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!


Subscribe to Nothing Personal on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nothingpersonalwithdavidsamson

Most Recent Episode

  • Tua deserved better from the Miami Dolphins; Carlos Correa ridiculous comments; What is happening to the Phillies? (Epsidoe 670)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘irresponsible’ as in the Miami Dolphins as in Tua Tagovailoa as in if you watched that game last night you knew Tua should not have played. He did and suffered another head injury that was so scary to see. The Dolphins let this happen. (14:45) Does Carlos Correa want to be a Twin? He did on August 23! But now? His new comments were all about how the Twins better make a big deal of the pursuit of him. This is a Scott Boras special. (23:30) Review: Wedding Season. (29:30) What is going on with the Phillies? Just an absolute meltdown. They may miss the playoffs! (37:30) NPPOD. (41:30) What is going on in Anaheim? Shohei Ohtani is still unreal. I will DIE on the hill that he is the MVP. But that’s not the biggest story! 

Episodes of This Show

  • Aaron Judge ties Roger Maris home run record, NOT MLB RECORD! That Blue Jays fan wishes he had another shot! (Episode 669)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘mulligan’ as in redo as in try again as in imagine going to the Yankees/Blue Jays game and sitting in the outfield. Imagine Aaron Judge steps up to the plate. Imagineer Aaron Judge hits a laser coming right at you. It’s his 61st home run ball! And you miss it! (13:00) Dusty Baker says the Astros are done resting players. The team has games agains the Rays and Phillies left. The Phillies are fighting for a Wild Card spot. Love it! The Marlins sent an email trying to get Mets fans to show up! Hate it! (21:45) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about teams capitalizing on gambling losses by fans. What?! What does this mean? (34:15) Review: The Case Against Adnan Syed. (42:55) Mac Jones has a high ankle sprain. Common. Mac Jones is getting a 2nd opinion. Common. But how does this come about? Don’t ask Bill Belichick. (47:00) NPPOD. 

  • The Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving are still who we thought they were; Insane Herm Edwards firing story; Phil and LIV mack news again... not for golfing! (Episode 668)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘hundo’ as in 100 as in century as in one hundred as in Kyrie Irving said he gave up $100M because he didn’t want to get vaccinated. Really? Sean Marks said it could be true! But that’s not it! Kevin Durant is still in Brooklyn. Steve Nash is still in Brooklyn. Ben Simmons is still in Brooklyn. The drama continues on! (13:00) Herm Edwards was fired in his fifth season at Arizona State. (24:40) Phil Mickelson and a few other golfers have pulled their names from the lawsuit against the PGA. Fun! Have you been watching LIV? (35:50) Review: Only Murders in the Building S2 (40:00) NPPOD. 


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  • My trip to Berlin; Boston Celtics suspend Ime Udoka for the season: what I got wrong; Marlins part ways with Don Mattingly, Pujols hits 700! (Episode 667)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘hubris’ as in I went to compete in my fourth major marathon in Berlin. It didn’t work out too well. My body said no. (4:00) Let’s discuss why we should never tweet. (6:45) Ime Udoka was suspended and we still don’t know what for. What happened in Boston? From the way the Celtics handled it it must be serious. Mistakes were made by the Celtics, the media, social media, and myself. (20:10) Don Mattingly and the Marlins are parting ways after the season. We hired Don in 2015. (25:55) Review: Do Revenge. (29:00) Albert Pujols has hit 700 career home runs. We may never see this again. His 2nd half of the season has been unbelievable. (39:10) NPPOD. (42:30) We continue to cover the Brett Favre scandal. More and more information continues to come out about how deep this scandal really is. 

  • Mailbag! How do 3-team trades happen? What does a front office do to player AFTER you trade them? Imposter Syndrome, and more!

    It’s a mailbag! I’m on another adventure. Another marathon. Another country! Let’s start things off with a question on how 3-team trades work. Interesting. (9:50) Someone asked me what happens after a trade happens. This person wanted to know about revoking parking passes, name tags off lockers, and the legal issues! Love it! (24:55) Next up! Someone asked me about management style with players and coaches differed from that of corporate side. (33:00) Someone asked me about Imposter Syndrome. Oh boy. (39:40) Someone asked me about sports psychology. They wanted to know what sports psych looks like inside a clubhouse. 

  • Samson Sit-Down: Jason Caldwell | Chasing - A race across the Atlantic Ocean... rowing a boat!

    It’s a Samson Sit-Down! We’ve got Jason Caldwell on the show today! The man is a legend and the star of his documentary Chasing. It’s about a race across the Atlantic Ocean… rowing a boat! What?! 

  • Suns/Mercury owner Robert Sarver announces he will sell! Update!

    We’re back like we never left! Robert Sarver came out and said he is selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. How did we get to this point? What happens next? Well, Robert Sarver gets richer than rich. 

  • Could ALL your local sports TV go away!?! How much is each Aaron Judge home run ball worth!?; A covid funding scam that should make you FURIOUS! (Episode 666)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘the beatles’ as in the group as in Help Me as in what is going on with Sinclair, Bally’s and the RSN world. What is the RSN world? Let me explain what is going on and if it means you won’t see your sports teams play. (17:20) Aaron Judge came up in the 9th inning and hit his 60th home run of the year to tie Babe Ruth! Stanton came up and hit a walk-off grand slam! How much money are these home runs worth? $500K? $1M? $5M? $10M!?! (24:00) Review: I Used to be Famous. (28:30) A Covid money scam was just exposed in Minnesota. 47 people were indicted on charges of stealing $250M in funding meant for feeding underprivileged children in Minnesota. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? (32:55) NPPOD. (36:40) A fan hit Browns owner Jimmy Haslem with a bottle. He’s been ban for life. Why did this happen? (43:40) Will Robert Sarver be forced to sell? Will he be forced to resign?

  • Mets go over the Steve Cohen Tax line and are back in the playoffs! Jimmy G gets paid to win! MLB won't move Yankees off Apple TV (Episode 665)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Cohen Tax’ as in the Steve Cohen Tax as in the luxury tax as in above the threshold as in big time spending in MLB. $290M. MLB owners wanted this to limit the spending of Steve Cohen… and it didn’t work. (12:55) Jimmy G is starting to get paid big money already. He re-signed with the 49ers when everyone thought he was getting cut. Why do teams put incentives into contracts for wins? Playoffs, okay. But wins? (19:20) Review: The Immaculate Room. (29:30) The Arizona Cardinals are investing a fan after an alleged incident with Kyler Murray. (40:30) Aaron judge is 2 home runs away from tying Roger Maris’ American League and Yankees single-season home run record. If it happens on Friday… a lot of you may not see it. MLB has said it won’t be moving the game to a national broadcast. (44:40) NPPOD.

