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
The 2022 Major League Baseball season is off to a fun start with superstars like American League Most Valuable Player Shohei Ohtani picking up where last season finished, new sensations including Hunter Greene, Bobby Witt Jr., and Steven Kwan debuting, and favorites like the White Sox, Astros, and Mets already flexing their muscles.
For WISE Sports Radio‘s weekly baseball segment, we talk about Aaron Judge turning down a huge contract extension with the New York Yankees, a developing feud between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, and a historic debut for Rachel Balkovec in Tampa Friday night.
The NFL offseason is charging toward the annual player selection meeting (also known as the NFL Draft). But until then, Deshaun Watson’s sexual misconduct allegations will continue to be a topic.
On this week’s WISE Sports Radio NFL segment, we discuss what a Texas judge says Watson must do next. The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints make an intriguing trade of draft picks. The Buffalo Bills extend their relationship with wide receiver Stefon Diggs. And some baseball talk involving the Atlanta Braves gets snuck in there at the end.
It’s always fun when Jim Irizarry fills in on 960 AM WSBT Sports Radio‘s “Weekday Sportsbeat” in South Bend because that means I might get to do some radio with him. (An early-morning wake-up might not be so fun for Jim…)
That was the case on Thursday morning with the 2022 Major League Baseball season set to begin a few hours later. But rather than talk about the season at hand (Go Tigers! Go Mets!), Jim combined peanut butter with chocolate to discuss MLB’s new streaming TV deals with Apple TV+ and Peacock. Is this baseball embracing the future or making it more difficult for fans to find the product?
The 2022 Major League Baseball season once looked like it may never happen. But Opening Day is Thursday, which makes Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment the last one before games begin to count.
The rush to prepare for the season after the owners’ lockout will probably result in some injuries. The New York Mets might be the highest-profile example of that with injuries to ace pitchers Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Also, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox make the sort of one-for-one trade not often seen anymore. And the Los Angeles Angels cut Justin Upton loose despite owing him $28 million this season.
Turning the lights back on and brushing away the cobwebs! The Podcass returns with a “Sporto” edition of sports radio clips focused on the return of baseball.
After some how-do-you-do introductions, a chat with Clint Domingue on Louisiana’s 103.7 The Game (08:47) on how exciting this 2020 MLB season could be. Then, more baseball talk on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (24:46) with a preview of the shortened, 60-game campaign. Thank you for listening!
Coming back at you with a “regular” episode very soon!
We’re back! This is not a hoax. Not a drill. And not a case of deciding to do a podcast with unexpected free time in COVID-19 quarantine.
After an ashamedly long hiatus, we recount the past four or five weeks (2:03), look at how closely the coronavirus crisis has hit (14:15), and dissect baseball’s completely wacked plan for playing a season (27:33). Thank you for checking back in to listen!
Thankful for a new Podcass? We’re thankful for you listening!
First, we review the Mister Rogers movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (06:45). Then, some WISE Sports Radio talk on Major League Baseball’s bold proposal to cut down the minor leagues (13:20). One more movie review, catching up with Ford vs. Ferrari (25:57). And we close out with some love for Huey Lewis and the News (34:03).
Stepping into controversy, sign-stealing, and life-stealing on The Podcass!
First, a brief response to an Awful Announcing article I wrote (02:41). Then, baseball talk on WISE Sports Radio with the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and MLB awards (09:18). We change it up with a review of Bong Joon-Ho’s new film, Parasite (24:39). And close it out with sports radio football chatter, digging into Colin Kaepernick’s workout and other Week 11 NFL headlines (31:34).
Killer robots and masked vigilantes on The Podcass!
After talking about a new job (which was an old job), we review the latest Terminator flick, Terminator: Dark Fate, and wonder if we’ve already seen this movie (05:34). Then, we finally get to Watchmen, HBO’s new series that is already fascinating, challenging, and intriguing (16:18).
Baseball and football on this edition of The Podcass, courtesy of our appearances on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio.
First, a look at some early storylines like top free agents and Hall of Fame balloting as MLB slides into the offseason (02:50). Then it’s on to the NFL and Week 10 headlines, most of which concerned off-the-field news like quarterbacks and franchises possibly moving (20:57).