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Nerds in Sports
33 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
Ep. 33: Our spoiler-free preview of ‘The Last Jedi’ with SyFy.com’s Shana O’Neil
On this edition of Nerds in Sports we offer a spoiler-free preview of ‘The Last Jedi’ with SyFy.com’s Shana O’Neil. Shana shares her review of the film, why a new character is the breakout star, and why she has full confidence in Rian Johnson leading us into a new trilogy. Plus, how Johnson takes the film into a completely new direction never seen before in a Star Wars film. We’ll also discuss the end of ‘Rebels’ and is the best pilot of the SW universe from the films? Kevin Anderson and Michael Piff co-host.
31 minutes | Nov 7, 2017
Ep. 32: Where does ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ rank among Marvel Movies with Chris Sosa
Following the opening weekend success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest hit, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Chris Sosa from the Chicago Tribune joins Michael Piff and Eric Strobel to discuss the movie. Where does it rank among their favorite MCU films? Which characters surprised them most? What is Marvel getting right that DC isn’t and what do you say to people who get superhero fatigue? React while you listen by tweeting to @NerdsInSports.
31 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
Ep. 31: Nerds In Sports DeadTalk: S8 E3 “Monsters”
After 102 episodes of the show, who are the real “Monsters” on The Walking Dead? Tony Andracki and Karen Ginsberg join Michael Piff to recap the latest episode of Season 8. What did Morales’ re-emergence mean to Rick? Does Jesus have a point about the Saviors? Why is Morgan so annoying? PLUS We try to think of things worse than Gregory’s existence, and break down The Kingdom’s “Tom Brady”-esque run. Interact while you listen by Tweeting @NerdsInSports!
29 minutes | Nov 3, 2017
Ep. 30: Chicago Fire defender Christian Dean’s Star Wars theories and love of the galaxy far, far away
On this edition of Nerds in Sports, Chicago Fire defender, and massive Star Wars fan Christian Dean joins us to talk about his love for the franchise, and his theories for ‘The Last Jedi’. He’ll also explain why Rey could be headed to the dark side, and why he has a tattoo of three iconic Star Wars characters. Plus the ultimate question, who would really win in a fight between Batman and Superman? Michael Piff and Kevin Anderson co-host. We are Nerds. In Sports.
32 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
Ep. 27: DeadTalk - "The Damned" with Herb Lawrence
‘The Walking Dead’ keeps the momentum rolling with an all-out attack against the Saviors. Herb Lawrence from 670 The Score joins Michael Piff and Scott Changnon to breakdown Episode 2 of Season 8. How are the Alexandrians, Hilltoppers and Kingdom executing their parts of Rick’s plan? How should we feel about the Saviors being, can we say, humanized? Was that really Minkus from ‘Boy Meets World’? Michael, Scott and Herb also analyze the conflicts arising like Tara vs. Jesus, Ezekiel vs. Carol, and Morgan vs. himself (again)…and that HUGE TWIST at the end. They then give their predictions for what happens next! React while you listen by tweeting at @NerdsInSports.
21 minutes | Oct 27, 2017
Ep. 26: Britney Spears, Simpsons Trivia and more with Robin Lopez
On this edition of Nerds in Sports, Bulls center Robin Lopez joins us to discuss his love for The Simpsons, DC Comics, and Britney Spears. Rolo explains how he came upon the Spears photo that sits in his locker at the United Center, and why Space Jam should have been a 7 minute film. Plus Lopez takes our Simpsons trivia quiz! Is Robin as big a fan as he thinks he is? This is Nerds. In Sports.
33 minutes | Oct 26, 2017
Ep. 25: WWE legend Jim Ross joins the show to talk "Slobberknocker"
If you’re a WWE fan you know Jim Ross, one of, if not THE most well-known wrestling broadcaster ever. He has a new book out called, Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling and discusses what made him tell all and dive into his career. Plus, what he saw in Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson before he signed them to the WWE. BY GAWD ALMIGHTY! Business is about to pick up!
