Spain and Fitz
Weeknights on ESPN Radio, Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz take you through the nights action and dive into the big sports topics, with guests that are in the know& Spain & Fitz, airing live 7-9PM eastern. Those conversations and some unique podcast content can be found here in each nights episode of the Spain & Fitz podcast.
Extra Long, Extra Large : 9/22/21
Vegas WR Henry Ruggs III kicks off the show, talking about the Raiders' 2-0 start, Spain and Fitz discuss the big QB news in Chicago and Miami facing Las Vegas without Tua. Monica McNutt breaks down the WNBA playoffs and Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crudup joins to discuss season two of "The Morning Show." Spain and Fitz talk injured QBs and a setback for Ben Roethlisberger, react to Doc Rivers' comments on Ben Simmons and discuss CFP expansion being put on pause. Jessica Mendoza joins to talk playoff baseball, Iman Shumpert talks about his successful "Dancing with the Stars" debut, Spain and Fitz talk unbeaten teams likely to lose and winless teams like to win and then an early edition of Five Pick Friday!
An XL Spain and Fitz: 9/21/21
What did Spain and Fitz learn from MNF, Aaron Rodgers comments (and hair!) & what's next for Ben Simmons & the Sixers? The Chicago Skys Allie Quigley on their playoff opener Thursday and Bill Barnwell on the first two weeks of NFL action. A round of Good Take Hot Take, the "Jury's Out" NFL teams and Chris Singleton on MLB playoff races.
VICTORY MONDAY!: 9/20/21
It's a VICTORY MONDAY for Spain and Fitz! Solo Spain for the first hour, she shares her Bouncebacks & Surprises in NFL Week 2, talks to Denver Guard Dalton Risner about the Broncos' 2-0 start and previews MNF with the Packers and Lions with Jason Wilde and Eric Woodyard. Then Fitz joins for a Monday celebration talking the Bears and Raiders wins, recapping some bad weekends in It Could've Been Worse and breaking down the Week 2 NFL takes with a round of Good Take, Hot Take.
FITZ'S LITTLE BIIIIIITS! : 9/17/21
Spain and Fitz react to the WFT's last-second win over the Giants, make an important show announcement about nipples, fingers and eyebrows and decide whether to snitch or not snitch. NFL gambling talk, MLB playoff races, a mess for Starling Marte and reasons why the Orioles keep beating the Yankees--wrong answers only. NFL quickies covers injuries, former NFL tight end Julius Thomas breaks down the weekend's slate of games and Spain and Fitz make their Five Pick Friday picks. Plus, the debut of a new segment: FITZ'S LITTLE BIIIIIITS!
Scoop! There It Is! : 9/16/21
It's a (surprise!) Solo Spain tonight! Spain gets ya ready for the Thursday Night Football match-up between the Giants and WFT with Jordan Raanaan and the Washington Post's Jerry Brewer, plus Mina Kimes joins to talk all things NFL. Spain breaks down Eagles/Niners and Bart Scott making a bet no one asked him to, plus Mahomes v. Jackson in a highly anticipated week two game. Game Changers with new Bucks play-by-play analyst Lisa Byington and Tag Team joins the show! Plus the bands you wish you'd seen at their peak and the QBs with the worst situations in the NFL.
Horses & Dogs & Bears, Oh My!: 9/15/21
Spain and Fitz ask who needs a Week 2 win the most in the NFL, react to injury updates across the league and pit Spain's horse impression against Orlovsky's dog impression. LaChina Robinson joins to talk about the upcoming WNBA playoffs, Spain and Fitz address the alleged equal pay offered to the USWNT and the fearless gymnasts who spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Larry Nassar on Wednesday. Field Yates talks fantasy football and Week One wins in the NFL, Spain and Fitz talk MLB playoff celebrations and what's next for USC football, Jim Nagy assesses the debuts of the NFL's rookie QBs and Spain offers words of wisdom about the Bears' QB situation.
A Fletch Retch : 9/14/21
Fitz recaps a wild night in Vegas, the two talk about this biggest Good & Bad Surprises from week one of the NFL and former NFL CB Darius Butler shares his thoughts on Daniel Jones, the Packers and Titans' losses and more. Jess Mendoza talks MLB playoff races and MVP battles, Fitz eliminates five more teams in MLB Bachelor, "After The Horn" on Shohei v. Vlad Jr and some thoughts on injuries and COVID touching the NFL. Plus, Spain's dog vomits in the middle of the show.
Vegas Baby, Vegas : 9/13/21
Courtney Cronin in for Jason Fitz, but we check in with him live from Allegiant Stadium in Vegas ahead of Raiders/Ravens on Monday Night Football. Spain and Cronin talk about Week One in the NFL--the Good Takes and Hot Takes from fellow analysts, a rough start for the NFC North and the bright spots in the losing efforts of rookie QBs. Plus, It Could've Been Worse highlights folks who had the worst weekend, The Athletic's Matt Schneidman talks a tough start for the Packers and Dan Graziano on Week One overreactions.
You're Going To Be Fine Cowboys Fans: 9/10/21
Jason Fitz solo tonight. Fitz talks about the first big NFL Weekend and the teams under the most pressure. Fitz also has a message for Cowboys fans - you're going to be fine! Plus, a look ahead to an important weekend in baseball. We're joined by ESPN Radio College Gameday co-host Trevor Matich, Cleveland broadcaster Greg Brinda, and former White Sox 1B Paul Konerko.
A Grade "A" Show : 9/7/21
Spain & Fitz talk Week One of CFB and CollegeFootballNews.Com's Pete Fiutak discusses who's up & who's down in the AP Poll. NFL talk with Charles Robinson, who weighs in on Saquon, Kyler and Kliff, Stafford in LA and more. The duo recap the Spain & Fitz fantasy draft, react to draft grades from fantasy expert Field Yates and talk MLB Hall of Fame and wild card races with Tim Kurkjian. Plus, Good Take/Hot Take with the season predictions of NFL execs.
College Football Week One Is Here: 9/2/21
Spain and Fitz talk Week One of CFB, Fitz's weekend co-host Harry Douglas joins to discuss, and they get into plans for the last Sunday without NFL football. They do some "Don't Hold Us To It" NFL season predictions, Fitz talks about the magic of MNF in Vegas and planning begins for the show's trip to Sin City for Bears/Raiders. And Jeff Darlington talks the biggest stories in the NFL, the show discovers "McCorkle Jones" and Mina Kimes joins to talk about her piece on Justin Herbert.
Belichick, Books, Buster, and Bonus!: 9/1/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the different approaches from Urban Meyer & Bill Belichick when talking vaccinations affecting roster decisions, plus the Week One NO/GB match-up moving to Jacksonville. Patrick McEnroe gives his insights on the US Open, Drew Magary discusses his new book, about his near-fatal brain injury, and tells Spain and Fitz why the Bears and Raiders suck. Plus, who's under pressure in the NFL this year, where's Cam Newton headed & Buster Olney.
Montserrat Mania: 8/30/21
Spain and Fitz talk Javy Baez v. Mets fans, the Pats & Niners QB battles, Carson Wentz in COVID protocol & whether Minshew Mania is headed for PA. Plus two rounds of NFL Quickies and they Go Campin' with WDAE's Pat Donovan and the Bucs, Arizona Sports 98.7's Vince Marotta and the Cardinals & ESPN's Mike Rothstein and the Falcons.
30 years of "Ten" : 8/27/21
Ian Fitzsimmons in for Jason Fitz, he and Spain celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Pearl Jam's "Ten," talk Jameis Winston being named QB1 in New Orleans, college football getting underway and chat with Andraya Carter about Michelob Ultra's $100million committment to women's sports and female athletes. Spain talks Olympic glory with bronze medal sprinter Gabby Thomas and the show goes camping with Jamison Hensley and the Ravens and Jake Trotter and the Browns. Plus, Quickies, your favorite tracks from "Ten" and your top traditions during football season.
This Show Has Gone to the Dogs : 8/26/21
Spain and Fitz talk the big NFL news of the day--Cam Newton back to practice and COVID cases hit the Bills, Titans and Bucs--and Go Camping with Jeff Legwold and the Broncos and Turron Davenport and the Titans. They talk to Jeff Passan about the biggest stories in baseball and Fitz cuts five more teams in Major League Baseball Bachelor. Elle Duncan joins for a therapy session about her favorite teams, Spain and Fitz talk about a movie poll they refuse to take part in and the listener member of the show fantasy league is selected.
Spain And Fitz... No, The OTHER Fitz : 8/25/21
Ian Fitzsimmons fills in for Jason Fitz, he and Spain talk about the big QB1 announcements in the NFL, plus Joe Burrow seeing time in the preseason and what to make of the College Football Alliance. Monica McNutt joins to talk WNBA with the playoffs approaching and a Nod to the Pod features a Paralympic superstar's moving story. Seth Wickersham talks about his Matthew Stafford Cover Story, Spain and Fitzsimmons "sit or start" all the rookie QBs and the show Goes Camping with Marcel Louis-Jacques and the Bills and Mike Reiss and the Patriots. Quickies touches on the Bucks, Yankees, Orioles and Serena Williams, plus Spain and Fitzsimmons marvel over the mind-blowing drone work on "Hard Knocks."
No Take Macks + an After-Party : 8/24/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the College Football Alliance and what it means for the future of the game, plus Mike Golic Jr joins to explain why a good NFL offensive line is hard to find. NFL Quickies covers QB battles and a season-ending injury for a big-name rookie and Fitz's fantasy league draft gets upended by a sore loser. Rob Demovsky takes Spain and Fitz camping with the Packers and Adam Teicher breaks down Chiefs camp, plus the Paralympics get underway tonight and JR Smith takes a new path...a cart path. And stick around for an After-Party with musician Jordan McGraw!
Fitz Lightning & the Deadly Dogs : 8/23/21
It's Spain.. and Fitz? Fitz struggles with the effects of Hurricane Henri (water-filled house, technical difficulties) but pops in throughout the show to talk NFL news - Cam's absence, the Trubisky revenge game, Justin Fields' wiser-than-his-years presser and more. Plus, two rounds of "Good Take, Hot Take," Spain goes campin' with Eric Woodyard and the Lions and the Athletic's Daniel Popper and the Chargers. Spain also gives a shoutout to some friends of the show who had Hall of Fame weekends and big returns to the court. Paula Lavigne on developments in a years-old tragedy at the U and Fitz gets some bad weiner-related news
Under Pressure: 8/19/21
Jason Fitz is back, Matt Jones in for Sarah tonight. They talk about the pressure on Bill Belichick to get the QB decisions right. The guys also discuss the Eagles trying to get their own QB situation squared away, and wonder why Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are wasting time blaming others for their issues. We go camping with ESPN 1530's Mo Egger (Bengals) and The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar (Seahawks), and talk baseball with former big leaguer Will Middlebrooks.
I'm Rock Hard And Ready To Go: 8/17/21
It's the one-year anniversary of Spain and Fitz (Take Two!) & of course Jason Fitz isn't here. He might pop by tho... Courtney Cronin fills in, she and Spain talk NFL news of the day and Joel Embiid's big contract. Plus, a Nod to the Pod with Billie Jean King and Mina Kimes on Jamal Adams, Deshaun Watson and more NFL news. The ladies go camping with ESPN730's Molly Cotten and the Panthers and The Indy Star's Jim Ayello and the Colts. And Game Changers with SF Giants coach Alyssa Nakken.
Fields of Gold: 8/16/21
Courtney Cronin fills in for Fitz as she and Spain talk rookie QB debuts, (helloooo Justin Fields!) and the latest on Dak Prescott, Jordan Love & the Saints QB battle. 1010XL's Mike Dempsey takes the ladies to Jaguars camp to talk Trevor Lawrence's first outing and Nick Wagoner shares the latest from Niners camp after Trey Lance's debut. The first edition of this season's "Good Take or Hot Take," plus Olympic superstars and medalists April Ross and Megan Rapinoe!
