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Bleav in Betting Chicago
53 minutes | 2 days ago
CUBS SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW
BETTING CHICAGO taps its Cubs Consigliere's Shaun Graves and Dom Fortini to preview Spring Training for the Chicago Cubs!After a winter of discontent, does hope now spring eternal? (2:15), The biggest concerns surrounding this Cubs team (3:44), Is Joc Pederson an upgrade over Kyle Schwarber? (7:29), Could a prospect (Brennan Davis) surprise in camp? (10:35)We reveal our Spring Training rituals/traditions to get ready for the season (12:08), The Cubs offense is in 'prove-it' mode (16:57), Is Kris Bryant REALLY open to an extension? (24:52), Will Joc Pederson or Ian Happ hit leadoff? (32:39)A preview of the Cubs favorable schedule in April (35:07), How patient will Cubs fans be with Jed Hoyer (and ownership)? (38:31), The continued issues with the Marquee Network (41:15) and we wrap up the pod dishing out one thing that has us most excited for the Cubs in 2021 (45:28)
46 minutes | 5 days ago
WHITE SOX SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW
BETTING CHICAGO lets loose a hilarious Chicago White Sox Spring Training preview with Pat Reidy and 'Good Guys Talk Back' Host Nick Murawski!The limitless optimism and hope surrounding this talented Sox team (1:40) A young squad with an 'unfinished business' mentality (4:50), The impact/upgrade of Tony LaRussa (7:24)We react to the Sox PECOTA projections (12:20), The talent in the radio/tv booth for 2021 (13:22), Our favorite Spring Training rituals/traditions that get us ready for a baseball season (16:23)We preview a favorable April schedule (18:10), Is there too much buzz surrounding prospect Andrew Vaughn? (22:24), We debate possible down-the-road additions to the team (27:21), The biggest concern for this Sox team right now (33:40)What has us most excited for the season (37:47) And we finish up the pod debating whether a talented, successful team in the present breeds memories of the bad teams OR good teams of the past? (41:29)
37 minutes | 6 days ago
'BLACKHAWK UP'' WRITER JAKE WHEELER
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes Fansided.com's 'Blackhawk Up' contributor Jake Wheeler to talk some hockey!The impressive (and unlikely) hot start for this young Hawks team (3:18), The ascendance of rookie goalie Kevin Lankinen (6:26), The rejuvenated Power Play (9:20) More important: The return of Alex DeBrincat's elite offensive game or the continued maturation of Dominik Kubalik (11:32)Jake's thoughts on Jeremy Colliton's coaching career (13:41) What the Hawks are missing without their Captain, Jonathan Toews, on the ice (17:50), The brilliance of Patrick Kane (22:41)Is the reshuffled NHL Divisions a plus for the Hawks moving forward? (28:31) And we wrap up the pod debating what the Hawks need to do to, not just make the playoffs, but become a dangerous postseason team again (30:42)
59 minutes | 7 days ago
WGN TV'S LARRY HAWLEY
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes to the show, the excellent WGN TV Sports Producer Larry Hawley!We talk: Larry's career in sports journalism (1:40), That 'moment' he fell in love with sports and storytelling (7:32), Shining a light on mental health in sports (12:10)The Bears ongoing Quarterback situation (16:23), Can the Bears be successful at QB without trading draft capital? (21:04), Which team is more compelling in Chicago right now: the Bulls or Blackhawks? (31:29)And we finish up the pod discussing the optimism/skepticism heading into spring training for the White Sox and Cubs (41:05), Tony LaRussa's impact on the Sox in 2021 (49:58)
22 minutes | 9 days ago
METS PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER WAYNE RANDAZZO
BETTING CHICAGO is grateful and excited to welcome New York Mets play-by-play announcer, and Chicago's own, Wayne Randazzo!Wayne joins the pod to talk about his Chicago roots (1:02), His time calling games for the Kane County Cougars (3:54), the excitement surrounding Francisco Lindor on the Mets (7:10), Wayne's favorite inning to do play-by-play for (10:10)His thoughts on the highly competitive NL East (14:11), the upcoming prospects for the Cubs and White Sox (16:09) and we wrap up the pod talking about his family's involvement with the 'Italian American Sports Hall of Fame', founded in 1977 and located right in Chicago! (17:17)
59 minutes | 12 days ago
THE CHARITY STRIPE'S ALEX TASSOPOULOS
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes Bleav Producer and 'The Charity Stripe' co-founder and co-host Alex Tassopoulos!We discuss: The birth of 'The Charity Stripe' podcast (3:00), Carson Wentz is traded to the Colts (9:09), What's next for the Bears (12:02), Is Derek Carr worth a first-round pick? (17:01), Could Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson be the Bears next target? (18:44)The history of Blockbuster Sports Trades and the 14-year Fernando Tatis contract (22:04), Alex's thoughts on the pro potential of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (27:42)Will Zach LaVine be named to the All-Star team? (34:55), Is LaVine worth a long-term deal and will the Bulls be active at the trade deadline? (40:20), Who needs an NBA Title more to cement their legacy and/or change their career narrative: James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Chris Paul or Dame Lillard?
