Nothing Personal with David Samson

Nothing Personal with David Samson is a daily sports podcast hosted by David Samson. No guests. No callers. No BS. 45 minutes per day, Monday-Friday. David is dedicated to decoding the endless musings of players, owners and others in a concise, articulate and entertaining manner. Samson was in charge of a Major League Baseball team for 18 years, with winning a World Series ring, building a new ballpark, hosting an All-Star game, and buying and selling a franchise, among his many experiences and accomplishments. His breadth of knowledge covers all aspects of sport. This podcast will be the destination for fans of sports and entertainment who want to hear the truth about real situations as they occur each day. Every segment will give his audience a unique perspective, not found anywhere else. His voice is strong and unwavering, his brand is honesty and his reach is extraordinary. And remember, it's just business...It's nothing personal!

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Nothing Personal with David Samson

Nothing Personal with David Samson is a daily sports podcast hosted by David Samson. No guests. No callers. No BS. 45 minutes per day, Monday-Friday. David is dedicated to decoding the endless musings of players, owners and others in a concise, articulate and entertaining manner. Samson was in charge of a Major League Baseball team for 18 years, with winning a World Series ring, building a new ballpark, hosting an All-Star game, and buying and selling a franchise, among his many experiences and accomplishments. His breadth of knowledge covers all aspects of sport. This podcast will be the destination for fans of sports and entertainment who want to hear the truth about real situations as they occur each day. Every segment will give his audience a unique perspective, not found anywhere else. His voice is strong and unwavering, his brand is honesty and his reach is extraordinary. And remember, it's just business...It's nothing personal!

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Most Recent Episode

  • MLB Trade Deadline Desperation; Aaron Rodgers calmly declares war on Packers front office (7/29)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘offense’ as in offensive as in the New York Yankees have traded for Joey Gallo as in home runs as in MLB Trade Deadline is about teams on the offensive. Let’s talk about the Texas Rangers for a minute. Opened a new stadium, traded the biggest draw, and now what? The Yankees added bats, but what about pitching? (14:00) The Marlins were able to get rid of Starling Marte after offering a deal they knew he wouldn’t want. What mistake did the team make in this trade? (20:40) Aaron Rodgers did everything he could to turn the narrative around on the Packers front office. He had some things to say about how he has been treated, how veterans have been treated, and what is next. (29:05) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Xavien Howard released a statement saying he has requested a trade from the Miami Dolphins because of how he was treated by the team. Someone asked me how I would handle this situation. (38:40) Review: The Dissident. (41:30) NPPOD - Nationals covid outbreak. How much fun are we still having!?

Episodes of This Show

  • Simone Biles puts mental health first at Tokyo Olympics; MLB Trade Deadline two days away! (7/28)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘twisties’ as in the yips as in Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic team all-around in gymnastics after experiencing what is basically a mental block. Biles, and gymnasts around the world, are saying that these are scary, frightening, and can cause serious injury if you fall. Let’s address the backlash Biles received for putting her mental health first. We are SICK and TIRED of the criticism here at NPDS. (19:45) The MLB trade deadline is this Friday and it is coming fast. What are front offices doing right now? How many phones are ringing? (24:20) The Seattle Mariners made a trade and their players are pissed. How did this happen? Why did this happen? (31:40) Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. (37:00) Why hasn’t Kumar Rocker been signed by the New York Mets yet? The Mets slotted him for $6M and now there seems to be an issue with the medicals. What will happen now? (44:30) NPPOD

  • R-E-L-A-X: Aaron Rodgers was ALWAYS going to show up to Packers training camp (7/27)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘cheese’ as in cheddar, mozzarella, brie, bleu, cheese head as in the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers might have made up. What exactly does that mean? Rodgers very much dislikes what the team has done. Rodgers very much dislikes the GM, the president, the coach, the drafting, the coffee, the popcorn, the protein shakes, the gatorade selection — everything, basically. So now what happens? Does Rodgers retire or come get paid? (14:10) NFL coaches are walking away from the league because they don’t want to get vaccinated. A Patriots coach and a Vikings coach have both left over this. Life in the NFL is very difficult for unvaccinated people. What is happening? (22:55) Review: Space Jam and Space Jam: A New Legacy (28:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about an update on Eugene Chung v. the NFL. It’s a story we’ve been following where Chung said an NFL team wouldn’t hire him because he wasn’t ‘the right minority’. (37:55) NPPOD. (40:55) The Big 12 is about to be no more. Texas and Oklahoma have went full scorched earth and there’s nothing any other school can do about it. 

  • Importance of Deshaun Watson showing up to Texans camp; Padres going all-in to catch Dodgers and Giants (7/26)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Coca has COVID’ as in exactly that. He’s vaccinated, but still got it. The vaccine did work though because he’s able to function and able to work. 

    The real word of the day is ‘50K’ as in that’s what Deshaun Watson would have been fined each day by the Houston Texans had he not shown up for training camp. Watson is there now and trade talks are booming. The NFL chose not to put him on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. (8:45) The San Diego Padres are very active during the trade deadline. Big move made this weekend in acquiring All Star Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates continue to fall deeper and deeper into the void. The Padres will do anything to catch the Dodgers and Giants. Will it work? (15:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me a question about the Montreal Canadiens drafting a player who asked NOT to be drafted. Logan Mailloux tried to renounce himself from the NHL Draft because of legal trouble he got himself into. This is a bizarre situation that we need to talk about. (28:10) Review: Summer of Soul. (32:10) What is going on with the Los Angeles Angels minor leaguers? Arte Moreno has a serious problem on his hands. (38:20) NPPOD. (41:25) The US Men’s basketball team has a problem. Don’t expect to see them win Gold. The rest of the world is ready for battles that this team is not ready for. 

  • New NFL memo STRONGLY encourages teams to get vaccinated (7/23)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘forfeit’ as in the NFL has warned teams that if they have a COVID outbreak they’ll have to pay a big price. Not only will they lose the game, but they’ll also be responsible for any financial fallout. This is the NFL’s way of saying get vaccinated and some players are NOT happy about this. The Buffalo Bills are half science and half conspiracy theory right now. Very strange dynamic. (17:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me who won the Twins/Rays trade for Nelson Cruz. Cruz was traded from the Twins to the Rays for two pitching prospects. (25:45) Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. (31:40) Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was killed after being hit by car riding his bicycle over the weekend. It’s a horrible situation that could have been avoided. (35:25) NPPOD. (37:10) The Cleveland baseball team has a new name! Yay! (40:10) Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick did something so unbelievable that we still can’t believe he did it. He sent a threatening email to former Arizona attorney general.

