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The Mitch Goldich Podcast
51 minutes | Mar 12, 2018
Episode 18: Jeff Passan
In Episode 18 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Jeff Passan. Jeff is a baseball and Olympics writer for Yahoo, who just covered his fourth Olympics last month in PyeongChang, South Korea. We spoke about how he covered the Olympics, his sit-down interview with the skier who didn't do any tricks in the halfpipe, how he broke baseball news from Korea and his interaction with a Korean taxi driver who loves Randy Johnson that spread quickly on Twitter. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
55 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
Episode 17: Hannah Keyser
In Episode 17 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Hannah Keyser. Hannah is a writer for Deadspin, and we talked about both covering our first Olympics last month in PyeongChang, South Korea. Our conversation got into how to prepare for a month covering sports you don’t follow year-round, picking one event to watch per day, trying to write differently from the other reporters at your event, following sports without being able to see the broadcast and how our coverage would be different if we could do it again. (And we tried to avoid it, but of course we spoke a little about the cold weather and the daily grind. Sorry.) If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
43 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Episode 16: Erik Malinowski II
In Episode 16 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Erik Malinowski. Erik returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History. This book about the Golden State Warriors’ rise is available now. We talked about his writing, researching and reporting process, his audience and writing the type of book that he wanted. You can check out Episode 1 to hear Erik’s previous appearance. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
8 minutes | Jul 14, 2017
Bonus Track: Introducing Mitch Eats Food
In a short bonus track, Mitch Goldich introduces his new podcast called Mitch Eats Food. Fans of The Mitch Goldich Podcast can also subscribe to Mitch Eats Food in iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or Google Play Music. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
29 minutes | May 1, 2017
Episode 15: Jay Kornegay
In Episode 15 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Jay Kornegay. Jay is the Vice President of the Race and Sportsbook at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. We talked about the NHL and NFL moving franchises to Vegas, and the effect it would have on the city. We also discussed changing attitudes toward gambling, his sportsbook taking prop bets on the NFL draft for the first time and the best times of year to visit Vegas. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
51 minutes | Mar 22, 2017
Episode 14: Derek Bodner
In Episode 14 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Derek Bodner. Derek has covered the Sixers for five years and recently adopted a model of subscription-based independent coverage on his own website. He talked about working the Sixers beat from analyzing games to developing sources and breaking news. He discussed how he balances his time to cover the Sixers, write stories on other teams in the league and scout top NBA prospects for DraftExpress.com. Derek also talked about getting to know Sam Hinkie in a way most of the public didn’t get to see him by speaking to Hinkie on background when he was still the Sixers’ GM. Plus Derek explains how things are different under Bryan Colangelo. Finally, Derek gives his opinion on how the Sixers should approach various possible draft positions. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
52 minutes | Feb 9, 2017
Episode 13: Sarah Barshop
In Episode 13 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Sarah Barshop. Sarah is a former coworker of mine at Sports Illustrated, now an NFL Nation reporter covering the Texans for ESPN. We talked about both covering our first Super Bowl last week in Houston, highlights of the week, the party scene bringing together reporters and players, and what we learned from our first Super Bowl experience that will help us next time. We shared stories about attending media night, seeing Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, her perfect score prediction and our seating arrangements for what may be the best Super Bowl ever. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
54 minutes | Jan 19, 2017
Episode 12: Tom McCarthy
In Episode 12 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Tom McCarthy. T-Mac is the Philadelphia Phillies’ lead TV play-by-plan man, and he also calls NFL and college basketball for TV and radio. Tom talked about calling the great Packers/Cowboys game in the divisional round of the playoffs the week before, how he juggles multiple sports and prepares for games, how much he listens to his old broadcasts to improve and what it’s like when a coach calls a timeout that ices the broadcaster. We also talked about getting his job with the Phillies, becoming the successor to the beloved Harry Kalas after he passed away, interacting regularly with Phillies players and the many color men he’s worked with over the last few years. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
50 minutes | Dec 20, 2016
Episode 11: Ben Lindbergh
In Episode 11 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Ben Lindbergh. Ben is a writer for The Ringer, covering mostly baseball, but also topics like movies, television, video games and more. Ben explained how he manages to cover baseball while also finding time to follow his many other hobbies. He also talked about how he writes about baseball, comes up with ideas for new articles and finds time to co-host three different podcasts. Ben also spoke about the baseball book he co-wrote earlier in 2016, and what he learned from his year co-managing an independent league baseball team. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
43 minutes | Nov 22, 2016
Episode 10: Michael McCann
In Episode 10 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Michael McCann. Michael is my colleague at Sports Illustrated, where he serves as our legal analyst. He’s also a law professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he also holds several other administrative positions. We spoke about his legal career, which includes serving as counsel for Maurice Clarett, during the star Ohio State running back’s lawsuit against the NFL. Michael also told me about how his love of the NBA draft got him into sports law, how he came to teach a college course on Deflategate that received national attention and how he manages to cover so many different types of legal stories for SI. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review on iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
49 minutes | Oct 25, 2016
Episode 9: Nichole Young
In Episode 9 of The Mitch Goldich Podcast, my guest was Nichole Young. Nichole recently finished through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000+ mile journey that took about five months. We discussed what made her want to do something so crazy, and what mental and physical challenges she faced on her hike. She gave details about what she ate, where she slept and how much gear she carried with her. Plus, what she did to stay entertained (Answer: The entire Harry Potter series on audiobook) and how she made hiker friends on the trail. She talked about giving up time with friends and family back home, striking a balance between unplugging from the world and staying connected, and how her life has changed since returning to civilization. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a minute to give it a rating and a review, here or in iTunes. It helps other people find my podcast and I really appreciate it.
