Ian is a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster. He currently writes for Awful Announcing, contributes baseball and football analysis on Asheville's WISE Sports Radio, and podcasts for The Podcass. During 12 years in sportswriting, Ian has covered MLB, NFL, sports media, and pop culture. He loves Michigan and Detroit sports. Twitter: @iancass
Are the Philadelphia Eagles the NFL team to watch after adding Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry to their offseason reload? Are the Cleveland Browns better off keeping Baker Mayfield in case Deshaun Watson is suspended for sexual misconduct?
On WISE Sports Radio, we cover those topics along with Drew Brees’s job search, the Carolina Panthers ranking DFL in ESPN’s NFL power rankings, roastmaster Tom Brady, and the Buffalo Bills doing what they can to help their community after last week’s mass shooting.
It takes a special team to lose a game despite allowing no hits by the opposition. That’s what the Cincinnati Reds did on Sunday, and they’re on pace to be especially bad among teams in the history of Major League Baseball.
On this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball spot, we discuss that along with Max Scherzer having no use for ceremonial first pitches, Trevor Bauer fighting his two-season suspension, the Boston Red Sox playing far below expectations, and Brett Gardner only wanting to play for the New York Yankees.
Tom Brady has shown quite a talent for upstaging other news with announcements of his own during the past few months, mostly regarding his possible retirement and what he’ll do after he stops playing football. This week, he hijacked the NFL news cycle with Fox Sports announcing that the seven-time Super Bowl winner will be their lead TV analyst (and “brand ambassador”) when he finally retires.
On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss Brady’s huge broadcasting payday, the NFL announcing its 2022 schedule (which includes three games on Christmas Day), Josh Lambo suing the Jacksonville Jaguars for how he was treated under Urban Meyer, and notable free agents still available including receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and cornerback James Bradberry.
Has adding the designated hitter to the National League boosted offense in Major League Baseball? Well…
On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss fewer runs and less hitting in MLB, Madison Bumgarner’s confrontation with an umpire, teams dealing with COVID outbreaks again, and Robinson Cano being released by the New York Mets.
One week after the NFL Draft, we look at who selected the best talent, including the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions during our WISE Sports Radio football spot.
Pat Ryan, Chris Smith, and I also discuss recent comments by Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill about seeking therapy and mentoring younger players competing for his position. Also, should DeAndre Hopkins be believed when he says he’s “shocked” over failing a PED test?
Major League Baseball made a statement by suspending Trevor Bauer for two seasons (324 games) under its domestic violence and sexual misconduct policy. Our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment begins with discussing the punishment and whether Bauer has any chance at returning to MLB.
On the field — with more pleasant topics — we also cover Clayton Kershaw setting the Los Angeles Dodgers career strikeout mark and whether or not he’s the franchise’s greatest pitcher, five New York Mets combining for a no-hitter (in addition to the team having the best record in the National League), and the abysmal Cincinnati Reds.
Happy NFL Draft Day! The spotlight event of the NFL offseason is here with the annual player selection meeting and with WISE Sports Radio located in Asheville, there is plenty of interest in who the Carolina Panthers will pick with the No. 6 overall selection.
Who will be the No. 1 overall pick? Who will be the first quarterback selected in what most view as a subpar class at the position? And will any veteran players like Deebo Samuel, Baker Mayfield, or Jimmy Garoppolo be traded during the draft?
For this week’s Barrett Sports Media column, I wrote about HBO’s Los Angeles Lakers series, Winning Time, and the controversy it’s generated for how several real-life figures are portrayed.
I’m really enjoying the series for depicting the early-1980s era of the NBA and the insight it provides into the sport. But the show is also ruthless in making virtually everyone in the story look bad. The portrayal of legendary player, coach, and executive Jerry West has been particularly surprising, and he’s spoken out publicly against it.
Hall of Famer Magic Johnson doesn’t come off looking good, either.
The series makes a point of demonstrating that dropping a 20-year-old basketball sensation and savior of a franchise into a den of temptation would inevitably lead to trouble. The story begins by showing us the eventual results of Johnson’s promiscuous ways. But the way Johnson treats the many women in his life and those who can help him make money and become a celebrity is hardly flattering.
Miguel Cabrera reaching 3,000 hits didn’t appear to draw the national headlines that such a story once did. But we led off our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment with the Detroit Tigers slugger joining some of the sport’s legends with his achievements.
We also discuss Kyle Schwarber going nuts over Angel Hernandez’s strike zone, poor attendance at Oakland Athletics games, and San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler refusing to play by baseball’s unwritten rules. And I included a few footnotes after the jump.
The NFL offseason keeps providing news, especially with the NFL Draft approaching next week. But another star receiver is trying to force a trade, this time it’s Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers. Will he get his way?
On our WISE Sports Radio football segment, we also talk about Kyler Murray’s future with the Arizona Cardinals, the latest on Dwayne Haskins, Tom Brady and what nearly happened with the Miami Dolphins, and why fans still dislike Colin Kaepernick.