30 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Ep. 24: DeadTalk #WalkingDead S8 E1 "Mercy"
From the makers of the Game of Thrones Recaps, Nerds in Sports returns weekly breakdowns for the latest season of “The Walking Dead”. Michael Piff is joined by Nerds in Sports n00bs Scott Changnon and Matt Buckman to recap the 100th episode and Season 8 Premiere of the zombie phenomenon. Our DeadTalk trio give their general reactions to TWD’s return, Rick’s attack on Negan’s camp, what’s with the time jumps, Weird Al?, and what’s next for the survivors. We also give bold predictions for the season, our reasons for still watching after 100 episodes, and open the floor to questions from listeners. React and ask along by tweeting @NerdsInSports!
59 minutes | Oct 10, 2017
Ep. 23: Dissecting the Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie trailer
On this edition of Nerds in Sports we break down the full trailer for ‘The Last Jedi’. Kevin Anderson, Michael Piff, and Matt Ellis go over ever major shot in the trailer and the possible significance to the film. They’ll also explain how there is a lot of misdirection, and point out some of the little details that you may have missed. Did we do nearly an hour breaking down a 2 minute trailer? Yes, yes we did. We are Nerds. In Sports.
27 minutes | Sep 28, 2017
Ep. 22: Lance Briggs and his X-Men Origins
On the Nerds in Sports Podcast, former Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs joins Michael Piff and Kevin Anderson to discuss where his love of comics began. From Wolverine, Silver Surfer and Fantastic Four to The Justice League, Avengers and more, Briggs goes in-depth into his favorite heroes and how cool it is to see them on the big screen. He also talks about how his young son has gotten into comic books and the excitement of bonding over them.
31 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
Ep. 21: Being a "professional nerd" and Star Wars theories about Rey's parents
On this edition of Nerds in Sports, we talk with io9.com senior editor Rob Bricken. Rob explains how he juggles being a fan with being a ‘professional’ nerd, how he came to run io9.com, plus his theory on why Rey’s parents are in Star Wars may shock you. Kevin Anderson and Michael Piff co-host. We are Nerds. In sports.
50 minutes | Sep 14, 2017
Ep. 20: Best TV Shows & Movies of Summer, 2017 Emmys Picks
Michael Piff, Kevin Anderson and ESPN 1000’s Ben Finfer call an official end to Summer with their favorite TV Shows and Movies from the past 3 months. Ozark, GLOW, Game of Thrones and many more make our list on the small screen, but take a listen to see if they name your favorites from the big screen. Then the guys take a look at the major categories for Sunday’s Emmys. ‘Stranger Things’ vs. ‘The Crown’, ‘Atlanta vs. Veep’, Bob Odenkirk vs. Kevin Spacey’ and many more heavyweights get debated by the end of this episode. Tweet us your picks for each category at @NerdsInSports.
42 minutes | Sep 8, 2017
Ep. 19: How is Disney handling the Star Wars franchise?
On this edition of ‘Nerds in Sports’ we react to the news that Colin Trevorrow is out as director of Star Wars Episode 9 plus what the move says about Disney and how they are handling the Star Wars franchise. Michael Piff, Kevin Anderson, and Matt Ellis also debate the origin of Snoke, plus preview Stephen King’s ‘It’. They’ll also preview what’s to come on the Nerds in Sports podcast. We are Nerds. In Sports.
34 minutes | Sep 7, 2017
Ep. 18: Laurence Holmes on comic books and being himself on-air
670 The Score and Bears Pre/Postgame Host Laurence Holmes joins Michael Piff on the Nerds in Sports Podcast. They discuss why Laurence prefers the term “Geek” over “Nerd," where his fandom began, how being himself is important to his work, and what it was like to see his favorite superheroes go from the comic book pages he read to the big screen. Laurence and Michael also talk about how the source material in comic books is great for future Marvel/DC films, the impact of Deadpool and perfect castings (like Ryan Reynolds and Robert Downey Jr), and what a “LaurenceCon” could feature. Listen and react on Twitter @NerdsInSports!
