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Jack Vita Show
80 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
2021 MLB Trade Deadline Recap: Cubs Sell Everything, Dodgers-Nationals Super-Trade, NL West Arms Race
Jack welcomes Ryan Pacatte to the show for a full recap of the 2021 MLB trade deadline. Sit back, relax, and let Jack and Ryan catch you up on every trade that happened this week, just before the deadline, including a full rundown of what may have been the most action-packed and exciting trade deadline of all-time. Find out how each of these trades impact the MLB playoff picture. Jack shares his thoughts on the Cubs' fire sale - what exactly is going on in Wrigleyville? *No tears were shed in the making of this podcast!
59 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC: How it Will Impact College Football, College Sports as a Whole
A bombshell of a college football story dropped over the past few days. Oklahoma and Texas will be leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC. Jack and Andrew Stem discuss what it means for both programs, schools, conferences, and college sports as a whole. Why are Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC? What will happen to the Big 12 as a result? Will the Big 12 teams band together and add new schools, or will the remaining Big 12 teams jump ship for greener pastures? Is this the tipping point for massive conference realignment; what could we see next? How smooth will the transition from Big 12 to SEC be for Oklahoma and Texas? How will impact not only college football, but college basketball, and other college sports? Is this a good thing for college sports, or a bad thing? Jack and Andrew attempt to answer all of these questions and more.
84 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
MLB Ballparks Ranked, Cleveland Guardians, Cubs' Rebuild, MLB Trade Market, Pinpointing Trade Deadline Buyers and Sellers
Jack Vita and Andrew Stem are reunited once again upon Jack's return from his weekend ballpark road trip, where he went to three baseball games in three days. Jack shares his thoughts on the new MLB ballparks he visited (Cleveland and Cincinnati) and ranks the 11 ballparks he's been to (0:00 - 26:45). He also collected a good amount of feedback on the Cleveland Indians' new team name, the "Guardians" from Cleveland fans while he was at Sunday's Indians game; he reveals what the fans had to say (26:45 - 36:20). Last week, Jack wrote a piece on jackvita.com where he chronicled the Cubs' fall from grace, why the team is gearing up for a rebuild, and why the Cubs' owner Tom Ricketts isn't the one to blame for the club's shortcomings. Jack and Andrew discuss the piece, and what they think the Cubs will do this week with the approaching trade deadline (36:20 - 59:10). Then, they recap the most recent trades from the weekend and take a look at the league's standings, as well as assess which teams will be looking to add, and which teams will be looking to subtract over the next few days (59:10 - END). This is part one of a two-part podcast episode with Andrew. Part two, where Jack and Andrew talk Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC and what it means for college sports, will be available for listening soon. Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show, so you don't miss it.
101 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
NBA Finals, MLB trade deadline approaching, Bucks, Brewers, Cubs; Sports Movie Bracket Preview
Jack welcomes back Paul Oren (@nwioren on Twitter) from the Northwest Indiana Times to the show to talk NBA Finals (0:00 - 18:15), MLB (18:15 - 37:45) and the Jack Vita Show "Best Sports Movie of All-Time" bracket (37:45 - END). Paul grew up in Milwaukee and is a lifelong Bucks fan. He weighs in on the NBA Finals, following the Bucks' epic game 5 win. Jack shares why the Phoenix Suns peaked his interest in the NBA Finals, as game 5 was the first NBA game he had watched of the 2021 season, and discusses what he believes would be an incredible story of Monty Williams and Chris Paul winning an NBA title. Then, Jack and Paul break down the latest from the world of Major League Baseball, as Paul's Brewers have a commanding 7-game lead in the NL Central and the Cubs have started selling, trading Joc Pederson to the Braves for a first base prospect by the name of Bryce Ball Thursday night. Paul and Jack assess the status of the National League at the midway point, and look ahead to the second half, pinpointing the league's true contenders and trade deadline sellers. Who will come out of the NL East? Jack and Paul feel that the Phillies have a very strong chance of doing so. Finally, Paul and Jack kick off the "Best Sports Movie of All-Time Bracket", running on jackvita.com and on Jack's social media handles (Facebook.com/jackvitashow, @jackvitashow on Twitter and Instagram), featuring 128 sports movies that our audience has a chance to vote on over the coming weeks. Paul and Jack preview the first round of matchups, and share some of their picks and favorite sports films, including movie recommendations for listeners that haven't seen all 128 films. Bracket begins Monday, July 17th! Don't forget to vote daily and share the bracket with your friends! Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show wherever podcasts are found, and log onto jackvita.com and join our email list, so you don't miss out on a minute of bracket action!
