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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between. 

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The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between. 

    Final (?) NBA Finals Takes, the Caitlin Clark Discourse, and Hollywood’s Junket Crisis With Katie Baker

    Final (?) NBA Finals Takes, the Caitlin Clark Discourse, and Hollywood’s Junket Crisis With Katie Baker

    On the Final Edition, Bryan welcomes Katie Baker, and they have a loaded show for you, with the following discussion topics:

    Brian Windhorst's Scarface-like message to Luka Doncic (1:45)

    Jayson Tatum’s reaction to Joe Mazzulla's quotes (5:57)

    Remembering Jerry West, a friend to sportswriters everywhere (14:03)

    The Olympics and Caitlin Clark discourse (24:03)

    The Hollywood junket crisis (37:14)

    Remembering Howard Fineman (52:14)

    Then, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
    Host: Bryan Curtis
    Guest: Katie Baker
    Producer: Brian H. Waters
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How Is ESPN Covering the Finals? Plus, a Chaotic Week at The Washington Post and the Art of the Awkward Interview.

    How Is ESPN Covering the Finals? Plus, a Chaotic Week at The Washington Post and the Art of the Awkward Interview.

    Hello, media consumers! Bryan and David kick off the show with sounds from a couple of awkward interviews (1:05). Then, they get into the following topics:

    Reactions to ESPN’s halftime show criticism (9:31)

    Doris Burke makes television history (18:07)

    JJ Redick’s upside as an announcer (20:42)


    Later, in the Notebook Dump, they discuss a chaotic week at The Washington Post (33:01)
    Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
    Producer: Brian H. Waters
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    • 48 min
    Bob Costas on Michael Jordan, "Roundball Rock," Bill Walton, and 12 Years of the NBA on NBC

    Bob Costas on Michael Jordan, "Roundball Rock," Bill Walton, and 12 Years of the NBA on NBC

    Hello, media consumers! The NBA Finals begin this week, so Bryan brings you the podcast a day early, and he welcomes one of the most prolific voices in basketball history, Bob Costas.
    They take a look back at Bob’s time with NBC, discussing the following:

    The first year of the NBA on NBC and how Bob was wanted as a play-by-play announcer (2:02)

    The art of putting together the story of the game (6:52)

    Michael Jordan’s run during the beginning of the NBC era (16:22)

    The O.J. Simpson chase during the 1994 NBA Finals (24:28)

    Calling what we thought at the time was Michael Jordan’s final shot in the NBA (41:01)

    The 1998-99 NBA lockout (45:22)


    Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
    Host: Bryan Curtis
    Guest: Bob Costas
    Producer: Brian H. Waters
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    NBA Finals Story Lines, More on the Trump Verdict, Charles Barkley’s Free Agency, and Colin Cowherd: Resistance Hero

    NBA Finals Story Lines, More on the Trump Verdict, Charles Barkley’s Free Agency, and Colin Cowherd: Resistance Hero

    Hello, media consumers! Bryan and David kick off the show with some notes on the coverage of the Trump verdict (1:09). Then, they get into the following topics:

    What kind of story are the 2023-24 Dallas Mavericks (9:02)

    Charles Barkley’s free agency and what could happen with the talent from ‘Inside the NBA’ (18:19)


    Later in the Notebook Dump they discuss:

    Reactions to Colin Cowherd’s monologue about Trump’s conviction (32:43)

    The upcoming presidential debate and the advertisements that will be available for purchase (41:00)

    Bryan and David are in LearnedLeague trivia (43:15)


    Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.
    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
    Producer: Brian H. Waters

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    • 51 min
    The Strange End of the Trump Trial, Baseball’s Spot in the Sports-World Lineup, and Nerd Culture Deep Dives With Mallory Rubin

    The Strange End of the Trump Trial, Baseball’s Spot in the Sports-World Lineup, and Nerd Culture Deep Dives With Mallory Rubin

    Hello, media consumers! Bryan welcomes the Ringer’s ultimate team player, Mallory Rubin. They kick off the show by discussing the live coverage of the Trump trial deliberations (4:47). Then they discuss baseball’s place in the media lineup as networks are willing to pay $2 billion for the NBA while ESPN is trying to get out of a $540 million deal with MLB (16:12). They close with a fun discussion about Mallory’s career, which includes a chat about the things she has done a nerd culture deep dive on (33:40).

    Plus, David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    Bryan and Mallory’s conversation was recorded before the jury of the Donald Trump trial was finished deliberating.

    Host: Bryan Curtis
    Guest: Mallory Rubin
    Producer: Brian H. Waters
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Remembering Bill Walton, Saving the Washington Post, and the Latest on the NBA Rights Scramble

    Remembering Bill Walton, Saving the Washington Post, and the Latest on the NBA Rights Scramble

    Hello, media consumers! We lost a basketball and media legend this week, the one and only Bill Walton. Bryan and David kick off the show by reading some of his quotes and discussing how he was ahead of his time (0:20). Then, they get into the current reported plan to save The Washington Post, which includes subscription tiers and additional content for superfans (10:43).

    Later, in the Notebook Dump, they talk about how the NBA playoff pregame shows have added a member to the panel (32:10), the Mavericks’ “commanding” lead in the Western Conference finals (40:02), and the latest on NBA media rights and how Turner could have maintained the rights without a bidding war (42:37).
    Bryan closes the show with a fun story from the movies (47:29).

    Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline.

    Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
    Producer: Brian H. Waters

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

garryffff ,

Shoemaker?

Love Curtis.Shoemaker seems to be an expert on WWE. And…? He is horrible.Good to play with high school friends.

JJ Jolly ,

??????

Are we reading the same Washington Post?
Twitter fights, and article ratios each time their “columnist “ pens anything.

But let’s keep wondering why they are losing money.

Just my 0.02

KTP1024 ,

Must listen each week

Always a smart and entertaining listen

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