Rank #1: Ep. 8: The National Journal's Kirk Bado - Covering 2020 Election
The National Journal's Kirk Bado discusses covering his first election at this level, along with how he prepared for election week and everything after. Being a young political reporter, Bado has made it an effort to find a way to network throughout the pandemic and gives insight into bettering himself within the industry.
Also, as an NBA and Sixers fan, Bado discusses the state of his Sixers, trade rumors and much more.
Nov 20 2020
Rank #2: Ep. 7: Brendan Donohue - NBA 2K League Managing Director
Brendan Donohue has been the Managing Director for the NBA 2K League since the league's first season in 2018. Since then, he's helped the league expand across more NBA teams and internationally. As the league completed its first remote season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Donohue discusses the pros and cons of a remote-season, expectations for season four, and much more.
Songs featured in this episode: "No One" and "Ever" by Malary (Twitter/Instagram: @AirMalary).
Oct 02 2020
Rank #3: Ep. 6: AJ Brodeur - 2019-'20 Co-Ivy League Player of the Year
AJ Brodeur is a Penn legend, holding multiple school records including games played/started (119). The only games he'd come to miss were the ones canceled by the Ivy League in March when COVID-19 became prevalent in the U.S. In this episode Brodeur explains the atmosphere of the team and fellow Ivy League athletes when the league canceled the tournament and how so much has changed since March. Brodeur also shares his thinking behind going pro, the effects the pandemic has had on his career aspirations, and much more.
2:15 COVID-19 altering his plans.
5:13 His post-grad plans before COVID-19.
9:36 When Ivy League cancelled tournament and realizing how serious COVID-19 is.
14:15 Reflecting on his career.
19:00 How would he summarize career?
23:30 On being part of Penn’s resurgence.
28:23 How he was notified winning Co-Ivy League Player of the Year.
33:00 People’s reception to analytics.
38:30 On decision to go pro and get an agent.
41:35 Benefits of the NEPSAC.
47:43 Searching for college exposure.
52:39 Stigmas of an Ivy League athlete.
The name of the song played in the beginning and end is "No One" by Malary (Twitter/Instagram: @AirMalary).
Jul 10 2020
Rank #4: Ep. 5: Gabe Vincent - 2019-'20 G League Most Improved Player
Miami Heat Two-Way player Gabe Vincent details being stuck in Miami during quarantine and staying in shape in the event his services are needed. Vincent also delves into stigmas athletes face, misconceptions regarding G League players, playing for the Nigerian national team and much more.
1:03, How’s Quarantine? (Hotel hopping)
2:13, How he was notified season postponed.
2:46, Learning the season was cancelled.
3:35, On decision to not go home.
4:53 what led to winning Most Improved Player
7:46, Olympics postponed
12:17, playing against home-state teams
15:00, Misconceptions on G League
21:03, Treatment as an athlete
The song played in the intro and outro is "No One" by Malary. His Twitter: @AirMalary
Jul 03 2020
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Rank #5: Ep. 4: Kit Ackermann - Life as Lucky The Leprechaun for the Boston Celtics
Kit Ackermann has spent majority of his 20's as Lucky The Leprechaun for the Boston Celtics. Ackermann had to withdraw from the University of Memphis to fulfill his dream. How did his parents react to his decision? How did the opportunity come about? Ackermann, a Tennessee native, had to overcome stigmas as a teenager to reach his dream, while also departing from typical male sports. Now in his 30's and he's enjoyed the hardships for his happiness.
3:20, How did he get into the mascoting?
6:30, Parents reaction to his career choice.
10:00, Parents reaction to Boston news.
15:30, Discussing with parents.
20:45 What’s his legacy in Boston?
30:00 Is mascoting a full-time job?
33:00, How he met his wife.
Intro and outdo song played is "No One" by Malary, available on all platforms. Twitter of the artist: @AirMalary
Jun 26 2020
Rank #6: Ep. 3: Kevin Harlan - Reflection and Insight
Harlan gives his reflection on the 2009 first-round series between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. Harlan adulates the series and uses it as a barometer for series he's covered since. The two-time National Sportscaster of the Year also elucidates on working for the NBA 2K franchise and what most fans of the franchise aren't privy to what goes into virtual commentating.
3:40 Where does Bulls-Celtics rank for him?
16:30 NBA 2K conversations begins
17:00 Do players recognize him from 2K?
19:15 On 2K being ingrained in NBA culture
21:51 How do you prepare to record for MyCareer mode?
23:37 On how exactly they record game action.
Song featured at the end is "No One" by Malary. His Twitter is @AirMalary
Jun 19 2020
Rank #7: Ep. 2: Joe Smith - No. 1 Pick in 1995 NBA Draft
The NBA's No. 1 pick in 1995 discusses what he's learned from squandering his $61 million career earnings and how he wants to use his mistakes to educate the athletes of today. Smith also delves into what happened with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2000 and clarifies what happened with the Golden State Warriors and much more.
2:30 On being traded.
12:10 on losing his fortune.
15:30 financial advisers betrayal.
16:30 Wanting to participate in rookie transition program.
20:00 T-Wolves situation.
25:40 Clarifying reports Warriors offered $80M.
28:45 On consistently playing on one-year deals.
35:00 on retired players association
Social media for the artist: @AirMalary on Twitter
Jun 12 2020
Rank #8: Ep. 1: Terrence Clarke - 5-star recruit, Kentucky commit and 2021 NBA prospect
DISCLAIMER: This episode was recorded in the fall, prior to Clarke's decision. In this podcast you'll learn from Clarke on why Kentucky, what it means to be a 5-star talent from Boston and much more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and more.
2:44 Realizes when he could become a D1 player.
7:22 On relationship with NBA Players.
10:30 Why college over overseas.
11:49 College decision.
13:00 Discusses what happened with Memphis — Penny Hardaway & Mike Miller.
14:15 When he realized Kentucky was for him.
19:20 How’s Coach Cal?
May 22 2020