It's an annual tradition: The BHGP Wrestlemania Preview Podcast. And with the biggest show of the year just two days away, there's no time like the present to talk pro graps. We're joined, as always, by BHGP commenter Smokin' Herb Grigsby, and we talked for a long, long time. Enjoy.
March 31st, 2016
March 1st, 2016
Before we turn to the NCAA Tournament, let's take a look at how all of those corporate sponsors got attached to it: We're joined by Ben Strauss (@benjstrauss) of the New York Times, co-author of "Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA" and one of the book's primary subjects, economist and Friend of the Pants Andy Schwarz (@andyhre). Ben's book, co-written with Joe Nocera, chronicles the expansion of money in college sports and the ongoing movement to get some of it to players. For those who haven't been following the struggle, it's a fantastic primer. For those who have, there is plenty you don't know. Ben, Andy and I talk about money in college athletics, Jim Delany's role, recent developments in scholarship rules, and the Iowa Title IX investigation, among other things. Listen, and then go buy Ben's book. It will change how you view college sports.
February 24th, 2016
With just a few weeks left until Selection Sunday, we sit down with Chris Dobbertean (@chrisdobbertean) of Blogging the Bracket, the SB Nation bracketology site. He's got Iowa as a 2 seed and seven Big Ten teams in the field at the moment. But where will Iowa end up? Who is getting in? Can Iowa somehow not play in Des Moines? And god damn it, where is Penn State? Chris answers everything right here.
January 22nd, 2016
It's a double podcast week, because we couldn't get by without previewing Sunday's WWE Royal Rumble. Here to talk about our favorite wrestling event of the year is Tom Holzerman (@tholzerman), proprietor of The Wrestling Blog. Let's go over the top rope.
January 19th, 2016
Remember back when we weren't paying attention to basketball season yet? When the football team's game in Southern California was the most important thing on the Iowa athletics docket? Yeah, me neither. That's why we brought in Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) from The Gazette to remind us of football season and talk about what we might see this offseason.
January 8th, 2016
We're in the process of recapping football, but we first catch up on basketball season with our friend John Bohnenkamp of the Burlington Hawk-Eye (@JohnBohnenkamp). It includes a whole lot of information, a terrible Scott Dochterman pun, and a startling admission at the end.
December 28th, 2015
After a few weeks off to fully digest the Michigan State loss (and take finals, and work on day job stuff) the podcast returns to preview the Rose Bowl with Ben Muth of Football Outsiders (@FO_wordofmuth). Not only is Ben a well-informed and knowledgeable Stanford fan, but he's a former All-Pac-10 offensive lineman for the Cardinal. In other words, it's the first time that we've ever had a podcast where we're the small guys.
December 4th, 2015
A monumental game demands a monumental podcast, so Episode 175 -- or, as Jacobi calls it, Episode Seven Times Five Squared -- is wholly dedicated to the Big Ten Championship Game between Iowa and Michigan State. We talk with Chris Vannini (@chrisvannini) of The Only Colors' podcast and Coaching Search dot com. It's the biggest Iowa game since at least 1985. It might be the biggest Iowa game ever. Get ready.
November 25th, 2015
It's Nebraska Week, a week where whichever team is winning tries to convince the world that the other team isn't its rival. So when we talked with Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) of Hail Varsity, we just dispensed with the pretense, talked about people who we sound like, and Twitter-stalked Tammy Taylor from Friday Night Lights. And no, I don't think she's an Oklahoma fan.
It's seriously the least-informative 49 minutes you'll ever spend. You would get better analysis of the game listening to Mike & Mike. Or anyone else you know named Mike. Needless to say, we're sending this one to the Peabody Award committee for consideration.
November 20th, 2015
Good news: We were able to schedule the podcast this week!