It's a Hard Knocks Life: 8/11/21
Courtney Cronin fills in for Fitz. She and Spain talk the return of Hard Knocks, tomorrow night's WNBA Commissioner's Cup, the latest QB news in Dallas and Indy and welcome investigative journalist Jessica Luther to talk about the shocking results of the investigation into Baylor football. Plus, USA Today's Jori Epstein takes you into Cowboys camp, Cronin breaks down the big news out of Vikings camp and a look ahead to the Field of Dreams MLB game with Jim Heavens, the mayor of Deyersville, and actor from the film Dwier Brown.
Ross & Rachel!!! : 8/10/21
Spain and Fitz start with the biggest news of the day--Schwimmer and Aniston together in real life?!? They ask for the top TV couples you'd like to see dating, plus they rank the all-time greatest "Hard Knocks" moments as Season 16 gets set to premiere. "Byte Me" returns with sound from Dan Campbell, Mitch Trubisky and more, and Spain and Fitz go camping with Amie Just and the Saints and Sarah Barshop and the Texans. Plus "After The Horn" on building with Luka gets spicy & Olympic volleyball gold medalist Jordan Larson joins to talk taking gold in Tokyo.
Is this Heaven? No, it's Flavortown: 8/9/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the end of the Tokyo Olympics and discuss their favorite moments, plus chat USA women's hoops dominance with Hall of Famer and former WNBA'r and Globetrotter Lynette Woodward. Quickies covers MLB news and Luka securing the bag, while former FSU and Packers standout LeRoy Butler talks about the passing of coach Bobby Bowden. Spain and Fitz go camping, checking in with Jordan Raanan at Giants camp and Rich Cimini at Jets camp, plus drama for the Seahawks, Packers and Ravens. And finally, if a hot dog made it with an apple pie, would ya eat it?
Get in the Clown Car: 8/6/21
Get in the Clown Car, It's Fri-Yay! Spain and Fitz talk Josh Allen securing the bag, Kawhi heading back to the Clippers but drawing the ire of other players, an Olympics update on Allyson Felix, the A-Team and more. Plus, we unveil the name of our new doofus of the day segment and get weird in Sports Tinder! Olympic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil joins to talk taking home silver & bronze in Tokyo, Brandon Stokley on former teammates Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James going to the Hall of Fame and former NFL GM Randy Mueller on the biggest NFL news of the day.
Football Is Back!: 8/5/21
Spain and Fitz tell you what to expect from the DAL-PIT Hall of Fame game, talk about Louis Riddick's exciting assessment of Bears rookie Justin Fields and whether they'd ever bet on a Jags preseason game. Plus, Face Palms of the Day, an Olympics update, a National Underwear Day tribute to The Thong Song, new ESPN'r and former NFL'r Harry Douglas on the upcoming NFL season, WTF WR Terry McLaurin on following up his great 2020 season and Spain gets a Topps trading card!
[Sumo Butt: 8/4/21
Spain and Fitz talk Kemba to NY, LeBron hitting reset & the ally Spain found sharing her excitement about the Bulls. Plus, NFL Quickies, Olympics news, "sumo butt" & Jason Fitz says buh-bye to some boring baseball teams in Major League Baseball Bachelor. And Olympic legend Edwin Moses on hurdle history in Tokyo, Buster Olney on MLB news & Matt Sullivan on going behind the scenes with the Nets for his book "Can't Knock The Hustle."
A Roller Coaster of Emotions: 8/3/21
The Bulls are back--or are they? A roller coaster of emotions as Spain gets pumped up--and then deflated--about the Bulls' big free agency signings. Plus, the Lakers add 'Melo and more, Steph Curry gets paid and what's gonna happen with the Blazers? Spain and Fitz ask Nick Friedell about all things NBA. Plus, NFL Quickies, Olympic news, a bombshell report for the NCAA, a gymnastics recap with Alyssa Roenigk and Julie Foudy on the USWNT trying to get back home with at least a bronze.
The Bank Is Open: 8/2/21
Spain and Fitz break down the biggest deals of NBA Free Agency, what's next for Wentz and the Colts, Olympics news & more. Soccer legend Abby Wambach joins to talk about the USWNT loss, Bobby Marks on which NBA teams made themselves better in free agency, the Indianapolis Star's Jim Ayello talks Colts QB issues & Olympic gold medalist Allisha Gray on winning it all in 3x3 hoops.
We're In The Middle of a Whacking Montage: 7/30/21
Spain tries to pick up the pieces of her life after the Cubs' fire sale. She and Fitz discuss a very busy MLB trade deadline and whether baseball should be cancelled from here on out. Plus, Westbrook to the Lakers, Olympic Quickies, an injured quarterback and a clueless wide receiver. NY Times baseball contributor Scott Miller on the MLB trade deadline, former pitcher-turned artist Blake McFarland from NBC's "Making It" on hanging with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and Title Nine's Missy Park on the USWNT's fight for equal pay. And Spain's husband Brad from TheHeckler.com stops in for a Wellness Check.
Blake McFarland, former pitcher, "Making It": 7/30/21
Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz talk to former pitcher Blake McFarland about his appearance on the show "Making It", and his interest in sculptures and arts.
Olympic Greats on Biles : 7/27/21
Spain and Fitz react to the shocking Simone Biles news and Olympic gymnastics great Shannon Miller & Olympic swimming great Amanda Beard join to offer their perspective. Aaron Rodgers, Bruce Arians and Ron Riviera highlight an edition of NFL Quickies, Greg Wyshinski talks a big deal for Alex Ovechkin and a bad day for Andre Fleury, plus a biting boxer and an inspiring swimmer, and some Raiders and Bears talk as training camps get rolling.
"I've never pooped on an airplane" : 7/26/21
Spain and Fitz discuss the latest on Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson--Jason Wilde and John McClain offer their insights on the QBs--plus an unhealthy QB competition in Jacksonville leads to TMI from Fitz. WashPo's Sally Jenkins on the highs and lows out in Tokyo and Brett McMurphy on the shake-up in the Big 12. Plus, Spain and Fitz take on the European Handball Federation, talk the big L for USA men's hoops and dissect a viral list that somehow Spain landed on.
It's Ladies Night!: 7/23/21
Sarah solo tonight. We start off with a pre-party, bringing in Amanda McGrew, a former college basketball player, to talk about why she founded the Playoff Dating App. As for the show, it's ladies night! We were joined by The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach on the latest with Texas, Oklahoma, and the SEC, ESPN Steelers Brooke Pryor from Steelers camp, ESPN's Jessica Mendoza from Tokyo, ESPN Senior Writer Alyssa Roenigk on Simone Biles and the Olympic gymnastics team, and USA Today's Cowboys reporter Jori Epstein. Plus, Sarah on the Cleveland Guardians, and how the opening ceremonies of the Olympics felt beautiful, but doomed.
Buncha Drunk People: 7/22/21
Solo Spain talks about the big NFL news of the day regarding unvaccinated players and forfeited games with Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, then gets all the behind-the-scenes on the Bucks' championship parade from Jen Lada. MLB Network's Alanna Rizzo tells Sarah about being part of a history-making MLB broadcast this week and author and soccer expert Caitlin Murray breaks down the USWNT's disappoint Olympic openers. Plus, former MLB'r turned analyst Will Middlebrooks on the biggest MLB news of the day and Sarah remembers some of the best drunken championship moments.
Hall of Fame PG Oscar Robertson: 7/22/21
Hall of Fame PG Oscar Robertson joined Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz to talk about the Bucks championship, reflecting on being a part of the 1971 Bucks title team, what this win means for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mike Budenholzer, and why this loss could haunt Chris Paul.
Goin' Buck Wild : 7/21/21
Spain and Fitz celebrate the Bucks' big NBA title win with Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and 5x All-Star turned analyst Marques Johnson. Plus, a sour start for women's soccer & a W for softball as the action gets underway in Tokyo. Spain and Fitz discuss the cognitive dissonance required to enjoy the Olympic action while understanding the COVID risks and possible effects on the host country. Quickies covers the Kraken expansion draft, Deion Sanders walking out of a presser, tears for Jerry Jones and more, plus Game Changers with Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec.
"Can you hear me, Doris?": 7/20/21
Spain and Fitz get ya ready for NBA Finals Game 6--what does Milwaukee need to do to win & what can Phoenix do to force a game 7? Doris Burke joins to discuss the Finals (and ignore Fitz completely due to technical issues!). Plus, Chicago Sky superstar Candace Parker talks about the WNBA season at the break, Team USA's chances in Tokyo, being the face of NBA2k & more. And Quickies covers the Bucs at the White House, Poland's Olympic mistake and more. And Quickies!
Spain and Fitz talk about the latest COVID positives in Tokyo and how they will affect the Games and our viewing habits, plus how COVID protocol will affect Hard Knocks and NFL training camps. Dave McMenamin joins to talk about the NBA Finals and what the Suns can do to force a Game 7 and "Hot Ones" host Sean Evans tells Spain and Fitz about his most memorable interviews, how much hot sauce is sent to his house and his White Sox fandom. Plus, Bill Barnwell joins to talk predictions for the NFL season.
SOLO SPAIN on a FRIYAY!: 7/16/21
Brian Windhorst joins to talk about the replacements for Beal and Love on the USA men's hoops team & expectations for Finals Game 5. Bleacher Report's Ari Chambers talks the biggest WNBA news at the Olympic break, a "Nod to the Pod" with the Sports Innovation Lab's Angela Ruggiero on the money to be made in women's sports, and The Ringer's Mirin Fader on her new book on Giannis. Carolyn Peck discusses the USA women's basketball team and Liz Cambage leaving Team Australia, Jeff Passan on the Yankees' COVID outbreak and MLB trades, and Spain closes the show with an Olympic essay and a story about meat showers.
Delle Donne, McNutt and NBA Finals Drama: 7/14/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the WNBA All-Star Game & Game 4 of the NBA Finals--Monica McNutt joins to talk both. WNBA superstar Elena Delle Donne on Olympic hoops snubs, media coverage and race in the WNBA & when she might be back in uniform. Plus, Quickies covers Richard Sherman, USA men's hoops, a change in college football, and the "Las Vegas A's?"
Power Hour!: 7/12/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the Bucks' big win at home and whether they can even the series in Game 4. Quickies covers Euro 2020, Conor McGregor's leg, USA basketball and Shohei Otani. Pro skateboarder and first-time Olympian Mariah Duran joins to talk Tokyo and Jon "Boog" Sciambi discusses the Home Run Derby, Otani's popularity and calling 12 straight losses for the Cubs.
Wambach & Back to Back: 7/8/21
Sarah and Jason look ahead to Bucks/Suns Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Abby Wambach on the biggest challenge facing the USWNT going into the Olympics, and the COVID challenges facing Olympians as they get to Tokyo. Plus, Tampa Bay is now title town after the Lightning won their 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup. A quick power hour on a Thursday evening!
Can We Affect Change?: 7/7/21
Spain and Fitz discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals and Kevin Arnovitz joins to talk about what the Bucks can do in Game 2. Dr. Nefertiti Walker discussed the Olympic policies and rulings that are disproportionately affecting Black athletes, plus sound from Adam Silver's presser on the NBA's high rate of injuries this year. Plus MLB Radio's Ryan Spilborghs on the halfway point of the season and Quickies covers the Castellanos double down, The Match, Pop on Love and more.
Glizzy Gladiators and Water Parks: 7/5/21
Spain and Fitz reunite to chat about their Fourth of July celebrations, including Glizzy Gladiators and a Midwest water park. Emily Kaplan joins to talk about tragic news in the NHL and a chance for the Lightning to repeat as champs with a win in the Stanley Cup Final tonight, Bally Sports' Zora Stephenson breaks down the Bucks' game plan with and without Giannis and Dave McMenamin on the Suns' approach to the Finals. Plus, the LA Times' Bill Plaschke with the latest on the Dodgers and Trevor Bauer and NFL Quickies covers a QB Mama Drama, Hard Knocks returning to Jerry World and Trevor Lawrence securing the bag.