67 minutes | 19 days ago
VALENTINE'S DAY: CHICAGO-STYLE W/ MIKE CHOI AND DAVID RISPOLI
BETTING CHICAGO offers up a VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL! Resident guests Mike Choi and David Rispoli hop on the pod to have some fun as we play 'Stay Together-Or-Break Up' and 'Marry/Bang/Kill with some of your favorite Chicago traditions and athletes!Stay Together/Break Up: Cubs and Anthony Rizzo (2:29), Marry/Bang/Kill: Deep Dish Pizza, Italian Beef, Chicago-Style Hot Dog (8:30), M.B.K: Matt Nagy, Tony LaRussa, Jeremy Colliton (15:26)Stay/Together/Break Up: Bears and Khalil Mack (19:23), MBK: Dying the River Green, The Bean, Chicago Winters (25:10), MBK: Haray Caray, Pat Foley, Hawk Harrelson (30:31)Stay Together/Break Up: Bulls and Lauri Markkanen (33:32) MBK: Matt Forte, Derrick Rose, Paul Konerko (36:37), MBK: Super Bowl Shuffle, Alan Parsons Project (Bulls Theme Song), Go Cubs Go, Chelsea Dagger (40:20)Stay Together/Break Up: Blackhawks and Patrick Kane (46:17) Stay/Together/Break Up: White Sox and Jose Abreu (48:50), MBK: Day Drinking, Bags and Barbeque, '16 Softball Game (52:19), MBK: '85 Bears, '96 Bulls, '05 White Sox (54:11), MBK: A Chicago night out ends at this type of bar- Kingston Mines, Sluggers, Nick's Uptown
45 minutes | 20 days ago
JON ZAGHLOUL TALKS CARSON WENTZ + CUBS/SOX
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes back SportsTalkChicago.com and Chicago WCKG sports anchor Jon Zaghloul to break down the Carson Wentz-to-the-Bears trade rumors, Cubs, White Sox and MORE!Jon's take on Carson Wentz: The Player (1:55), The compensation for a player that perhaps has questionable leadership (4:30), The Eagles working trade negotiations through Twitter (6:05), Bears fans being subjected to false information and untrustworthy sources (9:55) and the Bears backup plan if they do not land Wentz (18:55)We then switch gears to react to PECOTA'S win projections for the Cubs and White Sox (27:30), Discuss the White Sox ceiling in 2021 (32:13), Debate which direction the Cubs should take in the coming years (36:01) and finish up the pod with some Valentine's Day fun as Jon plays a quick round of the Chicago version of 'Marry/Kiss/Kill'!
58 minutes | 22 days ago
BLEAV IN BULLS HOST NICK SCHULTZ
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes onto the pod the Host of the 'Bleav in Bulls' podcast, Nick Schultz!We discuss: The current state of this young Bulls team (3:09), Expectations for the Bulls with a soft upcoming schedule in February (5:40)Nick talks the Lonzo Ball-to-the-Bulls trade rumors (7:10), Lauri Markkanen is hurt (again) (15:35), The growth of Zach LaVine (21:32), Our shared love for rookie Patrick Williams (31:50) And which veteran off the bench has impressed us the most this season (37:41)We wrap up the pod talking the future for the Cubs and Bears (48:25)!
80 minutes | a month ago
DESHAUN WATSON/QB CAROUSEL TALK W/ DAVE RISPOLI
BETTING CHICAGO caps off its SUPER BOWL WEEK by previewing the NFL offseason with Tuddy Guy and Fantasy Football Expert Dave Rispoli!We slot each NFL Team and their current QB situation into a set of tiers starting with the 'All Set' Group (2:15), Dave reacts to the Matthew Stafford/Jared Goff trade (6:05), We dive into the "Are We SURE They're Set?" Group (13:52)The 'Stuck in the Middle With You' Group of QB's (17:06), The teams that need to make 'Decisions, Decisions' (23:40) featuring: 49ers (25:21), Colts (32:49), Falcons (34:01) And then we hit our CHICAGO BEARS (38:09)! We debate Deshaun Watson (44:01), Matt Ryan (54:20), Jameis Winston (56:39), Dak Prescott (!) (58:56), Sam Darnold (1:06:18) and we wrap up the pod making predictions on where Mitch Trubisky will land in the offseason (1:12:51)!
