47 minutes | Jun 7, 2023
406. Mike Vaccaro, New York Post Columnist
Mike Vaccaro has been a columnist at the New York Post since 2002. Recently, he underwent a harrowing medical procedure where his lower left leg was amputated. He recently wrote about it in a Post column and came on the podcast to tell his ordeal. He tells it triumphantly as this was the best option for him to return to as much of a normal life as possible, and he recently returned to the golf course. In this episode, Vaccaro explained how covering sports during the Covid-19 pandemic allowed him to undergo health issues and still cover games while not being able to attend them anyway. After the health talk, the episode becomes a sports conversation that includes the NBA's competitive balance challenges, whether Nikola Jokic is the face of the league, and whether fans care about their home teams as they used to. He also comments about New York baseball in 2023, whether the New York Mets outspend the New York Yankees. Follow Mike Vaccaro on social media @MikeVacc.
59 minutes | May 31, 2023
405. Damon Bruce On His New YouTube Show, Podcast
In March 2023, Damon Bruce had the #1 sports radio show in the San Francisco market. He was unceremoniously laid off as his show was eliminated from Audacy's lineup. Damon took his massive radio and social media following and created “Damon Bruce Plus,” a daily YouTube show that is converted to a podcast. https://www.youtube.com/@damonbruceplus In this episode, Bruce talks extensively about how he transitioned from traditional radio to the Internet, which is off to a great start. Then, he got into the following sports topics: the NBA and its 2023 Playoffs, the horrific Oakland Athletics situation, and the new rules in Major League Baseball. Damon's first appearance on Sports with Friends was Episode 318. Follow Damon Bruce on social media @damonbruce.
70 minutes | May 24, 2023
404. New Jersey Devils Play-by-Play Announcer Matt Loughlin
Matt Loughlin has been with the New Jersey Devils organization for 27 years. The last 17 have been as the radio/audio broadcaster. First, on WFAN Radio, and now on the Devils Hockey Network. Loughlin started with the team as their pre/post-game host on SportsChannel, FOX Sports Net, and ultimately MSG Network and did that for 10 years before transitioning to play-by-play. On TV, he also worked on New York Mets broadcasts. In this episode, Loughlin discusses his time with the Devils franchise. He explains the transition from TV to radio. The second half of the show is a breakdown of the current NJ Devils squad. They discuss superstar Jack Hughes and his brother Luke. They also address questions in coaching and goaltending situations. Follow Matt Loughlin on social media @MattLoug.
50 minutes | May 17, 2023
403. Jack Curry, YES Network
Jack Curry is an award-winning sports journalist. He spent 20 years covering baseball for the New York Times before shifting to television to work for the YES Network, where he has worked since 2010. He is the co-author of three New York Times bestsellers and has recently authored a new book on the 25th anniversary of the 1998 Yankees, a team that won the World Series and a total of 125 games. The book is entitled, “The 1998 Yankees: The Inside Story of the Greatest Baseball Team Ever.” Curry has won six New York Emmy Awards. In this episode, Curry explains the stories of that team. That season's headlines were dominated by the home run chase of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, and until the World Series, the country hadn't focused on the Yankees. Still, that team featured superstars like Derek Jeter, Paul O'Neill, and Bernie Williams, and had bench players like Darryl Strawberry and Tim Raines. Also covered in this episode, Curry discusses his role with the YES Network and discusses his thoughts on the current Yankees, specifically Aaron Judge, rookie Anthony Volpe, and manager Aaron Boone. Get the book here: https://a.co/d/1tZpTEG Follow Jack Curry on social media @JackCurryYES.
41 minutes | May 10, 2023
402. Jaguar TCS Driver Mitch Evans (Formula-E)
Mitch Evans has been a Formula-E driver for Jaguar TCS Racing since 2016, which happened to be Jaguar's initial season in the circuit. Evans is originally from New Zealand, and at the time of this episode, is currently 4th in the championship standings through nine races out of a total of 16. He has two first-place finishes and three podiums this season alone. In this episode, Evans goes in-depth on how reliant a driver is on his team's instructions during a race. In Formula-E, the goal is to finish first but conserve energy in the process. That way, you are assured that you will have enough battery power to finish the race. Evans also talks about his teammate, Sam Bird (Episode 185 of Sports with Friends), and what it's like to be competing against your teammate and every other driver in the race. He also explained the importance of qualifying because batter preservation is not a priority. Follow Mitch Evans on social media @mitchevans_.
