Yep, the Bandwagon lineup is taking a breather for much of the summer. But before we go: We muse on quantifying team chemistry with a scientist who's actually studying it, the work of sportswriter/commentator Frank Deford (who recently retired from NPR), and our pal Travis Tate comes in for the episode to talk about the NBA basketball playoffs and lots more.
In this, the penultimate episode of the Bandwagon 'cast before summer break, the gang ruminates on marathons, the Kentucky Derby, and invites U of I softball standout Nicole Evans to the studio for a chat. (Spoiler alert: She accepted the invitation & you get to hear the results)
If you’ve ever wanted an episode of Bandwagon where John, Brian, and Lisa interview someone about their job operating a camera during the Final Four, tell a story about an actual Jim Nantz selfie, grump at Geno Auriemma, and ponder the proliferation of the OSP (Overbearing Sports Parent)… well, this is that episode.
The Bandwagon crew goes full nerd for NCAA basketball, with much discussion regarding the coaching merry-go-round, PLUS bracket talk with ESPN analyst (and U of I alum) John Gasaway. Some professional soccer is thrown in for balance.
We dive into wacky sports injuries, discuss why everybody hates sports commissioners, and look at a new ownership model created by the Utah Jazz. Plus, Travis Tate provides a history lesson into a big rivalry in the 45th state.
An interview with a journalist from the Daily Illini about an epic longform piece he wrote regarding concussions in female athletes; #Fedal and more at the Australian Open; why the Williams sisters are such an intriguing sports rivalry (hint: sisters); defining "over". BANDWAGON AT FULL STRENGTH, Y'ALL.
The Awesome Threesome help 2016 find its way out the door with NBC Sports baseball writer Craig Calcaterra talking about hazing in MLB, select Bandwagon year-in-review items, babyracing, Braggin' Rights... you get the picture.
The Bandwagon team is once again Better Tate Than Never! Discussed: The effects of the election on pro sports, and the use of marijuana (as opposed to opioids) as a painkiller by athletes. Um, no relation. There's a rivalry and some social media discussion, too.