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Each week, Ryen Russillo will break down the biggest topics in sports.

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Russillo shares his thoughts on celebrity "beefs" as well as the online exchange between NBA players Bradley Beal and Kent Bazemore (2:00), before talking with NBA champion and head coach of the Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse about the 2020-21 NBA season, dealing with adversity, the Raptors' 2019 championship run, coaching Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, the Raptors' defensive schemes, and more (15:30). Then Ryen talks with founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Todd Graves about building the business right out of college, his new TV show 'Restaurant Recovery' on Discovery+, tips for growing a small business, and more (47:00). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:07:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guest: Nick Nurse, Todd Graves Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo is joined by Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer who shares some background on Aaron Rodgers’s beef with the Packers and when he thinks the breakup will actually happen. Plus, Dilfer breaks down why most of the quarterbacks in the draft went to the perfect franchise, with one major exception (2:15). Then Ryen closes it out with CNBC’s Josh Brown for a special financial edition of Life Advice (48:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guest: Trent Dilfer, Josh Brown Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo shares his thoughts on the clear case for Nikola Jokic for NBA MVP and the historical significance of that (1:30). Then Ryen talks with Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network about his draft evaluations, including Jaylen Waddle vs. DeVonta Smith, first-round QBs, most trustworthy front offices in evaluating positional talent, stories from the war room, and more (15:30). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (44:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guest: Daniel Jeremiah Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo shares his thoughts on the first round of the NFL draft (1:30) and talks with Kevin Clark about the news that Aaron Rodgers does not wish to return to the Packers next season, Trey Lance to the 49ers, Mac Jones to the Patriots, Justin Fields to the Bears, good and bad draft fits, and more (14:30) before tailing off into an F1 racing segment (47:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:22:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guest: Kevin Clark Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Celtics' loss to the Thunder, and trying to find meaning in games during the last month of the NBA season (2:00). Then Ryen talks with three-time Pro Bowl QB Carson Palmer about his time with the Bengals, making his way to the Cardinals, dealing with media criticism, his thoughts on some of the top QB prospects in the 2021 NFL draft, and more (13:00). Then in Part 3 of a three-part series, Ryen talks with Matt Leinart, Jeff Saturday, Stanford Steve, Tedy Bruschi, and Michael Vick about their draft experience (41:00). Then Ryen makes an announcement (1:20:00) before answering some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:30:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guest: Matt Leinart, Jeff Saturday, Tedy Bruschi, Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, and Stanford Steve Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo shares his thoughts (and research) on first-round QB draft picks (1:50) before talking with ESPN’s Todd McShay about the latest buzz around the upcoming NFL draft (22:00). Then Ryen talks with Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard about fighting though adversity this season, Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, and more (43:00). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:04:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guests: Todd McShay and Tommy Sheppard Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Suns' win over the 76ers, and what we learned about those two teams heading into the NBA playoffs (2:15). Then Ryen talks with former heavyweight champion boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. about his upcoming fight vs. Chris Arreola on May 1, winning the heavyweight title vs. Anthony Joshua, losing the rematch, working on construction sites in his youth, and more (17:00). Then in Part 2 of a three-part series, Ryen talks with Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn, Jonathan Vilma, Daryl Johnston, and Rod Thorn about their draft experiences (34:30). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:09:00). Host: Ryen Russillo Guest: Andy Ruiz Jr., Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn, Jonathan Vilma, Daryl Johnston, and Rod Thorn Producer: Kyle Crichton Producer: Steve Ceruti
Russillo opens with Steph Curry continuing his ridiculous stretch, Chris Paul and the Suns continuing to impress, and more in the NBA in 10 Minutes or Less (2:30). Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix stops by to talk about the Jake Paul fight and why one of boxing's biggest problems is the fear of fighters losing. Plus he and Russillo assess all the NBA contenders with just a few weeks left in the regular season (15:20). Next, Ryen talks to BYU head coach Kalani Sitake about his former quarterback Zach Wilson projecting to the NFL and the unique nature of the Cougars’ program (40:30). Finally, Ryen closes the show with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (59:00).
Russillo is joined by Chris Simms of NBC Sports to discuss the top QB prospects in the 2021 NFL draft, including Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Justin Fields (5:45). Then, in Part 1 of a three-part series, Ryen talks with Damien Woody, Danny Kanell, Trent Dilfer, and "Dr. J" Julius Erving about their draft experiences (45:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:20:00).