  • Tom Brady tumultuous unretirement tour takes a new turn: Wednesday's off; The new Minor League system; Sunflower seeds! The Pirates hit a new low! (Episode 664)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘Wednesday’ as in not Monday as in not Tuesday or Thursday, but Wednesday. The middle of the work week. It’s Tom Brady’s new off day. We’ve seen all this drama surrounding Tom Brady and his family. That’s for him to deal with. Him to make decisions for himself. He went to the Bahamas in the middle of training camp. But this is too much. A personal day each week in the middle of the season. Is it for rest? Is it for family? Is it for recovery? (8:10) There were three terrible blown leads in the NFL this weekend. Improbable comebacks. The Dolphins came back from 21 points back to beat the Ravens. The Jets scored two TDs in under a minute to beat the Browns. The Raiders blew a 20 point lead to the Cardinals and lost in overtime. How do you get your focus back? (11:00) Jerry Jones is never selling the Cowboys. He keeps reminding us. But what if the price is toooooooo right? (13:25) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the new MLB. That means the MLB where minor leagues are cut down. What happens to scouting? Draft? Teams? (24:00) Review: Chasing. (28:00) The Pittsburgh Pirates are a bad team. The Pittsburgh Pirates are a bad organization. The Pittsburgh Pirates hit a new low this weekend when a player was eating sunflower seeds mid play! (36:30) NPPOD. (41:00) Stephen Strasburg’s career might be over. Signed one of the biggest deals ever back in 2019 and he’s pitched 8 games since. That is called getting Boras’d.

  • Pressure builds for sale of Phoenix Suns; Mets prez stepping down - No, I don't want the job! Rays make history... kind of! (Episode 663)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘good judgement’ as in the Suns scandal will not go away as in the the minority owner of the Suns has written a letter that has called for Robert Sarver to resign. This story will not go away. Adam Silver had a chance to make this go away, he didn’t. The players are speaking out. The fans are speaking out. Now the minority owners are speaking out. Uh oh. (18:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Somebody asked me about Mets president Sandy Alderson stepping down. They wanted to know if I would be interested. HA! — We need to take a timeout so that we can talk about what the Rays did on Roberto Clemente Day. First time a lineup was all Latin-American. Interesting — okay, back to the Mets. (35:20) Review: Vengeance. (38:45) Roger Federer has announced his retirement from the ATP and Slams. What a career. What an athlete. What a person. (42:10) NPPOD.

  • How bad did Adam Silver and the NBA mess up this Phoenix Suns scandal? LeBron, Chris Paul not happy; Minor League get major win (Episode 662)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘this league’ as in the NBA is back as in not just yet as in the off court drama that happens in the NBA is just unreal. Adam Silver spoke about the Robert Sarver suspension yesterday and it went downhill fast. LeBron James responded. Chris Paul responded. The NBPA responded. Just getting worse. (18:50) Minor League players are now part of the Major League union. What happens next? (28:00) Review: RRR. (33:45) It’s not everyday that you see a sports agency terminate their relationship with a player. Zach Plesac is that player. What happened? (37:40) NPPOD. (39:30) We need to update this story about Yeshiva University and the Supreme Court decision. 

  • Did Suns owner Robert Sarver deserve a harsher penalty? Brett Favre scandal rocks Mississippi; World Cup stadiums are a disaster! (Episode 661)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘one year’ as in 365 days as in a lot of hours and a lot of minutes as in Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, has been suspended for a full year and fined the maximum $10M for his conduct. Well, what did he do? Lewd jokes at meetings, berating employees, sending unwanted messages to employees. Just a bunch of terrible conduct. Why isn’t he forced to sell? (13:30) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Brett Favre scandal that has rocked Mississippi. He’s been accused of helping to funnel $5M of state funds to building a volleyball arena at his daughter’s university! WHAT! (26:40) Review: No Limit. (32:25) The World Cup stadiums are currently a disaster. They were built through slave labor. Don’t bring alcohol. Try to stay out of jail. But the facilities are a BIG woooooof! (39:55) NPPOD. (44:50) Are you watching Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani, and Albert Pujols? Are you?

  • Why did Seattle fans boo Russell Wilson? The NFL where coaches LOVE to say RIDICULOUS things postgame; 2022 Emmy Awards Recap (Episode 660)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘64’ as in the Seahawks beat the Broncos after rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett opted to attempt a field goal instead of trusting Russell Wilson to get a 1st down. Yup… I mean… why pay Wilson all that money to clap on the sidelines? Russell Wilson was booed in his return to Seattle. Really? (12:10) Brian Daboll made his debut on Sunday. He asked his defense if they should go for 2 and the lead against the Titans. What? (16:50) Robert Saleh said he’s keeping receipts on everyone mocking the Jets. The same Robert Saleh who’s 4-14 as a head coach. Maybe don’t do this. Win some games first. (21:30) Minnesota Timberwolves young star Anthony Edwards had to formally apologize for comments he made in a social media video. The video was a recording of a group of men and Edwards had some very hurtful homophobic things to say. Disgraceful. (30:45) Review: 2022 Emmy Awards (38:55) Wait To See.

  • Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to have problems with GM Jerry Jones; Lamar Jackson turns down Ravens deal; MLB new rule update (Episode 659)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘tremendously disappointing’ as in the Dallas Cowboys as in Tom Brady as in Dak Prescott as in Jerry Jones as in football is back! The Buccaneers won easy. Dak Prescott is out 6-8 weeks with broken hand. Mike McCarthy still has a job. Jerry Jones the owner has a problem with Jerry Jones the president and Jerry Jones the GM! (6:50) Lamar Jackson did not sign a new deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Who can be blamed for this? Look over at Cleveland and Jimmy Haslem. (21:35) Review: Operation Mincemeat. (25:35) Last week we broke down the new rules in MLB. What we didn’t get to cover was the statement that MLB players put out. How did they feel about the rule changes? (36:00) NPPOD. (42:00) The best job is in sports is that of the college football head coach. You get paid millions and if you stink and you’re fired you get paid even more! Scott Frost gets fired by Nebraska and his buyout is $15M! He’s not alone! Some coaches could earn almost $100M if fired!

  • MLB rule changes are coming! Baseball is about to be WAY different in 2023!; Los Angeles Angels sued by Dominican players - why? (Episode 658)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘competition committee’ as in baseball is changing as in pitch clock as in extended bases as in balks as in banning the shift as in pace of play as in DISASTER! We told you changes were going to happen, but let me fill you in on this committee. It’s a joke! 6 owners, 4 players, 1 umpire. Fair play! (25:55) Review: Being Serena. (29:10) Two young baseball players from the Dominican Republic are suing the Los Angeles Angels over an oral agreement. That means nothing was signed. That means players were promised a contract when they were too young to be signed and the organization changed its mind. (39:45) NPPOD. (44:45) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about FIFA’s decision to have the World Cup in Qatar. There won’t be any alcohol! What!?