58 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
Ep. 17: Game of Thrones S7 Finale Recap: ‘The Dragon and the Wolf”
For the last Thrones-cast of Season 7, Tara Bennett from Syfy joins Michael Piff, Matt Ellis, Eric Strobel and Patrick Giblin to recap the epic finale! What does Jon Snow’s true parentage mean for he and the Mother of Dragons? Who shined in the star-studded Kings Landing meeting? How strong are the Stark siblings when aligned? And where does the Night King rank in Michael’s Power Rankings after taking down The Wall…with a laser spitting dragon? That plus a voicemail of final thoughts from Kevin Anderson, overall thoughts on the season, and BOLD predictions for Season 8! Tell us what you think on Twitter -> @NerdsInSports
41 minutes | Aug 24, 2017
Ep. 16: Wave Punk talks the Rocket League Universal Open Grand Finals
On this edition of Nerds in Sports, Rocket League caster Caleb Simmons aka @WavePunk joins us to talk about his career, the Universal Open, and the future of eSports. Kevin Anderson and Patrick Giblin also preview the Universal Open Grand Finals this weekend, and find out how the RL community has taken the 2v2 format. Plus, you don’t want to miss Caleb’s prediction for what has to happen for eSports to become as popular as a traditional sport. You can watch the Universal Open this weekend on Twitch and the NBC Sports App starting Saturday at 6 p.m. central. We are Nerds. In Sports.
56 minutes | Aug 21, 2017
Ep. 15: Game of Thrones Recap - S7 E6 "Beyond the Wall"
On this edition of Nerds in Sports, we recap Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 6 ‘Beyond the Wall’. Kevin Anderson, Michael Piff, Matt Ellis, Eric Strobel, and Christine Vell break down all of the things you may have missed, the good and bad of the episode, and we predict what will happen in the season finale. Plus a new #1 in Michael’s power rankings. We are Nerds. In Sports.
45 minutes | Aug 18, 2017
Ep. 14: Nerds In Sports Roundup: The Defenders, James Bond and Star Wars Standalones
Join Michael Piff, Kevin Anderson, Matt Ellis and Glynn Morgan as they get ready for Marvel’s Defenders on Netflix. What is so catastrophic that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Iron Fist have to come together to fight it? Following Daniel Craig’s confirmation that he will return for ‘Bond 25’, we discuss our favorite actors to play James Bond, our favorite films, and what sets them all apart. Lastly, we react to the announcement of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s standalone movie and where it fits in the Star Wars Universe. React while you listen on Twitter at @NerdsInSports!
51 minutes | Aug 14, 2017
Ep. 13: Game of Thrones Recap - S7 E5 “Eastwatch”
On this edition of Nerds in Sports we break down Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5 ‘Eastwatch’. Kevin Anderson, Michael Piff, Patrick Giblin, Matt Ellis, and guest JJ Stankevitz explain why the bombshell about Jon’s parents has major implications for both Jon and Dany. We’ll also go into the history books to predict what to expect from the quest north of the wall next week. Plus is Arya getting played, or playing Littlefinger? It’s a jam-packed GoT recap. We are Nerds. In Sports.
31 minutes | Aug 9, 2017
Ep. 13: eSports pro Braden Schenetzki, aka 'Pluto,' talks popularity of Rocket League
On this edition of Nerds in Sports, we talk with Rocket League pro Braden Schenetzki aka Pluto who opens up about life as an esports pro, how many hours it takes to reach a high skill level, and the passion in the RL community. Also find out how Pluto’s faith plays a big role in who he is as a gamer. Kevin Anderson and Patrick Giblin co-host. We are Nerds. In Sports.
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