Solo Spain Power Hour : 7/1/21
Spain talks about the Suns' clinching win over the Clippers and Marc Spears joins to chat about Chris Paul's lengthy journey to the NBA Finals. Jay Bilas gives some insight on Day 1 of the brave new world of name, image and likeness rights in college sports and Spain unloads on the NFL's weak punishment for the Washington Football Team and MLB's "wait and see" approach to handling the accusations against Trevor Bauer.
Grinders and Game Sex--er, Six : 6/30/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the Giannis injury and what's next for the Bucks/Hawks series. Comedian Kevin Hart and his Muscle Car Crew give a behind-the-scenes of their new show. Plus, the latest on moms at the Olympics and what it will look like tomorrow when Name, Image and Likeness opportunities open up for collegiate athletes.
Fitz Lightning: 6/29/21
It's an ELECTRIC Power Hour of Spain and Fitz as Fitz dodges literal lightning bolts to give you his takes on Clippers/Suns and Bucks/Hawks. The duo react to the introductory presser for new Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups, and discuss Serena's early exit from Wimbledon.
Spain and Fitz talk about the transparency and accountability they're not seeing from the Mavs and Blazers after hiring new head coaches Jason Kidd and Chauncey Billups, plus 1080 The Fan's AJ McCord joins to share the local Portland reaction to the news. Quickies covers WNBA news, gymnastics highlights, the start of the Stanley Cup Final and more, plus Spain and Fitz talk the Bucks' big win and look ahead to Game 5 of Suns/Clippers.
Atlanta Hawks great Spud Webb: 6/25/21
Former Atlanta Hawks PG Spud Webb talks about why Nate McMillan has been able to have success as the Hawks coach, why Trae Young is so fun to watch, and why he liked the hire of Jason Kidd by the Mavericks.
Same message, different delivery: 6/25/21
Jason Fitz solo tonight. Fitz compares the conversation around Ty Lue and Mike Budenholzer, and feels that we tend to look at Lue through rose colored glasses while looking at Budenholzer in a much different way. On the Jason Kidd hire in Dallas, Fitz also addresses the Jason Kidd hire in Dallas, and looks ahead to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Guests: Former Atlanta Hawks PG Spud Webb
Just when you thought it was safe to trust Coach Bud: 6/24/21
Jason Fitz flying solo. Fitz talks about the Clippers missed opportunity, and questions whether or not Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer can make the necessary adjustments to handle the Hawks. We're joined by former Falcons WR and Hawks fan Harry Douglas, and ESPN NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks, who explains why a Jason Kidd to Dallas hire wouldn't sit right with him,
Saved by a Technicality: 6/23/21
Jason Fitz solo tonight. Jason feels the Suns beat the Clippers on a technicality and it's time for the NBA to address teams who use replays as timeouts when they have none to use. We're joined by former catcher JP Arencibia, who feels that what is happening in baseball, the timing of rules changes, and now umpires checking pitchers for sticky substances, is a joke, and the players are making their feelings known.
Kickin' Rocks & Spillin' Tea : 6/22/21
Spain and Fitz talk about why some NBA fans have these playoffs all wrong, discuss the keys to tonight's PHX-LAC Game 2 with Doris Burke, chat about the impact of Raiders DE Carl Nassib coming out with NFL free agent RK Russell, spill some tea about the USA women's basketball roster selection with two-time WNBA champ Devereux Peters and shine a spotlight on the Islanders & Tim Tebow in "It Could've Been Worse."
Spain Was Right: 6/17/21
Spain and Fitz bask in the brilliance of Sarah's prophetic take on Sixers-Hawks, recap a huge night for Paul George and talk to Ramona Shelburne about shake-ups for the Mavs and the Bucks-Nets series. Plus Sports Tinder tackles tennis, the Chicago Bears' threats to move, a bowl game for Jimmy Kimmel and more.
A wild 24 hours in the NBA: 6/16/21
Sarah and Jason recap a wild 24 hours in the NBA, starting with Kevin Durant's monster performance last night, then kicking into overdrive today with two head coaches fired, a longtime Mavericks exec leaving, Chris Paul testing positive for COVID, and Kawhi Leonard's knee injury. They also discuss comments from Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who went off on recent rule changes that he feels caused his elbow injury. Guests: John Hollinger, former NBA exec, now a senior NBA columnist for The Athletic, and 4x World Champion boxer Laila Ali
Sacramento Kings PG Tyrese Haliburton: 6/16/21
Sacramento Kings PG Tyrese Haliburton joined Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz to discuss the playoffs, his rookie season, recovering from injury, and his work with hotels.com
POWER HOUR!: 6/15/21
Spain and Fitz make the most of a short show, reacting to last night's NBA games & preview James Harden's effort to go tonight for Game 4 of Bucks/Nets. Quickies covers WNBA beefs, the NBA cracking down on unnatural shot motion & baseball's sticky situation. Plus Kings PG @TyHaliburton22 on his great rookie season, playoff injuries, what's surprised him this postseason & more.
TOONing Up for the NBA Playoffs: 6/9/21
Spain and Fitz talk big wins for the Suns & Sixers, preview Nuggets-Suns tonight and embark on a wild cartoon tangent that leads to many poll questions. Plus, they react to the conflicting reports on Jordan Love & discuss how different teams and leagues are handling the issues of vaccination levels among players. Jess Mendoza joins to talk about the Women's College World Series, Mina Kimes chats about the Nets and answers our many poll questions and it's #HiFraand with Izzy Gutierrez, who talks NBA Playoffs. Plus, a special Wednesday edition of Sports Tinder.
Abby Greensfelder, founder & CEO of Everywoman Studios: 6/9/21
Abby Greensfelder joined Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz to discuss "LFG", the film set to premiere on HBO, the USWNT's quest for equal pay, and what led her to found Everywoman Studios.
Are The Clippers Gonna Clipper?: 6/8/21
Fitz apologizes to the Nets, Spain refuses to apologize to the Clippers and the pair discuss what the Bucks and Sixers can do to bounce back after a loss. USA Today's Mark Medina previews Clippers-Jazz, Quickies covers the Women's College World Series, Gerrit Cole tongue-tied over Spider Tack and NHL officiating. Plus, Jen Lada on the Bucks' Ls and Rodgers' fines, Spain and Fitz talk Tom Thibodeau & Nikola Jokic earning top honors in the NBA and filmmaker Abby Greensfelder on "LFG," the new film about the USWNT and equal pay.
A Rough FRI-YAY in LA : 6/4/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the Lakers getting eliminated and the Clippers' season on the brink as they face an elimination game against the Mavs. Plus, what's next for Dame and the Blazers, Marc J Spears on the updated NBA playoff picture and the Bubble Trouble facing last year's successful NBA Bubble teams. Jon Barry joins to preview Mavs/Clippers and Spain and Fitz close out the week with Sports Tinder.
LeBron's Legacy Hanging In the Balance?: 6/3/21
Courtney Cronin in for the birthday boy, Jason Fitz. She and Spain talk about the Lakers' big night, trying to stave off elimination, the Blazers looking to keep their season alive, Trae Young's bow on Broadway and Luka's legendary night. Quickies features a long overdue change in the NFL, a major upset and an olive branch extended by a team. 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil joins to talk about his book and Joel Embiid's injury, Mavs radio man Brad Davis talks Luka and the Mavs-Clippers series and Dave McMenamin on AD's health and the Lakers' season on the brink. Plus, should Dame get out of Portland and does LeBron still have what it takes to take over a game?
Floating Birds and Changing Celts : 6/2/21
Spain and Fitz recap an incredible Nuggets-Blazers game and a pathetic showing from the Lakers last night, discuss tonight's NBA playoff games, big moves for the Celtics and a surprising announcement from Coach K. Jackie MacMullan joins to give her take on Boston's future, LaChina Robinson talks WNBA news, Paul Lukas--aka Uni Watch--helps Fitz eliminate five more MLB teams for MLBachelor based on uniforms and Jay Bilas talks Coach K's legacy and the future of Duke basketball.
Embiid, AD and Playoff Uncertainty : 6/1/21
Spain and Fitz talk about how the injuries to Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis will affect their teams' playoff series and discuss the latest incident of bad fan behavior. Tennis great Pam Shriver joins to dissect the fallout of the Naomi Osaka/French Open incident, Ryan Hollins talks NBA playoffs and the Philly Voice's Kyle Neubeck on Embiid's health. Plus, Quickies on the biggest WNBA stories and the Maple Leafs loss--and we ask our listeners: Who or what is your personal Toronto Maple Leafs?
Osaka Withdraws, Sports World Reacts: 5/31/21
Courtney Cronin in for Fitz. She and Spain talk about Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open and the reverberations the incident is having in the sports world, including elements of mental health, press access, race and more. LZ Granderson and Bomani Jones both join to discuss how different people see the Osaka story through different lenses. Plus, Kyrie Irving and the latest incident of bad fan behavior, the biggest NBA playoff stories--including injuries and comebacks--a chat with Jon Barry ahead of Grizzlies/Jazz and how a big deadline in the NFL might affect Julio Jones and Aaron Rodgers.
It's a FRI-YAY : 5/28/21
Spain talks to Brian Windhorst about the Clippers' Curse, the Knicks and Hawks series heading to the ATL and whether the Suns can keep up with the Lakers if CP3 isn't healthy. DNVR and Locked on Nuggets podcast host Adam Mares joins to talk about Jokic's playoff start and why he's so optimistic three games into the Nuggets' series with the Blazers. Tim McMahon talks the Clippers-Mavs series, why Dallas looks so much stronger than they did mid-season and a lack of vocal leadership on the Clippers. Plus, Quickies!
The Captain, A Curse & A Fraand: 5/26/21
Spain and Fitz discuss whether the Clippers are cursed, try to wrap their heads around Luka Doncic's play and ask whether Julius Randle can step up and help the Knicks even their series. Plus WNBA ratings, golf feuds, Vinatieri retires and a fascinating dive into lingering SpyGate mysteries. Plus Hi Fraand & Clippers talk with Ohm Yungmisuk, Cubs captain Anthony Rizzo on the team's success, vaccination rates and Kevin the dog, and the Washington Post's Dave Sheinin on threats to the Olympics.
Placing Blame: 5/25/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the night's big NBA Playoff games and whether stars or supporters were more to blame for the Blazers and Heat losses Monday night, plus NBA and WNBA activism on the anniversary of George Flloyd's death. They discuss former Patriot Eugene Chung revealing NFL issues around diversity hiring, the latest on the timing of Deshaun Watson's, the latest great story to come out of the NHL playoffs and Diana Taurasi out a month. Plus, Jen Lada on the Bucks & Aaron Rodgers, 17-year NBA vet Eddie Johnson on the Suns looking to hand LA another L & Crooked Media's Jason Concepcion on all things NBA. And finally, Spain and Fitz fight about Aaron Rodgers.
Young Stars Making Their Mark: 5/24/21
Spain and Fitz break down the weekend's NBA playoff action, including Ja Morant, Trae Young, Devin Booker and the rest of the league's young superstars coming up big. Plus a big fine and suspension in the WNBA has us wondering whether male and female athletes can be treated equally or if the realities of society dictate certain conversations and coverage. Julio Jones says he wants out of Atlanta, did "The LeBron Rules" affect how the league handled his protocol breach and "It Could've Been Worse" highlights a handful of people who had a worse weekend than you did. Plus Jeff Van Gundy, Kate Fagan and Cassidy Hubbarth join to talk NBA and WNBA action.
Baseball's unwritten rules are idiotic: 5/21/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the excitement of the NBA Play-In tournament and the final match-up between the Wizards and Grizzlies, plus their first round predictions and some questionable quotes from playoff participants. A super necessary rant on the NCAA doing women's sports dirty and Tony La Russa taking out his own players in service of baseball's idiotic unwritten rules, and Monica McNutt joins to talk NBA and WNBA. Plus Tebow, Pujols and more star in the latest edition of Sports Tinder.