  • FOOTBALL! The NFL is back! Max Scherzer is back on the IL; The Yankees have owned the Twins for years now! Update on the Queen of England! (Episode 657)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘kick off’ as in the NFL is here as in FOOTBALL IS BACK! As in Amazon or is it NBC? Hey, what channel is the game on? Let’s make some predictions. I’m with everyone and the Bills. Josh Allen and the city of Buffalo are the favorites. And I’m on the bandwagon. (15:35) Max Scherzer is headed back to the IL. Another injury to his left side. He left with fatigue, but we knew he was headed to the IL. How worried should Mets fans be? (18:45) The Yankees continue to own the Twins. Aaron judge isn’t being pitched to anymore. Why can’t certain teams ever beat certain teams? (26:30) Review: Murders Before the Marathon. (34:00) It’s the 50th anniversary of the Munich Olympics and what went down there. Let me give you a history lesson. (37:35) we have a lawsuit update! Remember that whole drama with Freddie Freeman, his agent, and a Fox Sports host. It turns out the report was all wrong and an apology had to happen. WE have a major update on the Queen of England! World news time!

  • American Takeover: Chelsea FC sack Thomas Tuchel; Will the Yankees lose the Aaron Judge sweepstakes?; Minor leaguers closer to union deal (Episode 656)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘sacked’ as in fired as in canned as in Thomas Tuchel has been sacked back Todd Boehly just two months into Beohly’s new reign as owner of Chelsea FC. American man making rash decisions because he has the money to spend! Another American meddling owner in Europe! Ho hum! Let’s talk about Boelhy and his takeover. (10:00) Yankees president Randy Levine went on a podcast and opened up about the Yankees spending, what to do with Aaron Judge, and Cashman and Boone. Let’s break down what he said and what he meant to say. (21:50) Review: Samaritan. (24:55) The Minor Leagues are voting on being represented by MLBPA. What happens next? (33:40) The Chicago Bears released its plans for the future of the Arlington location. The team wants to move to a new location from the downtown, waterfront Soldier Field. (40:20) Zac Gallen has been on a tear right now. A historic stretch. He has not allowed a run in 41.1 innings. He’s looking to set the record.

  • MLB races are heating up: Judge for 62! Judge vs Ohtani MVP! Mets vs Braves NL East battle! Can the Dodgers make history!? (Episode 655)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘race’ as in the chase as in eyes on the prize as in Aaron Judge homerun race, as in Judge vs Ohtani MVP race as in the Yankees race for the AL East as in the Mets vs Braves race for the NL East. This is what baseball wants. They want popular players and teams being in the race from something! (19:20) Serena Williams career is over. One of the greatest to ever do it. Will women’s tennis ever see a talent like that again? (23:25) Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic. Have we seen the end of the tennis Big 3? (32:45) Review: This is 40. (37:45) NPPOD. (44:30) MLB is giving away MLB TV for free to college students. Free subs for everyone! Back to school specials. Why? The youths are the future!

  • Knicks lose Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes to Cavaliers; Russell Wilson's monster deal could hurt Lamar Jackson; Are the Bears relocating or moving? (Episode 654)

    oday’s word of the day is ‘uhaul’ as in the Utah Jazz backed up the truck and said if you want Donovan Mitchell you are giving us everything you got. The Knicks wanted Mitchell bad and didn’t get it done. The Cleveland Cavaliers swooped in and made it happen. Let’s talk about the three sides of this story. (7:25) Russell Wilson just signed a massive extension with the Denver Broncos. He’s getting $165M guaranteed, which is the third most in the NFL, behind Kyler Murray and Deshaun Watson. Watson got his full contract guaranteed. No one else has been able to do that. What’s going to happen with Lamar Jackson now? (21:30) Review: 7 Days in Entebbe. (26:10) The Chicago Bears are on the move! How far are they moving to? About 30 miles north! Does this mean Chicago is getting another team? Nope! (34:30) NPPOD. (42:00) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Amazon NFL preseason streaming. What were the numbers like? Can people find it?

  • Serena Williams is greatness; Tony La Russa career might be over now; MLB lets Angel Hernandez know how bad he is (Episode 653)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘40’ as in Serena Williams as in almost 41 as in Serena Williams at 40 just took down the number 2 seed in the US Open. What? She won the first set in tiebreak, lost the second set, and smashed it home in the third. She is greatness. She is perseverance. She is 40! (8:38) Tony La Russa is taking a leave of absence because of a heart issue. The 77-year old is the manager of the Chicago White Sox, who have been a huge disappointment. Miguel Cairo has taken over responsibilities of manager. (15:25) MLB has responded to Angel Hernandez after he sued for discrimination. MLB said Hernandez was so bad in the ALDS and that’s why he didn’t get to umpire in the World Series. How about that? (21:55) Review: Five Days at Memorial & Katrina Babies. (31:55) NPPOD. (34:15) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the future of RSNs. What are these? How do you watch your local teams play? Yea… (43:35) Aaron Donald spoke about joint practices. In the Rams practice he took a helmet and swung it at a Bengals player during one of these practices. What he had to say was pretty interesting. 

  • Cy Young favorites Verlander and McClanahan go down with injuries; French star extorted for millions by his brother; What's happening at Yeshiva? (Episode 652)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘disruption’ as in your summer plans are disrupted as in a change in course as in Justin Verlander was placed on the 15-day IL with a calf injury. The Cy Young leader is back after missing a season recovering from Tommy John surgery. How bad is this? The Astros cannot afford for Verlander to be hurt heading into October. What about Shane McClanahan? The Rays youngster was seen distraught warming up for his start and was scratched. It’s a shoulder injury for him. Not good! (13:45) French star Paul Pogba is being extorted by his older brother and childhood friends. They held him at gunpoint. They released videos on social media. They say Paul owes them for protecting him when he was young. They want 13 million from him and said he called a witch doctor to curse Kylian Mbappe. (22:55) Review: Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul. (28:55) It’s always a major thing for players to represent their countries in international sports. What happens when it goes wrong? Danilo Gallinari got hurt playing for Italy. Let’s talk about how this is the biggest nightmare for front offices. (36:35) NPPOD. (38:35) What is happening at Yeshiva University? It’s pretty important. 

  • Red Sox officially give up on 2022 season; The Knicks continue to be the Knicks; Jimmy G stays put; Serena's sendoff (Episode 651)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘comfortable’ as in easy as in helpful as in life is good as in the Boston Red Sox have given up. That’s it. Put the 2022 season into the attic for next year. The Red Sox ownership came out and said Chaim Bloom and Alex Cora will be back next year. The team is last in the Al East. (11:55) The New York Knicks are always a mess. There’s never been a time since the 90s that this team can’t get out of its own way. RJ Barrett could become the first rookie since Charlie Ward to get an extension from the Knicks. What about the Donovan Mitchell trade? Will it happen? (20:55) Review: Me Time. (24:40) Jimmy Garoppolo is staying in San Francisco. Back up QB. Took a pay cut to do it. Might get traded. Not getting cut. (28:20) NPPOD. The Dodgers have a small problem. Forearm strain is the worst news you could hear. Tony Gonsolin is headed to the IL. (33:40) The Mets want to keep Jacob deGrom. He is the best pitcher in baseball when healthy. He has not been healthy. He can opt out of his deal. He could pick up his option. Steve Cohen wants to keep him. (38:15) Serena Williams is taking her last ride. The US Open is here. Serena won her first round match and the fan fare was insane. 