  • The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are a PR DISASTER and the Opening Ceremony hasn't begun yet! (7/22)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘My Way’ as in Frank Sinatra as in Jerry Jones met the media yesterday and he had some things to say. He talked about his regrets with the Dallas Cowboys and about what he would do for a the team to win another Super Bowl. This was a different kind of Jerry Jones. (19:45) The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been a mess. It was moved from 2020 to 2021 and nothing has gone right since. COVID cases are spiking, rules are being broken, competitors are staying home, the creative director was just dismissed, AND THE OPENING CEREMONY HASN”T HAPPENED YET! (36:45) Review: Gunpowder Milkshake. (39:10) NPPOD. (41:55) White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes posted on IG that he was retiring from baseball. He was electric to start the season, was scolded by Tony La Russa, demoted to the Minor Leagues, and now he wants to retire. Will he? #waittosee 

  • How can you not be happy for Giannis and the Bucks? Oakland city council passes vote - What's that mean for the Athletics? (7/21)

    Today’s word of the day is ’50’ as in 50 years ago the Milwaukee Bucks won their last NBA Championship as in Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 50 points to close out the NBA Finals for the Bucks. Historic performance. Let’s break down some what this championship means for that city and for a player like Giannis. How did Milwaukee do this without a super team? How are the Bucks still in Milwaukee? (18:50) Oakland city council approved a non-binding agreement for the new Howard Terminal. What does this mean for the Athletics? Is the team staying now? (32:30) Review: Naomi Osaka. (40:10) NPPOD. (44:30) Wait to See. 

  • MLB Trade Deadline: WHERE ARE ALL THE TRADES!? (7/20)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘reasonable’ as in you’re not doing what I want you to do as in Mets owner Steve Cohen tweeted yesterday to play the GM game — he asked if you would trade now and pay a big price or wait for pay a reasonable price! Reasonable! Well… what is reasonable? Let’s discuss the upcoming trade deadline and why no trades have taken place. (18:40) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me a question about owners and taxes and tax rates and revenue and tax relief. Let’s have some fun. (29:20) Review: Mary J Blige - My Life. (33:10) NPPOD - Bucks organization preparing for a championship. (38:25) A report broke that Aaron Rodgers turned down an extension from the Packers that would have made Rodgers the highest-paid player in the NFL. It would have kept him in Green Pay for five more years. What is going on here? (42:10) Wait to See update

  • Shooting outside Nationals Park causes panic in stadium - Always have a plan for ANY situation (7/19)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘panic’ as in a shooting took place outside Nationals Park during the Nationals-Padres game. The game was stopped, fans were panicking, Manny Machado opened a gate to usher fans to safety. A true nightmare situation. Let’s discuss what protocols take place in these situations. What should happen and what needs to change? (17:25) A fan has been banned for life by MLB after hitting Red Sox OF Alex Verdugo with a ball. What exactly does this mean and how can this be enforced? (27:55) Review: Good on Paper. (32:20) Shohei Ohtani donated his Home Run Derby winnings to clubhouse staffers. It was a classy move by Ohtani, but it was also a smart move.(44:50) NPPOD - Lance Lynn signs new deal with White Sox.

  • MLB, Yankees dealing with possible COVID outbreak; Joc Pederson is first Cubs player traded, won't be the last (7/16)

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    Today’s word of the day is ‘Hannibal’ as in Hannibal from the A-Team as in “I love it when a plan comes together” as in the Yankees-Red Sox was supposed to be the first game coming out of the break… and… POOF! The New York Yankees are dealing with a COVID outbreak impacting six players at the moment. The Boston Red Sox now need to get heavy testing done. Aaron Judge is in COVID protocols and was at the All-Star Game so things can get weird fast. (11:00) The Chicago Cubs fire sale has started. Joc Pederson is headed to the Atlanta Braves to try and fill a need for Ronald Acuña. What does this trade mean for Atlanta? What about the Cubs? Is Bryant, Rizzo, or Baez next? (20:43) The Minnesota Twins are offering Byron Buxton $70M. Is that too little? Is that too much? (28:55) Review: A Dangerous Son. (34:05) Tom Brady played last season with torn MCL in his knee. Why is this significant? He never told the team, violating league rules. (38:08) NPPOD. (43:45) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about fan-run media and if MLB would benefit more from partnering up with these people. Is this the future? Is this the now? 

  • MLB: biggest first half surprises and second half predictions!; What to make of the Richard Sherman arrest (7/15)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘misnomer’ as in wrong or inaccurate name or designation as in it’s time to evaluate my preseason MLB picks at the midway point and see how things are going. What are the biggest surprises? The Yankees offense being a disaster? The NL East being bad? Ohtani being the biggest star? Or the Red Sox and Giants? (15:35) Let’s talk about some 2nd half predictions. What happens in the NL West? Is Jacob deGrom going to stay scorching hot? Will Ohtani burn out? (22:40) News broke yesterday about a scary event involving Richard Sherman. He was arrested and charged with burgalry domestic violence and the entire event is frightening. (33:20) Review: Black Widow. (38:00) NPPOD. (44:50) It’s time for another Trevor Bauer update as his administrative leave has been extended 

  • International players rule All-Star Game; Rob Manfred meets the media and talks 2022 changes (7/14)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘exhibition’ as in the All Star Game as in international players took over the game as in the game was supposed to be in Atlanta, but it was in Denver. Let’s discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Shohei Ohtani, and the biggest storylines of the weekend. (15:50) The Los Angeles Angels drafted 20 pitchers in 20 rounds of the MLB draft. WHAT!? Is this bizarre? Should this work? The New York Mets paid Kumar Rocker $6M, which is nearly $1.3M more than he was slotted to make. (27:20) NPPOD (28:55) Review: State of Texas vs Melissa. (33:10) Rob Manfred met the media before the All Star Game and he answered some very important questions. Will there be shortened double-headers next season? Will the extra inning rule be there next season? Will there be a work stoppage? Will the Athletics be in Las Vegas?

  • Shohei Ohtani is great for MLB. Shohei Ohtani is great for sports. No matter what some people have to say (7/13)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘delay’ as in there was no show yesterday because of a delay. Not just a delay in the show, but a delay in Coca coming home. Why wasn’t he prepped and ready to do a show!? (2:00) Stephen A. Smith said something horrible about Shohei Ohtani. When speaking about why Ohtani can’t be the star of MLB he referenced Ohtani’s inability to speak English “IN THIS COUNTRY!” Let’s discuss how abhorrent those comments are and why the hurt so much. (16:35) Four people were arrested in Denver with 12 firearms, ammunition, and drugs at hotel right next to Coors Field. Let’s talk the messaging behind these arrests and how security works for All Star Game events. (23:05) The Home Run Derby took place and it was supposed to be the Shohei Ohtani show, but Pete Alonso had other plans. The Mets first baseman got the crowd going with monster home runs, dancing at the plate, and an attitude to back it up. Trey Mancini was an amazing story to follow. Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani’s battle was awesome. (28:48) The MLB Draft took place over the weekend. Did you watch? Probably not. (34:50) Review: Virgin River Season 3. (37:50) Ronald Acuña tore his ACL over the weekend. It is a massive blow not just for the Atlanta Braves, but for the game of baseball. (45:25) NPPOD. 