28 minutes | a month ago
''85: THE GREATEST TEAM IN FOOTBALL HISTORY' DIRECTOR SCOTT PRESTIN
BETTING CHICAGO continues SUPER BOWL WEEK by welcoming the Director of the documentary '85: The Greatest Team in Football History', Scott Prestin! Scott talks about his inspiration to take on the 1985 Chicago Bears (2:09), The state of Chicago Sports pre-85 Bears (4:30), Booking the Barack Obama interview (5:40)Meeting the '85 Bears (8:20), The Greatness of Walter Payton (11:02), Could Buddy Ryan and Mike Ditka's rocky relationship survived the modern social media era? (16:23)How the Bears defense would stack up today (17:00) and Scott wraps up the pod telling his experience grabbing an interview with the iconic, yet elusive, Bill Murray (21:20)!
51 minutes | a month ago
COMEDY IN SPORTS W/ NFL PREGAME'S NORM SOUSA
BETTING CHICAGO continues SUPER BOWL WEEK by talking to 'NFL Pregame on Fox' writer/producer Norm Sousa!Norm hilariously recounts his experience on the field at last year's Super Bowl (2:55), Walks us through his journey from Canadien comedian to creating comedy sketches for the NFL (8:30), The delicate dance that is melding sports and comedy (15:50) and the difficulties making comedy in the pandemic (20:20).We finish up the pod discussing the Super Bowl (33:45), The matchup between Mahomes/Brady (38:55), The frisky offseason moves made by the Toronto Blue Jays (44:02) And debate whether the Toronto Raptors can turn their season around (46:22)
42 minutes | a month ago
LEGENDARY CHICAGO SPORTS ANCHOR GEORGE OFMAN
BETTING CHICAGO kicks off a jam-packed SUPER BOWL WEEK of pods by welcoming Chicago Sports Anchor George Ofman!We discuss: The early days that got him into an award-winning career as a journalist (1:30), The iconic Chicago announcers of his youth (3:30)Getting a front row seat for Chicago Sports in the 90's (5:10), The moment he realized the Greatness of Jordan (8:20), MJ and the Chicago Media (10:30)George's inspiration for his new podcast, "Tell Me A Story I Don't Know" (16:20), His amazing list of guests for Season 1 (21:30)When we look back on sports in 2020, what will we remember the most? (24:30) Restrictions on Journalism now and what to expect moving forward (27:19)We debate the landscape of NFC North Quarterbacks heading into 2021 (29:30), Do the Bears have a chance at Deshaun Watson? (30:50), How much draft capital is too much capital? (32:23)And we wrap up the pod debating: Which was the Greatest Chicago Sports Era- 1989-2000 or 2005-2016? (35:14)!
47 minutes | a month ago
TODD GRASLEY TALKS DUGOUT MUGS AND CHIEFS/BUCS SUPER BOWL
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes DugoutMugs.com's Todd Grasley onto the pod to talk his career in journalism, the power of the 'Mug', the Super Bowl and More!Todd's journey into journalism (1:54), The influence organized sports has on young kids (5:40), The modern athlete's use of social media during quarantine (8:10)Todd's former days as a bat boy in Tampa Bay (12:03), The soaring popularity of Dugout Mugs (16:20), Dugout Mugs involvement in David Ortiz' upcoming charity event (21:32)And we wrap up the pod talking Super Bowl in Todd's hometown (28:55) Keys to a Buccaneers victory (31:38) The Tom Brady haters (39:20) And the effect 'TB12' has had on the sports landscape in Tampa Bay (41:10)Checkout Dugoutmugs.com today for some excellent Valentine's Day deals!
26 minutes | a month ago
COUSIN SAL AND HIS BOOK 'CAN'T LOSE THEM ALL'
BETTING CHICAGO is grateful and excited to welcome to the pod one of America's finest gambling connoisseurs, 'Cousin' Sal Iacono! You may know him from 'Guess The Lines' on the Bill Simmons Podcast, his hilarious comedy bits on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', the Fox Sports Show 'Lock It In', or even his own podcast network 'Extra Points'! But today he is talking about his hilarious new book, "Can't Lose Them All', out January 26th!Cousin Sal and I discuss: The inspiration to compile his wildest gambling stories into one book (1:44), What is harder as a seasoned, degenerate gambler: betting on the team's you HATE or LOVE? (4:40)Sal recounts meeting his hero Rowdy Roddy Piper and the friendship that blossomed (7:35), We talk Huey Lewis and the News and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (9:38)Is Sal thinking about coming out of retirement to defend his Pillow Fighting Title in 2021? (13:40), The time he almost Pillow Fought Mike Tyson (14:40)We wrap up the pod talking sports! Sal's excitement for the the Mets in 2021 (17:22), The time Tony Romo cost him a ton of money at a golf tournament (20:55), Our first look at Super Bowl Prop Bets (22:17) And debate the value of the Bulls upcoming schedule in February (23:40)!A MUST-LISTEN CONVERSATION with one of the funniest comedians in sports today!
