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The Backyard Banter Podcast
64 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 54: Kyle Crabbs - Build my own chair at the table
A fellow upstart in the industry from 2013, Kyle Crabbs spent some time chatting with me on the latest Backyard Banter Podcast episode about his time spent chasing the draft analyst dream. Kyle digs into what started him out on this path, where he sees the future of the draft business in terms of employment and what he learned from his biggest miss. Highlights from this episode include: The feeling that the game is not done with you and why football satisfies us so much.What we see on the outside and why being an NFL scout is so much different than a media job.Kyle's Mike Evans story and what he learned about being negative in an evaluation.The first time you think you're the smartest guy in the room, you're probably in trouble.Why Kyle believes building a team in the fashion he is now is his best bet to grab an ever elusive seat at the draft table.
67 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 53: James Koh - Divorce the information from emotion
After a long wait, NFL Fantasy LIVE Podcast host, NFL Network anchor and Los Angeles Clippers radio host James Koh joins the program to share his journey. Quite frankly, James imparts wisdom and drops knowledge that no other guest that came before him ever has. His perspective as a riser from a small-town radio voice to a figure at major media outlets is one we've not yet cover, until now. Highlights from this episode include: ?James' time spent as a low-wage radio host in Montana after departing a well-paying sales job.A cavalier attitude that gave him a higher sense of accomplishment than his resume truly indicated and why there's really no true value in people telling you that you're good.Divorcing the information you can attain in reading criticism from the emotional sting.?Being undeterred by hearing "no" and what it looks like to actually be going for it.
54 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 52: Will Brinson - That's how it'll have to be
Episode 52 of The Backyard Banter Podcast brings us CBS Sports senior NFL writer Will Brinson for a fascinating discussion revolving around the current state of sports media. Will shares his insight on a number of topics including how to be passionate fan while operating as a professional, finding you voice as a writer and what it's like juggling a family with this job. You won't want to miss out on this phenomenal chat. Highlights from this episode include: Will's transition from a true Panthers fan to how he manages that side of his approach in his current job.Finding your voice as a writer and niche when you may not be a natural student.Becoming a multi-platform analyst, including on-camera work, when that was never the goal.The struggles of juggling a family and forgoing a normal life when taking up as a media personality.Being willing to do what others aren't exploring in order to break in.
67 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 51: Charles McDonald - Not an escape from reality
Episode 51 of The Backyard Banter Podcast welcomes Charles McDonald of SB Nation's The Falcoholic and Bleacher Report to discuss his place in the NFL Draft writing scene. Charles lays out his path from college football player to current player evaluator for the NFL 1,000 series at B/R. Towards the end of the show, we also get into the topic of race in sports, in particular the perception of the black quarterback. Highlights from the show include: How Michael Vick is at the epicenter of Charles' love and passion for the game of football. What made Charles want to take the leap into writing and caused his desire to improve the content?The grind that goes into scouting a mass amount of players at the defensive tackle position.The keys to compartmentalizing and how to assess your time allotment.The plight and perception of the black quarterback and why sports isn't truly the escape from real life many fans wish it was.
78 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 50 special: What you've learned - For you, by you.
We've made it 50 episodes here together and I really can't believe how much the podcast has grown, developed and expanded since it began. It's all thanks to you, the listeners. You all have inspired me, each other and partnered with the guests of the show to form a community that I'm proud to be the weird little figurehead of. As my way of saying thank you, this episode is for and by you. On a special episode 50, a ton of listeners sent in their answers to my corny sign-off line, "I hope you learned something today" with a special introduction from Sal Leto of the FLAFFL Podcast. Thanks so much to everyone who is a fan of the show, it truly means the world to me. What have you learned today? Let's find out...