98 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
MLB All-Star Break: ASG, HR Derby, Midseason Awards + More
Midway through the 2021 MLB season, Anthony Franze visits the Jack Vita Show for a midseason check-up. Jack and Anthony talk MLB draft and the ascension of Shohei Ohtani (0:00 - 18:15), then share their midseason awards picks for AL and NL Cy Young, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year and MVP (18:15 - 33:10). They also run through the MLB All-Star rosters and share their own selections for All-Star starters. Jack shares his idea to spice up the All-Star Game and they talk all-stars skipping the Summer Classic (33:10 - 1:06:10). Later, they preview the Home Run Derby and run a HR Derby draft (1:06:10 - 1:17:55), revisit Jack's "5 Bold Predictions for the 2021 MLB Season" and talk about the season's biggest surprises and disappointments, with a look at where teams sit in the standings at the season's halfway point (1:17:55 - END).
63 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
NC State Eliminated by COVID, College World Series Championship Preview, MLB "Sticky Stuff", NBA and NHL Playoffs
Jack welcomes back Andrew Stem, who is a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and has been at the College World Series all week. Andrew helps break down the shocking news that eliminated the North Carolina State Wolfpack from the College World Series, declaring Saturday's game a non-contest, and advancing the Vanderbilt Commodores to their second-straight national championship. Andrew and Jack share their opinions on the whole ordeal (0:00 - 30:35). Then, they preview the College World Series championship and share some thoughts on the 2021 College World Series up to this point (30:35 - 44:15). Later, they talk about the other sports they're watching, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and NBA playoffs; Jack shares why he hasn't been able to get into the NBA postseason (44:15 - 52:35). Finally, Jack and Andrew run through the latest Major League Baseball news, including MLB All-Star finalists, Home Run Derby candidates, Mike Soroka retearing his Achilles, and MLB's "sticky situation" (52:35 - END).
117 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
The Bachelorette's Garrett Powell Talks Golf, US Open, MLB, Faith and 'The Bachelor' Franchise
Former Bachelorette contestant and current golf pro Garrett Powell returns to the Jack Vita Show to recap the US Open and the latest from the worlds of golf and baseball. Later, he answers some questions from the listeners about life, his Christian faith, and his time on The Bachelor franchise. Garrett and Jack discuss the 2021 US Open, Jon Rahm's first major win, and the wild story behind Jon Rahm's last tournament appearance, in which he was forced to withdraw due to testing positive for COVID-19. They also share their thoughts on Rory McIlroy's US Open performance, Rickie Fowler's recent struggles, the brewing Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau rivalry and Phil Mickelson winning the PGA Championship last month (0:00 - 34:15). Then, Garrett and Jack shift their attention to the College World Series, where Garrett's Mississippi Bulldogs are one of the final eight teams competing in Omaha. After that, they talk Major League Baseball, which plans to implement a tight crackdown on pitchers' use of foreign substances on baseballs. They also take a look at the sport's latest injuries, news and scores, providing a recap of the weekend's series'. Garrett thinks his Braves are about to turn the corner (34:15 - 1:18:45)! Finally, Garrett gets to the listener's questions about his life, faith and time on and away from The Bachelorette. Find out if he still watches the show, if he advises others to go on the franchise, how the show cares (or doesn't) for its contestants mental health, and so much more (1:18:45 - END)!