Quit Play-In Games with My Heart: 5/17/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the NBA Play-In Tourney--who tanked & who surged to get here and how healthy will the Lakers be against the Warriors. Plus, a wild weekend of action in the WNBA, NHL and NWSL. Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings joins to talk about being honored over the weekend, former NBA head coach David Fizdale talks Play-In favorites and new USC women's hoops head coach Lindsay Gottlieb explains leaving the Cavs for college. Plus, historic hirings, big baseball news and people who definitely had a worse weekend than you did.
A SPORTSGABORD! A SMORGASPORTS?: 5/14/21
Spain and Fitz run down a wild weekend of action in the WNBA, NBA, NWSL, MLB, NHL and NBA on a fun FriYay show. The 25th season of the WNBA gets underway--big match-ups, big stories, one player's wild conspiracy theory--and the final regular season weekend in the NBA could be without LeBron James. Jorge Sedano joins to talk West Coast hoops ahead of the NBA play-in tourney, Kate Fagan talks the WNBA at 25 and mouth-breathers dogging the best women's players in the world, Chicago Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot on the team's big expectations for the season and former Lakers player Mark Madsen shares his memories of Kobe Bryant ahead of the Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. Plus, squirrel meat and hangovers!
Don't Believe the Hype!: 5/14/21
Fitz is slinging hot takes left and right, and his take on the Week 4 Brady/Belichick matchup is certain to get you fired up. We're also entering the final weekend of the NBA, a look at what's at stake, and Fitz tells us why he wants no part of the Nets or Lakers in the NBA Finals. We're joined by former Patriots TE Jermaine Wiggins, and former NBA player James Posey.
Fitz's Sweet Spot : 5/11/21
Spain & Fitz talk about LeBron's decision to wait another night before returning to action, Russell Westbrook's triple-double record and the playoff and play-in spots on the line in the NBA. Plus, an update on Medina Spirit's drug test, Tim Tebow's arrival shaking things up in Jacksonville and the latest threats to the Olympics. COVID disrupts the Yankees coaching staff and Vegas news coming from the Raiders, Aces and Oakland A's. Brionna Jones of the Connecticut Sun previews the upcoming WNBA season and her team's chances, David Jacoby on his NBA favorites as the playoffs near, Mina Kimes on NFL news and her new favorite NBA team, the Nets.
They Cancel Horses, Don't They?: 5/10/21
A Solo Spain Monday as Sarah identifies her "Three Up, Three Down" in the NBA as top-ranked teams impress and depress with the regular season nearing its end, plus she compiles a list of folks who definitely had a worse weekend than you did--like a cancelled horse and an imaginary rat possum. Jeff Passan joins to talk MLB's true top teams & which winning squads are for real, The Athletic's Meg Linehan recaps the NWSL's Challenge Cup and previews the regular season, Ramona Shelburne gives her thoughts on the final week of the NBA regular season and LA Sparks guard Erica Wheeler on her new squad and big expectations for the W this season. Plus, Tim Tebow and DK Metcalf--good stories or privilege in action?
LA Sparks guard Erica Wheeler: 5/10/21
LA Sparks guard Erica Wheeler on the start of the WNBA season, the enormous billboard in LA featuring her as part of an ADIDAS campaign, whats been different about her time with the Sparks compared to other teams shes been on, and how welcoming Derek Fisher and Chiney have been to her.
Spain and Fitz talk about the Nets' struggles and the Lakers' freefall, plus Zion out with an injury and the Pelicans are blaming the league. They praise the play-in games and flip the script on the Western Conference standings talk, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com joins to talk about the team finally getting to have fans in the building and their big game against the Lakers. Plus, the biggest baseball news of the day with Joon Lee, Albert Pujols inspires a positive spin on yesterday's listener question and Spain and Fitz close out the week with SPORTS TINDER.
Anger Management & Cheating Slots: 5/6/21
10 days remaining in the NBA regular season and James Harden chose violence--his comments, plus the biggest battles down the stretch with Brian Windhorst, and Ohm Youngmisuk on the Lakers/Clippers tilt tonight and both teams' chances in the postseason. Plus the latest on Aaron Rodgers, Fitz has a hot (old) baseball take, the Buffalo News's Jay Skurski on the Bills' GM's vax stance, Albert Pujols out in Anaheim and the worst contract your favorite team ever gave a player.
Cinco de No-No Tequila, Please: 5/5/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the NBA Playoff Picture and just how many true contenders there are, Fitz starts his MLB Bachelor eliminations using the DEALBREAKERS criteria, plus Buster Olney on a no-hitter, the Mets' imaginary hitting coach & the rest of the big baseball news. NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke joins to talk Steph Curry's MVP chances and his insane April run and Emily Kaplan discusses Tom Wilson breaking the NHL and the Rangers' firings. Plus Nod to the Pod explores a talking dog & Cinco de Mayo inspires a conversation about the things everyone loves, but you hate.
May The 4th Be With You: 5/4/21
May the 4th be with you! On this May 4th evening, the #4 is a common theme: Knicks are 4th in the Eastern Conference, Russell Westbrook clinched his 4th season of averaging a triple-double, and Clayton Kershaw allowed 4 runs in the shortest outing of his career. Onto other issues, Sarah and Jason talk about the Astros first trip to Yankee Stadium since the sign stealing scandal, Bill Barnwell's list of potential trade destinations for Aaron Rodgers, and Hall of Fame QB's acting salty towards Rodgers. Guests: Former NFL safety Nick Ferguson on the Broncos, Packers great LeRoy Butler on the Packers, and new Baylor head coach Nicki Collen on leaving the Atlanta Dream for the Baylor job.
Kool-Aid Ma'm Comin' Through!: 5/3/21
Spain is pumped about the Bears trading up to get Justin Fields and Fitz is on a sugar high after a long draft week and a sugar binge to cap off the weekend. The two talk about the Lakers' struggles with Dave McMenamin, chat with Michelle Wie-West about the fire new LGPA swag and meaningful initiatives she's spearheading, plus the NFL Draft winners, losers & surprises with Bill Barnwell. Plus, the latest on Aaron Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay, compensatory picks making an impact in the late rounds of the Draft and a shocker in the WNBA.
Draft Day Eve: 4/28/21
The last Spain and Fitz show before the NFL Draft! They welcome KNBR's Brian Murphy on the 49er's draft-changing pick at #3, Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm on what the Broncos/Panthers trade means for the draft and his latest mock draft picks, plus analyst and former player Maurice Jones-Drew on the Jags' timeline for success and the Raiders' needs. The Bridgewater deal is broken down by ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold and the Charlotte Observer's Alaina Getzenberg, plus Spain and Fitz cast the coaches of the AFC South & do their final Mock Draft: Movies You Gotta Watch When They're On TV.
Lyin' Season ramping up: 4/27/21
Spain and Fitz talk NFL Draft, CP3 ending streaks & Westbrook triple-doubles adding up. Plus, Jeff Dickerson on the Bears' draft, former Falcon Harry Douglas on Atlanta's draft, Bart Scott talking the Jets' picks and Ian Fitzsimmons on Lyin' Season. Plus, Spain and Fitz Mock Draft the best road trip snacks.
I Live In A Van Down By The River!: 4/26/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the link between awards show ratings and NBA interest this year, Bomani Jones' theory on LeBron's affect on the league's popularity and how the NFL manages to sell fans sizzle and call it steak when it comes to the Draft. Former #1 pick Drew Bledsoe and QB Coach John Beck join to break down the draft and young quarterbacks, Jeff Passan discusses the latest MLB news, and Quickies tackles Kim Mulkey's arrival at LSU and Kyle Shanahan's strange press conference answer. Plus, the duo mock drafts the best SNL cast members.
Raindars & Sugar Plums: 4/23/21
Spain and Fitz break down the Ravens/Chiefs trade, Jerry Jones dreaming of sugar plums, the age-old question to sit or start rookie QBs, possible CFB expansion & more. Plus, Tim Legler on the NBA, Bill Barnwell on the NFL, MLB Network's Ryan Spilborghs on baseball and we cast the coaches of the AFC East and close out the week with SPORTS TINDER.
Love Is In The Air: 4/22/21
Spain and Fitz get into some NBA Quickies, talking Knicks, Thibs v. Williams for Coach of the Year, Sixers vs. Bucks, Anthony Davis's return and the end of Steph Currys streak. Plus, LeBron's deleted tweet, another arrest for Aldon Smith and protests at the Olympics. The Athletic's Bruce Feldman joins with in-depth analysis on the NFL Draft, Kevin Seifert breaks down Tom Brady's tantrum and the new NFL rules and "Byte Me" with Dave Gettleman, Nick Sirianni and the new head coach at Portland State. Plus, Tim Kurkjian helps Fitz launch "Major League Bachelor" and we cast the coaches of the AFC West.
That's My Best Friend: 4/21/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the Knicks' win streak, Anthony Davis's return, mixed messages from the Eagles, messaging issues from the Raiders and a ratings boost from Aaron Rodgers. Plus, #HiFrannd and Knicks talk with Monica McNutt, the odd 48 hours of the Super League with Taylor Twellman and all things NBA with Tom Haberstroh. And we cast the coaches in the AFC North and introduce Major League Bachelor.
Spain and Fitz react to the "Guilty" verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, welcome Courtney Cronin to set the scene in Minneapolis and hear from Elle Duncan on the day's events. Plus it's "Grand Opening, Grand Closing" for soccer's Super League, Quickies on some NFL and NHL news, SI's Tom Verducci on mental health in MLB and the 4/20 Verzuz we all need tonight.
Big Deal, No Deal: 4/19/21
Spain & Fitz tell you whether the big news of the day is a Big Deal or No Deal, discuss how sports is planning for the Derek Chauvin verdict, talk Alex Smith's retirement, Trey Lance's second pro day, Steph Curry's MVP chances & more. Plus, MLB News with Jess Mendoza, soccer's proposed Super League with Grant Wahl, NFL Draft talk with Corey Chavous and our listeners cast the coaches of the NFC West.
Lying season: 4/16/21
Courtney Cronin fills in for Fitz and she and Spain talk about the latest Deshaun Watson news, more trouble with the Mets, the Celtics' surge and other NBA news, NFL OTAs and the long list of potential WFT names. Plus former NFL Scout turned ESPN Draft advisor Jim Nagy on the NFL Draft, Jeff Passan on MLB news & FriYay Sports Tinder.
Drunk and Pantsless: 4/15/21
Spain and Fitz are reunited! They talk about the WNBA draft, league expansion and the limited roster spaces available for new players, plus a chat with the #1 overall pick, the Dallas Wings' Charli Collier. Doris Burke joins to talk about the surprising retirement of LaMarcus Aldridge, bad news for the Bulls and whether there's too much load management in the NBA this season. And assessing Jackie Robinson Day in 2021, NFL coach casting hits the NFC North & the #PandemicMadness bracket finale!
Tough break for the Nuggets: 4/13/21
Monica McNutt joins Spain tonight. They talk Jamal Murray's season-ending injury and what it means for the Nuggets--Adam Mares of "Locked on Nuggets" gives the local reaction. WFT Head Coach Ron Rivera returns to discuss his new Coordinator of Football Programs Natalia Dorantes and the team's draft plans. Courtney Cronin gives an update on sports resuming in Minneapolis, LaChina Robinson gives a WNBA Draft preview and Spain and McNutt talk the Mavs' complaints about the play-in game, Steph Curry passing Wilt, "UsherBucks" and how we'd cast the coaches of the NFC South.
Minneapolis Sports on Pause: 4/12/21
Games Postponed in Minneapolis Courtney Cronin fills in for Fitz and gives the latest from a very tense Minneapolis, under curfew after the police shooting of Daunte Wright. Myron Medcalf joins to talk to Spain and Cronin about race issues in the city post-George Floyd and Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas on the city's postponed games and the toll the last year has had on his team. Emily Kaplan joins to talk the NHL trade deadline, Nick Friedell on Steph Curry's next milestone and James Wiseman's injury, plus Spain and Cronin do some Quickies.