47 minutes | May 3, 2023
401. College Basketball with CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein
Longtime College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein has been with CBS Sports since 2010. Since 2021, he's been a part of the CBS/TNT coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Rothstein also hosts the “College Hoops Today Podcast” via Compass Media, the only college basketball podcast that runs 52 weeks out of the calendar year. He is also an in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. Rothstein worked with Seth at 1050 ESPN Radio in New York from 2009-2010. In this episode, Jon explained his attitude towards breaking news on social media, and how recent changes in the platform affect his efforts. This episode also tackles the transfer portal, Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), and the growth of March Madness. Rothstein also addresses the growth in women's college basketball and whether the NBA's G-League is a competition to college hoops. Follow Jon on social media @JonRothstein.
53 minutes | Apr 26, 2023
400th Episode! Eli Manning (6th Appearance)
For the 400th episode of Sports with Friends, 2-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning returns to the podcast for his 6th appearance. This appearance ties Manning with LaTroy Hawkins for the most appearances in the history of this show. Eli previously appeared on the first-ever episode of the podcast. He also appeared on Episodes 74, 99, 139, and 200. This is his first appearance since his playing career came to an end. In this episode, Manning discusses his post-playing life. He talks about the Manning-Cast with his brother Peyton. He also talks about “Eli's Places,” especially the episode where he went undercover as “Chad Powers” and tried out to be a walk-on at Penn State. Eli discusses his reasoning behind joining social media, and how he tries to stay relevant after his playing days came to an end. This episode also focuses on the origin of Sports with Friends, and how Eli Manning was instrumental in the beginning of this show. He discusses his charity work, especially how he worked with Seth for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. A special thank you to all the listeners who have supported this show through 400 episodes.
53 minutes | Apr 19, 2023
399. The NHL Pride Night Controversy
During the 2022-2023 NHL Regular Season, all 30 Teams held a Pride Night, during which players wear jerseys celebrating the LGBTQ+ community either during warmups or games -- or both. This season, various players and a few teams objected to the activity and refused to participate for a variety of reasons. Tara Slone recently completed her first full season as a content contributor for the San Jose Sharks and has also joined NBC Sports Bay Area on their Sharks broadcasts. She has been outspoken about the controversy on her social media. Sharks Goalie James Reimer was one of the players who refused to participate and said it was due to his religious beliefs. Before the Slone interview, this episode aired a small portion of an interview that former Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke did on Sportsnet in Canada on March 25th, 2023 regarding the controversy. Follow Tara Slone on social media @TaraSlone.
64 minutes | Apr 12, 2023
398. Boston Red Sox Radio Announcer Joe Castiglione
Since joining the Boston Red Sox in 1983, Joe Castiglione has been the lead play-by-play announcer for over 40 years. In 2023, Castiglione announced that he was scaling back and would only do 81 scheduled games. At 76, he has been part of the fabric of Red Sox baseball for four decades. In 2022, he was honored by the club and named to the Red Sox Hall of Fame. In this episode, Joe opens up about his decision to do fewer games, and how awkward it is to watch the Red Sox on TV. He also comments on MLB's new rules for 2023, and how they were necessary to make the game more watchable. Then, the floodgates opened, and stories of his years with the Red Sox and the many players he has amazing friendships with came out. He spoke specifically about the heartbreaking 1986 World Series, and the incredible ALCS battles with the Yankees in 2003-2004, culminating with the first World Series championship in 86 years. He discusses his relationship with Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and countless others.
49 minutes | Apr 5, 2023
397. The Impact Of Regional Sports Networks' Bankruptcy
In March 2023, Diamond Sports, the parent company of Bally Sports Regional Networks, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but as of the release of this podcast, is currently operating as normal. Diamond's parent company Sinclair has amassed $8 billion in debt since its acquisition of the RSNs in 2019. 14 MLB Teams have their games carried on a Bally Sports Network. There are also several NBA and NHL teams as well. Kurt Bodenhausen is a reporter for Sportico and has been covering this story for that website. In this episode, he explains why Sinclair/Diamond bought the RSNs in the first place when cord-cutting and streaming were on the rise. He also explains how all Bally Sports Network teams are not suffering the same fate. Follow Kurt on social media @kbadenhausen.
45 minutes | Mar 29, 2023
396. The Story of Ken Caminiti with Author Dan Good
With 2023 Opening Day occurring the week this episode is released; this is the first baseball-centric episode of the 2023 season. The saga of 1996 National League MVP Ken Caminiti is one of triumph and tragedy. He was a superior player, marred by the steroid era that eventually impacted his health. In his new book Playing Through the Pain, writer Dan Good seeks to make sense of MLB MVP Ken Caminiti's fascinating, troubled life. Good began researching Caminiti in 2012 and conducted his first interviews for his biography in 2013. Since then, he's interviewed nearly 400 people, providing him with an exclusive and exhaustive view into Caminiti's addictions, use of steroids, baseball successes, and inner turmoil. Good's on-the-record sources include Caminiti's steroids supplier, who has never come forward; people who attended rehab with Caminiti and revealed the secret inner trauma that fueled his addictions; hundreds of Caminiti's baseball teammates and coaches; childhood friends who were drawn to his daring personality, warmth, and athleticism; and the teenager at the center of Caminiti's October 2004 trip to New York City, during which he overdosed and died. In this episode, Good discusses the process of deciding Caminiti was a good subject for a book, and the many new things he learned about the baseball all-star. Get Playing through the Pain here: https://a.co/d/ehBKIOm Follow Dan Good on social media @Dgood73.