  • Julio Rodriguez, Big Money, and trying to strike oil early; Why the MLBPA wants minor league players; What happened to Josh Hader? (Episode 650)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘scratch the surface’ as in looking for a diamond in the rough as in the early stages of talent as in the Seattle Mariners signed Julio Rodriguez to a massive contract. He’s played just 109 games in his career. A rookie. A $200M deal that could reach $470M. So many clauses. So many details. This new trend is going to hurt plenty teams. Fernando Tatis? Wander Franco? Michael Harris? Ronald Acuna? Luis Roberts? (17:25) Are minor league players joining the Major league union? Maybe! What happens if this happens? What would MLB do? Contraction! (30:55) Review: Top Gun: Maverick. (34:55) Josh Hader is broken. Hader was traded to the San Diego Padres and he stinks. He has a 25.71 ERA with the Padres. What the heck happened? Remember Tyler Glasnow? Well, the Rays just signed him to a short extension before he entered free agency. He is rehabbing from TJ surgery. Why would they do this?

  • The Buffalo Bills have an easy decision to make, the NFL has a problem; Phillies get Harper back and lose Wheeler, Yankees get Stanton back, lose Nestor (Episode 649)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘due diligence’ as in what you should be doing when you’re drafting a player as in the Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza was hit with a civil suit on Thursday for the alleged gang-rape of a 17-year old woman last year. Another terrible situation. Another crime. Another sexual assault against a woman by someone in the NFL. So now what happens? Why are the Bills not cutting him right now? Why did the Bills cut their other punter knowing this happened? (10:20) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Bryce Harper’s return to the Phillies and if the timeline was moved because of how good his two rehab games were. Is it okay to move up a timeline? (17:15) Bryce Harper returns and now Zach Wheeler heads to the IL. Oh boy. Looks like it’s a forearm issue to and we know what that means. What about the Yankees? Stanton returns and Nestor Cortes heads to the IL. Timing. Timing. Timing. (30:00) Review: Man From Toronto. (33:30) NFLPA president JC Tretter announced his retirement from the NFL, but he’s not going down quietly. He said the NFL doesn’t want him to have a job because of who he was with the union. Hmm. (39:50) NPPOD. (43:25) Chet Holmgren will miss the entire season. Lisfranc. See ya. The Thunder are FURIOUS.

  • 2023 MLB schedule drops and EVERYTHING has changed; Chet Holmgren hurt and OKC is pissed; Vanessa Bryant wins case against LAFD and Sheriffs (Episode 648)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘dramatic’ as in drama as in MLB has changed its schedule for 2023 and it was referred to as dramatic! We’ve got less division games. We’ve got more interleague games. We’ve got rivalries back! Wow! How exciting! (13:40) Oklahoma City Thunder top pick Chet Holmgren got hurt playing in a Pro-Am. He’s got torn ligaments in his foot which is not good for a player of his size. It happened trying to stop LeBron James on a fast break. So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if I were prez of OKC would I let Chet play? (21:10) Fernando Tatis Jr. apologized to his teammates and to the fans on Tuesday. He’s going to now get surgery that he’s needed on his shoulder for over a year. (29:55) Review: Fire of Love. (37:35) Vanessa Bryant was awarded $16M after suing the Los Angeles Fire Department and Sheriff’s office. It’s a horrible case to discuss. (45:40) NPPOD.

  • Angels are for sale! See ya, Arte! What does this mean for Shohei Ohtani?; Young pitchers and Tommy John surgery; Nets call Kevin Durant's bluff (Episode 647)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘formal process’ as in you know exactly what you are doing as in not an informal process as in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are about to sell. Arte Moreno came out yesterday and said it’s time. What does that mean for the future of the organization? What does it mean for the future of Shohei Ohtani? (16:55) Los Angeles Dodgers ace Walker Buehler will be getting Tommy John surgery for the 2nd time in his career. He will miss this season. He will mist next season. This is bad news for his career. Let’s also talk about Tommy John surgery and young players. Not professional players. We’re talking about high school aged. It’s becoming a serious problem. Why is that? (33:50) Review: Jane Goodall - The Hope. (35:35) Kevin Durant is back in Brooklyn. He demanded a trade. Asked for the GM and head coach to be fired. And it didn’t happen. The team released a statement saying they met with Durant and things are all good. Sure. (44:00) NPPOD. 

  • Albert Pujols chase for 700 Home Runs: how much is that ball worth!? $1m?! $2m!? ; Will ManU fans run the Glazers out of England? (Episode 646)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘700’ as in 700 career home runs as in Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. That’s it. In the history of the game. Now Albert Pujols is knocking on the door. Last night he hit number 693. It didn’t look like he had a chance and in these past 10 games he’s been scorching it. What will 700 look like? How much could it sell for? What is security going to be like? Will Albert have a chance to be the final one in the club? (14:20) Yadier Molina is a hall of fame player. Yadier Molina is a Cardinals legend. Yadier Molina has been in the game too long for him to be doing what he’s done this season. Leaving his team in a pennant race to go celebrate a basketball team in Puerto Rico. (25:10) Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty. (29:35) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Glazer Family and Manchester United. The fans want the family out. The fans protested. The fans are furious. And the Glazers still want $235M to upgrade the stadium. The story is wild and we will help you understand it. Would Jerry Jones sell if someone offered him $8B? What about $6B? Would you do it? (42:55) NPPOD. Justin Verlander is going to win a Cy Young. Again. He’s 39 coming off a missed season! 

  • Aaron Boone has reached his boiling point with the Yankees, and so have the fans; Joe Maddon sharing secrets, Tom Brady to Vegas!? (Episode 645)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘boiling point’ as in the temperature in which water boils as in the steam is coming out of your ears as in an eruption of anger is right there as in the New York Yankees still have major issues. Yea, they finally got a win on Sunday, but the team is 10-20 in post-ASB. The pitching has stunk. The batting has stunk. Aaron Boone had a FIERY press conference. What happened? (13:40) Joe Maddon has had enough. He went off about what’s going on in baseball. He was fired by the Los Angeles Angels and the team is still a disaster. What did he have to say? (23:10) Review: Under the Banner of Heaven. (31:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about Dana White’s comments saying he had a deal in place to get Tom Brady and Gronk to Vegas and Jon Gruden shut it down. Hmm. (38:20) NPPOD. (40:20) Marcell Ozuna has found himself in more legal trouble. Ozuna was arrested for a DUI and the footage is not good. He was booed by fans. He has past problems with domestic violence. 