42 minutes | a month ago
BILLS/CHIEFS+ BUCS/PACKERS W/ MATT MCEWAN
BETTING CHICAGO is ready to reveal its favorite picks and plays for a HUGE weekend of the NFL with SportsBettingDime.com's Matt McEwan!How the Mahomes injury has (and still could) effect the line on Bills/Chiefs (1:50), Do the 2020 Chiefs have a killer instinct? (7:20), Will this game hit the 'Over' on Total Points? (8:54), Matt's favorite prop plays and he reveals the website's final score for the game (15:29)Which team has more pressure heading into the weekend: the Bills or the Packers? (19:10), Our opening thoughts on the Packers being only three-point favorites at home (22:47), Can the Buccaneers defense outplay Aaron Rodgers twice? (26:32), We run through out favorite individual prop bets for the game (30:02) And Matt reveals who will come out on top and be crowned NFC Champion (33:55)!
42 minutes | a month ago
NFL FINAL FOUR BETTING LINES W/ STEPHEN RODRIGUEZ
BETTING CHICAGO gets you ready for Championship Weekend in the NFL by welcoming back the host of Bleav in New York Football, Stephen Rodriguez! We recap all the action from last week's Divisional Round (2:09), Debate the lines and our favorite plays for Buccaneers/Packers (7:21), Is it safe to bet on over/under totals this weekend for these four teams? (12:42)We preview Bills/Chiefs (14:39), How the Chiefs may try to attack the Bills defense with a banged-up Patrick Mahomes (16:10), Will this line move end of week based on Mahomes health? (20:31)We finish up the pod discussing the New York Giants offseason (25:30), Where these quarterbacks may land in the NFL Draft (31:28), Landing spots for Allen Robinson if he leaves the Bears (31:28) And what the Bears need to address the most in the offseason (35:20)
78 minutes | a month ago
BULLS GRADES: 14 GAMES IN
BETTING CHICAGO returns and welcomes back Hoops Honchos Aaron Hagele and Mike Choi to assess and dish out grades to the Chicago Bulls 14 games into the season!Early impressions on this surprisingly competitive Bulls team (1:45), The Bulls are Watcha-Bull! (4:12), Can they sustain performing as a top-10 offense rest of the season? (9:10)We hand out early season grades for Zach LaVine (12:30), Coby White (19:48), Lauri Markkanen (24:37), Billy Donovan's rotations (32:26), Patrick Williams (38:52) and MORE!The pod then pivots to discuss the rest of the NBA! Who has impressed most among the 2020 Rookie Class? (47:25), How overrated is the triple-double in the modern NBA? (56:07)NBA teams that have surprised and disappointed (1:04:03) James Harden to the Nets! (1:10:35) Should the Bulls consider signing Isaiah Thomas? (1:16:25)
29 minutes | 2 months ago
BEARS/SAINTS PREVIEW W/ JEFF HUGHES
BETTING CHICAGO gets you ready for Bears/Saints Wild Card Weekend with DABEARS Blog's Jeff Hughes! So happy to have this Bears expert back to discuss: the one key that has gotten the Bears back into the postseason (1:41), Mitch played 'small' last week during a 'big' game against the Packers (3:17), Trubisky's struggles in the red zone (5:29)The current state of the Nagy/Trubisky relationship (12:33), The impact losing Roquan Smith will have on the defense (15:05), Jeff's current confidence level in the defense (17:10)Jeff's biggest key to a Bears upset on Sunday (21:11) And what kind of performance Trubisky must put up to give the Bears a chance (27:22)
76 minutes | 2 months ago
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL: YEAR IN REVIEW W/ DAVID RISPOLI
BETTING CHICAGO welcomes back resident Tuddy Guy and Fantasy Football expert David Rispoli to talk about the 2020 Fantasy Football season! We recap an unprecedented year in the NFL (2:07)We walk through our favorite hits, misses, our preseason top-10 rankings and guess some 2021 values for Wide Receivers (5:28), Running Backs (20:55), Quarterbacks (32:10) and Tight Ends (46:01)!We wrap up the pod handing out our 2020 Fantasy Football Awards (53:09) and debate who will be the #1 pick in the 2021 Draft (1:12:50)!
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