42 minutes | Jun 22, 2016
Episode 8: Dan Hicks
Dan Hicks is a broadcaster for NBC. He calls Olympic swimming, golf and Notre Dame football. Rio 2016 will be his sixth Olympics as the lead play-by-play man for NBC’s swimming in prime time. We discussed his career as the play-by-play voice for Michael Phelps’ entire Olympic career. Dan gave insight into how he prepares for the Olympics, and the unique challenges that making calling swimming different from other sports. He also shared stories about some of his other favorite events, like his famous call during Tiger Woods’ win at the 2008 U.S. Open. Finally, he shared how he would have handled the controversy at last week’s U.S. Open and which are the two must-see races we’ll have to tune into this summer.
56 minutes | May 22, 2016
Episode 7: Michael Levin
Michael Levin is a writer for Liberty Ballers, SB Nation’s Philadelphia 76ers blog, and co-host of The Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast. He also organized The Rights To Ricky Sanchez NBA Draft Lottery party with about 2,000 Sixers fans that received national media attention. We discussed The Process, and what it’s been like being a Sam Hinkie supporting fan, blogger and podcaster over the last three seasons. He talked about the attention his blog and podcast have received, and what he dislikes about how the national media has portrayed the Sixers and their fans. We also talked about the internal conflict of wanting to root for the team, despite being unhappy with ownership and management. Plus we touched on the future of the Sixers and Michael shared what he would do if he was the team’s GM this offseason.
71 minutes | Mar 27, 2016
Bonus Track: 2016 1-on-1 Fantasy Baseball Draft
In a special bonus episode, Jeff Chiucchi and I do our annual 1-on-1 fantasy baseball draft for a league unlike any you’ve likely heard of. This league, entering its eighth season, has just two opponents. Each team consists of 25 players, mimicking a real MLB roster (including a backup catcher who must be an actual backup catcher), with 65 stats that range from traditional fantasy stats to game-winning RBIs, pitches per plate appearance, outfield assists and total pitches thrown. You also can’t make any roster changes the entire season after the draft. We explained the league itself and some of its quirks, then had a wandering baseball conversation throughout the draft that touched on Drake LaRoche, valuable middle relief pitchers, how much Jose Abreu will play DH, trying to guess what team Steve Cishek is on and more.
52 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Episode 6: Kim Adams
Kim Adams is a basketball reporter and broadcaster, primarily for the Big East Digital Network. She has also done color commentary and sideline reporting for Fox Sports 1 and ESPN3. We discussed her background, growing up in a basketball household, watching her dad ref college games and having her mom coach her high school team. She also spoke a little about playing Division I ball at Penn, and how that experience helps set her apart from other women in the industry. She told me about the work she puts in to be an expert on both men’s and women’s Big East basketball, building rapport and asking smart questions when interviewing players and coaches, and what it’s been like interacting with fans this season. She also shared her favorite Wawa hoagie order and predictions for the five Big East teams in the NCAA tournament.
40 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
Episode 5: Sheil Kapadia
Sheil Kapadia is the ESPN NFL Nation reporter covering the Seattle Seahawks. He previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles for Birds 24/7 (which he co-founded) at Philadelphia Magazine. He has also written for Philly.com, covered the Baltimore Ravens at BaltimoreSun.com and done work for Fox Sports 1 and 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly. We discussed how he broke into football writing and turned himself into a tape-watcher and X’s and O’s guy. He also shared what it was like covering the Eagles under Chip Kelly, what his life is like now covering the Seahawks for ESPN and what challenges he faced switching from one team’s beat to another’s.
49 minutes | Jan 21, 2016
Episode 4: Will Leitch
Will Leitch is the founder of Deadspin. He now covers sports for Sports On Earth, covers politics for Bloomberg Politics and reviews movies for The New Republic. We discussed his vision for Deadspin, and how the site has grown since he left. Will talked about his upcoming trips to cover both Super Bowl 50 and the Iowa Caucus. We also talked about a couple pieces he wrote on the St. Louis Rams moving to L.A., based on his childhood experience of rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and sticking with them through the move to Arizona. Finally, we talked about Creed, and Will ranked all seven movies in the Rocky series.
40 minutes | Dec 16, 2015
Episode 3: Jeff Pearlman
Jeff Pearlman is a New York Times best-selling author of six books. He also covered MLB for Sports Illustrated from 1996-2003. We discussed his upcoming Brett Favre biography, his process of writing books, what it was like working at Sports Illustrated before the magazine had a website and got into some other fun and unexpected topics like Sisqó and The Wonder Years.
40 minutes | Sep 17, 2015
Episode 2: Jayson Stark
Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer and a TV reporter and analyst for ESPN. Before joining ESPN in 2000, he spent 21 years writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer. We discussed what his life is like at ESPN, how he keeps track of all 30 teams, his hectic travel schedule every October and the way he balances his current job as a national reporter with his strong ties to the Philadelphia area.
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2015
Episode 1: Erik Malinowski
Erik Malinowski is a freelance writer and a regular contributor for Rolling Stone and Sports On Earth. His work has also appeared at Fox Sports, Deadspin and Buzzfeed, and he had a story selected for the Best American Sports Writing anthology in 2013. He shared his experience covering the Giants’ and Warriors’ championship runs within the last year in the Bay Area, we discussed some of his longform feature stories and I gave him a pop quiz to see if he could name fun facts about various MLB umpires.
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