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  • Shut up, Coca! The Spelling Bee IS cool!; Should MLB shorten the season?; Trevor Bauer update (7/9)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘murraya’ as in a genus of tropical asiatic and Australian tree as in Zaila Avant-garde became the first African American to win the Spelling Bee. We’re going to spend some time discussing Bad Words and discuss the spelling bee and why it matters. (6:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about why I’d want the MLB season to be shortened by only 8 games. This’ll be fun. (19:58) Damian Lillard will be in the news all summer. Not just because he’s a star NBA player. Not just because he’s in the Olympics. Not just because he has a new head coach in Portland. But because he’s taking the high road and handling things internally and the media is going to hate that. (28:20) Review: Best of Enemies. (33:45) The Trevor Bauer suspension has been extended. It was 7 days and now it’ll be extended another 7 days. (37:30) NPPOD. (42:55) The Chicago Cubs are open for business. You want Baez? You want Bryant? Let’s make a deal.

  • Dodgers scrub Trevor Bauer from team store; deGrom letting fans down by not going to All-Star Game (7/8)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘erased’ as in deleted as in removed as in the Los Angeles Dodgers have done all they could to scrub Trevor Bauer off the team’s website. It’s like he’s never existed. The team canceled a bobblehead giveaway it was scheduled to have. The team has removed all Bauer items from the team store. Just gone. (10:15) The Dodgers are in trouble. Kershaw is on the DL. David Price has to start. Kenley Jansen is mad he wasn’t selected to be an All Star. Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger haven’t played to their level. It should change. (19:55) Jacob deGrom announced that he isn’t going to attend the All Star Game. This is going to come up in the CBA. Let me explain why. (29:50) Top 5 Quentin Tarantino movies. (35:30) NPPOD. (39:00) Another double header in baseball leads to another no-hitter. The 7-inning split doubleheader is becoming an issue. Split doubleheaders mean that you need two separate tickets to attend the two 7-inning games. 

  • Let Sha'Carri Richardson run! Get ready for a Cubs fire sale as White sox run Chicago this year (7/7)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘left off’ as in not on the team as in Sha’Carri Richardson, as we all know, was disqualified from the Olympics and suspended after a failed drug test for marijuana. She was given a 30-day suspension that would keep her from running in the 100m. But wait a minute! What about the 100m relays!? She could sit through the suspension and still relay… USATF said nope, sorry… you’re being left off that team. WHAT!? (14:25) The Chicago Cubs are a disaster right now. Absolutely dumpster fire. 2 weeks ago the the Cubs were in first in the NL Central. Now? The team has lost 11 straight games and are now 9 games back of the Brewers. (21:52) How are the Chicago White Sox doing? Injury after injury after injury and the team continues to win. (29:45) Review: The Tomorrow War. (34:10) Making trades is kind of like Fight Club. You don’t talk about players you want to trade away or not trade away. Don’t do it! Rockies manager Bud Black said his All Star pitcher German Marquez won’t be traded. (41:00) The Miami Marlins reportedly offered Starling Marte a $30M deal. How real is this deal? Does this mean Marte will stay a Marlin? Let’s discuss why this was leaked. 

  • The Stanley Cup Finals and a hockey tragedy (7/6)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘WPE’ as in Worst Plan Ever as in the Tampa mayor said she wanted the Lightning to lose Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals so they could win it at home in Tampa. Why do mayors do this? The Lightning lost Game 4 to the Montreal Canadiens. Perfect plan!? (10:52) Stop buying fireworks. Stop. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks died on Sunday after a fireworks accident. 24 years old. (18:12) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about who would be out there to replace Brian Cashman. The listener remembered we said you shouldn’t fire someone without knowing their replacement. (30:30) Review: Top 5 Richard Donner movies. (35:03) NPPOD. (38:00) More news continues to come out about the Trevor Bauer issue. Manager Dave Roberts says he doesn’t expect Bauer to be back after just 7 days on Administrative Leave. Former Dodgers player Dave Stewart had some very harsh words to say about how bad the Dodgers handled this situation. 

  • Hey now, you're an All Star, but are you a DOUBLE All Star? Shohei Ohtani is (7/5)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘generational’ as in Shohei Ohtani has been called a generational talent as in he is the first player ever to be voted a pitcher AND hitter in the All Star Game. Let’s talk about selections and elections and how these things work. Trout is an All-Star? deGrom isn’t pitching? Every team gets a player in!? (15:20) NPPOD. (20:10) The New York Yankees had a players-only meeting led by Aaron Judge. How’d that work out? Lost 2 of 3 to the New York Mets at home. Gerrit Cole can’t pitch anymore. (32:00) Review: No Sudden Move. (36:35) The Milwaukee Bucks are in the NBA Finals. Will Giannis be available to play? That is the $40 million question. Should he play? That is the $225 million question. (42:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if the Miami Marlins threw at Ronald Acuna again on purpose. Let’s discuss. It’s the 6th time the Marlins have hit him and the 3rd time it was the first pitch of the game. 

  • 🔴 MLB places Trevor Bauer on Administrative Leave - Here's what that means (7/2)

    Major League Baseball has announced that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been placed on seven-day administrative leave following the alleged assault on a 21-year old woman. What exactly does this mean? Can Bauer appeal this? Is he on the list until his case is resolved? What happens after the seven days is up? Let me explain.

  • Will Dodgers let Trevor Bauer pitch on Sunday? Why did the NFL even bother fining WFT owner Daniel Snyder? (7/2)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘independence’ as in the Dodgers are claiming they aren’t doing anything because the Trevor Bauer decision is in MLB’s hand as Sunday is Independence Day, the Fourth of July, when Trevor Bauer is scheduled to make his next start. Should he? (14:30) The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10M over an unsafe workplace. It’ll all be donated to charity. Owner Daniel Snyder named his wife the CEO and he’ll step away from day-to-day operations. Cool. EYE WASH! (27:52) Review: Fatherhood. (31:28) Hal Steinbrenner has finally spoken. He had some interesting things to say about the Yankees that their fans probably hated to hear. (37:10) NPPOD. (41:20) Reggie Bush wants his Heisman back. After the NCAA is allowing college athletes to make money off their NIL — Should he get the trophy back? Should his records be reinstated into the official books? 

  • Unacceptable silence from Dodgers and MLB concerning the Trevor Bauer assault case (7/1)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘consent’ as in more details have emerged in the Trevor Bauer assault case and they get more and more disturbing. Photos were released. Text messages were released. It’s all bad. So now what do the Los Angeles Dodgers do? (9:15) Former Mets GM Jared Porter has been suspended through the 2022 season. MLB says Porter violated league policies. He was fired by the Mets and won’t be back in baseball. (14:10) Bill Cosby was released from prison. Let’s discuss in legal terms why this happened. (23:10) Review: The Ice Road. (26:00) NIL is here for college athletes. Student-athletes are now allowed to make money off their name, image, and likeness. (33:00) NPPOD. (35:25) Bobby Bonilla Day is here! 

