The JoeSportsFan Show
The JoeSportsFan Show is a weekly podcast that celebrates the underbelly of St. Louis sports through comedy and candor. It is hosted by Matt Sebek, Josh Bacott and Chris Files and features a unique take on the St. Louis sports media, fans and teams. From interviews to original audio bits and topical fodder, The JoeSportsFan Show is sure to challenge the intellect, while questioning maturity.
We welcome you to the digital jamboree and thank you for supporting this production through a successful Kickstarter venture.
What it is:
- Hosted by Matt Sebek, Josh Bacott & Chris Files
- Recap of our favorite stories in St. Louis sports
- Original digital shorts
- Interviews with creatures neglected by the media
- Released every Friday on JoeSportsFan.com
- Available (for free) via iTunes
Subscribing to the show through iTunes (or the raw RSS feed) ensures that new episodes are downloaded to your computer of mobile device of choice (e.g., iPod, iPhone) automatically. That means you can listen in your car, on a jog or on the toilet. Or if you prefer to listen to weekly episodes here, that's fine too. Kick back and enjoy yourself.
Our Top 10 Favorite Moments, Thus Far
For this week's show, we recall our ten favorite moments on the show thus far. We're only 14 episodes in, but we've come a long way. As we talked about in our very first episode, this show is going to evolve and we're going to grow. Sharing some of the hilarity (and embarrassment) behind the scenes is part of that.
Episode 14: The One with Paul Cavallini (and Derrick Goold (and Superman))
People often ask us, "Who is the biggest Cardinals fan in St. Louis?” It’s debatable. It’s a lot like asking, "What’s your favorite movie?" There are so many different flavors of fans, you really have to define your genre. If you're looking for a pure attention whore and total television time, you're probably going to land on Sign Guy. But there are many other characters out there that Cardinal fans know and love. Over the course of the next few shows, we’re going to unearth and talk to some of these characters that you’ve seen down at Busch Stadium; you know, to find out what makes them tick. First up tonight is a guy that goes by the name "St. Louis Superman".
Oh, and we also talk to one of the best in the industry, the purveyor of STLToday's "Bird Land", Derrick Goold.
Episode Thirteen: The One with Kurt Warner (and Scott Rovak)
While you may not be familiar with the name, we’re sure most St. Louis Cardinal fans have seen Scott Rovak’s work; it’s everywhere, from the epic shots that make covers of magazine to player headshots that are displayed on the jumbotron and Busch Stadium. He’s the man behind the camera. He’s also has the best seat in the house: the exclusive camera pit next to the Cardinals dugout.
Sitting next to Mike Matheny with a zoom lens? Male or female, that’s something we can all appreciate.
Episode Twelve: The One with Tony Banks (and Mike Laga)
We have a lifetime of questions piled up for Mike Laga and the miraculous event that has little so few answers. Even though he only spent three years in St. Louis, sending a baseball into a different stratosphere wasn’t the only bizarre event during his tenure. Mike Laga is also featured on arguably the most atrocious baseball card ever produced by Topps. This week he celebrates his 52nd birthday, so we decided to track him down for Episode 12 of the JoeSportsFan Show.
Episode Eleven: The One with Jose Oquendo (and Chris Duncan)
This week, we welcome a JoeSportsFan favorite into the digital dojo: Softball Guy. With summer leagues starting up, we bring in our resident expert to explain what's necessary to become a dominate force amongst other out-of-shape adults on any given Wednesday night. We also chat with a former Cardinal and current on-air talent for 101 ESPN who probably isn't too shabby on the softball diamond himself: Chris Duncan.
Episode Ten: The One with Rex Hudler (and also, Rex Hudler)
Sure, he was a little tall at 6’1". But his whiteness, positional versatility, extreme hustle and a funny name certainly provided the attributes to quality as "Scrappy". In fact, some (read: us) label this week's episode namesake the "Godfather of Grit" in St. Louis. Rex. Hudler. Heck, we love Rex Hudler so much that we not only paid homage to his #10 jersey number, we invited him in as our featured guest this week. We did this by also adopting a few tricks from terrestrial radio. Sure, it's a podcast, but that doesn't mean we can't take a lead from the best. Callers, traffic breaks, time checks and live reads. It's all here.