74 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 49: Jourdan Rodrigue - Let's see what you think then
We have a treat on our hands as now confirmed badass Jourdan Rodrigue stops by The Backyard Banter Podcast to discuss her career path that landed with a gig as a beat writer for The Charlotte Observer. Jourdan goes into detail about why she took the reporter path over others, and the jobs she held in prior to covering the Carolina Panthers. Towards the end, we get into a can't-miss conversation about a piece Jourdan wrote and I contributed to covering Joe Mixon and the tenor the media takes when discussing athletes who commit violent acts against women. This was an all-around tremendous conversation you'll enjoy taking a front seat for. Highlights from today's episode include: - Why Jourdan resisted the broadcasting route and followed her desire to be a reporter. - Can a beat writer truly have a voice when the primary function is relaying the news? - Okay, but seriously, what's it like covering Cam Newton? - Jourdan's thoughts on what she learned from interviewing draft analysts about Joe Mixon and how she would cover him if drafted by a team she writes about. - What does Jourdan have to say to the critics in this field of not only her gender, but also her youth?
71 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 48: Justin Twell - Long process to come back
We're honored to be joined by Justin Twell from Inside The Pylon for episode 48 of The Backyard Banter Podcast. Justin not only comes on to discuss his background as a Australian-based NFL fan and now writer, but primarily an article he posted on Jason Romano's blog detailing his struggles with and ultimate victory over depression. Listeners to the show know just how important this topic is to me, and Justin's story is one that everyone, but particularly those who have ever battled or are battling depression, needs to hear. Highlights from this episode include: - How Justin came to fall in love with the game of football while living in London. - What caused Justin to take a chance and submit his work to Mark Schoefield of Inside The Pylon. - The root and cause of Justin's severe episode of depression and how he almost took his life. - A detailed discussion on some of the misunderstood aspects of depression and what Justin would say to the version of himself set to end his life. - How Justin ended up as a trivia guest on one of his favorite shows, the Around the NFL Podcast.?
55 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 47: Justin Lonero - It's time to relearn life
In an incredibly real episode of The Backyard Banter Podcast, Football Diehards analyst Justin Lonero stops by to share his story along the path winding through the fantasy industry. More importantly, Justin digs into his struggles with alcoholism, recognizing his addiction and the battle he's still fighting today. It's an episode unlike any other before it, and one that can speak to anyone who is struggling to overcome a challenging obstacle. Highlights from this episode include: - The importance of networking and how to put yourself out there. - Justin's place in the industry and why he values his placement in a print magazine so much. - The history of Justin's past with alcohol abuse and how it affected his journey. - Hitting rock bottom but using it to relearn life as he knew it. - What would Justin say to not only someone considering getting sober, but also to the version of himself just four years ago?
60 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 46- Scott Bischoff - Life presented the greatest challenge possible
Episode 46- Scott Bischoff - Life presented the greatest challenge possible by Matt Harmon
58 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 45: Al Zeidenfeld - Little steps along the way
Season 2 of The Backyard Banter Podcast rolls along with episode 45 and a visit from Draftkings and ESPN daily fantasy sports analyst Al Zeidenfeld. The purveyor of Smizz Life and $1,000,000 winner, Al takes us through his journey from being just another player to one of the faces of the industry today. Highlights from this episode include: - Al's life before DFS, including as a basketball recruiter and poker player. - Betting on yourself and showing the confidence to others that you know you'll stand out. - Creating a five-year plan with an ultimate goal in mind, but establishing the little steps you need to take to get there. - Your brand is really just who you are. - The story of Al's Millionaire Maker lineup and the joy of sharing in the win with the community.
60 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 44: Jason Romano - Just a different dream
We're back. After a hiatus during the football season, The Backyard Banter Podcast makes a long awaited return and the first episode doesn't disappoint. Now former ESPN employee Jason Romano joins the show to discuss his 17-plus year tenure with the network as a producer and in various other sectors and most importantly, his recent decision to leave his dream job to pursue a different dream. Highlights from this episode include: - How Jason "won the lottery" and landed a dream job with ESPN. - The importance of networking while never asking for a job - What it's like being someone who is behind the scenes and not necessarily on the center stage. - Why Jason chose to leave ESPN and what he's onto next. - At the end of the day, it's all really about stories.
