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The Sports Plus Show
59 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
55 • Interruptapalooza
The substitute teaching crisis, Darryl looks at Kyrie Irving through Celtic green-colored glasses, leaky email servers, Freedom of Information laws, ESPN's lack of journalistic integrity, evil chicken sandwiches, the Kadarius Toney roller coaster, and the WNBA finals. Also: Matt reveals his titanic ability to compartmentalize and Joe tries to play the iceberg.
59 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
54 • Road Trip!
Darryl pulls off the highway on his way to Vermont so we can talk Paul Riley, a Citizen Kane correction, TBIs, the MLB one-game playoffs, Candace Parker, Kyrie Irving, the true victims of anti-vaxxers, an insult to toilets, and the QB baton being passed in Foxboro. Also: Urban Meyer digs a neck-deep hole and Joe makes him a promise.
54 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
53 • Hanging On Too Long
Brooklyn Harker, Sofia LaSpina, AbbyDiCenzo, the WNBA playoffs, the Ben Simmons fiasco-drama, judging The Process, five rookie QBs, a musical revelation that will change your life, and MLB's final weekend. (Just of the 2021 regular season, not for eternity. That's still at least a couple years off.)
57 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
52 • Apocalypses (Apocalypsi?) Now (And Later)
Human, environmental, in the Giants and Red Sox front offices, in youth football, and in Joe's brain. Also: Tom Brady's HGH supplier says Bill Belichick is just another coach, the importance or lack thereof of MLB regular season series wins, and our TV watching habits and histories.
57 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
51 • Scary Things
Pantsless interviews, undisciplined Giants, one game playoffs, Penn State's institutional judgment, and the bottom of the NFL barrel.
63 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
50 • Serious Business
Traumatic imagery in childrens entertainment, highway robbery, the war on a woman's right to body autonomy, caring for a dying spouse, memories and the legacy of 9/11, the politicalization of public health, government conspiracies and cover-ups, the death of the American Dream, and baseball's gambling and drug scandals. • Contains adult language •
57 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
49 • The Thumb Heard Round the World
Selfish idiots (no not us), Cam Newton and NFL cuts, hanging on too long (also not us), Matt sings the Big Blue Blues, the Met fans respond to Javy Baez' thumbs down, and getting wealthy from NIL endorsements (once again, not us).
69 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
48 • Greatest Hits I
Darryl is back and we cover lots of familiar ground: COVID classroom havoc, the death of baseball, putrid UMass football, NIL implementation, Pats and Giants questions, Yankees/Red Sox, and Joe has a crabby outburst.
58 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
47 • Joy in Mudville
With Darryl still in California, Joe and Matt are joined by Nkwa Asonye of Fox61 in Hartford to celebrate breaking Jeopardy news, along with a sadder discussion of Trevor Bauer, framing athletes' mental health issues, the Malice in the Palace documentary, and back to school concerns.
58 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
46 • Traveshamockeries II: Investigative Boogaloo
With Darryl off visiting family in San Diego, fellow WMUA Sports alum Dave Hock joins Matt and Joe for corny cornfield baseball, the long-awaited draft abolition debate, and the NFL and NHL's horrendous excuses for sexual assault investigations. SI article by Jenny Vrentas: https://www.si.com/nfl/2021/08/13/the-problems-with-deshaun-watson-nfl-investigation
61 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
45 • Outside the Wheelhouse
Gendered language, Joe's new favorite Yankee, NBA moves, Olympic legacies and memories, and the Giants' implosion. Links mentioned in opening segment:https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2020/07/08/how-to-use-gender-neutral-language-and-why-its-important-to-try/ https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/what-is-gendered-language https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/12/15/guide-how-gender-neutral-language-is-developing-around-world/ https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/gender-inclusive-language/
67 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
44 • Darryl Digs a Hole
Joe is finally home and back to rising early, this time to discuss getting old, the NBA draft, Zach Wilson and Gregg Knapp, the Yankees' big deals, Simone Biles, 3x3, and COVID vaccine resistors.
58 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
43 • A Momentous Occasion
For the first time ever, all three of the gentlemen are in the studio together, and were joined by Deadspin senior editor Julie DiCaro to talk about her book Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America. Also: Trevor Bauer, Chauncey Billups, ESPN, Social Media, NIL opportunities, investigative journalism, QB development, the Bulls and Bears, and the Cosby case.
58 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
42 • Disappointments
Fried clams, climate change, Red Sox/Yankees, the infantilization of black athletes, Dame Lillard, Bill Cosby, and Trevor Bauer.
57 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
41 • Old men and old things
While Matt enjoys his Cape Cod vacation, Darryl and Joe have some extra room to babble on about Joe Paterno, the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, Carl Nassib, the Blazers' mangled coaching search and the Celtics' moves, along with Jennifer Nettles, Robert Plant, Tool, The Jonas Brothers, and the Backstreet Boys (not live on the show, just in stories).
58 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
40 • Darryl's career-ending injury
Darryl prepares for his last day and a half as a teacher, the top-heavy NBA playoffs are somehow still surprising, Joe's head injuries, and MLB pitchers gooping up their fingers. Plus: the Muppets and Peanuts
60 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
39 • Great Expectations
Jason Tatum, Becky Hammon, Portland, Lebron's "walkoff" and AD's fragility, and Naomi Osaka. Plus: Ethel Kennedy
57 minutes | May 29, 2021
38 • Saying goodbye
We say goodbye to our unquestioned number one fan, plus the Indy 500's various walls, Jayson Tatum, LeBron being maybe anti-vax but maybe not, the magic of Madison Square Garden, the reputation of Boston fans, and Phil Mickelson.
58 minutes | May 22, 2021
37 • Four from the east
Special guest Mike Freeman and a traveling Joe join Matt and Darryl for a peek into New Jersey high school sports and academics in the pandemic era and the requisite amounts of baseball and NBA chatter.
58 minutes | May 15, 2021
36 • The Sports Plus drinking game
The deterioration of the human body, mask freedom, contact tracing, the evolution of the NBA 7-footer, a play-in lovefest, the worst reason for anything, and Amy Bockerstette. Plus, is it ok to hate Tim Tebow?
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