  • EPISODE 400! How MLB will handle Trevor Bauer investigation; Significance of Tyler Skaggs family suing Angels (6/30)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘investigated’ as in Trevor Bauer is being investigated for assault. Bauer has denied all allegations against him through a release from his attorney. Let’s discuss what the Dodgers have to do, what MLB has to do, and what happens next. (8:10) The Chauncey Billups press conference was an utter disaster. A question was asked to Billups about his 1997 sexual assault case and a PR member shut the question down. This is not how you handle this situation. (15:05) Tyler Skaggs family is suing the Los Angeles Angels and two employees. Remember Skaggs was the pitcher who died from an accidental overdose from drugs he acquired through a team employee. (27:05) Review: Dirty John. (30:20) NPPOD. (33:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked if I were in Brian Cashman’s shoes what would I do to snap the New York Yankees out of a funk. (40:40) Let’s discuss Hector Santiago’s suspension and some of the confusion surrounding what happened. 

  • Scottie Pippen's bourbon blues; WFT owner Daniel Snyder trying to use PR magic to trick you (6/29)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘bitter’ as in bourbon as in feeling wronged even if you weren’t as in Scottie Pippen has gone scorched earth on everyone and everything. It started with shots at Kevin Durant and now he’s had enough with Phil Jackson. Let’s discuss what’s happening. (11:25) Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Football Team, has named his wife Tanya the team’s co-CEO. Why did he do this? Let’s talk about Dan and what he’s trying to fool you into with this move. (19:40) Damian Lillard may want out of Portland because of the backlash of the Trailblazers coaching search. Chauncey Billups will reportedly be the next coach and fans weren’t happy. (28:22) Review: Blackbird (35:10) Kyle Schwarber has been on an absolute tear. 15 home runs in 17 games. He cannot be stopped. So why did no one want him before the season? (42:20) NPPOD: Phillies have major bullpen issues.

  • Was NC State screwed out of CWS? First pitcher in MLB ejected over foreign-substances; Will Scherzer be traded? (6/28)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘no contest’ as in pack your bags up you’re not playing as in NC State was eliminated from the College World Series after a COVID outbreak in the semifinals. Vanderbilt advances to the World Series. NC State goes home. Let’s discuss why the NCAA made this decision and if it could have been avoided. (8:20) The first MLB ejection over foreign-substances has happened. Hector Santiago was ejected after umpires determined that he was using foreign-substances on his glove during the game. Santiago said it was just rosin… an agent MLB said you couldn’t use. What are we doing? (18:00) The Yankees have a problem. A Gerrit Cole problem. A pitching problem. The same old problems. (25:20) Review: Mystify. (34:00) Florida requiring a survey for all students and faculty of public universities outlining their political beliefs. What? (39:35) NPPOD. (41:20) Will Max Scherzer be traded before the MLB trade deadline? That’s the $210M question. 

  • A team's role in local emergencies (6/25)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘emergency’ as in state of emergency. A high-rise apartment complex in Miami collapse on Thursday morning with people in it. People are missing, a search is ongoing, it’s a catastrophic nightmare. Let me explain to you the role that local professional teams play during these times. What can they do? What can they offer? (15:15) Rick Carlisle is set to be the coach of the Indiana Pacers. From Dallas to Indianapolis. That wasn’t the most interesting part of the Carlisle hiring — he openly campaigned for Jason Kidd to get the Mavericks job. Just the type of guy Mark Cuban should NOT want in Dallas. (21:02) Kevin Durant vs Scottie Pippen got into a little beef. Pippen called out Durant in a GQ. Durant went back at Pippen on Twitter. (30:45) Review: Hunger. (35:42) MLB is doing All-Star uniforms this year. Players will not wear their home and away jersey. MLB made jerseys for this year’s game and fans hate them. Why does MLB continuously drop the ball? (40:45) NPPOD. (44:40) Max Scherzer’s next start is coming on Sunday. It’ll be must watch. Sorry Marlins. 

  • Rob Manfred's attempt to spread MLB's message goes all wrong (6/24)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘optics’ as in make people see things in a certain way as in Rob Manfred gave an interview to The Athletic and it was a disaster. Let’s talk about what MLB’s commissioner had to say about the foreign-substance dilemma and the way it has been handled. (9:45) Mike Rizzo is the GM and president of the Washington Nationals and he has a problem with Phillies manager Joe Girardi. After the Max Scherzer debacle Rizzo called Girardi a con artist. Uh oh. (16:15) Manfred was asked about MLB plan against foreign-substances and implementation during the season it didn’t go well again. (20:05) Review: Life Itself. (25:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about team’s signing players who are talented but oft injured — they wanted to know if front offices want health or to trade the player to avoid risk. (36:00) NPPOD. (40:00) NFL hires Goldman Sachs to find a company to buy its NFL media. What does this mean? Let us explain.

  • Max Scherzer, Sergio Romo, Joe Girardi, and the ridiculousness MLB asked for (6/23)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘clean up in aisle 5’ as in baseball is a mess as in the foreign-substance checks have turned the baseball world upside down. Max Scherzer was not happy about getting checked pitching against the Phillies and then the unthinkable happened… Phillies manager Joe Girardi asked for the umps to check Scherzer again and he lost it. Girardi challenged him to a fight. Girardi was tossed. Sergio Romo of the Athletics was checked and pulled down his pants right on the field. MADNESS! (14:00) UEFA released a statement on the Munich stadium controversy during EURO 2020. The Mayor of Munich wanted to light the stadium rainbow colors… UEFA said nope, that’s a political stance against the government of Hungary… excuse me? (21:23) Businesses are back into the political contribution game. Boeing said they wouldn’t make anymore political donations. Liar, liar, pants on fire! (28:45) Review: Dream Horse (32:00) Review: NPPOD. (37:00) Daryl Morey meets the media after the Sixers were eliminated at home by the Hawks. Did he enlighten us on his plan to fix the team? Trade Simmons? Fire Doc?

  • Supreme Court's ruling against NCAA is not the end of amateurism... yet (6/22)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘concurring’ as in Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh writes concurring opinion in NCAA lawsuit. So what does it mean? You see the NCAA was dunked on 9-0, but will this change college athletics forever? Are players getting paid? What happens next. (22:45) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if I’d ever hire a female manager. Becky Hammon is a finalist for the Portland Trailblazers head coaching job. Here’s what needs to be done to pave the way for women to get these roles. (35:40) Review: Wrath of Man. (38:50) NPPOD. Jacob deGrom becomes first player checked for foreign-substances. It is absurd. (40:45) Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. As part of his announcement he will be donating $100K to the Trevor Project. The NFL and NFLPA both released statements. 

  • Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the end of the Sixers Process (6/21)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘process’ as in Trust The Process as in the process is over as in the Philadelphia 76ers were booed off their home court in a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Woof. Joel Embiid is not happy. Ben Simmons may need to go into hiding. Doc Rivers may get fired. Daryl Morey has a lot of work to do this offseason. (17:45) Is the NBA losing its mind over the teams left in the playoffs? No LeBron, no Nets, no Celtics, no Sixers… who is left!? Where is the star power!? (27:15) Review: Pink: All I Know So Far. (32:15) The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing up their top prospect Wander Franco. I wonder why this is happening. HMMMMM. (37:30) NPPOD. (42:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Cole Beasley and his comments on the COVID-19 vaccine. What a guy he is.

