On “The City: Off-Campus," Sam Sommerfeld and Jack McFarland talk everything Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago sports to create the one-stop-shop for all things Midwest sports. Current topics, expert guests, and a plethora of Hawkeyes on the show make for insightful episodes and endless entertainment that can’t be found elsewhere. Created by the college student, for the college student.
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The City: Off-Campus Episode 82: Sox are dead, Bears aren't dead, Hawkeyes are rolling
On Episode 82, Sam and Jack start the pod with a very emotional discussion for this years White Sox team, how the playoff series vs. Houston went, how they can bounceback for the near future and what type of moves need to be made (if any) going into next season. The guys transition to this week's Bears/Packers matchup in Soldiers Field, how the Bears might find some success against Aaron Rodgers this week and how this team is exceeding all of our expectations up to this point. They finish up the episode with talking briefly about the Blackhawks and then wrapping up with Iowa/Penn State talk, including discussing the ongoing debate for Penn State purposely acting injured on the field and how Iowa's chances to make the CFP have reached a fever pitch.
The City: Off-Campus Episode 81: Biggest Iowa Football Game in 30 Years
On Episode 81, Sam and Jack discuss the largest game in Iowa City since 1985 when #1 Iowa faced #2 Michigan with #4 Penn State coming to town this weekend. We talk about the pre-game show situation, the aura of Kinnick during a sunset game and how this game is lined up for an Iowa win. We also get very ahead of ourselves and talk post-regular season matchups. Not a whole lot to describe here for all of you, listen and get pumped up for tomorrow.
The City: Off-Campus Episode 80: Bad News Bears, Trap Week for Iowa, 247 Sports' Sean Bock
On Episode 80, Sam and Jack are joined by fellow Bears fan and 247 Sports Hawkeye Insider Sean Bock to discuss the current state of the Bears as well as the upcoming Trap Week for the Hawkeyes in Maryland. We breakdown the inabilities of Matt Nagy to put the Bears into a winning situation, whether or not this upcoming game with the Lions will be the final straw for Nagy's job, who we anticipate being the quarterback next week and the weeks after and how the Bears are actually losing fans. We transition to Iowa's matchup this week with 4-0 Maryland on Friday night, how the Hawkeyes matchup vs. their first test since the Iowa State game and what the team needs to build off of to make sure this trap doesn't take place.
The City: Off-Campus Episode 79: ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Kevin Negandhi
On Episode 79, Sam and Jack are joined by a media personality that we have all been consuming since we were born, ESPN's Kevin Negandhi. Kevin details his journey in the sports media world, the sacrifices he made and the chances he took to make the career he wanted. We talk about his challenges as an Indian-American getting his break in sports media, getting his first call to come to ESPN and what goes in to setting up and producing the 6PM hour of SportsCenter. We talk about how SportsCenter has changed, one of Kevin's "holy f**k" moments and we give our opinions on where we feel the Iowa Hawkeyes are at during this fantastic start to their season.
The City: Off-Campus Episode 78: Iowa Dance Team Member & Miss Iowa USA 2021 Katie Wadman
On Episode 78, Sam and Jack are joined by current Iowa Dance Team Member and Miss Iowa USA Katie Wadman. We start by talking about Katie's introduction to dancing, how it led to her wanting to come to the University of Iowa all her life and the dream of being apart of the Dance Team here. We breakdown differences in preparing for Game Day versus Nationals competition, what the process is like to tryout and to make the team, and some of her favorite moments on Game Days. We then get into Katie's unexpected pageant career which has quickly turned in to her winning Miss Iowa USA 2021, eventually going to NYC to compete for Miss USA and then possibly even Israel for Miss Universe. We get an inside look at what type of questions are asked, how the competition is setup and how much time and commitment Katie has given since winning Miss Iowa USA.
The City: Off-Campus Episode 77: ESPN Sports Betting Analyst & Daily Wager Host Doug Kezirian
On Episode 77, Samand Jack are joined by ESPN's Sports Betting Analyst and Host of Daily Wager Doug Kezirian. Doug breaks down how he got his start into journalism and covering sports, what brought him out to Las Vegas and how living there in Nevada helped change the path of his career. From doing midnight radio to covering sports gambling as a passion, Doug got his break and was hired by ESPN to be an anchor and on-air personality which quickly got parlayed into working in their gambling sector. Doug details how ESPN evolved to talk and cover sports gambling and how that change felt within Las Vegas. Doug wraps the show up by talking about some of his most rewarding interviews and moments of his career, including interviewing Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, meeting Chris Berman and Stuart Scott for the first time or covering Guantanamo Bay.
Fantastic pod. Great content, love the live show at Airliner. Hawks by a million!