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65 minutes | May 15, 2020
S1 E4: Talking OT With Jordan Brenner
Naveed and Brandon are back for a fresh start in 2020 with their new podcast Talking OT. Throughout the next few months the guys will be interviewing and talking to multiple people in the sports media industry and other individuals and groups on the rise or doing impactful things for their communities. It's their job to learn about these people and see what their journey has been, helping them get to where they are now. But it's also about having fun, as the interviewees can expect some fun questions throughout the discussion to lighten the mood.In episode 5, the guys chat with Jordan Brenner, a current junior and head sports director of KWVA Radio's Sports Department at the University of Oregon. He has gone from just a regular member to an assistant sports director to now being the head sports director in a span of 3 years. At KWVA, they cover so many different Oregon Duck athletics as well as high school sports for three local schools. Hear about his journey with KWVA, what it takes to be a sports broadcaster, how this coronavirus pandemic affected his busy schedule and the station, as well as our discussions about Oregon men's and women's hoops. We also do a quick touch on the diamond sports, as Jordan was very much looking forward to the spring sports season and the opportunity to call play by play for Oregon softball.Twitter: https://twitter.com/JordanBrenner31KWVA: http://kwva.uoregon.edu/category/sports/Our Social Media Handles:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkingot/Twitter: https://twitter.com/talk_ot
76 minutes | May 13, 2020
S1 E3: Talking OT with Jonathan Rifkind
Naveed and Brandon are back for a fresh start in 2020 with their new podcast Talking OT. Throughout the next few months the guys will be interviewing and talking to multiple people in the sports media industry and other individuals and groups on the rise or doing impactful things for their communities. It's their job to learn about these people and see what their journey has been, helping them get to where they are now. But it's also about having fun, as the interviewees can expect some fun questions throughout the discussion to lighten the mood.In episode 4, the guys chat with Jonathan Rifkind, sports broadcaster and co-host of the Bleav in the Pac-12 Podcast with former NFL Quarterback, Ryan Leaf. Jonathan went to school at the University of Oregon and has since moved back to sunny Southern California and has grown his portfolio of work covering high school and college sports in one of the most competitive markets in the country. In this episode, Jonathan goes into detail about everything from tips of how to make it as a sports broadcaster, to how he was inspired to follow his passion, to the competitive high school football games he had the pleasure to watch in person living in Southern California.Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/j.rifkind/Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonathanRifkindBleav in the Pac-12 Podcast: https://bleav.com/podcast-show/bleav-in-the-pac-12/
31 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
S1 E2 Part 2: Talking OT with Jacob Kornhauser
Just a reminder, this is Part 2 of the interview with Jacob Kornhauser. Please also listen to Part 1 where Jacob speaks about his time working in warm, sunny LA and the journey he has taken to get to where he is professionally. He speaks about his time at the University of Missouri and the shock of trying to make it in the competitive sector of sports journalism. He started on camera with his close friend (and former guest on our show), Jake Garcia, and slowly honed his skills in the video editing and production side of the experience.In Part 2, Jacob goes into detail about the idea that led to his book, "The Cup of Coffee Club." He breaks down the writing process and describes the level of care he took in crafting these players' stories, knowing how much even a shot at the majors means to these athletes. Tim Kurkjian, one of his mentors, was a big help for him during the writing process and he reflects on some of his memories about interviewing these one day MLB stars.Instagram: @jacobkornhauserTwitter: @KornSportsWebsite: www.baseballcoffeeclub.com
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
S1 E2 Part 1: Talking OT with Jacob Kornhauser
Naveed and Brandon are back for a fresh start in 2020 with OT Sports Talk. Throughout the next few months the guys will be interviewing and talking to multiple people in the sports media industry and other individuals and groups on the rise or doing impactful things for their communities. It's their job to learn about these people and see what their journey has been, helping them get to where they are now. But it's also about having fun, as the interviewees can expect some fun questions throughout the discussion to lighten the mood.For episode 2, the guys chat with Jacob Kornhauser, a digital video associate producer with FOX Sports in Los Angeles. He's in sunny Southern California enjoying the nice weather year-round, while also being super busy everyday and working hard. You don't get to where he's at just by the luck of the draw. He put in his work in a small market just like Jake Garcia did, and made sure his producing and video editing skills were as sharp as they could be to land where he is now. In part 1, we discuss how Jacob found his passion for sports, what experiences led to his rise in this tough sports media industry, and much more. If you want to learn what it takes to land your dream job and chase your goals, this is a must listen. After you listen to this, stay tuned for part 2, where we talk to Jacob about his new book that he's published.Instagram: @jacobkornhauserTwitter: @KornSportsWebsite: www.baseballcoffeeclub.com
26 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
S1 E1 Part 2: Talking OT with Jake Garcia