74 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The Challenge’s Dario Medrano Talks Baseball, College Football Playoff Expansion, and Reality TV
Dario Medrano, formerly a contestant on MTV's The Challenge and Are You The One? and a former Division I college baseball player, visits the Jack Vita Show to talk college baseball, MLB news, pitchers using foreign substances for spin rate and MLB's attempt to crack down on it, the College Football Playoff's proposed expansion and its implications, and Dario's time on The Challenge. Dario and Jack take a look at the weekend's scores and standings and discuss where each team stands in the middle of June. Headlines: The Cubs SWEEP the Cardinals at Wrigley, White Sox and Rays sweep their weekend series' and now face off in a battle of the AL's best, the Yankees and Braves continue to struggle, and three surprise teams that are making Jack rethink his MLB preseason predictions. Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show (visit jackvita.com) wherever podcasts are found, and don't miss our upcoming episode with Garrett Powell, golf pro and former Bachelorette contestant, next week, talking US Open and MLB!
82 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Rays' Broadcaster Orestes Destrade on ESPN's 'Baseball Tonight', MLB's Foreign Substance Crackdown, Rays and More!
Former MLB player and current Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster Orestes Destrade visits the Jack Vita Show. Orestes is in his 11th year with the Rays. Prior to joining the organization, he played four seasons in the bigs, along with several years playing professionally in Japan, where he won three straight home run titles. After his playing career ended, Orestes moved into the broadcasting booth, and worked at ESPN for five years, where he starred on 'Baseball Tonight' and called the Little League World Series and the World Baseball Classic. Jack talks with Orestes about his playing and broadcasting career and what it was like leaving Cuba to come to the United States (0:00 - 33:20), MLB's crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances to increase their spin rate, the impact it will have on the league, and how teams use analytics to manipulate arbitration numbers (33:20 - 50:40), Tony La Russa surpassing John McGraw as MLB's second winningest manager, the legacy of TLR and why he is a worthy candidate for 2021 AL Manager of the Year (50:40 - 1:06:20), the Rays' current hot stretch and the Blake Snell trade (1:06:20 - END). Orestes explains that Blake Snell was already going to be traded, prior to what happened in the World Series. Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show (visit jackvita.com) wherever podcasts are found, and don't miss our upcoming episode with Dario Medrano (from MTV's Are You The One? and The Challenge)!
76 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Valparaiso University Needs a New Mascot!
With Valparaiso University ditching the "Crusaders" team name and mascot, Jack is joined LIVE by Valparaiso alumni Andrew Stem and Parker Gatewood for a brainstorming session, hoping to help Valpo find a new team and mascot! Tweet Jack (@JackVitaShow), vote in his Twitter poll and let us know what Valpo's new team name should be!
103 minutes | May 24, 2021
Outkick's Gary Sheffield Jr. on Tony La Russa/White Sox, Lefty's PGA Championship Win, Pujols, and the Latest MLB News
Jack is pleased to welcome rising sports media star and writer at Outkick.com, Gary Sheffield Jr., to the podcast, to help recap the weekend that was in the world of sports. Phil Mickelson has shocked the world and won the PGA Championship at the age of 50 (0:00 - 12:20); Gary and Jack share their thoughts. Then, they make way for a lengthy discussion centered around the Chicago White Sox and manager Tony La Russa, who received a lot of criticism over the last week following some comments he made after Yermin Mercedes swung through a take sign on a 3-0 count in the 9th inning of a blowout of the Twins. Jack feels that some of the media's coverage of the incident (and the ensuing takes that came shortly after) were overblown, and that the Sox are in a great spot. What does Gary think (12:20 - 40:35)? Up next, we had two no-hitters thrown last week, on back-to-back nights. What gives with all the no-no's, and how does the league's surplus of no-hitters reflect upon the state of the game of baseball (40:35 - 52:40)? The Tampa Bay Rays made a surprising deal on Friday, shipping shortstop Willy Adames to the Milwaukee Brewers; will we see baseball's no. 1 prospect Wander Franco at the major league level soon, as the Rays stretch their win-streak to 10 (52:40 - 57:55)? Then, Gary and Jack run through the weekend's scores from across the league, and recap some stories you may have missed, including Pujols' first week with the Dodgers, Scott Kazmir's first MLB appearance since 2016, Shohei Ohtani losing velocity on his fastball, and Christian Yelich's return to the Brewers' lineup. Along the way, they also chat about potential trade deadline buyers and sellers, the Mets' recent slide, the Braves' potential to turn the corner, and much, much more! Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show, log on to jackvita.com, and don't miss any of our upcoming content! Also check Gary's work at Outkick.com.