Teeing you up for Masters Weekend: 4/9/21
The Masters should be interesting this weekend with so many golfers near the top of the leaderboard. One player who wont be in the mix - the defending champ, Dustin Johnson, after he missed the cut. Fitz also with some words for Draymond Green,, and why the Packers don't owe Aaron Rodgers ANYTHING. Guests: The Athletic 49ers reporter Matt Barrows, ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, Alex Kennedy from BasketballNews.com, and longtime MLB columnist Scott Miller.
Everything Rosey at the Masters: 4/9/21
Fitz solo tonight. Starts by talking about Justin Rose's run at The Masters. Plus, if the Lakers free fall into the Play-In Tournament and win the title, what's the point of the regular season? There's also a QB that Jason cant quite buy into - Trey Lance. Guests: ESPN MLB Writer Joon Lee, Bill Barnwell, host of The Bill Barnwell Podcast, ESPN NBA Senior Writer Andre Snellings, and Baylor G MaCio Teague.
Silence Is Not Golden: 4/7/21
Solo Fitz tonight! Jason starts off the show wondering about when the NFL will start to take a stand in response to the allegations against Deshaun Watson like sponsors did today. Jason also throws doubt onto the Nets that they can win a championships because they don't have defense and they have rarely played together this season. ESPN's Marty Smith, joins the show from Augusta to preview the Master's. Jason thinks that we really need a story to get us excited about the Master's. ESPN's Field Yates talks to Jason about NFL draft prospects that ARE NOT QB's. Arizona fired their head coach today, and Jason thinks that they were covering their bases and because Arizona hasn't been doing well. Trevor Skikkema, Senior Writer for the Draft Network dives in detail about draft potential.
History not on the Jets side: 4/6/21
Solo Fitz tonight. With Sam Darnold on the move, the spotlight now shifts to Zach Wilson, the presumed 2nd pick of the draft. If you look at the history of QB;s going #2 overall, it makes you wonder if the Jets should look at another player, or trading back. Plus, Fitz weighs in on the NBA's 25 under 25 list. Joining the show tonight: Stanford G Anna Wilson, ESPN CBB Analyst and former Baylor player King McClure, ESPN's MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian, and ESPN NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks.
Darnold jetting to Carolina: 4/5/21
Courtney Cronin filling in for Fitz, joining Spain to talk about a wild finish to the women's NCAA tourney, a great match-up for the men's title game Monday night and the breaking news of Sam Darnold's trade to the Panthers. Rich Cimini and Charles Robinson talk Darnold, Chiney Ogumwike celebrates her Stanford squad's win last night, Chris Spatola previews Baylor-Gonzaga and Arizona HC Adia Barnes on her viral moment, her incredible balancing act & a tourney run for the ages.
Missing Finger Fri-Yay : 4/2/21
It's a FRIYAY Spain & Fitz on ESPN Radio. They talk Women's Final Four--including a WILD Stanford-S. Carolina game going on during the show--plus Jay Bilas with his take on the Men's Final Four, Porter Moser to OU, Chris Beard to Texas & a lifetime contract for Bill Self. Plus, Spain surprises Fitz with a story about a missing finger, MLB moves the ASG out of Georgia--Bomani Jones joins to talk, an update on the Deshaun Watson case, Kevin Durant fined for his DMs. And finally, Sports Tinder and a PANDEMIC MADNESS bracket update!
Missing Finger Fri-Yay : 4/2/21
It's a FRIYAY. They talk Women's Final Four--including a WILD Stanford-S. Carolina game going on during the show--plus Jay Bilas with his take on the Men's Final Four, Porter Moser to OU, Chris Beard to Texas & a lifetime contract for Bill Self. Plus, Spain surprises Fitz with a story about a missing finger, MLB moves the ASG out of Georgia--Bomani Jones joins to talk, an update on the Deshaun Watson case, Kevin Durant fined for his DMs. And finally, Sports Tinder and a PANDEMIC MADNESS bracket update!
April Fools Opening Day : 4/1/21
Solo Spain tonight covering the postponement of Nats/Mets & all things MLB Opening Day with Jeff Passan. Plus, Roy Williams retires, Andy Schwarz on SCOTUS + NCAA, Izzy Gutierrez on Kevin Durants homophobic language & my take on Draymond Green doubling down. Plus, April Fools pranks in the sports world.
The World vs The NCAA: 3/31/21
Jason starts off the show talking about the Supreme Court case that the NCAA is facing today and where the hypocrisy lies. Ryan Smith joins the show to provide greater detail into the legal battle. Jason talks more NFL, QB talk and the changes in the league. Jason also wonders why we are so obsessed with NBA super teams and how we should be thinking about them differently. JP Arencibia, Fox Sports Florida joins the show to preview opening day and the MLB season ahead.
Tourney Talk & Cade Cornette : 3/31/21
Spain & Fitz recap a wild UConn/Baylor game, talk Kim Mulkey's COVID comments & give a preview of the night's match-ups, plus friend of the show Jordan Cornette on what he's seen in the tourney games and Cade Cornette--great baby name or prep school villain? Nod to the Pod dives into trans inclusion in sports, Spain & Fitz react to Justin Fields and Mac Jones' Pro Days and double the Game Changers fun with WNBA Commish Cathy Engelbert and super-agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas.
Tournament madness: 3/29/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the weekend's Sweet Sixteen games and Spain apologizes for jinxing Loyola. Plus Louisville HC Jeff Walz & Texas HC Vic Schaefer join to talk about their teams' big wins and ESPN CBB analyst LaPhonso Ellis looks at the remaining men's tourney teams. Plus, NBA news, Seth Wickersham on 17 regular season games in the NFL, a show-long freak-out over the UConn-Baylor game and the next round of the PANDEMIC MADNESS bracket!
A Sweet Sixteen Fri-Yay: 3/26/21
Spain & Fitz get you ready for the weekend's NCAAW and NCAAM Sweet 16 tourney games with Myron Medcalf and Monica McNutt, and talk the women's coaches who are backing away from the equity fight with the NCAA. Plus, the NFL news of the day, The Athletic's Jenny Dial Creech on Deshaun Watson, a PANDEMIC MADNESS bracket update and Fri-Yay Sports Tinder.
It's Deadline Daaaaaay: 3/25/21
Spain & Fitz break down all the NBA Trade Deadline news - winners & losers, jokes & memes, Wing Wars & DON'T GOOGLE! Plus Brian Windhorst on the days winners & losers, Bulls PxP man Adam Amin on Chicagos big day, USA Todays Christine Brennan on the latest WTF moment from the Washington Football Team and the next round of the PANDEMIC MADNESS bracket!
Women's Tourney Heating Up!: 3/24/21
Spain and Fitz talk top women's teams in the NCAA tourney, NFL news of the day, Equal Pay Day hitting the White House & the next round of the PANDEMIC MADNESS bracket! Plus, Oregon's Sedona Prince, Georgia Tech HC Nell Fortner & Loyola's Porter Moser join to talk NCAA Tourney and Bobby Marks on the NBA trade deadline.
Busted Brackets & Pandemic Madness: 3/22/21
Spain & Fitz start the week with their NCAA tourney reactions - upsets! favorites! brackets! COVID! - and Jay Bilas and Monica McNutt join the show to discuss. Plus, "get to know your Cinderellas" puts the focus on Loyola and Oral Roberts and Spain & Fitz do some NBA quickies. Plus, the tip-off of the "Pandemic Madness: What got you through 2020?" bracket... sweatpants, alcohol, Schitt's Creek and more!
Spain & Riggs on a Fri-Yay : 3/19/21
Kelsey Riggs fills in for Fitz, joining Spain to talk NCAA Tourney upsets, Ohio State's bad day and the glaring inequities between the facilities, resources, meals and testing at the men's and women's tournament sites. Soccer legend Brandi Chastain joins to talk NWSL growth and the upcoming Olympics and WNBA star Layshia Clarendon and former Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw share their takes on the NCAA's bubble problems. Loyola men's coach Porter Moser talks the team's win and Sister Jean, while Dalen Cuff breaks down all the tourney action. Plus, the latest on Deshaun Watson and Fri-Yay Sports Tinder.
Tourney Time: 3/18/21
Spain and Fitz talk bracket strategies, find out how our listeners are watching March Madness this year and react to the outrageous discrepancies between the men's and women's bubble facilities. Plus, we react to the latest news on Deshaun Watson, Dan Murphy joins to talk about the #NotNCAAProperty athlete protest going on during the tourney and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley talks her team's season and tourney chances. Plus, the great Megan Rapinoe joins to chat about the start of the NWSL season approaching and the upcoming Olympics.
Therapy Tuesday Goes Long: 3/16/21
It's an extra-long Spain & Fitz therapy Tuesday as Spain's Bears invite fans back into the dark void with the Andy Dalton signing & Fitz's Raiders opt to try playing the game of football without an O-Line. Plus, we address the deals made by the Pats, Jameis Winston staying in New Orleans and movement for Tyrod Taylor, Jacoby Brissett and Ryan Fitzpatrick. And the Globe's Nicole Yang on the Pats, Game Changers with WNBAPA Executive Director Terri Jackson, all the NFL news with Bill Barnwell, and NCAA tourney talk with Stanford HC Tara VanDerveer.
Brackets, Brees, The Bachelor & Grammys Night: 3/15/21
Spain & Fitz are back together and they kick things off with a pre-show party grading Sunday's Grammy Awards and talking about what can be learned from the racial issues plaguing The Bachelor and host Chris Harrison. Then, former Saints WR Joe Horn shares his thoughts on Drew Brees' retirement, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish joins to talk about the men's NCAA tourney bracket and former NFL GM Randy Mueller dissects the "voidable years" trend, the Pats and Brees. Plus, NCAA women's tourney selection committee chair Nina King on the top seeds in the women's bracket and Geno Auriemma's positive COVID test.
The days of the middle class QB are over: 3/10/21
Solo Fitz today. Fitz says in today's NFL, you're either a superstar QB with a mega contract, or a young QB on a rookie deal, there's no middle class anymore. Former NFL GM Randy Mueller stops by and agrees with Fitz's theory. Soren Petro from WHB in Kansas City gives us the latest on stories involving the University of Kansas' football and basketball program. Plus, ESPN's Sean Farnham gets us set for Championship Week, and the latest installment of Game Changers, featuring Maia Chaka, the NFL's first black woman on-field official.
Let's Make a Deal!: 3/8/21
Jason talks to Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams, ESPN''s Todd Archer and Bill Barnwell, and NFL Network's Jane Slater about the Dak Prescott deal in Dallas. Plus, in honor of International Women's History month, we listen to a portion of Sarah's recent interview with broadcasting legend Leslie Visser from That's What She Said, and Jason talks to Mallory Weggemann, Paralympic gold medalist and 15-time World Champion swimmer about her inspirational story.
Somebody's Trolling Us: 3/5/21
One of our very own friends here at ESPN is trolling us when it comes to mock draft season. Plus, Fitz gives out his mid-season NBA awards and biggest disappointments. We're also trying to win you some money on a big betting weekend.
Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Gladys Knight!: 3/4/21
We speak to the legend herself Gladys Knight about singing the national anthem for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game and her role in the the film Coming 2 America. Steelers fans are mad at Fitz for saying Big Ben is the fourth best QB in the AFC North. Plus, there's some serious allegations against former LSU head coach Les Miles that we discuss with Andrea Gallo of The Advocate.
Hey Darnold!: 3/3/21
Solo Fitz tonight! Jason starts off considering what the Jets should do with their #2 pick in the draft. He think that they would be better suited to trade down and get a bunch of picks. He then talks about what the real meaning around have a person on a logo is and maybe it's better for a person not to be on it at all. Myron Medcalf, ESPN Senior Writer stops by to preview the NCAA tournament and what it might look like this year being played only in the state of Indiana. Jason talks about the importance, or lack there of, to the All Star Game nowadays, but the All Star Break is still important. The Athletic's Lindsay Jones then joins the show to break down free agency moves that could come in the coming weeks.