88 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 43: Matt Harmon - But here we are (Season 1 Finale)
All good things must come to an end and episode 43 will mark the end of Season 1 of The Backyard Banter Podcast. Since it was such a highly demanded one, I decided the final podcast of this season would be an interview where I told my story coming up in the industry. My good friend Sal Stefanile, who was the guest on the 32nd episode of the show, was kind enough to sub in as the host. I sincerely hope you enjoy hearing my story. Highlights from this episode include: - What my initial life plans were before starting out as a football analyst and how that influences me. - How a terrible period of depression in my personal life actually spawned my writing career. - The struggle of finding purpose in this industry but why I believe I'm in it for a true purpose. - Why I believe it is so crucial that we lift each other up in this industry and how it makes us all better. - I am the luckiest person in the world, whether it is my life, my job or my dog. I want to deeply thank all of you for supporting the show and tuning in. I hope to see you again next year for Season 2.
68 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 42: Gregg Rosenthal - I have to make this work or else
In the second to last episode of Season 1, Gregg Rosenthal of Around the NFL joins the podcast to talk about his journey through multiple venues and the industry at large. Gregg has been all throughout the business whether it was helping to grow Rotoworld, covering the NFL at Pro Football Talk or building up the Around the NFL group at NFL.com. In an open and honest conversation, Rosenthal brings valuable insight to anyone who finds themselves searching for their place in any field. Highlights from this episode include: - How Gregg's dissatisfaction with the entertainment industry pushed him into finding a career working in sports. - What brought Gregg to Rotoworld, joining forces with Evan Silva and growing that platform. - Gregg's multiple transitions that eventually landed him with NFL Media and all the duties he filled in between. - What pushed and continues to inspire Gregg to keep a tight grip on his space in the industry. - Why a desire to do what he truly loves doing in the football world helped Gregg decide to relinquish "the boss" duties of Around the NFL.
61 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 41: Jon Moore - Determiner of what I want
Episode 41 brings us Jon Moore, a former writer/podcaster for RotoViz and now the social media editor for Pro Football Focus. Jon just recently got his full-time job with PFF, so he makes for a great guest in the middle of a big transition. We also dive into Jon's beginning days at RotoViz and how a unique piece of content helped him stand out. Not only was Jon an excellent interview, he also was just plain fun to chat with. Highlights from this episode include: - Jon's upbringing as a football fan and how it was the major bonding force between him and his father. - Why Jon sought to incorporate age into the prospect evaluation conversation and where it fits as a data point. - Viewing fantasy as merely a means to an end to talk about the actual game of football. - The three interactions that stuck out to Jon the most coming up in the fantasy world when he felt like he was getting somewhere. - What Jon will be doing in his new position focusing on social media and his first big "love my job" moment.
59 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 40: Uncle Chaps - Just have fun with it
Sorry my end of the audio is terrible in this episode. No idea what happened, but you're really here for the elite guest anyways. The much anticipated moment you didn't know you were dying for has arrived as Uncle Chaps joins the podcast for episode 40. Unlike any other figure we've had on the show so far, Chaps holds a unique place in our space but one that I view is essential. Whether it's the persistent joking, revealing of others' deeper personas or the fake reporting, Chaps has done it all. Yet, that's just the surface level of the beautiful human being that is Uncle Chaps and the story he has to tell. Highlights from this episode include: - The parts of Chaps' past you might not know about and where his life was headed prior to serving in the military. - The relationship Chaps developed with his on-duty dog in combat and what that meant to him. - How Chaps first started the fake account venture and how he's not sure when it got so big that he Chaps'd ESPN and NFL Network. - Having fun with your pals online and not understanding the people who are always mad. - What's next for Chaps, not just as a joker but perhaps ventures as a true writer.
