7 episodes

You watch athletes achieve extraordinary feats. You analyze coaches’ decisions. You listen to broadcasters narrate the games. What’s happening inside these performers’ minds?

In “The Mental Game” podcast, Sam Brief learns the mental machinations of the most scrutinized performers in the world.

Music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe to The Mental Game on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and more.

The Mental Game with Sam Brief Sam Brief

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

You watch athletes achieve extraordinary feats. You analyze coaches’ decisions. You listen to broadcasters narrate the games. What’s happening inside these performers’ minds?

In “The Mental Game” podcast, Sam Brief learns the mental machinations of the most scrutinized performers in the world.

Music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe to The Mental Game on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and more.

    Coby Karl

    Coby Karl

    Episode 7 of The Mental Game podcast features South Bay Lakers Head Coach Coby Karl.

    Karl is the son of 2013 NBA Coach of the Year George Karl and played in the NBA, most notably during the 2007-08 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. During that season, Karl soaked up knowledge from all-time greats like Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

    Now in his fifth season as the head coach of the Lakers’ G-League affiliate, Karl is paving his own path in coaching, using many of the techniques he picked up during his playing career and from his father.

    In this episode, we dive into those methods, reminisce on Karl’s stint with the Lakers and touch on what made Kobe Bryant so extraordinary.

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

    • 35 min
    Sean Quinn

    Sean Quinn

    For Episode 6 of The Mental Game Podcast, Sean Quinn joins host Sam Brief. Quinn is a Mental Conditioning Consultant with the Moawad Consulting Group who boasts thousands of hours coaching professional athletes in baseball, football, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf world as well as top corporate executives. 

    Quinn takes us through the mental conditioning approach his company employs, which has guided elite athletes such as Russell Wilson and coaches like Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher. He also explains how these coaching techniques can not only help an NFL quarterback come back to win a Super Bowl, but also to help you in your day-to-day life.

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

    • 38 min
    Adam Amin: Part 2

    Adam Amin: Part 2

    Episode 5 of The Mental Game Podcast features part 2 of a conversation with Adam Amin of FOX Sports the Chicago Bulls.

    In this installment, Amin expounds on the special relationship he had with his father, Mohammed, who immigrated to suburban Chicago from Korachi, Pakistan in 1978. Mohammed passed away in March 2018, while Amin was in the midst of his typically stacked broadcasting schedule. Amin reflects on his father’s passing and how he processed it, while also touching on the lasting mental health lessons he’s picked up on the way.

    In case you missed part 1: ESPN hired Amin in 2011, after the 24-year-old graduated from Valparaiso University and spent a few seasons in Independent Professional Baseball and as the Sports Director KUOO, a radio station in Spirit Lake, Iowa, among other gigs. At ESPN, Amin called college football and basketball games on TV, while also broadcasting NFL and MLB games on ESPN Radio. In 2018, he added the NCAA Women’s Final Four and preseason Chicago Bears games to his resume.

    Now in his first season with FOX, Amin is an NFL and MLB play-by-play broadcaster. His hometown Chicago Bulls (Amin grew up in suburban Chicago) hired him in June as the team’s new TV play-by-play voice.

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

    • 41 min
    Adam Amin: Part 1

    Adam Amin: Part 1

    Adam Amin of FOX Sports and the Chicago Bulls joins Episode 4 of The Mental Game Podcast, which is split into two parts.

    In part 1, Amin delves into…


    How he mentally prepares and focuses for broadcasts
    The unparalleled value of adjustments
    His emotions before, during and after calling Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale's game-winning shots in the 2018 Final Four against both UConn and Mississippi State.

    ESPN hired Amin in 2011, after the 24-year-old graduated from Valparaiso University and spent a few seasons in Independent Professional Baseball and as the Sports Director KUOO, a radio station in Spirit Lake, Iowa. At ESPN, Amin called college football and basketball games on TV, while also broadcasting NFL and MLB games on ESPN Radio. In 2018, he added the NCAA Women’s Final Four and preseason Chicago Bears games to his growing résumé.

    Now in his rookie season with FOX, Amin serves an NFL and MLB play-by-play broadcaster. His hometown Chicago Bulls (Amin grew up in suburban Chicago) hired him in June as the team’s new TV play-by-play voice.

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

    • 32 min
    David Mullins

    David Mullins

    Episode 3 of The Mental Game Podcast features Ireland-Based Sports Psychology Consultant David Mullins. In the past decade, Mullins has primarily consulted with mixed martial arts fighters, including multiple UFC champions such as the "Notorious" Conor McGregor. In recent years, he has also worked with pro athletes and coaches in basketball, baseball, football and soccer.

    In this episode, Mullins reflects on his work with McGregor and shares his process for prepping an elite fighter for a high-pressure bout. Mullins also expounds on the over-hyped nature of visualization exercises, compares mixed martial arts fighters to other athletes and even weighs in on the Chicago Bears quarterback situation.

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

    • 51 min
    Reggie Hearn

    Reggie Hearn

    Episode 2 of The Mental Game features seventh-year basketball pro Reggie Hearn. Out of high school, Hearn received no Division I scholarship offers, so he joined the Northwestern University basketball team as a walk-on. Four years later, he left Evanston as the team’s leading scorer. Then in 2018, after four G-League seasons, Hearn broke through and made it to the NBA with the Detroit Pistons. He’s since been grinding it out in the G-League, hoping for another shot while also competing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. 

    Hearn is strikingly transparent about his mental health struggles. Once a Psychology major at Northwestern, he also advocates for more mental health awareness and advocacy in sports and the world at-large. 

    In this episode, Hearn first reflects on his last few months amid COVID-19 (3:28). He then discusses how anxiety has affected his basketball career and his life (5:02). 

    Hearn explains his how mindset changed after making it to the NBA in 2018 (19:40). He then expounds on memories of his time competing with Team USA, where he met LeBron James, Anthony Davis and others (23:50). Finally, Hearn shares parting thoughts on his journey with mental health and what others can glean from it (28:06). 

    The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Andy5994 ,

Great

If you are a thinking person’s
sports fan and you dont listen to this podcast you’re really not a thinking person’s sports fan. This is the best new sports podcast out there. Brief really knows his stuff.

charchar69420 ,

Amazing

Sam is the man - best insights and so great to listen to for sports.

justin1321 ,

Awesome Analysis

Sam is such a great host, I really love the podcast. Highly recommend to anyone who likes sports

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