Ladies Night : 3/1/21
It's a Solo Spain show as she rocks with some her favorite ladies on the first day of Women's History Month. Soccer great and Angel City FC co-owner Julie Foudy kicks off the show to celebrate Spain's breaking news--becoming a co-owner of the Chicago Red Stars. Then, the Atlantic's Jemele Hill talks LeBron v. Zlatan, sports and social issues, and the effects of the pandemic on our viewing habits. Jess Mendoza joins to talk about Spring Baseball and NFL Senior Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Sam Rapoport talks about the incredible strides for female coaches in the league and the continued efforts to increase the numbers of Black coaches hired. Plus, Olympic gold medalist, broadcaster and Blackhawks coach Kendall Coyne Schofield talks playing on the ice at MSG and joining Spain as a co-owner of the Red Stars. Plus JJ Watt to the Cardinals, the Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce and Harden v. Luka.
Fri-Yay Guest-a-Palooza! : 2/26/21
It's a Spain and Fitz GUEST-A-PALOOZA FRI-YAY! The Salt Lake Tribune's Andy Larsen talks about the league-best Jazz gettin' no respect, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish on UM, MSU & more college basketball news, the Washington Post's Rick Maese stops by for a Tokyo Olympics edition of "What'd I Miss" and Ohm Youngmisuk on all things NBA. Plus, Renee Montgomery and the new Dream ownership, a pivot point for the Raptors, a new NBA logo & SPORTS TINDER!
Chicago or Vegas? : 2/25/21
Spain and Fitz get unrealistically excited about Russell Wilson naming their teams among the four he'd play for if a trade got made and lay out some Stump Speeches selling Russ on their cities. Unfortunately, Mina Kimes steps in to talk a little sense into them about Russ's future. They also talk about the Lakers' & Celtics' latest Ls, chat with Jesse Washington about The Undefeated: A Room of Our Own special and welcome Emily Kaplan in for an NHL edition of What'd I Miss?
Spain and Fitz give an update on Tiger Woods, talk to Chris Forsberg about the Celtics' woes, ask John Keim about the WFT's QB situation and Alex Smith's surprising comments about the team. Plus, Spain and Fitz keep tabs on the USWNT as they vie for a #SheBelievesCup win, Nets guard Bruce Brown talks about his career-best night and Browns assistant coach and Chief of Staff Callie Brownson shares the highlights of the NFL's Women's Careers in Football Forum.
Monitoring Tiger Woods news: 2/23/21
Spain & Fitz discuss the latest on Tiger Woods and welcome ABC7's Curt Sandoval and ESPN's Shelley Smith for updates. Plus, a potential jersey feud in Indy, Roethlisberger sticking around in Pittsburgh & Alex Smith with some surprising comments about the WFT. And, Seth Wickersham on his story with Don Van Natta on NFL labor negotiations and Dave McMenamin on LeBron's minutes and the chances the Lakers add Boogie Cousins or Hassan Whiteside.
Megan Rapinoe joins the show!: 2/19/21
Spain and Fitz talk about the Nets' win over the Lakers, Dr. Fauci's comments about getting fans back in the seats for baseball and Roethlisberger's future in Pittsburgh. Plus, The Athletic's Adam Jahns on the Bears' quarterback situation, Jen Lada on the Bucks' slide and Megan Rapinoe on #SheBelievesCup, the Olympics and the upcoming NWSL season. And, Sports Tinder!
USWNT star Megan Rapinoe: 2/19/21
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe joined Spain and Fitz to talk about the SheBelieves Cup and their win over Canada, the growth of the NWSL, and how the Olympic postponement impacted her preparation. Rapinoe also said she's getting more comfortable playing during a pandemic, and applauds the NWSL for the great job they've done limiting exposure.
Quarterback dominoes starting to fall: 2/18/21
Spain & Fitz talk Carson Wentz to Indy - what it means for the Colts, Eagles & the teams that didn't make a move for him - plus their reactions to Serena/Naomi at the Aussie Open. The Athletic's Bob Kravitz and ESPN's Dan Graziano share their thoughts on the Wentz news, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor talks NBA and The Athletic's Meg Linehan dishes out the latest USWNT and NWSL news.
Testes, Testes, 1 2 3... : 2/17/21
Lots of reasons to celebrate on this Wednesday! Michael Jordan's Bday! Pitchers & Catchers report! Serena vs. Naomi tonight! Spain & Fitz also talk about the futures of Watson & Roethlisberger and debut #BetterOrWorse by fighting about 30 Rock v. Studio 60 and the halcyon days of Must-See TV. Plus, OTL's Ryan Smith on alleged racial bias in NFL concussion settlements, ESPN 730's Molly Cotton on the Panthers' chances of getting Deshaun and Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel on tonight's tennis showdown.
Draymond Green sounds off: 2/16/21
Spain & Fitz talk Draymond Green's comments & player empowerment in the NBA and react to the Atlanta mayor's concerns about hosting the NBA All Star Game. Plus, JJ Watt & Carson Wentz's futures, Serena v. Naomi, Jayson Tatum's lingering COVID effects, James Harden's strange "vision" for the Nets and Ben Simmons' big night Plus, MLB foul ball safety, Ryan Leaf joins to talk about his emotional plea to the NFL, Jay Bilas on Duke's Jalen Johnson opting out & drunk work stories.
Former Iowa LB Terrance Pryor: 2/12/21
Former Iowa LB Terrance Pryor joined Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz to discuss the Jaguars hiring Chris Doyle, dismissed from Iowa nine months ago over allegations of racism,. Terrance walks us through some of the examples of incidents he had with coach Doyle, and the fear of punishment he and other players had if they spoke out.
A disgraceful hire in Jacksonville: 2/12/21
It's a FRI-YAY with Spain & Fitz. They talk about Urban Meyer hiring disgraced Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle, and former Hawkeyes LB Terrance Pryor joins to share his thoughts. JJ Watt asked for & received his release from the Texans-- ESPN Houston's John Granato gives his take on the move. ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins to talk Steph Curry's MVP candidacy and Saturday's Warriors/Nets match-up, and Bleacher Report's Ari Chambers gives the latest WNBA free agency news. Plus, FRIYAY SPORTS TINDER!
Bombed Brady & An Official Badass : 2/10/21
Spain & Fitz talk Bombed Brady and the Bucs' boat parade, pay a visit to Dysfunction Junction with the messy Texans & finger-pointing Nets and discuss the Mavs stirring up another anthem debate. Plus, Jason Reid on the lack of diversity in NFL coaching hires, Jeff Passan catches us up on baseball news and shares memories of Pedro Gomez, a college hoops edition of "What'd I Miss" with Myron Medcalf & Game Changers with NFL Official Sarah Thomas.
Offseason of chaos: 2/10/21
Spain & Fitz talk about Russell Wilson's comments & QB empowerment in the NFL, plus Hot Take Szn on Patrick Mahomes has begun. They react to Paige "Buckets" Bueckers going off for UConn & the Miami/UNC postponement. Plus, "What'd I Miss" with Tim Kurkjian, a visit from the great Julie Foudy & former Chiefs GM Carl Peterson joins to remember Marty Schottenheimer.
The game went EXACTLY as we predicted, right?: 2/8/21
Spain and Fitz recap how they *totally* predicted a Bucs Super Bowl blowout win... [cough cough] They also talk about the halftime show, commercials & other moments that stood out to them on Sunday. Plus, Bucs assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust joins to share how her guys pressured Mahomes en route to victory and former NFL O-Lineman Geoff Schwartz breaks down why the injured Chiefs offensive line couldn't hang with Tampa Bay.
SUPER BOWL FRIYAYYYY! : 2/5/21
Lots of guest join the show to help get ya ready for Sunday's Big Game: Former NFL coach Chuck Pagano, NFL Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Jonathan Beane, KC radio's Soren Petro, TB radio's Pat Donovan and--once again calling the Super Bowl on the radio--the GOAT, Kevin Harlan. Plus, Sports Tinder, a Super Bowl edition of Good Take or Hot Take and our predictions for Sunday.
It's FINALLY feeling like Super Week: 2/4/21
Spain & Fitz predict how Sunday's game will go down, from tight end performances to rushing games and defensive attacks. Plus, Bills O-Lineman Dion Dawkins talks up the Chiefs' defense, former NFL RB DeAngelo Williams shares his thoughts on former teammates Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown making the big game and former NFL CB Darius Butler on the tough task of slowing down the Chiefs' offense. Plus, NHL/NWHL/NBA Quickies, a Lakers/Nuggets preview with PJ Carlesimo, some TERRIBLE TAKES on Deshaun Watson and your bold Super Bowl predictions.
Super Week, Day 3: 2/3/21
Spain & Fitz talk about the less-covered stories of Super Week, chat about the Chiefs' near-miss with a positive COVID test and discuss Antonio Brown playing the victim. Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks joins to talk about the Bucs getting back to the big game and the job he's done as part of the Super Bowl planning committee, Joe Fortenbaugh helps Spain & Fitz plan their bets and Domonique Foxworth breaks down some of the game's best match-ups. Plus, Washington Football Team assistant coach Jennifer King joins for Game Changers, and Spain & Fitz do SB storytime and beef over Chris Farley and maple syrup.
Super Week, Day 2: 2/2/21
It's still Super Week (no really! promise!) and Spain & Fitz get into the NFL stories of the day, go digging for some juicy nugs on the big game with Mina Kimes and chat with former NFL LB and Super Bowl champ Kawika Mitchell about the Steve Spagnuolo defense that's gotten the better of Brady in the past. Plus Courtside Karen, baseball news, WNBA free agency, your Gronk-inspired tales of weaseling out of work and a week in the life of TB12 with CBS Sports' Pete Blackburn.
A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: 2/1/21
It's Super Week! Spain & Fitz start the show with a pre-party, letting Spain rant about her absolutely absurd, poop-vomit-filled day, then get into the biggest stories from Super Bowl Media Day and talk about the blockbuster Lions/Rams trade. Former Bucs DT Gerald McCoy and Patrick Mahomes' high school coach Adam Cook call in to offer perspective on Sunday's big game and Diana Russini gives behind-the-scenes on a strange start to Super Week in Tampa. Plus, meeting MJ in Indy, Beyonce does it live, a wild Wizards win and MCGRUDER!
We Can't Make You Listen : 1/29/21
Spain & Fitz react to the introductory press conferences from the Eagles' and Texans' new coaches, plus what's next for Ben Roethlisberger & Matthew Stafford. ESPN's Dave McMenamin shares whether Lakers fans should worry about the team's two-game slide & Fox Sports Florida's Jeremy Tache joins to chat about the Heat's rough start and an NFL player turned songwriter. Plus, the big storylines leading up to the Super Bowl, how COVID might affect the big game and a fun FRIYAY edition of Sports Tinder.
Elementary, my dear Watson : 1/28/21
Spain and Fitz talk Deshaun Watson & the changing power dynamics of the NFL, plus the future for Stafford and Rodgers. ESPN's Bill Barnwell joins to talk about the QB chaos and the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson gives his take on Watson's trade demand. Plus, The Athletic's Trey Kerby on Bradley Beal, the Bulls and more.
Tin Foil Hats & Cool Booties : 1/27/21
Spain & Fitz check in on the NBA at the quarter-mark of the season with Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill, talk about Seahawks lineman Chad Wheeler's arrest & get into the Candace Parker, Jared Goff & Jason Witten news of the day. Plus, Bucs LB Shaquil Barrett on his team's journey to the Super Bowl and a conversation with 30-for-30 director Ken Rodgers on his new film "Al Davis vs. The NFL" sparks talk of conspiracies.
No Hall For You! : 1/26/21
Spain & Fitz talk about the Baseball Hall of Fame voters pitching a shutout by electing no new members and get Tim Kurkjian's opinion on the morality clause and its effect on the nominees. Plus, Aaron Rodgers' statements, Deshaun Watson's future and LeBron's big game. Then, USA Today Sports' Mark Medina on the year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's passing and Joe Fortenbaugh talks Super Bowl bets and gets the debate going on the best "Song of the Summer" tunes from the last 25 years.