76 minutes | May 20, 2021
The Bachelorette's Jordan Kimball on Bachelor in Paradise, Chris Harrison, Reality TV, Sports and Faith
Jordan Kimball, star of 'The Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor in Paradise' visits the Jack Vita Show for an unforgettable interview. Jordan tells the story of how he was cast on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette (season 14), how he was depicted as the season's villain, how he was supposed to be cast on the most recent season of MTV's The Challenge, 'The Challenge: Double Agents', how he became the Mayor of Paradise on 'Bachelor in Paradise', how Jordan's fight with Christian went down on Paradise, the truth behind Bachelor in Paradise (is it actually a fun experience?), reality TV fights, the future of reality TV and the Bachelor franchise and why Jordan supports Chris Harrison and doesn't watch The Bachelor franchise anymore. Jordan also weighs in on the latest pertaining to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and early NFL season thoughts, as well his concerns with MLB service time manipulations. Later, he shares his thoughts on his latest trip to the city of Chicago, Chicago pizza, and what role his Christian faith plays in his life. Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show (visit jackvita.com) wherever podcasts are found, and don't miss our upcoming episode with Gary Sheffield Jr.!
58 minutes | May 17, 2021
5.16.21 Dodgers Sign Pujols, Kelenic Called Up, MLB Renews with ESPN, MLB Scores and News!
Back from Texas, Jack has a lot to recap and share his thoughts on from the world of Major League Baseball! After being released by the Angels, Albert Pujols has signed with the Dodgers, with the Angels paying him the remaining $30 million on his contract. Jack shares why he believes Pujols' retirement tour should be receiving the same amount of attention that Derek Jeter's did. He also discusses the impact Pujols will have on the Dodgers and why he believes waiving Pujols was a blunder on the part of the Angels as the Angels continue to slide, who are now in last place in the AL West (9:35 - 21:30). He also catches you up on the latest news from the past week, including Corey Seager hitting the DL, Mike Soroka staying on the shelf for exploratory surgery, Huascar Ynoa establishing himself as an Ohtani-like pitcher that can rake, Jarred Kelenic making his MLB debut, which teams are currently playing the best baseball, a look at the weekend's scores, series, and news (26:20 - 44:15), explaining Major League Baseball's new TV contract with ESPN (44:15 - END), and much, much more!