  • Deshaun Watson is sorry you were triggered, not for what he did; Fernando Tatis Jr apology tours begins; Where's Tom Brady? (Episode 644)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘triggered’ as in the new buzz word that people use to say that you’re made because of an event they don’t necessarily agree with your anger. We’re talking about Deshaun Watson, of course. Watson got an 11 game suspension and a $5M fine and now things are all good, right? Watson is so sorry. Sorry for everyone impacted. Sorry for the anger. Sorry to his victims. Sorry to women… just kidding. He said he’s sorry to all those who have been triggered! (21:10) Fernando Tatis Jr is set to meet with AJ Preller to talk about his recent and past actions… we’d assume. Then Tatis is supposed to meet with his teammates, whom are very angry with him. Apology tour is here. (34:00) Review: Jurassic World: Dominion. (37:30) Tom Brady is still away form the Buccaneers. We have no idea what’s happening right now. It doesn’t sound like Todd Bowles does either. What is the front office thinking with the season less than a month away? (43:45) NPPOD. 

  • We have joined Aaron Rodgers on his spiritual journey. Join us. Please. Will the Atlanta Braves player signing strategy pay off? (Episode 643)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘ayahuasca’ as in the plant as in the tea as in DMT as Aaron Rodgers recently opened up about his use of the psychoactive in helping him. Then what happened next? Aaron Rodgers goes on a public rant about his young receivers messing up. Then the QB had a meeting with the other QBs and offensive coaches and the young receivers. Why? He wants them all to be better. Why not do this from the start? Where’s the healing? (13:00) The Texas Rangers have fired its president of baseball operations just days after firing its manager. Interesting. The owner Ray Davis made Jon Daniels give comment about the firing of Chris Woodward and then fired Jon Daniels! What!? (19:35) The Atlanta Braves continue to lock up young players early on. It’s a strategy that has been around, but the Braves are taking it to a new level. (32:45) Review: Untold - The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist. (36:35) Ben Simmons and the Sixers had a settlement. A grievance was filed. Simmons won. (43:00) LeBron James signed his deal with the Lakers. It was always meant to happen. (45:35) NPPOD.

  • Pedro Martinez latest to make excuses for Fernando Tatis Jr; Padres cancel Tatis bobblehead giveaway; Yankees continue to crumble (Episode 642)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘blame’ as in let’s play the blame game as in it was your fault not mine as in Pedro Martinez was on national television yesterday blaming the San Diego Padres for failing Fernando Tatis Jr. Yes. That happened. Pedro started off great saying there are no excuses for what Tatis Jr. did. And then suddenly he placed all the blame on the Padres! (16:55) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Padres getting away from a Tatis Jr. giveaway for a Juan Soto giveaway. (29:35) Review: Not Okay. (34:00) Rodolfo Castros was suspended by MLB for one game after his cell phone fell out of his pocket sliding into 3rd base. It had to happen. Here is why. (37:30) NPPOD. (39:55) What is going on with the Yankees? They have completely fell apart since the All Star Break. They made moves at the deadline. Injuries are piling up. What happened?

  • Can Tiger Woods save the PGA Tour from LIV Golf?; Fernando Tatis latest excuse for Fernando Tatis Jr.; Is the Dodgers rotation good enough? (Episode 641)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘cavalry’ as in bring in the big guns as in the troops are coming as in the PGA Tour is bringing in Tiger Woods to calm the seas. The LIV Tour is growing. It has the money. It’s getting the players. And the PGA Tour is doing whatever it can to keep talent. What will Tiger Woods be able to accomplish? (13:55) We have an update on the Fernando Tatis Jr saga. His father Fernando Tatis came out and said, “hey my son used this spray he got in Dominican Republic. You’re ruining his reputation. Millions of fans will turn off baseball.” Okay. Sure. So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me if the Padres could recoup some money like the Mets did when they got Yoenis Cespedes salary reduced for non-baseball related injury. (28:35) Review: Virgin River Season 4. (33:00) Walker Buehler is out for the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Elbow. See Ya. Are the Dodgers good enough to still win another World Series with what they have? (41:10) The Texas Rangers have fired its manager Chris Woodward. The Rangers spent $580M in 2022 free agency. And they stink! Why make the move now?

  • Fernando Tatis Jr suspended and the Padres are furious (as they should be); Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson a new deal? (Episode 640)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘ringworm’ as in steroids as in the wrong kind of steroids as in Fernando Tatis Jr has been suspended 80 games for taking anabolic steroids. He said he inadvertently took them to treat ringworm. Sure. How bad is this for the Padres? Tatis has not played this entire season after breaking his wrist in a motorcycle accident. The year before he had a shoulder issue. Now he has a wrist, shoulder, and steroid issue. The Padres went all in this year trading for Juan Soto… and now this. (24:45) Review: 13 Lives. (28:00) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me what’s going on with Lamar Jackson and his ongoing negotiations for a new deal. The Baltimore Ravens have been quiet. Lamar Jackson has no agent and said he doesn’t want to negotiate during the season. (33:55) Let’s give a quick Deshaun Watson update because he finally said how sorry he was on Friday. You know what that means… (39:50) NPPOD. (43:00) The NFL and NBA will be go going head to head this Christmas Day. We’ve got five NBA games and three NFL games. 

  • NBA retires Bill Russell's jersey number: was this the right move?; Walmart takes over the Denver Broncos; I fell for an Antonio Brown meme (Episode 639)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘6’ as in the number 6 as in jersey number 6 as in Bill Russell as in the NBA has announced that Russell’s jersey will be retired by the league. Why? Now don’t go grabbing the pitchforks. Let me explain. 19 players in the league currently where that jersey number. 13 years ago the NBA named the Finals MVP after him. Why do we wait to honor people? Russell was honored once before, but why couldn’t this happen when he was here? (13:45) What’s going on with the Denver Broncos? Rob Walton and his $60B has bought the team, been approved, and now he’s here to be different. Or is he? (22:55) Review: Trainwreck - Woodstock 99. (29:35) What’s the latest on Kyrie Irving? Probably nothing great! (34:00) Antonio Brown made a post on twitter. Everyone thought it was real (ME) and it turns out it was fake. I got got. (37:55) NPPOD. 