Hot Take Monday with a Peculiar Pre-Party : 1/25/21
Spain & Fitz talk all about Championship weekend in the NFL... THAT field goal, Brady's legacy, Rodgers' post-game presser & potential QB chaos this offseason. Plus, we'll react to the Hot Takes & Good Takes from our colleagues today, talk to Ben Volin and Charles Robinson and gather the most depressing Tom Brady-related stats for each NFL team. Plus, a very strange pre-party featuring Kid 'n Play, Quad City DJs & Fitz's DogBall Theory.
FRI-YAY Football Fun & A Very Fishy Pre-Party!: 1/22/21
Spain & Fitz kick off their FRI-YAY with a digital-only pre-party full of shocking stories of Catfishing (online, not in water) & excitement about the upcoming slate of SNL hosts & musical guests. Then, former Bucs TE Dave Moore & ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde join to talk Bucs/Packers, plus ESPN's Ariel Helwani stumps for his Bills and talks the McGregor-Poirier fight. Spain & Fitz also remember the legendary Hank Aaron with former Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy and Negro League Museum President Bob Kendrick.
Hands in the Dirt & Incisors in the Knee: 1/21/21
Solo Spain tonight talking NFL head coaching hires, the debut of the Nets' Big Three, Lions HC Dan Campbell's wild introductory presser and this weekend's AFC Championship game. Plus, Cavs forwar Larry Nance Jr, ESPN NFL reporter Dan Graziano, Philly radio host John Kincade, voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus and former Bills LB Cornelius Bennett join the show.
No hugs allowed: 1/20/21
Spain & Fitz talk about Philip Rivers retiring, the NBA No Hug rule, George Springer's new home and new Lions coach Dan Campbell. Plus, they chat Chiefs with KC superfan & SNL cast member Heidi Gardner, discuss the new "First Take/Her Take" podcast with Charly Arnolt and ask which musicians you'd ask to perform at your presidential inauguration.
In a New York minute, anything can change: 1/19/21
A busy Tuesday as Spain and Fitz discuss Kyrie's return, the divisional round NFL games, Tiger's surgery, the sale of the Atlanta Dream and more. Plus, Mina Kimes on the firing of Mets GM Jared Porter and the story she co-wrote that exposed his behavior, and Dan Orlovsky accepts his "Good Take/Hot Take" MVP award and revisits some of his takes from the NFL season. And, we talk to Giants safety Logan Ryan about his dog charity, whether he's still mad at the Eagles & former teammates Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski advancing to the NFC title game.
A Playoff Football Fri-Yay: 1/15/21
A super fun Friday show getting ya ready for a weekend of NFL divisional playoff games. Spain and Fitz talk to Green Bay legend LeRoy Butler ahead of Packers/Rams, chat with former Browns running back and returner Eric Metcalf about Cleveland's tilt with the Chiefs and get ESPN's Bill Barnwell to break down the full weekend slate of games. Plus, we make our NFL picks, James Harden speaks, new coaching hires in the NFL and we close out the week with Sports Tinder.
LET'S GET BEARD & A SPICY AFTER-PARTY: 1/13/21
Spain & Fitz break down the HUGE four-team trade sending James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. Tom Haberstroh, Raheel Ramzanali, Bobby Marks and David Jacoby all join in to talk trade details, get into Kyrie Irving's absence and discuss how Harden will fit in the Nets' locker room. Plus, is this the bad side of player empowerment and how will this affect the future of the Nets and Rockets? And, a spicy after-party that'll have you singing "Oooh, oooh, oooh - alright" and wondering where warty pigs have been all your life.
The 8-8 of ESPN Radio: 1/12/21
Spain and Fitz talk NBA postponements and what the league should do about their COVID issues with Stephen A. Smith. Rob Perez (a.ka. Worldwide Wob) joins to share his Wob-vestigation results into Kyrie Irving's night at the club and Greg Wyshynski previews the new-look NHL season that starts tomorrow night. Plus, CFP National Title game reactions, the latest NFL coach firings and retirings and Ravens O-Lineman Bradley Bozeman and his wife Nikki talk living in an RV and Baltimore's up-and-down season.
Fri-Yay with a Pre-Party : 1/8/21
Spain & Fitz talk Wild Card weekend plans, "Death to 2020" and more in a pre-party, then welcome Mike Golic Jr to talk NFL, CFB and The Bachelorette. Then it's #HiFraand with Mina Kimes, who breaks down the Wild Card weekend in the NFL and Treavor Scales talks college football and his new show. Plus, Bobby Valentine remembers his friend Tommy Lasorda, Spain and Fitz tell you which teams are peaking, plateauing and plunging and they make their Six-Pack of picks for the weekend.
Balls and Strikes : 1/7/21
Spain & Fitz talk Mets news & the Knicks hot start, plus the latest on the Browns' COVID & coaching issues. They chat Wild Card weekend with former NFLr Shaun OHara and NBA with Kenyon Martin. Plus, what would you sacrifice for Deshaun Watson & your epic sibling battles as we prepare for Ball v. Ball tomorrow night.
Cj McCollum & Terry McLaurin!: 1/6/21
Spain & Fitz get through a tough day by addressing the news & then offering an escape via sports. Blazers star CJ McCollum joins to talk about his beloved Browns making the postseason (and to talk smack with Spain about Portland's loss to the Bulls) and the Washington Football team's Terry McLaurin previews their Wild Card game against the Bucs and talks about their up-and-down season. Plus, Ravens FB Patrick Ricard on his team getting hot just before the postseason & former NFL QB Matt Cassel on the weekend's best NFL match-ups. Plus, Good News in the form of boy band tunes, baseball cards and an L for Passan's kid.
Strike A Pose: 1/5/21
It's Heisman night! Spain and Fitz get you ready for the big announcement, talk about DeVonta Smith's award-winning season and discuss whether or not COVID will move the National Championship game. Plus, ESPN Cleveland's Emmett Golden on how Browns fans are handling the team's COVID issues, a new GM for the Texans and why Urban Meyer would be a bad choice for the Jaguars. And, the Molson North and the Kanye West? New, better names for the NHL's sponsored divisions.
New year, same Spain shade!: 1/4/21
Spain & Fitz are both back, but only one host's 8-8 football team is headed to the playoffs! They talk the final week of the NFL regular season and the best head coaching vacancy in the league, play Good Take or Hot Take with NFL analyst opinions and revisit the playoff picks they made before the season. Plus, Trevor Matich and Charles Robinson join the show to talk NFL and CFP.
'Twas The Night Before Christmas poem: 12/23/20
Solo Spain settles in for an extra-long Spain & Fitz on Festivus, aka Christmas Eve Eve. Spain talks Harden's COVID violation and the postponed Rockets game with Ramona Shelburne, Opening Night for the Nets with Malika Andrews and the Lakers with Hall of Famer James Worthy. Plus, Field Yates on JuJu taking off his dancing shoes and Haskins apologizing to the Washington Football Team. Sue Bird joins to talk about NBA expansion in Seattle and her surprise engagement to Megan Rapinoe, plus Spain caps off the year with her annual 'Twas The Night Before Christmas poem.
Super Sonic News?: 12/22/20
Courtney Cronin fills in for Fitz to talk Opening Night in the NBA, the potential for an NBA expansion team in Seattle, the Steelers' latest stumble, and WORST CASE SCENARIOS for NFL teams. Plus, Bulls play-by-play man Adam Amin joins to help Chicago fans find some optimism and Ohm Youngmisuk talks Lakers and Clippers.
It Was the Best of Teams, It Was the Worst of Teams: 12/21/20
Spain & Fitz debate over some Good Takes and Hot Takes after Week 15 in the NFL, talk about a bubble-less NBA season starting TOMORROW, debate the merits of tanking and talk to The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach about the final CFP Rankings. Plus, Brooke Pryor on the Steelers, Rich Cimini on the Jets and the birthday girl, Jemele Hill, breaks down the Solstice, the Great Conjuction and Black superpowers.
Feast on the Bottom, General Booty : 12/18/20
It's a Spain & Fitz Power Hour on a Fri-Yay! A pre-party full of holiday lights chatter and dog talk kicks off a Fri-Yay, then Fitz reacts to a tough Raiders loss and questions the meaning of life. We ask if it's worth it for the Saints to start Brees this weekend and question how Brian Kelly worded his complaint about the Rose Bowl. Plus, our Six-Pack of picks for the weekend and a little Sport Tinder.
The Gifts That Don't Give: 12/17/20
Spain & Fitz talk about the teams that could clinch a playoff berth in the NFL this weekend, whether the Saints should turn to Jameis Winston against the Chiefs, NBA load management this season and the latest in James Harden news. Plus, Clinton Yates on the Negro League news, Jesse Washginton on his new book, co-authored with the late John Thompson, and the Christmas gifts you like to give your team and "gifts" you'd like to return.
Goats, Fraands & Mac 'n Cheese: 12/16/20
Spain & Fitz chat with the new winningest coach in women's college hoops history, Tara VanDerveer, new Dallas Wings head coach Vickie Johnson talks her new gig and ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins for #HiFraand. Plus, they talk about James Harden finally addressing the media, the NFL preventing teams from using a bubble for the playoffs, why the College Football Playoff system is broken and how to fix it. And, Ian Eagle has never had a condiment--listeners tell the show the foods they've never tried. Thin Mints? Coffee? MAC 'N CHEESE?!
Get Money: 12/15/20
Spain, Fitz and Courtney Cronin team up for a jam-packed Tuesday show. First, a pre-party talking Nickelodeon teaming up with the NFL and a possible advent calendar intervention. Then, they talk about Giannis securing the bag in Milwaukee, Kyrie Irving finally addressing the pawns, a classic MNF game between the Browns and Ravens and Solo Christmas for Cronin. Plus, Pete Fiutak on the latest CFP Rankings, Jen Lada on a day of celebration in Milwaukee & Nancy Armour with the latest on the abuse scandal at LSU.
Football Monday!: 12/14/20
Spain & Fitz talk about the Bears' win & the Raiders' loss, do "Good Take or Hot Take" reacting to the week in football & welcome the Chiefs' Derrick Nnadi & Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald to the show. Plus, a big change for the Cleveland baseball team--what should the new name be?--and Bill Barnwell on the biggest stories in the NFL.
Fri-Yay Fun!: 12/11/20
Spain and Fitz break down the Rams' TNF win over the Patriots & get you ready for the weekend's slate of games with their Six Pack of picks. Plus John McClain on the Texans' drama, New Mexico coach Paul Weir on his team's weird--and so far game-less--season, Kyrie's pawn talk, Christmas movie table reads, the return of Sports Tinder & more!
New Mexico Men's Head Basketball Coach Paul Weir: 12/11/20
New Mexico Men's Head Basketball Coach Paul Weir details the difficulties has team has been through trying to get the season started.
Game Changers: Vanderbilt Kicker Sarah Fuller: 12/11/20
Our Game Changers segment highlighting women making waves in the male dominated sports world features Sarah Fuller on this episode. The 21-year-old goalkeeper became the first female athlete to play in the power 5. Fuller and her soccer team had clinched their season with a conference title just six days earlier when she took the field for the halftime kickoff for the mens football team with a helmet bearing the words Play like a girl.
Coach K Cares: 12/10/20
Spain and Fitz break down Paul George's new deal & James Harden's trade preferences, get into the 'Bama hoops coach calling out Coach K, talk holiday traditions gone virtual and White Elephant victories. Plus, they discuss the upcoming NHL season with Emily Kaplan in #HiFraand and catch up with Vandy kicker Sarah Fuller in another edition of Game Changers.
Special Mini Pod: Spain & Fitz talk about the guys from the Dan Le Batard Show parting ways with ESPN.: 12/10/20
Spain & Fitz talk about the guys from the Dan Le Batard Show parting ways with ESPN.
Game Changers: Kendall Coyne Schofield: 12/9/20
Our weekly feature Game Changers highlighting women breaking barriers in sports highlights Kendall Coyne Schofiled, a Player Development Coach and Youth Hockey Specialist. Kendall takes us through her hockey journey and how she ended up working for the Blackhawks organization.