49 minutes | Mar 22, 2023
395. Formula-E Driver Jake Dennis
At the time of this episode's release, Jake Dennis is in 2nd place, challenging for Formula E's Season 9 Championship. Dennis has been a Formula-E since 2020. He currently races for the Avalanche Andretti team, which is based in the United States. Dennis, who grew up and currently lives in England won the first race in Mexico City on January 14th, 2023, and hasn't looked back. He already has three podiums in the young season. This Saturday is Round 6 of Season 9, the first-ever race in São Paulo, Brazil. In the episode, Dennis discusses his early success and gives insight as to how to be strategic in an electric car race. He speaks about his former teammate American Oliver Askew, who has moved to the broadcast booth after his appearance on the podcast last year, and Andre Lotterer, his new teammate who has also been on this show. Finally, Jake explains how he's pulling for Seth's Premier League team Arsenal despite being a lifelong fan of Leicester City.
49 minutes | Mar 15, 2023
394. "When Women Stood" Author Alexandra Allred
This podcast continues a series of episodes commemorating Women's History Month. Alex Allred's new book “When Women Stood: The Untold History of Females Who Changed Sports and the World.” In the book, Allred discusses the various challenges women have faced in sports. It offers a historical perspective but also a detailed analysis of current issues such as social media, the #metoo movement, and the debate about transgendered athletes. Allred is a professor of kinesiology at Tarleton State University. In this episode, she discusses how she chose the various subjects to address. She mentions superstar athletes such as Simone Biles, Rhonda Rousey, Britney Griner, and many more. Get the book here: https://a.co/d/88FhI5w For more info check out www.alexandraallred.com.
50 minutes | Mar 8, 2023
393. Olympic Skiing Medal-Winner Devin Logan
This episode is released on International Women's Day and is dedicated to women both in and out of sports, all over the world. The podcast has a long tradition of having Olympic athletes on the show. Freestyle Skier Devin Logan is a 3-time Olympian. She participated in Sochi (2014), PyeongChang (2018), and most recently, Beijing (2022). She won the silver medal in the women's slopestyle event in 2014. She also had a bronze medal in World Championships in the halfpipe in 2017. In this episode, Logan speaks about her involvement in a new initiative from U.S. Ski & Snowboard entitled Heroic. Its goals within the overall women's movement, along with the challenges women face, improvements that have been made, and general advice for those entering the ski and snowboard industry. Logan also gives intimate details on the day she won the silver medal in 2014. She discusses what International Women's Day means to her, and what message it sends to women worldwide. Follow Devin on Instagram @devinlogan.
48 minutes | Mar 1, 2023
392. Seattle Kraken Announcer John Forslund
Longtime NHL Announcer John Forslund is in his second season calling Seattle Kraken games for ROOT Sports. He joined the Kraken after a lengthy tenure as the TV voice of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes. During his tenure in Carolina, he also called national games most recently for NBC and TNT. During the Spring of 2020, he called games for NBC Sports in the Toronto “bubble” through the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Forslund joined the Hartford Whalers in 1991 as the team's public relations director. He became the team's announcer in 1995. In 1997, he followed the franchise when they relocated to Carolina and became the Hurricanes. In this episode, he detailed the process for his getting hired by the Kraken. He also explained what the Kraken need to do to become a true fixture in the Seattle sports community. Forslund gave his thoughts on the possibility of an NBA franchise returning to Seattle. Follow John Forslund on social media @JohnForslund.