  • Aaron Judge doing everything he can to help Yankees win... and they aren't;Tigers better win after Ilitch blames Al Avila for the losing (Episode 638)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘bus’ as in tour bus as in school bus as in Greyhound bus as in throwing someone under the bus. That’s what happened with the Detroit Tigers. Christopher Ilitch came out and blamed Al Avila for everything after firing him. Why do this now? (15:50) What is wrong with the New York Yankees? What happened to this team? Aaron Judge is doing what he needs to do. He’s on the chase for Roger Maris home run record. He’s playing himself in to a massive contract. But the Yankees keep losing. (25:55) Meltdown - Three Mile Island. (33:40) Deshaun Watson could see an NFL field very soon. This weekend the Cleveland Browns have its first preseason game. Will Watson get suspended before then? Will the NFL keep him off the field? (38:55) NPPOD. Let’s talk about the Field of Dreams and MLB’s dream to offer something fun. 

  • Roger Goodell finally shares his thoughts on Deshaun Watson; Chris Sale is cursed, but paid; Serena Williams is the GOAT (Episode 637)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘egregious’ as in terrible behavior as in Roger Goodell has come out and said the NFL appealed the decision of Deshaun Watson’s suspension because of the belief that Watson’s actions were as bad as it gets. Goodell and the NFL are back to pushing for a full year suspension. Who decides these suspensions now? Oh, that’s right… the NFL! (9:30) Chris Sale is out for the year again. He broke his wrist in a bike accident. Chris Sale signed a $145M extension and has pitched 48 innings in the past 3 years. Wonderful. (18:45) Something happened in the Pirates game that I have never seen before. (31:30) Review: Lincoln Lawyer. (34:50) Josh Hader blew his first save as a Padre. Gave up 3 runs. Did the Brewers win the trade!? (39:00) NPPOD. How about the Baltimore Orioles? Surprise! (44:55) Serena Williams is set to retire. What a legacy. 

  • Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets circus he helped create; The worst rule in baseball is... (Episode 636)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘ultimatum’ as in Kevin Durant has given Joe Tsai and the Brooklyn Nets a choice; either me or Sean Marks and Steve Nash. What? What is going on in Brooklyn? James Harden. Kyrie Irving. Kevin Durant. Ben Simmons. It’s a circus. (16:20) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the catcher interference rule in MLB. Does it need to be reviewed? (25:30) NFL changes another rule. This time it’s an enforcement of illegal contact from the defense. Just another rule against the defense for more offense. (31:15) Review: Cha Cha Real Smooth. A quick word on Olivia Newton-John. (41:30) The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday they would pay Jason Heyward $23M to not play baseball next year. Is this the right move? (47:10) NPPOD. The Padres can’t score. The Padres keep losing. The Phillies fired Girardi and now keep winning. Baseball. 

  • The Mets show out, the Yankees show a weakness, the Dodgers show the Padres who's boss; Pete Rose has returned (Episode 635)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘dominant’ as in Major League Baseball was a showcase of the haves vs have nots. The New York Mets took it to the Atlanta Braves and are now 7.5 games ahead in the NL East. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom… what more can you say? (10:55) What is happening with the Yankees? They have been bad, bad, bad since the All Star Break. Is this going to be a major problem? (16:45) The San Diego Padres own the trade deadline… and then got swept but the Los Angeles Dodgers. (27:45) Review: Black Bird (33:45) Pete Rose was back in a ballpark this weekend. He was honored at the Phillies game. And he said some things. (42:20) NPPOD. (43:40) Kareem Hunt is in the news because he demanded a trade. The Browns said no.

  • NFL appeals Deshaun Watson suspension, will Roger Goodell get his way? Brittney Griner sentencing; LeBron James meeting with the Lakers (Episode 634)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘appeal’ as in I had the entire Deshaun Watson situation wrong as in Deshaun Watson has been suspended for 6 games, but the NFL has said NOPE! What is going on here? Why would Roger Goodell even use an outside arbitrator if it even ends up back on Roger Goodell’s lap? The NFL has appealed the decision and now Watson could be suspended for however long the NFL wants him to be. (12:35) Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 and a half years in a Russian court yesterday. Let’s talk about this case. The U.S. government has been involved and it seems like nothing is being done. Things are happening, but her family and some Americans are not pleased with what those things are. (25:00) Review: Facing Nolan. (29:10) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about LeBron James meeting with Rob Pelinka. LeBron is eligible to get a new extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. (37:00) NPPOD - The Los Angeles Angels invent new ways to lose every game. (44:45) Miguel Cabrera could be finished. He said he isn’t feeling well. 

  • My trip to East Africa: what I did, saw, felt... everything. And the Guinness Book of World Records I help set (Episode 633)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘East Africa’ as in my month-long trip took place there. Today’s show is about my trip. What I saw. What I did. What I felt. I hope you enjoy hearing these stories.

  • Honoring Vin Scully and Bill Russell; Deshaun Watson and the Browns... SMH; Dolphins, Stephen Ross lose picks and money over Brady, Payton meeting (Episode 632)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘legends’ as in we’re going to take a moment to honor the life’s of the legendary sports icons Vin Scully and Bill Russell. (13:00) Deshaun Watson got suspended for 6 games. That’s it. That’s all. A joke. When you read the release from Sue Robinson you can see just how predatory his behavior was. He has shown zero remorse. The Browns don’t care. Will Roger Goodell put his foot down? (24:35) The Miami Dolphins were hit with some huge penalties yesterday. Owner Stephen Ross was fined $1.5M, and the team lost a first round pick and third round pick in the NFL draft! WHOA! Why? No, not for Brian Flores… for having meetings with Sean Payton and Tom Brady. (40:15) Review: The Gray Man. (43:35) NPPOD. (44:55) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about Kyler Murray’s contract with the Arizona Cardinals. There was a clause in his deal that he had to study for 4 hours per week. Everyone lost their minds. And here we are. 

  • MLB TRADE DEADLINE: Juan Soto traded in MEGA deal to Padres! What did the Yankees and Mets do? Winners! Losers! EVERYTHING YOU NEED! (Episode 631)

    It’s the MLB trade deadline! Let’s go! The Washington Nationals actually traded Juan Soto! I cannot believe it! The San Diego Padres will send most of their top prospects in what could be the biggest deal ever. (22:50) What happened with Eric Hosmer? He would not waive his no-trade clause. Instead of being sent to the Nationals, he was dealt to the Red Sox. (32:55) The Yankees made some big moves at the trade deadline. Frankie Montas from the A’s, Lou Trivino from the A’s, Scott Effross from the Cubs, Andrew Benintendi and Harrison Bader. Maybe the biggest move was moving Joey Gallo to the Dodgers. (37:55) Why do some teams hold onto players when they can be traded? What is the positive? Is it worth it? (46:00) What did the Mets do? Mets fans are so angry. Why? (47:30) Are the Angels awake? And if they are awake, what are they doing? Ohtani is still an Angel. Mike Trout is still an Angel. But they traded away Iglesias, Syndergaard, and Marsh… What!? (50:50) It’s time for some viewer questions!

