Gonna hop on the list-icle bandwagon this week.
With the transfer to a Manhattan school, I have a lot of free time on my train rides in. Music was starting to get boring so I thought “Why not get more boring?” I downloaded a podcast. Seriously, I love these now that I’ve started listening to them. To you, the ones I like might be boring: Just a couple of people having an hour long talk about basketball. But I love that these guys can go completely uninhibited since they know it’s a very niche audience. Eventually I started branching out to more sports pods and now I can barely keep up with all the new episodes that cone out every day.
In no particular order, here are my five favorite sports podcasts:
*My only rule here was to not include any pods that were just condensed versions of radio or TV shows*
The Vertical Podcast with Woj: This is a basketball pod hosted by arguably the best reporter in the NBA at the moment. Adrian Wojnarowski works for Yahoo! Sports and was recently given his own little site-within-the-site called, ahem, The Vertical. Woj is known for breaking news around the NBA through Twitter. These tweets are affectionately called Woj Bombs. The podcast is usually him going one-on-one with a big name whether it be a retired hall of famer; current player; or team executive. Woj’s rep let’s him be able to dig deeper during the chat and he always seems to have some question that leaves the interviewee with a “How the hell did you hear that?!?” repsonse. There are two other variations of The Vertical podcast. One is hosted once a week by current Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard JJ Redick and the other is hosted by Yahoo! Sports columnist Chris Mannix.
The Bill Simmons Podcast: You either love the guy or think he’s a spoiled, insufferable d–k. While still at ESPN and before the cruel shutdown of Grantland, this pod was known as the B.S. Report. Not much has changed about the show since the name and logo. It also seems to be the only solid part of his career right now since his move to HBO. Simmons hasn’t contributed many columns for his new website The Ringer and his HBO TV show tanked and was canceled after 9 episodes. The good thing about Simmons is he puts up multiple episodes a week. One right now is dedicated to the people who bet on football as he talks about money lines in the NFL with Jimmy Kimmel Live! personality and friend, Cousin Sal Iacono. The other episodes will have him bring on a couple of guests/friends to talk about various things in the sports and entertainment worlds.
The Ringer NBA Show: Another basketball pod. Another pod from The Ringer network. One thing that Simmons does is his sites do always have quality podcasts. This one is hosted by The Ringer’s lead NBA writer Chris Vernon and follows the format of The Vertical with Woj in terms of guests but is a lot looser in terms of topics and banter and you’ll have more laughs with it. Also, there are a lot more NBA journalists that appear. I like that there’s more of a revolving door of people who come back and whatnot so there’s some continuity to the pods.
The Lowe Post: Cleverly named after a figurative spot on the basketball court, this pod is an in-depth look at the NBA with ESPN’s and former Grantlander Zach Lowe. Lowe is known for his intense love of basketball and religious viewing habits. This has led to him becoming the best breakdown writer on the internet today, IMO. His 2,500+ word columns usually have a bunch of video clips to back up whatever flaw or cool thing he sees in the game. This all comes with him to the pod. Zach leads a very laid-back podcast where the guests is either another ESPN writer or an actual player/executive. He’s careful to not pick someone who he might overwhelm with info. I wouldn’t recommend this for someone who’s just getting into the NBA.
Pardon My Take: Last but not least and also the only one on my list to carry the explicit logo. Pardon My Take is hosted by two personalities from the Barstool Sports network, Big Cat and PFT Commenter. This started out as a very basic podcast — like using a sock as a mic windscreen — and has now evolved to where to where every show has a fairly famous guest. The show is a lot of satire as while they have serious guests, they like to joke a lot. Big Cat and PFT seem like your stereotypical frat-guys but it leads to a fun pod and they do know what they’re talking about when not just trying to spew a hot take.