114 minutes | May 1, 2021
Bachelorette Contestant Garrett Powell on NFL Draft, Atlanta Braves, MLB, Faith and His Time on Reality TV
Jack welcomes a very special guest to the show; it's golf pro Garrett Powell, contestant and fifth-place finisher on season 15 of The Bachelorette (Hannah Brown's season)! Garrett not only collected roses on national television, but he's also a huge sports fan! Garrett weighs in on day 1 of the NFL Draft (00:00 - 27:05). He and Jack attempt to project how each of the five quarterbacks selected in round one of the Draft will perform at the professional level. A Birmingham, Alabama resident, Garrett is a BIG Atlanta Braves fan! He shares his thoughts on the Braves' slow start to the season, Madison Bumgarner's 7-inning no-hitter, Dansby Swanson burning sage at Truist Park in hopes of igniting a hot streak, Bryce Harper getting drilled in the face and Anthony Rizzo striking out Freddie Freeman, as Jack provides a recap of the latest news from around Major League Baseball (27:05 - 1:02:00). Later on, Garrett opens up about his experience on The Bachelorette, and shines some light on some things that viewers probably aren't aware of, regarding the true reality of reality television and The Bachelor franchise (1:02:00 - 1:29:00). He shares his casting story and opens up about how going on television sunk him in to a season of deep depression. Yet through it all, he shares how hitting his lowest point brought him to the greatest joy he's ever known: his relationship with Jesus Christ (1:29:00 - END). Garrett also answers questions from the listeners regarding his season, a behind-the-scenes look at The Bachelor franchise, and of course, controversial figure (who is now Garrett's good friend), Luke P! Come for the Draft, stay for the roses!
85 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
MLB 4.18.21 Pinpointing the Source of the Yankees' Struggles with Brian Cohen
Brian Cohen, cohost of The Challenge RHAP-Up podcast on the Rob Has a Podcast network, visits the Jack Vita Show for a lively conversation centered around the past week in baseball action. Brian is a diehard Yankees fan that is very frustrated with his team. The Yankees (5-10) own the worst record in the American League, after the Rays swept them in New York over the weekend. Brian provides his assessment of the Yankees, the Rays, and the AL East to open the season (0:00 - 26:45). What needs to happen for the Yankees to turn the corner, and look like the team they've been over the last four years? Is the seat warming for Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman? Were the Rays, who have started the season 5-1 vs. the Bronx Bombers, slept on entering the 2021 season? Brian and Jack discuss the league's most exciting players, including Ronald Acuna Jr., Mookie Betts, Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani. Is the term "two-way player" the proper distinction to define Ohtani? (26:45 - 35:00). Brian and Jack discuss the first meeting between the Dodgers and Padres of 2021, the beginning of what hopes to be baseball's next great rivalry (35:00 - 37:15), the Atlanta Braves' early struggles (37:15 - 40:55), Cubs entering a rebuild? (40:55 - 45:25), the Mets' first place start and assessing the NL East (45:25 - 49:05), a look around the whole league and which divisions will likely look the most different at the end of the season from the way they do now, including Royals, Angels, Mariners and Red Sox, and a scoreboard update and weekend recap (49:05 - 1:00:45). Jack and Brian discuss 7-inning doubleheaders, the designated hitter, the Atlantic League's trial run of a further-back pitcher's mound and loss of the designated hitter spot when a starting pitcher is pulled (1:00:45 - 1:08:45). Brian and Jack each share one bold take/prediction accumulated from the first two and a half weeks of the regular season (1:08:45 - 1:11:55). Finally, Jack and Brian finish off with some thoughts on The Challenge: Double Agents upcoming finale, and the start of The Challenge: All-Stars on Paramount Plus (1:11:55 - END). Get a free one-week trial of Paramount Plus at jackvita.com/paramount.
48 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
4.11.21 Matsuyama Wins the Masters, MLB Moves the All-Star Game, and the Biggest Surprises and Stories from the First Week of MLB
Jack is back for a one-man episode, recapping the latest from the world of sports, including: Hideki Matsuyama wins the Masters, Major League Baseball moves its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver (don't worry - Jack remains apolitical), the New York Yankees' struggles in Tampa Bay over the weekend (is there cause for concern with the Bronx Bombers?), Joe Musgrove throws the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres' organization history, the Chicago Cubs' struggle to score runs, the Colorado Rockies' young pitchers impress, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Cincinnati Reds surprise many with their hot starts, and much, much more.