In Part 2 of this interview, Jake Garcia, sports reporter and anchor down in Austin, TX discusses with the guys about the sports landscape in Texas and some more memorable experiences he has had reporting. He also gives great advice about how he was unselfish and cherished the opportunity to work in a small market after going to school in a large city, such as Phoenix. Later in the episode, you won't want to miss him discusses his famed segment, Shelter in Shape with Jake, in which he gives viewers exercises they can do from their living rooms during the pandemic, and how that segment even got started and what it means to him and those in his city.If you haven't already, go listen to Part 1 to hear Jake talk about his journey from California, to college, to a small town in Oregon, to a top 40 market in Texas. If you want to hear about his childhood, his journey to where he is now, some thoughts on the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and how the world is feeling the impact of no sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is the discussion you need to listen to. This two-part episode will also be available on OT Sports Talk for our sports only listeners.Instagram: jakegarciakvueTwitter: Jake_M_Garcia
24 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
S1 E1 Part 1: Talking OT With Jake Garcia
Naveed and Brandon are back for a fresh start in 2020 with their first episode of their new series. Throughout the next few months the guys will be interviewing and talking to multiple people in the sports media industry. It's their job to learn about these people and see what their journey has been, helping them get to where they are now. But it's also about having fun, as the interviewees can expect some fun questions throughout the discussion to lighten the mood.For episode 1, the guys chat with Jake Garcia, a sports reporter and anchor in Austin, Texas. For Jake, he has gone from his hometown in Cali to ASU to pursue his college education, and after that straight to Oregon for his first job. And a few years later, ends up in a top-40 market in Texas. If you want to hear about his childhood, his journey to where he is now, some thoughts on the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and how the world is feeling the impact of no sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is the discussion you need to listen too. Part 2 will be out right after, similar to an NBA back-to-back on ESPN and TNT, so stay tuned!! Instagram: @jakegarciakvue Twitter: @Jake_M_Garcia
6 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
OT SPORTS TALK UPDATE!!!
AN UPDATE ON WHAT'S NEXT FOR US AND OUR NEW SERIES; STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER SHORT UPDATE AND THEN WEEKLY INTERVIEWS SHORTLY AFTER
29 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
The Game That Could Have Been For The Utes
In this episode, the guys are back to break down how the Ducks were able to roll into Santa Clara and spoil the playoff hopes for the Utes in much the same fashion ASU had done to them several weeks prior. The Ducks had the Utes' number from the outset and the Utes were playing from behind the eight-ball all night long. Tyler Huntley, typically a poised and confident QB was forced to make silly mistakes and had as many interceptions in this one game that he had the entire rest of the season combined. For Ducks fans, pure elation as the Ducks were able to punch a ticket to the Rose Bowl and for the Utes, disappointment caps off this week as the Utes not only drop out of the playoffs, but also out of the New Year's 6 Bowl Games, landing in the Alamo Bowl against the Texas Longhorns. Listen in to hear the guys' opinions on how this game went and where the Ducks should look to build off this game heading into bowl season.
42 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Battle for the West Coast
Here's a breakdown of the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game between the Utah Utes and the Oregon Ducks. In the biggest game of the year for both teams, there is a lot on the line as the Ducks are looking to head to their first Rose Bowl in several years and build on the momentum that Cristobal is building and for the Utes, a birth in the College Football Playoffs are on the line. Kyle Whittingham has this team poised and ready to take on the likes of Ohio State and LSU if they are given the opportunity by the Playoff Committee. With all the eyes of the country on this game, who will come out on top. Listen for the guys' breakdown of this game and score predictions at the end of the episode.
38 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Civil War since 1894
Here is the breakdown of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers. Coming off the heels of a shocking defeat to the Sun Devils in Tempe, the Ducks looked to save face in this match-up against the Beavers that had all the makings of a trap game. Oregon flexed their muscles and walked away with a 14 point victory in a game that on paper, should have been closer to more than a 3 score win. The Ducks are looking to ride this momentum into the conference championship game against Utah who will not go down easy. This game was important for both teams in many ways and the Ducks still held the title of best in the state for one more year. Listen for Brandon and Naveed's breakdown and analysis of how the Ducks were able to pull this one out.
38 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
The Ducks Got a Big Lesson in Murphy's Law in Tempe
In a shocker, ASU spoils the Oregon Ducks' chances of making the college football playoffs, beating Oregon 31-28 to become bowl eligible. ASU has been inconsistent to say the least, however they had Oregon's number as true freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels had a monster game leading his team to victory. The match-up with Utah in a few weeks was expected to decide who represented the Pac-12 in the playoffs, however that is now not the case. In a game where the teams scored a combined 20 points through the first 3 quarters and a combined 39 points in the fourth, there are surely plenty of storylines to talk about. Listen to the guys break down what went wrong for this potentially playoff-bound Oregon team and how Arizona State imposed their will over a dominant team.
36 minutes | Nov 22, 2019
Clash in the Desert
Arizona State, sitting at 5-5 on the season, needs only 1 more win to become bowl eligible on the season. With this disappointing season drawing to a close, the Sun Devils will be looking to end the season on the right foot with an upset over the #6 team in the country: Oregon. The Sun Devils are playing with nothing to lose and want desperately to spoil the playoff intentions the Ducks may have. Herm Edwards has his hands full in creating a scheme to challenge this great Oregon defense with a true freshman quarterback at the helm. Listen to this episode for the guys' predictions on how this game might turn out and what the final score might end up being.