46 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 39: Bob Harris - The best addiction I've ever had
Episode 39 brings the football diehard himself, Bob Harris, a true veteran of the fantasy industry. Bob takes us through the beginnings of his journey and provides a snapshot of what the earliest stages of the fantasy industry looks like. He also wonders aloud if even someone of his status could beak in as easily in an industry now crowded with intelligent writers. Highlights from this episode include: - Bob shares about his earliest days in the industry where he sent out newsletters through a fax machine. - Developing the personality for radio after spending years just writing. Why Bob's cats keep him grounded and the relationship he has with them. - What caused Bob to begin his own weight-loss journey and why it's an important message for everyone in the fantasy community. - How Bob sees the industry changing through the years and where it might be heading.
54 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 38: Scott Fish - Everybody working together to make this
In what amounts to a national holiday in the fantasy community, we're lucky to be joined by Scott Fish during the ??week of the #SFB480. Scott delves into the origins of the Scott Fish Bowl and what makes it the most unique fantasy format around. He also shares some information about his Fantasy Cares leagues and why he takes the extra time out of his day to make the world a little bit better. One of the most giving people in our industry, Scott's outlook is one we can all learn from. Highlights from this episode include: - ?How the Scott Fish Bowl first began and why it almost got axed after one year. - What makes the league so unique: from the massive 480 team format, the wild scoring to the way it lights up the community. - Scott's venture with the Fantasy Cares leagues and why he believes charity should be a no-brainer aspect to fantasy football. - Where Scott sees his place in the community as it stands today and where he's heading. - The pride he feels not so much for creating a fantastic league, but for bringing us all together.
54 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 37: Jene Bramel - Ask the questions you want answered
?Not many individuals in our industry hold a more unique position than Dr. Jene Bramel, Footballguys writer and our guest for episode 37. ?Jene is a pediatrician by day, but writes injury-related content for Footballguys and breaks down defensive players. Not only do we dive into how Jene ended up being in the spot he finds himself in, but we take a 30,000-foot view of the current state of the league as it relates to the work Jene does. Highlights from this episode include: - How Jene, a "box score guy" grew to love sports and eventually found himself in a fantasy league. - What made Jene want to be a doctor and why he chose to work with children over adults. - Jene recalls situations where his expertise in the medical field helped him pick out situations that the party involved wasn't so forthcoming. - How Jene deals with having intimate knowledge of the damage football does while still working in the sport. - The relationship the four primary hosts of The Audible enjoy, and why Jene credits them along with several other sleeper names at Football guys for everything.
58 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 36: Mike Tagliere - Never going to leave this candy store
We continue onward across the industry to a visit from Mike Tagliere of Pro Football Focus. Not only is Mike one of the kindest people you'll encounter in the industry, he's clearly brimming with an infectious work ethic. He shares the story of a multi-year journey in desperate chasing of a full-time job in the fantasy industry, one which culminated in such a position recently with PFF. Mike dives into the perspective that got him here and his relationship with his wife, who supported him all the way through. Highlights from this episode include: - Mike's relationship with his father, how he initially came to love the sports world from his youth and eventually to cover fantasy. - The moment when Mike almost backed away, but how his wife, Tabbie, pushed him to keep fighting. - Feeling like he should always be working at the craft, even at a recreational fantasy industry event. - Why it is important for Mike to always show his followers the appreciation he feels for them getting him to his current status. - Mike and Tabbie's uniquely powerful message, and what their new Hot Route Podcast hopes to accomplish.
53 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 35: Ben Cummins - Starting at ground zero
In a style we've never broached before, episode 35 brings us an appearance by Ben Cummins, a new contributor to RotoViz, TwoQBs and The Fantasy Footballers' upstart website. He represents a writer in the industry who is just breaking in at that ground zero level. Ben shares his perspective on feeling the itch to try and make a run at grabbing a position as a writer, and the steps he took to just get off the ground. Highlights from this episode include: - Following the Broncos growing up and how his fandom still means quite a bit to him. - How Ben initially felt the urge to dive deeper into DFS coverage when that format of fantasy just clicked with him. - Reaching out to established writers and how he knew who to talk to in order to gain more of a footing. - Looking ahead five years into the future and wondering where he'll stand if he does not have a full-time job. - Controlling what you can control and always remembering to "just start writing".
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