74 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The One Where Jack Eats Cat Food; Baylor-Gonzaga, Coaching Changes, National Championship + March Madness Thoughts
The NCAA Tournament is over, and Jack is back on a livestream with Andrew Stem, once again, to break it all down. How did Baylor win it all this year? What happened to Gonzaga? Was Gonzaga overrated? Did UCLA beat Gonzaga for Baylor (0:00 - 30:25)? We also provide the latest updates on the NCAA men's basketball coaching carousel, with Roy Williams retiring, Hubert Davis taking over North Carolina, Chris Beard moving to Austin to coach the Texas Longhorns, and Porter Moser surprisingly jumping from Loyola Chicago to Oklahoma University (30:25 - 40:00). Later, they reflect on the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the 2020-21 college basketball season, One Shining Moment and what made this season unique, special and memorable (40:25 -1:03:10). Finally, Jack's cousin Zoe Jeffery joins Jack and Andrew as Jack makes good on his promise to eat cat food, thanks to Oral Roberts' upset over Ohio State (1:03:10 - END)! Catch the on-demand video feed of the podcast on jackvita.com, or on Jack's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Follow along on social media and subscribe to the podcast, so you don't miss out on any of our future live shows and podcast episodes!
76 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Easter Bonus Episode: The Greatest Comebacks in Sports, and Why Jesus' Comeback Was Even Greater Than All of Them
In the spirit of Holy Week and Jesus coming back to life, Jack welcomes Seth Foor of 'The Traveling Team' to discuss the greatest sports comebacks of the last 20(ish) years. Before running through Seth's top 10 list (15:00 - 44:25), Jack reveals the listeners' favorite sports comebacks, submitted to him on Twitter (0:00 - 15:00). Later, Jack and Seth discuss why Jesus coming back to life and conquering the grave was even greater and more impactful than our favorite sports moments (44:25 - END). They also discuss the importance of Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter and how Jesus has given their lives hope and a purpose.
64 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Elite Eight Rundown, Final Four Preview and NCAA Coaching Carousel with Andrew Stem
All the way through the Elite Eight, only four teams remain in the NCAA Tournament! Jack once again teams up with Andrew Stem (sports reporter at the Omaha World-Herald) to recap the Elite Eight (Houston Cougars-Oregon State Beavers, Baylor Bears-Arkansas Razorbacks, Gonzaga Bulldogs-USC Trojans, Michigan Wolverines-UCLA Bruins), discuss head coaching changes (Mike Woodson taking over the Indiana Hoosiers, Shaka Smart moving to Milwaukee to coach the Marquette Golden Eagles, and the Texas Longhorns' coaching search), and preview Saturday's Final Four matchups (Gonzaga Bulldogs-UCLA Bruins, Baylor Bears-Houston Cougars). Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show (visit jackvita.com) wherever podcasts are found, and don't miss our upcoming National Championship episode coming next Tuesday!
104 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
2021 MLB Preview Series FINALE - AL Central + World Series/Awards Picks
In the grand finale of the Jack Vita Show's 2021 MLB Preview Series, Jake Paliga and Jack cover their final division: the American League Central. How will the Central stack up comparatively this season? Can the Tigers and Royals take a step in the right direction towards competition? Without Lindor, will the Indians remain a player for the division title, or will the Royals or Tigers surpass them this summer? Twins or White Sox - who takes the division crown? After thoroughly discussing the Detroit Tigers (0:00 - 28:40), Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians (28:40 - 48:20), Minnesota Twins (48:20 - 56:40) and Chicago White Sox (56:40 - 1:13:55), Jake and Jack reveal their postseason picks and World Series predictions (1:13:55 - 1:27:05), as well as their MLB awards selections (1:27:05 - END). Featuring voicemail messages from Mike Matthews, Kevin Weed, Matt Yerkovich and Justin Gustafson! Of course, this full episode is complete with in-depth analysis, over/under picks, win total projections, and much more! Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show, log on to jackvita.com for plenty more baseball content throughout the season!
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