  • Mark Cuban has created a real problem in Dallas; Are the Chicago Bears moving? (6/18)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘certainty’ as in Mar Cuban better be certain about his guy Voulgaris. GM Donnie Nelson has been fired. Coach Rick Carlisle has stepped down. Superstar Luka Doncic is fed up. But Marky Mark said it was total BS that there were problems! Ha! (10:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Chicago Bears saying they want to purchase Arlington Racecourse even though they have a deal with Soldier Field through 2033. Even the Mayor of Chicago has released a statement! (26:00) Review: Halston. (30:35) Is making history a bad thing or a good thing? Ask the Arizona Diamondbacks this question. The team just set the record for most consecutive road losses. Here’s a list of slump busters that Arizona should try. (38:45) NPPOD. (43:20) Naomi Osaka announced that she is withdrawing from Wimbledon. She might come back from the Olympics. Maybe the US Open. Let her live.

  • deGrom hurt, Scott Boras ranting, NBA firing frenzy... Did we miss anything? (6/17)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘deGrammit’ as in Jacob deGrom left another Mets game with injury. He’s had one of the best pitching seasons ever, but he can’t stay healthy. With what’s been going on in baseball — this is the danger zone. (5:00) How’s my guy Scott Boras doing? He finally spoke up about what he thought was going on with MLB. Wonderful. How exciting! Zac Gallen called out Mike Hill over foreign-substances… wonder who his agent is…. (22:08) What a day in the NBA yesterday. Scott Brooks fired by Washington. Chris Paul in COVID protocols. Kawhi Leonard ACL injury. Stan Van Gundy fired after just one season with New Orleans. What? (29:20) Review: Infinite. (32:12) NFL sent out a memo on new rules and policies for the 2021 season. It’s the COVID-19 protocols and the it basically says without saying… GO GET VACCINATED. (36:10) NPPOD. (37:45) Donnie Nelson was the GM of the Dallas Mavericks. He has been fired by Mark Cuban. A few days ago a leak came out about the Mavericks, Luka Doncic, and a shadow GM. Way to go, Mark! (42:37) LeBron James is not happy with the NBA or the schedule. He went off on Twitter about the injuries in this year’s playoffs. Was he right?

  • Samson Sit-Down: Michael Kay | New Book, Yankees Struggles, Career Advice (6/16)

    It’s a Samson Sit-Down! Legendary Yankees play-by-play Michael Kay joins the show. David and Michael share stories from the book and their journey through baseball.

    His new book CenterStage: My Most Fascinating Interviews from A-Rod to Jay-Z is out now:

  • MLB entering crisis mode: Tyler Glasnow's injury could be breaking point in foreign-substance battle (6/16)

    Today’s word of the day is ’crisis’ as in MLB is in crisis mode. This foreign-substance dilemma has taken the baseball world by storm and it is in trouble. Tyler Glasnow, superstar pitcher for the Rays, is likely headed to Tommy John and he was not happy about the balls. He stated that his injury is a direct result of having to change his pitching style. Shane Bieber is hurt. More pitchers are hurt. More will get hurt. Bad news. (27:05) Tyler Glasnow’s injury should be fixed now. It’s not the time to be conservative. Get the TJ and don’t risk 2022. (31:18) Review: Lupin Season 2 (33:40) Let’s talk about NBA contracts being connected to All-NBA selections. It makes no sense, but it happens. Jayson Tatum is missing on potential $33M in earnings for not being voted. Why is this? (38:45) NPPOD (41:28) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Brian Cashman and the comment he made about Aaron Boone and the Yankees roster. What was he thinking?

  • The MLB foreign-substance witch-hunt begins! Hand in your sunscreen or else! (6/15)

    Today’s word of the day is ’grumpy’ or is it grumpy? Maybe I’m just grumpy. Let me tell you about my last 24 hours. It’s been a journey, but we’re back. (4:10) Spin rate is back in the news. MLB is getting serious. It’s time to fine people and suspend pitchers and spin rates are down and our pets heads are falling off! Foreign substances have taken over and MLB has FINALLY had enough. Ha. (17:40) Bubba Harkins was a clubhouse manager for nearly four-decades and now he’s exposing MLB pitchers for using foreign-substances. Is it true? Well, Adam Wainwright admitted to using the stuff. Gerrit Cole had texts leaked asking for it. Uh oh. (27:59) Review: Official Secrets. (31:10) NBA rule changes are coming. The James Harden and Trae Young rules are coming. (35:35) NPPOD. (38:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Mark Cuban vs the media. This is an interesting ordeal about a story being published about the drama regarding Luka Doncic and a shadow GM causing trouble inside the Mavericks locker room. 

  • Mailbag: Survivor stories, not showing weakness, buying a pro sports team (6/14)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! A bonus bonus mailbag! Someone asked me about my experience on Survivor and wanted me to expand on what my adventure was like. You can watch this on Survivor: Cagayan, Season 28. (27:03) Someone asked me about showing weakness as a president of a team and how other teams can exploit that. (33:03) Someone asked me about the Los Angeles Angels and how poorly they have been with the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. (35:49) Someone asked me about the buying market in professional sports. Who wants to buy a team if they aren’t making money? (45:03) Someone asked me if pitchers pitch to the scoreboard. Let me explain what this means. 

  • Mailbag: How information leaks, State of Minor League Baseball, being friends with players (6/11)

    Mailbag! It’s a mailbag! It’s time for some mail! We get so many questions so even when there’s no show… there is still a show! (1:20) Let’s talk about leaks. Someone asked about leaking information and what would happen when someone got caught leaking information. What about intentionally leaking information… (12:40) Someone asked how you would describe the relationship between players and the front office. Can you become friends with players? (20:12) Someone asked me what the state of Minor League Baseball and the MLB Draft is. Which direction is this league headed in? (30:18) Someone asked me about the Beloit Snappers plan for naming rights. The team announced it would be done on a daily basis. (37:48) Someone asked what’s easier in terms of expectations: running a big market or small market team?

  • Pete Alonso, Gerrit Cole, and a new conspiracy about the baseballs in MLB (6/10)

    *DISCLAIMER* We are sorry about the audio quality. Our recording setup in the dinghy took on some water.

    Today’s word of the day is ’Oliver Stone’ as in the American film maker as in it’s time for a movie as in Pete Alonso has conspiracy about MLB that we need to talk about. Alonso says that MLB is messing with the baseballs based on what the free agency class looks like.(13:26) Gerrit Cole squared off against Josh Donaldson on Wednesday night. The Yankees vs Twins. The story was that Donaldson wants to expose pitchers and Cole is America’s most wanted right now. (20:32) Review: Riders of Justice. (23:55) Montez Sweat made some alarming comments about the COVID-19 vaccine. He answered a question about the vaccine saying he doesn’t have enough information on it yet… he doesn’t trust it… what information is he waiting for? (31:20) Starling Martels is going to be a free agent at the end of the season. He said he wants to remain a Marlin for life. Not going to happen. Why do players say this when it’s time to be a free agent? (36:10) NPPOD. (37:10) Signing young players to long-term deals can be a great thing to do. Sometimes it’s an awful investment. Let’s talk about what the Philadelphia Phillies did with Scott Kingery. (43:00) I will not be appearing on the Local Hour of Dan Le Batard’s show this week. Sorry. But it’s……..