46 minutes | Feb 22, 2023
391. Lisa Guerrero
Lisa Guerrero is currently Inside Edition's Chief Investigative Correspondent. She has produced stories that have led to arrests, changed federal legislation and policies at Fortune 500 companies, and helped shine a light on crime, scams, child abuse, and even cold case murders. She has won over thirty-five national journalism honors and awards. Before that, she had a tumultuous sportscasting career in television. Guerrero spent over a decade as a nationally recognized sports reporter on CBS, Fox, ABC, and ESPN, having anchored and reported for dozens of shows including the wildly popular “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” In 2003, she was the sideline reporter for ABC's Monday Night Football. In her new book, “Warrior: My Path to Being Brave,” she explained that while she covered Super Bowls, Worlds Series, NBA Finals, and interviewed sports superstars. From the outside, it seemed glamorous, but often she was miserable, told to smile more, argue less, and show a lot of leg and cleavage. Colleagues would joke—sometimes on national TV—that she clinched big interviews because of sexual acts rather than talent. She made a mistake on air during the opening game on Monday Night Football that cost her her sportscasting career… and almost her life. In this episode, she displays incredible candor in detailing the ups and downs. She also talks about the small roles she played in various films and TV shows, including Batman Returns, Moneyball, and Frasier. Get “Warrior” here: https://tinyurl.com/2awjdn8w Follow Lisa on social media @4lisaguerrero.
46 minutes | Feb 15, 2023
390. Jon Wertheim (Sports Illustrated, Tennis Channel, 60 Minutes)
Longtime reporter and broadcaster Jon Wertheim has been with Sports Illustrated since 1996. He is also an analyst for Tennis Channel. Recently, he began doing non-sports reporting for the CBS Show 60 Minutes. In this episode, Wertheim discussed the recent passing of his longtime SI colleague Grant Wahl. He also discusses the current state of Tennis, including a discussion about the recently completed 2023 Australian Open. He weighed in on the debate for tennis of 2 out of 3 set matches being a better viewing experience than 3 out of 5 set matches. He also talked about the state of streaming, and the NBA's issue with load management. He also went into detail about a story he did for 60 Minutes about Prince and a tour of Paisley Park since the musician's passing. He also discussed Seth's previous involvement with Prince. Follow Jon Wertheim on social media @jon_wertheim.
42 minutes | Feb 8, 2023
389. NFL Hall-of-Famer James Lofton
Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton is now in his ninth season calling games for the NFL on CBS. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, Lofton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Lofton was named to the NFL Pro Bowl eight times. He was also named to four All-Pro teams. He also played in three Super Bowls during his career with the Bills. In his 16 NFL seasons, Lofton caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards and 75 touchdowns. He averaged 20 yards per catch or more in five seasons, leading the league in 1983 and 1984 with an average of 22.4 and 22 yards, respectively. Lofton is the first NFL player to record 14,000 yards receiving. After his playing career ended, he became a wide receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. Lofton served as a color analyst and sideline reporter for NFL coverage on Westwood One radio from 1999–2001. In 2009, he re-joined the network to team with Dave Sims and later Kevin Kugler on Sunday Night Football broadcasts. He moved to a television position on the NFL on CBS in 2017. He has been the game analyst paired with 3-time Sports with Friends guest Andrew Catalon since then. In this episode, Lofton previews the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. He also discussed his career, and what he brings to the broadcast booth.
54 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
388. Eric LeGrand
Former Rutgers football player turned broadcaster and entrepreneur Eric LeGrand joined the show. In October 2010, LeGrand suffered a life-threatening career-ending spinal cord injury in the 4th quarter of a game vs. Army. In the years since his catastrophic injury, LeGrand has shown improvement in his medical well-being. He has joined the Rutgers Broadcast team on the Rutgers Radio Network. In 2022, he opened LeGrand Coffee House, and in 2023, is launching LeGrand Whiskey. Last Fall, the New Jersey Devils announced the winning black-owned, New Jersey-based business for this season's Devils Buy Black Partnership, a business and marketing program seeking to expand access and opportunity for Black entrepreneurs. LeGrand Coffee House is located in the Avenue & Green Development at 10 Green Street in Eric's hometown of Woodbridge, New Jersey. In this episode, LeGrand details his health status and gives details on his daily routine. He also explains his Philanthropy and the motivation behind his “Believe” mantra. All of Eric's activities are cataloged on his website, https://ericlegrand52.com/. Follow Eric LeGrand on social media @EricLeGrand52.
52 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
387. WFAN Creator, Former Seattle Mariners Owner Jeff Smulyan
Jeff Smulyan is known for creating the format of sports radio. Smulyan is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Broadcasting. In 1987, he created WFAN Radio in New York, the 1st 24-hour sports radio station of its kind. That spawned hundreds of sports radio stations across the country. In 1989, Smulyan lead a group that purchased the Seattle Mariners. In 1994, he was named to the White House as a US Ambassador to head the US Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. Living in Indianapolis, Smulyan penned his memoir which was recently this year. It is entitled, “ Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down – The Ups, Downs, and Reinvention of an Entrepreneur.” It can be found here: https://a.co/g9fjkDu. In this episode, Smulyan talks extensively about what went right and what didn't during his tenure as the Mariners' owner. He also talked about the idea to create a 24-hour sports station, and what made WFAN flourish. He also talked about the changing media landscape in both television and radio.