  • MAILBAG: Taking time off; Top 5 Worst Trades; Steve Bartman Game

    It’s the final mailbag! It’s here! Thank you for listening! Someone asked me about taking time off. Interesting. They wanted to know if I’m afraid that I’ll lose listeners, or I want to work more, or I don’t know how to relax. Let’s discuss. (13:20) Someone wanted to know what the Top 5 worst trades I’ve ever made are. You all LOVE doing this! Fine. Here we go. (32:35) Someone asked me about the Steve Bartman incident. They had said they have always hear the Cubs side of things, now they want the Marlins side.

  • MAILBAG: You’re fired! Stealing team gear; That Michelle Tafoya interview

    It’s another mailbag. We are sorry! But CONTENT CONTEN CONTENT! Someone asked me about the story of me firing an employee for wearing a Red Sox shirt to a Marlins game. They want me to explain exactly why this happened. (10:45) Someone asked me about the Yankees cutting a third-round pick for taking team gear and selling it. The reports were he scammed some of those fans looking for memorabilia. (24:15) FINA is swimming’s world governing body. They have voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in women’s competitions. Someone asked me my thoughts on this… (35:45) Someone asked me to comment on the Michelle Tafoya interview she had with the Le Batard Show. Yes, I will. 

  • MAILBAG: Marathon Poops, Top 5 Vacations, Top 5 movies I’ve seen in 2022

    It’s a mailbag! Welcome back! Well, not to me just yet. Someone asked me about marathon running and the most traumatic thing I’ve seen or done while in a marathon. (16:35) Someone asked me about my Top 5 vacations. And as you’ll see… some of them are just not vacations. (32:50) Someone asked me about the Top 5 movies I’ve seen in 2022. Not the best movies of 2022. (35:35) Someone asked me about finding the right therapist. This is an uncomfortable topic. But I hope it helps at least one person. 

    DISCLAIMER: DAVID USED CHIT IN THE GAME. HE MEANT SKIN IN THE GAME.

  • MAILBAG: Juicing balls for Judge; LIV Golf; Hosting World Cup

    It’s a mailbag! Yahoo! Still firing them off as we’re gone. Someone asked me about Aaron Judge, MLB, and the juiced baseball chase for the HR record. What!? Let’s discuss. (9:50) Someone asked me about the four big sports and revenue. Tickets. TV. Finances. (27:00 ) Someone asked me with LIV Golf and the parallels between it and when MLB players defected to the Mexican League. They also wanted to know about the future of LIV Golf. (33:55) Someone asked me what the procedure is to submit your stadium to host an event like the World Cup. 

  • MAILBAG: Pitchers target practice; Who decides the HBP; Baseball Strategies

    It’s a mailbag! Yes… still away! Someone asked me about pitching control. They wanted to know how accurate a pitcher could be if it’s target practice. On the flip side, they asked if batters have any control on where they hit a ball. (11:20) Someone asked me about hit by pitches. We’ve spoken about players getting hit and who decides what happens. (When it’s on purpose, of course.) Let me explain again how and why this happens. (17:00) Someone asked me about the Minnesota Twins approach of taking the first pitch. They also wanted to know how the Front Office deals with a manager who is agains the suggest approach. (29:45) Someone asked me about throws to first base from the third baseman. They wanted to know why the 3B throws the ball into the dirt: can they not reach the first baseman? Is it strategy? Why does it happen?

  • MLB All Star Break: NL first half! MVP; Cy Young, Biggest Storylines; A Random Pete Rose Story

    It’s the halfway point of the MLB season! National League storylines coming right up! The New York Mets are the talk of the town. What they’ve been able to do without Scherzer and degrom has been amazing. (2:25) Do you all remember the lockout? The one where some media members (cough cough) made every fan lose their mind. Remember when we here at NPDS told you not to be worried. Yea. That happened. (8:10) The Washington Nationals are bad. Very bad. The team is for sale. What will happen with Juan Soto? Will he stay or will he go? (10:20) Losing 100 games stinks. It does. But let’s focus on some of the bigger stories! (16:20) Joe Girardi was fired and the Phillies win. It happened. We knew it would. Didn’t think the Phillies would go a run like they did but here they are. (23:50) What’s happening out west? The Dodgers trying to hold of the Padres. Will Tatis Jr come back? Will he be healthy? Can they catch the Dodgers? (25:35) What are my updated NL postseason predictions? I’m about to go on a detour so bad that you’re going to end up in a different country with me. (37:55) It’s NL award time! 

  • MLB All Star Break: AL first half! MVP; Cy Young, Biggest Storylines

    It’s the halfway point of the MLB season! Let’s get things started today focusing on the American League. What are the biggest surprises so far? (15:55) What are the biggest disappointments? (25:30) What are the top storylines to look for following the All Star Break? (30:30) Who should win AL MVP and Cy Young? (33:00) Who is making the postseason from the AL? Look at the AL East. (34:35) So what else is going on in MLB? Let’s talk about some general topics that have taken place so far. 

  • MAILBAG: Constitution, NRA, Youth Sports Extremism

    It’s a mailbag! Yes, still in Africa! Someone asked me about me defining myself as a constitutionalist. They wanted to know what this meant and how this came to be. (18:00) Someone asked me why I don’t call out the people who fund the NRA. They wanted to know if I was scared that some would be listeners of the show and I didn’t want to lose them. (28:40) It’s time we talk about youth sports. Things have gotten completely out of hand. Someone asked me about treatment of umpires by parents. From arguments and battery and arrests and shootings. What are we doing?

  • MAILBAG: Calling up a top MLB prospect; Likability; Farm Systems

    It’s a mailbag! Yes, still in Africa! Someone asked me how teams deal with calling up a top prospect to the big leagues. When do you call the prospect up? Was is the manipulation? What’s the demotion like? Let’s get into it all. (21:40) Someone asked me about likability. They wanted to know how important this is in sports and business. Is this a major factor? (34:55) Someone asked when building a farm system what do teams need other than scouting and development. Let’s break this down. 

  • MAILBAG: What I miss about running a team; Dismantling WS winning teams

    It’s mailbag! I’m in Africa for the month so this is what you get! Someone asked me what 2 to 3 examples I can give about what I miss running a team and 2 to 3 examples that I do not miss! Well, of course! (24:50) Someone asked me why a team would dismantle a team after winning the World Series. Very funny! (37:40) Someone asked me how owners work to figure out if they’re going to be a spending team or not. 