56 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
Oregon Blows it Open Early and Never Looked Back
The Ducks came into this game confident riding high on an 8-game win streak, while the Wildcats had lost 4-straight. By game's end, the Ducks came out victorious in Autzen Stadium 34-6 and extended their winning streak to 9. This dropped the Wildcats to 5 straight losses and further away from bowl game contention. The positive for the Wildcats is they held their opponent under 40 points, something they couldn't do in each of their last 4 losses. For the Ducks, they exposed a weak Wildcat defense and didn't allow an explosive offense to take off. Naveed and Jonathan discuss this game and what transpired, while also bringing in a brand new special guest to the show. You don't want to miss this discussion that had some funny twists and turns to it.
63 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Is This Game Over Before It Starts?
Arizona had Oregon's number last year, running up the score 44-15 and absolutely embarrassing the Ducks in the process. That game was chippy and physical throughout. This year, the teams are in much different situations. The Ducks are coming off a string of 8 straight wins where the Wildcats are fighting for their post-season lives. The Wildcats defense has been the sore spot for the team and if the defense matched the offensive production, Arizona could have been one of the best teams in the Pac-12 South, as a lot of people predicted pre-season. The guys break down the upcoming game Saturday night and even bring in a special guest to go over the keys to the game and tell us who he thought had the better team in the "All Pac-12 Team" episode.
25 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
With 3 Weeks Left, Teams Are Fighting To Become Bowl Eligible
With so much parity throughout the Pac-12 and with Utah and Oregon making the conference so top-heavy, there are many teams fighting to keep their bowl hopes alive. The hunt for the second best in each respective division is still wide open. Many of the teams like Stanford, Washington State, and Arizona State, among others, need huge endings to their respective seasons to sneak into a bowl game this year. Brandon is back breaking down where he thinks the Pac-12 teams can end up in the post-season and which teams they will face in those bowl games. This is a follow up to a show he did about a month ago, and his predictions are very different from last time. See how he thinks the rest of the season is gonna end up and see where your favorite team lands in this shuffle that is the Pac-12.
72 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
All Pac-12 Teams
Naveed and Brandon are here to break down the games from last week in the Pac-12 including the two pivotal games in deciding how the race to the championship might go: Utah at Washington and Oregon at USC. They also explain where the games went wrong for the losing team and give a little preview of what to expect in the games this upcoming weekend. Afterwards, the guys take turns picking players for their All Pac-12 teams so far this season and build an entire team to compare who knows their stuff the best. We want your opinion, so once you listen, go contact us on Twitter [@talk_ot] to tell us who you think had the better team, was it Naveed or Brandon?
29 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Bye Weeks Galore Keep Top 25 Mostly Intact
Brandon is back with his weekly, personal list of the best 25 teams in the country so far. Most of the top teams in the country taking bye weeks left not a lot of interesting matchups across college football this week. There was 2 big ranked versus ranked matchups and a few games in the ACC and Pac-12 that could have major implications in the races to the championship games for those respective conferences. Come have a listen to his list and see if it is close to how you see the college football landscape.
63 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Turnovers and a Kickoff Return for a Touchdown All But Sealed the Trojans Fate
Brandon and Naveed are back once again with their initial feelings about the game Saturday night between the Ducks and the Trojans. The Coliseum was stunned as the Ducks ran up the score with a 52-24 victory over the weekend. As a potential trap game for the Ducks, they stormed LA and handled their business and the guys are here to give you the main reasons why USC struggled in the second half and how this game got out of hand so quickly. Turnovers could be pointed to as the main culprit as why USC struggled, however there are so many more layers to this game and the guys are here to give you their opinions and analysis of this sneaky big win for the Ducks.
65 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
Which Stars Will Shine Bright Under the Lights of the Coliseum?
Brandon and Naveed are back once again, this time with special guest Jonathan Rifkind to preview the game between the Southern California Trojans and the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks have been on a roll since that week 1 loss to Auburn, and the Trojans have been dealing with major injuries across the board all season long, slightly under performing based on expectations in the preseason. The last time these teams met was back in 2016 when USC handled Oregon 45-20. At home, under the lights of the LA Memorial Coliseum, can the Trojans get a big win over conference foe, Oregon, or will the Ducks continue their bid to sneak into the College Football Playoffs? The guys are here to break down the game and give you their predictions on what to expect from this huge Pac-12 matchup.
50 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Oregon Ends 4 Game Drought to Leach and the Cougars Thanks to Leg of Freshman Kicker
Naveed is joined by his guest Johnathan Rifkind to discuss the dramatic ending to the Ducks homecoming game at Autzen Stadium, this past Saturday night. The Ducks won on a field goal at the buzzer, but the Cougars air raid was on point all night against a stout Oregon defense. The Cougars almost had the Ducks number for a fifth straight year, but the Ducks, led by Heisman Trophy Candidate Justin Herbert, pulled out their bag of tricks when it really mattered. Take a listen for a breakdown of the game, which included discussion with a Pac-12 insider.
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