53 minutes | Nov 9, 2012
36: An Amazing Time
Thirty-six shows have flown by and with this, we say goodbye. Will Carroll and Scott McCauley talk about how the NFL might be sucking the oxygen out of the sports world, how Chuck Pagano's battle with cancer pushed Tim Tebow out of the headlines, and why MLB gives it's awards away so late. We also talk with Jason Snell about why tech millionaires aren't buying teams and what Giants fans are going through now that they are two-time World Champs. We leave it all on the field with the final Nickel.
52 minutes | Oct 26, 2012
34: Panda Panda Panda
The World Series is the focus of both the sports world and The Nickel this week. Joel Henard steps in to talk Fall Classic with Will this week as we try to figure out how the Giants got to this point and why the Tigers aren't performing up to expectations. We're joined by Ray Ratto of CSN Bay Area and Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio to help us understand this key series. We're also joined by Alex Huang of Draftday.com, who fills us in on a chance for fantasy football redemption, giving Nickel listeners a chance to win a $30,000 pot. We also remember Emanuel Steward, wonder if David Stern will really retire in 2014, and why the NFL rubs England's nose in the American Revolution.
61 minutes | Oct 19, 2012
33: Jim Abbott
Will had a unique opportunity, getting the chance to sit in on a discussion with Jim Abbott. Abbott, the Angels and Yankees pitcher, spoke for an hour, taking questions about his career, his challenges, and his life. It's a special hour of The Nickel, one you will not want to miss.
46 minutes | Oct 12, 2012
32: Choking Up
The MLB playoffs are in full swing, with two teams already ticketed for the LCS and two more to come on Friday. Will and Scott take a look at the Reds collapse, the Orioles' rise, the dominance of aces, and how good this is for MLB. We also look at concussions outside of football, as NASCAR struggles with the problem and loses their most popular driver during The Chase. Taking a break from sports, Will chats with the founders of Caskers.com, a site that curates and sells craft spirits. If you need something new for your bar, this is definitely something you'll want to hear about. We've got rum from the sea and vodka made of apples, while the Tigers and Giants have champagne. Drink up this edition of The Nickel.
60 minutes | Oct 5, 2012
31: Three Little Words
As MLB heads into the playoffs, The Nickel is taking a look at each series as well as the discussion of both Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown and his MVP chances. We bring in Sean Forman, creator of the indispensable Baseball-Reference.com, to talk WAR and baseball history. We also talk with Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star. He broke the news that Colts coach Chuck Pagano has leukemia and talks about how a team and city have reacted. This episode of The Nickel is #chuckstrong.
60 minutes | Sep 28, 2012
30: Here's The Pitch
Will and Scott don't ignore football, bringing back the refs, or the zeitgeist of sports, but they are going baseball heavy this week as MLB goes into its final week. We check out the playoff picture with Rob Neyer of SB Nation and Ian Casselberry of Bleacher Report. Don't swing and miss as The Nickel makes it's pitch.
49 minutes | Sep 21, 2012
Wake up and listen to the latest episode of The Nickel, as Will & Scott complain about the three bad games the NFL has had on Thursday night, revel in another September that's been great for baseball fans, and talk with two guys who are touring the country, experiencing the dream season for any college football fan, courtesy of Way2Saturday.com. There's lots more, including a brief mention of hockey and iPhones, on this edition of The Nickel.
63 minutes | Sep 14, 2012
Scott and Zippers ... man the jokes just write themselves sometimes. Find out what helped Scott make it through the clubhouse, find out how the Orioles keep winning with Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com, and find out whether shutting down Stephen Strasburg made sense with Rany Jazayerli of Grantland. Will and Scott talk fantasy addictions, the effect of Thursday games, and late-night pre-orders on this episode of The Nickel.
74 minutes | Sep 7, 2012
27: Big Dog
As the NFL awakens and MLB rushes to a wild finish, Will and Scott invite you to sit back for an hour or so and let us do the thinking. We'll go in depth on one of the biggest issues facing the NFL and sports as we talk with Dustin Fink, the Athletic Trainer behind The Concussion Blog. We look forward to the new iPhone (and the Giants in the playoffs) with Macworld's Jason Snell. The NFL has replacement refs, but The Nickel has no labor issues after Labor Day.
71 minutes | Aug 31, 2012
26: Half A Year
Does it seem like we've been doing The Nickel for six months? This show is what we envisioned when we started it - fun, smart talk at the intersection of sports and technology. Whether it's previewing the upcoming football season with Mike Tanier of Sports On Earth or talking upheaval of the Dodgers with Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, we get right to the heart of the discussion. Will and Scott also talk about why Will's not that excited about college football, why we're not talking enough about Buster Posey, and whether we'll have a lot to talk about with baseball this September. It's another Nickel worth a bit more than an hour of your time (or less if you use that weird settings on the Podcasts app.)
56 minutes | Aug 24, 2012
25: Here's A Quarter
The Nickel brings in a favorite as a guest host this week as the NFL inches closer to playing. Matt Muenster is the host of DIY's Bath Crashers as well as a huge sports fan. Get his take on the Packers and the rest of the NFL as he and Will help you get ready for the season (and your fantasy draft). We also talk with Mac Lackey of KYCK.com, a new site that gives new access to soccer. With the English Premier League and La Liga seasons kicking off, everyone's looking to follow their club online. We also chat with Jeremy Briesel of MLB.com. His new show "Express Written Consent" combines pop culture and play by play. Check out this week's Nickel for all that and no synthetic testosterone.