  • Gerrit Cole, Spider Tack, and the foreign substance scandal rocking the baseball world (6/9)

    Today’s word of the day is ’spider tack’ as in foreign substances as in a new kind of sticky paste used by bodybuilders that MLB pitchers are apparently using. Gerrit Cole was asked about his use and his answer is now an all-time great one…. NOT. (13:50) Let’s talk about this new book that just came out by Andy Martino about the Astros scandal. It goes into detail about Jose Altuve and how he tried to fight back against the sign-stealing. Do we believe this? (19:40) Kevin Durant was not very happy with Jay Williams of ESPN. Williams claimed that Durant had said something and Williams said that something on the air, and Durant called him out for it. Let’s discuss this sort of dilemma and why it’s happening more. (30:45) Review: The Dry. (34:40) NPPOD. (36:32) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the College Football Playoff and the possible expansion to 12 schools as opposed to four schools. Interesting. Why would the committee want to expand?

  • Jarred Kelenic and the massive mistake the Seattle Mariners made; Should Packers fine Aaron Rodgers? (6/8)

    Today’s word of the day is ’39’ as in 0-for-39 as in Jarred Kelenic is currently hitless in his last 39 at bats. The all-time record is Chris Davis who went hitless in 54 straight at bats. So what did the Seattle Mariners do with their top prospect? Sent him back down to the minor leagues. Did the Mariners bring him up too soon? (13:40) Do you want to be an owner? Now you can! You can buy a piece of Manchester United! Let me explain. (22:25) Review: Four Good Days (26:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Aaron Rodgers not showing up to mandatory minicamp. They wanted to know if I’d fine him if I were part of Green Bay Packers front office. (34:45) NPPOD. (35:12) Jeff Bezos is going to space. He’s out of here. Taking a flight on Blue Origin to space because he wants people to experience that trip so he’s testing it out himself. (41:05) Daryl Morey was fined again. This time for a tweet on Steph Curry. Guy can’t help himself.

  • MLB says it will begin to crack down on use of foreign substances... will they? (6/7)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘gotcha’ as in you’re caught as in it’s all over as in MLB says it is going to start cracking down on foreign substances used by pitchers. What does that even mean? (15:55) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? (18:30) John Rahm was leading the field by 6 strokes at the Memorial Tournament and as he walked off the 18th green he was told he tested positive for COVID. Whoa. PGA immediately told him he had to withdraw. (27:19) Review: Together Together. (31:30 NPPOD. (37:10) Is there parity in the NBA now? No LeBron and no Steph Curry. Are we at a point where teams are this close in terms of competition? (40:42) The Portland Trailblazers fired Terry Stotts over the weekend and Dame Lillard is said to be highly sought after. Portland wants Dame to be involved in the search. Jason Kidd turned down an interview. What will happen here?

  • A message to Dan Le Batard ... I am the captain now! (6/4)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘gnome’ as in Le Batard called me that. Can you believe it? How dare he? First it was the poster.. didn’t care. Then another poster… didn’t care. And now a gnome? The dinghy is coming for the ship. (4:12) LeBron James and the Lakers have been eliminated from the NBA Playoffs. First time in his careers he’s lost in the first round. Anthony Davis could only play five minutes through injury. LeBron was the latest person to come out when he said he was just burnt out. Let’s discuss. (14:35) Players always want to be scouts. It’s their favorite thing to do. They all want to sign a guy they saw or a guy they played with. Tom Brady is the latest on this list as the Buccaneers used him to help scout WR during the NFL Draft. (23:24) Review: Bo Burnham’s Inside (30:15) Johnny Manziel was recently on a podcast where he talked about all the money he made in college. Cash money. Would NIL have helped curb this? (37:45) NPPOD. (43:05) Who will be the first manager fired in MLB this season? I’ve got a list of four because it’s bound to happen soon. 

  • This just in! Words have meaning... someone should let all these TV commentators know (6/3)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘du-rag’ as in a wave cap as in the hair covering mostly worn by African-American people. Why are we bringing it up? Bob Brenly is an analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks and commented on Marcus Stroman of the Mets du-rag. Stroman called him out for using “racist undertones” in his comments. Sensitivity training. That’s the new thing. What even is that? (9:46) What is race norming? It assumed that Black players started with lower cognitive functioning and made it harder for them to be eligible in the billion dollar lawsuit against the NFL. More than 2,000 NFL retirees have filed dementia claims, but fewer than 600 have received compensation. (18:55) Danny Ainge officially resigned yesterday and met with the media. He said he was tired and it was time. Brad Stevens was tired after the bubble. Everyone in Boston is tired. The pandemic has tired us all out. The strain on mental health has been significant to us all. (27:28) Review: Frances Ferguson. (30:40) NPPOD. (32:57) Four minor league baseball players have been suspended for doctoring baseballs. Big deal? No. MLB owners are now meeting to discuss what’s happening in the big leagues. What are they trying to prove? (40:20) Bob Baffert has been suspended by Churchill Downs for two years. Medina Spirit tested positive again, but Churchill Downs says, “Hey! Even if you bet against that horse you’re still as loser. Sorry!”

  • Athletics serving leftovers from Fyre Festival to minor leaguers; Celtics' Danny Ainge retires, Brad Stevens promoted (6/2)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘prison’ as in prison food as in that’s what everyone is saying the Oakland Athletics minor league teams are eating. Picture surfaced and the food looks like a mix of Fyre Fest and something a 1st grader would make if you gave them keys to the kitchen. This is a big problem because the Athletics run the minor league affiliates now and team president Dave Kaval addressed the situation… but was he being honest? (10:55) BREAKING NEWS: The Boston Celtics will have massive turnover now. Head coach Brad Stevens will now become the new head of basketball ops and longtime executive Danny Ainge will step down. This is what happens when you’re the Boston Celtics and you don’t get results. (14:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Ben Roethlisberger telling reporters he was the one who asked the Steelers for a pay cut… HA! (23:20) Review: The Kominsky Method. (26:11) The Utah Jazz are giving courtside tickets to Ja Morant’s family after what happened earlier in the season. Why is this a big deal? (33:20) NPPOD (36:40) Atlanta small business will have its lawsuits dismissed, not settled against MLB and MLBPA. What are we even talking about?

  • Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open and the mental health impact on young athletes (6/1)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘withdrawal’ as in Naomi Osaka has withdrew from the French Open, one of the four tennis majors, citing mental health reasons. She released a statement about why she would withdraw. This came after she said she would not be doing press conferences because of the anxiety she deals with during those events. Let’s have a discussion about mental health, pressure in sports on young athletes, and the “job”. (22:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Another night of NBA playoff action and another night where a fan was arrested and ban from the arena. This time the fan actually ran out onto the court and was tackled. Someone asked me what rule changes I’d make to make sure this doesn’t happen anymore. (36:10) Review: Mare of Easttown. (39:20) NPPOD. 