  • Dysfunctional Browns trade dysfunctional Baker Mayfield to dysfunctional Panthers; Steinbrenner talks Yankees; Shohei Ohtani's greatness (Episode 630)

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    Today’s word of the day is ‘unique’ as in peculiar as in interesting as in strange as in different as in GM Andrew Berry thanked Baker Mayfield for his unique time with the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield was traded to the Carolina Panthers for a 5th round pick in 2024. Why would the Browns do this? What is happening in Carolina that they would do this? Matt Rhule and David Tepper love trading for washed up 2018 QBs. (14:45) Hal Steinbrenner spoke to the media yesterday. He talked about the Yankees and how special of a season this is. He would not get into the details about Aaron Judge’s contract. Let’s talk about some of these comments. (24:00) Top 5 Africa Movies. (30:30) So You Wanna Talk to Samson!? Someone asked me about the Dallas Cowboys new partnership with Black Rifle Coffee. It came out the day after a shooting that killed 7 and injured over 20 on July 4. Woof. (38:00) NPPOD. Shohei Ohtani is incredible. There has been no one like him and there will be no one ever like him again. (43:20) We need to talk about this situation in Detroit. Eduardo Rodriguez has now been put on reserved list because of a divorce he’s currently going through. He has not spoken to the Tigers in a while. He was given a huge free agency contract in the offseason. 

  • MLB added new All Star Game clause for legends; Are the Trailblazers and Seahawks for sale? Not for sale? Maybe for sale? (Episode 629)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘clause’ as in Santa Clause as in contract clause as in special clause as in the All Star Game Clause as in huh? Word came out yesterday that part of the new MLB CBA the Commissioner can now use a special clause to add “Legends of the Game” to the All Star rosters. What?! Albert Pujols batting .189 this year? You’re in! Miguel Cabrera? Of Course. Where does it end? Yadier Molina? Zack Greinke? (17:35) The Oakland Athletics announced that on July 4 a few fans that stuck around for the firework show were hit by bullet fragments from shots fired outside the stadium. What? Yes, it happened. (28:45) Review: Undergrads. (33:00) What is going to happen to the Portland Trailblazers and the Seattle Seahawks? Are they for sale? Are they not for sale? Will they ever be for sale? (42:40) NPPOD. (44:55) Wait to see: Brings us back to yesterday where I forgot to give the Zion Williamson one! (45:55) The New York Knicks are supposed to get fined for tampering in the signing of Jalen Brunson. What!? Tampering! In sports! Never! 

  • Another day, another mass shooting: on Highland Park; Jacob deGrom and Chris Sale updates; Zion Williamson's crazy new deal (episode 628)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘highland park’ as in the town in Illinois that was had to go through another nightmare. A shooter climbed onto the roof of a downtown building and murdered people during a parade. 6 dead. 20+ injured. Here we go again. Moments of silence. Thoughts and prayers. That’s all we get after each shooting. In Philadelphia two police officers were shot and a stampede broke out. In Orlando there was a stampede after false reports of an active shooter. (16:45) Jacob deGrom made his first rehab start for the Mets in Class A. Max Scherzer looks to be back tonight. What are these rehab starts like? How close is deGrom? (26:20) Review: This Is Us. (33:55) Chris Sale might be back. Maybe. He’s making rehab starts. He’s pitched in only 34 games since signing a huge contract with the Red Sox in 2019. (41:30) NPPOD. (41:45) Zion Williamson got his longterm deal with the Pelicans. A huge deal that can be worth $231M if he wins MVP or DPOY or makes All-NBA. Zion has played 85 games out of a possible 232 games in his career. What?

  • The NBA is out of control! Kevin Durant trade request from Nets proves it! USC, UCLA, and Big Ten laughing at NCAA; Freddie Freeman update (Episode 627)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘duranted’ as in Kevin Durant as in the Brooklyn Nets have imploded as in Kyrie Irving as in Ben Simmons as in James Harden as in Joe Tsai as in Sean Marks. What in the world happened here? This team was supposed to change the NBA… and it did, but not in a good way. Where did it all go wrong for Brooklyn? Front office? Players? Who? (21:10) The Big Ten has reshaped the college sports world in a way the SEC did. USC and UCLA are leaving the Pac-12. Why would they do this? What happens next? (34:00) Review: The Bear. (39:35) NPPOD. (42:20) We have an update on Freddie Freeman. His agent Casey Close has released ANOTHER statement. And this time he did not hold back. 

  • Freddie Freeman Drama: NO CHANCE agent withheld offer from Braves; Rays owner sued by limited partners; MLB Anti-trust exemption and minor league future (Episode 626)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘disclosure’ as in hidden as in Freddie Freeman as in a report came out last night that Freddie Freeman’s agent Casey Close had withheld the Atlanta Braves last offer to Freeman. Just insanity. There is no way this happened. There is no way Alex Anthopolous wouldn’t reach out to Freeman. There is no way any of the Braves wouldn’t have reached out to Freeman. So what is going on here? (16:15) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the Tampa Bay Rays owner being sued again by his limited partners. You wanted to know if Stu Sternberg would be forced to sell. Hmmmmm. (32:35) Review: Leave No Trace. (37:35) NPPOD. (38:35) James Harden opted out of his $47M option. Why did he do this? The Sixers are going to pay him more money. Very simple. (42:20) What is the MLB Anti-Trust Exemption? What makes it so important?

  • Knicks can never do anything right; Russell Westbrook payday; Baker Mayfield hurt feelings; Athletics relocation coming? (Episode 625)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘futility’ as in so many franchises in professional sports as in the New York Knicks. Why do we always have to talk about the poor decisions they make? Well, they’re one of the most expensive franchise in the world and they are perennial losers. What did they do now? They want to spend $110M on Jalen Brunson! The Leon Rose Special. (10:50) Russell Westbrook is back with the Lakers. He’s opted in at $47M. Can the Lakers win with him? Why does the NBA give deals this large? Do they ever work? (17:55) Baker Mayfield is mad at the Cleveland Browns. He doesn’t want to be a Brown. He’s owed $18M this year. He and the Browns don’t see eye to eye after the Deshaun Watson deal was made. (23:55) Review: Halftime. (30:10) We have an update on the Angels-Mariners brawl. Archie Bradley fractured his arm jumping over the dugout fence. Are you kidding me? (35:30) NPPOD. (39:50) So You Wanna Talk To Samson!? Someone asked me about the report that the Oakland Athletics won’t have to pay a relocation fee if they choose to me. Let me explain this. 

  • Roe v. Wade Overturned; Angels-Mariners Brawl: Who is to blame? Kyrie Irving returns to the Nets... of course! (Episode 624)

    Today’s word of the day is ‘overturned’ as in the decision is changed as in Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court last Friday. Let me just share my thoughts on this. Please stay with me. (11:10) The Angels and Mariners had a massive brawl over the weekend. Punches thrown. Chokeholds done. Batters hit. 47 games worth of suspensions were given out. Whoa. (24:55) Review: Uncharted. (28:45) Kyrie Irving has opted in to his last year with the Brooklyn Nets. $36.5M. There were rumors everywhere that he would be leaving. He wanted to go to the Lakers. He wanted to go to somewhere. Nope. Staying with Brooklyn. (35:45) NPPOD - Yankees and Astros split a4-game series. Aaron Judge and the Yankees settled before their arbitration hearing. Why did they settle? (43:40) Wait to see updates!