyard Banter Podcast episode about his time spent chasing the draft analyst dream. Kyle digs into what started him out on this path, where he sees the future of the draft business in terms of employment and what he learned from his biggest miss.


    Highlights from this episode include:
    The feeling that the game is not done with you and why football satisfies us so much.What we see on the outside and why being an NFL scout is so much different than a media job.Kyle's Mike Evans story and what he learned about being negative in an evaluation.The first time you think you're the smartest guy in the room, you're probably in trouble.Why Kyle believes building a team in the fashion he is now is his best bet to grab an ever elusive seat at the draft table.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 53: James Koh - Divorce the information from emotion

    Episode 53: James Koh - Divorce the information from emotion

    After a long wait, NFL Fantasy LIVE Podcast host, NFL Network anchor and Los Angeles Clippers radio host James Koh joins the program to share his journey. Quite frankly, James imparts wisdom and drops knowledge that no other guest that came before him ever has. His perspective as a riser from a small-town radio voice to a figure at major media outlets is one we've not yet cover, until now.


    Highlights from this episode include:
    ?James' time spent as a low-wage radio host in Montana after departing a well-paying sales job.A cavalier attitude that gave him a higher sense of accomplishment than his resume truly indicated and why there's really no true value in people telling you that you're good.Divorcing the information you can attain in reading criticism from the emotional sting.?Being undeterred by hearing "no" and what it looks like to actually be going for it.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 52: Will Brinson - That's how it'll have to be

    Episode 52: Will Brinson - That's how it'll have to be

    Episode 52 of The Backyard Banter Podcast brings us CBS Sports senior NFL writer Will Brinson for a fascinating discussion revolving around the current state of sports media. Will shares his insight on a number of topics including how to be passionate fan while operating as a professional, finding you voice as a writer and what it's like juggling a family with this job. You won't want to miss out on this phenomenal chat.


    Highlights from this episode include:
    Will's transition from a true Panthers fan to how he manages that side of his approach in his current job.Finding your voice as a writer and niche when you may not be a natural student.Becoming a multi-platform analyst, including on-camera work, when that was never the goal.The struggles of juggling a family and forgoing a normal life when taking up as a media personality.Being willing to do what others aren't exploring in order to break in. 

    • 53 min
    Episode 51: Charles McDonald - Not an escape from reality

    Episode 51: Charles McDonald - Not an escape from reality

    Episode 51 of The Backyard Banter Podcast welcomes Charles McDonald of SB Nation's The Falcoholic and Bleacher Report to discuss his place in the NFL Draft writing scene. Charles lays out his path from college football player to current player evaluator for the NFL 1,000 series at B/R. Towards the end of the show, we also get into the topic of race in sports, in particular the perception of the black quarterback.


    Highlights from the show include:
    How Michael Vick is at the epicenter of Charles' love and passion for the game of football. What made Charles want to take the leap into writing and caused his desire to improve the content?The grind that goes into scouting a mass amount of players at the defensive tackle position.The keys to compartmentalizing and how to assess your time allotment.The plight and perception of the black quarterback and why sports isn't truly the escape from real life many fans wish it was.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 50 special: What you've learned - For you, by you.

    Episode 50 special: What you've learned - For you, by you.

    We've made it 50 episodes here together and I really can't believe how much the podcast has grown, developed and expanded since it began. It's all thanks to you, the listeners. You all have inspired me, each other and partnered with the guests of the show to form a community that I'm proud to be the weird little figurehead of. As my way of saying thank you, this episode is for and by you. On a special episode 50, a ton of listeners sent in their answers to my corny sign-off line, "I hope you learned something today" with a special introduction from Sal Leto of the FLAFFL Podcast. Thanks so much to everyone who is a fan of the show, it truly means the world to me. What have you learned today? Let's find out...

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 49: Jourdan Rodrigue - Let's see what you think then

    Episode 49: Jourdan Rodrigue - Let's see what you think then

    We have a treat on our hands as now confirmed badass Jourdan Rodrigue stops by The Backyard Banter Podcast to discuss her career path that landed with a gig as a beat writer for The Charlotte Observer. Jourdan goes into detail about why she took the reporter path over others, and the jobs she held in prior to covering the Carolina Panthers. Towards the end, we get into a can't-miss conversation about a piece Jourdan wrote and I contributed to covering Joe Mixon and the tenor the media takes when discussing athletes who commit violent acts against women. This was an all-around tremendous conversation you'll enjoy taking a front seat for.

    Highlights from today's episode include:
    - Why Jourdan resisted the broadcasting route and followed her desire to be a reporter.
    - Can a beat writer truly have a voice when the primary function is relaying the news?
    - Okay, but seriously, what's it like covering Cam Newton?
    - Jourdan's thoughts on what she learned from interviewing draft analysts about Joe Mixon and how she would cover him if drafted by a team she writes about.
    - What does Jourdan have to say to the critics in this field of not only her gender, but also her youth?

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Abamdome ,

Any football podcast on my listening list

Again as the offseason drools on my main podcasts start having less and less shows, so through the annual renewal of subscriptions and search bar loads I found the Backyard Banter podcast. However this podcast is more than a few month pick up, it's a total different podcast that's both interesting and informational; this podcast a great find that I'll listen to past the offseason.

mrsalmingo ,

Highly recommended!

Not only does the it cover football, but this podcast also adds a human element to those that cover the sport. I appreciate the deep dive into some of the "stars" of football coverage. Hearing about humble beginnings and who they have become today is refreshing. Can't recommend this podcast enough.

@DynastyRick ,

Excellent motivation

If you are at all interested in the people behind the industry, or perhaps becoming part of the industry, this podcast is an excellent resource; you feel like you've met the guests and it helps you realize you are not so different from the guys that you listen to on the podcasts and read on the various sites. Keep up the paying-it-forward attitude, Matt

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