Giannis' Doesn't Want Some Extra Bucks: 12/9/20
The Big Ten has remained loyal to the Buckeyes by changing the rules and allowing them to play in the Big Ten championship but was it the right thing to do? Why is Giannis' not signing his Supermax? Plus, the world of college athletics are dealing with a lot of bigger issues than playing games.
It Was a Snaccident!: 12/8/20
A wild and wacky digital-only pre-party kicks off tonight's show, with some seriously stinky talk from Jason Fitz, Sarah Spain and Courtney Cronin. Later, Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews.com breaks down the latest CFP Rankings, Raheel Ramzanali of the No Layups podcast shares how Houston is reacting to James Harden's latest antics and Bill Barnwell breaks down another long week in the NFL. Plus, Washington WR Terry McLaurin on his team's big win over the Steelers, Dez Bryant tests positive just before the Cowboys/Ravens Tuesday Night Football game and what's next for Carson Wentz in Philly.
1972 Dolphins Poppin' Bottles: 12/7/20
Spain & Fitz react to NFL analysts reactions in "Good Take or Hot Take," Fitz re-lives the final moments of Raiders/Jets, we get into Greg Williams' firing & talk big wins for NYG & CLE. Plus, what should the Rockets do with James Harden, former NFL head coach Mike Martz joins to talk Week 13, the Steelers take their first loss and Fitzs WORST. TAKE. EVER.
Ladies Night: 12/3/20
Courtney Cronin fills in for Fitz and joins Spain to talk about the NFL MVP race, whether the Steelers are the favorites in the AFC & what its like to cover a team during COVID times. Plus, volleyball legend Gabby Reece joins the show, Ramona Shelburne on the latest NBA trades and signings and Mina Kimes on Sam Darnold, how the NFL is handling COVID and her assist on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Is The NFL Paying Favorites? : 11/30/20
WHOOOO BOY is this a jam-packed Monday pod! Spain & Fitz recap the football weekend with some "Good Take or Hot Take" and "Good News, Bad News." Plus, they nearly lose their minds trying to explain the NFL's decision-making on COVID-affected games. A fired up Dan Graziano gives the latest on the postponed Ravens/Steelers game, the 49ers' move to Arizona and a major suspension in the NFL. And Bills linebacker AJ Klein joins the show to talk about his great play of late and the team's success.
Thanksgiving Debates!: 11/25/20
Spain & Fitz fill in for Chiney and Golic Jr and settle, once and for all, the biggest Thanksgiving Debates. Plus, an NFL edition of End Zone or Friend Zone, the latest on the postponed PIT/BAL game with Jamison Hensley, College Football Playoff Rankings talk with Rece Davis, Myron Medcalf on the start of the college hoops season, winners and losers of NBA free agency with Brian Windhorst and former NHL'r Kris Versteeg on making the finale of "Battle of the Blades." Plus we wrap up ALL the Thanksgiving debates!
Christmas Fraud: 11/24/20
Spain & Fitz talk Brady and the Bucs loss, react to the College Football Playoff rankings & Pete Fiutak joins for more on CFB. Plus, Bengals & College Hoops with Jordan Cornette, Super Bowl Champ Jermon Bushrod on his new podcast & foundation and is Fitz a Christmas fraud? And - skinny or girthy?
DRINK YOUR GRAVY!: 11/23/20
Spain & Fitz react to Week 11 NFL reactions with Good Take or Hot Take, talk Dabo Dabo-ing and Dan Graziano joins to break down the weekend's biggest winners and losers. Plus, the NFL's latest efforts to halt the COVID spread, Fitz laments last nights Raiders loss and the duo fight about Fitz's absolutely unforgivable take on Thanksgiving sides.
Fri-yay Fun on a Thursday: 11/19/20
Spain & Fitz talk about the devastating news of Klay Thompsons Achilles tear and what it means for the Warriors chances to contend, and welcome The Athletics Vic Tafur to talk Golden State and the Raiders latest COVID issues. Plus, our Six-Pack of football picks, Lindsey Vonn on her doggone good Amazon show, The Pack, and the biggest NBA news post-draft.
The Weekend That Was: 11/17/20
Spain & Fitz talk Drew Brees' injury with Dan Orlovsky and Myron Medcalf joins to chat breaking college hoops news. Plus, tough times for Will Muschamp and Jim Harbaugh, the latest NBA trade news, how concerned should we be about Lamar Jackson and well sift through some NFL Good Takes and Hot Takes.
A Historic Day: 11/13/20
It's FRIIIYAAAYYY! Spain & Fitz talk about why the historic hiring of Kim Ng is both cause for celebration and a reminder of how much work remains, dig into some good NFL QB battles this weekend & chat Masters with Michael Eaves. Plus, they talk to BYU QB Zach Wilson, make their Six-Pack of football picks & chat South Florida sports with Jonathan Zaslow.
Tiger on the Prowl : 11/12/20
Spain and Fitz talk Day 1 of The Masters with Marty Smith and chat Rockets drama with Raheel Ramzanali. Plus, is Victor Oladipo talking his way out of Indy? There is good news and bad news for the White Sox, the Raptors need a home and will Ivy League cancellations once again be a sign of things to come?
SEC Challenges: 11/11/20
Spain & Fitz talk about the latest CFB cancellations with AL.com's John Talty, welcome Mina Kimes for #HiFraand and some NFL talk, get the lowdown on the Masters from Michael Collins (aka Caddie) and chat with NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler about the NFL's new diversity hiring incentives. Plus, the office chair breaststroke, maple syrup featherings, Polar Plunges & more punishments for Fitz if he doesn't learn how to swim.
Tuesday Recap: 11/10/20
Spain and Fitz get the latest on Big Bens status for the weekend from Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor, preview the college hoops season with Jay Bilas, talk to Florida QB Kyle Trask and ask Kevin Blackistone why he thinks Haskins deserves another shot in Washington. Plus, they react to the news of Tony LaRussas DUI, chat Bruce Arians calling out Tom Brady and talk the start of the NBA season.
Hour 1: What happened to the Bucs?: 11/9/20
Spain & Fitz react to the reactions in their weekly Good Take or Hot Take segment, break down NFL Week 9 with Bill Barnwell and get into Notre Dame v Clemson and the post-game fans on the field debacle. Plus, a how it started, how its going update on the Bucks Sterling Brown and Justin Turners Dodgers.
WHY ARE WE YELLING?!?!? : 11/6/20
Spain & Fitz get fiery about the MLBs lack of punishment for Justin Turner and talk to Jeff Passan about the decision to let Turner skate free. Plus, they make their Six-Pack of picks for the football weekend, talk Seahawks/Bills and Ravens/Colts, and preview Clemson/Notre Dame with the ACC Network's Eric Mac Lain. And...pizza and nachos and ice cream, oh my! Stress eating FTW!
Time for Fitz to make dinner!: 11/5/20
Spain & Fitz talk to Colts LB Anthony Walker about playing during COVID times and the teams killer D, plus Andrea Adelson joins to talk about her story on Stanford football coach David Shaw. Plus, predicting a weird free agency period for the NBA, a look ahead to two of the top NFL games of Week 9 and whats on the menu for National Men Make Dinner Day!
Couple Therapy : 11/4/20
Sarah & Jason look back at there NFL preseason picks, discuss how Covid is effecting the NFL and CFB and try to help Jordan & Shae Cornette work out a martial problem. Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell stops by to talk about the Bearcats early success and Matt Cassel tell you that everything will be ok in New England. Also you don't want to miss the after party!!!
Getaway fun : 11/3/20
Jason Fitz embraces the night that is happening around us by letting the world vote on the next QB to represent your division for next 4 years. He discusses why the Giants should move on from Daniel Jones and the Packers continue to pick at Aaron Rodgers scab. You also hear about a NFL MVP getting blown out by a rookie.
Hour 1: November Surprises: 11/2/20
Spain & Fitz play "Hot Take or Good Take" after a wild NFL weekend, dish out fame and shame for the week's performances and Bill Barnwell joins to talk the Pats' struggles, Lamar Jackson's slump, the Rams' second half and more. Plus, the most surprising of Sunday's November Surprises and our listeners suggest ways to cope with the stress of Election Day.
Happy Eve of All Hallows Eve! : 10/30/20
Spain & Fitz talk Trevor Lawrences positive COVID test and get the latest on Clemsons plans without him from Holly Rowe. Plus, a six-pack of NFL picks, Cams must-win match-up with the Bills, Ryan Clark breaks down a big Steelers/Ravens rivalry game, Cameron Wolfe joins to talk Tuas first start for the Dolphins and some FRI-YAY Halloween fun!
When sincere doesn't mean sincere : 10/29/20
Spain and Fitz talk about the surprising hire of new White Sox manager Tony La Russa and Jeff Passan and Jason Goff join the show to weigh in on the move. Plus, Bobby Marks on the latest NBA news, what kind of punishment will MLB hand the Dodgers Justin Turner, are the Bucs the best team in the NFL and the Jets take you never knew you needed.
Selfish hits an all-time high: 10/28/20
Sarah & Jason get their feeling out about the decision Justin Turner made last night. Rob Gronkowski talks about Syrup drizzling and Fitz talks about not liking syrup! Nicole Auerbach joins to explain that 21 days is not far off of how long positive Covid players have to wait to get back into action.
It's a sad day: 10/27/20
Sarah is very upset about the performance the Bears put on last night but is trying to stay positive about this team. Tim Tebow stops by to talk with Sarah & Jason about National Mentorship Day, defense in the SEC and some interesting thoughts on what Trevor Lawrence should do. POST PARTY at the end you don't want to miss!
Is it Good or Hot?: 10/26/20
Spain & Fitz play NFL Good Take or Hot Take, talk about the Patriots struggles, a lost season for the Jaguars Ryquell Armstead and how the Big Ten is handling positive COVID tests. Plus, Spain talks World Series with former MLB pitcher Ryan Dempster.
Bucs Sign Antonio Brown: 10/23/20
World Cup Champion and Soccer Great Christie Rampone joins Sarah for an exclusive digital interview. Then Sarah reacts to the Bucs' signing of troubled Wide Receiver Antonio Brown.. Plus, we preview the anticipated Titans / Steelers Matchup on Sunday. Plus, ESPN MMA Reporter Ariel Helwani helps preview UFC 254.
History made in Baseball : 10/22/20
Spain & Fitz are back together again, talking Giants vs. Eagles and the ugly NFC East. Plus, COVID-19 hits the Raiders and is there a place for Antonio Brown back in the NFL? Jessica Mendoza joins to talk World Series, Dave Revsine on the start of Big Ten Football and we make our NFL Week 7 Six-Pack of picks.
Spain and Fitz: Bruce Arians joins the show!: 10/21/20
Jason Fitz talks about the matchup this weekend in the NFL that will send the hype machine through the roof - Titans/Steelers. There will be a ton of discussion about the winner of this game being the AFC's best team, but Jason isnt ready to buy into that. Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians stops by to talk about being honored by the Women's Sports Foundation for his work in promoting diversity, as well as the state of their game against the Raiders after the Raiders offensive line was all sent home today after right tackle Trent Brown went on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Finally, what does the future hold for Antonio Brown? Fitz weighs in.
Bears hear the Critics : 10/20/20
Jason Fitz is solo and gets to talk to Chicago Bears Safety Tashaun Gipson about the Bears hot start. He also talks about how Jerry Jones knows the words he says have a lot of power.
We had a show! : 10/19/20
After weeks of being pushed for the NBA and MLB, Sarah & Jason finally had a full show. The Chiefs showed the world that they can run and pass all over you. Can the Dodgers finally reach the mountain top? Jason has some strong thoughts on the NFL only fining the Titans.
Spain and Fitz: Time to end the MJ vs. LeBron debate: 10/12/20
Sarah and Jason are celebrating unexpected wins from the weekend - the Bears taking out the Buccaneers, and the Raiders stunning the Chiefs. They also discuss the Dak Prescott injury and how hard it was to watch, the return of Alex Smith and all the emotions that surrounded it, and can we finally just end the MJ vs. LeBron debate? It's time to appreciate what LeBron has done, and what he had to do to win this championship.
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