Before "PTI" or "First Take" or any of today's popular sports debate programs on TV, there was The Sports Reporters on ESPN. For nearly 30 years, every Sunday morning, top sportswriters exchanged in passionate, intelligent conversation about the major sports issues and personalities today. Now, anchored by Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica - two of The Sports Reporters longest-standing members - the magic of the show is in podcast form, enabling the hosts to continue their highly popular tradition with the benefit of twice-a-week perspectives. In addition to Albom, of the Detroit Free Press, one of the most decorated sportswriters in history, and Lupica, perhaps the country's most recognized and opinionated sports scribe, a third voice will join each program, ranging from former Sports Reporters panelists like Bob Ryan, Bill Rhoden and Christine Brennan, to new and fresh voices in the industry. Join the best conversation in sports every Monday and Thursday.
The Sports Reporters - Episode 395 - Atlanta Masterpiece. Milwaukee Coaching Questions. Phoenix Perfection. LA Door Open
Trae Young delivers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals sending the Hawks to a 1-0 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks. Where does Trae's performance rank among the all-time great playoff moments? How does Milwaukee slow him down? Plus, analyzing the Western Conference Finals... Did the Clippers leave the door open for the Suns to take game 2? Why Paul George needs to be more clutch in crunch time. Deandre Ayton is growing up right in front of our eyes. And why is there so much mystery surrounding Chris Paul and why he is out? Plus, have MLB pitchers been scared straight? And the NFL has their first openly gay active player... Has our country turned the page on this issue?
The Sports Reporters - Episode 394 - Game 7 Classics. Young Stars Announce Themselves. Rahm U.S. Open Champ
Say hello to the Atlanta Hawks! They advance to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Milwaukee Bucks. Why it's about much more than a "super team". A changing of the guard in the NBA as some of the young stars announce themselves to the world. And why the right guy won the U.S. Open.
The Sports Reporters - Episode 393 - Surprising Results in the NBA Playoffs. War of Attrition in Sports. Going Cold Stickum
Everyone was counting the Los Angeles Clippers out after the Kawhi Leonard injury but Paul George shows up big! Can he continue his hot play and repeat his game 5 performance? Why Utah possibly squandered a golden opportunity. How about those Atlanta Hawks?! They rally from 26 points down to beat the 76ers and take a 3-2 series lead. The Trae Young coming out party continues and just how important is Lou Williams to the Hawks' success? We need to discuss Doc Rivers and theses Sixers... Doc has some history with blown leads. Why hasn't Ben Simmons developed a better shooting form? And is Joel Embiid wearing down? Kevin Durant put on a playoff performance for the ages as the Nets are one win away from taking care of Milwaukee. How questionable coaching decisions are hurting the Bucks. And why it's time for Giannis to make a statement like KD did. MLB is not messing around with their crackdown on the "sticky stuff". Was it the right call to do this mid-year? Golf's US Open gets underway... Can Phil strike again?
The Sports Reporters - Episode 392 - NBA Playoff Equilibrium Shifts on Health. Novak Djokovic's Place in History
The Nets' Kyrie Irving suffers an injury leaving Kevin Durant to shoulder the load. Are the Nets in danger of being bounced from the playoffs by a hungry Bucks team? Who will step up and score? Why health continues to be a major story in these playoffs. Why is Giannis Antetokounmpo so criticized? His time to shine is now. Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns are heading to the Western Conference Finals! Can the Suns win it all? Plus, Novak Djokovic is closing in on history. Discussing how he erased a two-set deficit to win the French Open. Is he the greatest tennis player of all time?
The Sports Reporters - Episode 391 - NBA Playoff Contenders. MLB Sticky Stuff - Fair or Foul? Potential Michigan Scandal
Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns is playing some inspired basketball and it's great to see the veteran shine during the playoffs. How the Suns are destroying the Nuggets. You know it's bad for Denver when the head coach says the team quit! Donovan Mitchell only seems to be talked about when the Jazz go on a playoff run. Why it's trick or treat with the Clippers. The Bucks can't hang with the Nets even with out Harden. When will Milwaukee get Giannis a true number 2? How will MLB regulate foreign substances on the baseball? Is it cheating or just pushing the edge? And a potentially devastating scandal is looming at the University of Michigan. What did former football coach, Bo Schembechler, know about inappropriate touching between a team doctor and players? If this turns out to be true... does he get the Joe Paterno treatment?
The Sports Reporters - Episode 390 - Kawhi/Clippers Come Up Clutch. NBA Playoffs Head to 2nd Round. Rahm Pulled for Covid
The Clippers and Mavericks went the full 7 games but Kawhi and the Clips come up clutch. Ty Lue's coaching job. Does Luka need help? Can the Clippers go on and beat the Jazz? Breaking down the 2nd round matchups. Discussing the Lakers' exit. Will LeBron win another title in his career? Julio Jones is traded from the Falcons to the Titans... Wasn't the price for him higher? Find out what the Titans gave up to get him. Jon Rahm gets informed of a positive Covid-19 test right after finishing the third round at the Memorial... Why it cost him big. And how come the PGA players aren't all vaccinated? If the PGA asks the fans to be... Shouldn't the players be? And where have all the stars gone at the French Open?!
Podcast versus cable tv
Mike asked Bob who Giannis might be compared to in history. How about Bob McAdoo? Recall his effect on the Celtics. Remarkable scorer! Minimal team effectiveness.
Better than before
Watched the original ESPN show since the early days. It was “appointment TV” for me until I had the ability to record it. Hated when it went off the air. And now I get the show twice a week?! With more content?! And just one brief (no Me Undies pun intended) commercial?! Sign me up! Also, I prefer the “looser” production/banter of the podcast to the more formal TV show. Thank you Mitch, Mike, Bob, Bill, and the rest of the rotating guests who brought back this great show in the perfect format. 👍
I’d like mitch to review his time on the simpsons, how was everyone to work with and what state is Springfield actually in? I heard they tell the guests….