  • Another NBA game, another fan banned; Marcell Ozuna arrest; Some truth about Inter Miami (5/31)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘grateful’ as in it’s Memorial Day as in day to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for us to have our freedom to live in this country. (1:28) Fans are out of control right now. Another NBA Playoff game and another situation where a fan was arrested. This time a Boston fan threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving as he was leaving the court. This has become disgraceful. (9:25) Marcell Ozuna was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend. He was caught in the act by the police in Georgia. This is serious. MLB will suspend him for a long time. (27:00) Review: I am All Girls (31:00) NPPOD. (34:15) Naomi Osaka won her first match at the French Open. The Open has responded with a fine of $15K. (39:00) Inter Miami has made history. Not the good kind. Largest penalty in MLS-history ($2M), allocation money forfeited, owner fined, former sporting director suspended through the 2022 season. Woof. 

  • Josh Donaldson wants to expose MLB's cheaters; The worst play in MLB history (5/28)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘catalog’ as in an organized collection of things as in Josh Donaldson says he’s going to put together a catalog of how every pitcher cheats. Why would he do this? Who’s he going to expose? The Houston Astros? Trevor Bauer? (9:40) The worst play in MLB history happened yesterday. The Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman’s brain absolutely melted. Cubs Javy Baez made a play that broke first baseman Will Craig’s brain. Unreal. (17:22) NPPOD. (24:20) Review: Friends Reunion. (28:40) Let’s talk about the Super League. The disaster that was. This weekend is the Champion’s League final in Lisbon. Manchester City vs Chelsea. It looks like UEFA want to ban Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus for next season’s competition. Uh oh. (34:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Noah Syndergaard has had a setback in his attempt to return from Tommy John surgery. The problem with not only his current health is the timing of it… Syndergaard is a free agent this offseason. (43:40) Naomi Osaka penned an open letter about why she won’t be meeting the media during the French Open. She spoke about her mental health and the pain the she goes through during these media sessions, and the questions they ask. 

  • Russell Westbrook popcorn incident; Mickey Callaway fired by Angels and ban from MLB (5/27)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘popcorn’ as in get your popcorn as in fans are back in the stands and they’re hungry! But that’s not why we’re talking popcorn — Russell Westbrook was leaving the game with an injury and a fan dumped a bucket of popcorn on him. GMAB. Fan culture is dangerous and this needs to be dealt with. (11:56) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me for my thoughts on Joe West confiscating Cardinals pitcher Giovanny Gallegos hat for foreign substances. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was tossed from the game and was not happy after. (21:24) What happened to the new New Era hats? They were released, destroyed, and gone in the blink of an eye. (28:03) Review:I, Dolours. (32:26) Mickey Callaway has been suspended by MLB for an entire year. Mickey Callaway has been fired by the Los Angeles Angels. What took so long? (37:08) NPPOD. (39:10) What is going on with the Minnesota Timberwolves? Owner Glen Taylor is being sued by one of his partners because of the deal he did with Alex Rodriguez. Uh oh!

  • MLB injury nightmare: Don't blame Joe Girardi for lying about Bryce Harper; Syndergaard trouble; Plesac accident (5/26)

    Today’s word of the day is ’doctor doctor’ as in the Thompson Twins as in Phillies manager Joe Girardi lied about the absence of Bryce Harper. Said it wasn’t an injury. Then said it was an injury. Why would he do this? Noah Syndergaard left a rehab start with an elbow tightness after Tommy John. Corey Kluber threw a no hitter last week… this week leaves with shoulder tightness. Zach Plesac is out after injuring his thumb taking off his shirt. WE TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN! NOW WILL YOU LISTEN!? (18:00) I need to address Zach Plesac breaking his thumb taking off his jersey. WHAT!? (22:00) Vladimir Guerrero Jr has changed his life. This offseason he lost a ton of weight and it helped. League-leading 16 home runs. League-leading OPS. Good for him and the Blue Jays. (31:53) Amazon acquires MGM Studios for $8B. (35:03) Review: The Woman in the Window. (38:04) NPPOD (40:56) Kristaps Prozingis was fined $50K for violating the league’s covid policy. LeBron James was not fined for violating the league’s covid policy. That is the truth... NBA hypocrisy at its finest.

  • Tampa Bay Rays owner sued by limited partners while Oakland Athletics front office starts its relocation road trip (5/25)

    Today’s word of the day is ’swindled’ as in using deception to deprive someone of money or possessions as in Tampa Bay’s owner Stu Sternberg is being sued by his partners for allegedly engaging in a “relentless scheme” to take over control of the team and sell an interest to Montreal investor. Woo Boy! (19:59) The NFL has now comment on the Eugene Chung segment. It is launching another investigation. Gotcha. (23:06) Aaron Rodgers appeared on ESPN last night and made some comments about the Green Bay Packers. He’s happy with the players, he’s happy with the fans, he’s happy with the equipment managers, he’s happy with the grounds crew and food vendors, BUT he is NOT happy with the team’s philosophy. Okay, Aaron. (29:38) Review: All Things Must Pass. (33:15) NPPOD. (35:08) The Oakland A’s are doing a tour of the United States right now. Not the team, but management. The front office is trying to find a new place to relocate to and the tour hit Portland and Vegas.

  • The NBA was NEVER going to suspend Lakers star LeBron James (5/24)

    Today’s word of the day is ’tequila’ as in tequila! as in LeBron James went to a tequila tasting party and the NBA was not happy. What happened to covid protocols? LeBron was surely suspended by the NBA… WRONG! The NBA said he did break some rules but not enough to be suspended. The NBA was never going to suspend him. (8:37) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about 2020 CFB recruit Jaydon Blue skipping his senior season of high school to prepare for college football. Will this lead to more high school athletes making a similar decision? (25:49) Review: Army of the Dead. (29:32) Former offensive lineman and assistant coach Eugene Chung, who is Korean, says he was told he was ‘not the right minority’ while interviewing for an NFL coaching job this offseason. Just another ugly incident that Roger Goodell needs to have answers for. (37:47) NPPOD. (44:16) Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest man to win a major. Crowds rushed the course. It was a scene.

  • Tony La Russa story isn't going away anytime soon; Mets ace Jacob deGrom torches team in rehab start (5/21)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘legs’ as in the story has legs as in this Tony La Russa story is not going away. Everyday something comes out that makes this situation look dire. Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey was suspended 3 games for throwing at Yermin Mercedes. Former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia went nuclear on La Russa. What is Rob Manfred going to do? (11:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about handling the 85% threshold for vaccine protocol changes if I were president of the Cubs. Team president Jed Hoyer was not happy, let’s explain why. (26:48) Review: White Boy. (33:02) What goes into a rehab start? Jacob deGrom pitched last night against a low-A team in Port St. Lucie and torched them. Does this mean he’s ready to return? Let me explain. (41:02) NPPOD - NBA play-in games have been bad. Blowouts everywhere. Nate McMillan got fined $25K for his comments on the Knicks and the NBA. 

