This week's "Breakfast With Benz" hockey podcast features Brian Metzer of the Penguins Radio Network. We look at what life inside the NHL bubble may look like. How the Penguins Roster may shake out. And Matt Murray's future.
Madden Monday (7/7)--Mark Madden, Tim Benz on reduced NFL practice snaps, NHL return, Pirates Plans 07-06-2020
It's Tuesday. But we are posting Madden Monday anyway! This week we discuss how the Steelers will handle reduced NFL practice snaps, the NHL's return, and some Pirates plans.
Don Rebel chats with Thomas Jefferson High School Athletic Director, Bill Cherpak.
Rebel Yell: OLSH Athletic Director 07-03-2020
Don Rebel is joined by Michael McDonald, Athletic Director at Our Lady of the Sacred High School.
Our weekly fantasy sports podcast features Jeff Erickson of RotoWire. He joins us to talk about Cam Newton's new job with the New England Patriots. We look at the impact--or lack of impact--of speed on rosters for a short season. And we analyze the prospect of big seasons for Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds, and Joe Musgrove.
Breakfast with Benz podcast (7/2)--Ken Laird 07-02-2020
TribLive Radio pioneer Ken Laird joins me. Now at WEEI radio in Boston, Ken checks in to talk about the Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots, Spygate 2.0, and a potential return of Antonio Brown to Gillette Stadium.
This week's hockey podcast with Brian Metzer tours through the turmoil of attempting to figure out how the NHL can successfully relaunch. We discuss hub city ideas, and coronavirus containment. We also flashback to the Phil Kessel trade. And we look at the NHL draft lottery conspiracy theories
We take a look at the Pirates as they get ready to start a rebooted 2020 MLB "spring training" at PNC Park. Who is the DH? How many middle infielders can one team have? What's the rotation?
Rebel Yell: North Allegheny AD Bob Bozzuto 06-29-2020
Bob Bozzuto, AD of North Allegheny, joins Don Rebel as winners of the Trib Cup.
In this week's "Madden Monday," Mark Madden and I talk about the odd NHL draft lottery, coverage of the Ben Roethlisberger admissions, and the Pirates' questions at DH.
Brian Green was Nick Gonzales' coach at New Mexico State. The Pirates drafted Gonzales in the first round of this month's MLB draft. Now at Washington State, Green joins me to talk about Gonzales' freakish bat speed, fielding skills, and sudden rise from walk-on to batting champ.
Rebel Yell: Spencer Lee & Maura Huwalt 06-26-2020
Voted the best WPIAL athletes of the year, Spencer Lee and Maura Huwalt talk about their playing days in high school.
Jeff Erickson of RotoWire joins me for our weekly fantasy sports podcast. We look at how a 60-game MLB season may hurt fantasy interest and participation. We also talk about roster manipulation strategy, Pirates DH prospects, and Antonio Brown's potential NFL destinations.
Part Two of our broadcast welcomes Steve Mears. The Penguins TV play-by-play man has experience calling live hockey games remotely. He's done it before for World Junior championship games. He'll have to do it again calling Penguins games soon.
Pirates play-by-play man Greg Brown talks about the enormous challenges of calling MLB road games from a remote location.
In this week's hockey podcast, Brian Metzer of the Penguins Radio Network joins me to talk about why the prospect of being an NHL hub city isn't all that great. Also we analyze the latest bumps in the road on the path to an NHL reboot, how the expansion team in Seattle may be viewing all of this drama, and a few Penguins flashbacks to days of yore.
Madden Monday Podcast (6/22)--Mark Madden on NHL Hub cities, Steelers prospects, classic Pittsburgh wins 06-22-2020
In this week's "Madden Monday" podcast, Mark Madden joins me to talk about the Steelers playoff prospects, attempts to reboot North American sports, classic Pittsburgh sports victories, and NHL hub cities.
Rebel Yell: Semi-Finals Voting Recap 06-20-2020
Don Rebel recaps the voting results in the semi-finals of who the greatest WPIAL athlete is of this century.
Jeff Erickson of Rotowire joins me from the road this week. We look at the divisional dynamics for fantasy baseball if Major League Baseball ever gets its short season going. Chris Archer's injury. A pitch for Mitch Keller to lose. The absence of NFL training camp and preseason information. And the idea of Antonio Brown in San Francisco.
Robert Morris Athletic Director Chris King joins me. We talk about the decision for the Colonials to jump into the Big South for football, and the Horizon League for most other sports, including men's basketball.