Russillo talks about this weird trend in which we lie to ourselves about stories in the sports world (2:30). MLB Network host and new play-by-play guy for the WWE Adnan Virk stops by to talk about wrestling, movies, and baseball (14:15). Then, Rockets player and Vermont alum Anthony Lamb discusses being the first UVM guy in the NBA and trying to make it in the league (47:45). Finally, Ryen closes it out with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:02:00).
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets and where they may end up in the playoff seeding, among other NBA thoughts (2:20). Then ESPN's Scott Van Pelt joins the show to discuss Hideki Matsuyama's Masters win, the juxtaposition between the 2020 Masters in November and the 2021 Masters with the return of some patrons and the famous azaleas, and more (19:00). Finally, Scott joins Ryen in answering some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (45:30).
Russillo shares his thoughts on teams he can see winning the Western Conference finals (2:20) before talking with two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long of Chalk Media and the 'Green Light' podcast about some internet highlights, NFL free agency, what it’s like being the “new guy” in the locker room, Sam Darnold on the Panthers, and more (19:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (59:30).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Baylor’s blowout win over Gonzaga in the men's NCAA title game and the simplistic beauty of the NCAA tournament (2:15). He then brings on Doug Gottlieb of Fox Sports to talk about why Baylor was so overwhelming, how Scott Drew built the program, and how he sees guys like Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, and Evan Mobley projecting to the NBA (15:45). Then Ryen closes the show with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (48:15).
In Part 2 of a two-part series, Ryen Russillo talks with basketball legend Rod Thorn about his time with the New York Nets, Julius Erving, his wild experience as head coach of the Spirits of St. Louis, wrangling ABA legends Wendell Ladner and Marvin Barnes, the NBA-ABA merger, and more (2:00). Then Ryen Talks with ABA MVP and six-time NBA All-Star Artis Gilmore about choosing to play in the ABA over the NBA, playing with the Kentucky Colonels, defending a young Moses Malone, scrapping with Mo Lucas, transitioning to the NBA post-merger, and more (35:00). Finally, Ryen is joined by sportscasting legend Bob Costas to discuss starting his career with the Spirits of St. Louis at the age of 22 in 1974, the rough-and-tumble nature of the ABA, hanging with Marvin Barnes, teams folding financially, the importance of keeping these ABA stories alive, the Dropping Dimes Foundation, and more (56:15). If you would like to donate to the Dropping Dimes Foundation click HERE
In Part 1 of a two-part series, Ryen Russillo talks with Basketball Hall of Fame legend Julius Erving about his time playing for the Virginia Squires, his famous Atlanta Hawks exhibition games, the "Ice Man" George Gervin, ABA fist fights, winning an ABA title with the New York Nets, and finding his basketball “home” in Philadelphia (3:30). Then Ryen talks with Terry Pluto, renowned sportswriter and author of ‘Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association,’ about the fast-and-loose ABA, its aggressive competition with the NBA, chaotic drafts, money troubles, ever-present merger rumors, and so much more (40:15). If you would like to donate to the Dropping Dimes Foundation click HERE
Russillo shares his thoughts on NBA trade deadline rumors as well some surprising statistics about NBA draft lottery picks (2:00). He's then joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to give out some made-up NFL offseason awards (14:30). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (46:15).
Russillo shares his thoughts on some of the NBA trade rumors as we approach Thursday’s trade deadline, including Bradley Beal, the Celtics, and more. Plus, he gets Steve Ceruti’s thoughts on all the Aaron Gordon talk (2:00). Then Ryen is joined by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington to discuss all the quarterback movement this offseason, why he doesn’t believe the Russell Wilson saga is over yet, Tua Tagovailoa’s future in Miami, and how many starting quarterbacks he can call at any time (17:00). Finally, he closes it out with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (41:30).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Anthony Edwards’s 40-point game in the Timberwolves’ win over the Suns, as well as LaMelo Ball’s impressive rookie season (11:30), before talking with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic about the top 2021 NFL draft prospects (24:45). Then Ryen talks with Shep Rose of Bravo’s ‘Southern Charm’ about his new book ‘Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowering the Bar,' how he wound up in reality TV, behind-the-scenes stories, traveling, and more (54:30). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:21:45).
Russillo shares some thoughts on Jazz-Celtics and Pelicans–Trail Blazers (2:00) before talking with Warren Sharp about the Bears signing Andy Dalton, the Patriots re-signing Cam Newton, the Bills signing Emmanuel Sanders, and more (13:00). Then Ryen is joined by Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston to discuss the Patriots' spending spree (34:00) before talking with ESPN’s Dianna Russini about the Saints' QB battle between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick to Washington, unsigned WRs, questions surrounding Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson, and more (54:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:11:00).
Russillo rebrands a segment and shares his thoughts on Victor Oladipo, Donovan Mitchell, and Deandre Ayton (2:00) before talking with Bill Simmons about the great Marvelous Marvin Hagler (14:00). Then Ryen talks with Jeremy Lin about his career, remembering "Linsanity," playing in the NBA G League, and working to return to the NBA (54:30). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:19:20).
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Comments (58)