  • You get a no-hitter! And you get a no-hitter! And you, yes you, you get a no-hitter! (5/20)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Oprah’ as in you get a car! And you get a car! And you, yea you, you get a car! Another no-hitter! Back-to-back days with a no-hitter in MLB. Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber threw his first career no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. We how have six no-hitters this year… all coming against the same three teams! Texas Rangers; Seattle Mariners; Cleveland Indians. What in the world is happening!? (12:04) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked my how I felt about White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn’s comments on the Tony La Russa situation. (25:39) Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri had some comments about his future with the team. These comments need to be discussed because what he said was shocking. (35:31) Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead. (39:08) NPPOD. (43:10) Stanford has brought back 11 sports after having previously cut them in budget crunching. How does this work?

  • Tony La Russa hates fun, MLB teams can't hit, and now we have Super Shohei Ohtani with no Mike Trout (5/19)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Freudian slip’ as in you say something you don’t mean to say but it’s something you were thinking as in Tony La Russa cannot help himself. The Chicago White Sox are a fun team and La Russa hates it. Yermin Mercedes is a rookie and mashed a home run off a position pitcher up 11 runs on a 3-0 count. FUN! Not to La Russa! Is there a chance he could lose the clubhouse? (17:03) Shohei Ohtani is a star and the Los Angeles Angels are in big trouble. Mike Trout is out 6-8 weeks. They’re already 7 games back on the Athletics. Another season with no postseason incoming. (24:28) Spencer Turnbull is the fifth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season. The hitting this year has been so bad and it’s bad for baseball. The Mariners and Indians have been no-hit twice this year… IT’S STILL MAY! (30:28) - Review: Monster. (34:43) NPPOD (42:30) Our dear friend Derek Jeter has a 6-part documentary coming out with ESPN. Ha. Can’t wait.

  • Pujols calls out Angels; Braves pitcher breaks pitching hand throwing punch; Machado slide: dirty or not? (5/18)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘contradiction’ as in Albert Pujols says that the Angels have not been telling the truth! What? Pujols said he never told the Angels he wanted to be an everyday first baseman. He said he never had conversations about getting released. Do we believe him? (11:04) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if Huascar Ynoa should be punished for breaking his hand punching something in the dugout. Ynoa is now out a few months. Injuries are piling up. Stanton hurt, Trout hurt… stars are out for MLB. You cannot do something stupid to hurt yourself. (28:40) Review: Voyagers. (34:30) Bob Baffert has been banned from the Belmont Stakes. His horse was able to run in the Preakness, but the Belmont said no. (39:13) NPPOD. (43:15) Manny Machado is catching heat for a slide. 

  • Why did Albert Pujols sign with the Dodgers? To piss off Angels owner Arte Moreno (5/17)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘bail out’ as in when a company is in trouble they get some financial support that they probably should not have gotten as in Albert Pujols has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Excuse me!? Welp, I got that wait to see wrong. After the Los Angeles Angels released him he goes across town to the Dodgers and I wonder why. How does he fit there? (22:43) NPPOD (29:01) Review: Fandango. (33:27) Nick Castellanos allowed a fan to give his postgame on-field interview. The fan said he told Nick to imagine the ball had Rob Manfred’s face on it. Should this be acceptable? Will this be some more unnecessary drama before a MLB labor war? (42:41) Change can be a good thing! The NBA Play-in games will be electric. Lakers play the Warriors, Westbrook could have saved the Wizards. This is what the NBA wanted, sorry LeBron. 

  • Stop us if you've heard this before... MLB and MLBPA are fighting again! Jack Eichel not happy with Sabres (5/14)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘faith’ as in good faith as in MLBPA says MLB was not acting in good faith last year and has filed a $500M grievance. What does this all mean? Who will win this battle? Why are they fighting in public again? (16:00) Let’s discuss some injuries in sports. Do teams have the best interest of the player when medical options are given? Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres are on the verge of a massive breakup 3 seasons into a monster contract. Woof. (27:56) Review: Wander. (31:53) The NBA has create the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice award. What is this and why does it matter? I’ll tell you. (38:00) NPPOD. (40:00) Alex Rodriguez is buying the Minnesota Timberwolves. Does that mean he is now an NBA owner? Sure. Does it mean he will be at owners meetings? No chance. (44:13) Deshaun Watson update.

  • Houston Astros offer furnished housing to Minor League players; Houston Rockets owner is excited about losing (5/13)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘housing’ as in not the housing bubble or the housing crisis, but the Houston Astros are offering furnished housing to all of their minor league players. This is a major announcement. Life as a minor league player is not great. (12:00) The New York Yankees outbreak has now made national and international news. The government is now involved. The coaching staff got the Johnson & Johnson vaccines and they are still getting COVID. Let’s explain some of these issues. (17:47) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what I think will happen with Miguel Cabrera. He just made history on Wednesday night collecting the most hits by a Venezuelan-born player. He’s at the backend of his career and the Tigers stink. (26:30) Review: Transhood (30:22) Houston Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta is back in the news because he said he’s excited about losing. Excuse me? Sir… are you okay? (35:33) NPPOD (37:32) Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the Denver Broncos in the offseason and he’s already making headlines. He had some comments about the Carolina Panthers practices and he had some things to say on All Things Covered with Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson. Matt Rhule decided to respond. 

  • Are the Athletics leaving Oakland? Bob Baffert is full of horse hockey (5/12)

    Today’s word of the day is ’viva Las Vegas’ as in Elvis Presley as in the Oakland Athletics need a new ballpark and could be moving to Las Vegas… or could they? Word broke yesterday that the Athletics were given permission to seek a relocation. This is major news and Oakland could be losing its third major sports franchise in the past two years. What’s going on? (14:33) Drew Robinson homered last night in AAA! What a story! If you haven’t seen Alive: The Drew Robinson Story you need to see it. (17:28) Bob Baffert blamed everything on cancel culture. Bob Baffert blamed everything on pee on hay that his horse ate. Well, Bob Baffert has now released a statement saying, “oops, my horse did use a ban ointment.” GIVE ME A BREAK! (25:56) Review: Blue Chips (33:16) NPPOD - Why is Joe Maddon so happy about Shohei Ohtani? The team is in last place! Who cares how good Ohtani and Trout are if they can’t win! (38:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Covid is going crazy in MLB right now. Uh oh. Fernando Tatis Jr is out after testing positive. The Yankees have coaches out after testing positive. Uh oh. (44:08) Is Alex Rodriguez already out on buying the Minnesota Timberwolves? What’s happening here?

  • Is Westbrook in your top-5 all-time PG list? I have an offer for Davante Adams; The Jaguars belong in the WWE (5/11)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘triple double’ as in Russell Westbrook as in the new king of the triple-double as in Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s all-time record for triple-doubles. Does this make Westbrook an all-time great? (7:47) The Seattle Mariners are ready to call up Jared Kelenic. Why now? (14:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if I ever had a player who played for me that would only stay if another player stayed. What!? Let’s see what Davante Adams has to say about a situation like this. (23:22) Review: Walk The Line. (27:20) The Golden Globes are doomed. It’s over. See ya. NBC has pulled the plug… why? (32:52) NPPOD (37:35) Tim Tebow signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. What is Urban Meyer trying to prove?