63 minutes | Aug 19, 2012
24: Hope Solo
Will Carroll is flying solo this week, trying to fit in a lot of football, plus takes on Melky Cabrera's suspension, Felix Hernandez's perfect game, and the effect of 3D printing on the NFL. Will is joined by the top football writer in the game, Peter King, who's in the midst of his mammoth tour of NFL training camps. Peter's MMQB is must-read stuff for any NFL fan and he gives us some insight into what he's seen. Will also talks with Sigmund Bloom of Footballguys.com, for his fantasy info that you're going to want - nay, need - heading into your draft. It's not Hope Solo. It's not Han Solo. It's Will, solo and without a net this week on the Nickel.
65 minutes | Aug 10, 2012
23: Rudely Interrupted
Will and Scott understand the dog days of summer. While the Olympics are soaking up the attention, football is underway, the PGA is playing it's championship, and baseball is in full swing. Until we're rudely interrupted by a tornado warning, we talk about all that, plus get a little meta with Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports. (There was rain, finally, but no tornado.) We're heating things up with another edition of The Nickel.
52 minutes | Jul 27, 2012
The Olympic torch is about to be lit for the London Olympics. The Olympics are usually the site of a lot of technology and of course, a lot of sports, but somehow, Will and Scott are more interested in how the Londoners will light the cauldron. We also get the chance to talk with US soccer legend Alexi Lalas. The MLS had their All Star Game on Wednesday (presented by AT&T), but Alexi has opinions about where the MLS fits in a world thats more global than the one the MLS started in. We talk trade deadlines, opening camps, and Apple's new Mountain Lion, an upgrade that forced a last minute recording change (so we apologize for the sound.)
92 minutes | Jul 20, 2012
21: Old Monte Carlo
Will and Scott sit down with two real newsmakers this week. First, Graham Bensinger has had a lot of big interviews in his day, but getting Kobe Bryant is a big "get" for any sportscaster. Getting him to talk about his relationship with Phil Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal, plus discuss the sexual assault charges he faced, is just the latest in a series of amazing interviews for Bensinger. We also chat with long toss guru Alan Jaeger, one of the leaders in developing pitchers. His methods have helped some of the top names in pitching, though his techniques are still controversial within a slow-changing game. In addition, we chat about big contracts for replaceable running backs, why the British Open has Scott's attention, and why Jeremy Lin is a symptom of a bigger problem. This episode might last as long as Scott's Ol' Monte Carlo, but like that car, it gets you where we're going.
58 minutes | Jul 13, 2012
20: Place Your Bets
Will and Scott are all-in this week, taking a look at the uniquely American issue of sports gambling. Dave Cokin, one of the top Vegas sports analysts, talks about why sports gambling isn't accepted here the way it is everywhere else, despite the huge popularity and benefits. We also take a look at why tennis needs to stop saying Roger Federer is the greatest of all time (even if he is), why the latest bad news for Penn State isn't going to change the cult nature of college sports, and why the Nats are facing a huge decision on Stephen Strasburg. Pull the handle and we guarantee an hour of thought provoking sports talk.
72 minutes | Jul 6, 2012
19: Long After The Thrill
Scott McCauley rejoins Will Carroll and comedy ensues. Not so much with those two, but there's discussion of celebrity comedy, celebrity chefs, and celebrities building rooms. Whether it's Roger Goodell's overreaching or Bud Selig's results, or whether it's the vast overexposure of the Olympics, Will and Scott are always watching, sometimes literally. We're also joined by Neal Brown, one of the top restaurateurs in Indianapolis, to discuss how he lives at the intersection of social media and slow food. Host of Bath Crashers, Matt Muenster, stops in to discuss the upcoming crash week and his views around sports. Oh yeah, The Nickel goes on with a focus on the heartland. Clap clap.
57 minutes | Jun 29, 2012
18: Hot Hot Heat
Will isn't in Texas as had been planned for a live show with Ted Price, but it feels like it in Indy. It's actually hotter (105) in Indianapolis than Dallas. Ted and Will discuss the NBA draft, the way John Calipari uses the system, the Sidney Crosby signing and NHL insanity, and what players might be untouchable in trades. Will chats with Star Street's Jeremy Levine, who explains why daily fantasy games are taking over in baseball and likely will do the same for football. If you listen in, Star Street gives a special URL for Nickel listeners -- that's right, free stuff!
60 minutes | Jun 22, 2012
17: Feeling The Heat
LeBron wants to win not one, not two, but at least he's won one now. Ted Price joins Will to discuss the Heat, crossing paths with Brett Hull, cramps and gatorade. Will and Ted also discuss the Clemens verdict, Bryce Harper and clowns, and more. Will also has a very educational talk with Cyd Zeigler of Outsports.com about why we haven't yet had a gay athlete in a major professional sport.
90 minutes | Jun 15, 2012
16: High Density
Sit back, relax, and give WIll and Scott the next hour and a half of your time. Yes, we're going long - or as we say "high density" - this week. There's a lot of information to get to with a perfect game in San Francisco, a ton of announcements from Apple just up the street, and soccer going on in Europe and the US. We debate what events we'd pay our own money for, talk with the guys from Howler, a new soccer magazine, and have an extended conversation with Macworld's Jason Snell about the Giants, Silicon Valley sports, and the new stuff from Cupertino.