Joe Barile

Shocker that an Obama/Holder crony would resort to those tactics

Feb 25th
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Joe Barile

Kyrie is protesting that the Earth is an obsolete spheroid

Jan 14th
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P Diddy Kong

Great feature, loved the comparison between Jaylen and Ben Simmons. Very interesting

Jan 7th
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Cody Mastel

lol this dudes boss literally always brings up politics and says he can't stand ppl like this

Jan 3rd
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Anthony Jackson

Man I thought the days of Ryen blowing Brady ended when Brady left the Pats, but NOPE. Yes he is one of the greatest to ever do it, but TODAY is a fringe top 7 QB. Brady can’t ever do wrong. It’s always someone else’s fault. So Mike Evans messed up on a hot route because Brady has 6 rings?

Dec 1st
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Madeinspace

I know nothing matters anymore but I’m unsubscribing because of Michael Vick’s repeatedly featuring. He never apologized for torturing dogs. Peace.

Nov 3rd
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Randall Robinson

tony bennett

Oct 2nd
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allie hlavac

I really enjoy the podcast. I have to skip the Mike Vick episode. I have no interest in anything he has to say. Hurts to see his name and the unimaginable pain he caused to numerous animals. Heartless.

Aug 31st
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Steve Goldman

Kilborn is always great. Late Late Show top shelf. Must listen.

Aug 26th
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Robert Aviles

thank lord , just sports on a sports pod.

Jun 5th
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Tyler Strittmatter

russillo is the best to do it.

May 6th
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Nathan Baker

Russillo is the best talking head in sports. He's got original takes, he offers insightful player analysis, he's not too reactionary, he's reasoned about drawing conclusions, etc. He's basically the opposite of most guys in the biz.

Apr 29th
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Chad

Please put your weekly chat with BS under your show also. Thanks!

Mar 30th
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Winston Wolf

this pod is out of control hilarious. Russillo, Long, and Big Cat in rare form and peak of performance. Fuckin pure uncut RIDICULOUSNESS!!!

Mar 21st
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Frank Saldana

Steve Nash was a product of Mike Dantonis system. He should have never been MVP! Jeremy Lin did the same thing in his system!

Mar 3rd
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chris krajeski

is Craig kilborn doing a norm macdonald?

Feb 28th
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chris krajeski

awesome. real as shit.

Feb 20th
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M R F A D E D G L 🖤 R Y

A minutes silence for another brother who has been eaten up by the friendszone!

Feb 12th
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Kenny Moore

Great pod as usual.

Jan 19th
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Kenny Moore

Great episode

Jan 5th
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