Episode Nine: The One with Terry Pendleton (and Jack Clark)
We bring "The Ripper" into the JoeSportsFan Show to talk about Tony La Russa, steroids, the number 22 and welcome any and all references to 80's Cardinals baseball. We also pay homage to one of Jack Clark's teammates, Terry Pendleton.
Episode Eight: The One with Gary Gaetti (and Will Leitch)
We begin Episode 8 by paying homage to the finest athlete to ever attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL. Gary "The Rat" Gaetti. We also bring in another man with roots in Mattoon, Will Leitch. In the midst of founding Deadspin and writing at New York Magazine, GQ and the New York Times, Mr. Leitch is a staunch Cardinals fan. In this week's episode, we also gain exclusive access to some of the Rams stadium renovation talks.
Episode Seven: The One with Tripp Cromer (and Ozzie Smith)
Ozzie Smith is a 13-time Gold Glove winner, an MLB Hall of Famer and finally involved in the Cardinals organization after a sabatical during the Tony La Russa era. For whatever reason, he decided to grace us with his presence on Episode Seven of The JoeSportsFan Show. In this very special episode, we also break out a new feature entited, "Great Moments in Fan History".
Episode Six: The One with Jack Rothrock (and Towel Man)
Through five episodes, we’ve had the ability to get some guests of substantial magnitude on The JoeSportsFan Show and we have many more planned and scheduled. But one interview stands out amongst the rest, in terms of listener response. And that’s Ray Vinson. We were tickled by that response because one of the things we want to do on this show is talk to people in and around the St. Louis scene that you don’t normally get to hear from on other shows. This week supports that claim. With the St. Louis Blues in full postseason swing, we brought in the guy simply known as "Towel Man".
Episode Five: The One with Garth Butcher (and Jimmy Traina)
Sometimes you just have to pay tribute to Garth Butcher, the former Blues defensive who looks like Mike Myers and still has one of the finest hockey names in history. Sometimes you also have to chat with the purveyor of Sports Illustrated's "Hot Clicks", one of highest read daily columns on the internet. And, of course, sometimes you have to imagine new ways to save terrestrial media. Someone has to.
Episode Four: The One with Rick Zombo (and Ray Vinson)
In Episode Four of the JoeSportsFan Show, the fellas talk to a man that gets more television face-time during Cardinals games than most bench players: the owner of Vinson Mortgage, Ray Vinson. Oh, you got that right. They also talk with their resident MLB insider, Skeeter Rosin, discuss the influx of St. Louis Blues rap songs and provide a roadmap for saving the newspaper industry.
Episode Three: The One with Khalil Greene (and Adam Carolla)
In Episode Three, JoeSportsFan pays homage to Khalil Greene and his rapping abilities. They also chat with Adam Carolla about the radio industry and his affinity for Rams football. The annual Home Opener fan scavenger hunt is also constructed and the guys take a deeper dive into the creation of analogy-laced Cardinals commercials.
Episode Two: The One with Carl Rose (and Dan McLaughlin)
The sophomore episode features a chat with Dan McLaughlin and exclusive audio from inside the St. Louis Blues Bandwagon. We also bring back a familiar JSF favorite: "Thoughts from a Message Board" - featuring internet responses about SLU's Brian Conklin weeping like a child after his team lost in the 2nd round of this year's NCAA Tournament.
Episode One: The One with Pat Jablonski (and David Freese)
JoeSportsFan kicks off the digital jamboree by talking St. Louis Blues players who have last names that sound like euphemisms for taking "taking a dump". Then, we bring in World Series MVP David Freese as the inaugural guest for our weekly "Tailgate Talk" segment. We also cover a variety of questions about our Kickstarter campaign and give away a new Rawlings baseball glove to one lucky contributor.