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Podcast: This one's all over the place

Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 9:40 am
By Matt Norlander

Jason McIntyre has built up the most successful independent sports blog in Internet history. He runs He also happens to be a fanatical college hoops fan.  (Fun fact: I did a couple of hoops posts for TBL back in '08, and almost became a freelance writer on the site until he greedily and rightfully wanted to take on that endeavor himself prior to the '09-10 season. Now look who's coming on whose podcast.)

In what's one of the more fun podcasts we've had so far, Jason and I go back and forth on a number of topics. Some hoops, some not -- the whole thing really flies by. The man's got his opinions; his polarity is what's made his blog a must-read on a daily basis for so many. And why he's well over 31,000 Twitter followers.

It was a pleasure to finally get Jason back on after a glitch in the recording of a previous podcast prevented it from publishing. It's good to step outside the realm of talking strictly hoops and go after some other subjects, and we do that here.

The roundup:
  • From the beginning: Introducing Jason to the podcast.
  • 2:50: Coach K and Pat Summitt earned the Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year. Right choice? And did you ever notice how SI, in retrospect, almost always picks the right person for this?
  • 4:45: All thoughts on UNC-UK, and why the argument being propped up against a title game rematch in hoops (like LSU-Alabama in football) is beyond foolish.
  • 9:40: Lots of draft talk/potential here. Barnes, Sullinger, Thomas Robinson, Perry Jones, Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, Brad Beal, plenty more. Looking big picture can be fun, even if it's early.
  • 15:55: NBA draft and the age limit.
  • 18:45: Tables get turned on me, and J-Mac tosses some questions my way. We talk about media-type stuff, and he fluffs up and mentions the big hires we've made. I was completely awkward talking about this, but it's that kind of awkward energy that I know you're looking for when you tune in. There's also talk of how we do what we do here at the blog, the method behind it, etc. 
  • 28:04: The college basketball season is one month old, and here's the big debate. Big Ten the best conference? I think so. McIntyre says the Big East. And he hates tempo-free stats. And Wisconsin. Oh, yes. It's about to get ugly up in this piece.
  • 35:09: How can someone be a fan of Syracuse and Georgetown? Listen as McIntyre tries to persuade you.
  • 38:50: Our favorite announcers in the game wraps up the chat.

You can listen to the College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts go up here and on iTunes. The Wednesday show is dedicated to keeping the egos of national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish inflated. Mondays and Fridays are for the real people to come on. Here's the iTunes link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. If you're still going strong and hanging on to a Zune, then, yes, you can listen on that as well.


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:04 pm

Podcast: This one's all over the place

I think Jason nailed it by calling out competitors for lacking blogs to couple with breaking news. The reality is that the blogs here offer a great chance for commenters to interact with each other and with the writers. I can come here and see it all. The software here is superior by allowing feature stories to be perused without actually going to the story. If there is an improvement here that can be made it is to offer the blog on each sport as an item in the sport's drop-down box (head of the blog.)

Thinking about the top conference debate the Big Ten is in the mix. But some are sleeping on the Big 12. Let's see how the top half match up at tournament time. The Big East will have more teams in the tournament but will they be really good? Also the comparison of Ohio State's Sullinger with Kansas's Thomas Robinson was intriguing as both thought no question Robinson will be a better Pro. Robinson is advertising for staying in school three years and developing. On balance this is a great podcast and is worth the listen.

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