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Taking Shots

Are you looking for a place for perspective, personality, opinion, and a little bit of insight on topics that matter...and a few that don't? Welcome to Taking Shots, a place where we give and take our takes on sports, business, gambling, investing, and a whole bunch of what's going on in Ohio. We're your hosts Nicholas Bertagna and Michael Pappas, and we're going to give it to you straight with a little humor, controversy, banter, and a really fun spin on everything that matters to us - which is just about everything. Join us for some quality info, great guests, a good time, and mostly just a fun place to hang each week. So come take your shot, because we'll be taking ours.

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Ep. 35 - Schedule Release Party

In this episode we discuss the NFL Schedule as it was released and break down the matchups for all the AFC North teams.

1hr 3mins

13 May 2022

Rank #1

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Ep. 34 - Should Baker Stay?!

In tonight’s episode, I yell at Nick for butchering a dummy-proof recipe, we review the draft, debate the Browns possibly keeping Baker, and make some bets on NFL future props.

1hr 12mins

5 May 2022

Rank #2

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Ep. 33 - Phil Castellini Shows True Colors

In tonight’s episode, we discuss the sad state of the Reds, the difference between good and bad ownership, and discuss the upcoming NFL Draft

1hr 33mins

21 Apr 2022

Rank #3

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Ep. 31 - Cleveland's Big Gamble

In tonight’s episode we discuss all the moves in free agency, the browns big move of moving from Baker to Watson, and discuss the current state of baseball

1hr 1min

24 Mar 2022

Rank #4

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Ep. 30 - Free Agency Reaction

In this episode we react to all the moves in the NFL with free agency, who got better or worse. We also discuss Tom Brady’s return, and touch on the state of the Reds.

1hr 15mins

17 Mar 2022

Rank #5

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Ep. 29 - Intro to NFTs

In tonight's episode, we touch on the conflict between Russian and Ukraine, and dive into a deep introduction into the world of NFT's with special guest Brian Wagner!

1hr 8mins

3 Mar 2022

Rank #6

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Ep. 28 - We're Back and Looking Forward

In tonight’s episode, we discuss our one week break, breakdown the Super Bowl, look forward to next season for the AFC North, and touch on LeBron James and Juwan Howard!


25 Feb 2022

Rank #7

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Ep. 27 - It Is Us!

In this episode, we breakdown Super Bowl LVI between the Rams and Bengals. We give our official bets, predictions, and final shots for the Super Bowl!


10 Feb 2022

Rank #8

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Ep. 26 - AFC Champions!

In this episode we discuss the Bengals improbable run through the AFC, how they came back against the Chiefs, how close or not close other AFC North teams are from being where the Bengals are, Jim Harbaugh flirting with the NFL, and reflect on the GOAT.

1hr 2mins

3 Feb 2022

Rank #9

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Ep. 25 - AFC Championship Edition

In this episode we discuss the fact that the Bengals are a win away from the Super Bowl, review a wild Divisional Round, and preview the Conference Championship!  

1hr 6mins

27 Jan 2022

Rank #10